Wall Works NY is pleased to present The Art of Spray Paint, a group exhibition curated by Lori Zimmer. Zimmer’s recent book of the same name was released in January of this year with Rockport Publishers, and delves into the history and diversity of artists working with spray paint.
From the first conceptual experimenters in the 1960s to the graffiti movement and into modernity, the book follows the adoption and adaptation of spray paint by artists working across various genres in the fine art realm.
The exhibition features originals from selected artists from the book that utilize spray paint in unique ways in their work, including stenciling, freehand spraying, mixed media and paper cut, abstraction, and even manipulation of spray paint with brushes and other tools.
The Art of Spray Paint exhibition will feature original works by Logan Hicks, Joe Iurato, Hueman, Matt Eaton, Remi Rough, Ian Kuali’i, Nick Walker, Zac Braun and BR163. Limited copies of the book will also be available at the gallery.
Opening Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5-8pm
Wall Works New York, 39 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx
The Second Annual Surrealist Ball at the Roxy Hotel was an incredible success- and sold out way in advance! The new year was kicked off with a performance by the legendary David Johansen from the New York Dolls- as his alter ego, Buster Poindexter (concluding in a conga line). The night also featured more live music (and a DJ set by Soul Clap’s Jonathan Toubin), premium open bar, Surrealist-inspired food, and my amazing co-hosts- including a performance Muffinhead and his troupe of lovelies. Stay tuned for pics.
OCTOBER 2016: Lori Zimmer is pleased to present “Toonology,” a solo exhibition and New York debut of British painter Ellanah Sadkin. Sadkin uses the markings of cartoons and comic books as a tool to explore the human psyche, unraveling familiar characters as a relatable means to delve into inner emotions, anxiety, struggles and sense of purpose. The pieces range from recognizable to deconstructed abstractions, with well-known characters reduced to energetic lines and bright color fields. The artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 6 to 9 pm at Pivot Gallery, 530 West 25th St – Suite 407, and will be include an open studio with Gareb Shamus in Gallery II.
“Toonology” features twelve paintings that represent Sadkin’s introspective quest using comic abstraction. Her metaphorical representational paintings are joined by four circular “mind maps,” which are abstracted studies on the emotions felt when Sadkin is in the creation process.
Ellanah Sadkin is an up-and-coming artist who works primarily in acrylic and graffiti pens to produce colorful and abstract works. Using hard black lines, bright flat color and organic and geometric shapes, her style is often described as surrealist cartooning, or comic abstraction. As an adolescent growing up between New York and London, Sadkin was drawn to 90s cartoons and the vibrant street graffiti scenes in both cities, leading to her approach to composition. She is also inspired by her mentorship from KAWS and working as an assistant to Ben Eine, who each encouraged her to push her personal work.
Sadkin has recently shown at Bump Gallery in London (April 2016), and will be one of the three artists in residence at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit in January 2017.
Times Square Arts brings Beau Stanton’s multi-channel animation Voyage, curated by Lori Zimmer, to 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).
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
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.