Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Trestle Projects presents Limited Time Offer, a solo exhibition by recent Visiting Artist Resident, Allison Kaufman, with an opening reception on Saturday March 3, 2018, from 6pm to 9 pm, on display from February 24 to March 31, 2018.
Conjuring contradicting emotions, her work often explores the performance of gender. Limited Time Offer features three videos that reveal emotions associated with masculine expressions of fantasy perpetuated by consumerism in the automobile industry. This show implies the temporary joy and hope experienced by both the consumer and the salesman.
Two of Kaufman’s videos, Motorin’ and Motorin’ Outtakes are lighthearted examples of consumers’ fantasy with motorcycle culture. Despite the motorcycle industry’s predominantly masculine marketing approach, it doesn’t deter a variety of ages and genders from posturing proudly on the bike.
3rd Ave Car Dealerships suggests the salesman’s fantasy of being successful through formulaic marketing techniques. The artist references these loud attempts to draw buyers' attention by combining imagery of fluttering pennants with audio from car salesman videos found on YouTube. The once earnest and hopeful decorations become part of the landscape. Worn and tattered, they echo a salesman’s weathered optimism.
Trestle Gallery was founded in 2012 by artist and educator Rhia Hurt and a team of artists including Mary Negro and Ajit Kumar. Working in Gowanus, they became involved with the local artist community and soon discovered that many of their peers were lacking a supportive environment to develop their work and make connections with others in the art world. Wanting to meet this need, they started Trestle Gallery and began developing exhibition and educational programs with the goal of supporting local artists, curators, and educators and reach a greater community. The name “Trestle” came from a type of structure built to pass over obstacles. Like its namesake, the gallery was designed to be a support for artists, providing opportunities for them to show their work, network, and learn from each other.
Trestle Gallery and its satellite location, Trestle Projects, host 15-20 exhibitions each year. Since being established as a non-profit art gallery in 2012, Trestle has showcased the work of over 2000 local and international contemporary artists from over 35 countries. Trestle welcomes over 6,500 visitors annually.