• Strongly Represented at Munch Gallery

    The Shepard's Stone (2012) by Matt Bahen
    The Shepard’s Stone (2012) by Matt Bahen
    A Packed House at Munch Gallery
    A Packed House at Munch Gallery

    I tend to be an admirer of gallery spaces that have definite point of view and niche brand approach to their programming. The direction is clear and distinct which in the case of Munch Gallery, one of the pioneering galleries on the Lower East Side, has proven itself consistent in this manner.

    Building a House of Cards (2013) by Scooter LaForge
    Building a House of Cards (2013) by Scooter LaForge
    2 Artists in one shot Hong Seon Jang (0utside in Black Shirt) and Scooter LaForge (inside in baseball cap)
    2 Artists in one shot Hong Seon Jang (0utside in Black Shirt) and Scooter LaForge (inside in baseball cap)

    For the summer, the space has again stepped out boldly with “MUNCH REPRESENTS+” last July 10th by showcasing eight eclectic but cohesive set of artists officially on their stable, plus two special guests added to the mix. (Represented: Matt Bahen, Jacob Dahlstrup, Hong Seon Jang, Scooter LaForge, Frodo Mikkelsen, Erik Savage, Asbjorn  Skou, and Marshall Weber. + Guests: Yeni Mao and Mie Olise)

    A Captivated Art Aficionado at Munch GalleryA Captivated Art Aficionado at Munch Gallery
    A Captivated Art Aficionado at Munch Gallery
    Island House (2013) by Mie Olise
    Island House (2013) by Mie Olise

    Proprietor and pioneering gallerist, Lillan Munch, shared that she curates most of her shows where there is no fear on divulging her preference and no barriers in hitting just the right tone for her space. AF came into the interiors and it was clear what this gallery was all about. Everyone was a stellar presence in their art universe and AF had some great encounters with artists present that night. Hong Seon Jang (Korean) puts new life in found objects for his new take on readymade with a busted out tube filament light bulb leaning inconspicuously in one corner of the gallery. Marshall Weber (US) is a familiar face as AF featured him earlier in a review this year and his current oeuvre on view has more of a free flowing vibe than the photo collage & stenciled text from previous. Scooter LaForge’s (US) delicious combo of Pop Art with Abstract Expressionism was noted by AF from the gallery booth at Fountain Art Fair 2012 but don’t let the fantastical forms and candy colors overwhelm the seductive allure that brings you in. Scooter is also an unabashed fan of the AF website which opened to more conversation about his other projects – making hardcore fun footwear for the Met Museum’s Costume Institute current show, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Also of note and caught my fancy but not present were: Matt Bahen (Canadian) who in his previous solo show memorably sent in huge canvasses that Munch could only feature some of it on the floor with its thickly textured damaged landscape that are beautifully harrowing, and Mie Olise (Denmark) whose paintings of abandoned places teemed with dynamic life and energy.

    Watching the video art of Yeni Mao
    Watching the video art of Yeni Mao
    Viewing the art work of Matt Bahen at Munch Gallery
    Viewing the art work of Matt Bahen at Munch Gallery

    Munch Gallery represented well and strong. It says a lot when a gallery wears its ART on their sleeve. Believe me when I say, this one wears it pretty darn good.

    MUNCH REPRESENTS+ / On View: July 10 – August 11, 2013

    Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat (12 – 7 pm) Sun (1-6 pm) & by appointment

    Munch Gallery. 245 Broome Street. NYC, NY 10002

     art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan

    select images from Munch Gallery courtesy of the artists

    event photography by: Deukyun Hwang

    Artist Marshall Weber (2nd from left wearing straw hat) with guests during opening at Munch Gallery
    Artist Marshall Weber (2nd from left wearing straw hat) with guests during opening at Munch Gallery
    Art Lovers hang out at Munch Gallery on Broome Street
    Art Lovers hang out at Munch Gallery on Broome Street
    There is ART to see and ART on the body
    There is ART to see and ART on the body

     

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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