1994, from Bonie Lucas: "Collages" at Essopus Space March 29 - May 10, 2011
We were thrilled to hear that artist and local art teacher, Bonnie Lucas has had her show extended at Esopus Gallery. We profiled Lucas, who is a much beloved teaching artist at P.S. 110, last month. This is her first solo show in over a decade. If you haven’t seen the show yet, it’s very worthwhile, and now you have an extra week to do so. “Bonnie Lucas: Collages,” features 30 selections from two series of collages, one from the 1990′s and one from the past year. Esopus Space // 64 W. 3rd Street, #210 // Running through May 10th. Visit her Facebook page here.
Bonnie Lucas with a collage that will be featured in her upcoming show at Esopus Space - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
“Everything that’s happening to me has everything to do with me teaching children,” Bonnie Lucas tells me, beaming. We’re standing in her fifth-floor walk-up in Little Italy (now known to some as NoLita) where she has lived for over 30 years. It’s the classic unrenovated tenement layout you don’t see much anymore – two rooms, 400 square feet, with the bathtub in the kitchen. It’s also Bonnie’s studio. She covers the bathtub with a fitted piece of metal to create her work bench, where for the last three decades she’s created a vast array of collages, paintings and assemblages.