Filed under: ART, REVIEWS | Tags: 22, art, artist, artists, arts, book, brooklyn, Celebrity, Chelsea, city, court, crown, gallery, gentleman, J.D., jester, magazine, marlborough, new, ny, nyc, paintbrush, parody, performance, powhida, prince, siazon, the, william, york
Famous for his brazen critique of the art world William Powhida asks if his presence in a gallery space is enough to qualify as a credible exhibit. POWHIDA, on view at Marlborough Chelsea till August twelfth, strips the gallery down to nothing but the artist himself, a leather couch, two leather chairs, a coffee table, a mini fridge for beer, and a painting by Tom Sanford called “Portrait of a Genius” which shows William Powhida releasing a dove with a bottle of liquor in his right hand and a woman at his feet.
With the success of the show riding on his star power William Powhida attempted at the opening reception to grandstand presumably in parody of art celebrities. Chauffeured in a black convertible Mercedes-Benz into the gallery whose glass facade had been retracted Powhida then commenced for the most part to drink champagne and beer on the aforementioned leather couch flanked by girls before being again chauffeured out of the gallery later that evening.
“The gallery is a world unto itself” William Powhida in the show’s press release states “a social space with a highly codified set of relationships having the formal beauty of a ballet.”
On my visit to the show I was surprised to find Powhida drinking beer and playing chess with two friends. He was very amenable offering to pose in a photograph with me which I accepted. Squatting just beside the portrait by Tom Sanford a man was scraping paint from the gallery floor. Asking if I could take his picture Powhida quickly interjected saying that the gentleman was nothing more than a paintbrush and no need to ask his permission for a pic. Self-consciousness though made Powhida’s importunity unconvincing. Leaving the show I wished the artist best of luck with his endeavors.
Bad boy image aside creatively William Powhida’s talents are endless and his moxie refreshing. With prescience his artwork has the potential to shine a more telling light on the art world than his current critical gestures strive to do. Invariably with Powhida it’s the difference between court jester and crown prince.
Filed under: ART, SUPPORT THIS PROJECT! | Tags: 22, are, art, artist, artists, asya, brooklyn, Chelsea, city, dark, deep, gallery, geisberg, lovely, magazine, new, ny, nyc, painting, photographer, photography, secret, the, walk, woods, york
Thomas Bangstead‘s surreal and sublime portraits of oft vacant landscapes and still life’s, seem to embody the suspense of the “happened.”
Devoid of obvious action, Bangstead’s work instead lingers in the moment (perhaps even the second) after a tragedy, before a meal, or in the midst of a scenic view and leave the viewer to conjure their own narratives based on these strange vignettes.
Bangstead is also currently part of “The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep” at Asya Geisberg gallery and will be giving a talk on his work this coming Thursday during the Chelsea Art Walk. If you can, please help support Thomas and The Secret City!
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Filed under: THE WEEK/THE WEEKEND | Tags: 22, 26th, artists, as, brian, brooklyn, burns, Chelsea, city, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural, collage, Daniel Subkoff, degraw, Educational Center, festival, fits, flora, for, fuentes, future, gardens, graham, Ideas, industrail, james, landscape, magazine, new, ny, nyc, of, pasts, photography, porcelain, pulls, romero, schroder, sculpture, shredder, st, sugar, Susan, the, toil, Video, West, Will Chancellor, world, york
Closing May 8th.
As The World Burns
Final Week at James Fuentes LLC, Gallery hours; Wed. – Sun., 11-6pm.
Special New York Gallery Week extended day, Sunday, May 8th, 12-8pm.
View exhibition images: here
New York Gallery Week link: here
James Fuentes LLC proudly presents, as part of The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas For The New City;
Daniel Subkoff & Will Chancellor
Past Fits and Future Pulls
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center at 107 Suffolk St between Rivington and Delancey.
If you have trouble locating this project please text; (917) 509-2250
Saturday from 10am to midnight
Sunday from 2:30pm until 7pm
Festival of Ideas: link
Subkoff & Chancellor are offering their artwork for free to everyone who joins them, and ultimately back to the earth itself. Having traded their cash for living native seeds, soil and local clay, they’ve constructed a 13 foot tall sculpture with this material that they invite the public to help disassemble. Visitors are welcome to grab a handful of the sculpture and recast it in a provided mold, walking away with a small sculpture of their own. If left in an appropriate place such as an abandoned lot, garden or any soft ground it should dissolve and yield a significant number of native wildflowers within a month. If taken home and treated as an art object, it will likely dry out, crack and expire worthless. The main small sculptural casting will be of a rendition of Tlaloc, the elemental Aztec god of water, rain and fertility whose name translates as “he who is made of earth”.
April 14, 2011–May 14, 2011
Susan Graham’s exhibition, New Gardens, features sculpture, photography and video that use strategies of pattern and decoration to poetically depict the eternal struggle between nature and technology. Central to the exhibition are Toile Landscape, a large scale installation of Graham’s delicate sugar sculptures, and the intimate porcelain Toile Floating Landscape sculptures. Mimicking the recurring patterns of complex pastoral scenes found on Toile de Jouy, these works depict clusters of invented flora interspersed with industrial structures such as transmission towers, satellite dishes, or even cell phone towers disguised as trees. Charming, delicate and foreboding, each small pastoral scene compresses nature and technology in a bittersweet attempt at reconciliation. Graham’s photographs and videos on view in New Gardens depict skies choked with flocks of airplanes, modern-day birds staking their claim on the atmosphere. These works showcase Graham’s deft touch and ability to evoke rich, multivalent narratives from a few simple, quiet gestures. New Gardens is Graham’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
April 14, 2011–May 14, 2011
Cletus Johnson: Collage 1968–2010 presents a selection of Johnson’s beguiling collages, including collaborative pieces made with famed Black Mountain poet Robert Creeley. Johnson’s works are composed of deceptively simple materials inviting private, almost meditative contemplation on subjects of longing, erotic love and primal lust. Their quietude evokes a Cagean musicality, while a minimal juxtaposition of images wrings endless narrative associations. Envelopes containing black and white photographs of a woman’s breast are intimate love letters being sent and received, revealing a desire to both contain and set free the object of affection. Amusement park ride tickets are coupled with cropped images of naked male youths, granting the viewer permission to experience desire. Portrayals of Antinous—Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lover—as Cyclops become homorobotic emblems of a carnal hunger for an idealized beauty. Johnson’s collages show him as a master of the simple, poetic intervention.
Filed under: THE WEEK/THE WEEKEND | Tags: 22, a, abstract, as, aton, brooklny, brooklyn, Canada, cargins, carvings, Chelsea, creation, DC, drawings, drive, eilliwams, frabk, frank, gallery, kern, magazine, mark grotjahn, mary, michael, MOORE, motion, mutation, mythology, new, noodle, ny, nyc, painting, r., rabbithole, reynolds, rhytyms, S, sculpture, sculptures, space, straightforward, straightfowards, studios, the, wayne, williams, wood, york
Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967
and Recent Photographs
May 5-June 4, 2011
As always, Mary starts with observation and moves towards myth.
– Hayden Herrera
DC Moore’s new exhibition of Mary Frank’s work, Transformations: Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967 and Recent Photographs, features her dynamic wood sculptures, direct carvings from the 1950s and 60s that marked her emergence as one of the most innovative artists on the New York art scene. The exhibition also presents drawings from the same time, vibrant figures that both complement her sculpture and expand the range of her explorations of space, motion, and the rhythms of the human body. This is the first exhibition of these seminal works since they were originally shown over forty years ago. VIEW FULL PRESS RELEASE.