Footloose // Ortega y Gasset Projects // March 23 - April 28 2019

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce Footloose, a two person exhibition featuring David Humphrey and Keisha Prioleau-Martin curated by Co-Director Catherine Haggarty. The Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 23rd, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The exhibition will run through April 28, 2019.

Footloose is a painting show about the connection and rhythm between two artists. Although they do not work collaboratively, Keisha Prioleau-Martin and David Humphrey share similarities and differences just the same. Their pairing in this show is not for similar subject matter, but for their shared attitude and how that generates our perception.

Ultimately painting and dancing are centered around the body. Both provide the opportunity to move fluidly and free the mind from concern. Deep down inside, everybody loves to dance. Perhaps just the same, painting is like dancing: expressive, uninhibited and mysterious - and it becomes harder to do freely as you get older.

Dancing mirrors several facets within the field of painting - it can reveal and demonstrate moments of self revelation in a way that is often ineffable. Often, awkward, clumsy and sexy moves are stand-ins for how the body navigates physical space.  Dancing can be as primal as music and is a form of expression that releases endorphins as soon as it begins. Within painting, the audience often projects, dissects, imbues, and translates what they see in relationship to what they already know. Footloose is a celebration of painting and of the endearing effort to be a part of something much larger than yourself.

Untitled Projects - 2018: I collaborated with Karen Flatow from Crush Curatorial to create a weekend exhibit & retreat at Crush (Amagansett) in May of 2018. Inviting 30 artists who are forward thinking curators, critics and writers to exhibit their work in Untitled Projects.

Ortega y Gasset Projects - Co Director from 2016-2019

Ortega y Gasset Projects @ The Old American Can Factory
363 Third Ave / Brooklyn, New York 11215

Ortega y Gasset Projects is an artist run gallery founded in 2013. OyG is:

Catherine Haggarty (Brooklyn, NYC) // Eric Hibit (Queens, NY) // Will Hutnick (Wassaic, NY) // Leeza Meksin (Manhattan, NY) // Lauren Whearty (Philadelphia) // Eleanna Anagnos (Brooklyn, NY) // Zahar Vaks (Brooklyn, NY) // Nickola Plottinger (Brooklyn, N

 Rose Nestler, Strange Business

Ortega y Gasset Projects / January 6th – February 11th, 2018 / curated by Catherine Haggarty and Zahar Vaks

About Looking
Matt Phillips & Travis Fairclough
Curated by Catherine Haggarty
January 27 – February 19, 2017

“The field that you are standing on appears to have the same proportions as your own life.”
-John Berger, About Looking, pg. 205.

Ortega y Gasset Projects is proud to present About Looking, an exhibition featuring Brooklyn-based painters Matt Phillips and Travis Fairclough that offers us a viewing experience rooted in patience and presence.

Phillips and Fairclough’s paintings create a weightless environment, one that urges us to grasp for forms and ground to rest on as we question the reoccurring shapes as figures, objects, and material.  

About Looking is a nod to the late John Berger, who advocated endlessly for patient and concerted attention in all facets of the arts. We may find steady ground to rest on as a way to assert our knowing of Phillips and Fairclough’s approach and technique, and are pressed to stand back and recalibrate our understanding again and again. To feel or to know these paintings is to feel and know the land and the ground we rest on, as Berger suggests in his text, About Looking, 1980.

It is an invaluable ability and a necessary practice to let go of outcomes while both viewing and making painting. Gracefully and patiently, Phillips and Fairclough’s work allows us freedom while viewing. Let us simply sink and swim in the work and company of Matt Phillips and Travis Fairclough in About Looking.


Curating Contemporary - The Players Dinner - 2015. Online Exhibit & Essay

We Are What The Seas Have Made Us - 2015 

Curation & Essay.

Yevgenia Baras, Daniel John Gadd, Dana James & Alan Prazniak