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Beau Stanton “Voyage” for Times Square Arts’ Midnight Moment

July 1, 2016 — by lorizimmer

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Times Square Arts brings Beau Stanton’s multi-channel animation Voyage, curated by Lori Zimmerto Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in July. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

Set sail on a surreal nautical journey where mythical beasts, haunting shipwrecks, ruins of a lost civilization and the great Leviathan whimsically prey on visitors to Times Square.
@TSqArts  @TSACNYC  @BeauStanton  @theLoriZimmer  #MidnightMoment  #VoyageTSq

Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in
Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic
billboards and newspaper kiosks every night.

Curated by Lori Zimmer. Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC).

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Rock Paper Scissors in Support of Lower East Side Girls Club

March 24, 2016 — by lorizimmer

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!
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The Art of Cardboard at Art on Paper

March 2, 2016 — by lorizimmer

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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 PaperMarch 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.
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The booth included the beautiful work of Lala Abaddon, Lyle Owerko, Dave White, Joseph Grazi, John Felix Arnold, Alison Mosshart and more.

 

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InLiquid Philadelphia

February 4, 2016 — by lorizimmer

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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.

Start bidding on the auction, which culminates with a fantastic gala event on Philadelphia on February 6th. If you’d like to go to the event, get tix here, and

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Jon Burgerman

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Logan Hicks
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Logan Hicks
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The London Police
Sean Augustine March
Sean Augustine March
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Shepard Fairey
Ellanah Sadkin
Ellanah Sadkin
Beau Stanton
Beau Stanton
Tim Okamura
Tim Okamura
Marc Paperscissor
Marc Paperscissor
Jonathan Grassi
Jonathan Grassi
Will Penny
Will Penny
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Shepard Fairey
Joe Iurato
Joe Iurato
Logan Hicks
Logan Hicks
Lacy Barry
Lacy Barry
Lala Abaddon
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Matt Eaton
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Joseph Wolf Grazi
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New Year’s Eve Surrealist Ball at the Roxy Hotel

December 24, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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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.
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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
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Emperor Vanity, Jacqueline Gomez, Nathaly Charria, Amir Baradaran, Katie Stirman
Emperor Vanity, Jacqueline Gomez, Nathaly Charria, Amir Baradaran, Katie Stirman
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Aliana Galan, Mariom Emmanuelle, Cristina Salazar
Aliana Galan, Mariom Emmanuelle, Cristina Salazar
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THE ROXY HOTEL NEW YEAR'S EVE: THE SURREALIST BALL

THE ROXY HOTEL NEW YEAR'S EVE: THE SURREALIST BALL

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Calm Before the Storm: Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton

October 17, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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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
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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.

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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.

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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

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#IAMTHEMANY at the White House, Washington DC

October 7, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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After months of preparation, the ACT/ART committee and I proudly presented #IAMTHEMANY at the White House in Washington DC. The night included inspiring works confronting social injustice by our selected artists (printed graciously by 1xRun!) and a performance by the wonderful Nyugen Smith and Cheryl Pope in the gorgeous Indian Treaty Room. We also got Presidential-sealed cupcakes and souvenir cards of the selected artists (graciously printed by moo). The work will remain along the White House Tour route for the month of October. Congratulations to our selected artists, Ann Lewis (Gilf!), Heather Ripley, Luis Alejo, Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, Logan Hicks, Tim Okamura, Eno Laget, Jon Moody, Paz Fernandez and Michel Chamberland.
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Begin Transmission- Tim Okamura and Chris Scott Marshall

September 18, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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Begin Transmission is a two-person exhibition featuring individual and collaborative artworks from Tim Okamura and Chris Marshall that investigates the power and importance of visual, linguistic, and spiritual communication between male and female assertions; between people of diverse ethnic backgrounds in a time of strife and social injustice; between tangibly physical and ethereal entities, and, of course, between the artists themselves.

“Begin Transmission” is the conceptual basis from which these two artists have begun their synergistic endeavors. Although working in different media as well as contrasting approaches that embrace both representational and symbolic content, a common ground has been discovered in the process – each piece a call and answer of sorts – and a conversation between sculpture and painting has arisen.

The looming, distorted, sculptural forms which will be on view are the work of Brooklyn-based artist Chris Marshall. Utilizing a wide range of media, including found objects both man-made and from nature, his work wrestles with the themes of masculinity and domestic normalcy, with a historical undercurrent both personal and societal. Marshall’s sculptural work is contrasted with the paintings of Tim Okamura, whose realist, portrait-oriented oils are an examination of identity and cultural juxtaposition in the contemporary urban environment.

Each artists’ individual work will occupy opposing space in the gallery, and meet in the center of the venue with site-specific collaborative works by Marshall and Okamura combined. Embodied in these pieces will be an exchange of ideas resulting in a great deal of experimentation, and a creative detour from their usual mode of operation. The collaborative pieces have allowed a reactionary relationship to form between the artists, with the other to inform and expound upon the initial impulse of whoever instigated the work. Though there was a working dialogue between Marshall and Okamura, the approach is similar to the tradition of the ‘Cadavre Exquis’ or ‘exquisite corpse” – pointing towards the complexities and nuances of the communication theme at the core of the exhibition.
Begin Transmission is proud to support NYC based anti-trafficking non-profit Beauty for Freedom(BFF). Okamura and Prinkshop are partnering on a limited-edition bag featuring Okamura’s artwork and 30% of the proceeds will be donated to BFF’s mission to end sex-trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.

Okamura – a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, and Turkey, and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England. Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, Hill Harper, and Ethan Hawke.

Chris Marshall – after having spent the bulk of his creative career in the two dimensional realm – has embraced a recent evolution into assemblage and sculpture that has been a defining phase of production for the artist.

Deconstructing notions of masculinity and domesticity, Marshall’s current work incorporates objects both man-made and naturally occurring – simultaneously aged, warped, and often dilapidated. Personal and familial history are intertwined into the spiraling dialogue that comprises the bulk of his creative efforts. Employing selective obsession with texture and materials as well as a jaded romanticism, Marshall creates a dark, subversive commentary on normative gender iconography as well as sedentary comfort.

Born in Spokane, Washington, Chris Marshall pursued careers in both art and athletics through college. After studying art in Italy as well as Scandinavia, he moved to New York in 2007, receiving his Masters in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2009. Marshall has been awarded artist residencies in Italy, Iceland, and Leipzig, Germany (in conjunction with the studio of artist Neo Rauch). He continues to live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Marshall has had solo and group exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles, and has shown internationally in Italy and Germany.

For further information, contact: Lori Zimmer, Lori@artnerdnewyork.com
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I wrote a book- The Art of Cardboard out now

July 20, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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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
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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.

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MORGAN SPURLOCK’S GEEKS FOR PEACE CURATED BY LORI ZIMMER AND NATALIE KATES

June 29, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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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.

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