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")