Gallery Goer: Openings on the Lower East Side

Recycle Group, Ray 1, 2015. Polyurethane rubber, 21 x 25 x 18 in (53.34 x 63.5 x 45.72 cm). © Recycle Group. Photograph courtesy Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York.

Recycle Group, Ray 1, 2015. Polyurethane rubber, 21 x 25 x 18 in (53.34 x 63.5 x 45.72 cm). © Recycle Group. Photograph courtesy Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York.

Gallery Goer is a weekly roundup of gallery shows on the Lower East Side.  Check out our top picks for shows opening each week that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, April 3rd, 6 pm to 9 pm

 Richard Taittinger Gallery: Heaven Carrier

Newcomer Richard Taittinger Gallery’s latest show features new work by the Russian artist collective, Recycle Group.

The Recycle Group is Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov. The artists work with repurposed electrical equipment and industrial material to express concern for humanity’s increasing dependence on digital technologies including social media. (Including tools for getting the word out about gallery shows, like this one.) Recycle Group’s work addresses the increasing amount of material waste as a byproduct of widespread consumerism. The exhibition marks The Recycle Group’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.

Through May 3, 2015 // Wed.-Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Fri.-Sun. 10 am to 7 pm // 154 Ludlow St.

 Friday, April 3, 11 am to 6 pm

Invisible-Exports: Teeth Gnash Tennessee

Paul Gabrielli Untitled, 2012. Archival corrugated board, steel chain, padlocks, wood, ink, acrylic, oil, enamel.  18 x 11 x 15.5 inches Courtesy of the artist and INVISIBLE-EXPORTS

Paul Gabrielli, Untitled, 2012.
Archival corrugated board, steel chain, padlocks, wood, ink, acrylic, oil, enamel.
Courtesy of the artist and Invisible-Exports

This show has a unique set-up. The gallery will present the work of 18 artists, exhibited in two-day shifts, two works at a time. The exhibition functions as a record of a visual word-association game, performed internally within the gallery. The show is created with each artwork selected in response to the one chosen immediately before.

Only two artworks will be on view each day, and each artwork will only be on view for two days in a row total. Each evening, the artwork that has already been on view for two days will be removed, making way for the next work, which will create a new pairing with the object that has been there for only one day, and that had been paired with the previous artwork from the day before.

The goal of the show is to stage, each day, a new and jarring juxtaposition of artists and objects, and to produce over the course of a single exhibition 18 different experiences. Teeth Nash Tennessee’s unique premise offers several different shows within a show.

Through April 26, 2015 // Wed.-Sun. 11 am to 6 pm // 89 Eldridge St.

Opened Recently:

Envoy Enterprises: From The World Of Entertainment: Collages and Prints 1974 – 2014, a solo exhibition of Gary Indiana

Gary Indiana, Untitled, 2014. Inkjet print. 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and envoy enterprises.

Gary Indiana, Untitled, 2014. Inkjet print. 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of
the artist and envoy enterprises

This truly dazzling retrospective offers a diverse array of the iconic multimedia artist’s work from the last 40 years—photographs, collages, magazines and video are among the works.

Through April 19, 2015  // Envoy Enterprises, 87 Rivington St. // Wed.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm

 

Gallery Goer: Openings on the Lower East Side

Shifting Impressions, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Shifting Impressions, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Gallery Goer is a weekly roundup of gallery shows on the Lower East Side.  Check out our top picks for shows opening each week that you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, March 28, 5 pm to 7 pm

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space: Shifting Impressions

This exhibition in conjunction with City Souvenirs, a site responsive project that uses walking, clay and public participation to create connections between people and place. The show is a collaboration between two artistsLiene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler. Curated by Lynnette Miranda, Shifting Impressions features a objects and tools that visitors can physically handle, as well as a series of three public walks on the Lower East Side.

In pairing the gallery show with the walks, the artists invite participants to walk through the neighborhood and make direct impressions of the landscape with fresh blocks of clay. After participants have made marks in the clay, the artists will collect the objects. One side of the clay records specific architectural details, while the other retains the imprint of the hand, its subtle lines and fingerprints.

Within the context of the Lower East Side’s ongoing and rapid transformation, this show is particularly meaningful as the Essex Street Market, along with Cuchifritos, will move across the street to the Essex Crossing development in 2018. The show debuts as demolition on an original Market structure on the south side of Delancey St. has already begun, perfectly timed in the face of constant change in the neighborhood.

The show’s public walks are on April 11, 18 and 25. All walks begin at 4 pm from Cuchifritos Gallery inside Essex Street Market.

Through April 26, 2015 // Tues.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm // 120 Essex St.

Cal (Factory Face), David Wojnarowicz

Cal (Factory Face), David Wojnarowicz

Opened Recently:

James Fuentes: Debris

This fun, highly eclectic show features artists who happily appropriate found objects from everyday life, manipulate and copy them to prevent them from disappearing. Fuentes has included work by Darja Bajagić, David Wojnarowicz, Haim Steinbach, Lizzi Bougatsos, Nevine Mahmoud and Renaud Jerez. As a group, the works represent visceral assemblages illustrating portraits, diaries, and narratives.

David Wojnarowicz’s Cal (Factory Face), acrylic and collage on masonite, stares eerily at the viewer, abstract and figurative at once. The stark canvas pops off the wall, easily superseding most of the other paintings in the show.

TJS 1, Renaud Jerez

TJS 1, Renaud Jerez

Renaud Jerez’ TJS 1 is truly one of the most intriguing pieces in the show. This skeletal, robot-looking figure is made of  burnt PVC pipe, aluminum, cotton, string, satellite cable, web cams, duct tape plastic tubing, polyester and denim clothing with rubber feet. I half expected the figure to blurt something out, Tourettes’-like, or take a step.

Through April 26, 2015  // James Fuentes, 55 Delancey St. // Wed.-Sun. 10 am to 6 pm

Tobi Elkin is a freelance writer and editor who lives on the Lower East Side. She works as a journalist at eMarketer, a digital marketing and media research firm. Follow her on Twitter at: @TobiElkin.

 

Gallery Goer: Openings on the Lower East Side

LauraLancaster untitled2015

Laura Lancaster, untitled, 2015, oil on canvas 51 x 90 inches

Today we’re re-introducing Gallery Goer, a weekly roundup of gallery shows on the Lower East Side.  Check out our top picks for shows opening each week that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, March 20, 6 pm to 8 pm

Sargent’s Daughters: Laura Lancaster, A Stranger’s Dream

“A Stranger’s Dream” marks the first New York solo show for Laura Lancaster, who lives and works in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. If you like abstraction, this is the show for you. Lancaster’s paintings are extracted from random images she finds at thrift stores and flea market photographs. She also tapped into home movie reels of super 8 film and incorporated them into her work for the first time for this show.

Through April 19, 2015 // Wed.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm and by appt. // 179 East Broadway

Additive (sugar cubes), 2015 – by Owen Kydd

Friday, March 20, 6 pm to 8 pm

Nicelle Beauchene: Owen Kydd, Out-of-Place Artifacts

The Los Angeles-based artist Owen Kydd explores various ways of seeing in “Out-of-Place Artifacts.” Kydd conceptualizes his “durational photographs” through tightly contained video loops that simultaneously function as still videos and extended photographs.  The work presents near static segments of time that slowly reveal elements of movement or change. His subjects include photographs of storefronts, urban landscapes and studio-based images.

Through April 19 // Wed.-Sun., 11 am to 6 pm or by appt. // 327 Broome St. (Between Bowery and Chrystie)

Leaf of Absence #1

Leaf of Absence #1 – by Pieter Schoolwerth

Sunday March 22, 6 pm to 8 pm

Miguel Abreu: Pieter Schoolwerth, Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks

Apart from the provocative name of the show, Schoolwerth’s work is worth seeing for the backstory that inspired the work. The idea for the show came to Schoolwerth when he was cleaning his house using a decrepit and failing green vacuum that wasn’t up to the job. Out of frustration, the artist blurted: “this vacuum sucks!” Upon further consideration he thought, “if it didn’t suck, it wouldn’t be a vacuum! In other words, if the vacuum works – it sucks; if it doesn’t work – it sucks. The fact that it can only be one way seemed to me inordinately unacceptable.”

The paintings combine photography, digital processing and printing, drawing and oil painting to produce a contemporary portrait. Along with the paintings and objects, an episodic video tells the story of a figure who has been digitally erased from the image, and is present to his corporeally embodied friends and co-workers entirely through his visual absence.

Schoolwerth’s work appeared at Miguel Abreu in 2010 with Portraits and Paintings.

The show appears in both locations of Miguel Abreu: The video, in collaboration with Alexandra Lerman, plays at 36 Orchard St., while the paintings and objects are on view at 88 Eldridge St.

It’s also worth noting that Schoolwerth ran Wierd Records and Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home on the LES from 2003–2013. Wierd released music by 42 bands working in the genres of minimal electronics, coldwave and noise, and produced over 500 live music, dj, and performance art events internationally.

Through May 3, 2015 // Wed.-Sun. 10:30 am to 6:30 pm or by appt. // 88 Eldridge St. + 36 Orchard St.

 

Tobi Elkin is a freelance writer and editor who lives on the Lower East Side. She works as a journalist at eMarketer, a digital marketing and media research firm. Follow her on Twitter at: @TobiElkin.