Arleen Schloss at home in her office. Photo courtesy of Arleen Schloss via Stuart Ginsberg.
Arleen Schloss has been described as a creative force of nature. She is a prolific experimental artist whose work over the course of 30 years, beginning in the 1970’s, occupied the avant-garde edge, encompassing performance art, sound poetry, video, digital multimedia and other hard-to-categorize creative genres. Schloss, who lives and works on the Lower East Side, is the subject of a remarkable new documentary called “Wednesday’s at A’s” that chronicles her work and profound influence on the underground art scene in New York.
Dino Eli, owner and curator of both Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-Down
One day this fall, I was meandering south down gallery dotted Orchard Street. and bumped into Dino Eli. I found him doing his customary ritual dance—floating between the eponymous Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery, a tiny space just steps away. Eli is the founder and curatorial director of both spaces.
Equal parts impresario and provocateur, he created a stir in May when his Windows Gallery mounted a show dubbed “Porno Paintings” that some LES parents complained about (the gallery is across the street from P.S. 42).
Carol Markel and Richard Cramer. Photo by Tobi Elkin.
This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.
What do you do?
I am an artist and hat maker. And I recently started a blog called Femme et Fleur where I write about fashion, travel, humor and fun. My husband, Richard, is an artist.
How long have you lived on the LES?
We moved to Rivington Street in 1985. We lived there for 9 years, then 9 years in the West Village. We bought our Seward Park co-op in 2003.
Lesley Heller in her gallery, Lesley Heller Workspace, at 54 Orchard Street. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
For some time we’ve been intrigued by the shows at Lesley Heller Workspace on lower Orchard Street. So I was excited to sit down with owner Lesley Heller recently to learn more about her approach to curating shows and hear about the sorts of work that makes an impact on her. Currently on view at Heller’s space are Tom Kotik and Head Case.
TLD: You moved your gallery to Orchard St. from the Upper East Side in 2010. What sparked the move?
Lesley Heller: I knew I wanted to move to a more dynamic neighborhood and I thought there were so many galleries in Chelsea. And the Lower East Side was just beginning to be a neighborhood of galleries. My gallery was on 92nd St. off Madison for two years, and 77th St. off Madison next to The Castelli for two years.
Andrea DiFiore - photo by Tobi Elkin
This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.
What do you do?
I’m a visual artist. I recently exhibited my artwork and sold 10 prints from my series, “Drowned Flowers” to the United Nations FCU. My work will be on display as part of their permanent collection. I’ve also donated artworks to charity fundraisers for organizations including God’s Love We deliver, The Kilimanjaro Initiative, TimeIn Kids and PS11.