Gallery Goer: Openings on the Lower East Side

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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)

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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.


Arts Watch: The First-Ever Lower East Side Photo Walk is Happening on Sunday


Photography lovers, don’t miss the first-ever LES Photo Walk this Sunday, April 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The brainchild of Lesley Heller, owner of Lesley Heller Workspace at 54 Orchard St., the Photo Walk includes twenty-seven unique Lower East Side galleries that currently feature photography.

Heller, who worked with the LES BID to organize, promote and enlist LES gallery participation in the photo crawl, says the Photo Walk coincides with the AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography Show happening April 10-13, which is an event that draws collectors from all over the world.

The idea behind the event? “We’re trying to get collectors and photography lovers into the neighborhood,” Heller says. “We want to start to introduce the idea that there’s photography on the Lower East Side and get the collectors used to coming downtown. We want to build up the recognition for photography on the LES.”

For more information on the LES Photo Walk, go here.


Muriel Guepin Gallery Opens at 83 Orchard Street

83 Orchard Street.

Another day, another gallery set to open on the Lower East Side.  Muriel Guepin made the move from Brooklyn to a 750 square foot storefront at 83 Orchard formerly occupied by the boutique Kaight.  There will be a grand opening Friday, March 1, when a new exhibition featuring artists Anne Geoffroy and Isabel Brito-Farre will debut.

The Muriel Guepin was founded in Cobble Hill in 2008.  According to the gallery’s web site, Ms. Guepin has a “special interest (in) artists who embrace new technology and innovative art practices” and in making art more accessible.  In an interview last fall with Art Fag City, she acknowledged that hopes of an expanding art market on the LES lured her across the bridge, adding “there’s a bohemian kind of feeling in the LES. At the same time it’s an art destination for collectors.”  Guepin said her clients often groused about making the trek to Brooklyn.

The March 1 opening takes place from 6-8 p.m. You can read more about the artists here.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Inglorious Materials-Charles Bank Gallery

At Charles Bank Gallery there’s a group show with a serious name: “Inglorious Materials.”  But don’t be scared off, the show features the work of of five different artists who explore different permutations of collage that create a visual language all their own.

Inglorious Materials-Collection

The works are constructed with found paper and objects with varying degrees of complexity. The interpretations of collage range from sculpture and installation to wallpaper and video.

Lower East Side Galleries Kick Off Fall Season With Gusto

Tobi Kahn's Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011 at Ernest Rubenstein Gallery on E. Broadway

Steady, spritzing rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of LES gallery-goers last night. In fact, the season-opening night for nearly 30 galleries had us hop-scotching around the hood sampling wildly diverse offerings ranging from freakish photographic portraits at the champagne-soaked BOSIDAMJANOVIC gallery on Orchard, to the lovely 9-11 memory block project at the Educational Alliance’s Ernest Rubenstein Gallery on East Broadway.

The LES may soon replace Chelsea as the preferred gallery scene for those seeking more edge, authenticity and perhaps a bit less hype. Haughty gallerinas are decidedly absent here—everyone’s welcome, attitude not included. We sincerely hope that doesn’t change.

If you can’t make it to the nearly 30 participating galleries that participated in the fall season debut, we’ve handpicked a few that we stopped in at last night:

Third Thursdays Featured Gallery: Woodward Gallery



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Neighborhood galleries will stay open late this Thursday for Third Thursdays, a monthly event from the LES Business Improvement District showcasing the Lower East Side’s flourishing arts scene.  Galleries will be open until 9pm and the New Museum is offering free evening admission. The Lo-Down is pleased to be the local media sponsor of the event and is profiling a participating gallery each month.



We recently stopped in to chat with John and Kristine Woodward, co-owners of The Woodward Gallery, a nearly 6,000-sq.ft. space at 133 Eldridge St. near Delancey St. The gallery’s current exhibition “20 in 11” is a group show of artists from around the world who haven’t exhibited at Woodward.  A few of the “20” include David Bender, Patrick Christie, Jay Constantine, Lisa French and Abby Goodman, Slavka Kolesar and Tetiana Zakharova. On view through July 23, the show cuts a wide swath featuring Flemish-influenced portrait paintings, modern figurative works and super realism, to intricate dot paintings and detailed paper sculpture.


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Arts Watch

5653_582199196377_39602100_34575364_376334_n_lightbox In between your Fringe Festival shows, be sure to catch Alex Passapera's first solo exhibit Feral, at White Rabbit (145 E. Houston between Forsyth & Eldridge) showing now through Sept. 7th.  Alex does ink prints evoking our primal impulses within.  He says:
Feral is all about our basic needs and my own visual representation of
them. I try to pick out similar traits people share with animals in the
wild which have been suppressed and construed by social society. Simple
but powerful urges such as the need to feed, to mate, and to protect
our own. These primal impulses are dumbed down in our culture now, so
much so that we hardly even feel a flicker anymore. It ties into such
topics as the over saturation of media, food and sex today, so much so
that we really don’t need these natural mechanisms anymore.

Visit Alex Passapara's website here and read an interview with Anagnorisis here.

BobcartoonIf you're looking for something a little more interactive, you can always catch The Bowery Poetry Club's Monday Night Bingo. "The long-running game show brought to you by its wisecracking hosts,
high-profile drag queen Linda Simpson and downtown It boy Mr. Murray
Hill. Players can drink and eat while covering their Bingo boards-
there's a full bar plus BPC's eatery, and Cafe, featuring all sorts of
delicious and healthy food."

Gallery Watch – Anastasia Photo on Orchard Street

A photo from Carlos Jiménez Cahua's new series, 'Lima' at Anastasia Photo Gallery    
The Wall Street Journal profiles New Photography Shows in New York, including one at the Gallery Anastasia Photo, on Orchard Street, which will also serve as a center for discussion and portfolio review.  WSJ writer William Meyers writes:

With rents in Chelsea as high as they are, the coming venue for art
galleries in Manhattan is the Lower East Side; yes, the Lower East Side
of Katz’s Delicatessen and discount lingerie. Anastasia Photo opened
recently on fabled Orchard Street to specialize in documentary
photography and photojournalism.