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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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Mark John Smith- Total SMIT at Roger Smith Hotel

June 11, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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Thursday, June 11, 2015, please join me once again at the Roger Smith Hotel (47th and Lex)-around the corner at the Window at 125 (125 E 47th St) where I’ll be presenting Mark John Smith’s “SMIT.” The exhibition in the window will be on display for the summer, but throughout the opening Mark will be intermittently performing in the window (in between socializing and sipping the free wine). Come by after work and enjoy the hotel’s two bars (the official reception is in Lily’s…check the bar for some free vino), as well as a Mega Opening of other artists around the historic family-owned hotel.
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Escape at Roger Smith Hotel

April 23, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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Showing on Channel 22 on the televisions in all guest rooms at Roger Smith, Escape is a series of five short films curated by Art Nerd New York’s Lori Zimmer exclusively for us.  The films, by Alexandra MominBeau StantonLacy BarryKatya Grokhovsky and Roberto Serrini transport hotel guests to the streets of New York City, above and beyond, all from the comfort of their beds.

The chaotic blur of color and action in New York City is captured by Alexandra Momin’s Breathe, which abstracts the city into beautifully hazy hues that run together amidst the city streets. Katya Grokhovsky’sStatus Update delves into the minds (and phones) of the modern New Yorker, who navigates the busy pedestrian traffic of actual Manhattan- all the while maintaining an online life (and often causing infuriating pedestrian congestion with rampant and frequent status updates on social media).

Roberto Serrini takes us above and beyond in Mother New York, flying high amongst the concrete landscape and slowly slipping across the shores of the East River. Picking up where Serrini left off, Beau Stanton’s Submariner plunges into the waters for a fantastical peddle-powered voyage along the floor of New York’s waterways.

Finally, Lacy Barry’s Doves brings us back home to a simpler time, before 150 square feet seemed like an adequate space for a home. Barry’s narrative film also shows off her signature paper craft pieces, which mesh fine art and fashion.

The Roger Smith Hotel’s Channel 22 is dedicated to video art. Every 2 months we present the work of a new artist with the intention of bringing art straight into the guest rooms.

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Beau Stanton- Polychromasia

March 5, 2015 — by lorizimmer

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Beau Stanton, “Polychromasia” opening March 5, 2015 at Library at the Hudson Hotel. Curated by Art Nerd New York’s Lori Zimmer, the exhibition will feature twenty new multiples and two large paintings, inspired by Stanton’s interest in Victorian ephemera, ancient narratives and industrial decline. The multiples, a mix of screen printing and hand detailing, have been pulled in varying sizes on wood, echoing the rich wood paneling in the room. His antiquated color palette and penchant for patterns and ornamentation harmonize with the Library’s luxe English leather sofas, antique rugs and furniture. Polychromasia will be on display throughout the month of March.

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Logan Hicks- Destination Unknown

December 7, 2014 — by lorizimmer

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Agent Lori Zimmer is proud to present Destination Unknown, by photorealist stencil artist Logan Hicks, a series of six anodized aluminum subway windows for SCOPE Art Show’s Special Projects. Each piece is custom milled and anodized to create a brooding film noir portrait of various subway riders, capturing the isolated feel within a dense metropolis. Located at the back of the Scope art fair. Be sure to grab one of our Metro Card inspired takeaways.

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Message in a Bottle

July 20, 2014 — by lorizimmer

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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, 2015, 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.

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