Experimental Art in the Lower East Side

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There are now over a hundred galleries in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The transformation in this old immigrant neighborhood is welcoming and the diverse offerings, exhilarating. You can count on the Lower East Side supporting avante garde works and artists.

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Took a group of twenty folks to see summer shows that are available for the public to see on the weekend. Visited Catinca Tabacaru with the group show Fragmented. Then we saw Sadie Benning’s Green God at Callicoon Fine Arts. A must see is the group show of noted Lower East Side artists at the Van der Plas Gallery. One of my favorite galleries is Pierogi on Suffolk Street.

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Here are some bios from Pierogi Show

False Narratives

Brian Conley (born, NY, USA) currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA. From radio performance to sculptural, research-based, and collaborative installations, Conley’s artistic practice operates across the divides between science, art, and politics. His multimedia works inquire into biology, linguistics, and group behavior to construct new morphologies that humorously and provocatively challenge our perceptions of animality, violence, and consciousness. He has exhibited in “Bitstreams” at the Whitney Museum (NY, NY), Statements at Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), “Becoming Animal” at Mass MoCA, and “Insight/Out: Eight Americans” at the Wanas Foundation in Sweden, as well as producing a commissioned work in residence at the ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary Art in San Antonio. Conley is founding co-editor with Sina Najafi of Cabinet Magazine. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and a MFA in Sculpture, both from the University of Minnesota. He participated in the Independent Study Program at The Whitney Museum, NYC.

Nadja Bournonville (born, Stockholm, Sweden) currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received a BA from the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK) and MFA from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, (Leipzig, Germany). Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including: “Blindfell” at the Centrum för fotografi CFF (Stockholm), “Samlade verk!” Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm), “De Oculis” The Josephinum Museum (Vienna, Austria), “Gute Aussichten 2013/2014 at the Goethe-Institut (Washington, DC, Nicosia, Zypern), among others. She recently received Sweden’s Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation Award and was awarded a residency and exhibition at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin).

Roxy Paine (born, NY, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally and has been featured in solo exhibitions at: the Gund Gallery (Columbus, OH); “Natura Naturans,” Villa Panza (Varese, Italy); “Denuded Lens,” Marianne Boesky Gallery (NY, NY); Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO); WANAS Foundation (Knislinge, Sweden); “Maelstrom,” Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY, NY), and; “Conjoined,” “Defunct,” and “Erratic,” Madison Square Park (NY, NY). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY, NY), Whitney Museum (NY, NY), Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY), MoCA (LA, CA), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art (Tilburg, The Netherlands), Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC). He will be installing a new public sculpture in San Francisco in 2018 to coincide with the opening of the Central Subway. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including: a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, The Asher B. Durand award by the Brooklyn Museum, and the Trustees Award from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Roxy Paine is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Tavares Strachan (born, Nassau, The Bahamas) currently lives and works in New York City. Strachan received a MFA from Yale University (New Haven, CT) and a BFA from RISD (Providence, RI). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Tiffany Foundation Grant, a Grand Arts Residency Fellowship, and an Alice B. Kimball Fellowship. His work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally: Strachan represented The Bahamas in the country’s first national pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennale; segments of his “Orthostatic Tolerance” project were exhibited at MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA), ICA (Philadelphia, PA), and Grand Arts (Kansas City, MO); and “The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want” was exhibited in The Bahamas, Miami, and at The Brooklyn Museum.


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