Subtle Approach

March 6 – July 31, 2014


BAC Gallery is pleased to present Subtle Approach, a group exhibition featuring the work of four Brooklyn-based artists whose clever techniques and ability to simultaneously push and pull their ideas and materials slowly reveal something other than what the viewer’s eye immediately perceives. 




March 6, 6-8pm


DUMBO First Thursday Events:

Extended Hours: April 3, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: May 1, 6-8pm

Film/Video Screening: June 5, 6-8pm





Megan Hays

Colleen Ho

Sarah Nicole Phillips

Carlton Scott Sturgill



Courtney J. Wendroff, BAC Visual Arts Director


From a distance Colleen Ho’s drawings appear to be nothing more than blank pages of white or colored paper, but as the viewer approaches, her organic patterns, reminiscent of cellular structures and topographical maps, come into focus. Ho’s texture is created by ripping the paper with a needle and thumbtack repeatedly, leaving a delicate relief on the surface.

The sculptures, textiles and paintings of Megan Hays employ a highly muted palate. Hays’isolated forms are like a physical representation of a state of mind.  Her process evokes feelings of creation and obliteration, simultaneously shrouding and exposing each object’s layers. 

At first glance, Sarah Nicole Phillips’ landscapes appear to be benign crosshatched graphite or ink drawings, however upon closer inspection one discovers her grassy collages are made from security envelopes. This seemingly mundane office item with its various hidden patterns printed on the interior of envelopes is typically used to conceal its contents. Phillips diverts these cast offs from the waste stream, employing patterns in an effort to juxtapose the bureaucratic infrastructure of contemporary life with a monotonous landscape.

Carlton Scott Sturgill elegantly lifts the veil on suburban pretense exploring the dichotomy between public persona and private behavior. Sturgill’s paintings and mosaics are created using materials sourced from the suburban landscape, such as paint chip samples from Home Depot and clothing from the all-American company Ralph Lauren combined with imagery and text appropriated from the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist. 





BAC Gallery is made possible, in part, by support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Additional support for BAC programs is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Drinks provided by Sixpoint Brewery and Waterfront Wines.