July 18th-23rd, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday July, 18th, 6.00-9.00 pm

278 GRAND STREET, 2nd floor, New York City, 10002 (btwn Eldridge and Forsyth street)


Birth (detail) 40 x 30", Oil on canvas , 2013

Gallery SENSEI is proud to present KAREN DANA In search of stones exhibition

Karen Dana’s new paintings feature figures in ambivalent spaces that are both expansive and restraining. That duality magnifies the presence of individual subjects isolated from their context to evoke intensely personal associations. The familiarity of the scenes is as seductive as drama.
Dana leads the viewer through an initially mundane, subsequently odd territory into the depths of the collective unconsciousness. A feeling of exposure and uncertainty is enhanced by the orchestration of glances. The sense of dislocation makes palpable the inherent tensions between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduction, and ultimately life and death.
Together these diverse yet intimately connected paintings raise Dana’s own blend of symbolism.

Karen Dana is an artist living and working in New York. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she obtained a BFA Degree from “ENPEG La Esmeralda” The National Institute for Fine Arts and her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY in 2011. She has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Mexico, LA and recently had a solo show, entitled “Daily Cloud” in Brooklyn, NY.



July 18th-23rd, 2014.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday July, 18th, 6.00-9.00 pm

278 GRAND STREET, 2nd floor, New York City, 10002 (btwn Eldridge and Forsyth street)


Wearable Adornments, Auburn, Black (respectively), crocheted kanekalon fiber, 2012, 2013

Gallery SENSEI is proud to present CASSANDRA HOLDEN' s works
In making reference to past traditions, Cassandra Holden’s contemporary work examines the enduring and transforming attitudes society and culture has towards femininity and beauty. Through the acts of weaving and crocheting, Holden seeks to repossess crafts generally considered “feminine” by societal standards and to embrace the rich histories that these practices hold. Her work with synthetic hair explores the way identity is formed and represented by the adornments we use to augment and manipulate our appearances.

Cassandra Holden was raised in New York City and received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012. She works primarily in soft sculpture, drawing, and installation. Previously, she has exhibited through the Queens Council on the Arts and with the New York based art collectives Blank Canvas and Urban Studio.

The Parlor Room will be open regular evenings Tues-Sat featuring:

Mixing &  Mingling,  
a tasty Food menu
Budget Friendly Beverages
More updates soon!