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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.
My second book, The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol is officially out with Rockport Publishers as of 1/1/17, featuring chapters on CRASH, Logan Hicks, Conor Harrington, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Casey Gray, Tristan Eaton, Matt Eaton, Hueman, Ian Kuali’i, Elle, Tatiana Suarez, PichiAvo, Remi Rough, Will Hutnick, Rubin415, Rebecca Paul, Zac Braun, Ele Pack, Dana Oldfather, BR163, and mural projects like Nuart, No Limit Boras, WALL\THERAPY, Wynwood Walls and The Underbelly Project.
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.
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.
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.
Hosted by Bad Brilliance, BULLETT, Franco Lacosta, Jeff Williams, Katerina Simonova, Kenny Kenny, Lori Zimmer, Luke Neo Camp, Natalie Kates, Troupe Muffinhead, Tziporah Salamon
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton
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
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.