nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

opens tonight, 6-8p:

Sargent’s Daughters
 
Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 E. Broadway, NYC

An exhibition of works by 40 women artists exploring the legacy of John Singer Sargent: “When we consider the influence of Sargent on a later generation of artists the question of this participation remains. What has Sargent’s influence on women artists been?  The wide range of artists who react to his work includes sculptors, photographers, painters and installation artists— each drawing on different aspects of his work.”

artists: L.C. Armstrong, Sarah Awad, Whitney Bedford, Ellen Brooks, Rebecca Campbell, Jordan Casteel, Holly Coulis, Zoe Crosher, Jennifer Dalton, Inka Essenhigh, Katie Fischer, Natalie Frank, Joy, Garnett, Orly Genger, Elizabeth Glaessner, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Jenna Gribbon, Nora Griffin, Jeila Gueramian, Tamara Gonzales, Ellen Harvey, Brad Jones, Field Kallop, Jemima Kirke, Marcia Kure, Saira McLaren, Jesse Mockrin, Kristine Moran, Caris Reid, Jackie Saccoccio, Sandi Slone, Jessica Stoller, Emily Sudd, Betty Tompkins​, Michelle Vaughan, Emily Weiner, Jessica Williams, Robin Williams, Amy Wilson, Letha Wilson

pictured:


Rebecca Campbell, Call her green and the winters cannot fade her., 2012 oil on canvas


Amy Wilson, We are Connected by Light, 2014, needle lace

Opens Nov 6th, 6-8p:“Painting 101” Francesca Dimattio, Dennis Hollingsworth,  Jonathan Lasker, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Sandi SloneSargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYCinaugural exhibition at Sargent’s Daughters, the new gallery venture by Allegra LaViola and Meredith Rosen (former director of BravinLee programs) in Allegra LaViola’s former location.The five artists in Painting 101 “speak in paint and communicate with brushstroke, color, collage and layer.”

Opens Nov 6th, 6-8p:

Painting 101
 Francesca Dimattio, Dennis Hollingsworth,
 Jonathan Lasker, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Sandi Slone

Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

inaugural exhibition at Sargent’s Daughters, the new gallery venture by Allegra LaViola and Meredith Rosen (former director of BravinLee programs) in Allegra LaViola’s former location.

The five artists in Painting 101 “speak in paint and communicate with brushstroke, color, collage and layer.”

nycARTscene Interview: Elektra KB

Elektra KB’s work can be seen at concurrent exhibitions in two New York galleries, BravinLee (526 W26th Street, NYC; thru June 28) and Allegra LaViola Gallery (179 East Broadway, NYC; thru June 22).

nycARTscene’s Hannah Krafcik leads us in conversation with the artist:

HK: You have two exhibitions showing right now. Would you tell us a little bit about your work “There are Women At the Gates Seeking a New World” at BravinLee, summarizing this world and mythological story that you bring to life?

EKB: I created a personal mythological realm of opposing forces, The Theocratic Republic of Gaia (currently running at Allegra LaViola Gallery) which takes place during “an imminent period of intense geological and social upheaval during which tensions built up over centuries will be discharged” and The Cathara Insurgent Women—dancing warriors in a colonized territory—an oppressive hierarchical state and its rebel counter parts.

I am interested in using art’s critical power and, at the same time, bringing elements of ludisme and humor. The work has a comment on Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism. The cloth artist’s book of the Cathara Insurgent Women at “There are Women At the Gates Seeking a New World” is akin to a window that opens into the realm of the rebels of the Theocratic Republic of Gaia. I employ personal mythological imagery, parallel to humanity’s quest for liberation, connoting a mix-tape historical survey oriented to Decolonization.  

I use text that I appropriate from elements that have questioned the relationship of art and society, such as a situationist poster that reads: “Abolition de la Société de Classe.” I am also building a discourse on colonialist attitudes in a broad sense, not only socio-political, but also towards the female body. Hence, biographical element inspire the hierarchy—the Beings and the White Papess—of the Theocratic Republic of Gaia, which I use as colonial characters countered by the primitivist Cathara women.

I often use black shadows, which I can compare to a redacted text, suggesting what has been repressed. Elements such as the veil—a constant for women in the semiotic vocabulary of every religion—and the balaclava, inform a hiding, while the image of vomiting threads refers to a process of catharsis.

HK: Do you believe revolutionary art should be an integral part of life, as in primitive society, and not an appendage to wealth?

EKB: Primitive art, such as the Upper Paleolithic at Lascaux, is proof of art being an essential part of humanity before civilization, and not thanks to it. I am interested in art as an integral part of society and also in how it develops in indigenous cultures. I do look into Pre-Columbian art as well, which I often reference in my collage work. I am interested in building narratives that create realms of resistance and alternatives to the destructive relationship that art and capitalism have.

HK: How do you imagine the narrative imagery of “The Cathara Insurgent Women vs. The Theocratic Republic Gaia” informs viewers understanding of their “reality.” Do your ideas about “reality” shift as you immerse yourself in bringing these mythological stories into existence?

EKB: The Theocratic Republic of Gaia is a world that exists parallel to ours and shares uncanny similarities to it. It is informed by our world as well as by biographical elements. From a young age, it was a necessity for me to be able to create a world inside this world, where one could express anything without any fear.

Apart from using a personal mythology, with elements of play and a strong sense of humor, the work currently at Allegra LaViola Gallery brings elements of our world. The body of work is also informed by books such as Foucault’s Surveiller et Punir (the actual title of one of the works), Marx’s Philosophic Manuscripts and Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle among others. Offering a contemporary critique on subjects such as alienation (having stronger relationships with objects, than with persons or nature), excessive surveillance, and lost of freedom.  

HK: Tell us about the different mediums you use to create work — how do the paintings, fabric, photographs, etc. operate as different viewing points into your mythology?

EKB: I use, in both the show at BravinLee and Allegra LaViola Gallery, quite a lot mediums historically associated with women’s role in art, e.g. photographs that are stitched on to fabric, felt, embroidery, and printmaking techniques. The shows include photography, video, and works on paper as well as works on fabric and a carved wood sculpture. For The Theocratic Republic of Gaia’s official state-clerical-body, I use mainly photography, video, and works on paper with a palette predominantly made of black, white silver, and gold.

The White Papess and the Beings of T.R.O.G are regal and sober. The work of the Cathara Insurgent Women is multi-colored, predominantly composed of works on fabric.

I start with a photograph that I print on to canvas and I use cloth as a medium. The cloth’s design has to be cliché-stereotypically “feminine”—and colonial—something that I find disgusting in a sense: colorful, and flowery, and something that I can subvert. I make these works to be somehow abject in my view. Incorporating the Cathara Insurgent Women and their clash of colors, I thought about indigenous dancing warrior women, in a territory colonized by the Trogians.

HK: Can you speak to the détournement of feminine identity, symbolism, and the historical silencing of women in your work?

EKB: I am interested in the anti-patriarchal struggle, which I found during my thesis research (it included authors such as Silvia Federici) that can be traced back to medieval times, if not further. Surely this was manifested in art—not always by women artists who often worked under a hidden identity, but by records of historic events such as the crusades and their insurgent rebel counterparts, the heretics, and the fight for land against the monarchic theocracy and landlords in the feudal setting.

I want to explore women’s identity, which has been constructed despite a violent effort to invalidate women as their own agency. I found out that, at one point during the middle ages, the clerical institution demonized women (witch-hunt, temptress) with the specific means of capital accumulation, the accumulation of land and riches. As the clergy held one of the most tyrant regimes, they used the imaginary and the superstitious as a powerful weapon to keep control of the power, not only creating a false and fictitious moral, but also deciding the evil nature of one sex.

Elektra KB: ElektraKB.com

Allegra LaViola Gallery: allegralaviola.com

BravinLee programs: bravinlee.com


Just Opened:“The Lonely Sea and The Sky” Roy Fowler, Robin Hubbard, Sarah Kurz, Shane McAdams,  Sandi Slone, Vadis Turner and Amy WilsonAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYCa group exhibition of paintings and works on paper. The title of the exhibition derives from the poem “Sea Fever” by English poet John Masefield and explores the idea of the sea as a release from the usual ties and bonds of life. - thru June 23pictured:    Amy Wilson, “I thought of the space between us which felt like miles”watercolor, walnut ink, pencil on paper, 2008, 6.25 x 5 inches

Just Opened:

The Lonely Sea and The Sky
 Roy Fowler, Robin Hubbard, Sarah Kurz, Shane McAdams,
 Sandi Slone, Vadis Turner and Amy Wilson

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

a group exhibition of paintings and works on paper. The title of the exhibition derives from the poem “Sea Fever” by English poet John Masefield and explores the idea of the sea as a release from the usual ties and bonds of life. - thru June 23

pictured:    
Amy Wilson, “I thought of the space between us which felt like miles”
watercolor, walnut ink, pencil on paper, 2008, 6.25 x 5 inches

Opens Friday, May 10, 6-8p:

PRISM/LIVIN/ROOM
 Amanda Browder

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

Known for her large-scale outdoor fabric installations (“Hello Niagra,” Brooklyn, 2012 pictured, photo by David B. Smith), Browder will present an indoor gallery installation that breeches the public/private conversation by creating a physical duality between a living room and a fabric art installation. Though apparent opposites, these two environments are connected by the presentation of contemporary art. She plans to hold two Public Sewing Days that encourage the viewer to become her collaborator.

Later this year, in September, Browder plans to wrap a building on East 4th Street in Manhattan with fabric [via Animal New York]

thru Feb 16:

Gia Condo
 Andrea Mary Marshall

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC
Wed-Sun, F train to East Broadway or 4,5,6,N,R to Canal St.

In her thirteen Mona Lisa paintings, Marshall duplicates the material and size of da Vinci’s original, while altering the composition significantly. Marshall draws inspiration from the renderings of Dali, Duchamp and Warhol as well as the myriad theories surrounding the identity of the sitter. Additionally, there are six photographic portraits, a short film and film stills.

Opens Jan 17, 6-8p: “Gia Condo” Andrea Mary MarshallAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYCpainting, photography, video and performance. Andrea Mary Marshall approaches the enigma of the Mona Lisa through a series of self-portraits rendered in diverse media. There will be a performance on opening night, as well as additional performances through the duration of the exhibition. - thru Feb 16

Opens Jan 17, 6-8p:

Gia Condo
 Andrea Mary Marshall

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

painting, photography, video and performance. Andrea Mary Marshall approaches the enigma of the Mona Lisa through a series of self-portraits rendered in diverse media. There will be a performance on opening night, as well as additional performances through the duration of the exhibition. - thru Feb 16

Opens Wed, Nov 14, 6-9p: “Super Supra Diluvian” Jennifer Catron & Paul OutlawAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYCan exhibition of performance, installation, sculpture and collage. Catron and Outlaw take on roles of Artists: magnifying their fame, praising and critiquing themselves as well as the world at large. The duo’s interest in the shifting perception of reality and notoriety has led them to question what creativity and talent is, and what is rewarded. Gallery visitors will be shepherded through a gamut of activities, becoming integral to the show as they literally become the artwork. - thru Dec 23

Opens Wed, Nov 14, 6-9p:

Super Supra Diluvian
 Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

an exhibition of performance, installation, sculpture and collage. Catron and Outlaw take on roles of Artists: magnifying their fame, praising and critiquing themselves as well as the world at large. The duo’s interest in the shifting perception of reality and notoriety has led them to question what creativity and talent is, and what is rewarded. Gallery visitors will be shepherded through a gamut of activities, becoming integral to the show as they literally become the artwork. - thru Dec 23

Opens Tonight, Oct 10, 6-8p: “Ready For Their Stones” Juan HinojosaAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)Hinojosa’s interest in religious figures is merged with a fascination for fantasy, consumer culture and comic book characters. As Saints are revered for their dedication to God and their desire for goodness in the face of evil, so too are the superheroes that Hinojosa deems worthy of worship. - thru Nov 10

Opens Tonight, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Ready For Their Stones
 Juan Hinojosa

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)

Hinojosa’s interest in religious figures is merged with a fascination for fantasy, consumer culture and comic book characters. As Saints are revered for their dedication to God and their desire for goodness in the face of evil, so too are the superheroes that Hinojosa deems worthy of worship. - thru Nov 10

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p: “Fiend in the Void” Casey Jex SmithAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Fiend in the Void
 Casey Jex Smith

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)

in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10