Opening night: Unix Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Jonathan Levine Gallery and Ethan Cohen Gallery

On the last Thursday of the humid and wet month of June, Chelsea offered quite a few interesting and unique new exhibitions that were crowded with a generous amount of art aficionados and spectators.

Upon arriving to the first spot, Unix Gallery, there were already a great number of people drinking bottles from the Brooklyn Brewery, chatting amongst themselves and appreciating the artwork. The group show Efflorescence, containing the works of four brilliant artists (Alexi Torres, Ellen de Meijer, Gavin Rain and Zhuang Hong Yi), all range in style–from pointillism to non-objective, three-dimensional wall pieces–but share the use of high chromatic, vibrant, energetic hues. When asking the gallery assistant about the exhibition, he noted that many of the artists started with a photograph and expanded their pieces by adding textures and mixed media, which creates another level of profundity.

Efflorescence at Unix Gallery from June 25 – August 22, 2015

532 W 24th Street, New York,NY 10011

Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
“Efflorescence” at Unix Gallery
Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
“Efflorescence” at Unix Gallery
Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
Gavin Rain at Unix Gallery
Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
The crowd at the opening. Painting by Justin Bower
Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
“Efflorescence” at Unix Gallery
Efflorescence at Unix Gallery
Alexi Torres “Ernest Hemingway” Oil on canvas 72″ x 68″ 2014

Next, we visited the acclaimed Gladstone Gallery’s group show Hello Walls with gargantuan pieces by sixteen well-known artists: Ricci Albenda, Mel Bochner, Angela Bulloch, Daniel Buren, Neil Campbell, Michael Craig-Martin, Jeff Elrod, Douglas Gordon, Arturo Herrera, Karl Holmqvist, Sol LeWitt, Wangechi Mutu, Raymond Pettibon, Ugo Rondinone, Kara Walker and Lawrence Weiner. Due to the fact that the works were created on site, the wall acted as a canvas to the artists during the creation process, a “physical and metaphysical site.” The Gladstone’s simplistic approach to exhibiting the pieces allowed for the artworks to stand independently, while still maintaining unity as all of the “murals” are not only grand in proportion, but are also conceptual and minimalistic in style.

Hello Walls at Gladstone Gallery from June 26 – July 31, 2015 

515 West 24th Street, NYC

Hello Walls at Gladstone Gallery
Angela Bulloch, Lincoln (2), 2000, pixel wall painting.
Hello Walls at Gladstone Gallery
“Hello Walls” at Gladstone Gallery
Hello Walls at Gladstone Gallery
Kara Walker for “Hello Walls” at Gladstone Gallery
Hello Walls at Gladstone Gallery
“Hello Walls” at Gladstone Gallery

Afterwards we walked a couple of blocks to the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery to check out their solo-exhibition Department of the Interior featuring artwork by Gordon Harrison Hull. In each room of the space, there are white frames running parallel and equidistant from one another with paper pieces that show distinctive sketches of eccentric and simplistic illustrations with the use of mixed media. The works of the multidisciplinary artist are truly amazing as he shares with the viewer “emotional landscapes, multi-cultural channel surfing and soft faded fragments of dreams”, which are inspired by the “rituals, mysticism and craft of Africa”, or what Hull calls “lo-fi magic.”

Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery from June 25 – July 31, 2015

505 West 24th Street

Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Gordon Harrison Hull: Department of the Interior at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

We then departed and went to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery which also exhibited a solo-show with works by Evol, a Berlin based artist. The show, Unreal Estate, contains all new art created on used pieces of cardboard with stencils and spray paint, done by hand at the gallery. His pieces all collectively comment on the corrupt dichotomy between poor conditions of the housing, in Germany, for high prices that are being operated by the government.

Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery from June 25 – July 25, 2015

557C West 23rd Street

Artist Evol
Artist Evol
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Revol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery
Evol: Unreal Estate at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Finally, we arrived to our last gallery for the evening, In the Cloud at the Ethan Cohen Gallery. Upon entering the room, the first thing the audience notices is the smoky, foggy air taking over the entire space. The show, consisting of twenty-three artists, contains work varying in media, but all comment on the idea of technology and how all of our information is stored in “clouds” rather than physical archives as previously done in the past.

I spoke to the gallery assistant, and she mentioned how the show brings up many vital questions: “How are we going to effectively store information items? How can we embrace what was in the past, while still moving on with the current state of technology? What will ultimately happen to all of our information?” The show, filled with intricate pieces ranging from projections and television screens to an interactive bubble installation, captures all your senses and transports you into a surreal dimension.

In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery from June 25 – August 28th, 2015

251 W 19TH ST

In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
“In The Cloud” at Ethan Cohen Gallery
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“In The Cloud” at Ethan Cohen Gallery
In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
“In The Cloud” at Ethan Cohen Gallery
(M) Juan Puentes from Whitebox
(M) Juan Puentes from Whitebox
In The Cloud at Ethan Cohen Gallery
“In The Cloud” at Ethan Cohen Gallery

 

Writing by Ilsoon Jeon

Photographs by Olya Turcihin

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