Robert Moskowitz March 3 - April 21, 2013. New work by Robert Moskowitz (b.1935) black and white paintings on canvas or paper pictures the silhouette of a single object: a bottle, a bat, a hat, an anchor and compass. Including only what is necessary and nothing more, the paintings are formally austere, physically sensuous and poetically provocative.
Les LeVeque & Pearl Blauvelt January 20 - February 24, 2013. Les LeVeque's Frequency Redundancy, a 43-second, 16 mm loop, is based on an old, degraded, educational copy of The Workers Leaving The Lumiere Factory In Lyon. Copied, reconstructed, layered 100 times and reversed by LeVeque, the found footage becomes a hallucinatory dream about the modern factories of education, cinema and industry. Pearl Blauvelt lived reclusively in a small house in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she produced an abundance of small pencil drawings of domestic objects, many of which she copied from mail order catalogues on lined notebook pages. The six drawings in this exhibition are from one series titled, Clothing Department.
Tom Fairs: Drawings June - July 2004 November 14 - December 23, 2012. During the two decades before his death in 2007, the English artist, Tom Fairs, drew from life daily in small notebooks, acutely observing and vividly rendering scenes of London's Hampstead Heath and the surrounding Georgian architecture, streets and gardens. With startling variety in the arrangement of forms, Fairs depicted places and things around him with uncommon dedication and ardor.
Beverly Semmes & Freddie Brice September 23 - November 4, 2012. This exhibition linking two artists from highly divergent backgrounds slips the paradigm between insider and outsider by blurring such distinctions. Beverly Semmes' red totemic clay sculptures inhabit an environment created by Freddie Brice's lively black and white interiors in a pairing evoking the flatness of Matisse's "Red Studio" brought into three dimensions.
Agnes Lux & Ray Hamilton July 12 - July 28, 2012 and August 28 - September 9, 2012. Despite radically different backgrounds Agnes Lux and Ray Hamilton share common ground through the act of drawing. With drawing traditional boundaries subside and the medium's simplicity and directness many times makes it difficult to ascertain when they were done, and by whom. There is a leveling of hierarchical aesthetic categories, and though these two artists couldn't be more divergent their similar systems and ways of doing give rise to surprisingly complimentary visual results.
Bill Adams: - Finalist May 24 - June 30, 2012. In multiple mediums of pen, paint and etching, over time and in sequence, Bill Adams expands his ongoing cat motif into new territory. He morphs and mutates an archetypical feline into blue-infused drawn forms. Flora melds into fauna and odd structures undergo metamorphosis, with hybrid offshoots taking on strange, enthralling, and mysterious lives. This cast of characters is situated in a primeval vista extending deep into the horizon. A variety of vegetative rocky mounds, water towers, and weird ancient-future cubic formations shape cyclopean visages that stare out at the viewer with the coherence of unforgettable images.
Robert Moskowitz: Envelopes - April 14 - May 20, 2012. Exhibited here for the first time together, Robert Moskowitz's Envelopes (1962-63) consists of paintings and drawings depicting everyday envelopes suitable for sending letters: air mail, regular, and manila envelopes float mysteriously on the surfaces of intimate, small-scale works. Turning away from large-scale, collaged canvases incorporating actual window shades---works that made up his successful 1962 one-person exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery - Moskowitz's work took an unpredictable but decisive shift towards illusionism, painterly and poetic effects in this early series.
Ele d'artagnan Cent'Anni - December 16, 2011 - January 14, 2012. This exhibition focuses on D'Artagnan's paintings of visionary domiciles and fantastic domestic architecture, recurrent themes in the artist's work particularly resonant in light of the artist's own transient lifestyle and frequent homelessness. "Here, everything's beautiful!" the artist writes in the margins of one painted and otherworldly depiction of a house. "But he - poor thing - is unhappy, very unhappy, because without a home, he finds himself (in front of) the golden gate." This exhibition celebrates D'Artagnan's art, his life, and persistently transporting visions.
Scruffy - October 5 - November 5, 2011. Paintings by Chip Hughes, Sadie Laska, and Jocko Weyland. Scruffy is an exhibition of work by artists who propagate un-manicured works and whose creative process involves the degenerative, decidedly unfinished re-processing of images. Their paintings, however considered and well crafted according to their own terms are made by artists who eschew "professional polish," preferring instead, the casual and the indeterminate.
Tom Fairs - May 12 - July 15, 2011. An exhibition of drawings by British artist Tom Fairs (1925 - 2007). It will be the first show of this underknown artist's works on paper. Fairs drew, every day, from life, the places and things around him. His most frequent subject was the topography of North London, where he lived with his wife, novelist Elisabeth Russell Taylor. The area's mix of wild parkland and Victorian architecture provided Fairs with all he needed to produce endless small pencil drawings of remarkable variety. Each vividly realized scene is a fresh proposition, with its own felicitous arrangement of forms and its own set of exuberant notational marks..
R.M. Fischer - April 2 - May 7, 2011. An installation of new sculpture by New York-based artist, R.M. Fischer. This riot of art brut-inflected work fills the gallery floors, walls, and shelves with battalions of totemic contraptions, resembling folk-art accumulations installed in the workshop of an inspired tinker. In some cases Fischer has cannibalized, recycled and re-purposed fragments of his own earlier works of art--some of which even previously functioned as working lamps--to refashion brand new sculptures. These works incorporate the everyday materials and procedures into new configurations created out of the re-assembly process and by re-combining fragments of sculptural forms with crafted elements.
POP: Eddie Arning, Freddie Brice, Ray Hamilton - January 27 - March 12, 2011. Curated by Anne Doran. This exhibition of drawings brings together three self-taught artists-Eddie Arning (1898-1993), Freddie Brice (1920-1998), and R.A. "Ray" Hamilton (1919-1996)-whose work shares clear affinities with Pop art. None were ever a part of the mainstream art world; nevertheless, their methodologies were startlingly postmodernist. Each utilized formal strategies that included the appropriation, abstraction, and juxtaposition; each took as their subject matter existing objects or images.
James Hamilton's - November 13 - December 23, 2010. First exhibition of rarely seen and previously unpublished photographs. This select group of intimate, black-and- white portraits, reveal a master photographer who captured the candid moments of many musical icons of the twentieth century. These exceptional portraits include legendaries such as: James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Ramones, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Smith, Liberace, Diana Ross, Pete Townshend, Madonna and Duane Allman. Enter the world of James Hamilton to gain access to rare celebrity images, predating the internet, and existing for years only in print archives. Hamilton visually embraces his subjects, capturing them in all of their glorious humanity.
Jocelyn Hobbie's - September 23 - November 6 , 2010. New lushly patterned, meticulously detailed paintings are looking glasses into the inner lives of her exclusively female subjects, depicting psychologically and sexually charged portraits of her imaginary cast of novelistic heroines. Hobbie's jewel-toned compositions solicit the viewer to gaze upon exquisitely considered--and again exquisitely rendered--details of feminine allure: the fashion, the accessories, the make-up, the jewelry, the fabrics, the textures, the contemporary tattoos and other artificial charms. But the female gaze is always turned away, distant in its own reverie. These unreturned glances deflecting ours to uncertain places, are pregnant with ambiguous ruminations, challenging the viewer to fill in these ellipses with his or her own narrative developments or explanations that are only suggested by Hobbie's open-ended clues.
Kim Gordon - May 7 - June 23, 2010. Gordon's large-scale, black-and-white word paintings are drawn from her Noise Paintings series (begun in 2009) and consist of drippy, immediate, spontaneous gestures both writing and performing the hand-scripted names of experimental noise acts such as Pussy Galore, Secret Abuse, and Bad Adult. (Bad Adult is the name of an amplified noise collective consisting of Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether who inaugurate their own noise-making and other activities on opening night with the performance "The Promise of Originality"). A cacophony of dripping noise also permeates Gordon's watercolors on newspapers, obliterating the quotidian news with lyrical and performative stains and splashesÑpurposively ephemeral acts of erasure and celebrations of joyful nihilism. Rounding out the installation/performance are sculptural objects fashioned out of painted, glittering tree branches tangled with nylon stockings, again conjuring up a dark, sexual underbelly pulsing through the installation/performance/book
Freddie Brice - March 27 - May 1, 2010. The first solo exhibition in ten years of this recognized outsider artist who lived and worked in New York City. Freddie Brice's plywood panels are painted in mainly black and white with an urban minimalism and immediacy. Depicting animals, interiors, clocks, watches and jewelry, they reduce complex forms and groupings to their graphic essence, interchanging black and white and positive and negative. As contemporary artists continue to look at outsider art for inspiration Brice's raw painting style finds a renewed relevance in the work of painters such as Joe Bradley, Chris Martin and Donald Baechler..
R.M. Fischer - October 29 - December 30, 2009. Recent sculpture announcing a distinctive, fresh direction for the New York based artist. Breaking with the functionalism of his earlier industrial assemblages and public sculpture, Fischer's new combinations of soft and hard forms evoke softly armored figures. Organic shapes crafted out of colorful vinyl, felt, and upholstery and sewn together with thread to suggest body parts. These seemingly upbeat, cartoon-inspired figures are tattooed, pierced, and adorned with metal amulets. The large, stuffed fetish-like appendages are a new invention of Fischer's familiar, machine-like constructions crafted out of steel, aluminum and brass. Fischer's combination of the soft and the hard elements create a replicating army of fleshy machines suggestive of what William S. Burroughs called the human body: namely, "the soft machine".
a little girl dreams of a new pluralism meanwhile the old war continues - October 24, 2009. A new video by Les Leveque is a feature length hallucinatory re-edit of Wee Willie Winkie, the1937 film based on a Rudyard Kipling story directed by John Ford and staring a young Shirley Temple and Cesar Romero as Khoda Khan. Set in Northern India in 1897 during the British occupation little Shirley brings peace between the warring Nationalist Khan and the British occupiers.
I'm Back, Damnit - September 18 - October 24, 2009. A one-person exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Bill Adams. Works in this season's inaugural exhibition include shape-shifting portraits of frequently anthropomorphic characters: one-eyed felines, duck-billed humans, and armies of unnamable, darkly furry creatures all of which dissolve the boundaries between rational man and id-like beast.
"Works on Paper" - June 12 - September 12, 2009. Presenting selected work by self-taught artist Pearl Blauvelt and the visionary drawings and watercolors of trained actor, self-taught artist, and vagabond extraodrinaire who floated in and out of the Italian Surrealist scene, Ele D'Artagnan.
"Old Dogs, New Tricks" - April 24 - May 30, 2009. Presents recent works signaling new directions by three veteran New York City-based artists, R.M. Fischer, Hermine Ford and John Newman. Deploying the art of unexpected juxtaposition in a changing line-up of materials, processes, and sources, all three artists create surprising new forms through additive construction procedures. These new works turn on its head the popular misconception that innovation and deviation from rules or forms is limited to youthful preoccupation.
"Almost News" - February 15 - April 11, 2009. Consists of hundreds of 8 x 10" black and white news photos dating from the 1930's through the 1960's. Chosen from the collection of artist and writer Jocko Weyland, the photographs in "Almost News" reflect the expression of one person's sensibility in depictions of the weird, foolhardy, visionary and quietly heroic that make up the core of this archive.
It's Easy To Be Angry - November 21, 2009 - January 17, 2009. Jeff Davis' second one-person exhibition at KS Art, repudiates the cynicism of the last eight years with perverse hopefulness. Working in a variety of media, Davis' work twists new realities out of old fictions. Paintings on metallic surfaces reflect enigmatic figure studies suggesting re-imagined pages from Old Master's sketchbooks. Multi-colored wax heads made from casting rubber Halloween masks populate installations evoking the dark beauty of B-grade horror film sets. Whether the mise-en-scene suggests civil war trophies, or new flags and banners, Davis' work is ultimately a joyful affirmation of perversity.
Psychotic Reaction - September 27 - October 29, 2008. His group exhibition draws its inspiration from the psychedelic/garage rock hit from 1966, Count Five's Psychotic Reaction, the often-covered song about depression and unrequited love. The song derives its disjunctive, angular, emotive power out of a hypnotic concoction of raw, but deeply felt manipulations of distortion, repetition and noise. The simple, but powerful success of this do-it-yourself musical aesthetic is an analogue to the diverse visual strategies of recent artists working in a variety of materials whose work develops its own raw power not so much out of the rational aesthetics of the beautiful, but rather out of the psychic underbelly of colorful noise, extreme disjunction, and discordant materiality. Contributing artists are Bill Adams, Ele D'Artagnan, James Hoff, Les LeVeque, Beverly Semmes, Philip Travers and Penelope Umbrico.
NO WAVE - curated by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley - June 13 - July 31, 2008
This show is organized in conjunction with the publication of NO WAVE. POST-PUNK. UNDERGROUND. NEW YORK 1976-1980. by THURSTON MOORE and BYRON COLEY for Abrams Books. Included in the exhibition are art works by James Nares, Nancy Arlen, Pat Place, Christine Hahn, Barbara Ess, Sumner Crane and photographs from the book by Julia Gorton, Robert Sietsma, Marcia Resnick, Stephanie Chernikowski, Godlis, Laura Levine, Lisa Genet, Bobby Grossman, and Hilary Jaeger.
Noise/Art - curated by Thurston Moore - May 16 - June 10, 2008
NOISE/ART is group exhibition curated by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. This show represents the living phenomena of underground noise musicians who work contemporaneously as visual artists and who utilize the ephemera and product of noise music, both improvised and composed, as a primary forum for their expression.
Molly Smith - between you and me - April 11 - May 13, 2008
between you and me, Molly Smith's second one-person exhibition at KS Art, consists of large-scale paintings on paper and cast plaster sculptures. Combining an ephemeral materialism with uncanny mechanics, the artist's confounding imagery can never quite be pinned down. Smith's work evokes the sleep of reason and the porous boundaries that separate the known from the unknown.
Kim Gordon - come across - March 8 - April 9, 2008
KS Art announces come across an exhibition of new abstract watercolors by Kim Gordon. Painted on translucent rice paper these ethereal images recall faces of audience members from the perspective of the performer. This exhibition also includes a sound piece that Gordon has created in collaboration with Thurston Moore.
Ashtray - Joanne Greenbaum, Ray Hamilton, Matthew Higgs and ashtrays. October 25 - December 22, 2007
Ashtray is an exhibition juxtaposing a collection of mid-century modern ashtrays with works by three seemingly unrelated artists. Joanne Greenbaum, Ray Hamilton and Matthew Higgs deploy radically different conceptual and formal approaches in their art and on the surface, their work has nothing to do with ashtrays. This show is not about ashtrays, but includes ashtrays only as a MacGuffin, a plot device that Hitchcock used to motivate the characters, but had little other relevance to the story. Here the MacGuffin is used to reveal unspoken connections, real or imagined by the curator.
Pearl Blauvelt - McDermott & McGough - Organized by Bob Nickas May 18 - July 31, 2007
A large group of drawings by the self-taught artist Pearl Blauvelt (1893-1987) will be shown alongside works on paper and paintings by the collaborative team McDermott & McGough.
Thurston Moore - Street Mouth - April 7 – May 12, 2007
New York-based artist Thurston Moore’s first one-person exhibition, Street Mouth. Although better known as the highly influential, experimental musician and co-founder of Sonic Youth, Moore has created a suite of photomontages which are razor-sharp visual equivalents of New York`s underground music and poetry scene around the late 1970s -- primarily joyful noisemakers circulating around CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and St. Marks Church.
Les LeVeque - Repeating The End - March 4 - March 31, 2007
In Repeating The End, LeVeque re-edits the first 7.5 minutes of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), originally framed by the duration of the song, The End by The Doors.
Molly Smith, October 18, - December 1, 2006
One wave, one day was Molly Smith's first one-person exhibition. Deploying an economy of means, line, and gesture, Molly Smith's (b. 1976) installation of watercolors and painted plaster objects combine an ephemeral materialism with uncanny whimsicality.
Ele D'Artagnan, June 28 - July 28, 2006
Ele D’Artagnan’s second one–person show in New York, featuring his visionary drawings and watercolors from the 1970s.
Exhibition of paintings by Lucky DeBellevue, drawings by Jeff Davis and collages by Christian Holstad. June 28 - July 28, 2006
Lucky DeBellevue's new paintings wink knowingly at modernism. Jeff Davis' new series of pastel drawings look as if Tiepolo were drawing underground gay religious comics. Christian Holstad's collages from 2003 stage male couplings against a background of stylish '80s bathroom interiors.
Bill Adams "New Work" May 3 - June 10, 2006
An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings. Bill Adams' works are crowded with figures and creatures, dissolving boundaries between civilized man and untamed beast. These pictures evoke an embattled psychology of "life during wartime", with an immediacy of line, spontaneity of form, and an urgency of purpose.
Space Between the Spokes - March 22 - April 22, 2006
An anti-thematic show organized according to contrasts and differences between works, each of which ultimately points towards the specificity and singularity of each piece. What is emphasized is the role of the viewer in finding--or not finding--connections in works, but also in the space between.
Birdie Lusch - "Collages" - February 15 - March 18, 2006
"Collages" consists of 24 collages from the artist's ongoing series exploring the myriad forms of flowers in vases. These exquisite collages were executed from leftover oddments including recycled envelopes, postage stamps and magazine cuttings, revealing Lusch's extraordinary touch, composition and sense of color.
Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World - Thurston Moore, Jocko Weyland - September 14 - October 29, 2005
Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World introduces “the glam to hardcore diaries of Thurston Moore and Jocko Weyland.” These are not diaries in the traditional sense, but rather, visual artworks, based on the personal recollections of the alternative music scenes of each artist’s formative years. Moore and Weyland, both primarily known for work in other mediums, have created photomontages and photographs respectively, which explore the original incendiary allure of youthful rock n’ roll fandom from both the 1970s and 1980s.
Bradford Bailey, Tova Carlin, Jacob Dyrenforth, Molly Smith, and Philip Travers, June 14 - July 22, 2005
An exhibition of works on paper featuring four exhibiting artists under thirty years old (Bradford Bailey, Tova Carlin, Jacob Dyrenforth, Molly Smith) and the work by New York-based artist, Philip Travers (b. 1914), making the case that vital, visionary new art can also be made by young and old alike.
Robert Moskowitz, May 6 – June 11, 2005
Consisting of only three works, this exhibition is organized with a restrained nod towards Moskowitz’s distilled economy. Without claiming to be more “pure,” this approach to art and its reception contrasts, however, with the over-loaded experiences characteristic of art viewing today. With Jack for Jack, Moskowitz leaves an iconic American landscape emblazoned in our minds: dark, bleak, and essentially unforgettable.
Jeff Davis, "MY DEEP DARK PAIN IS LOVE" - March 2- April 30 2005
Jeff Davis’ first solo exhibition. The show was comprised of recent work in three media; colored pencil drawings, watercolors and wax sculpture. Concurrently, Davis’ work was included in “Greater New York 2005” at P.S. 1 in Queens.
Bill Adams, Wayne Gonzales, Cameron Martin - Paintings - October 27 - December 18, 2004
This exhibition will feature one large recent painting by each artist. Adams' "Contestant", Gonzales' "Pentagon", and Martins' "Avid and Unrivaled" share a certain quality of landscape, but are distinctly different pictures built on their own internal logic. It is in the differences from one to the other that things are revealed about the individual works and their makers.
Postmarked: Real Photo Postcards 1907 - 1927 -May 19 - July 2, 2004
The postcards in this exhibition, Postmarked: Photo Postcards 1907-1927 are selections from the collection of New York-based artist, Harvey Tulcensky. This presentation does not set out to tell a general history of Real Photo Postcards, but rather to speak about particularities and unique properties of particular Real Photo Postcards.
Colored Pencil - April 1 - May 8, 2004
In what amounts to a small scale survey of work featuring colored pencil as primary material, featuring the work of 69 artists.
Bill Adams - February 18 - March 27, 2004
a large group of small-scaled works on paper made primarily with ballpoint pen and a select group of oil paintings on canvas.
Suzanne McClelland - 2004
a selected survey of ten years of drawings and prints by Suzanne McClelland. Known for her gestural, language-based paintings, this was the first New York exhibition dedicated to the artist's graphic work. The works presented explored words McClelland chooses for the implications and the disparate voices they emit.
Joanne Greenbaum - 2003
Known for her innovative abstractions that demand extreme concentration and physical control, Greenbaum continues to challenge the possibilities of drawing while exploring systems of structural disjunction. An exhibition that is concurrent with a presentation of new paintings at D'Amelio Terras.
Ele D'Artagnan - 2003
Ele D'Artagnan was also a self-taught painter who floated in and out of the Italian Surrealist scene. Using found paper or board with whatever painting medium that was at hand D'Artagnan congured fantastic worlds charged with cosmic sexuality. This exhibition of work on paper made in the 1970's will be D'Artagnan's U.S. debut.
"Ballpoint Inklings" - 2003
Drawings by forty diverse artists using a ballpoint pen. Artist include: Alexander Ross, Carroll Dunham, Elizabeth Murray, Steve di Bennedetto, Russell Crotty, Joanne Greenbaum, Kate Shepard, Yuri Masnyj, Dan Fischer, Chelo Amezcua, Jonathan Lerman, and others. New York Times Arts & Leisure: "The Pen Mightier Than you Thought", Lyle Rexer April 13, 2003.