SOUTHFIRST 60 N6th Street  Brooklyn, NY  11211     ph 718 599 4884





Edward Schexnayder

December 1 – January 14, 2012

Reception for the artist and Holiday Party: Sunday, December 16, 3-6 PM


SOUTHFIRST is proud to present “Uncanny Valley,” an exhibition of new works by Edward Schexnayder. The show will be on view from December 1 – January 14, 2012. There will be a reception held for the artist from 3-6 pm on Sunday, December 16.


Schexnayder’s first solo show is an assembly of twenty works that repeat patterns and gestures—an ink blot, a green striped textile which might constitute a beach resort deck chair (or a Daniel Buren mural), a frayed houndstooth pattern—in an array of “output” options: painting, editioned ink jet print, t-shirt, wallpaper. The display of options—multiplied through the use of mirrors—playfully stages a crisis in notions of authenticity and value in the work of art. From crushed glass sprinkled on IKEA shelves to a painting printed on a tote bag, many of the works in “Uncanny Valley” combine gestures derived from the heroic individualism of Abstract Expressionism with the infinitely reproducible logic of mundane consumer products.


Born in Gallup, New Mexico, Edward Schexnayder holds an MFA from Pratt, and was a 2008 Studio Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has held residencies in Art in General’s Eastern Europe Residency Exchange Program in Zagreb, Croatia, and a NYFA artist fellowship. His work has recently appeared in exhibitions at Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Brooklyn.


SOUTHFIRST, founded in 2000, is located at 60 N6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between Wythe and Kent Avenues. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and by appointment. Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue.  For more information, please contact Maika Pollack at 718 599 4884 or