Wenesday, Jan 30th from 6-9 pm marks the opening of the exhibition HERE, DATA by Gabrielle Mertz at SL Gallery (335 West 38th Street, New York, NY).
An exhaustive look into the various ways in which data pervades our everyday lives, HERE, DATA re-imagines pathways by which these unseen interventions can be translated into an experiential, participatory artworks. Mertz possesses the uncanny ability to convey the process by which data gets transferred into stunning visuals and installation. Works that appear to be abstract and subjective actually express data sets, in some cases taken in real-time, augmenting and imaginatively capturing the nuances of the world surrounding us. A world that mostly remains invisible comes to life in HERE, DATA.
On view through March 22, 2019, HERE, DATA brings news and film media into the physical realm. While some works are on view in the gallery itself, more works can be accessed via cell phone/tablet. Part of the artist’s Album series, these digital works bring an intimate, carefully structured viewing experience to the visitor.
Mertz is a New York-based visual artist and choreography who works across sound, light and installation. Her site-specific works have been exhibited in the US and abroad in Europe at a variety of venues such as the New Museum Ideas City, Cultural Center of Krakow, Rialto Center for Performing Arts and more. HERE, DATA remains on view at SL Gallery (335 West 38th Street) through March 22, 2019 – for further information, please contact Tony Long at the Gallery, or visit our website www.sl.gallery/
There’s room for every oddity and eccentricity imaginable at David Henry Nobody Jr’s upcoming exhibit, Fake Smears and Facial Food Fiascos, opens at Contra Gallery (122 W 26th Fl 6) in Chelsea, NYC on Jan 31st from 6-8 pm. David Henry Nobody Jr will present an irreverent and (slightly) grotesque portrait series melding the stylings of Flemish food art from the Dutch Golden Age of Painting with Contemporary Pop Photography. These “Resemblages” will blend the artist’s features with a fantastic array of produce and processed foods.
Featuring an evening of live interactive performance by the infamous artist, Fake Smears and Facial Food Fiascos builds on a career the artist has sustained via his prominent artistic antics, including impersonating socialite Alex von Furstenberg. Creating sensational art in the vein of Andy Warhol’s Factory antics and Dada performance and surrealism, David Henry Nobody Jr slyly pokes fun at the highbrow views of the fine art establishment.
An internationally renowned artist and provocateur, David Henry Nobody Jr. is based in New York City. His creative “actions” and objects include the “Human Weeble Wobble”, and in Nobody Jr. predicted the Trump presidency in his 1999 “Stalking Trump” series in which he tried to meet Donald Trump as many times as possible in one year. David is a founding member of the Fantastic Nobodies, a renegade/outsider/performance art collective, which was a collaboration of five artists from the years 2003-2013. The Nobodies have shown at Andrew Edlin Gallery and at WhiteBox gallery. David Henry Nobody Jr.’s work has been featured on the BBC, VICE, The Creators Project, Insider, Observer, and Whitehot Magazine.Fake Smears and Facial Food Fiascos is on view at Contra Gallery, 122 W 26th St Floor 6 from Thursday, Jan 31 – Feb 15, 2019.
A camouflage-wrapped La-Z-Boy chair languishes on a fishing pier in Virginia. Rows of milk cartons line the refrigerated shelves in a Wisconsin grocery store. Views from across America feature in the photography which forms the basis of the migratory “Treat America Project”, a group exhibit curated by Jon Feinstein of Humble Arts Foundation and Jamie Martinez of The Border project space that features a single artist from each state across America. Featured on the @treatamericaproject Instagram page over the course of 2018, artists will have a chance to see their work shine in person at two spaces in New York City in 2019.
Celebrating the diversity of the United States under a unified banner of creative artistic license, even during an era of stark political division, this wide range of artists – juried by Feinstein and Martinez – have translated their vision of their home states via compelling imagery featured on both the project’s Instagram page,Facebook page and website. The project makes good on its aim to bring art to the service of the greater good: each artist was invited to select a charitable organization, with a portion of proceeds of art print sales going to each cause. An exercise in contemporary art and goodwill, the Treat America project allows a window into this urgent hour of dialogue, exchange and creativity.
The Treat America Project will be on view in New York City in two iterations: first at Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street NYC (Jan 9-13th, 2019) followed by an exhibit at OSNY Project Space, 417 W. 57th Street NYC (Feb 8-17th). The project is sponsored by Treat Gallery, an online exhibition initiative benefiting a wide array of emerging artists, businesses, communities and charitable organizations since its founding in 2016.