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Opening at Pierogi

Make Art Not War
Opening: Friday, March 18. 4–8pm
Opening reception Friday, March 18th from 4–8pm.
Hours: 11am–6pm, Wednesday–Saturday
175 North 9th Street   Brooklyn, NY 11211

In the past two years of the Pandemic, ODETTA and the SHIM Art Network have been building new projects and expanding their network of artists and collectors. Interdisciplinary in scope, the SHIM Art Network and ODETTA have launched several new connector groups and online exhibitions to help foster an unbridled approach to new genre gallery and exhibition practice.

During the 2021 year here's what we've created: In Situ, an online publication which partners TSDAP and Susak Press in the UK with SHIM artists

I have a piece published in In Situ Edition 4: 1 October 2021 mine is the Horseshoecrabwriting piece


ODETTA Digital: Winter 2022 Exhibition - Spinning Plates December 10 – June 9, 2022
Critical Watercolor: Fluid Media September 10 – March 10, 2022
Critical Watercolor: In Motion March 11 – September 8, 2022

EHFagan Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue Iceland 2020 pigment, acrylic on clayboard panel

and coming up:
Fair Share Art Auction to benefit Ukranian Relief Efforts, on Instagram, bidding opens April 18 and closes midnight April 28 SHIM/Art Cards, a traveling exhibition organized by Jill Krutick Fine Art and SHIM Art Netwok the Exquisite Corpse exhibition will feature 40 artists creating a shared installation that will be included in the Venice Biennial Summer of 2022 As we spread our network wider, the SHIM Art Network will combine both exhibitions and art fairs IRL and virtually to enable artists to share ideas and opportunities globally. As galleries adjust to new definitions in exhibition and collecting practices, I feel secure in knowing that Peter Hopkins, the creator of the SHIM Art Network, is staying one step ahead in his conception of what this practice can be. All inclusive, fluid, and boundless.



The Waters We Swim

Ellen Hackl Fagan, Perseides, 2020, ink, acrylic on linen
35x35 cm

Copelouzos Family Art Museum 35 x 35 project

The catalogues have arrived!
35 x 35 cm and weighing in at approximately 10 lb!

Back at the end of January 2020, I had received a second invitation to create a work for a family art museum. I extended an invitation to all of the gallery's artists and approximately 60 artists created a work for this project.

Athens to New York, over 60 artists affiliated with ODETTA participated in this project, the first of many that kept us working during lockdown.

When we emerge from the pandemic, there will be an exhibition of these works in the museum in Athens.

"Quite a feat! Extraordinary volume produced for the 35x35 Project sponsored by the Coupelouzos Museum in  Athens, Greece--So glad to be among a group of artists such as these!! 

Thank you Ellen Hackl Fagan of  ODETTA for making this a reality!"


I hope to have those who can travel try to meet in Athens when the exhibition does finally take place. In the meantime, the impressive catalogue was a nice surprise in the midst of a quiet week.


Popular NYC Gallery ODETTA Grows Smaller to Feature Monumental Sculpture
Seth Callander
The Waters We Swim
August 11 – October 18, 2020

ODETTA, in response to the current paradigm, is excited to introduce a new exhibition space, ODETTA Petite. Replicating the gallery’s original Bushwick space, Ellen Hackl Fagan and Seth Callander have created a scaled-down venue to allow its artists to return to gallery exhibitions. The new space is 9H X 16W x 24L inches. With a touch of humor, Fagan’s channeling a combination of International Style and Wes Anderson, ala Alice in Wonderland.

As we navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic, we can’t help wondering what, if anything, will be normal again. What will be returned and what has been permanently lost? How can we maintain what we love and what does that look like now? These are the questions central to this, our present. This is a moment when the whole world is "at sea."

Seth Callander’s installation “The Waters We Swim” is a direct response to the feelings of chaos, exacerbated by the lack of clear information, that our entire global society is engulfed in. We’ve all experienced frustration, loss, and confusion, as the months continue to roll on.
Callander’s abstract sculpture fills the Lilliputian gallery floor with a series of three constructions that, at scale, would be about 7 feet tall, 24 feet wide by 30 feet deep. Learn more about ODETTA Petite.

The Waters We Swim

Seth Callander, The Waters We Swim_Installation View, 2020,
wood, paint, wire, 9 h x 16 w x 24 l inches. Courtesy of ODETTA.


We're riding the crest of the sea change taking place in emerging/mid-level galleries with a transition into a new platform, ODETTA Digital in the SHIM Art Network, on

As galleries move into becoming online entities while observing safe social distancing practices, now it is a time to reset how we can help gallery artists get their work onto more visible shared platforms.

The SHIM Art Network, in tandem with, is a way to continue building community and sharing resources so that galleries and artists create a new sustainable practice.

ODETTA Digital is being created to expand the gallery roster and to offer inroads for shared exhibitions and art fairs in the future when we're finally able to congregate again.

Our inaugural online exhibition will launch these new members on June 12, 2020. The exhibition, Sea Change, will run through September 10, 2020.

SHIM Art Network

SHIM Art Network and ODETTA

In an effort to meet the challenges facing our current graduating art students, ODETTA is teaming up with SHIM Art Network, offering new graduates an opportunity to exhibit their thesis works online, and to join an online network of artists and launch their professional careers immediately.

I'm pleased to announce that I have accepted the appointment of Director of Sales to help develop this new network model for students, a model that presents their work among their peers, and the global arts community.

By joining this network, artists of all stages in their careers can access the online platforms, art galleries, curators, and art fairs (once we're able to gather) due to our group effort.

As a working artist and the director of ODETTA, a contemporary fine art gallery based in Harlem, NYC and Greenwich, Connecticut, I feel uniquely qualified to understand the needs of students on the cusp of their new careers.

I am thrilled to have a hand in transforming how artists do business, from the peer to peer networks on up the ladder to gallery representation.

Founded in 2014, ODETTA has risen to prominence among New York City’s artist-run galleries, organizing fine art exhibitions and curated, interdisciplinary events that include an expansive roster of visual artists, composers of experimental music, dancers, and poets.

ODETTA exhibitions have been reviewed in The New Criterion, Artillery Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and Hyperallergic, and Two Coats of Paint, in addition to numerous other online publications. ODETTA's artists' works have been placed in numerous public and private collections, both in NYC and internationally. Several monumentally scaled installations have traveled beyond the gallery walls into museums and notable art centers in the metropolitan region.

For new graduates we are offering a three-tiered plan that will enable these artists to have their thesis work uploaded immediately.

The first tier offers each graduate an opportunity to upload an exemplary work from their thesis exhibition free of charge.

Membership levels including solo exhibitions of thesis works are available at half price to graduating students through May 31.

For more information, visit the SHIM Art Network website to begin uploading your thesis artwork. For all other interested artists, I am opening ODETTA Digital on the SHIM site for individuals. For collectives, or if you would like to create a new collective group of artists, please contact me and we'll customize it to meet your group's specific needs.

Inquiries about new memberships may be forwarded to and to Ellen at

SHIM Art Network Ellen Hackl Fagan


Gallery storefront-Bushwick

Dear Friends, family, and followers of ODETTA,

As of this Monday, April 15, 2019, I am officially moving to our new space in the Terminal Markets Building, 1stdibs Gallery, 269 11th Ave., 7th Floor, in Chelsea, NYC, 10001.

Opening the gallery in Bushwick in early June, 2014, I was welcomed into this vibrant neighborhood by my colleagues with open arms.
I’ve enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm, as well as the intellectual rigor, of my peers here in Brooklyn.

Thank you all for your support and friendship as I learn the ropes of being an artist/gallerist.

Gallery empty-Bushwick


ODETTA offers curated, interdisplinary events that include an expansive roster of composers of experimental music, dancers, poets, and readers curious about the works of James Joyce.

Gallery reading James Joyce

Since opening June 1, 2014, I have met and exhibited or produced events with over 150 artists and performers.

Creating a focus for entertainment, where visual art is the primary actor, allows viewers to slow down, sharpen their senses, and pay close attention to a non-verbal cue, packed with intention and meaning, that’s made, most often, by hand.

The works of art range from formal, color-focused works, to geometric abstractions, to politically charged, yet playful, message-based sculptures and assemblages.

When putting together diverse works of art to create a larger conversation and having the selected artists meet, often for the first time, I’ve enjoyed seeing the birth of many new friendships and collaborations develop long after the exhibition comes down. Connecting people and building a community of passionate artists is my joy.

ODETTA’s exhibitions have been reviewed in The New Criterion, Artillery Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, and several other blogs.
Public commissions include Coach’s flagship store on 5th Avenue and David Yurman Jewelers’ showroom in Tribeca. Fagan’s exhibitions have traveled to Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, The Flux Art Fair at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, NYC, which created pathways for artists to develop public sculpture and performance with the New York City Parks Department.

I've also had the gift of help from so many of you as I moved through the exhibits, seeking to expand the range of installation practices, while offering a space that was prepared for each artist upon arrival.

Thank you for being so consistently professional. It's been such a pleasure. Our growth together as artists will continue in the new space. I'll be eager for your input.

1st Dibs space -ODETTA

I’m happy to report that my learning curve as an artist/gallerist is still at a steep vertical, which keeps me open to trying new ideas. Feel free to run your ideas past me. I'm here to learn more about how to make artwork vital in our communities.

As I explore the potential of this partnership in a hybrid setting with my online marketer, 1stDibs, I plan to continue to reach beyond my own gallery walls to create satellite projects. Currently, the gallery will be placing a sound installation by John Morton, Fever Songs, which debuted at ODETTA in the spring of 2018, into Bronx Art Space, slated to open mid-November, 2019.
Stop over and see the new space. I’ll be there this Wednesday, April 17, from 4-6 pm with Bob Seng and Emily Berger, as we open their two-person show, Syncopation.


This week I'll be moving my studio and blue world to my home in Greenwich, Connecticut. So if you’re missing my blues, come up and visit.

In the midst of this shift, I want to be sure to say Thank You to you all. I hope we continue to build upon the work we’ve begun together in Bushwick.

At ODETTA, Bushwick, there will be some extended gallery programming for the next few months with Art Helix and SHIM, as they begin to work with groups of international artists. So we’ll all still have a chance to enjoy that wonderful sun lit space for another group of curators and artists.

With deep affection and respect,



In the press:
Artrepreneur, Art Business Journal, Audra Lambert, "Women Artists and Art Dealers Forging Ahead post-#MeToo," March 22, 2019.



Hyperallergic, "Spring/Break Fair Removes Artwork From Its Windows, Fearing Shutdown," March 8, 2019.


ODETTA's going to Spring Break Art Show!

Spring Break Art Show will return for it's 8th annual show during Armory Week with the exhibition, FACT AND FICTION from March 5th - 11th, 2019. 

Facts: Alternate presents the work of three activist artists David Borawski,Margaret Roleke, and Rita Valley. All three artists present works that push backagainst the lies and misrepresentations presented by the Trump administration further amplified by social media.
866 UN Plaza 
Drop-off at 1st Avenue btw 48th & 49th Streets
March 5th - 11th, 2019 
VIP FIRST LOOK & PRESS PREVIEW Tuesday, March 5th 11am - 4pm
VIP OPENING NIGHT Tuesday, March 5th 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday - Monday, March 6th-11th, 11am - 7pm


For more information visit:

Rita Valley, David Borawski, and Margaret Roleke paintings on walls, words on floor spell out Money Ruins Everything
ODETTA at Spring Break Art Show

ODETTA Chelsea location for Bebop
Armory Show VIP Drawing Performance Event
Thursday, March 7, 6-8 pm ODETTA will be open for visitors to this event
Friday, March 8, 3-5 pm Meet the Artists Bebop Nancy Baker and Richard Bottwin

Stop by as you leave the Armory Show and meet Nancy Baker and Richard Bottwin in ODETTA's new location for the final day of Bebop. We'll be there, meet the artists, from 3-5 pm ODETTA's newest location: 1st Dibs Gallery, Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave., Floor 7, NY, NY 10001 after seeing the new space and sharing some time with Nancy and Richard, come with Ellen to Bushwick for the closing reception of Body Hobbies, with the UCONN MFA graduates. 6-8 pm



ODETTA is pleased to present Bebop, an inaugural exhibition in the gallery’s new location, in Chelsea!

Bebop brings together the work of two of ODETTA’s best artists,
Nancy Baker and Richard Bottwin.

Their works are at once in contrast to one another, angular Bauhaus forms in wood play against organic,
Baroque collages on paper. Color is a main ingredient for both artists, who are at the top of their game.

From white box to black box, come visit us in the newly opened 1st Dibs Gallery in the iconic Tunnel Building

269 11th Avenue, Lobby 4, 7th Fl. New York, NY 10001

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm,
and extended hours for weekend and evening events Saturday Hours for President's Weekend: 10 am- 6 pm
Closed Monday, Feb 18 for President's Day

You’re welcome to stop in to the gallery at your leisure or schedule an
appointment with Ellen to meet her in the new space as the gallery floor is fully staffed!

Gallery’s new location, in Chelsea art hanging is from Richard Bottwin and Nancy Baker
Gallery’s new location, in Chelsea



ODETTA travels John Morton's Fever Songs to the Morris Museum 

John Morton, Noted Composer, Instrument Builder, and Sound Artist
Brings His Sonic Ingenuity to the Morris Museum with Sound Garden 
Interactive Installations in collaboration with Jacqueline Shatz Starting November 16th.

Opening Reception -large crowd listening to John Morton
Opening Reception - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Culture Vultures, Jersey Arts Arts Weekly, Susan Wallner, PCK Media and Manny Igrejas, Sound Garden, Installations by John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz at the Morris Museum, January 24, 2019

WNYC, New Sounds, John Schafer, "WNYC Gig Alert: Sound Garden at the Morris Museum (John Morton)," November 23, 2018

Sound Garden with John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz - Learn More


ODETTA, ArtHelix, and M.David Studio presents Tip of the Iceberg
works from the Galleria Huuto Artists Collective of Helsinki, Finland
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 19, 6-8 pm

Tip of the Iceberg features work by members of the Helsinki-based Huuto art collective, each addressing the challenges of economically sustainable futures and what we inherit from our collective past. Marjo Levlin, Miia Rinne and Minna Suoniemi will mount video works at ODETTA @ M. David Studio in Bushwick Regular viewing hours: Friday and Saturday from 12-6PM at Stormhouse Projects in Chelsea Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6pm at ODETTA @ M. David Studio through Sunday, November 4th.

This is a new collaboration with ODETTA, M.David Studio and the Galeria HuutoSHIM and ArtHelix. Seeking sustainability in gallery practice through exchanged spaces both near and far.


Technology in Gallery Practice and Curating Visual Art Today with Alec Stephens III of the Bushwick Variety Show

Bushwick Variety Show, Alec Stephens III and  Ellen Hackl Fagan

Bushwick Variety Show, Alec Stephens III, "38: Ellen Hackl Fagan: ODETTA Art Gallery," August 13, 2018.


Suzanne Benton was the perfect Curmudgeon to close our exhibition last month!

Suzanne Benton discusses Curmudgeon

Closing reception/Artist's Talk for Curmudgeon
Watch on YouTube


Recent musings of a Curmudgeon

Curmudegeon - image shows floor at gallery with letters -words overlapping
read the full article on Facebook,  
Gil Scullion, "Curmudgeon," June 18, 2018


Nancy Baker, cool and collected!

Nancy Baker Mea piece colorfil paper
Nancy Baker, Mea
Read more


Another ODETTA artist placed in MSK’s collection is Suzan Shutan.

 Suzan Shutan's colored paper collage Geometric

Suzan Shutan, Geometric Cornucopia
Read more


As a part of her plan for creating sustainability, Ellen Hackl Fagan of ODETTA is branching out this year into collaborations with other galleries in New York City and Connecticut.

Sharing Spaces, Becca Lowry!

In our current show, Nancy Baker, No Regrets, artist Becca Lowry’s work is featured in our curated Flat Files. Becca is based in Branford, CT and is represented by Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. Fred has been a gallerist for forty years. Ellen is thrilled to have an opportunity to share artists with Fred, thereby expanding the exposure for artists in both galleries, as well as having the guidance of an experienced colleague.

Becca Lowry’s works are inspired by African and Indigenous American textiles. Crafted in carved wood, low relief objects, Becca’s sculptures play off of Nancy Baker’s paper lace-like works. The social underpinnings in both artists’ works resonate with one another.

The Flat Files are curated and change with every exhibition. Becca’s work can be seen on our online stores through Artsy and 1st Dibs.

Nancy Baker, No Regrets will be on exhibit through April 8. There will be an Artist’s Talk on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 pm.

Becca Lowry Water Rising warm toned paper mixed media collage
Becca Lowry, Water Resting


Sharing Spaces, Flower Power!

Next up will be Flower Power, an exhibition of six artists, co-curated with Liz Garvey of Garvey|Simon gallery. Liz Garvey invited Ellen to collaborate on an exhibition and Flower Power was born! Liz will bring three of her artists, Christopher Adams, Daisy Craddock, and Sung Won Yun and Ellen is introducing Jackie Battenfield, Sally Gil, and Mel Prest’s works to Liz’s audience.

This exhibition will open March 29 and runs through May 5, 2018 at GarveyISimon in Chelsea.





Thomas Lendvai in front of large black sculpture

Thomas Lendvai receives a large-scale sculpture commission for David Yurman's Men's Noumenon Collection.

ODETTA is pleased to announce that we've obtained a second commission for a large-scale sculpture to be created for one of New York City's most prestigious companies in less than one year. Sculptor, Thomas Lendvai, whose Untitled debuted at ODETTA in January 2017, was recreated for David Yurman’s Noumenon Men's Fall Campaign.

Read more

Kurt Steger at gallery artist talk

Kurt Steger has been awarded an NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Sculpture Congratulations Kurt, a committed artist. We will enjoy Kurt's third solo exhibition at ODETTA this fall season.

For the past 31 years, NYFA has awarded fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2017, NYFA awarded 92 grants to 95 awardees with 3 collaborations totaling an amount of $644,000.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

NYFA is pleased to announce that the name of this award has changed to NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Special Event | Window Installation by Margaret Roleke

“In Protest We Trust” is a mail art piece created by artist Margaret Roleke. The election of Donald Trump with his rhetoric of hatred and prejudice, and dishonesty, has inspired people to take to the streets and express their opposition. Roleke has participated and also documented these protests. Daily starting on June 4th and going through mid-summer Roleke will mail postcards to ODETTA which come together as a puzzle revealing a photo montage on one side and collages based on the news of the day on the other. The cards will be taped to the side window of ODETTA and the complete image will slowly be revealed over time as the postcards arrive.

Roleke's blog will be on-going:

Margaret Roleke is a sculptor who also creates prints and “mail art”. She has lived and worked in New York and Connecticut for most of her life. Her work has been exhibited often.In 2017 her art has been included in exhibits at the Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College, Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City, Art Space New Haven, the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Florida as well as other venues.She has been reviewed in The New York Times, Hyperallergic,and other publications. Roleke is committed to gun control and donates a portion of all sales to organizations that work for this cause.

River Woman and Riverkeeper ODETTA Gallery - Special Event

Join us for a special event featuring the artists of ODETTA gallery’s River Woman exhibition, and Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, on Sunday, April 23rd beginning at 3:00 pm. Learn about Riverkeeper’s work to protect and preserve the Hudson River, its tributaries and the drinking water for millions of New Yorkers. Attendees will also hear about the work Riverkeeper is doing on Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and throughout the City to engage and activate communities along the diverse waterfronts of New York. NYC Water Quality Project Coordinator, Chrissy Remein will also speak about their efforts to protect our drinking water.

This event is open to the public and will include a reception and silent auction.

ODETTA gallery director Ellen Hackl Fagan as well as the artists of River Woman will be on hand to discuss and explore the intersection of art and the environment. Guests will be able to see water and local waterways through the eyes of these exceptional artists including: Nancy Cohen, Fritz Horstman, Ellen Kozak, Kathleen Vance, Caetlynn Booth, and Deborah Freedman.

Elemental, universal, sustaining, beautiful, dangerous, the river and the woman merge and become one entity. Sharing a deep passion for the River Woman, our artists express their awe while raising awareness of the fragility and the amazing resilience of the rivers in our lives. River Woman will be on exhibit at ODETTA gallery from March 17, 2017 – April 30, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the artists’ work will directly benefit Riverkeeper.

Riverkeeper is a member-supported, watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries, and protecting the drinking water supply of millions of New Yorkers. Riverkeeper began as the Hudson River Fisherman's Association and, over 50 years later, is New York’s clean water advocate, having helped set worldwide standards for waterway and watershed protection and serving as the model for more than 300 Keeper programs around the globe. For more information, please visit

River keeper logo center

Captain John Lipsomb

Watch this video on YouTube
Boat Captain John Lipscomb, President Paul Gallay and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discuss Riverkeeper's mission and history.

What Does Blue Sound Like?
Art in the Windows Exhibition Series
Curated by Arezoo Moseni
Dates: April 4- June 28, 2017 (On view day and night)
Mid-Manhattan Library Lobby Vitrines
455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Special event: Joseph Celli composer, radio producer and virtuoso on double reed; and Hap Tivey artist and an early pioneer in the California Light and Space movement; join Ellen Hackl Fagan for the Artist Dialogue Series event in the Corner Room of Mid-Manhattan Library on Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 PM.

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogue Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.

The event is free and advanced registration is recommended.

The Art Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library presents the site-specific exhibition What Does Blue Sound Like by artist Ellen Hacki Fagan.

This exhibition features the Reverse Color Organ (RCO) with an interactive web app that viewers can download to their iPhones or Droids. Their phones become a synaesthetic tool, enabling them to explore their own unique opinions about the sounds of colors. The artist hopes to have over 150,000 submissions from visitors to the website. To play load this address into your browser

NYPL -Windows. Plexiglas, flourescent lights, foam board. 
Each vitrine approximately 39 h x 27w x 25 d inches

Ellen Hackl Fagan, What Does Blue Sound Like?, site-specific installation and details, 2017.
Mid-Manhattan Library Windows. Plexiglas, flourescent lights, foam board.
Each vitrine approximately 39 h x 27w x 25 d inches



ODETTA is pleased to announce that the gallery is now representing Kurt Steger. In his newest series Scribing the Void and Urban Structures, Kurt continues to preserve the disappearing landscape while offering protection for the sacred within each of us.

Kurt's newest sculptures, Urban Structures, The Bed Stuy Series are on exhibit at ODETTA in the studio space through February 26, 2017.

Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void, Coach House

ODETTA places Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void in Coach House, Coach, Inc's new flagship store on 5th Avenue and 54th St. Just 1/2 block from MOMA!


  • Kurt Steger’s monumental sculpture, Scribing the Void, has been acquired by Coach,Inc., a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands.On Friday, November 18, 2016, Coach will celebrate the opening of its newest flagship store, Coach House, in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Coach was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. The acquisition of Kurt Steger’s Scribing the Void, creates a link to Coach’s New York City roots as the sculpture features a line traced from the surface of an iconic rock formation in Central Park.
  • Scribing the Void, originally premiered at ODETTA this past summer. The sculpture was also selected to travel to Real Art Ways, a renowned alternative art space in Hartford, CT. This powerful work of art was recreated for Coach House from the original templates that Kurt used to trace Umpire Rock in Central Park. Paying homage to the handmade is a perfect fit for Coach, Inc.’s philosophy. Kurt uses carpenter’s tools and sculpts and finishes each panel of this twenty-foot sculpture entirely by hand.
  • This flagship store will open to the public on Friday November 18. Scribing the Void can be viewed on the third floor, gently suspended within this new space.

ODETTA is now representing Kurt Steger. As we move into our third year, we are pleased to announce that we are selecting key emerging and mid-career artists for representation.

Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM

  • Scribing the Void is a monumental sculpture transcribed from a Central Park boulder and initially installed at ODETTA gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This monumental sculpture was originally oriented in the exact north-south level line and elevation as it would sit on this iconic boulder. The sculpture moves almost imperceptibly with the air currents in the gallery.
  • The scribe line was achieved after multiple trips to the Central Park site, methodically tracing and cutting the shape of the boulder’s surface onto chipboard templates, resulting in 82 linear feet of a single contour line. This line was then copied onto the wooden superstructure that was transported and reassembled at the gallery.
  • The composer RSM was invited to create a score that was composed by placing the scribe line of the boulder onto a musical staff, effectively writing the song of the rock. RSM then took these notes and recorded the composition. The Byzantine-inspired sounds of piano, violin, drum, and voice permeate the empty space.
  • A recent pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet inspired much of Steger’s conceptual thoughts behind the sculpture: materiality versus immateriality, questions of time and space, and perceptions of memory beyond the familiar senses are addressed in Scribing the Void. The scribe line represents the divide between spirit and matter, the line between birth and death. Void speaks of loss, our severed connection to nature, community and ancestry, separation from our inner lives, and the mystery of existence.
  • Scribing the Void has also been purchased and re-created for Coach Inc.'s new flagship store Coach House at 54th St. and 5th Avenue in NYC. This sculpture and concept is now enriching a broader audience while being exhibited in two locations concurrently.
  • Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.

Ellen Hackl Fagan, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM

    Into the Blue Again, is a solo exhibition of Hackl Fagan's large-scale watercolor/pigments on paper. This series explores the nature of printmaking processes, texture and surface manipulation inspired by the sound of cobalt blue. Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation.

    Creative Cocktail Hours are a time to enjoy the galleries and all that the Hartford creative community has to offer. $10 admission enables you to try new custom drinks, live music, and great food all under one roof while meeting the artists exhibiting in all the galleries.

    Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. There are four galleries exhibiting artists' works, three solo exhibitions, and one group exhibition, curated by David Borawski. Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void, presented initially at ODETTA this past summer, is also a solo exhibition.
    Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.

    Creative Cocktail Hours: Gather and meet the artists, live music, full bar, food trucks, $10 entry

    • Thursday December 15, 6-10 pm
    • Thursday January 19, 6-10 pm
    • Thursday January 26, Special performance with the Hartford Symphony
    • Thursday February 16, 6-10 pm

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