Manhattan has become a playground for the rich (and largely boring), so many of us forget that there are still communities that need our help while we are gallivanting from gallery to gallery chugging free wine. The Lower East Side Girls Club has been making magic happen in the lives of girls and young women ages 8 to 23 for the past 18 years, and I am extremely humbled and honored to join them (along with a stellar committee) in helping to raise funds for their new Alphabet City Art School.
Join us March 30th at The Highline Loft for Rock Paper Scissors, an incredible night of live art and drinks, hosted by Deborah Harry, Cynthia Rowley, Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, and an incredible host committee. Tickets are available here
If you can’t make it, our auction on Paddle8 went live yesterday- Some amazing things…an original photograph of Deborah Harry by Bob Gruen, works by Christo, Fred Tomaselli, Miya Ando, Logan Hicks, Drew Conrad, Swoon, Wayne White and more. See you March 30th!
I was invited by Gallery Director Lynzy Blair of Joseph Gross Gallery to co-curate some of my artists from The Art of Cardboard for their booth at Art on Paper, March 3-6 at Pier 36. Together, we chose the paper crafted flora of Lacy Barry, and the epic cardboard fauna of Laurence Vallières. Vallières was also one of Art on Paper’s Special Projects, constructing an oversized cardboard sculpture throughout the duration of the fair.
The booth included the beautiful work of Lala Abaddon, Lyle Owerko, Dave White, Joseph Grazi, John Felix Arnold, Alison Mosshart and more.
I am excited to once again support InLiquid, a wonderful non-profit fostering the artist community in my old stomping grounds of Philadelphia for their annual benefit auction. I’ve curated a selection of great artists offering works at low opening bids, including Faile, Dennis McNett, C215, Logan Hicks , The London Police, Joe Iurato , Shepard Fairey, Elizabeth Winnel, Will Penny, Matt Eaton, Jon Burgerman, Ellanah Sadkin, Lala Abaddon, Tim Okamura, Lacy Barry, Marc Paperscissor, Jonathan Grassi, Jim McKenzie, Joseph Wolf Grazi, Sean Augustine March and Beau Stanton.
I’m so excited to work with The Roxy Hotel and Natalie Kates for the second year in a row for an epic New Year’s Eve affair. This year, we were inspired by the 1972 Surrealist Ball of French heiress Marie-Hélène de Rothschild at her chateau in 1972. We’re turning the main floor of the beautiful hotel into a Surrealist tableau, with costumed dancers, Surrealist-inspired food, and incredible music. I’ll be taking a hint from Man Ray and Dali for my get up.
I’ve had the most incredible time researching and becoming inspired by Surrealism and Surrealist fashions! I do hope to see you for an artful experience and an incredible evening.
Hosted by Bad Brilliance, BULLETT, Franco Lacosta, Jeff Williams, Katerina Simonova, Kenny Kenny, Lori Zimmer, Luke Neo Camp, Natalie Kates, Troupe Muffinhead, Tziporah Salamon
Music by The Dolls, Mia Moretti and Margot, Andrew Andrew, Franco V, Alix Brown
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton
October 17th- 28th, 2015
Opening reception: October 17, 7-9pm. Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
Highline Loft, 508 W 26th St, 5G, NY, NY 10001
Curators Lori Zimmer and Natalie Kates are pleased to present “Calm Before the Storm,” a two-person show by Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton, which opens October 17th from 6-9pm at the Highline Loft. Taking inspiration from nautical superstition, flood myths, classical paintings, life changing events and the modern issue of rising seas, the artists have created new paintings, multiples, and a site-specific installation of a reconstructed ship and captain’s study. A special print release party with 1xRun will take over the space on October 22nd. In honor of Halloween, the show will conclude with a costume party, “Sailors, Sirens and Sea Monsters”, in honor of maritime folklore on October 28th. The exhibition and installation will be set to an original score by Luv Jonez.
Logan Hicks’ interpretation of “Calm Before the Storm” will fuse the photorealistic stencil artist’s interest in nautical traditions with the implications surrounding the serenity felt before major life changing events. With a foot planted in acceptance of fate, Hicks’ new works will reflect both traditional imagery, such as his reinterpretation of The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, and modernity, such as the role of and reliance upon technology as our means of communication- which has created an impersonal barrier when receiving news both good and bad. For Hicks, the works in the exhibition will examine the driving force of fate, and the inability to alter momentum with paintings, aerosol on canvas, aerosol on panel and editions of aerosol on paper.
Through oil painting, sculptural works and multiples, Beau Stanton’s take on “Calm Before the Storm” meshes the artist’s long-time interest in nautical lore, relating the storied takes of deluge myths and divine retribution to the current concerns with global climate change and rising waters. Like Hicks, Stanton takes influence from classical painting and sculpture, weaving ancient superstitions with modern environmental realities.
For more info, Lori@LoriZimmer.com or Natalie@NatalieKates.com or call 862-781-0901
Many of you know I was asked to make my first foray into book writing last year, exploring artists whose creativity and process transforms the mundane material of cardboard into the realm of fine art. As the Art Editor of sustainable design website Inhabitat.com for the past 5 years, I was excited to be able to further explore some of the artists working in this medium whose work I’d be introduced to and impressed by in the articles I’ve written. With a nearly impossible turn around time, I retreated to Berlin (my New York City is not a place for concentration), and spent the summer typing away from the aromatic Cupcake Berlin in Friedrichshain. And now it is available at http://www.lorizimmer.bigcartel.com
The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse interviews twenty artists working in the medium, albeit very differently, and ends with 10 DIY projects by artists friends you will recognize from my network. It is available through all of the regular book sellers (and is affordable)- I hope you’ll pick up a copy and like it on Facebook.GET IT HERE or stay tuned for signed copies in my store.It’s still weird to see my name on a book! I can’t thank the artists enough – Andy Barrett, Cardboard Box Office, EVOL, Lacy Barry, Wayne White, Ann Weber, Jillian Salik, Jozef Sumoichrast, Joseph DeLappe, Laurence Vallieres, Mykl Wells, Taro Hattori, Kiel Johnson, Chris Gilmour, Don Lucho/Luise Valdes, Dosshaus, Daniel Agdag, Maika’i Tubbs, Mark Langan, James Grashow, Muffinhead and my DIYers Logan Hicks, Beau Stanton, Ian Kuali’I, James Heffron, Jud Bergeron, Lacy Barry, James Cerasani, Rebecca Paul and Jeronimo Zancaner and of course Robin Redd.
Cavalier Gallery presents, Message in a Bottle, a special exhibition guest curated by Lori Zimmer of Art Nerd New York.
This group show will be exhibited in our Nantucket gallery from July 3rd to July 21st, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 3rd from 5-7pm. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Art Nerd, Lori Zimmer brings her curatorial eye to explore this romantic tradition of hoping for the sea and destiny to deliver a love letter to one’s beloved. Transforming part of the gallery into a maritime ship chandlery, visitors will view modern “messages in bottles,” created by contemporary artists in their unique styles. The show focuses on Brooklyn-based Beau Stanton and several of his contemporaries to bring this nostalgic activity to our age. A previous version of Message in a Bottle was presented at SCOPE Miami art fair to a captivated crowd. Each artist has created their own message in various mediums, just waiting for someone to let them out of their container. The whole exhibition is an intriguing experience, as we consider the messages and how they relate to our own emotions, whether they are bottled up inside or out in the open. Beau Stanton is joined by Logan Hicks, Allison Sommers, Elizabeth Winnel, Jack Bratman, Jud Bergeron, Jon Burgerman, Vahge, Molly Crabapple, Ewelina Koszykowska, Debranne Cingari, Ofelia Marquez, and Shark Toof.
I’m very excited to be heading San Diego for my next curatorial project during Comic Con, the Geeks for Peace charity event hosted by my buddy Morgan Spurlock and Kevin Smith. My co-curator Natalie Kates and I have put together a strong show of 32 vibrant artists who have generously donated works to benefit Kids for Peace. If you’re unable to come to the event on July 10th in San Diego (its going to be a GREAT time), you can bid on pieces at Paddle8– check out the show and let me know what you think! I think we totally rocked it.