Exhibition: All The Buildings In New York by JAMES GULLIVER HANCOCK

If you love NY, you will love James Gulliver Hancock. Brooklyn based artist, he has recently been working on a series called “All the Buildings in New York” that celebrates New York’s authentic buildings and neighborhoods. His work will be displayed for the first time in a solo show on Wednesday May 18th in the Lower East Side. You’ll see originals from his blog and as well as work yet unseen.

Opening Wednesday May 18th at 7pm.
119 Ludlow St. Lower level.


Advertisements

New York ArtBus

After its success in London, the ArtBus has crossed the Atlantic. This bus takes art lovers to galleries, artists’ studios, and private spaces around the city’s 5 boroughs. One Sunday a month, jump onto this school bus, and discover various emerging artists whose works and creativity help make New York such a vibrant, cultural city.

Find out more information on the ArtBus website. The next tour will be on April 25thfrom 3pm till 6pm. Price: $50 donation to support emerging artists.


MONA KUHN: NATIVE Opening reception and artist talk

“Native”, Mona Kuhn’s new show is opening tonight at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea.

This exhibit features her latest series of photographs also published in a new book –Native (Steidl, Winter 2009/10).

Acclaimed photographer, Mona Kuhn returns from her birthplace, Brazil, with sensual images of captivating nudes, dense jungle landscape, and sparse interior of an abandoned apartment. 

MONA KUHN: NATIVE from April 9th – May 15th, 2010
Opening reception Thursday, April 8th from 6 – 8 pm
Artist talk: Saturday April 10 at 3 pm
Flowers Gallery is located 529 West 20th St. Tel: 1 212 439 17 00

5 mn with… Simon Chaput

Profession: Photographer


Who are you Simon?

I am half French, half English and was born in France 57 years ago. I come from a small town and studied to become a vet. I was a sailing instructor in southern Brittany at the age of 16 and spent my military service as a sailing instructor in Tahiti. There are worst places to be sent I must admit….

I opened a Gallery in France in the mid seventies and came to New York in 1983 for a week to help one of my artists find a gallery here, I fell in love with the energy of the city and have been living here ever since.

I met Jeanne Claude and Christo on my second week here and started working with them on their projects; it was a life changing experience.

Why did you choose to become a photographer?

Photography was always a passion for me, I got my first camera, a Kodak Brownie when I was 7 and fell in love with the magic it created. I started a photo club when I was at school and was shooting everything I could. After failing to get into a photo school, I spend the next 20 years away from photography.

In 1983, I discovered the New York art scene and that nourished my vision.

I was fascinated by the geometry of the urban landscape and that is when I had the urge to get back to photography.

I was lucky enough to join the Howard Greenberg Gallery back in 1997 and have focused my energy on photography since.

Your Nude series is gorgeous, tell us a bit about this project.

The nude series started in Death Valley. I loved the abstract qualities of the sand dunes and wanted to bring a nude in the landscape. It was a challenge when you know the work of artists like Edward Weston and others who have mastered it. I could shoot only one hour at sunrise and one at sunset.

While shooting, I realized that the body could become the landscape itself.

I came back to New York and started shooting in the studio so I could control the light and thereby the form. The body became the landscape.

Would you consider yourself a landscape photographer?

I am not sure if I really fit in that category. The work is more about playing with shape, light and the negative space that has a huge place in my photographs.

When you look at my work, you will notice the importance of the black.

How much time do you spend in the dark room?

I spend a lot of time in the darkroom, sometimes weeks in a row. I am still fascinated by the magic of the process and find that I need to spend many days to control the outcome precisely.

Do you have a dream project?

Dreams are meant to be pursued every new project is a dream project before it happens. It is at first an idea, then images are visualized and from that point on work makes them happen. The result is sometimes even a little different from the initial dreamed images; it is nearly always better as the work grows on itself.

Right now my dream project is the “Waterfalls” series.

Why did you decide to shoot NY? What does the city bring to you?

New York was a love story at first sight, living downtown when I first arrived, I was mesmerized by the tall buildings, narrow streets and by the shadows projected by these buildings, creating these wonderful geometric patterns.

I must have looked strange, I was walking the streets looking up and just enjoying the playfulness of the angular shapes. That has never changed.

Do you have a secret place in the New York?

If I tell you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, but seriously I am always amazed by something that I hadn’t noticed before. The city changes so much depending on the time of day, the light and my perception of the city also changes with my mood. The secret is to get lost away from our usual paths.

What about the most beautiful views of the city?

Downtown around Wall Street, it is such a complex web of narrow streets.

What are your favorite things to do here?

I love having friends over for dinner, shopping at Di Palo’s, riding a bike in the city and Governor’s Island (a haven of peace and just a small boat ride away) playing tennis under the Williamsburg bridge, eating at “Minetta Tavern” or at “Antonucci’s”, having a small bite at “Blue Ribbon Bar” or a drink at the “Raines Law Room” and so much more…..

What’s next?

The “Waterfalls” series is not finished, so I will be taking more long treks in the wilderness looking for the perfect ones.

I also have a show opening at the Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta on March 26th, where they will show the Nudes and for the first time some of the Waterfalls.

For more info visit Simon Chaput’s website and  his facebook fan page

Simon’s addresses:
Di Palo’s:  200 Grand St.
Minetta Tavern: 113 MacDougal St.
Antonucci’s:  170 East 81 St.
Blue Ribbon Bar:  34 Downing St.
Raines Law Room:  48 W 17th St.

Don’t miss the AIPAD Photography Show

If you are in Manhattan for this lovely spring weekend don’t miss the AIPAD Photography Show. It is one of the most important international photography events and it is opening today.

More than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a large selection of high-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.

AIPAD New YorkMarch 18th-21st, 2010
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave & 67th St.

Show Hours
Thursday, March 18 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday, March 19 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Victor Demarchelier : Creating Images

Victor Demarchelier’s photographs have been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and French Vogue. This exhibit features black-and-white photographs, some from studio sessions and some from a trip to India. CREATING IMAGES, a mix of his work from fashion shoots and personal projects, includes several pieces from his photographic collaborations with model Caroline Trentini. This is Victor Demarchelier’s solo debut at a New York gallery.

Opening tonight March 15th from 6 PM to 9 PM

Victor Demarchelier / Creating Images until April 5th, 2010
Clic Bookstore & Gallery: 424 Broome Street. tel: 1-212-219-9308

POP-UP Art Sale in Dumbo

Starting tomorrow, The Dumbo Arts Center is hosting a big open art sale. About 200 artists will be selling works in all media from  $50 to $2000. We would be crazy not to check it out!

From Friday Feb 26th to Sunday 28th
Dumbo Arts Center is located 30 Washington St in Dumbo
Directions: F train to York St.  A/C train to High St.
Hours: Friday 6-9 PM; Saturday 12-8 PM; Sunday 12-6 PM