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


Invisible Exports Gallery Moves From Orchard Street to 89 Eldridge

Earlier this year, the owners of Orchard Street gallery, Invisible Exports, said they were looking for a bigger space in the neighborhood. Now they’ve found it.

More Proof LES Gallery Scene is Thriving

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Montage by Kim Sillen Gledhill.

Editor’s note: This story was first published in the May 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.

When Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer opened Invisible Exports, their sliver of a gallery at 14 Orchard St. in 2008, they joined a handful of independent-minded dealers fleeing the sterility of Chelsea for a new art frontier on the Lower East Side. Five years later, having firmly established a reputation for cutting-edge–and often provocative–shows, they are preparing to move on from a street bursting with galleries; there are six of them in a one-block stretch above Canal Street. But these young dealers are not abandoning the LES; they’re negotiating for a larger space in a neighborhood that Needleman calls a “new force to be reckoned with in the art world.”

This month, the highly regarded New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) stages the sophomore edition of its New York art fair in the neighborhood, at Basketball City on Pier 36. At the same time, a French fair called Cutlog makes its American debut on the Lower East Side. And the New Museum, which helped set off the art stampede with its arrival on the Bowery in 2007, hosts Ideas City, a three-day conference and festival focused on urban issues.

Third Thursdays – Featured Gallery: Invisible Exports

Invisible Exports directors Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

This Thursday night is the kickoff of Third Thursdays, a new monthly event from the LES Business Improvement District showcasing the Lower East Side’s flourishing arts scene.  Galleries will be staying open until 9pm and the New Museum is offering free evening admission. As media sponsor of Third Thursdays, we’re pleased to begin a series of gallery profiles today. Last week, Traven, our photographer Jesse Jiryu Davis and I headed over to lower Orchard Street to get things started.

It’s easy to miss the diminutive storefront at 14a Orchard Street. Located just above Canal, on one of the neighborhood’s fastest changing blocks, Chinese signage, a big picture window and a small wooden bench serve as signals that you’ve arrived at the three-year old gallery, Invisible-Exports.  But directors Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer didn’t need (or want) a grand space in Chelsea to make a strong statement.

Weekend Guide

Radio Purgatory - currently running at Dixon Place.

It’s going to be an action packed weekend on the Lower East Side.  Along with Ken Beasley’s Music Picks, the Steampunk Haunted House at Abrons and an East Village eating tour that supports the arts, here are a few more events worth checking out.

LES Gallery Openings This Weekend

Here are Ashlie Cotton’s gallery opening highlights for the weekend:

This weekend’s events get a jump-start tonight with a very striking screening at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building (5 E. 3rd Street) starting at 6PM. The screening is part of Ludlow 38‘s group show,“Into The Unknown,” which seeks to explore different artists’ use of archival film footage. Two Portugese documentaries will be shown, with an introduction by Joaquim Moreno, a Portuguese architect and curator.

ARTS WATCH – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Back In The Limelight; Bars As Art Spaces

The New York Post features a story about "Unlikely Art Spaces" featuring the local Gallery Bar and others that use their art spaces as bars and use their bars as art space.

Gpo_30years-1 Invisible Exports will host the opening for their exhibition, "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: 30 Years of Being Cut Up" tomorrow night at their gallery at 14A Orchard Street.  The show is a 30-year
retrospective devoted to the work of the legendary underground
musician, visual artist, performer and provocateur Genesis Breyer
. Check out NY Magazine's recent profile of the artist, who is still undergoing work on his current "long-term project" which involves turning himself in to his late wife,
Jacqueline Breyer.  The exhibition will run through October 18th.