With Graffiti Environment by Victor Ving and video installation by Judy Rifka and Daniel Dibble
Last Friday, Valentine’s Day, was a momentary respite sandwiched between two snowstorms and a large flock of New Yorkers weary of this season’s meteorological onslaught, ventured out to Gowanus to celebrate Judy Rifka and her current solo exhibition Star Street.
Judy Rifka is a star. The late Rene Ricard, in his famous Radient Child article celebrated her alongside the likes of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, but unlike her male comrades from the 1980s, Ms. Rifka is alive and well and creating new works with energy and ambition to exhaust even the twenty something artists among here fans and friends, many of whom were on hand for the evening.
This new body of work consists mainly of collage created using painted canvas on painted canvas, ranging in scale from intimate to massive. Simultaneously spontaneous and sophisticated, there is an unquestionable feeling of the celestial in the compositions, but they are equally down to earth.
Several months ago she began photographing her compositions against the backdrop of graffiti on the roof of her Lower East Side apartment building and it was this juxtaposition that inspired Star Street. Her work is presented in conjunction with the tagging of Victor Ving, an LES neighbor and accomplished graffiti artist whose phrasings celebrate Gowanus, Love and Rifka herself among other ideas.
A third component of the Star Street event was a video program of Rifka’s collaborative works with British sound and multi-media artist Daniel Dibble. Dibble directs Rifka remotely from the UK and these costumed narrative elements are combined with high energy animated segments in which her paper collage “creatures” are made to dance to Dibble’s music. In keeping with the street part of the concept, some of the video segments present this dance atop that same downtown graffiti-covered rooftop.
Star Street is open through March 22 with gallery hours by appointment.
Judy Rifka: Star Street
On view at Trestle Projects. 400 Third Ave., Brooklyn
Curated by Alison Pierz
With graffitti environment by Victor Ving;
Video installation by Judy Rifka and Daniel Dibble
Saturday, Mar 22, 7-9 pm
Writing by Alison Pierz
Photography by Jamie Martinez