Next to the Sea Press Release

'Next to the Sea' Press Release


Opening of ‘Next to the Sea’ exhibition at Munch Gallery
Works by Pierre Botardo, David Hochbaum and Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen
January 8 - February 5, 2012
Opening Reception Sunday, January 8, 5-8 pm

Contact: Lillan Munch, 212.228.1600,


New York, NY, December 10, 2011 – Munch Gallery is pleased to present ‘Next to the Sea’, a three person show featuring work from Pierre Botardo, David Hochbaum and Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen.  Using the sea as a common theme, the exhibition explores the mixed bag of human emotion that floods through us when we are faced with an expanse of shores and deep waters.  From voyage and a craving for adventure to nostalgia and a sense of belonging, the sea is intriguing and reminds us how close we are to the next adventure and how far we have traveled from where we began.  ‘Next to the Sea’ plays on that dichotomy of wanderlust and nostalgia, and at a more intimate level the contrast between where we have been and where we will go.  The show will run from January 8 through February 5, 2012. The opening reception will be held Sunday evening, January 8 from 5-8 pm.



Pierre Botardo
The images I create are initial reactions to both lasting and meteoric events.  The work, itself, is an observation of the discretion in these events.  By permitting myself to indulge analytically and aesthetically in uncensored emotions, it is a form of self expression as well as self acceptance.  I find myself drawn to topics rarely discussed in the immediate culture of my upbringing.  The work produced exhibits my understanding that the allure is consequential of this absence.  Such consequences resolve themselves in a learned definition of mysticism in terms of intimacy, sexuality, and authority; forceful and manipulative.  The images are not intended to ascribe a quality to this definition, but to display it as individual concepts inseparable of one another.

David Hochbaum
Hochbaum’s output is centered on the power of myth.  But to understand his work, one must understand that the myths he explores have little to do with the gods and monsters of antiquity.  Hochbaum incorporates the ideas, ideologies and iconography of his vivid dreams with the lives seen everyday on the streets of his native New York to create a new mythology.  These visceral stories attempt to explain visually the unknown elements and intricacies of modern life.  It is the desire to communicate the lessons of this mythos with all of humanity in a common, unmistakable tongue which drives Hochbaum’s efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, photography and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.

Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen
Key to my practice is a process of calculated spontaneity and pre planned coincidence through which I work primarily with a combination of drawing and installation.  I aim to engage physically in the process of mark making which have led me to develop a technique of hand embossing paper with a tattoo needle.  Through merging of material and context I seek to communicate through the visual language of nautical folklore and traditional tattooing.  With the pencil as my rudder and a needle as my compass I navigate through the tides and rogue waves of the human condition in our struggle to reach the non-existing point in the horizon.