Three Voices: Hollie Heller + Sarah Kurz + Ryan Sarah Murphy
Curated by Melinda Wang
May 10 - June 1, 2019

Montauk Distilling Co. Lighthouse Gallery
323 E. 108th Street
New York City

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: By appointment

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MW Projects is pleased to present Three Voices, a group exhibition featuring the works of Hollie Heller, Sarah Kurz and Ryan Sarah Murphy.  Bringing together painting and collage by these three New York-based women artists for the first time, the exhibition explores how each artist’s work is distinctly imbued with emotion and unapologetic beauty.  It also considers how the artists communicate through the self-imposed systems in which the works were created – whether in the decision to limit oneself to found materials or to specific subject matter.  The works are presented in an intimate setting so that visitors can experience both the consonance and dissonance created when these three voices come together.

Hollie Heller is a contemporary fiber artist working in large-scale installations. Though often created using things found in nature, these objects are altered or edited and then arranged to reintroduce them to her audience in a fresh and unfamiliar light.  By collecting and recreating components, she offers the observer new pieces of information and examines how art is fluid and relational.  Heller received her BS from University of Delaware and her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.  She is a recipient of a fellowship from the NJ State Council of the Arts.  Heller has been a regular exhibitor at the Architectural Digest Design Show and has shown at the Delaware Art Museum, The Hunterdon Museum and The Jersey City Museum. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections, for which it is regularly commissioned, and has been featured in Surface Design Journal, Malibu Times, The Washington Post, the Star Ledger and The New York Times.

Sarah Kurz’s paintings investigate stream-of-consciousness moments during which memory and reality coalesce.  Engaging with universal themes of longing, beauty, death and the passage of time, Kurz explores the emotionally complex terrain of her subjects.  She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  Selected solo and group exhibitions include Sargent's Daughters (New York, NY), GAA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), I-20 Gallery (New York, NY) and Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA).  Her work has been featured in Details Magazine, The New York Times, Flash Art and Art Critical.  Kurz attended the artist residency program at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2018.

Ryan Sarah Murphy’s collage-based work is process-driven and incorporates the use of found and repurposed materials. These collages, suggesting odd terrains and shifting perspectives, are the result of a subconscious examination of space – both the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self.  Murphy received her BFA from School of Visual Arts.  She has received awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2014), Working Artist Grant (2018), the I-Park Foundation and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.  Her recent exhibitions include paŸper at Paradigm Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Pulp + Process at the Society of Arts & Crafts (Boston, MA), and Terraforming at Ground Floor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Murphy and her work have been featured in reviews and articles in The New York Times, Artnews, Maake Magazine and Artspiel.

Images: (i) Ryan Sarah Murphy, On a Split Shift (2015), found (unpainted) cardboard and foamcore; (ii) Sarah Kurz, We Laughed and Laughed and Laughed (2014), oil on linen; (iii) Hollie Heller, In-Ter-Mesh (2019), mixed media

About MW Projects

MW Projects is a cultural production and art advisory firm dedicated to bringing contemporary art to historic sites, non-traditional venues and liminal spaces.  We work with emerging and established artists to transform environments and encourage dialogue about contemporary art and culture.  For more information, please visit

About Montauk Distilling Co. Lighthouse Gallery

Montauk Distilling Co. Lighthouse Gallery is a new Manhattan venue for culture and events.  Operated by Montauk Distilling Co., this East Harlem space hosts gatherings that connect diverse New Yorkers and illuminate their good work.  For more information, please visit

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