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The roots of SUGAR are grounded in installation art. In the mid nineties I began to explore this art form, coming from an architectural technology background I was more interested in space and environments. So I began to utilize both fake (non productive empty spaces) and real estate.

In November 2006 I took advantage of a hallway, and the fact that my “day job” was in Chelsea, and I created Alcove. Formerly nestled at 547 W. 27th St., Alcove was a cozy alternative exhibition space, where art came face to face with art, and the viewer. When I left that day job a year and half later, I took Alcove with me. In the summer of 2007 I found the sweetest Cocker Spaniel roaming down Troutman Street. I named her Sugar.

Needing to explore, express, explain and realize my ideas further I pondered the idea of yet another “ongoing installation” such as Alcove. I began to clear out, and organize, our live/work space and in September of 2009 I opened the doors to yet another SUGAR.

SUGAR is an artwork in and of itself. It is not an attempt at any other entity, other than what it truly is...SUGAR, (found in a large variety of recipes… in my mixing bowl). Exhibiting two, sometimes three artists, I approach each exhibition as a work of art. By juxtaposing the artwork of one artist with another I create my own aesthetic, philosophies and theories, focusing on the idea of defining equilibrium or lack thereof. I imagine it being like an arranged marriage for the art works, and the artists involved. I am not interested in solo exhibitions, nor focusing on one certain medium.

I would not say that SUGAR is a DIY (though I do take care of everything myself), nor a non-profit (I have submitted no paperwork to acquire such status). To me SUGAR is a DIMOW space (Do It My Own Way, quite Frankishly). I really do not spend much time thinking about labels. With that said and the aforementioned approach, there are no disadvantages to “running” this artist run space. I just do what I do, and don’t ask why, but “why not?”

I was born to a carpenter and an artist/activist/homemaker in Indiana, right smack-dab in the middle of the middle class and white America. I am number 7 of 8. On a really good day my mother called me Wendaferd. I have a sidekick, his name is Willie. On a really good day he calls me Darlin'. We have 2 children, they both have four legs. Their names are Hazel and Sugar. I have three caged birds and they still sing. I am an artist and the founder of SUGAR. I thought I wanted to be a draftsman. I chose to explore art. I went from Indiana to Southern California, and back to Indiana. I tried Chicago and Baltimore. I wanted extreme diversity, deep tones and rich contrast. New York is a nice fit. A good challenge. A great competitor. When I create art of any medium I trust my intuitions, I am driven by the "tug and pull" effect (both physically and metaphorically).
My photographs explain what I am thinking. The image becomes a drawing of my conclusions. Within the captured moment lie my notions and opinions about the world I live. Cropping happens in the lens, eliminating unnecessary words, while enriching others that remain within the frame. My cameras are as modest and unassuming as my images, it is my intention- as are the results.

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Opening hours

From 12:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Note:Also by appointment




Address: 449 Troutman St., #3-5, 3rd fl., Bell #21, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 917-443-1986, 718-41

On the corner of St. Nicholas Ave. Subway: L to Jefferson

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