Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yasuto Sasada @ CATM Chelsea - "SYNAPSE"

CATM Chelsea (CATMchelsea.com)
500 W 22nd Street - (cross: 10th Avenue)
Hours: T-F: 1-7pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm, M: closed
Exhibition open until December 4, 2011

Keiko Ota, John Dabu, Yasuto Sasada, Keisuke Sasada

Earlier this month, Yasuto Sasada, a diplomatic 26-year-old from Okyama, Japan, took his first step on American soil. The occasion for the trip was Sasada’s first exhibition outside his native country, currently on display at CATM Chelsea.

Sasada’s weapon of choice is a 0.3mm pen – he has an arsenal of them, each slightly more used than the next, translating to numerous shades of black and gray. You’ll find images below of Sasada’s work, but to appreciate the acuity of his penmanship, you have to see these drawings in person. Each canvas is obsessively detailed – so elaborate that the average piece takes one month to complete; that’s even more impressive considering Sasada is a workhorse, clocking 16 hours of drawing on a normal day.

Many of Sasada’s pieces consist of either Japanese mythological creatures or members of the animal kingdom. The inner-working of each figure is where the artist incorporates a complex maze of tubing, pipes, wires, fans and a slew of other objects found at manufacturing plants. Viewing the entirety of each work, one can see the artist’s heritage and principles take shape. There is a sense of disappointment in human selfishness and ignorance, follies that create the hideous byproduct of environmental seppuku. However, Sassada is not interested in promoting a bucolic paradise; disappointment splinters against an admiration for his hometown’s industrial past and ancestral accomplishments.

The exhibition at CATM consists of work produced throughout the previous three years. Artists, head over and take note of Sasada’s remarkable technique. Collectors, you might want to be one of the first to own work by what could be an international star in the making. It will certainly be interesting to see what progress is made in Sasada’s future body of work.

Special thanks to Keiko Ota for her fine work as interpreter.

More links on Yasuto Sasada's SYNAPSE:
A Figure Flattens Japanese Artworld with Robust Tradition (on-verge.org)
SYNAPSE, By Yasuto Sasada, Eye-Catching and Whimsical (Scallywag & Vagabond)

Top photograph by Art-Chelsea
All other images courtesy of the artist and CATM Chelsea

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dalvis Tuya Valido @ CATM Chelsea - "DISCOVERY"

CATM Chelsea (CATMchelsea.com)
500 W 22nd Street - (cross: 10th Avenue)
Hours: T-F: 1-7pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm, M: closed
Exhibition open September 29 - October 30, 2011

Ten days remain for you to visit CATM Chelsea and welcome Dalvis Tuya Valido to the United States.  The Cuban born artist fled his native country six months ago and thankfully gifts Chelsea with his outstanding work.  For inquiries, contact the gallery at info@catmchelsea.com. 

Carlos, 2008
charcoal on canvas
88.5 x 61 inches

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Tonal Range" @ The ArtBridge Drawing Room

There is an exhibition of curious black and white work at the 75sq. foot ArtBridge Drawing Room (526 W. 26th Street, 502a).  Artists Liam Holding, Wayne Liu, Augustus Nazzaro and Shimpei Takeda produce creations with dual flavors of abstraction and representation. The exhibition, curated by ArtBridge Director, Jordana Zeldin, runs through November 24.

Untitled, 2010
Liam Holding

Untitled, 2011
Liam Holding

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mia Berg, Henry Simonds, Meghann Snow @ Galerie Protégé - "transFIGURE"

Say hello to Galerie Protégé, a new gallery located in the lower level of Chelsea Frames (197 9th Avenue).  Protégé, founded by Jaclyn Acker and Debra Kowalski, looks to establish a platform for emerging and non-represented artists. Their first exhibition, transFIGURE, features three artists with refreshingly original creative processes.

The self-portraits of Mia Berg are the essence of tranquility. The artist, devoid of all artificial matter, playfully shapes her body into harmony with the natural environment.  The images, photographed in East Hampton, offer a pleasant respite from the city.

Henry Simonds presents piezo prints created from a trip to Musée Rodin (Paris).  Simonds captured details of Rodin's sculptures with a handheld camera, set to a fast shutterspeed and a wide aperture, thus vanquishing the object's material elements. This method transforms Rodin's figures, highlighting their raw emotion.

The performance-based works of Meghann Snow are the result of ballet and figure skating movements.  Snow dons handcrafted shoes comprised of bubble wrap and masking tape. Check out the link to get a taste of her unique artistic practice.

transFIGURE is on display until October 6, 2011.

Le Cri, 2010/11 by Henry Simonds
Piezo print on archival polymer paper mounted to aluminum
Ed. AP
22.5 x 30 inches

Trois Ombres, 2010/2011 by Henry Simonds
Piezo print on archival polymer paper mounted to aluminum
Ed. AP
22.5 x 30 inches

Galerie Protégé (GalerieProtege.com)
197 9th Avenue - Lower Level (between 22nd & 23rd St)
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am - 6pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Exhibition open September 8 - October 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Accola Griefen Gallery: Welcome to Chelsea

There's a new white space on the sixth floor of 547 W 27th, courtesy of Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen.  Earlier this month, the two opened the doors of Accola Griefen Gallery with a Ray Oglesby solo show.  Art-Chelsea spoke with the gallery to learn more about their plans.

A-C: What are you looking to add to the Chelsea art scene?

Accola Griefen: Our prior experiences - both with commercial galleries and not-for-profit institutions - have given us a desire to forge long-term relationships with artists. We look forward to working closely with the artists we represent to build their careers over time. All of the artists we exhibit have been chosen for the quality of their work. Some have also been chosen for their historical importance and unique contributions to various genres and movements (Installation Art, Pattern & Decoration, Light Art, Feminist Art.) For our other artists who are emerging to mid career, we look forward to nurturing their careers as they make important contributions now and in the future. These artists are, for us, among the best visual voices working today.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Laura Sue Phillips @ StandPipe Gallery - "Flower Targets"

A minimalistic series of concentric circles by Laura Sue Phillips is currently on display at StandPipe Gallery.  Phillips' "Flower Targets" arrive in two channels: acrylic on plywood panel and watercolor on paper. While all the works employ the base Flower Target concept (a structure that demonstrates Phillips' talent in uncompromising precision), vivid contrasts are established between the two mediums' spatial, visual and emotional qualities. The wooden panels evoke a 1960s and 1970s hippyish vibe, whereas the watercolors pull you into an otherworldly monochromatic realm.

You have until October 8 to head over to StandPipe and check these targets out.

Violet/Orange/Blue/Brown Flower Target, 2011
acrylic, pencil, wood - 24" x 24"

Yellow/Orange/Magenta/Black Flower Target, 2010
acrylic, pencil, wood - 24" x 24"

Standpipe Gallery (StandPipeGallery.com)
150 W 25th Street - Ground Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave)
Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 6pm, Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Exhibition open September 8 - October 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ray Oglesby @ Accola Griefen Gallery (inaugural exhibition)

On September 8, the funky plywood shapes of Ray Oglesby will baptize the launch of Accola Griefen Gallery, the latest white-walled space to join the Chelsea scene. This exhibition also marks the first full-scale solo exhibition for the artist. Oglesby, a Queens native, worked anonymously on numerous large-scale murals and graffiti pieces throughout the city in the late 1980s. The linear styles in Oglesby's recent work retain his underground past, yet a new life form is created by summoning these constructs into the third dimension. Through the words of Oglesby himself: "I make use of disembodied shapes and the idea of the wall as frame, which relate to the phenomena of 1980's graffiti in New York City when, through layer upon layer, thousands of voices condensed into an almost indecipherable cacophony of color, line, form and chaos."

Swing by the new gallery on 27th Street, check out the show and let us know what you think.

"Grey One," Acrylic on birch plywood, 91" x 45" x 12" 2008

"Triple," Acrylic on birch plywood, 31" x 39" x 2.25" 2009

Accola Griefen Gallery (accolagriefen.com)
547 W 27th Street #634 (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition open September 8 - October 15, 2011
Public reception: Thursday, September 15, 6-9pm

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Luigi Sansores (Artist Spotlight)

Art-Chelsea recently trekked on out to Bushwick to visit the studio of Luigi Sansores, an abstract artist who moved to New York from Chicago a few months ago.  What's great about Luigi is his pure, genuine love of painting.  That love is part of the reason he and his husband (Garrett, amazing chef and creator of the blog Brooklyn Living) moved here - the unmatched size of New York's artistic community was practically magnetic.  Get to know more about Luigi and enjoy browsing his work!

 Untitled #5

 Windows of Time

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Art Live 2011 @ CATM Chelsea (Exclusive Preview)

Art-Chelsea is positively ecstatic to share with you an exclusive look at Art Live 2011.  This blog is currently the only place you will find three artworks to be included in this year's Art Live exhibition, an annual show which surveys the pulse of the artistic community. The hype behind Art Live is always well warranted, as it is one of the only shows in Chelsea which accurately conveys the global consciousness of artists at present time (highly recommended that you read the press release below). 

Be sure to not miss the opening reception (Thursday, September 1, 6-8pm), presented by CATM Chelsea and Fund Art Now. CATM (corner of 22nd St & 10th Ave) by far has the best gallery receptions in NYC. 

Artem Mirolevich (Belarus)

 Chaw Ei Thein (Burma)

Yasuto Sasada (Japan)

500 W 22nd Street (cross: 10th Ave)
Hours: T-F: 1-7pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm, M: closed
Opening reception: September 1, 6-8pm
Exhibition open until September 25

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"2011 MFA Juried Exhibition" @ First Street Gallery

With the majority of local galleries showing experienced and established artists, you may occasionally feel the need to balance your art intake by actively seeking out some raw not-yet-refined talents. That pursuit may take you to a more emerging scene like Brooklyn, or you can fill that void in Chelsea when there's a group show for MFA students - like the one currently at First Street Gallery. The exhibition, which is said to be the start of an annual tradition, is juried by Susanna Coffey, an artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Artists on display: Gina Adams, Carrie Adams, Martin Arnold, Jamie Bates, Isabelle Day, Andrea Degener, Rebecca George, Clarissa Gerber, Amber Hany, Andrew Hendrixson, Jesse Howell. Erica Kempler, Junsoo Kim, Anne LaFond, Virginia McKinney, Erica Nickol, Virginia Pierrepont, Todd Pospichal, Mackenzie Reynolds, Benjamin Rogers, Samuel Scharf, Jason Thompson, David Titterington and Sarah Stewart Wright.

Jason Thompson
Himself with Child
28" x 30"

Jamie Bates
Incendiary Appendage
Cast ceramic glaze
2"x3"x6", 1lb.

First Street Gallery (firststreetgallery.net)
526 W 26th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave) | Suite 209
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition open until August 10, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Disorderly Conduct" @ Larissa Goldston Gallery

An interesting collection of work that grapples with an array of "aggressive themes" is on display at Larissa Goldston Gallery. You'll see a lady taking a leak, a battered face, monochromatic riffs off movie rape scenes, and some orgiastic sharpie drawing - so there's something for everyone! Artists include: Thomas Brouillette, Mark Fox, Orly Genger, Joey Kötting, David Rathman, Erica Svec and Whitney Van Nes.

Thomas Brouillette
Last Tango, 2010
Ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Erica Svec
Eyes & Thighs, 2010
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 62 x 54 in

Larissa Goldston Gallery (larissagoldston.com)
530 W 25th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave) | 3rd Floor
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition open until August 5, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christopher Rodrigues @ RARE Gallery - "...all of you on the good Earth"

Feel like going for a mesmeric rocket ship ride? Instead of risking a bad trip by means of the Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds route, check out the Christopher Rodrigues show at RARE Gallery. Rodrigues presents a series of digitally photoshopped/collaged planets, some of which depict an idyllic paradise, while others are quite unnerving with their intensely lethal environments. For some, this exhibition will make you feel real shitty for not recycling that cup of iced coffee.

Planet 01, 2006-11
C-print face-mounted to Plexiglas
50" x 40"

Planet 02, 2006-11
C-print face-mounted to Plexiglas
40" x 30"

RARE Gallery (rare-gallery.com)
547 W 27th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave) | Suite 514
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition open until August 12, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mark Wagner @ Pavel Zoubok Gallery - "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"

Mark Wagner took a bunch of dollar bills (1,121 to be exact), cut them up (into 81,895 pieces) and made some art (making use of letterpress printing, wood and bronze sculpture, abstract painting and collage). This exhibition - "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," on display at Pavel Zoubok Gallery - includes a 1/11 scale riff off the Statue of Liberty. There's also one piece consisting of a giant handcrafted QR code. (Spoiler alert: when scanned with your smartphone, this text message is displayed: "Needless to say.")

Rub-A-Dub, 2010
Currency collage on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Red Handed, 2011
Currency collage and mixed-media on panel, 16 x 12 inches

Pavel Zoubok Gallery (www.pavelzoubok.com)
533 W 23rd Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition open until August 2, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pulpo Corporate @ Taché Gallery - "Hidden Drawings"

Here's a look at Pulpo Corporate's (aka Fernando Hereñú) "Hidden Drawings," the Argentinian artist's current exhibition at Taché Gallery. These peculiar illustrations focus on themes of childhood trauma and hidden emotion. Pulpo, who worked at Cartoon Network & Adult Swim prior to starting an independent career as an artist and art director, describes his style as "a mixture of...1970s American Comix, the Asian classic fine art and the classic art Noveau paintings."

60 x 80 cm 
Marker, tint, acrylic on paper

(size unknown)
Marker, tint, acrylic on paper

Taché Gallery (www.tachegallery.com)
547 W 27 Street | No. 602  (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:30pm (and by appointment)
Exhibition open until August 2, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"On Shuffle" @ Lehmann Maupin

Currently on display at Lehmann Maupin Gallery is an eclectic group exhibition featuring works which use and reference music. The show, "On Shuffle," plays across many mediums, including sound, performance, painting, mixed media and video.

There are eight artists included in "On Shuffle" - Billy Childish, Kim Gordon, Kalup Linzy, Ryan McNamara, Dave Muller, Tony Oursler, Dario Robleto and Stephen Vitiello

"(Elgar) Man Sat on Chairs" (2011) 
Billy Childish
Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 152 cm

"Hair Police" (2009)
Kim Gordon
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 90 inches

Lehmann Maupin (www.lehmannmaupin.com)
540 West 26th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-6pm; Monday by appointment
Exhibition open until August 19, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jill Greenberg @ CLAMPART - "Glass Ceiling"

A bunch of fit women in a pool sounds kinda sexy.  Now picture them all, still in the water, wearing stilettos...impractical, yet sexier? Jill Greenberg's "Glass Ceiling" exhibition at CLAMPART should motivate you to contemplate society's confusing attitude towards female sexuality. Here's a look at these surreal underwater photographs...

CLAMPART (www.clampart.com)
521-531 West 25th Street (cross: 10th Ave)
Summer hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturdays by appointment 
Exhibition open until August 19 

Glass Ceiling 1-04 (2008)
Archival pigment print

Glass Ceiling 1-1017 (2008)
Archival pigment print

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dirk Janssens @ CATM Chelsea: "Made In Wonderland" (until July 24)

If you're feeling a little blue and in desperate need of a pick-me-up, CATM Chelsea has a cure that involves neither pills nor narcotics. This unique anti-depressant comes in the form of Dirk Janssens' "Made In Wonderland" collection. Janssen accurately calls his work LoveArt. His works bestow compliments on the viewer, such as "You are made of stars!" and "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything." Goths may want to stay away from this show, but if you embrace the vibe, a walk through the gallery could feel just like attending a jazzercise class led by Richard Simmons.

Lucky for the heartsick: CATM recently announced that they have extended Janssens' exhibition, due to popular demand, until July 24.

500 W 22nd Street (cross: 10th Ave)
Hours: T-F: 1-7pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm, M: closed
Exhibition open until July 24

Happy Days Are Here Again (2011)
Gold leaf paint, fluorescent and acrylic on canvas
245cm x 200cm (96" x 79")

Loving You (2011)
Acrylic on canvas
200cm x 245cm (79" x 96")

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Art of Fashion - June 29 - Chelsea Room

Details for the next Art of Fashion & Herbert Fox event...

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011. 7pm - 11pm

Where: The Chelsea Room (under Hotel Chelsea) - 222 W 23rd Street (cross: 8th Ave)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Misha Tyutyunik (Artist Spotlight)

A-C is excited to introduce you to Misha Tyutyunik, a Ukranian born contemporary painter.  Influenced by Social Realism, German Expressionism, and Japanese prints, (among others) the artist's work blends graphic, figurative painting with sweeping landscapes and nostalgic environments, that speak to the sensibilities of the human condition.  Utilizing subdued colors, intense brush strokes, and detailed patterns, Misha creates thought provoking reflections of Americana culture that challenge convention and break down 'white picket fence' mentalities.

Bogart's False Sense of Security

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ulysses - "Revelation" @ CATM Chelsea

"Revelation" by Ulysses, until June 9
CATM Chelsea (aka Chair and the Maiden) - 500 W 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm, Closed Monday


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Chelsea Gallery Openings: May 12, 2011 (ARTgenda)

Here's a little accompaniment that you can print out and take along for Thursday May 12's gallery hop. The exhibitions are sorted by street, so hopefully that helps you plan your route.

Direct link to print: http://issuu.com/artchelsea/docs/artgenda_artchelsea_gallery_receptions_may12#print

*For a listing of all receptions at Chelsea NYC art galleries, click the logo below:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Art of Fashion - May 13 - Chelsea Room

The Art of Fashion sets up another pop-up show this Friday - May 13 - at the Chelsea Room. There will be ten artists participating in the show, and the night will culminate with a fashion show from designer Marcello Couture. 

When: Friday, May 13, 2011. 7pm - 11pm

Where: The Chelsea Room (under Hotel Chelsea - use basement entrance on right side) - 222 W 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)

"Tara" by Stella Lillig