Introducing: Interlude Artist Residency

Introducing: Interlude Artist Residency
I am so pleased to announce that I have founded new artist residency program.

Established in 2019 in the Hudson Valley, Interlude Artist Residency is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a flourishing practice for artists who are actively parenting. Interlude provides residency stays and professional development tailored to the unique needs of these artists.

I will be serving as Artistic Director of the program. We intend to begin serving artists in residency beginning in the summer of 2020.

I heard a fly buzz....

I heard a fly buzz....
I'm excited to announce the opening reception for I heard a Fly buzz - when I died on April 6th, 6-9pm at Ti Art Studios #39.  This is a two day, pop-up exhibition featuring 10 artists whose work focuses on the relationship between death and humor.  

The exhibition title is taken from one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems in which she describes an annoying mental distraction at the most crucial moment of death.  The poem builds describing the subject’s struggle to focus on her loved ones as she slowly slips away. At the final moment of death, the subject gazes at those who have gathered to say farewell only to have her last view blocked by the fly landing on her eye.  The work in this exhibition speaks to this idea of dark humor and hilarity at the most final of moments.
Participating artists include:

the good minute goes

the good minute goes

Sweet Lorraine gallery is pleased to present the good minute goes, a solo exhibition of Elsie Kagan’s recent work.
Kagan’s work is grounded equally in the history of representative painting and in contemporary concerns with materiality and surface. She sifts through the history of western art to mine imagery that speaks to her in the present moment - and reinterprets its language to discover an enduring resonance.
These paintings expose the urgent and all-encompassing twin experiences of motherhood and of loss – each a vast and varied landscape of connection, isolation, ambivalence, joy, rage, and grief. Kagan is investigating the odd sense of time rushing by and simultaneously slowing to a standstill, creating subjects that hover between relic and living, both iconic and familiar. The sources for this work are quiet and tender Madonna and child sculptures and reliefs from the later Italian Renaissance, largely made of glazed terracotta.
These pictures break from the tranquility of the traditional Madonna and child, instead presenting us with images in which multiple mothers and children cascade through the compositions, their idealized embraces interrupted by abstraction, replication, and incompletion. The work harnesses the power of pictorial space and surface presence, testing the line between representation and abstraction. Kagan’s large works are physically active, corresponding with her arm span and the movement of her body. In counterpoint, the smaller works are more hushed and contained, emphasizing drawing and mimesis. Color takes center stage, pushing in surprising ways throughout the spectrum and the limits of pigment. The mark making ranges from truly spontaneous to painstakingly careful, alluding to the slippery quality of time itself and the search for that fleeting moment of true connection; that charged moment when paint is at once a smear and a set of eyes looking into yours.

To see more of Elsie's work, visit her website at 

Sweet Lorraine Gallery
183 Lorraine St. 3rd Floor (between Court and Clinton)
Brooklyn NY 11321

Map it

Take F or G trains to Smith and 9th street subway stop and walk south toward Red Hook; or take the R train to 4th Ave. and 9th St., turn right down 9th St. to Court St., and turn Left 2 blocks; or take B61 bus to the corner of Court St. and Lorraine St.

Arts Gowanus Summer Show, curated by John Gagne

Arts Gowanus Summer Show, curated by John Gagne
Sunday, July 22, 12pm - night
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street

Arts Gowanus' Gallery Dispersed and Threes Brewing partner up to to host The Summer Show, featuring a selection of artwork from local Brooklyn-based creatives hung throughout the brewery.

Join us on Sunday, July 22 as we celebrate all the artists who have contributed work to the space. We'll be hosting a pop-up, craft vendor market from 12pm-4pm, as well as spoken word performances in the evening from 5pm-7pm. Drink local, eat local, and support your local arts community! RSVP on FB HERE!

Featured Artists
Karen Y. Chan
Anthony Clune
Abby Goldstein
Neil Harvey
Katarina Jerinic
Janet Pedersen
Justin Neely
Elsie Kagan
Hermann Meija
John Richey
Manju Shandler
Dale Williams

NEA Fellowship and VSC Residency

NEA Fellowship and VSC Residency
I am pleased to announce I was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a residency in August 2017 at the Vermont Studio Center.

Missing Me One Place Search Another

Missing Me One Place Search Another


We are pleased to present a pop-up group exhibition of paintings by Melissa Capasso, Delphine Hennelly, Frank Holliday, Elsie Kagan, Chris Lucius, Amy Sacksteder, Tori Tinsley, and Libby Rosa.

Missing Me One Place Search Another, curated by Brooklyn studio mates Libby Rosa and Chris Lucius, offers viewers experiences rooted in memories of place, touch, and imagination. Details of the world around us are recalled from our well of memories. The brain’s stimulated neurons compile a scene by merging groups of consolidated synapses that have been fired in patterns identical to our body's initial stimulation. Traces of felt experiences, emotions, and visual information are melded together to form what we perceive as structured memories.

The visceral and tactile medium of paint relocates a memory into a new creative space - one that embraces the illogical and the uncanny. A space where missing information or exaggerated details illuminate a deeper visual understanding than its integrated whole. The viewers find themselves in a game of psychological hide and seek to construct what they believe they understand.

The artists in Missing Me One Place Search Another play the roles of creators, re-shapers, and folklorist tricksters - painting trail markers of their past to communicate something entirely new.