Smack Mellon is pleased to present three solo exhibitions featuring new work and site specific projects by Brooklyn-based artists Tamara Gayer, Stephen Sollins, and Heeseop Yoon. Tamara Gayer reconfigures and translates the geometry of urban landscapes into an intricate vinyl installation for her window project The Final Contraction. Covering all 24 windows with various colors and textures of vinyl Gayer presents an alternate all-encompassing prismatic cityscape. Disorganized spaces, often hidden from public view by design, are the focus of Heeseop Yoon’s Still Life #11. Yoon provides a dramatic view of chaotic interior spaces using black masking tape on the gallery’s oversized 24’ x 60’ long wall. In the back gallery, Stephen Sollins presents Piecework, a series of large scale works on paper made entirely of collected mailing envelopes. Intersecting his mathematical approach with his interest in the sentimental, Sollins methodically assembles the recognizably patterned paper into the form of traditional American quilts.
Tamara Gayer is an artist transfixed by the city. Suspended between the impulses of an image maker and a builder she creates work that mutates from drawing to installation to video. Born in NYC, Tamara Gayer grew up in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Hunter College. In New York her work has been show at Priska Juschka Fine Art, Foxy Production, Mixed Greens and Exit Art among others. She is represented in several prominent collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art.
Stephen Sollins holds a BA in Photography from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. He is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and Smack Mellon. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, The Drawing Center, and Mitchell-Innes and Nash in New York and is part of public and private collections including at The Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and others.
Heeseop Yoon was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Yoon’s work explores memory and perception within disordered spaces. Yoon received a BFA from Chung-ang University, Seoul, Korea and a MFA from City College of NY. She has had solo and two person shows at Triple Candie, NY; March Gallery, NY; Bose Pacia, NY and Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea. She has exhibited in museums and art centers internationally, including MASS MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; The Bronx Museum, NY; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea; CAST, Australia and Median Art Center, Beijing, China. Yoon has participated in artist residencies such as the Marie Walsh Sharpe, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist Alliance Inc., NY and Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany.