Saturday, August 25, 2012

Temporary Contemporary Gallery

     I have a commercial space in Asbury Park, NJ, which in one of its former incarnations was a gallery. Before I rent it out, I decided to do a three month pop-up gallery and a friend dubbed it "Temporary Contemporary Gallery."
     The inaugural show was a big success - great opening, press, and a few sales right out of the gate! The second show opens a week from today called "CITYSCAPES." It features five painters (Tim Daly, Valeri Larko, Mike Longo, Lizbeth Mitty and Ricardo Roig) from the NY/NJ area and their versions of the urban landscape. Below is a link to the Facebook page announcement and the press release. The opening is Sat Sept 1 from 6-9pm at 716 Cookman Ave in Asbury Park, NJ.

“CITYSCAPES,” curated by owner Joseph Borzotta, features five of the NY/NJ area’s most
successful painters of urban landscapes. They are all notable for their handling of light and color. Most of these are painted on-site and explore the polish and vitality of thriving operations to urban decay and its often surprising beauty.

Tim Daly’s paintings and prints for NJ Transit received acclaim for their detail and his powerful handling of day and night light. Valeri Larko’s industrial landscapes, currently featured in
Milan and J.Cacciola Gallery (NY), examine the fringes of cities where she finds “grit and beauty in equal measure.” Mike Longo captures the buildings of Asbury Park and small cityscapes uniquely mounted on Knob Creek bourbon bottles as well as canvas.
Lizbeth Mitty’s loose, colorful renderings run the gamut from Bethlehem Steel to NY street umbrellas to Gary, Indiana and the NY Times’ Ken Johnson describes them as a combination of “painterly verve and hellish beauty.” Plein air painting is the modus operandi for Ricardo Roig who focuses on the urban scenes of Hoboken, Jersey City and the view of NYC from his studio.

The opening reception is on First Night, Saturday September 1st, 2012  from 6-10pm at
716 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ.
Temporary Contemporary Gallery hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Fridays 5-10pm, Saturdays 4-10pm and Sundays 1-6pm or by appointment at 201-981-2395.

For more info:  Like our page on Facebook.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gallery Hop: Lehmann Maupin, Dodge, The Hole

Did some gallery hoppin' in the lower east village and lower east side in NYC.  Despite many galleries being closed on Tuesdays or for vacation, saw some interesting summer group shows. I love that tradition, it creates so many opportunities for artists to get their work seen and for galleries to  gamble on showing new artists and/or new work.

Lehmann Maupin Gallery (201 Chrystie St) presented "Friends With Benefits" curated by established artists and "supporting the richness of NY's interconnected art world." Put another way, it ain't what you know, it's WHO you know (I write with a wink and that's not a knock to the artists in the show by any means).

Derrick Adams "HEADS #14" 36x36" (right)
and "The Royale" (sculpture below)
David Antonio Cruz  (painting below right)

 Dodge Gallery (15 Rivington St) hosted two shows, one being a group show, "Size Matters" til August 10, 2012. The piece below is "National Gridlock" (63x68") by Michael Zelehoski.
In the rear and lower gallery are mixed media works by Jane Fox Hipple in "The Way of Things." A nod to abstract expressionism and color field yet differing with the use of sheetrock, Q-tips, etc.
The Hole up on 312 Bowery has another summer group show, "Portrait of a Generation" til August 10th. A rambling show of "over 100 artists who make up the art scene here will make portraits of each other to give image to a community of people." Below is a portrait of an old acquaintance, a fixture in lower east side history, Clayton Patterson. A photographer/documentarian and all-around cool guy, I met Clayton around 2004 when I owned the 12 Inch DJ Bar on Essex Street near his residence. He stopped in when I first opened to take a photo and say Hello. This portrait is by Erik Foss who also curates Fuse Gallery in the back of Lit at 93 Second Ave.

A wall shot of the many works in this show, and a sculpture from another show at The Hole.

Lastly, I swung by Mulherin Pollard in Freeman's Alley, but they weren't open. However, in NY and in many cities, the layers of stickers and flyers and graffiti sometimes become art unto themselves.