Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Explore the LES Through the Bowery

Explore the LES Through the Bowery:

The Lower East Side is saturated with a rich artistic tradition, which you’d be more familiar with if not for your cherished tradition of getting saturated whenever you’re down there. Celebrate both neighborhood customs at Artlog’s Lower East Side Art Crawl, a two-and-a-half hour tour of thirteen Bowery-proximate galleries on Saturday, February 4.

The event, lasting from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., grants you access to the New Museum, plus a baker’s dozen of top-notch art houses, each of which will welcome crawlers with contemporary exhibitions from up-and-coming locals, including a monotype series featuring World War II dog-fighters entitled Abandon Ship.

At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to sip a glass of premium wine or a frosty Grolsch. You’ll wrap up the afternoon of oeuvre-appreciation with a gratis Bushmills Honey Mojito at the after-party at Gallery Bar, where we hand off the reins to you at 9:00 p.m.

Sperone Westwater will present an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits by notable European and American artists from the sixteenth century to the present. This survey includes Old Masters from Italy, France, England, and The Netherlands, as well as works by modern and contemporary artists.

Jon Kessler, The Blue Period, 2007/2011. Courtesy Salon 94.

Salon 94 presents Jon Kessler: The Blue Period, an installation featuring kinetic machines, surveillance cameras, video monitors and life-size cardboard figures. This video-drenched panopticon is the culmination of Kessler’s longtime interest in surveillance, alienation, and spectacle. First shown in Berlin in 2007, this is the first time the work is being shown in the U.S.

The Hole’s group show, titled, , explores new tendencies in abstraction. The artists featured all explore a material-driven or process-based approach to abstract painting with a strong dose of humor or the absurd. There are also lots of dots. Hey, isn’t this an abstract painting show? It is also the last day of the GREY AREA pop-up at The Hole Shop.

Sue Scott Gallery features Malcolm Morley who, despite being an accomplished printmaker, constantly bends the rules of the medium. Morley uses the monotype not as a staid or simplistic process of transference, but rather as an investigation of how the pressure of a press affects imagery. In each monotype, Morley pushes experimentation, never using the exact same technique twice.

An ongoing dialogue between the deconstruction of objects and the construction of form occurs at Dodge Gallery. Michael Zelehoski transforms found, utilitarian subjects into two-dimensional works that are picture, relief and object in one.

Christopher Henry Gallery presents innovative video projection mapping techniques. Dev Harlan controls and shapes projected images into precise alignment with his sculptural forms. Through the masterful use of this hybrid video technique, Harlan makes the intuitive a reality and gives the works rhythms and a dialogue that set their own pace.

Installation view of Kurt Tong, House with Guard, Maid and Dog. Courtesy Jen Bekman Gallery.

At Jen Bekman, find out why Egyptian pharaohs entombed themselves with their riches, and why Chinese emperors were buried with effigies of their armies. Case It Rains In Heaven documents 16 images of the curious Chinese modern-day practice of Joss paper offerings for the deceased. As artist Kurt Tong explains, in Chinese culture many believe that the dead are unable to carry their possessions with them. It is therefore up to their ancestors and loved ones to properly equip them for the afterlife.

Mulherin + Pollard presents a three-person show featuring Bruce Wilhelm, Jared Lindsay Clark, and Shannon Wright. Each artist shows works that display a highly developed sense of tactile function and form challenging conventional modes of visual language through installation, mixed media, and painting.

Lambert Fine Arts presents Racks On Racks and Urban ARTifacts highlighting the works of Shalom Neuman and Terrenceo, two artists who expose the social issues that an egocentric society saturated with apathy has long deemed as acceptable. Both artists take a multi-sensory and multimedia approach to boldly challenge our assumptions about contemporary culture and life in the digital age.

Other galleries included:

Charles Bank, RETROspect

Gallery nine5, Collective

Lehmann Maupin, Instanbul ’74 Presents Sandro Kopp

Hendershot, Come and Get It!

Please join Artlog and our friends at Thrillist for this special Art and Wine Crawl on Saturday, February 4 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. This tour through the Bowery neighborhood includes special talks with artists and gallery owners, wine and beer, and an amazing afterparty at Gallery Bar on Orchard Street from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Artlog Access: Get tickets here for the The Artlog/Thrillist Wine & Art Crawl on Feb 4th

Artlog subscribers can use the code ARTLOGVIP for $15 off tickets. Check-in at the New Museum from 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

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