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.
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.
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.
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:
Kristine and John Woodward with Lucy - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for thelodownny.com
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.
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.
If 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."
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.