SHRINES, A group show

Come join us for the opening of our group show Shrines on Friday October the 12th from 7-10pm at 67 West Street, Suite 214. Open hours sat-sun 12-5pm. The show will run Oct 12-21st.

Shrines explores the literal, conceptual and ambigious meanings of the word Shrine through art making.

Artists Include:

Eva Wildes, Katherine Valentine, Jules Slutsky, Samantha Silverman, Caroline Schub, Sophie Samul, Allan Sachs, Ann Pajuväli, Linda Marcos, Chiara Marinai, Andrea Marceles, Keith Dragon Mackie, Emma Kohlmann, Ester Kislin, Sally Jerome, Jen Hitchings, Harold Hernandez, Blanca Guerrer, Michael Giurato, Ivan Forde, Theresa Daddezio, Pansum Cheng, Cynthia Chang, Beau Chamberlain, Gary Carlson, Chloe Beck, Alex Ariza, Joanne Ambia and Nicole Aiello.

Beat Night!

This Saturday from 6-10 Bushwick galleries and studios will be open late! It’s kind of like a late night, adult scavenger hunt through a maze of warehouses. Enter the right one, and there are sure to be plenty of treats inside. Art, beautiful people, drinks, food, things you have never seen before but will get to experience for the first time in your lives! Well, I’ve caught your attention, then check out this coolio map on bushwick daily http://bushwickdaily.com/?p=8086. It will help guide you through the neighborhood. Also, make sure to check out The Active Space which is presenting their first show in their brand spanking new 1st floor gallery

Whitney Biennial / Art Fair Week / 56 Bogart

I was on my way to the Whitney Biennial with mixed emotions. My boss had told me how disappointing it was upon handing a pass to me, but I had also never been to a Biennial before, so there was this level of anticipation and feeling of import with this well-designed VIP ticket in my pocket. Well, the work seemed mediocre. I wasn’t particularly angry by any of it, but I was only impressed by a few things. Most of the show consisted of installations. Some rooms were inhabited by pulsating ambience paired with abstract, repetive visuals. Upon acending the stairs to the 4th floor, you enter a huge space with elevated stadium-seating behind you on either side (entirely like walking from the hall to the seats of Yankee Stadium), the floor has some floor plan mapped out in gray on it, and there’s a large metal sculpture affixed to the ceiling which looks like it could be blinding stadium lights, but there are no bulbs. Nothing is going on other than walking, mingling, chatting, and a few people scattered in the seats, watching those mingling on the floor. It was a very surreal experience. We were discussing whether this was the entire piece or whether there were to be performances held here in the future (in which case, why would the floor even be open for viewing?) I fell in love with the idea of this being the entire piece. According to my coworker, there were mass emails sent out to the art community calling for “unexperienced dancers” to participate in a performance at the Biennial. Could this be what that was all about? Are we those inexperienced dancers performing right now? This intrigued me. But I then read in the program that there were to be performances in March in this location. So back to square one, or at least, why is this here now?

All we’d really discovered further about this floor was that when you snaked through the back rooms consisting of smaller installations, one of them contained a fake dressing room that you peer into, and a small, maybe 1960’s style tv set stood on a pedestal, playing the real-time scene of all those people walking around in the fake stadium. Still, more mystery.

Other than this floor, there was a screaming sound performance which was difficult to watch as there were so many people crammed infront of the set. My friend dubbed this as very “Bushwick,” which definitely made sense. 

Nicole Eisenmann’s paintings were, to me, decent. They were nicely displayed, but very raw, dulled-down, primitive, Dubuffet-esque in a way. But, I was not at all surprised to see only two painters in the show, and those two not being the ones that deserved to be included.

Now that all the talk of the Biennial opening and the Sotheby’s protesters is over, New York’s Art Fair week is almost here. Armory, Fountain, SCOPE, and others, will be flaunting their artists in just a few weeks. Decide which you want to attend, during the weekend of March 8-11.

IN BUSHWICK: NorthLight in the 56 Bogart basement is having a group show opening this Friday from 6-8. Come by and check it out!

 

Will Ryman at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Hey Ya’ll, Theresa here. It has been quite awhile since I posted. However, as you may or may not know, I have been putting in some hours at Will Ryman’s Studio to help construct a massive installation that will encompass the entire space of Paul Kasmin’s Gallery on 26th and 10th ave. Common materials such as chip brushes, bottle caps, and boots are built up and repeated to the degree that they undergo a really impressive transformation. In one room, the body and head of a man lay stretched out along the wall. In order to enter the next room, one must pass through an opening of the figure’s head. There the viewer will be confronted with the figure’s brain, comprised entirely of brushes, and installed as a maze winding through the gallery’s space. It makes for an engaging and interactive experience that can be enjoyed for it’s massive scale, and appreciated up close for the attention to detail. The opening reception is this Thursday February 16th from 6-8. Here is the link For more info and the Press Release http://www.paulkasmingallery.com/exhibitions/2012-02-16_will-ryman

Chelsea / Bushwick shows WORTH IT and not

Having finally accomplished a portion of what I consider to be an obligation of mine just based on living where I do and having the interests that I have, I’m sitting down and recapping the visual works I’ve seen in the past week or so.

In Chelsea, Ziehersmith presented “Other Bodies: A Collection of Vernacular Photography” a curated exhibition of found photographs that have been acquired by artist Jason Brinkerhoff over rougly 10 years. None exceeded the dimensions of, I’ll say, 8″ on any side. The collector does not know who shot them, where they came from, what year they were taken or developed, or any details at all. There wasn’t even too much of a theme running throughout the pieces – other than that they were all framed in same scale off-white wood frames behind glass. Some were closer together, 4 or 5 in a row, and others were spaced a few feet from the next cluster. I noticed many seemed to be of family vacations, friends, or lovers (it’s not surprising this show stood out to me). Many had been overexposed, double-exposed, developed poorly, had scratches in the lens, the worst lighting in the most traditional sense. Snapshots not meant to be presented, for sure. They took me so far into the life of the person shooting them that I could feel the tension or the love present between the camera and the bodies.

The images can be seen online, at Ziehersmith.com, but I suggest seeing the show in person. Ziehersmith is located at 516 West 20th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. (Note: the smell of oil paint still permeates the room from the previous Allison Schulnik show, the best painting show I’d ever seen.)

Damien Hirst’s “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” show is up at Gagosian. I was told not to take photos when I held up my iPhone, and said I’d delete them but didn’t. Is this worth seeing? If you want to enjoy a painting show, absolutely not. If you want to see what’s popular and dictating prices in the art martket, sure. If you’re an honest artist and want to be pissed off, yes.

Andrew Kreps had an “Interiors” show up. I’d seen it in the Selected Shows to See list that I get every week, and it mentioned Vuillard and Bonnard as being in the show, so I went. It was an unusual installation that incorporated the highly-regarded fathers of brilliant painting and color with contemporary wallpapered walls and wood slabs leaning up against blank walls. There were only about 6 paintings in the show, and they were not the best pieces of those artists at that. It wasn’t an impressive painting show, but it was a worthwhile installation.

Friedrich Petzel had a solo show of Joyce Pensato, “Batman Returns” at their 537 W 22nd address. I was never much a fan of Pensato’s oversized angry, black brushstrokes depicting nothing but vague, demonic cartoons and bird-like faces. This installation didn’t overly anger me though. I spent a bit of time wandering through the maze of stuffed animals and household items that looked like they had been sadly ejaculated on by black and white versions of Pollock. What I liked about the show was that nothing other than the word “psychotic” came to mind about her making process and her presentation of it. One painting in the back room had color in it; same birdface, but the drips were a range of beautiful pastels amidst the glossy black. Worth seeing.

BUSHWICK

The biked, gallery-hopping trip was planned as this – Norte Maar, Microscope, Storefront, NUTUREart and Theodore at 56 Bogart.

Norte Maar‘s Guilty/(NOT) Guilty was the highlight of the trip for me. Jason Andrews was even there for me to meet and explain what was one of the BEST things I’d ever seen at a show. Artist Alfred Steiner presented a diptych. This diptych consisted of an original Allison Schulnik painting of a clown face on the left, and what looked like the exact same images in a matte gray medium to the right of it. Looking at the price list, I read that this was constructed by a 3D Printer. I didn’t know if the painting was a real Schulnik or not, so I asked Jason, and he told me it was. Steiner had purchased it, mapped it, replicated it in a way, and then presented the 2 as his own diptych, being sold for $8,500. Schulnik agreed to this, Jason told me. I was really blown away. This took appropriation to a new level for me. Most times, it uses popular imagery, or borrows other artist’s techniques, but to present a purchased work and sell it again as one’s own while simultaneously using this new technology used by tech-artists just made for a wonderfully new juxtaposition, in my mind. Norte Maar is located at 83 Wyckoff Avenue off the Dekalb stop on the L, and is open on weekends from 1-6. I advise seeing this show; there are 3 other artists in it as well.

Microscope presented an interesting solo show by a video artist who chose to revisit drawing. The show has a ton of works on paper and one animated video. Though it didn’t adhear too much to my taste, the presentation of the work was very well-done, and it was great to see such an interesting little hidden gallery space in a totally deserted dead-end street off Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick. It’s right behind the super-hip Little Skips cafe though, which I’m sure is beneficial. Microscope is at 4 Charles Pl. at Myrtle Avenue, and I’m not sure what stop off the J that is. Open Thurs-Mon 1-6.

Gary Peterson at Storefront

Storefront and Theodore:Art both exhibited color-field, linear 2D works by 2 or 3 artists each. Storefront’s was definitely worth seeing, and if visited, make sure NOT to miss the back room. The medium-sized, framed paintings by Rob de Oude are really impressive and subtly beautiful. Theodore in my mind was not impressive, but it is their first show in their new space in the basement of 56 Bogart. If you head to the building, check out CCCP (North Light) in the basement as well (my friend is the director!)

NURTUREart has not yet let me down, and the current show might be the modern designers dream in little, discreet, monochromatic ways. The room was lit perfectly for the exhition by Svetlana Mircheva. NUTURE’s website sums it up best: “For this project, Mircheva strays from her usual interest in technology and automation to present a series of diminutive dioramas from an ongoing collection of imaginary gallery-size installations.” Worth it!

Let’s not forget that Luhring Augustine of Chelsea has a space opening up off the Morgan L stop, and Kesting / Ray of the LES has a project space opening off the Montrose stop on Boerum St.

WHAT I KNOW

Exhibition Dates: February 15-March 16, 2012

Opening: Friday, February 17, 6-8 p.m.

Curated by: Jason Andrew

Curator Talk: Wednesday, March 7, 3 p.m.

Artists: Michelle Araujo, Ali Della Bitta, Deborah Brown, Anthony Browne, Sharon Butler, Paul D’Agostino, Diane Fine, Hermine Ford, Ryan Michael Ford, Rico Gatson, Julia K. Gleich, Tamara Gonzales, Brece Honeycutt, Andrew Hurst, Cooper Holoweski, Norman Jabaut, Ellen Letcher, Amy Lincoln, Matthew Miller, Jimmy Miracle, Costas Manos, Robert Moskowitz, Sean Pace, Michael Prodanou, Kevin Regan, Jackie Sabourin, Patricia Satterlee, Mira Schor, John Silvis, Adam Simon, Andy Spence, Austin Thomas, Melissa Terrezza, Colin Thomson, Jack Tworkov, Lindsay Walt, Letha Wilson, Audra Wolowiec, among others.

Gallery Hours: M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment

Location: NYCAMS | 44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

The New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS) presents What I Know, an exhibition curated by Jason Andrew, opening Friday, February 17. From painters to choreographers, photographers to potters, sculptors to installation artists, What I Know represents a throng of artists with whom Andrew has been actively engaged since his move to New York City in the early 1990s.

His crew of young artists living and working in Bushwick makes up the bulk of Andrew’s exhibition, which hangs naturally with his selection of artists from Asheville, Plattsburgh, and Provincetown—places Andrew visits regularly. The exhibition marks the first time many of the artists have exhibited in Manhattan, but Andrew makes them feel at home hanging next to work by historic figures like Abstract Expressionist painter Jack Tworkov.

“In our day and time, it has become difficult to assume anything,” Andrew explains. “All the verities involved in religion, authority, tradition, and style have been thrown into question or completely ignored. All we have is our creative wits. This exhibition marks a unique moment whereby more than 40 artists can assert themselves as aggressively as they do for/against, with/without audience, independent of standards and footnotes. The exhibition is an annex of my curatorial mind, important all to myself. Greatness is implied.”

JASON ANDREW is an independent curator, producer, and archivist. A prominent figure in the Bushwick art scene, he is the co-founder of Norte Maar, a non-profit that encourages, promotes, and presents collaborations in the arts. Voted “Best Exhibitionist,” by the Village Voice, Andrew was the co-owner of Storefront, a gallery in Brooklyn promoting emerging Bushwick artists. He was a feature in the article “Who Made the New Brooklyn,” by L-Magazine, and his exhibitions have been critically reviewed by Art in America and the New York Times among others. Guarding against special interests in any particular style or genre, his curatorial projects bridge gaps left in art history and reflect the creative imagination of the past, present, and future.

Andrew is also the curator, archivist, and estate manager of the Abstract Expressionist painter Jack Tworkov. Recent curatorial projects include the retrospective exhibition Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes / Five Decades of Painting (2009); Jack Tworkov: Accident of Choice, the Artist at Black Mountain College 1952 (2011).

Contact: Janna Dyk  (212.213.8052)

CHASHAMA! CHASHAMA!

Chashama’s newsletter of upcoming events:

We are excited to announce our participation in this years SCOPE Art Fair at NYC. First View proceeds will benefit chashama so don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 7th and come visit our booth featuring new work from our studio artists! We are currently looking for performance artists interested in participating and performing in our booth during SCOPE. See below for details.

A big congratulations goes out to a few of our chashama artists, past and present:
Christine Gedeon, a BAT Studio artist was recently selected for CURATE NYC.
Hardcore Yarn Artist Olek, a former chashama gallery artist and NEA Grantee was recently listed as one of “The 25 Most Important Artists of 2011”.
Sequoyah Aono recently received a show at the Lori Bookstein Fine Art Gallery through his exhibition at chashama 461 last month!
And check out this video of BAT Artist Andrea Bergart and her mural work in Ghana.

*************UPCOMING CHASHAMA EVENTS****************

Where Chaos Meets the Sublime by Diane Davis
chashama 461 West 126th Street
January 12 – 27, 2012
Opening Reception: January 20th, 2012, 6-9pm

Unstraightness by Steve Zolin
chashama 266 West 37th Street
January 22 – February 4, 2012

The Art School by Katya Grokhovsky
chashama LIC – 26-15 Jackson Avenue, Queens
January 25 – March 4, 2012
All Classes and Events are open to the public and FREE to attend! Arts and Performance classes are offered several times a week. Check our website or The Art School’s blog for schedule of events and classes.
Open House w/Open Studios & Class Information: January 28th, 2 – 8pm
Open House w/Performances & Exhibition: January 29th, 6-11pm
Evening of Performances/Lectures: February 11th, 6-11pm
Valentine’s Themed Exhibition/Event: February 18th, 6-11pm

Blood and Oil Paintings by Jeramy Turner
chashama 655 3rd Ave (between 41st & 42nd Street)
February 4 – 19, 2012
Opening reception: Sunday, February 5, 2012, 6 – 9pm
Don’t miss the inaugural exhibit at our new 655 3rd Avenue space!

*****************CHA-OPPORTUNITIES*****************

Interactive Performance Artist Call for SCOPE Art Fair March 7th – 11th chashama is looking for interactive performance artists to be apart of the NYC SCOPE Art Fair on Mar 7-11. The performance space is 100 square feet and you will perform in a three-hour+ time slot. Keep in mind audio and sound is restricted. Selected artists will be compensated. Please email proposals to submissions@chashama.org with a brief description of your performance in body of email, attached images and/or a link to a video/website that best illustrates your work. EMAIL SUBJECT: SCOPE Performance submission.

chaNorth is currently looking for winter residents! Summer/Fall 2012 applications are also ready and 5 lucky artists will receive scholarships! Check out chanorth.org for more info.