The Seam, the Fault, the Flaw
June 28 to August 3, 2018
71 Morton Street, between Greenwich and Hudson streets, New York City
The eroticism in the light-saturated scenes of Eilshemius and Klossowski tends towards the furtive; not so the rampant action in the darkened cellars of Jimmy Wright’s graphite drawings of 1970s leather bars, with their tough, gritty evocations of rough trade in dark corners. The artist known for most of his career for exuberant, expressionist flower paintings worked (and it would seem played) underground in the pre-AIDS New York he discovered on moving via Chicago from his native Kentucky. Legendary clubs like the Anvil brought out a combination of Francis Bacon interiors and Henry Moore shelter drawings to produce something at once mythic and visceral. His figuration is equal parts Leon Golub and Tom of Finland. A more tender touch – from artist and lovers alike – emerges from the bathhouse drawings, especially an exquisite drawing in watercolor pencil of a guy feeding his partner poppers where hastily scribbly yet resolved hieratic heads, very redolent of early Hockney, dissipate into fey and stylized lower limbs in a way that mimics, perhaps, the clarifying rush and melting away effects of the narcotic. The overt sexuality of Wright’s youthful drawings ought to send us back to his flowers to look for a second subject, the equivalents of buff he-men and writhing limbs amidst the tendrils and petals. [READ MORE]
EMBAJADA in Partnership with Artist Alliance Inc. (AAI) and Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (The Clemente)
107 Suffolk St, Room #406, NYC
October 28th 2018 - November 28, 2018
For her residency, Cristine Brache will create a series of portrait studies of her grandmother, Juliana, in an effort to redress the systemic cultural erasure often experienced generationally by diasporas. This body of work serves to identify and place cultural characteristics specific to the Caribbean in contemporary art discourse.
Cristine Brache (b.1984, Miami) is an artist and writer of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent living and working in Toronto. She holds an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK). Recent exhibitions include FIERMAN, New York; Team Gallery, New York; MOCA, Miami; Bow Arts, London; The Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Paris; and Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. Her poetry has been published in Publishing Genius, New York Tyrant, Fanzine, Apogee, and E Ratio Postmodern Poetry Journal, among others. Writing about her work has appeared in The New Yorker, and Cordite Poetry Review. [READ MORE]
DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
When the artist who currently goes by Dapper Bruce Lafitte returned to his native New Orleans a year after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, he started making drawings of his parade-mad city’s high-school marching bands. Starting with schools that had been closed by the storm and working from memory, he initiated both his own artistic practice, which has subsequently blossomed in all sorts of directions, and an open-ended document of New Orleans folk history. The drawings, part of his new show, “The Culture,” at David Fierman, evoke notes made by a careful court herald. The figures are thorough, but rudimentary, while the colors, applied with marker, are vivid and precise. In two pieces from 2014, the Alabama State University band wears yellow and black and the Leopards of the Lake Area New Tech Early College High School wear red and blue. All of them play gleaming brass.
The key to the drawings’ magic is the orderly arrangement marching bands take in real life. This lets the artist, formerly known as Bruce Davenport Jr., picture them, and lets us see them, in two ways at once: in a flat grid, with all the feelings of completion and control provided by a well-designed diagram, and at an angled, bird’s-eye view that suggests a larger, more complex vista to explore.
For this show, he has also used work by fellow New Orleans artists to fill the gallery with some of that expanded context. Color photos by Moriah Blue give a sense of the Crescent City’s sensory overload, and the intricate beadwork and comic-book imagery of Torrence Batiste’s pink “Mardi Gras Indian” costume its unique aesthetic dedication. Brian Guidry’s burlap clothing — made from discarded coffee sacks that he collected while working on the docks, and nodding to both the history of slavery and haute couture — is weirdly unforgettable. WILL HEINRICH [READ MORE]
THE SEAM, THE FAULT, THE FLAW
the Seam, the Fault, the Flaw draws on Roland Barthes’ 1973 work The Pleasure of the Text, in which he argues for text that is as powerful, unpredictable, and textured as the human body, which should be consumed to the point of orgasmic bliss. The radically subjective reader is anyone, from “whatever class, whatever group he may belong, without respect to cultures or languages…” Barthes notes that the “consequences” from such a union “would be huge, perhaps even harrowing,” an acknowledgement that binds the sensual to the political. In this state of bliss, what he refers to as jouissance, reader and text are cut loose from the social and political ideologies structured by and enacted through language. [READ MORE]
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
When you make a project of collecting scrap plastic, it’s not long before you’re drowning in the stuff; if you look for waste, artist Kelly Jazvac knows, you find it everywhere.
For the past nine years, the Montreal-based sculptor has piled her studio with vinyl offcuts and errors, deinstalled billboards and used-up banners. Preparing Lamina Stamina, a solo exhibition at Museum London, she wants to communicate the size of that stash, so she’s applied swatches of the salvaged vinyl around the baseboards of a large gallery space, arranged chromatically like a colour wheel. Plastic waste is so plentiful, the display suggests, it comes in all shades of the rainbow.
Heading off material destined for the landfill, Jazvac repositions it as objects that deserve not mindless consumption, but close consideration. Her artwork asks: What does disposability really entail? Nothing disappears just because it left us in a blue bin or a trash bag or a dumpster. In sculpture and film, she visualizes the ubiquity of plastic pollution, observable at every scale – from sheets of PVC broad enough to dress a skyscraper to particle-sized microplastics in Lake Ontario. She approaches the issue with the rigour and care of a scientist. She works with them regularly. When their fields are often divorced, she says that to solve this mess, it’s going to take collaboration between disciplines. She wants more voices engaged in the same conversation. It’s a leitmotif of the exhibition. [READ MORE]
CAST OF CHARACTERS
JUNE 14th, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION - THURSDAY, JUNE 15th, 2018
The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center are proud to present Cast of Characters, a dramatic transformation of the Bureau by artist Liz Collins featuring a salon-style exhibition of portraits by 95 LGBTQ artists. Cast of Characters will be the Bureau’s most ambitious exhibition to date. We are thrilled to partner with Liz Collins on this exciting exhibition, but we need your help to help us fully realize her vision. [READ MORE]
JENEEN FREI NJOOTLI
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are pleased to present the five finalists for the 2018 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize that recognizes and supports emerging artists from across the country. [READ MORE]
THE LITTLE BABY SHOW
OPENING - FRIDAY, JUNE 1st 2018, 7-10
This show explores contemporary motherhood in regards to possession, religion, domination, and cuteness.
A portion of sales goes to the Trust Women Foundation in Wichita, Kansas.
LAMINA STAMINA AT THE MUSEUM LONDON
May 15th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018
For more than a decade, London artist (now Montreal-based) Kelly Jazvac has created innovative art from the vinyl offcuts and other refuse of commercial sign makers. Lamina Stamina brings together an array of her diverse, often experimental pieces, including the recent Museum London acquisition Battle of Leisure (2013)—shown here for the first time—alongside a site-specific work produced from her stockpile of plastic detritus.
Jazvac develops unconventional objects and two-dimensional pieces that press against walls, linger across floors, and feature soft layers and bubbled skins. These works can be seen as contemporary contributions to the history of Canadian abstraction; some mimic living organisms, and others remain resolutely alternative creations .. [READ MORE]
MATTHEW KIRK X ERICKSON ÆSTHETICS
Opening Party, Friday April 18th, 2018
6PM - 10PM 219 MADISON STREET
FIERMAN X Constance present MATTHEW KIRK X ERICKSON ÆSTHETICS: CHAIRS, a suite of collaborative unique chairs as well as paintings and design objects by Kirk and Erickson. The show will open with a party on Friday April 13 from 6-10 PM and remain on view Saturday- Sunday April 14-15 and Friday - Sunday April 20-22 from 12 to 6 or by appointment. Matthew Kirk's solo show 1978 is concurrently on view at FIERMAN through April 29.
Constance is located at 219 Madison Street and is the new venture of Nathan Gwynne and Carlos Rigau.
Matthew Kirk (b. 1978, Ganado, AZ) lives and works in Queens, NY. A self-taught artist, he has recently had exhibitions at Adams and Ollman, Portland; Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago; Louis B. James, NY; Exit Art, New York. His work has been published in The New York Observer, Modern Painters, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
Ben Erickson (b. 1978, Rutland, VT), lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, T Magazine, Luxe, and Interior Design, among other publications. ERICKSON ÆSTHETICS is currently shown by Maison Gerard, New York; Colony Gallery, New York; Not So General, Los Angeles; Modern Living Supplies, New York; and Cooler Gallery, Brooklyn, among other venues.
COOPER COLE is pleased to present Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard, a group exhibition curated by Ashton Cooper.
In James Baldwin’s 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room, the ill-fated lovers David and Giovanni first meet in a fictional Parisian gay bar that serves as a major setting in the book. Among the bar’s regulars are “the usual, knife-blade lean, tight trousered boys” who Baldwin describes as having “something behind their eyes at once terribly vulnerable and terribly hard.” In considering these policed and unacceptable bodies, Baldwin employs a complex characterization that complicates a straightforward understanding of vulnerability. In intertwining vulnerability with hardness, he allows each term to exceed their oppositional meanings. Their hardness is fragile; their vulnerability is tough. [READ MORE]
April 12th, 2018 - May 12th, 2018
Essex Flowers is pleased to present a new digital commission by Cristine Brache. Personal Effects presents a selection of private letters written by three preteens in the mid-nineties, given to Cristine Brache by her friend, Honey Bee, the original owner who received them. [READ MORE]
Book Launch & Artist Talk
Sunday, February 26th, 4:00 - 6:00
Artist Talk with Jane Ursula Harris at 4:30
DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE
EXHIBITION AT GALERIE TATJANA PIETERS, GHENT - Opening, March 18th, 2018
CAC BRÉTIGNY - February 10th, 2018 - April 28th, 2018
'in her eye you see another small eye' at - Opening, February 17th, 2018
DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE
FIERMAN X SITUATIONS IN
2017 continued the unfortunate economic and social impact of gallery spaces closing, including the universally beloved Murray Guy in Chelsea and On Stellar Rays—downsizing to Stellar Projects—on the Lower East Side (as one artist said to me, upon hearing news of both closures, “Can’t thirty other galleries shut down so that we can keep those two open?!”). And while the arts community has felt the loss of these and others, two spaces opened side by side in Chinatown at the end of 2016 and proved to operate within a sustainable (small yet vital) scale: Situations and Fierman. [READ MORE]
SCOTT COVERT IN
Under the long, obnoxious shadow that 250 South Street — the new 5,000 million story condo going up next to the Manhattan Bridge — casts on Henry street, I stopped by Situations, the brilliantly scrappy storefront gallery for a look at the Scott Covert show. Just as the gallery lies in the shadow of final-phase gentrification, Covert deals with that most permanent of shadows: death. [READ MORE]
SCOTT COVERT IN
NEW YORKER MAGAZINE
In the zine accompanying this two-gallery show, there’s a telling photo of a minivan, its back door open to reveal stacked, rolled-up canvases. Covert, a figure of New York’s fabled downtown scene (whose work also appears in MOMA’s “Club 57” exhibition), has spent several decades creating paintings from gravestone rubbings, a technique that takes him on cross-country pilgrimages. Surprisingly, the results are anything but macabre. One glittery white work features the name and short life span of the Warhol superstar Candy Darling, floating above a rubbing of Marilyn Monroe’s grave, as if uniting the performers in Heaven. A deep-blue monochrome pairs the frenemies Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. [READ MORE]
SCOTT COVERT IN
Death pairs well with glamour: Think of Marlene Dietrich’s prostitute-spy character in Dishonored (1931), as she applies her lipstick before meeting a firing squad; Bette Davis as terminally ill socialite Judith Traherne in Dark Victory (1939); or Divine’s punk murderess Dawn Davenport in John Waters’sFemale Trouble (1974), where the actor soliloquizes from an electric chair like a demented starlet accepting her first, and final, Oscar.
JIMMY WRIGHT IN
JIMMY WRIGHT AND JOHN CORBETT IN CONVERSATION
Jimmy Wright in conversation with John Corbett at the book launch for Wright's Bathhouse, Meatpacking District and the Dream Cards: New York Underground 1973 - 1990.
Thursday, November 16th 2017 - 7:00pm
SCOTT COVERT IN
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street, New York, NY
October 31 - April 1
The East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the global public’s imagination. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–83) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition. A center of creative activity in the East Village, Club 57 is said to have influenced virtually every club that came in its wake.
KELLY JAZVAC IN
PLASTIGLOMERATES BOOK LAUNCH
E-FLUX 311 EAST BROADWAY
October 7, 5-7PM
6PM Jazvac in conversation with Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College
Kelly Jazvac Plastiglomerates published by Durable Goods, Toronto
CHUCK NANNEY IN
10 SEPTEMBER – 29 OCTOBER, 2017
DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE IN
KINGPIN OF THE ANTPIN
NTUIT CENTER CHICAGO
OCTOBER 12-DECEMBER 10, 2017
OPENING FRIDAY OCT 13
CHUCK NANNEY IN
17 JUNE - 1 OCTOBER 2017
Chuck Nanney will exhibit sculptural works made over the last three years, along with sound pieces, comprising a mini-retrospective of recent activity. Frequently protruding from the walls, painted vividly, and installed at various heights, the works have a Calder-like ability to playfully conflate stability and mobility. Intermixing minimalist tendencies with a distinctive rough-hewn quality, their brightness and seeming joviality are complimented and belied by a devotional quality that speaks eloquently of survival. Sound pieces composed of cut-up poetry and experimental pulsing pop melded with airy drones will accompany the visual display.
THE DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE IN
September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
THE DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE IN
ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY
August 5 – September 23, 2017
CRISTINE BRACHE IN
Cristine Brache’s new show I Love Me, I Love Me Not, uses sculpture and video as self-portraiture to confront a complicated relationship to the self, identity and history. As a child of immigrant parents from both Cuba and Puerto Rico, Brache describes her experience as a type of “cultural amnesia.” [READ MORE]
JIMMY WRIGHT IN
For those of you looking to assuage the woes of shuttering gay bars and queer assimilation, Jimmy Wirght’s 11 glowing drawings at Fierman are something of a salve. Made between 1974 and 1976, they capture the then-thirty-year-old artist’s firsthand experiences of pre-AIDS New York nightlife at Club 82, the Anvil, Club Baths and Max’s Kansas City, among others. [READ MORE]
CRISTINE BRACHE IN
MARCH 6, 2017
In this deceptively demure show, the Toronto-based artist reflects on her identity as the Miami-born daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and finds it full of contradictions. A video begins with found fetish porn in which a woman eats insects and ends with Brache’s grandfather telling her that a woman without makeup is like a beautiful house whose garden has gone to waste. Delicate ceramic works—a dunce cap on a stool, a wall clock with no hands—evoke fragility. A curly-maple table displays porcelain playing cards, each one a Queen of Hearts featuring the artist’s profile.
JIMMY WRIGHT IN
Painter Jimmy Wright’s “New York Underground,” a collection of voluptuous, ebullient, and funny works on paper between 1974 and 1976, felt especially appropriate to the charming, bare-bones venue, as his casually explicit depictions of gay nightlife—cruising, public sex, and socializing in clubs, bathrooms, and bathhouses, speak to a bygone era of downtown subculture. “This is the world of the Weimar Republic,” the artist has said of the post-Stonewall, preAIDS moment he represents here. “Too rich visually not to record.” [READ MORE - PDF]
KIRSTY ROBERTSON IN
In 2012, geologist Patricia Corcoran and sculptor Kelly Jazvac travelled to Kamilo Beach, following a tip from oceanographer Charles Moore that the beach was covered in a plastic-sand conglomerate. Moore suspected nearby volcanoes were to blame. In fact, the plastic and beach detritus had been combined into a single substance by bonfires. Human action on the beach had created what Corcoran and Jazvac named “plastiglomerate,” a sand-and-plastic conglomerate. [READ MORE]
JIMMY WRIGHT IN
KARMA - Galerie Patrick Seguin
Paris, from Oct. 17 to Nov. 26, 2016
5 rue des Taillandiers F-75011 | Paris
This exhibition is the latest in a series of annual shows at Galerie Patrick Seguin entitled Carte Blanche, for which international galleries are invited to organize exhibitions. The exhibition features works from 53 artists, including Rita Ackermann, Tauba Auerbach, Nathaniel Axel, Will Boone, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Mathew Cerletty, Matt Connors, William Copley, William Crawford, Robert Crumb, John Currin, Jay DeFeo, Carroll Dunham, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Peter Halley, Nolan Hendrickson, Dorothy Iannone, Ray Johnson, Allen Jones, Martin Kippenberger, Aidan Koch, Mike Kuchar, Lee Lozano, Sara Lucas, Calvin Marcus, Jackson Mac Low, Jimm Nutt, Steven Parrino, Nicolas Party, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Ken Price, Seth Price, Walter Price, Richard Prince, Christina Ramberg, Ed Ruscha, Borna Sammak, Joan Semmel, Spencer Sweeney, Tom of Finland, Torey Thornton, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Andy Warhol, Andro Wekua, Michael Williams, Stanley Whitney, Jimmy Wright, Duane Zaloudek.