Limits of Desire – Group Exhibition – May 10-17


Curated by Lindsay Aveilhé in collaboration with Small Black

Opening Reception : May 10th, 7-10pm

After party – 10 PM – Small Black DJ set
7Dunham Gallery, Brooklyn 


Artists:: Joe Baptista, Morgan Blair, Borden Capalino, Ethan Cook, Jess Fuller, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Kim Hoeckele, Adam Kremer, Lauren Luloff, Roman Liška, Anna K. Miller, Austin Nelson, Peter Rostovsky, Jen Schwarting, Ian Swanson, and Agnes Thor

Light installation by Dan Baker (

“I could lie there as long as I wanted and let all the pictures of things a man might want run through my head, coffee, a girl, money, a drink, white sand and blue water, and let them all slide off, one after another, like a deck of cards slewing slowly off your hand.

Maybe the things you want are like cards. You don’t want them for themselves really, though you think you do. You don’t want a card because you want the card, but because in a perfectly arbitrary system of rules & values and in a special combination of which you already hold a part, the card has meaning.”
-Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men, 1946

Taking concepts from Small Black’s forthcoming LP of the same name as its departure point, LIMITS OF DESIRE gathers artists whose work confronts or responds to the arbitrary framework of wants or desires upon which we exist, as well as the ways in which we either feel restricted by that framework or we seek to create self-imposed limitations. Each artists presents a unique approach to the theme as manifested through their artistic process, their relationship with materials and in their treatment of subject matter. Following Barthes own inquiry into how images limit meaning, how then does desire get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond? As image and object makers and as voyeurs, all must confront the limits of desire.

LIMITS OF DESIRE will be available for viewing by appointment until the evening of May 17th. A closing reception will take place on Friday, May 17th, 7-10pm. Please contact for any inquiries.


Morgan Blair lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in exploring real and hypothetical scenarios through pattern, symbols, and popular culture references. Her work has most recently been included in group shows with F.L.A. Gallery in Gainesville, FL, Star Gods Press in Vancouver, BC, and Headscapes in NYC, and will be included in “Tough Love” at Double Punch Gallery in San Francisco and “Wider Than a Postcard” at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, Oregon, both opening this month. Her website is

Borden Capalino is an artist based in New York City. He is represented by Ramiken Crucible and has shown at Regina Rex, Eli Ping, Derek Eller Gallery, and the former Deitch Studios in Long Island City. His work has been written about in The New Yorker and Huffington Post.

Ethan Cook, b. 1983 in Texas, lives and works in New York City. Cook most recently had his first European solo exhibition, Felman, at Galerie Jeanroch Dard in Paris and a two-person presentation at Art Brussels. Upcoming projects include participation in the Venice Biennale, a group exhibition at Brand New Gallery in Milan and a solo exhibition at Rod Barton in London.

Jess Fuller, b. 1972, in Portland, Maine, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Jellie, Martos Gallery, New Traditionalists, Martos Gallery, Washed Up and Bleached Out, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Monochrome, The Journal Gallery, Material Issues and Other Matters, Canada Gallery.

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, b. 1973, received a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands, and a MFA at Parsons School of Design, New York. Her work has shown at various international exhibitions and photo festivals such as Hyères festival, Rencontres d’Arles, the World Expo in Shanghai, MOCCA Museum in Toronto, Huis Marseille Museum of Photography in Amsterdam. In 2014 she will have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Photography in Seoul, Korea.

Kim Hoeckele is an artist working with photography, film, and installation. Landscape is central to Hoeckele’s work, with a focus on how subjective histories and time shape our relationship to place and self. Recent exhibitions include ‘There is Something About How it Flows’, Platform Stockholm, Sweden, ‘Shifting States’, Hockney Gallery, London (solo) and ‘Heat Island’, Smack Mellon, New York. Hoeckele’s work is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia. She is the recipient of the William Graf Travel Award, granted to research Berenice Abbott. Hoeckele’s work can presently be seen in the current issues of Capricious magazine and Conveyor magazine. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2012 and her BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2003.

Adam Kremer, b. 1989, is an Australian photo-based artist living and working in New York City USA.
Adam Kremer’s work deals with the photographic image as a material starting point for a post-process or the end point of a material based process. This practice explores ideas of addition and reduction relative to the subject’s representation. His recent exhibitions include The Independent Photographers Union Presents Blood of the Young, Creative Studios Gallery, London, the Queensland Festival of Photography, Australia, and the Hard Workers Club Independent Photography Festival, Tinning Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia and the Nofound Photofair, Paris, France.

Lauren Luloff, b. 1980, Dover, NH, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and a BFA from Pennsylvania State University, PA. Her work has been included in the notable exhibitions Painting Expanded at Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Not the Way you Remembered at the Queens Museum of Art, New York, That This Is, Thomas Erben Gallery and Material Issues and Other Matters at CANADA Gallery, New York. The artist was recently profiled by Johnny Misheff in The New York Times T Magazine and has been mentioned in the Village Voice, New York Times, NY ARTS Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, and Art in America. In the past year she has had 3 solo exhibits: Recent Small Works at Horton Gallery, Dark Interiors and Bright Landscapes, at Halsey McKay Gallery, and HERE at BUOY Gallery. This May, Lauren will have a solo show with Cooper-Cole Gallery in Toronto.

Roman Liška, b. 1980 in Hamburg, Germany is currently based in London, UK. His solo show `Gemini´ is on view at Brand New Gallery, Milan, until May 11th, his solo show `Brace, Brace!´ at IMO, Copenhagen is on view until June 21st, a solo show will open at DUVE Berlin in September 2013.

Anna K. Miller was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1987. After receiving her BA from Princeton University where she majored in anthropology, she completed an MFA in sculpture at Hunter College in 2012. Miller’s work is a process-based continuous exploration of material, manifesting itself in sculpture, performance and large-scale installation. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Austin Nelson, b. 1981, Charleston, SC, is a photographer and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Pratt University and his MA . Recent shows include Excavation: Material/Memory/Artifact, Ed. Varie Gallery, NYC and The Picture Show, Brooklyn Heights Cinema, Brooklyn, NY.

Peter Rostovsky, b. 1970, St. Petersburg, Russia, is an artist who works in a variety of disciplines that include painting, sculpture and installation. Known for his atmospheric paintings that explore the transcendental and the sublime in the everyday, he is equally committed to conceptual and collaborative work that he has pursued most notably as a founding member of the collective PROW with artist Olav Westphalen. Rostovsky’s many diverse projects attempt to bridge the gap between painting and conceptual art while remaining attentive to painting’s material and discursive history and to its encounter with new technologies.His work has been shown widely both in the United States and abroad and has been exhibited at such venues as The Walker Art Center, MCA San Diego, The New Orleans Museum of Art, PS1/MOMA, Artpace, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the ICA Philadelphia, the Blanton Museum of Art, SMAK Museum in Ghent and a host of private galleries including Sara Meltzer, Elizabeth Dee, The Project, Danese, Salon94, and Gio Marconi. He currently teaches painting at New York University.

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from CalArts and her BFA from Cornell University. Her recent exhibitions include: Smack Mellon, Famous Accountants, Regina Rex, Dumbo Arts Center, Independent Curators International (ICI) and the Islip Art Museum in New York, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. She participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and was a core participant in Night School at the New Museum from 2008-2009. Her work has been reviewed in the L Magazine and The New York Times.

Ian Swanson, b.1983, Detroit, MI, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been featured in numerous publications both on and offline. Swanson was co-founder of the Detroit-based ORG (R.I.P), and recently helped launch the hybrid digital/physical curatorial platform He is active on multiple social media platforms, where he regularly accepts friend and follower requests from strangers, and via his website at

Agnes Thor, b. 1986, Sweden, holds a BA from School of Photography at Gothenburg University and now lives in New York City. Her work has been exhibited internationally and her first book Aurora Borealis was published in 2010 by Mörel Books, UK. Her projects are often a blend of snapshots combined with staged photographs, and in her work she tells subtle stories about the Swedish mythic landscape, traditions and most recently she’s working on a project about life and death.