From Decay to Illumination

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© Courtesy of the artist & FiveMyles
From Decay to Illumination

558 St. Johns Place
11238 Brooklyn

June 22nd, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Opening: June 22nd, 2013 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Thu-Sun 1-6 or by appointment


The three artists have organized this exhibition based on the premise that a society’s survival depends on a continual process of decay followed by a rebirth of ideas. 

Matt Miley’s drawings take the viewer into landscapes of dark, forbidding lines, where anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures seem to interact with the landscape and each other in multifarious uneasy ways. David Mcleish creates sculptures with wood and wax, complex and soothing at the same time. His works reference our fading memory; like wax, it is an unreliable material. Finn Gleeson’s paintings show color in motion, done with bold brush strokes and a sense of joy.


David Mcleish lives and works in Miami, Florida. He earned an MFA from Florida State University and has exhibited in the US and internationally. David is a co-director of the Pinion Gallery, an artist-run gallery that was located in Brooklyn, New York between 2010 and 2011 where seven exhibitions were hosted. The gallery has also hosted exhibitions in Orlando and Miami, Florida and is now an organization that is actively curating and exhibiting in Miami, New York City, and will be expanding to Stockholm, Sweden in 2014. 

Matt Miley is originally from Louisiana and Mississippi. Following the completion of his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Florida State University, Matt moved to New York City in 2009 to work at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently living and making art in Crown Heights in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited in the US and internationally. Since his move to New York City he has also been involved in building and co-directing the Pinion Gallery. Matt will be moving to Stockholm, Sweden in 2014. 

Finn Gleeson is a 4th Dan black belt in Judo and received an MA at Wimbledon School of Art. His work explores the relationships between figuration and abstraction. He lives and works in Bath, United Kingdom.