needle in the hay

December 3, 2022 – January 26, 2023

Ellen Letcher, video still from YOU, 2022, total RT 3m20s, playing on continuous loop.


needle in the hay, is a collaborative multi-media video installation by Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres, artists and partners who enjoy collaborating, making, and curating. In addition to their respective practices, they co-run LABspace, a long-term curatorial project located in Hillsdale NY. Originally founded by Susan Jennings in 2014, this unique artist-run space is dedicated to experiments in curation, community, and exhibiting culturally relevant works by a wide range of contemporary artists.

When asked about the gallery’s mission, Torres shares that even though they have seen success in cultivating collectors, they are “more about connecting people and getting them to show up and come meet each other.” In that way they utilize the space as a vehicle to grow artist communities. Their programming at LABspace centers on “the artist as viewer,” and they are actively engaged in connecting artists in the Hudson Valley, Berkshire, and greater NY area. Their projects have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Magazine, Chronogram and Two Coats of Paint. 

Installation view of Ellen’s collages on a painted wooden pallet with wheels in the foreground and the video playing on a monitor in the background.
Rear view of the wheeled pallet.
Julie Torres’ paintings, within the installation placed in the niche and on the gallery wall.