Sadie Laska and Jesse Littlefield

May 31, 2014 - July 1, 2014
Reception with the artists: Saturday, May 31: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Harper’s Books is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of recent work by Sadie Laska and Jesse Littlefield, organized by the artist Eddie Martinez. The show will open with a reception on Saturday, May 31, and will remain on view in the main level and mezzanine galleries through Tuesday, July 1.

Working at the vanguard of twenty-first-century abstraction, Laska and Littlefield explore the latent possibilities of contemporary painting, combining geometric motifs with a raw Art Brut aesthetic. Integrating collage elements as varied as painted muslin, paper plates, ribbons, and flip-flops, both artists engage tactics of subtraction and addition in two-dimensional and three-dimensional form.

A recent graduate of Bard's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Sadie Laska has shown her paintings and sculptural assemblages internationally, with solo exhibitions at Kerry Schuss in New York and at Galerie Bernard Ceysson in Geneva and Paris. She has been featured in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tuscon, at Cleopatra's in Brooklyn, and at White Columns in New York, among other venues. In addition to maintaining her career as a visual artist, Laska is also a prolific musician, currently involved in the projects I.U.D. and Growing. Laska lives in New York and is represented by Kerry Schuss.

Jesse Littlefield worked primarily as a graffiti artist before developing his studio-based practice rooted in minimalist abstraction. Over the last two years, he has participated in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, at Martos Gallery in New York, and at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn. Littlefield is currently based in Boston.