Saturday, December 14, 2013



CarriageHouse Arts received a generous grant from Suffolk County's Office of Film and Cultural Affairs to highlight the work of former Carriage House residents in Back to the Future, an exhibit in which contemporary artists drew inspiration from historic objects in the Suffolk County Historical Society's 24,000 piece Permanent Collection. The exhibition was so popular it was extended through December. There's still time to see it. Click on the Suffolk County Historical Society's website for days and hours.
Cara Barer photographs sculptures she makes from old books. Their wave-like shapes suggest a state of flux. They are metaphors that ask us to consider the fate of books and archives like those in the SCHS collection that are about to digatalized.
Karen Shaw's map installation questions the arbitrary nature of man-made borders. It was displayed next to antique maps that show the outlines of American Indian territories on Long Island that no longer exist.

Judith Condon's ceramics, with their warts-and-all sensibility, update traditional tropes of the portrait bust.
Donna Sharrett memorial wreaths are made of human hair, buttons, clothes and other items that had intimate contact with the deceased. They were inspired by 19th Century hair wreaths in the Suffolk County Historical Society's Permanent Collection, by mandalas and by the Rose Windows at Chartres.
Andy Warhol's Souper Dress commented on our disposable society. The dress was meant to be thrown away at the first sign of wear and tear. The iconic work was exhibited next to an elaborate mourning costume from the Suffolk County Historical Society's archives--a dress meant to be saved and cherished for generations. With thanks to the Woodward Gallery for this loan.
Our invitations featured the work of Judy Richardson and Keith Long.
Susan Hoeltzel's drawings of farm implements are based on historic tools in the SCHS collection.
Keith Long created dresses from furniture parts in his "Ready-to-Wear" series of sculptures.
Katherine Frey was inspired by formal dinnerware in the SCHS collection. Her pieces are made of plastic and contain scenes of her own apartment and the random items she has collected over the years.

Judy Richardson created an installation of vessels made of old bicycle tires which she staged on top of an historic buffet from the Suffolk County Historical Society collection. Her work evokes the depictions of property and wealth in Dutch Master paintings. 
The Suffolk County Historical Society has an unusual collection of taxidermied birds of Long Island. Inspired by birds of prey, Elizabeth Duffy created collages from materials she scavenged on Manhattan streets. Her images were based on the work of Audubon and environmentalist Rachel Carson.

Rob Carter also exhibited a video that used pop-ups made of paper to illustrate the rapid growth of major urban cities.  

CarriageHouse Arts continues to support artists and artists' projects in 2014. Let us hear from you!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In the Good Ol' Summer Time


CarriageHouse Arts continues to support artists and artists' projects. We are proud to sponsor Alan Ruiz's work at Wave Hill in Riverdale, NY. Ruiz was selected to install a site-specific work through Wave Hill's Sun Room project, a prestigeous showcase for emerging artists in the tri-state area. Ruiz's work, Against Nature, will be on view through December 1.

Alan Ruiz 's installation, Against Nature,  is made of  layers of steel studs that form an
 envelope around the perimeter of the Sun Room at Wave Hill.

The steel studs interact with the outdoors in a way that sunlight becomes a medium.

The barrier questions ideas of inside and outside, access and denial, public and private.

Ruiz’s Sunroom Project, Against Nature, adds to his ongoing body of work that explores architectural screens as socially and politically emblematic forms. The industrial steel frame occludes the large, iconic windows of the sunroom site. Modern building material is juxtaposed with the neo-classical design of  Wave Hill's Glyndor House. Ruiz takes metal building studs, which are typically hidden from view, and puts them on display as an elegant, minimalist sculpture.

Ruiz received his MFA from Yale University and graduated from Pratt Institute in Manhattan. He is an adjunct professor at Pratt and a visiting professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. He has exhibited widely and has received numerous awards and grants.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Support and Program are Still Strong

This summer, CarriageHouse Arts provided funding to several artists, as well as underwriting two exciting exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists. Check our blog in the next two weeks for complete information about our projects.

Applying for CarriageHouse Arts funds is easy. Our application is on our website. Just follow the instructions, upload images and send your idea to us. We will review your proposal and let you know within the month.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Suddenly Last Summer

Summer residents at the Carriage House were Paul Santoleri, Brian Alfred and Michelle Carollo.
Summer at the Carriage House was one of our most productive. The three residents differed in their styles and approaches, which made for lively cross-pollination of ideas and attitudes.

Paul Santoleri created rooms of graffiti inspired drawings, many in three dimensions.
Paul lives in Philadelphia but installs projects around the world. He has been commissioned to create a 60 foot-long feather in the Philadelphia Airport this year. During his Carriage House stay he created preliminary drawings for the project, and eventually drew a 30 foot-long version on a wall in his studio.
Paul's work often started on walls, then continued onto floors and ceilings

Brian Alfred's portraits are often satiric, as is this depiction of China's leader underwater.
Brian Alfred's paintings have received praise for their insightful social commentary. His portraits are influenced by an earlier generation of artists, most notably Alex Katz, but are squarely rooted in the 21st Century. He is represented by Haunch of Venison Gallery.
Alfred's portraits are masterful and haunting 

Michelle Carollo's collages are part geometry, part cartoon and part graffiti 

Michelle Carollo creates playful geometric structures and paintings. While in residence, she experimented with drawing techniques and ideas for new installations. She created an indoor camp in her Carriage House studio, complete with tent and sleeping bags.
Michelle's pup tent, which visitors were invited to inhabit

 In the final month of the residency, our staff was informed that the  Town of Islip, which owned the building, needed the Carriage House for other, more mundane purposes. In August, when Paul, Brian and Michelle complete their project, the Carriage House doors closed for good. But the program's financial support for artists remains...and our enthusiasm and creative spirit is stronger than ever. For updates on the Carriage House program, visit our website at: We'll be glad to consider your projects.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

From the Ashes

Graffiti artist Paul Santoleri created this emblem of anxiety 

Don't worry...Don't worry...We know you're anxious...Here's the story:

Even though our residence and our residential program closed in August, CarriageHouse Arts continues to provide resources for artists and artists' projects.  Our organization offers funds, materials and support to encourage emerging artists to take risks, push disciplines and advance their careers. For information, or to apply, go to our website:   We want to hear from you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Blogging About Another Blog...Right or Wrong?

Blinnk...and you'll miss it. Janet Goleas has a great blog that details art on the East End of Long Island and  anything else that captures her amazing mind. Click on her site for her latest posting about our Winter Studio Residents...insightful.... amusing...and right on.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April:Where Are They Now?

Many of our past Carriage House residents have been in the news lately. We're happy to share their accomplishments. Just click on their names to view their websites.

JASON HACKENWERTH stunned our audiences with his massive balloon sculpture that was featured in our TreeMendous show in 2010-11. He created the "T" for the this week's New York Times feature magazine--and he most recently collaborated on the Guggenheim's holiday version of Peter and the Wolf. See more amazing work on his website.
The New York Times "T"  published April fooling

MIKE CALWAY FAGEN, who appeared in our TreeMendous 2010-11 show, is featured in More Real Than Life, an exhibit at Southwestern College this month curated by Alexander Jarman. His collages, sculptures and installations continue to engage us.

SHIRLEY WEGNER, a Winter Studio Resident, is showing new work in Israel. Rock Pile Scissors, curated by Ravit Harari. opens at the Dana Art Gallery at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Shirley photographs constructed environments to comment on the volitile politics of the Middle East.
From her Landscape Series

CHUYEN HUYNH in showing new work at the Jamaica Art Center in Queens this month. The foundation of all her work is automatic drawing, which she uses to turn three-dimensional spaces like this storage area in her gallery into two-dimensional perspectives.
Danger: High Voltage, a work by Chuyen Huynh

YEON JIN KIM is a featured artist in Spaceship Grocery Store at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, this month. She uses old-fashioned drawing techniques in new and inventive ways. Her recent work begins with hand-made scroll drawings, many feet in length, which she films in a single take--creating a fusion of dreams, fantasy and reality.
Still from Space Ship Grocery Store

DIANA SHPUNGIN was in a two-person exhibit at Drawing Now in the Louvre in Paris, presented by the Stephan Stoyanon Gallery in Manhattan.
Diana Shpungin's I Especially Love You When Your Are Sleeping

STEVEN MILLAR is a featured artist in Urban/Suburban at the Islip Art Museum from April 11 through May 27. Steven was a Project Resident at the Carriage House in 2007, when he created a room-sized installation based on arial maps of our village. Join us at the Islip Art Museum for a reception on Sunday, April 22 from 1-4 pm. Take a walk across the Brookwood Hall campus and visit our Winter Residents during our Open House at the Carriage House.
Variations from Urban/Suburban

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Third Degree

We asked our Winter Residents to answer a few questions about themselves, the artists they like, the music they listen to and the books they are reading.... It's all in the interest of science. And curiosity. And nosiness. But their answers are thoughtful and interesting. We're happy to share them.

Amanda Buonocore in front of a wall she excavating, revealing work of past residents

What artists working today do you find interesting?
Hmm.... although some of the artists I love are still alive not all of them are still "working". My all time favorite artist is Robert Morris.  His work is thoughtful, playful, simple, and concise.  He also has this wonderful ability to make me laugh even though I am not sure it is always what the work intends.  His work and writings has influenced my work greatly.  He is a huge idol of mine.

Hanne Darboven, although recently passed away in 2009,  is another one of my favorite artists.  Her work really plays with the boundaries as art as a tool by which to conceptually organize information and personally explore the essence of time.  She does this through the use of organized / systemized daily writings which ultimately become conceptual records of both physical time and personal experience.

Two, more contemporary, artists that interest me are Rachel Harrison and Paul Chan.  Both these artists have a unique way of addressing the use of simple objects to create complex systems which create both humorous and thoughtful results.  They both seem to uniquely exaggerate and elaborate on the use of the "ready made" and create a new position for it within contemporary conceptual sculpture.

What's on your current playlist?
My playlist is always changing but I guess repeat artists that I listen to because I know I will always be satisfied are:  Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, The Cure, Frank Zappa, Wyclef Jean, Beastie Boys, and Mos Def.  Strange mix, but it does always please me.

What books are you reading and recommend?
I have currently just started reading Hal Foster:  The Return of the Real and John Ruskin:  The Ethics of the Dust: Ten Lectures to Little Housewives on the Elements of Crystallization.  They are two very different writers from to very different times, haha, but both have proven to be awesome so far :)!  I am very excited to get further into each.  My all time favorite books that I constantly return to for answers / inspiration are:  1. Robert Morris: Have I Reasons.  2. John Ruskin: On Art and Life.  3. Tolstoy: What is Art?  4.  Umberto Eco:  Travels in Hyperreality.  5.  Lucy R. Lippard:  Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object...

I also really enjoy the book Speaking of Art.  It is a collection of transcribed audio interviews with several different artists over a 40 year period of time.  It's just an all around great book to own.  The interviews are insightful, inspiring, and feel really personal.  Great for any art lovers book collection.

What is a Fun Fact about you that isn't on your CV?
I am actually quite good at hula hooping.  I can even run short distances while hula hooping simultaneously. And I welcome any and all challenges to this fun fact and would be happy to prove my unique skill!

Sarah Elise Hall in her studio. The canvas in the background  covers the entire studio wall.
What artists working today do you find interesting?
I get really into an artist’s work when I feel I can somehow relate to its internal logic. I love work by Terry Winters, Sarah Sze and Yayoi Kusama because they all create these complex visual networks that appear to evolve in a self-similar way while maintaining surprising elements in mark making, materials and environments. Lately I’ve been looking at the work of Amy Sillman and Ida Ekblad a lot. There is an energy in their work that I find really compelling – something systematic yet spontaneous happening at the same time. The work hits me on a visceral and a cerebral level, which I like.

What's on your reading list?
I have two books from the series Documents of Contemporary Art hanging around in my studio: Painting and Failure, They’re packed with great essays and interviews.

I’m also reading Just Kids by Patti Smith(really good)  and I’ve started re-reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 ( a favorite book).

And on your playlist?
Umm, my play list right now is a motley crew of musical acts: The Roots, Massive Attack, Miles Davis, New Order.

What's not on your CV?
Life before art school: I rode my bicycle from Canada to Mexico and raised money for Children’s Wish Foundation in Canada.

Paolo in his studio with the beginnings of paintings.

What fun fact about you is not on your CV? 
I think this is more dirty than fun, but I have the habit of enjoying a fine Cuban cigar every now and again on warm nights in the summer.

What’s on your current playlist?
Music is extremely important in my life and it fills every hour of my day. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience frequent, seven to ten day drives across Canada and up into the western arctic. As the hours and miles roll along it is music that creates the soundtrack to the changing images that I witness and utilize in my artwork. While working in the studio, music is constantly playing. What intrigues me most about music is how it can trigger involuntary memory and set the stage for your emotional and creative output. Through music, I am able to embrace my own Proustian, "episode of the madeleine", and retrieve memories that, although inevitably partial, tend to embrace the essence of the past. These ideas of recollection, essence and the transitory play a large part in my artwork and therefore, my work as an artist and music are inexplicably linked.
The music I listen to changes with the mood and time of day. Playlists tend to be on random much of the time and because I listen to a diverse repertoire, a typical playlist can bounce around with much contrast. It's not improbable to go from Anthony Pappa  to Sammy Naquin to Lucinda Williams to NOFX, and then possibly

The Winter Residency Begins

Our Winter Residents arrived a few weeks ago during the nano-second that actually was our winter this year. They have spent the past few weeks getting to know each other and setting up their studios. Although they use different techniques and have different styles, their work shares a common interest in exploring the surfaces--including the actual surfaces of the Carriage House walls.
Amanda Buonocore, Sarah Elise Hall and Paolo Fortin get together in Sarah's studio

Sunday, February 5, 2012

If You Think This Is Cold...

Our snowstorm last week was beautiful while it lasted, which wasn't long. The snow melted the next day
Paolo Fortin, one of our Winter Studio Residents, wrote to us last week to tell us he would be a little late coming to Islip because it was snowing where he lives...near the Arctic Circle. We got his message during the middle of our own snowstorm on Long Island, which dumped 4 inches on the sidewalks leading to the Carriage House. Around here, that's our idea of a natural disaster.  Four inches? That's not snow, according to Paolo. But let him describe his life in Inuvik, Canada, and his difficulty getting here in his own words:

My plan was to arrive in the afternoon on Feb. 1st. I have a flight booked via Newark but may have to re-schedule as I keep an eye on the weather this week. Weather in the western arctic at the moment is terrible. We've just endured a five day blizzard and the temperature has dropped below -40F. I was stuck for three days in Whitehorse trying to get back home to Inuvik while flight after flight was cancelled. I returned home to a six foot snowdrift in front of my door. The road out (yes, only one road - think "Ice Road Truckers"...) has been closed more than it has been open this winter. It's my hope that I can still get south in time to catch my Toronto to Newark flight on the 1st, but I have to admit that it's day to day with the weather. I will keep you updated on the progress of getting out of this isolated place. It sounds ridiculous I know, but its a reality up here.

Hopefully, Paolo and the dog sled team will arrive sometime this week!

Meet Our Winter 2012 Studio Residents

Three emerging artists have moved into studios in the Carriage House this month. Jason Paradis, the curator of our studio residency program, selected the artists because all of them are exploring essence. Whether stripping away layers of paint or removing surfaces on sculptures, they are reducing their artistic practices to the essential elements.

You can get a preview of what they will be doing here in the next three months by clicking on their websites. Welcome to the Carriage House!

Amanda Buonocore is from Nassau County. Learn about her at:
Paolo Fortin in from Canada and Suffolk County. Meet him at:
Sarah Elise Hall is from Brooklyn. Follow her career at:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Up In Smoke

Hong Seon Jang's installation at the Carriage House this December had visitors gaping in wonder. Made entirely of ordinary kitchen matches, Parasite resembled a huge tree branch. The piece was based on fractal proliferations that mimic cellular growth patterns, particularly malignant ones. The matches connote fever and imminent danger.

The installation was over 20 feet long, made of matches glued end to end.
When the exhibit ended, the artist asked the staff to deinstall the work. What other way to do so than to assign Parasite to its logical fate? In a simple ceremony we called "Burning Sensation," Hong Seon's hours of labor went up in smoke.
Mary Lou and curator Sara Kinsey carried the matchstick tree outside.
 Catch Mary Lou's Vanna White moment in the video.

The fire was not what what we expected. Here's a fun fact: it is hard to create a fire of matches--counterintuative but true. And finally, the deed was done. 

Though difficult to light at first, when the matches finally caught fire the blaze was bigger than we bargained for. See the video for our startled reactions. Pierce Cohalan, who captured the ceremony on an iPhone, kept us all from panicking.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

TreeMendous Makes a Debut

TreeMendous, our exhibition of projects by our studio residents, opened December 4 at the Carriage House and will be on view until January 6, 2012. Be sure to see these amazing works.
Las Hermanas Iglesias   Glitter Grenade
Ken Butler plays his Urban Piano, an interactive sound and light installation
Hong Seon Jang's Parasite was made of thousands of kitchen matchsticks
Gisela Insuaste   Overgrowth   A theme and variations becomes a room-sized sculpture
Alessandra Exposito   Untitled
Noah Klersfeld  A still from a video form his Chain Series: scenes along Canal Street
Sara Kinsey's Frozen in Time contained ice sculptures and reflected on global warming

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meeting and Greeting Our Old Friends

Artists who were recent Studio Residents at the Carriage House were included in a group exhibit at the Omni Gallery in Uniondale, NY. The exhibit was curated by our Carriage House director Jason Paradis and hosted through the generosity of Omni Gallery director, Dawn Lee. Jonathan Ehrenberg, Emily Noelle Lambert, Yeon Jin Kim, Graham McNamara and Rob Swainston contributed installations, drawings and prints.We were glad to see new work that arose from ideas developed in our Carriage House "incubator" at their reception last Sunday.

Videos from Johnathan Ehrenberg
Moon Moth, a still from Ehrenberg's video
Still from an Ehrenberg video, included in recent Islip Art Museum exhibit

Emily Noelle Lambert's Installation
Emily Noelle Lambert and her installation at the Omni Gallery, made of scraps of some discarded paintings
Emily's studio at the Carriage House during her residency
Emiily's installation in her Carriage House studio

Rob Swainston's Installation at Omni
Rob Swainston at the Omni in front of his installation

Rob's Carriage House studio space. He experimented with reflecting mirrors.

Graham McNamara presented new work at Omni
Graham McNamara's new work is based on Carriage House experiments with wood and resin.

McNamara's recent series deals with mapping

Yeon Jin Kim installed a wall of drawings, many created at the Carriage House
Yeon Jin Kim's and her wall of drawings at the Omni Gallery

Yeon experimented with abstract and fantasy modes, and used drawing as a base for her videos.