Judy Rifka: Star Street at Trestle Projects, Brooklyn

Judy Rifka with her work in the main Trestle Project space
Judy Rifka with her work in the main Trestle Project space

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.

 Writers Lori Ortiz and Jeffrey Cyphers viewing work in the artist’s studio which was opened to visitors for the evening
Writers Lori Ortiz and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright viewing work in the artist’s studio which was opened to visitors 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.

Curator Alison Pierz discussing photographs which inspired the exhibition
Curator Alison Pierz discussing photographs which inspired the exhibition

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

Closing Reception:
Saturday, Mar 22, 7-9 pm  

 

Writing by Alison Pierz

Photography by Jamie Martinez 

Rifka and Victor Ving’s work
Rifka and Victor Ving’s work
Curator Alison Pierz with Trestle Gallery manager Mary Negro
Curator Alison Pierz with Trestle Gallery manager Mary Negro
Rifka and Dibble’s video
Rifka and Dibble’s video
Judy Rifka with Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery director Rhia Hurt
Judy Rifka with Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery director Rhia Hurt
"Welcome to Star Street” graffiti by Victor Ving
“Welcome to Star Street” graffiti by Victor Ving
Detail of a large collage work
Detail of a large collage work

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Stars by a star! Judy is fearless. She’s like loose in the jungle using a machete to make a trail for us lucky ones behind her. Hack, hack, whack, whack, the blade a blur — she makes her mark so it will last.

  2. Where the cooked and the raw mix it up… tornadoes of gestural freedom. Judy Rifka is one powerful ladee! And the graffiti by Victor Ving is such a stunning complement. Thanks for running this piece.

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