Everyday UFOs & Shame the Devil

I’m pretty excited about these two openings coming up this week. The first features some really fun and funny photos, and the second is curated by a friend and hardworking curator from CCA.

March 16 – April 23, 2011
Gregg Louis: Everyday UFOs
Nohra Haime Gallery
730 Fifth Avenue, between 56th & 57th Streets, NYC, NY
Opening: Wednesday, March 16, 6 – 8 PM

Everyday UFOs, an exhibition of recent photography by artist Gregg Louis will be on view in the project room at the Nohra Haime Gallery from March 16th through April 23rd.

In his first solo exhibition in New York, Louis uses photography to construct uncanny images of UFOs out of found household objects such as light bulbs, TV antennas, dishes, plungers, ect. His process of arranging, stacking, and transposing these mundane objects against a black backdrop creates surreal images that humorously and sometimes eerily re-imagine everyday reality. By transforming these ubiquitous objects that typically fade into the background of our daily lives, Louis creates playful images that at once feel unique, familiar, and otherworldly.

Everyday UFOs mediates between an optimistic child-like playfulness and a skeptical investigation into projections and blind faith in phenomena beyond the earthly realm. The work blurs the line between belief, imagination and reality, and explores the potential we have to knowingly or unknowingly redefine our everyday perceptions for better or worse.

Gregg Louis, a multidisciplinary artist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to New York and received his Master of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in 2009. Louis was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency Program in 2009. His work has been exhibited in both the US and abroad. Louis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo: Kenya (Robinson)

March 17–April 30, 2011
Shame the Devil
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York, NY
Opening: Thursday, March 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Hours: Tues-Fri, 12-6pm; Sat 11-6pm

Curated by Petrushka Bazin

The genre of comedy, in all its various manifestations in stand-up, theater, literature, television, and movies has long provided rich and valuable inspiration for artists seeking to critique contemporary society using parody, satire and dark humor. Inspired by the parallel ability of both the stand-up comedian and the artist to play the role of cultural observer and provacateur, this exhibition presents new sculpture, video, installations, and photography by artists, who strategically examine, with their frank observations and dry wit, the socio-political dimensions of power associated with cultural, racial, and economic issues. Titled after the longer idiom “tell the truth and shame the devil,” which means to speak honestly and without censor, these artists, following the long traditions of political caricature, offer up wry send-ups of political commentary on such critical issues as global poverty, racial profiling, anti-terrorist paranoia, and right-wing extremism. Artists include: Jabari Anderson, Elizabeth Axtman, Michael Britto, Wayne Hodge, My Barbarian, Huong Ngo, Jessica Ann Peavy, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Jimmy Joe Roche, and Kenya (Robinson).


The Laundromat Project Fall Auction is on Wednesday

SOAPBOX II – 2nd Annual Art Auction
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6-9 PM
Collette Blanchard Gallery, 26 Clinton Street, NYC

I’m helping out with this auction to benefit an awesome community art initiative that brings contemporary artists into laudromats to lead free workshops in diverse neighborhoods across NYC. The cause is good, and so is the selection of art. Have a look!

Join the Laundromat Project and its many friends on Wednesday, October 27th for a silent auction and celebration to support its programs in New York City’s most vibrant communities. Tickets begin at $25 online($30 at the doors) and include drinks, nibbles, and music by DJ Khary! This year, artist and LP Create Change alumni Shinique Smith and artist Jayson Keeling are donating special edition prints to $1000 and $250 ticket buyers, respectively.

Donating Artists:
Derrick Adams • Golnar Adili • Joell Baxter • Petrushka Bazin • Aisha Bell • Karlos Carcamo • Brendan Carroll • Talia Chetrit • Sandra Chi • Samantha Contis • Pradeep Dalal • Hope Dector • Matthew Deleget • Stephanie Diamond • Erin Diebboll • Sarah Eichner • Rico Gatson • Deborah Grant • Christopher K. Ho • Wayne Hodge • Sheree Hovsepian • Kathleena Howie-Garcia aka LadyKFever • Joseph Laurro • Shaun El C. Leonardo • Yeni Mao • Dean Monogenis • Erika Neola • Glexis Novoa • Kambui Olujimi • Dawit Petros • Rob Pruitt • Ronny Quevedo • Kenya (Robinson) • Bayeté Ross SmithDread Scott • Paul Mpagi Sepuya • Rudy Shepherd • Shinique Smith • Yasmin Spiro • Anna Stein • Hank Willis Thomas • Mickalene Thomas • Zefrey Throwell • Cody Trepte • Jiny Ung • Mary Valverde • Kim Venable • Saya Woolfalk • and more!