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The Lodge Gallery proudly presents the work of Brooklyn-based artist Levan Mindiashvili. Mindiashvili’s practice expands from painting to sculpture and, as the artist states, “includes all the possibilities in-between these disciplines.” Mindiashvili’s sculptures are summarized images of experiences and memories from the many places he has lived. Some details might allude to a particular apartment in Brooklyn, a building in Buenos Aires, or his childhood house in Tbilisi, but they are merely hermetic remnants of what once might have been a home. Rendered in pigmented plaster, they visually and superficially mimic a sturdy, permanent concrete, yet the fragility of his chosen material outlines the temporal and ephemeral nature of the notions of ‘place’ and ‘home’ in today’s world.
Mindiashvili is interested in the influence of ‘taught’ truths, preconditions created by socio- cultural constructions, leading him to use transparent filters that force the way that viewers see the subject, and to use techniques that create the illusion of other techniques. Rigorously hand produced, Mindiashvili’s objects mimic found materials or relics from architectural constructions, challenging our perception and understanding of “truth.”
The Lodge Gallery and True Ink are proud to present True Stables: “Home of the People’s Horse,” a first ever attempt to build a collective thoroughbred horse racing program. The project will fuse in-depth stories, live experiences and the documentation and crowdsourcing of a competitive racing team and racehorse.
The project begins on Tuesday, April 26th, with a public opening (7-9pm), kicking off a two-week festival of programming and parties leading up to this year’s Kentucky Derby (May 7th). Outside a slate of private events, the gallery will be open to the public.
True Ink: Founded by Geoffrey Gray, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning documentary producer, True.Ink is a reimagination of the classic pulp magazine from the 1930’s and 40’s, and a place where modern adventure stories come to life. Along with a team of journalists, True soft launched last year, debuting with an exclusive video featuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who revealed his secret recipe for pancakes, along with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who broke down the danger of love and romance in the ring. Celebrating expertise and innovation, True also revealed tips on running with the bulls in Pamplona, making exquisite beer from rotten-smelling fruit, methods to craft a house- boat from scratch, among others. Along with monthly-family style dinners and other special events, the magazine has been racing General Patton’s old schooner boat to Havana and currently has plans to head to Mongolia later this year to search for Genghis Khan’s missing tomb.
The Lodge Gallery, founded by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, is located at 131 Chrystie Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide and serves as both an art space and a gathering place for hearty discourse and experimentation.
October 14, 2015 – October 28, 2015 Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 14, 7-9pm
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents Art in Odd Places: RECALLed, an exhibition organized by Caitlin Crews, Claire Demere, and Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi with Art in Odd Places curators Kendal Henry and Sara Reisman. The exhibition features a selection of artworks by artists participating in this year’s anniversary festival––RECALL––and is accompanied by a publicly accessible archive with current and past artists’ documentation.
The two week run of Art in Odd Places: RECALLed includes numerous evenings of special programming and performances from participating artists in this year’s festival. The show aims to manifest the past and future of AiOP through its archival component, which will continue past the exhibition as an ongoing repository for Art in Odd Places’history.
Featuring: BAMteam, Isidro Blasco, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Nicholas Fraser, John Craig Freeman, Ghana ThinkTank, Monika Goetz, Johannes Rantapuska & Milja Havas, Terry Hardy, Leah Harper, Linda Hesh, Sam Jablon, Liz Linden, LuLu LoLo, L Mylott Manning, Carolina Mayorga, Jenny Polak, Sasha Sumner & Nick Porcaro, Tim Thyzel, Marieke Warmelink & Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Brooks Wenzel
December 19th – December 28th, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 19, 6pm to 9pm
curated by Marc H. Miller
Opening Friday, December 19th, The Lodge Gallery is proud to present Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery, 1969 to 1989. Every era creates its own type of art object. The multiples, political statements, and ephemera in this exhibition are representative of the deliberately transient quality and populist impulse of art in the 1970s and 80s.
Artists in this show include Charlie Ahearn, John Ahearn, Marc Brasz, Colette, Thom Corn, Jane Dickson, Stefan Eins, Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink), John Fekner, Peter Fend, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Bobby G (Robert Goldman), Mike Glier, Group Material, Keith Haring, Curt Hoppe, Becky Howland, Baird Jones, M. Henry Jones, Lisa Kahane, Christof Kohlhofer, Marisela La Grave, Don Leicht, Dick Miller, Marc H. Miller, Richard Mock, John Morton, Tom Otterness, Phase 2, Bettie Ringma, Walter Robinson, Christy Rupp, David Schmidlapp, Arleen Schloss, Kiki Smith, Susan Springfield, Anita Steckel, Jehnifer Stein, Anton Van Dalen, Arturo Vega, Tom Warren, Robin Winters, David Wojnarowicz, Y Pants, and more.
The website 98bowery.com tells the story of the downtown art scene in the 1970s and 80s as I experienced it living in the top floor loft at 98 Bowery. These were bleak years for New York marked by economic decline, crime, drugs, and in many sections of the city, a desolate landscape of abandoned buildings and rubble-strewn lots. But for the young artists living in the Lower East Side during one of its worse moments there was a silver lining: cheap rents, camaraderie, plenty of real-life inspiration, and a do-it-yourself ethos that made anything possible. To use the ironic phrase coined by artist Joseph Nechvatal, downtown was an “Island of Negative Utopia.”
As an artist, curator, and writer, I had a ringside seat for much of the action. Just down the street from 98 Bowery was CBGB where a revolution in music, art and style was unfolding. Art was no longer confined to traditional galleries. Graffiti and street posters covered the walls, and exhibitions were held in nightclubs and squatted buildings. With limited access to the commercial mainstream, artists made things for themselves and for their peers. Works were created quickly and cheaply for short duration theme exhibitions and artist-run stores. New formats emerged: performance, video and independent film. Much of the action that I knew centered around Collaborative Projects Inc. (COLAB), the loosely organized artist group that was responsible for the Real Estate Show (1980), the Times Square Show (1980), and the art spaces Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, and ABC No Rio Dinero on the Lower East Side.
Every era creates it’s own type of art object. Multiples, political statements, and ephemera are representative of the deliberately transient quality and populist impulse of art in the 1970s and 80s. This exhibition at the Lodge Gallery includes treasures that I acquired during that time, as well as vintage works that I have collected more recently for Gallery 98, the online store of 98bowery.com. In selecting the items, I have not held back. Many are masterpieces whose rich historical and aesthetic content rivals that found in more conventional art objects.
Organized by Site95 and Curated by Kimberly Marrero
What if we could look at the most mundane elements of our daily lives through an artist’s lens? What if we could transform these everyday manufactured objects into something remarkably different even for a brief moment? Fire hydrants, standpipes, street signs, lanterns, sewer drains, and bike racks appear as endless manufactured essentials. Many are exquisitely engineered objects that quietly confront us like permanent installations, marking every street corner and sidewalk in every borough. These industrial objects, which occupy a substantial portion of our urban grid, have become almost invisible to the eye as we navigate our way around them and through the trajectories and tasks of our busy lives from day to day.
The Lodge Gallery is pleased to host “Transforming New York Street Objects,” an open call exhibition presented by Site95 on July 8-9, 2014. “Transforming” invites both artists and the general public to rethink the objects they encounter every day on the city’s streets through the creation of temporary outdoor sculptures with objects commonly found in their neighborhoods. Participants were asked to document their work with photographs and submit these images to Site95. All submissions are on view at nyctransformed.tumblr.com. 43 works from the “Transforming” open call presented in the exhibition were selected by a panel of 10 artists, gallerists, and curators including: Stuart Anthony (Executive Director of ArtConnects New York), Meaghan Kent (Director of Site95), Louky Keijsers Koning (Owner of LMAK Projects), Kimberly Marrero (Curator of “Transforming”), Michael Mut (Founder and President of The Love Yourself Project), Leon Reid IV (Artist), Gae Savannah (Writer/Artist), Keith Schweitzer (Owner of The Lodge Gallery), Jason Patrick Voegele (Owner of The Lodge Gallery), and Antonia Wright (Artist).
Site95 has published a special issue of the Site95 Journal, 03_02, that features all winning entries by: Ariela Kader, Christopher Hart Chambers, Peter Brock, Suran Song, Michele Brody, Niizeki Hiromi, Paul Quince, Zac Benson, Omar Thorpe, Kristi Sword, Nicole Lenzi, Terry Ward, Stephanie Mora, Z, Shelley Flanders, Jamie Grove, Tasha Lewis, Lillian Przedecki, Cary Whittier, David Meanix, Katy Andrascik, Wan Yu Chen, Andrew Frotton, Kathryne Hall, Aimée Margolis, Matt Jones, Megan Kohlmiller, Leah Harper, Jos Diegel, Tania Sen, and BluDog 10003.
100% of the print sales will be donated to The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. All of The Doe Fund’s programs and innovative business ventures ultimately strive to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency, and aid the community, through work including the development of cleaner and safer streets. Site95 is also organizing a “Transforming” workshop series with Go Project, a year round educational organization for low income public school children in Manhattan from Kindergarten to Middle School.
“Transforming” is part of Dead in August (DiA), Site95’s yearly multi-venue exhibition and event series during which New York-based artists create in-depth projects in donated spaces across the city. More information can be found on Site95.org or email email@example.com.
Kimberly Marrero is a private art advisor and independent curator based in New York City. She has organized many high profile public exhibitions working directly with celebrated artists and art institutions worldwide. Marrero manages various private art collections for her domestic and international clients. She has also enjoyed a longtime affiliation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, serving as an active education committee member as well as a museum educator, lecturer, and writer. She is a devoted advocate for Arts & Education and has established a number of grants to support various Arts & Educational Programs for institutions for learning throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Marrero is also a children’s book author.
Site95 is an alternative non-profit organization established to present exhibitions for emerging and established artists in temporary urban locations. Drawing upon available space in major cities, Site95 will present over five projects per year, each extending up to two months. The impermanent sites create a platform for artists and curators to present innovative ideas in different contexts and allow viewers to experience new work not native to their location. Exhibitions will offer openings, educational talks and tours, screenings, and performances. Site95 also features the online Journal with contributions by writers, curators, and artists. This exhibition was made possible with the support of Citizens Committee for New York City, The Color House NY, The Lodge Gallery, Go Project, and The Doe Fund. Our great thanks to Kimberly Marrero, Megan Kohlmiller, Pooja Kakar, Michael Mut, Niizeki Hiromi, Shelley Flanders, Go Project staff and volunteers, Keith Schweitzer, and Jason Patrick Voegele.
artists include: GILF!, Icy & Sot, Joe Iurato, Greg Haberny, EKG, ASVP, Lunar New Year, Alice Mizrachi, OCMC, Sek3, Cern, Gentleman’s Game, Shinji Murakami, Vexta, Fumero, Victor Cox, Dave Tree, Clown Soldier, Queen Andrea, Whisbe, Chris RWK, Boy Kong, Adam Dare, Brian Leo, Ellis Gallagher, Chris Smith, Joe Heaps Nelson, Rachel Meuler, Joseph Meloy
The Lodge Gallery proudly hosts an opening reception and silent auction of over 30 works to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. In 1990 Dana-Farber became one of the inaugural organizations in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Presented by Johnny Leo Projects, in conjunction with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, many of the works included here consider the tragedy of last year’s Boston Marathon. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Claudia Adams Barr Program, furthering their mission and the continued fight against cancer.
Republic Worldwide and Wasserman Projects present: John Dunivant; In Conversation at The Lodge Gallery
Dunivant, an artist, visionary and founder of Detroit’s “Theatre Bizarre,” discusses his current exhibition, “The Expatriate Parade,” and the nationally renown immersive theatre he has created over the last decade. The paintings on view at The Lodge Gallery explore the world of “Theatre Bizarre” by depicting its inhabitants celebrating and embracing a dark and glorious march toward the unknown. Dunivant is a Kresge Fellow and was recently named as recipient of a Knight Foundation award.
Since the turn of the century, Theatre Bizarre has been rollicking in the darkness. First, by creating a phantasmagorical (and entirely illegal) theme park in the shadows of one of Detroit’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Providing an event worthy of its legendary status, built by an army of volunteers, it emerged for only one indescribable night a year. Each year it grew in scope and in detail, The New York Times exclaimed Over-The-Top! and Bizarre Magazine (UK) called it One of the greatest Halloween parties in the world! Until the city was forced to shut it down in 2010. Not to be dissuaded, Theatre Bizarre birthed a new world and revealed a new path in 2011. Lifting a veil on their own carnivalesque secret society and inviting the revelers to join them on a journey once more.
Theatre Bizarre now operates legally at the Detroit Masonic Temple where it will hold its 13th edition on October 19, 2013 and and is the subject of an upcoming documentary. Macabre in their imagery and sitting across numerous pop cultural narratives, the joy Dunivant takes from the subject matter in The Expatriate Parade is evident, and fitting for an artist working far from the art world capitals in Detroit, facing its own existential crisis, with the attendant anxiety of loss, displacement, and fantasy of an unknown, perhaps better, future.
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013: The Lodge Gallery presents an artist talk and presentation by artists Kira Nam Greene and Esperanza Mayobre from our current exhibition FOR WHICH IT STANDS. Both artists will speak about their work and take questions from the audience. The Salon begins at 6:30pm with Kira Nam Greene after which there will be a short intermission followed by Esperanza Mayobre at 7:30.
FOR WHICH IT STANDS is on view at The Lodge Gallery through July 28, 2013.
Kira Nam Greene – 6:30pm
Kira Nam Green’s Paintings and Drawings negotiate the duality and Dichotomy of her existence as an Asian Immigrant woman in America. As an outsider, Greene is more aware of the plurality of cultural contradictions present in American society. As a Feminist, she is repulsed and demoralized by the objectification of the female body in art history and popular culture, yet she finds herself strongly attracted to the sensuality of those images. This paradox has led her to combine the rigidity of patterns with the imagery of desire in the female body. In her most recent work, she replaces the body with images of lusciously styled food while heightening the mixture of patterns and icons derived from various Western and Eastern sources, The food, working both in harmony and in collision with it’s surroundings, is the surrogate body for the desire to consume and control,
Esperanza Mayobre – 7:30pm
Esperanza Mayobre is a Brooklyn-based Venezuelan artist who creates fictive laboratory spaces. Inserts the role of a hero, writing a role for herself in the work. Uses light as a metaphor for birth. Drawings to create infinite lines. Candles to create lines of light. Gives money away to talk about the third world countries debt. Dust to convert illegal to legal aliens. Elegant graffittis to portray urban chaos.
She is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, the Smack Mellon Studio Program, the LMCC Workspace Residency, and a fellowship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Bronx Museum, the Jersey City Museum, MIT Cavs, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., the Contemporary Museum of El Salvador, the Incheon Biennial, Korea, el Centro Cultural Chacao, Venezuela, among others. Her work is currently exhibited at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, the Lodge Gallery and she will be part of the Creative Time Sandcastle Competition. Her work has been reviewed in ArtVoice, The Brooklyn Rail, Bomb, The New York Times, Artnet, El Nacional, Arte al Dia and Artforum.
New Works by Orlando Arocena
August 22nd through September 5th, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 22nd, 6-8pm
Republic Worldwide is proud to present the opening reception of Traversing the Vector, an exhibition of newly created digital vector transfers on wood by artist Orlando Arocena. This exhibition, the premiere of The Lodge Gallery’s experimental new program, The Gradio Initiative, will showcase Arocena’s celebrated mastery of digitally created artworks utilizing vector as a tool in it’s purest form. Arocena’s use of this software transcends the traditional use of the medium and has created a new precedent in the field of art and design. Never static, the motion that Arocena creates through his layers of varying intensity, color, and form is dynamic and vibrant. Within these compelling works, there are suggestions of abstracted landscapes, corporeal and archetypal forms. Accompanying his one of a kind, hand transferred works of art, there will be an array of grouped sequential panels illustrating the process behind his work.
Traversing The Vector is open to the public from August 22nd through September 5th at The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome in the lower east side of Manhattan, NYC.
Art & Skateboards with artist Dennis McNett
in The Pit @ Sara D. Roosevelt Park (at Broome St., NYC)
Saturday, June 22nd, 1pm – 6pm
an outdoor afternoon of art, skateboards & songs on the Lower East Side.
guest appearances by skateboarders Andrew Allen, Julien Stanger & Tony Trujillo
Kids 17 and under are invited to “trick out” blank skateboard decks through an art workshop led by Dennis McNett.
Attendees of all ages will be treated to live music and exhibitions.
Skatedecks and art supplies will be provided free of charge, while supplies last, to those participating in the workshop.
Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Capacity is limited, first come first serve.
1pm-2pm art workshop participants arrive 2pm-4pm art workshop led by Dennis McNett and fellow artists 4pm-6pm musical performances by Tony & Trixie Trujillo and more 6pm-8pm indoor reception of Dennis McNett’s artwork at The Lodge Gallery