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Braddock Tiles Benefit Event to Kick Off SELECT FAIR NYC

April 30th, 2014 by news

One-Night Only Benefit Event & Exhibition
Benefit for Braddock Tiles

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7pm – 10pm

Wednesday, May 7 2014, 7pm to 10pm, SWOON Studios, in conjunction with SELECT Art Fair, Kinfolk 94, rogue + renegade, and Colab Projects will host a benefit for Braddock Tiles, an initiative to benefit Braddock, PA. The evening will serve as the official kickoff for Select Art Fair, the public unveiling of “NeeNee in Braddock” (an embellished 8-­color 31 x 22″ screenprint in a limited run of 65 print priced at $1250.00 USD), and the release of three new prints by artists Ian Kuali’i, Jerome Lagarrigue, and Karmimadeebora. Proceeds from all sales benefit Braddock Tiles and artists will be on sign that evening.

Over the years, as a part of the fundraising efforts for Braddock Tiles, SWOON has asked a number of her contemporaries to donate individual prints to Braddock Tiles, with all proceeds from sales of the prints going to the project. A limited run of 250 embossed and numbered 9” x 13” digital prints of each image are produced and sold at $45.00 USD to benefit the project.

Timed to coincide with Frieze Arts Week, and the official kickoff event for the SELECT Art Fair, all of the prints will also be exhibited and available for sale during the benefit. Participating artists include: Alyssa Dennis, Ann Messner, Anton Zolotov, Ashira Siegel, Bill Daniel, Brent Green, Brett Cook, Butch Anthony, Christian Guemym, C215, Candice Tripp, Cash For Your Warhol, Cat Solen, Chris Stain, Connor Brothers, Conrad Carlson, Corinne Loperfido, Dan Witz, David Cook, Dennis McNett, Doc Schroeder, Duke Riley, Elaine Chew, Erik Ruin, Favianna Rodriguez, Gaia, HOW/NOSM, James Moore, Jason Jägel, Jeff Stark, Joe Iurato, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Brian Adam Douglas, Keith Pavia, Kelie Bowman, Lauren Silberman, Logan Hicks, Maripol, Matthias Wermke, Maya Erdelyi, Megan Cump, Michael Anderson, Monica Canilao, Myrtle von Damitz III, Natalie Frank, Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Pam Tietze, Reiko Hamano, Retna, REVOK, Ryan C. Doyle, SABER, Sanford Biggers, Serban Ionescu, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, sSwoon, Stephan Doitschinoff, Tod Seelie, Todd Chandler, Vexta, Dustin Yellin, Winston Chmielinski, Zak Smith, Aurel Rubbish.

For those not able to attend, tax-deductible contributions can be made by contacting Karmimadeeborah McMillan from SWOON Studios at mima@swoonstudio.org
A project initiated by the artist Swoon, the Braddock Tile factory will be a community based artisanal micro-factory located in a formerly abandoned church in North Braddock Pennsylvania whose first venture will be to hand produce the 20,000 beautifully colored ceramic tiles needed to give its landmark structure a new roof.

Braddock Tiles will also be a part of a larger context of neighborhood-based art making taking place in this once blighted section of North Braddock. The building, upon restoration to full capacity, will become the seat of an arts focused learning and resource center, as well as a museum of the possible in the shell of something once left behind. The tile factory aims to produce beautiful architectural tiles, to provide small scale employment and craft training to residents in the Braddock and North Braddock area and to facilitate in the creative restoration of a space that will become a source of pride, wonderment, and cultural nourishment for the neighbors that help re-create it. Swoon has been working in partnership with resident artist collective Transformazium, resident ceramicist KT Tierney, and a team of 12 locally hired and trained ceramic tile makers in this effort to restore craft and beauty to the daily life of one small corner of North Braddock, PA. http://braddocktiles-org.myshopify.com

SELECT Industries is a New York City arts production company founded by fellow artist Brian Whiteley and Matthew Eck. SELECT produces large-scale art fairs in both Miami and New York City. The first SELECT Fair debuted in Miami in 2011 and received numerous accolades from publications such as: The New York Times, Miami Herald New Times, Financial Times, and Psychology Tomorrow. SELECT’s next show will be held May 8 – 11 in Manhattan and will feature over 44 contemporary galleries from around the world.

135 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Since Kinfolk’s inception in 2007, the idea behind the “Kinfolklife”mantra has grown exponentially. From providing then-impossible to obtain Japanese track bikes to customers around the globe, to a flagship lounge in Tokyo, to Kinfolk’s Williamsburg design outpost and cafe, to a menswear store and adjacent event space, the Kinfolk brand continues to grow, curating projects as celebrated as they are varied, pushing boundaries in the fields of food, music, art and beyond. Within Kinfolk 94 lies a multi use gallery space adjacent to a custom-fabricated, Pacific Northwest-inspired geodesic dome enclosure.

For more information, please contact:
Karmimadeebora McMillan - mima@swoonstudio.org
Lisa Shimamura – lisa@colab-projects.com
Andrew Lockhart - rogue@projektnyc.com

90 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn New York

Yuri Shimojo | Memento Mori in Tokyo

April 15th, 2014 by news

Memento Mori, a solo exhibition by Yuri Shimojo started on March 12th, a day after the third anniversary of Japan’s Tsunami and Earthquake at Gallery ef, a truly special and historical gallery space in Asakusa, Tokyo. This exhibition, Memento Mori, is the second exhibition in Japan, followed by the first exhibition at Honen-In, Kyoto in March 2013.

Because of its special nature of architecture of gallery space, viewers are encouraged to sit down on floor to view Yuri’s five 38” x 52” watercolors. Gallery space is not so large, rather it is small space and lit by very little lights from ceiling, which creates intimate feeling and conversation between artwork and viewers.

(photograph by IZUMI)

Yuri reflects about viewers who came to see her exhibition:

“There are people who just gazing the work and meditating,

There are people who haven’t really taken time to look at painting,

There are people who don’t have moment of solitude in their daily life,

There are people who just needed that space and time…

…These five circles (artworks) are like a mirror which reflects yourself. People are sitting down in front of artwork as if they’re looking at them, but they’re actually reflecting themselves.” [quoted from Esoragoto]

Memento Mori is described by Yuri as a “personal requiem and inevitable celebration for honor of life” titled as Sakura implying Nirvana, Vine implying Passage, Algae implying River Sanzu or Styx, Hana implying Birth, and Universal Stain implying Itself or Yourself. “Memento Mori” translates from Latin as “remember your mortality.”

Viewers find their own messages through Memento Mori by feeling her artworks rather than understanding the meaning of art. One of the viewers said that she doesn’t understand art in general, but at the end she cried for the first time by looking at art. A daily farmer who lives just 9 miles away from stricken Fukushima nuclear plants said he found light that he had lost.

Yuri had never imagined that these paintings would cross the ocean when she started to work in her studio in Brooklyn in 2011. “I am the one who created these paintings, but these already walked away from my hand ” she says, “I am just observing this phenomenon.” [quoted from Esoragoto]

Yuri Shimojo at her studio in Brooklyn where she created Memento Mori series from 2011-2012. (Photographs by Maki Kaoru)

Mememto Mori
March 12 through April 6, 2014
Gallery ef
2 Chome-19-18 Kaminarimon, Taito
Tokyo 111-0034, Japan

Pema Rinzin | Abstract Enlightenment Opens 2.27.14

February 27th, 2014 by colab

Abstract Enlightenment
February 27 to March 29, 2014

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 27, 6-8pm

Pema Rinzin, a dear friend who has generously served each year on our Curatorial Committee for Art for Tibet has a solo show opening tomorrow. This work truly has to be viewed in person as each surface emanates with such fine detail and rich depth in the traditional materials employed by Rinzin.

Abstract Enlightenment, a new exhibition from master thangka painter and contemporary artist Pema Rinzin opens February 27 at Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea. This will be Rinzin’s second solo offering with the gallery, featuring small to large-scale paintings. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception…

Utilizing traditional thangka painting techniques and mediums to create contemporary works, Rinzin’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and are held in numerous public and private collections—most notably by H.H. the Dalai Lama, the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute.

Born in Tibet in 1966, Pema Rinzin grew up in Dharamsala, India, studying under the auspices of Kalsang Oshoe, Khepa Gonpo, Rigdzin Paljor, and other master artists from 1979 to 1983. Teaching Renaissance, Impressionist, and Abstract Expressionist art, as well as comic book-arts at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala—the artist’s well-rounded interdisciplinary skills would later influence his contemporary art practice.

Traveling in Europe and the United States while lecturing at universities, Rinzin familiarized himself with popular western culture. In the late 80’s, Rinzin acted as an interpreter for a group of monks touring with the Grateful Dead. From 1995 to 2004 the artist worked and taught at the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute in Nagano, Japan. Later on, Rinzin divided his time between Japan and Wurzburg, Germany, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Brush & Color Studio for three years. From November 2005 to October 2008, Rinzin was the first artist-in-residence at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York where he created several large-scale works depicting The Four Guardian Kings of the Four Directions, The Eight Bodhisattvas, and a scene of animals and nature displaying his brushstroke mastery.

Teaching and traveling, Pema Rinzin’s cross-cultural experiences inform the work he creates, an amalgamation of tradition and modernity. From the artist: When I came to New York, I met a lot of local fine artists and was exposed to a lot of urban contemporary art. As an artist your life is flexible. People think, oh, you’re a Tibetan, you must be a traditional painter—and they project stereotypes onto you. As an artist, you are exposed to the whole universe and you communicate with every culture. And what you do with this knowledge determines the artist you become. My style has changed in a relatively short time. But change reflects my learning. If you know yourself, you can change in a mature way, at the right time. Appreciation, understanding, and learning are all impressions extended to the viewer while taking in Rinzin’s work. View full press release and selected works here.

Joshua Liner Gallery
540 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

Mac Premo | The Luckiest Arab in Belfast Opens 2.25.14

February 24th, 2014 by news

Mac Premo
The Luckiest Arab in Belfast
February 25 – March 2, 2014

Mac Premo’s one-man play, The Luckiest Arab in Belfast, opens Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. This one is truly not to be missed.

The Luckiest Arab in Belfast is his look into the tension between life’s looming questions and minute details, told through a series of stories from his own life. The play will be performed in a site-specific installation, which will become a solo art exhibit at The Invisible Dog through May. Mac’s previous four plays (Chicken, Kick Ass and What’s for Sale; One & Is; Commonword; and Exit Waffles) have been performed in Providence, Rhode Island and New York City. This is his first solo performance directed by Ed Schmidt. —>Full Press Release

Tuesday, Feb 25 – Saturday, Mar 1: 7:30pm
Sunday, Mar 2: 5:00pm

Suggested donation $10 at the door
Reservations: lucien [at] theinvisibledog [dog] org

The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Support, Therapy and Instability Opens 1.16.14

January 14th, 2014 by colab

Mint&Serf with Jacuzzi Chris, Pablo Power
Support, Therapy and Instability

January 16 – February 22, 2014

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 16, 6-8pm

Support, Therapy and Instability opens Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Bleecker Street Arts Club. The exhibition features a new series of paintings including works paintings featured in the eponymous monograph recently released at Neuehouse.

“Working within the parameters of contemporary painting, the duo has used their history with street art and graffiti-writing to build a new portal of painting, a new surface, space and vision, that has not yet been explored,” says Laura Bloom, Director of Sandra Gering, Inc. Layered with paint, markers, and paper, the canvas is a never-ending sea of abstractly expressed thoughts and gestures. The dizzying result, described as anguished, dark, and criminal, can evoke conflicted reactions in the viewer. Carlo McCormick noted, “Perhaps they represent one of those dangerous moments where there is a true break in the hegemony of good taste and sensible reasoning. Somewhere in the lineage between [Marcel] Duchamp submitting a urinal as art and [Jackson] Pollock peeing on a canvas…” View selected works and full press release here.

Bleecker Street Arts Club
305 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

Support, Therapy and Instability Book Release | 12.18.13

December 18th, 2013 by colab

Celebrate the launch of Support, Therapy and Instability, a stunning monograph published in a Limited Edition of 1000, 136-page, full-color, hardbound title lavishly printed on 128 gsm glossy art paper. Twenty-three large-scale canvases by artists Mint&Serf with Jacuzzi Chris, Pablo Power, and #PPP created at The Broadway Chapter in New York City from December 2011 through September 2012 are featured with contributing essays by Cat Marnell (Vice / Elle UK) and Carlo McCormick (Paper) with photographs by Scott Furkay.

Support, Therapy And Instability strips graffiti to the bare gristle of gesture and expression, while getting away far from polished graffiti murals and calculated street art. The series attempts to look at the narrative of expressions, rather than graffiti as a decorative aesthetic that often lacks meaning. Made possible with generous support by Tim Cadiente of Barton Perreira.

Purchase Support, Therapy and Instability here with free shipping for domestic orders only until December 31, 2013.

Refreshments will be served.
A limited capacity event.

110 E 25th Street
New York, NY 10010

Christian Mendoza | Natural Minded in Tokyo

November 15th, 2013 by maki

Christian Mendoza
Natural Minded
November 19 and 21, 2013

Opening Reception & Party
November 19, 5-11pm at Kojimachi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Closing Reception & Party
November 21, 4-8pm at AMP Cafe, Tokyo, Japan

Natural Minded, a solo exhibition by Christian Mendoza, opens November 19 at Kojimachi Gallery in Tokyo. This is a one day exhibition supported by Montana Colors JP and KB.JP. Chris will perform live painting at closing party on November 21 at AMP Cafe in Tokyo.

Not to be missed at the both nights, special DJs, FDFANTA CHILLSTASKI, Zen-LA-Rock, DJ K-Ogee, MC Boo will perform live. Hitomi Nozawa will perform her dance piece at opening reception.

Kojimachi Gallery
3-4-2 Kojimachi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

AMP Cafe
4-30-1 Koenji Minami #102
Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop | PGW VII Friday 11.8!!!

November 6th, 2013 by colab

Friday, November 8th, 6pm – 1am

This is truly not to be missed. Brooklyn’s own legendary Cannonball Press has again assembled an extraordinary menagerie of graphic artists under one roof who will be present displaying and selling their prints for $50 or less.

As part of New York Fine Art Print Week, organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association in conjunction with the Annual IFPDA Pint Fair, long-time champion of the affordable art cause Cannonball Press has brought together these great artists so that New York can have a chance to see first-hand the incredible resurgence in affordable fine art printing that is happening across the country.

Wolfbat Studios
Just Seeds
Kayrock Screemprinting
Just A Jar Letterpress
Drive By Press
Non Grata
Bump It Mafia
Carrier Pigeon
The Amazing Hancock Brothers
Tugboat Printshop
Cannonball Press

Come join us for live printing, beer, music, and a GIANT dogpile of awesome cheap prints!!!

622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Yuri Shimojo | State of Wonder Inaugural Group Show 11.8.13

November 5th, 2013 by colab

State of Wonder Group Show
November 8 – November 30, 2013

Opening Reception
Friday, November 8, 6pm-10pm

State of Wonder will present their inaugural group show at Picture Farm Gallery November 8th, which will remain on view through November 30th.

The exhibit will include original artwork and limited-edition prints from six artists featured on the newly launched State of Wonder website. Yuri Shimojo, on the heels of a recent exhibit at a historical Zen temple in Kyoto, will show new 2-color serigraph prints. Rob Fischer’s haunting and humorous mounted photographs of the nocturnal movements of animals were captured on a ‘trail camera’ used by hunters to track animal behaviors. Cynthia Rojas creates a brand new mythology on a set of beautifully painted ceramic plates. Inspired by nature, history and art, Linda Zimmermann’s collages capture the poetry in found materials. Sara Woster’s limited-edition screen prints are overlaid with an explosion of mixed media, collage and ink.

On November 9th from 5pm-6pm, philosopher, scholar, author, and State of Wonder artist, Andrew Rawlinson will give a talk about Life, Love & Death from his book The Hit: Into the Rock’n’Roll Universe and Beyond. The collector’s edition of the book with a cover designed by Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios will be available.

Not to be missed at the opening reception, special guests from Kyoto 1,234-RAMONES will perform live.

338 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11211

Tomoko Sugimoto | Turn Around And Around, Then Around

November 4th, 2013 by maki

Tomoko Sugimoto
Turn Around And Around, Then Around
November 6, 2013 to November 13, 2013

Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 6, 7pm-10pm

Turn Around And Around, Then Around, a solo exhibition by Tomoko Sugimoto opens November 6 at No Romance Galleries. Curated by Osiel Rojas of No Romance Galleries, which previously participated in Art Basel Miami and is known for its work within the emerging art community.

A Tokyo native, Tomoko Sugimoto graduated from Musashino Art University in Japan. Upon receiving her degree she relocated to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration. For over ten years, Tomoko has worked as the Painting Director of Takashi Murakami’s studio, traveling around the world to produce his shows and retrospectives. Her personal work has been exhibited in group shows in New York City, Miami and Tokyo. Her first solo show, Whirl and Swallow, took place in March 2011 at graphite in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her most recent installation, Through the Looking-Glass and What I Found There, was held in December 2012 at The Shop at The Standard, High Line.

No Romance Galleries
375 Broadway Suite 204
New York, NY 10013

—>Press Release