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Conrad Carlson, Look into my, in...(dustry), cardboard, garbage, acrylic, spray pain, found frame, 26 x 18

Conrad Carlson, Look into my, in...(dustry), cardboard, garbage, acrylic, spray pain, found frame, 26 x 18

Nose Bleed, curated by Erik Foss

March 28-April 25, 2012

Fuse Gallery

93 2nd Avenue

New York, New York

The saying goes that trekking anywhere above 14th Street in Manhattan might spur a nosebleed. The pride of downtown residents, those who supported and transcended various cultural phenomena, is particularly strong with those from the grungy East Village and eccentric West Village. Nose Bleedsources a slew of notorious players from both villages, including Faust, KP Lawless, and Nick Zinner. Sculpture, photography, painting, and mixed media underscore the inventive voice of these artists. The work is confident and overindulgent. With a foot in the past and an eye toward the future, this exhibition commemorates the scene that has transformed yet maintains a similarly unspeakable swagger.

Lorenzo Masnah, Special Offer, mixed media on wood. 11 ½ x 9 ½ (image courtesy of Fuse Gallery)

Lorenzo Masnah, Special Offer, mixed media on wood. 11 ½ x 9 ½ (image courtesy of Fuse Gallery)

 

 

TOP: Richard Smith, On the Bowery, 1969. Silkscreen on Schollers Parole Paper XIV/XX [edition of 100 + 20 A.P.] 25½ x 25½ inches, signed, numbered / BOTTOM: Richard Smith in his studio, 1971. Photograph by Eliot Elisofon (images courtesy of Westwood Gallery)On the Bowery, 1971

April 14-June 9, 2012

Westwood Gallery

568 Broadway

New York, New York

‘On the Bowery’ is a portfolio composed of ten silkscreen prints from ten artists including Richard Smith, Charles Hinman, and John Willenbecher. Each image surfaced between 1964 and 1971. Notions of Optical art underline a push toward the coherent rather than gestural line in graphics post-AbEx. The exhibition also commemorates the environments that birthed the prints themselves. Photographs of each respective studio by Eliot Elisofon, a founding member of the Photo League and active photojournalist in New York at the time, accompany each print. In these images one can observe varied objects of inspiration and ideas permeating from other work in the room. The Bowery unquestionably adopted these artists and fostered a creative atmosphere that has become legendary.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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