SOUTHFIRST 60 N6th Street Brooklyn, NY  11211




26 January – 25 February, 2007


SOUTHFIRST gallery is proud to present MEN & MATH, a three-person show of new work by DAVID SCANAVINO, DOUG MELINI and EDUARDO SANTIERE. The show is on view from January 26 – February 25.


One of the stories we tell about men is that they are logical. Capable of abstract thought, good at numbers, interested in straight lines—the kinds of myths we maintain about men and math describe a kind of romance of the rational. How might this stereotype look as a style? New works that makes a fetish of chance, abstraction and geometry are the focus of this group show.


“Party Time” is a plain eight-foot tall wedge hung on the wall. It pushes subtly into the viewer’s space. If the shape and function of the group of work it is part of is reminiscent of minimalist objects by Robert Morris, its utilitarian material—linoleum tiling specked with flecks of red, yellow and blue—brings to mind catalogues of ready-made office furniture. DAVID SCANAVINO graduated with an MFA from Yale. He co-curated “NeoCon” at Passerby, NY, and lives and works in Brooklyn.


DOUG MELINI takes lines and checks and cultivates them into simultaneously decorative and obsessive fields of color. His large-scale paintings produce effects of optical excess reminiscent of both Pop painting and mindless shopping. Melini recently curated the show “The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images” at ZieherSmith Gallery and showed in a white room at White Columns. He graduated with an MFA from California Institute of Arts and lives and works in Brooklyn.


EDUARDO SANTIERE’s drawings, meticulously executed with graphite or scratching on thick white paper, reveal patterns that seem like homages to physical phenomena (like sine waves) and architecture (maybe a Modernist building seen through thick fog). His work will be on view in the upcoming show at the Drawing Center, New York. He has had solo shows at Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago and in Madison, WI where he completed an MFA at the University of Madison in 2003. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


SOUTHFIRST is located at 60 N6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and by appointment. Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 718 599 4884.