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

recently opened:“Overculture” William Powhida Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin St., NYCYou know William Powhida and his colorful painted lists of rants, instructions, jokes and truths. Here they are supersized and in oil paint. “My studio practice is based in drawing, which I like to think of more as a thought process than a way of working.  My work tends to draw out a concept, often a critique, through some formal means. Primarily, I’m known for drawings of trompe l’oeil lists and letters authored in the voice of “Powhida,” a sensationalist, self-loathing and unreliable narrator… While it doesn’t take much to get me drawing, following a critical inquiry to unusual and uncomfortable ends is where the energy is, like having a long conversation about coyotes with a taxidermist.” - William Powhida to The L Magazine’s Paul D’Agostinophoto by Jason Andrew

recently opened:

Overculture
 William Powhida
 
Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin St., NYC

You know William Powhida and his colorful painted lists of rants, instructions, jokes and truths. Here they are supersized and in oil paint.

“My studio practice is based in drawing, which I like to think of more as a thought process than a way of working.  My work tends to draw out a concept, often a critique, through some formal means. Primarily, I’m known for drawings of trompe l’oeil lists and letters authored in the voice of “Powhida,” a sensationalist, self-loathing and unreliable narrator… While it doesn’t take much to get me drawing, following a critical inquiry to unusual and uncomfortable ends is where the energy is, like having a long conversation about coyotes with a taxidermist.” - William Powhida to The L Magazine’s Paul D’Agostino

photo by Jason Andrew

Recommended
Opens Sun, Mar 2nd, 6-8p:

Crosseyed and Painless
 Daniel Rios Rodriguez

Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East B’Way, NYC


Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s work combines the intensely personal with the historical in a manner both humorous and dark.  The paintings begin with drawing into a thick layer of oil paint, and can include collage elements of raw canvas, linen and the scraps of old t-shirts onto the canvas. This is a means of recovery and reinstating a fresh surface, exploring the materiality and variety of textures a painting’s surface can have.

The subject matter of the work spans the immediate and classical: skulls, lemons and tall grass along a river are repeated- calling to mind the traditional vanitas pieces. The search is ongoing and the images are abundant.
- thru Mar 30

thru Jan 26:“Analogue Future” Russell Tyler DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard St., NYCInfluenced by the crude digital landscapes of outdated 8-bit graphics and the utopian visions of 1960s and 1970s science fiction films, Tyler’s heavily impastoed oil paintings are the legacy of unmet hopes and promised ideals.

thru Jan 26:

Analogue Future
 Russell Tyler
 
DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard St., NYC

Influenced by the crude digital landscapes of outdated 8-bit graphics and the utopian visions of 1960s and 1970s science fiction films, Tyler’s heavily impastoed oil paintings are the legacy of unmet hopes and promised ideals.

opens tonight, Jan 11, 6-8p:

Stairs and Ramps
 Todd Chilton

Feature Inc Gallery, 131 Allen St., NYC

Todd Chilton’s relatively small and intensely colored abstract oil paintings layer patterns that are bounded by the edge of the canvas, leading you to believe these paintings are easily graspable. The exhibition title, Stairs and Ramps, references the flat and manipulated space of computer games and, as well, ways to move by foot or wheelchair through architectural space. At the same time, it is also just two ways to graphically read a triangle, the shape that is the basis of the patterns in most of these paintings. Titles of the paintings point to alternate readings of what may be initially perceived. Geometry is undermined by handedness.

opens Jan 16, 6-8p:

Between the Fragments
 Andy Denzler

Claire Oliver Gallery, 513 W26th St., NYC

By creating a desolate narrative through his use of color, time, and mystical topologies, Zurich-based artist Andy Denzler expands and skims the boundaries of both photorealism and action painting. By uniting the precision and nostalgia of realism with gestural abstraction, Denzler creates secluded and pensive tableaus. - thru Feb 15

thru Jan 5:

Candela
 TM Davy

Eleven Rivington, 11 Rivington St., NYC

Candela is comprised of a focused series of 10 x 8 inch oil paintings which the artist began last year, following a group of figurative works that were presented as a solo show at LISTE, Basel in June 2012.  In these canvases, painted from observation, full figures were posed and defined by ambient candlelight.  The new works featured in this exhibition focus even further on this initial, simple idea: a single, lit candle defining the object, figure or space adjacent to it.  Each painting contains light and delineates the subject, proposing simple and poetic pictorial narratives.

nycARTscene Interview: Noah Becker

Noah Becker is a NYC-based oil painter, a jazz saxophonist, the founding editor of Whitehot Magazine and a contributing writer for numerous publications (Art in America, Interview Magazine, Canadian Art, the Huffington Post).

Becker’s recent paintings are currently on view at The Lodge Gallery, a solo exhibition of his portraiture and collage-like reconsiderations of art history.

nycARTscene contributor Gabriel Sands leads us in conversation with the artist:

GS: How have you been influenced by other prominent New York City artists who came before you? Whom specifically?
 
NB: I was influenced by Warhol, Basquiat, Jackson Pollock and many others.  
 
GS: How has your relationship to and perception of portraiture changed as a result of your own work?
 
NB: Making unknown people or making famous people becomes an issue. I try and do as few famous people as possible… I’m painting mostly unknowns but that might change.
 
GS: You are also a musician. What is the interplay between your music and your visual art, if any?
 
NB: I’m a saxophonist. There are shapes and feelings in music and shapes and vibrations in painting. It’s coming from a source that transcends the human world. I’m not sure that they have an interaction except for the fact that I do it and it comes from my consciousness. The world is mysterious and we really don’t know everything yet.
 
GS: Can you tell us about the idea of mass production in culture and art? What does that mean to you?
 
NB: Mass production is something Warhol was doing with his Factory and now people like Jeff Koons and Kehinde Wiley are doing it. Supply and demand is the issue here. I’m not sure how much work an artist needs to make…  Vermeer made only about 35 paintings I think…  How many do you need to be a famous artist?
 
GS: On Twitter, you recently tweeted an offer to paint people’s portraits. Tell us why you did this.
 
NB: Twitter is an interesting thing because you can test the social and creative dynamic. I Tweeted that because I’m interested in the challenge of painting someone I don’t know. It’s also a way of dealing with the current situation with the online world in an experimental way. For example I offer people Skype studio visits where I link to them and they give me a one hour tour of their studio. I’ve been invited to studios all over the world via Skype.

Noah Becker: http://noahbeckerart.com/

The Lodge Gallery: www.thelodgegallery.com 131 Chrystie St., NYC

opens Thurs, Oct 17, 6-8p:

Interview
 Tatiana Blass

Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 W26th St., NYC

iron sculptures, a suite of oil paintings, and a video work featuring theatrical performance. Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’s first exhibition in New York The work. As part of the artist’s practice, Blass composes figurative sculptures out of microcrystalline wax that become fluid over the duration of their exhibition. Antagonized by spotlights and heating elements, the sculptures slowly deform and are overtaken by entropy. In the recent works on display, Blass takes up the theme of the interview, composing paintings and sculptures in which subject, audience, and medium break down into one another.  - thru Nov 16

opens Tonight, Sept 18, 6-8p:“The Lost Paintings Series” Taner CeylanPaul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W27th St., NYCWell-known for his provocative, emotional realism paintings, Ceylan began The Lost Paintings Series as a contemporary exploration of the Orientalist gaze in all its facets. Upsetting both Western and Eastern master narratives, The Lost Paintings Series presents Eastern figures in a fascinating navigation of history, power and narrative.  - thru Oct 26pictured: Taner Ceylan, Cage of Flesh, 2012, oil on canvas, 180 cm x 160 cm

opens Tonight, Sept 18, 6-8p:

The Lost Paintings Series
 Taner Ceylan

Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W27th St., NYC


Well-known for his provocative, emotional realism paintings, Ceylan began The Lost Paintings Series as a contemporary exploration of the Orientalist gaze in all its facets. Upsetting both Western and Eastern master narratives, The Lost Paintings Series presents Eastern figures in a fascinating navigation of history, power and narrative.  - thru Oct 26

pictured: Taner Ceylan, Cage of Flesh, 2012, oil on canvas, 180 cm x 160 cm

opens Tonight Tues, Sept 10, 6-8p:

Only Forever
 Ted Riederer

The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)

This two week ensemble set will consist of paintings, sculpture, photography, and interactive old media analog assemblage, all of which provide a deep view into a more intimate body of work by Riederer, best known for his critically acclaimed international performance project, “Never Records.” An interactive bricolage of guitar and bicycle parts allows visitors to produce looped melodies from a fixed set of notes and percussive elements. An array of flaming guitars line the gallery, oil paintings made with old master mediums and leaded glass powder. Also filling the space is the warm sound of Bing Crosby’s voice, a looped vinyl record repeating “Only Forever” on a vintage turntable.  - thru Sept 21