After spending most of December in Washington, DC, I was happy to be back in Bushwick on New Year's Day drinking mimosas at Jason Andrew's Norte Maar, Deborah Brown's new gallery, Storefront Bushwick, and Paul D'Agostino's Centotto. Here are some images from "Guilty/(Not) Guilty," an excellent show curated by arts writer Sarah Schmerler at Norte Maar, featuring work by Ellen Letcher, Francesco Masci, Alfred Steiner, and Pablo Tauler. Look for images from the other shows later this week. Note: The text below is lifted from Schmerler's statement.
The exhibition introduces four New York-based, contemporary artists who paint, draw, and make conceptual projects in methods that both take for granted — and re-cast —what society considers as being good, reasonable (and therefore valid) reasons for making a work of art.
Alfred Steiner: a copyright lawyer by day, Steiner bought a painting at CANADA gallery on the Lower East Side by Allison Schulnik (top image), and had a replica of it fabricated with a 3-D printer. Both, now considered a single artwork, are n the show.
Pablo Tauler: a dreamy sort of guy who knows how to rock a ballpoint pen. Born in Chile (and into Pinochet’s reign of terror), he had a tough time growing up as a teen in suburban Maryland. Now he transforms his memories into airy, luminous drawings.
The James Kalm Report chats with Sarah Schmerler during the opening reception. Schmerler talks about the artists' work and the important role instinct plays in curating. Watch it: it's excellent. (Don't miss the recent NYTimes article about Loren Munk, the guy behind The James Kalm Report.)
Must read: James Panero writes about the Bushwick arts community in his January Gallery Chronicle column in The New Criterion.
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