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 (
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 (
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 (
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