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RECENTLY – SOLO EXHIBITION: Increments & Incidents, at The Garage Art Center in Queens, NY. October 15th – November 20th, 2022.

Sky Pape, Receiver, acrylic, ink & acrylic gouache on paper, 22.5″ square. Photo: Pauline Shapiro

This exhibition presented recent pieces from Sky Pape’s Anomalies series, with sources of inspiration ranging from dinner plates to astrophysics. Using geometry and patterns, Pape references systems that operate within us, and those within which we exist, addressing themes of perception and uncertainty. Pulsating with irregularities, the human hand is always evident in these structured, intricate compositions. “I’m fascinated by the leaps the mind makes when confronted by something that’s a little off, creating a space for unexpected realizations to arise,” she says.

QUICK READ:Increments & Incidents: Interview with Artist Sky Pape,” by Meagan Meehan, November 8th, 2022.


UP NOW, and EXTENDED through Feb 2023: Pieces from Sky Pape’s Ligurian Suite are on view in an exhibition at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery. A collaborative, curatorial brainchild of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and nAscent Art New York, Sound and Sight: A Duet, presents creative dialogues between eight artworks and eight original musical compositions, all by visual artists and musicians in the NYC area.

Free public and socially distanced viewings of the Sound and Sight: A Duet exhibition will take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from July 19th through February, 2023. Entry to the show requires ticket reservations (no charge, but mandatory). Location: 21 Clark St., Brooklyn, NY

Sky Pape - abstraction Sumi Ink on Hanji paper for Sound & Sight Exhibition at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery 2022
Sky Pape, Untitled (Image 9419), water & Sumi ink on handmade hanji paper. 31″ x 58″ Photo: Jean Vong

Sound and Sight: A Duet brings creative conversations to life between eight artworks and eight original musical compositions by visual artists and musicians in the New York City area. nAscent’s curatorial team paired four artworks with four existing musical pieces curated by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM). Concurrently, the BKCM invited four of its musicians to each compose a new, original piece in response to four additional, existing visual works of art.

Visual Artists: Natale Adgnot, Jessica Maffia, Lauren Matsumoto, Xan Padrón, Sky Pape, Kayo Shido, Eduardo Terranova, Alice Zinnes. Musicians: Ty Citerman, Shayna Dunkelman, Agustin Grasso, Sameer Gupta, Lafayette Harris, Mara Mayer, Mike McGinnis, Angela Morris, Martha Sanchez, Sara Schoenbeck, Lucia Stavros, Johnna Wu, Milad Yousufi.


RECENTLY: Ink, group exhibition McKenzie Fine Art, 55 Orchard Street, New York, NY, July 8th through August 13th, 2022. Several works from Sky Pape’s “Anomalies” series were on view alongside those of Roberta Allen, Chris Arabadjis, Nancy Blum, Lori Ellison, Jessica Rosner, and Eric Wolf.  


RESIDENCY: Sky Pape was invited for a July residency at the Swimming Hole Foundation with Lyn Godley, Nancy Davidson, Rick Klauber, David Provan, and Rebecca Welz, where this multi-disciplinary crew of artists collaboratively created a multi-media exhibition centered on animal well-being. The artists’ work at the Swimming Hole was open to the public as part of the Upstate Art Weekend. Recently featured on Art Spiel with the article, “Animal Well-Being at the Swimming Hole Foundation Residency: In Conversation with the Artists,” and Artnet News. Also selected as the top Editor’s Pick of Upstate Arts & Culture in this article in Inside + Out.


RECENTLY: Creating Home: Immigrant Perspectives, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Gallery at the United Palace, 4140 Broadway, NYC, June 23rd to August 31st, 2022.

Artists from Central & South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East reflected on themes such as belonging, memory, identity, nostalgia, and the intertwining of cultures involved in making a home away from home. The artists examine place, identity, displacement, and fragmentation and question the politics that continually surround their experiences.

Artists: Yael Ben-Zion, Gal Cohen, Franck de las Mercedes, Rose Deler, Felipe Galindo, Takashi Harada, Shinsuke Higuchi, Lilia Levin, Rafaela Luna, Rosa Naparstek, Eva Nikolova, Palén Obesa, Sky Pape, Kaé Sato, Elizabeth Starčević, Yasuyo Tanaka.


RECENTLY: On June 5th 2022, in honor of World Environment Day, Only One Earth flag project, including Sky Pape’s flag (center), will wave again, surrounding Rockefeller Center’s iconic rink. Shown previously throughout April 2022, The UN Environment Programme teamed up with the Climate Museum to produce this project showcasing climate and environmental issues. The exhibition was the focal point of Earth Day celebrations on April 22nd, which included public programming by the Climate Museum. (Thanks to Harold Wallin for providing this image. Flags left to right by Riley Palmer, Sky Pape, Peter Papulis.) Use this link to view the exhibition catalog.


RECENTLY:  Cosmic Geometries at EFA Project Space, NYC (Jan 13-Feb 26, 2022). Praised by critic Jillian Steinhauer in her review in the NY Times, “It’s exhilarating to see a knockout exhibition that celebrates abstraction’s spiritual searching. These works are rooted in culture and form, but reminders, too, that when it comes to art, we’re often seeking something deeper.” Featuring work by: Natessa Amin, Yevgeniya Baras, Lisa Beck, Biren De, Grace DeGennaro, Evie Falci, Anoka Faruqee & David Driscoll, Rico Gatson, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Xylor Jane, Valerie Jaudon, Laleh Khorramian, Julia Kunin, Marilyn Lerner, Anne Lindberg, Mahirwan Mamtani, Carrie Moyer, Stephen Mueller, Sky Pape, Dorothea Rockburne, A.V. Ryan, Laurel Sparks, Barbara Takenaga, Jackie Tileston and Johanna Unzueta. Organized by Hilma’s Ghost, a feminist collective project by Sharmistha Ray and Dannielle Tegeder

Cosmic Geometries was a group exhibition of intergenerational and intersectional artists that examined the spiritual and aesthetic functions of abstract painting and geometry in art. Their motifs were inspired by sources as divergent as Islamic architecture, Buddhist mandalas, Hindu yantras, medieval Christian stained-glass windows, and quantum mechanics, rendering formal devices that range from tessellations, optical illusions, to elaborate ornamentation techniques.

RECENTLY: Synergizing Art + Mathematics: Sky Pape. On April 14th, 2022, Sky Pape spoke about her work with award-winning performer, playwright, and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari for this Truth Values Community event. Gioia founded the Truth Values Organization to create a profoundly supportive environment for women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), achieved through the powerful intersection of art, science and conversation.

RECENTLY: May 6-22, 2022, at Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, NYC. Sky Pape had work in Among Friends, a group show to benefit NY Artists Equity. Inspired by Rauschenberg’s 1978 “Hiccups” the show included original works zipped together to create one collective display. Organized by Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Beth Dary, and Patricia Fabricant.

RECENTLY:  The Heights/El Alto, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W 166 St, New York, NY 10032 (October 25th – November 12, 2021) Artists: Dió-genes Abréu, Mary Gratereaux/Virginia Ayress, Rene De Los Santos, Jerise Fogel, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Alex Guerrero, Inju Kaboom, Carlos Jesús Martínez Dominguez (Feegz), Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Sky Pape, Dister Rondón, Elizabeth Starčević, Rider Ureña, Cindy Vasquez

Above: View of “Anomalies,” Sky Pape’s most recent solo exhibition at June Kelly Gallery, NYC.

RECENTLY: Anomalies, a solo exhibition of recent work, at June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012 was on view September 9th through October 12th, 2021. Art & Antiques magazine wrote that these works, “…built up from white lines on a black field, are intricate and dazzling, as if Op Art were blended with astrophysics,” adding, “Abstract as it is, her work relates to current social and political realities insofar as it illuminates the dichotomy of instability and resilience.” [September issue, p. 23]

Image above, gallery view from At Sea (left: Charlotte Schulz, right: Sky Pape).  Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs. 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101 (Sept 29-Dec 8, 2019). Exhibition brochure & checklist for At Sea.]

At Sea, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, curated by Zeljka Himbele. Artists: Zalika Azim, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Heide Fasnacht, Scherezade Garcia, Shirin Kazemi, Franck Lesbros, Roger Clay Palmer, Sky Pape, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Charlotte Schulz, Adrien Segal, and Eve K. Tremblay.