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A Group Show at Arlene’s Grocery NYC

A Group Show at Arlenes Grocery NYC - May 2015
This Thursday night, c’mon down and over to Arlene’s Grocery and feast your eyes on some fantastic art! I am excited to show my most recent painting “Ore,” as part of the latest exhibit there titled “A Group Show!” curated by the artist Joseph Meloy. An institution in NYC’s Lower East Side music scene, Arlene’s has also been hosting some of the city’s freshest new visual art. Stop by and say hey at the opening reception from 6-10 pm, 95 Stanton St, NY, NY, Thursday May 28, 2015. The show features new work by:


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Geek Love art by Elisha Sarti @ Bound Requiem Show, Last Rites Gallery NYC

I am so pleased to have one of my artworks exhibited in the group show “Bound Requiem,” curated by artist Michael Mararian. Opening Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Last Rites Gallery in NY, NY, the show features artwork made from found books and explores the idea of “the death of the book” in this digital age. The book I chose to work with is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, published in 1989.

Elisha Sarti - Geek Love - after Katherine Dunn - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Geek Love (after Katherine Dunn), 2013
Acrylic with collage including book pages on canvas
28 in x 22 in / 71.12 cm x 55.88 cm

Larger image: here

This particular book found me a few times during my life – first, when I was kid at the public library. There, the neon orange cover stood out from the new releases shelf. My early-teenaged self honed in on the title since everyone in junior high threw the word “geek” around so much. The font on the cover looked digital and vaguely futuristic so I assumed the story would be about computer whizzes in love and checked it out. When I got home and read Dunn’s amazing tale, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the geeks of this story are indeed outsiders but not ’80s computer nerds. They are geeks in the carnival sense of the word: the matron of the story bites the heads off live chickens at the circus. Later, at art school I signed up for a course called “Geek Lit.” and was again pleasantly surprised. This book was part of the curriculum, where there was lively discussion of (and much inspiration to be gained from) the story’s novelty and how it applies to artists and art-making. And now, it finds me again – I was searching the city all summer hoping to stumble upon a book for this show and inspiration struck me at the Strand – there was its neon orange cover shining in the sun on the used book rack and I knew I must explore this story once more.

The painting I made incorporates pages from the first edition as well as the cover. (It’s interesting to note that the publisher Alfred Knopf allowed its famous dog logo to be altered for this edition. In the Geek Love version of the logo there are 5 legs on the dog in keeping with the book’s theme of genetic mutation and carnival freaks.) The flower motif that I added to the background of this image references an idea from the book – “Papa’s Roses” were what the story’s family called the intentionally created genetically mutated children in the book. In the copy of the book I got for this show, there was an inscription. I left it showing in the finished piece. It reads: Takes one to know one. Happy Birthday! Rob.

Bound Requiem at Last Rites Gallery

Anyhow, I am truly honored to be showing among the many great artists that Michael Mararian has gathered for this show. Please join us at the opening party December 14, 2013 from 7-11 pm or view the show through January 18, 2014. See the show online here:


14 DECEMBER 2013 – 18 JANUARY 2014
511 W. 33rd NYC

Tom Bagshaw, C3, Sas & Colin Christian, Luke Chueh, Chris Crites, Jason D’Aquino, Joe Decamillis, AJ Fries, Ray Geary, Naoto Hattori, Sylvia Ji, Craig LaRotonda, Scott Lickstein, Lola, Dave MacDowell, Michael Mararian, Amanda Marie, Julian Montague, Eric Richardson, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, Elisha Sarti, Mike Stilkey, David Stoupakis, Elizabeth Winnel and Genevive Zacconi

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Crackle & Glow art show: NOWhere Limited x Arlene’s Grocery NYC

NOWhere Limited put together a cozy group show of art at Arlene’s Grocery, an institution in NYC’s LES music scene. On view for the month of November 2013 at 95 Stanton St, NY, NY, it features paintings by artists:
Scott Lickstein, Joseph Meloy, Seth Mulvey and Elisha Sarti.

Browse works from this show: here

Crackle & Glow, paintings presented by NOWhere Limited at Arlene’s Grocery.
Links to view and buy works from this show are now: here

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Now in Love: Paintings by Elisha Sarti @ Arlene’s Grocery NYC

I am excited to be showing some of my paintings and mixed media works at Arlene’s at 95 Stanton Street in NYC! It opens this Monday night – if you’re in the area, do please stop by and check out my work, Scott Lickstein’s work and some fantastic live music! -E.

Elisha Sarti - Now in Love Show @ Arlene's Grocery - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Now in Love Show @ Arlene’s Grocery

Arlene’s Grocery, an institution in NYC’s LES music scene, hosts 2 simultaneous art exhibits organized by Joseph Meloy this month. The shows open Monday, May 13th at 6pm, with free live music later in the evening. There’s no cover / 21 and over. Details below…

Opening 6pm, Monday, May 13, 2013
On view through June 2, 2013

*** The My Way Highway: Paintings by Scott Lickstein ***

*** Now in Love: Paintings by Elisha Sarti ***

Starts at 7pm, Monday, May 13, 2013

*** Dadsex ***

*** The Toothaches***

*** Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock n’ Roll Karaoke Band ***

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Junkmail Squared Show at All Roads Project by NOWhere Limited

January 25, 2013, New York, NY – NOWhere Limited Contemporary Art – Last night in the Chelsea art district of NYC, Junkmail², a unique one night exhibit by artist Elisha Sarti was the second show featured at NOWhere Limited’s latest project: All Roads.

Links to works from this show are now: here

Junkmail², Elisha Sarti @ The All Roads Project by NOWhere Limited. Links to view and buy works from this show are now: here

From the press release:
Elisha Sarti is a painter who works with acrylics, collage, found objects and colored pencil on a variety of substrates. Her imagery references advertisements, product packaging and pictures collected from the Internet. Her work’s textures often mimic nature’s deteriorating effects on machine-made items. For the ongoing series Junkmail², Sarti paints visual odes to disposable mass media like discarded menus, tabloid magazines and dish detergent labels on handmade paper discs she fabricates from reconstituted junkmail. In addition to working as a visual artist, Sarti is a co-director of NOWhere Limited Contemporary Art.

NOWhere Limited’s All Roads Project is a new experiment in alternative exhibition space.
Conceived with a “waste not want not” mentality, artists Elisha Sarti and Scott Lickstein, co-founders of NOWhere Limited, converted their SUV into Chelsea’s smallest art space… (Continue reading here.)

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Courage Colours at Coyle Cavern

New work by Elisha Sarti is part of a 4 person art exhibit curated by Brendan Coyle at Coyle Cavern in Staten Island, NYC, through July 14 2012. Here are some photos from the opening night, June 9, 2012.

Courage Colours 4 person art exhibit at Coyle Cavern Staten Island NYC

Pictured clockwise from top center: Elisha Sarti, Supposed To, acrylic, colored pencil on wood panel, 12 x 40 inches, Elisha Sarti, Dark Passed, acrylic, colored pencil on wood panel, 12 x 40 inches; Brendan Coyle introducing The Rising Sun All Stars; the stage set up for AJ Pantaleo’s performance, Scott Lickstein, The Sprinter, silkscreened monoprints, 25 x 19 inches; fly tv above the entrance to Coyle Cavern; various guests at the show with The Realist DJ’ing at the right; Elisha Sarti and Scott Lickstein with Scott’s painting Speechless in the background. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the opening, to all the musicians, to Brendan and the crew at Coyle Cavern and also to Filiz Soyak for snapping some of these photos.

Coyle Cavern presents: COURAGE COLOURS
Visual art by: Elisha Sarti, Scott Lickstein, Priscilla Christen, Emily Peters
There were live music/DJ performances by: AJ Pantaleo, Rising Sun All Stars and The Realist.

Open by appointment through the first week of July 2012. Closing party: July 14th! For purchase information about any of the artworks pictured here, please contact Brendan Coyle.

More photos… Continue reading

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Show in NYC – Scott Lickstein & Elisha Sarti & More at Coyle Cavern

Elisha is exhibiting some new work as part of a 4 person art show curated by Brendan Coyle in Staten Island, NYC, opening Saturday June 9, 2012, 7pm.
Upcoming Show in NYC - Scott Lickstein & Elisha Sarti at Coyle Cavern June 9 2012

Coyle Cavern, Saturday June 9, 2012, 7pm – 2am. Live Music starts at 9pm.
194 Bay St. (Little Bay St.) Staten Island, NYC, map.

Coyle Cavern presents: COURAGE COLOURS
Visual art by: Elisha Sarti, Scott Lickstein, Priscilla Christen, Emily Peters
Music at 9pm: AJ Pantaleo, Rising Sun All Stars; DJ: The Realist.

Happening during Staten Island’s Second Saturday monthly art walk!

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