Artist to watch: Lola Guerrera by John McGurk

 From the Nebulis Humilis series.

From the Nebulis Humilis series.

The artist and photographer Lola Guerrera from Cordoba, Spain, caught our attention a little while ago with these great images of colorful exploding clouds.  We were recently in touch with her about a project, although the project has gone a different direction, we hope to work with her very soon. 

  From the Nebulis Humilis series.

From the Nebulis Humilis series.

Lola just emailed us and let us know about a solo exhibition presently installed at the Espacio Iniciarte in Cordoba.  It looks like a great show, check out some images below.  We look forward to seeing what happens next for this young photographer.  

All images courtesy of the artist's website, see link above to check out more.

 Picture of outside of gallery space. 

Picture of outside of gallery space. 

 Installation in gallery. 

Installation in gallery. 

 Installation view of Lola Guerrera.

Installation view of Lola Guerrera.

LES Architecture by John McGurk

         A unique building that turns out to be the studio of Walter De Maria. 

        A unique building that turns out to be the studio of Walter De Maria. 

Walking on East 6th Street, one will encounter a strange looking building at 421 East 6th Street, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A.  Why is it that artist's always find the coolest space around town to inhabit?  It is pretty much a universal truth in whatever city you visit: artists search out and create homes in the greatest and most underutilized spaces around. 

                                           Shot of interior of space. 

                                          Shot of interior of space. 

Built in the 1920's 421 East 6th Street was the home to the notable and respected artist Walter De Maria, who recently passed away.  Apparently the space was put up for sale and purchased by the collector Peter Brant.  It may be safe to assume that his foundation may keep the building "as is" and use it as their NYC branch for exhibitions and installations.  Currently the foundation has a great place out in Greenwich, CT.  It would make a good space for his art foundation to do such a thing in the city. 

De Maria was famous for his minimalist sculpture and installation work.  As such things go, he originally moved into the building in 1980.  The photos above shows the beautiful setting of his work and the space together. and below an image of one his more famous works called "The Lightning Field":

                               Lightning Field installation.

                              Lightning Field installation.

A Few LES Shows by John McGurk

There are quite a few nice shows to check out at the end of September on the Lower East Side. A quick walk down a couple blocks and you will stumble into some galleries that are presenting some interesting work from a rang of artists.

Up at Scaramouche Gallery is Alexandria Smith, an artist featured in Collage-Age a year ago. Smith's work is a collage of styles and materials and is fraught with adolescent anxiety, some of the imagery can be challenging for someone not familiar with her work.  This is her first solo show in NYC. 

It is a great show, worth checking out.  The gallery is located at 52 Orchard Street. 

 View of Alexandria Smith at Scaramouche Gallery on Orchard Street. 

View of Alexandria Smith at Scaramouche Gallery on Orchard Street. 

 Another view of installation at Scaramouche. 

Another view of installation at Scaramouche. 

A short walk away and on the busier street of Delancey, Rox Gallery has a nice show of Tom Smith's work.  His paintings have been popular of late, with quite a few places around the city featuring his work in groups exhibitions.

Bright, intricate, abstract shapes is the name of the game here.  Smith's work is very well made and is a painstaking process.  He also seems to be experimenting with new materials, which can only lead to more ideas and better work in the future.  The gallery is at 82 Delancey Street. 

 Rox Gallery from the entrance with a nice sign announcing Tom Smith's exhibition. 

Rox Gallery from the entrance with a nice sign announcing Tom Smith's exhibition. 

The two pieces below were some of the larger works in the show, and probably the brightest. Each layer or stripes is painstakingly cut and reapplied on to the boards, creating visual stimulation and optical illusions that waver back and forth with your eye. 

 Two larger Tom Smith works at Rox Gallery.

Two larger Tom Smith works at Rox Gallery.

 Smaller Tom Smith works, using dowels to create 3-D relief. 

Smaller Tom Smith works, using dowels to create 3-D relief. 

Just around the corner from Rox, and probably the most immersive piece in the neighborhood right now can be found at Laurel Gitlen Gallery.  "Deep, Deep Pepsi" is the name of the show and Anissa Mack is the artist.  

When entering the gallery, one is met by a small screen with news anchors talking incessantly. Around the corner and in the main gallery space, bunches of colorful dolphin balloons tied to red compressed air tanks are anchored in the room by a silver ring with a piece of a pumpkin hanging in the middle located on the back wall.  There are small speakers around the room emitting the sounds of waves crashing and dolphin sonar clicking.

 At Laurel Gitlen Gallery the juxtaposition of sound, objects, and color by artist Anissa Mack. 

At Laurel Gitlen Gallery the juxtaposition of sound, objects, and color by artist Anissa Mack. 

This strange mishmash of objects, sounds, and colors is surely intriguing and the sounds somewhat smoothing.  Mack is clearly adept at composition and creating narrative, providing the viewer with enough visual clues and sonic prompts to feel somewhat at home in the strange visual landscape she has presented. 

 Anissa Mack's hidden room full of amazing things.

Anissa Mack's hidden room full of amazing things.

Laurely Gitlen Gallery has one of the coolest spaces downtown, with a little hidden room that always has really great surprises waiting for the curious visitor.  The small room pictured above never disappoints, at the very least, it makes one feel like they are in on a secret.  The gallery can be found 122 Norfolk Street. 

More shows will be opening soon, so stay tuned for updates and tips. 

New Website by John McGurk

We are excited to launch the new website this fall.  Lots of great projects coming up and news to report.  For now, we are enjoying the new look and feel of McG's great new website.  It has a really easy interface and we now also provide private client pages, if requested. 

Please check back often and for regular updates check out our social media feeds!

Below is an image taken a couple months ago, Rivington and Suffolk is lit up in an amazingly strange way.  It looks like the whole street is one elaborate set just out of the Truman Show.  Take a look: 


SOME IMAGES OF SUMMER by John McGurk

Some art photos of early summer events and goings on in NYC:

    Quick summer drink at Beverly's with Esther Ruiz's sculptures reflected in the window. 

   Quick summer drink at Beverly's with Esther Ruiz's sculptures reflected in the window. 

                 Cool post-apocalyptic building on 1st Street, trust me, it is awesome inside.

                Cool post-apocalyptic building on 1st Street, trust me, it is awesome inside.

     Joey Parlett talking to Quinn Corey about his drawings during Bushwick Open Studios. 

    Joey Parlett talking to Quinn Corey about his drawings during Bushwick Open Studios. 

    During Bushwick Open Studios, the NEWD Art Show took over this great industrial space. 

   During Bushwick Open Studios, the NEWD Art Show took over this great industrial space. 

       At the NEWD Art Show, Regina Rex was showing the work of Dave Hardy.  This is solid work. 

      At the NEWD Art Show, Regina Rex was showing the work of Dave Hardy.  This is solid work. 

 Artist Jeff Fichera admiring his paintings for a brief moment among the chaos of open studios.

Artist Jeff Fichera admiring his paintings for a brief moment among the chaos of open studios.

 The work of artist Gwendolyn Skaggs was really great to discover.

The work of artist Gwendolyn Skaggs was really great to discover.

SPRING BREAK 2014 by John McGurk

McG is excited to be participating in the most anticipated independent art fair taking place during this year's Armory Week.  Spring Break Art Fair, brings some of the most interesting and talented curators and artists in NYC under one roof and the VIP reception is this evening!

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McG has curated artist Ellie Krakow's installation Bring the Lights Into the Shot, a multimedia display and video based on the story and history of two lovers. 

Please RSVP or let me know if you plan on coming to the reception, the line will be very long and I will need to leave your name at will call.  Feel free to email or call anytime.

For now and if you can't make it, a little sneak peak of Ellie Krakow's display of photographs taken from the video that will also be exhibited.  Here are McG, we find Krakow's work to be haunting and poetic, an exciting match for the Spring Break theme of PUBLICPRIVATE.  See below for a few installation shots:

 Five c-prints displayed at the Old School, Soho, NY. 

Five c-prints displayed at the Old School, Soho, NY. 

Please check the website for online sales and a full list of curators and artists, which is a great overview of some of the best contemporary art being made today in NYC:

Online viewing and sales for full exhibition here: Spring Break Art Fair.

Selected pieces at online auction house Paddle8 here: Spring Break Auction.

Below you will find a little more information about the theme of the exhibition, but I encourage you to come by and see the art for yourself!

                                                        Print created just for Spring Break and Paddle8 auction.

                                                       Print created just for Spring Break and Paddle8 auction.

Spring Break's theme of PUBLICPRIVATE:

Through its commitment to the discoveries of curators from the five boroughs, SPRING/BREAK Art Show will again offer a unique destination for collectors, artists, galleries, critics, scene junkies & art enthusiasts during the city's art fair week. More than 35 curators will premiere new artworks created by over 100 artists, all selected around this year's central art fair theme, PUBLICPRIVATE.

PUBLICPRIVATE surveys how the high visibility of the self in the 21st Century everyday - via social network, selfie ubiquity, jealous vacation landscape, video-game avatar, and surveillance M.O. - activates and disinhibits the artist practice, and that contrary or complementary production of self which is the artist process. Curators will explore, among many topics, this public exposure as related to over three hundred artworks, along with its natural antithesis - the artist proliferation of false identities, muddled academicisms, hall-of-mirrors conceits, pretending all the while to self-portraiture. 

 Another view of the prints exhibited, not pictured are the video installation and artist book. 

Another view of the prints exhibited, not pictured are the video installation and artist book. 

For more information on The They Co. or the Spring Break Art Fair, please visit:www.springbreakartfair.com 

As a curator involved with Spring Break, I would be happy to answer any questions or inquiries about the works and exhibition, please email me here:johnj@mcgurkartadvisory.com

Phone Inquiries, please call: 401-743-5638.

Old School is located at 233 Mott Street, NY, NY, 10012

Fair hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12-8pm and by appointment.

BREATHLESS, an exhibition curated by House of the Nobleman by John McGurk

Recently, I have been consulting with the NYC + London based Art advisory firm House of the Nobleman.  Breathless, an exhibition at Rush Gallery will be one of the first projects I have worked on with them from the beginning.  Please join us Thursday, February 27th from 6-8pm.  More info below with some image teasers:

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NEW YORK, NY - HOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN is pleased to present Breathless, a group exhibition based on a contemporary examination of artists who turn once-living creatures into inanimate aesthetic objects. Through various media, including taxidermy, painting, drawing, embroidery, and sculpture, the works in this exhibition re-contextualize the scientific into an artistic observation where the grotesque is upheld as an object of beauty. 

Featuring works by Divya Anantharaman, Charles Browning, Jennifer Catron + Paul Outlaw, Julia Colavita, Ken Currie, Jane Edden, Rachel Frank, Carson Fox, Amit Greenberg, Jane Hammond, Hugh Hayden, Aubrey Learner, Jackie Mock, Joey Parlett, Amanda Sciullo, Andrea Stanislav, Marc Swanson, Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Chris Vicini, Paul Villinski, Adam Wallacavage, and Kimberly Witham.

 Photography by Jen Catron + Paul Outlaw will be exhibited.

Photography by Jen Catron + Paul Outlaw will be exhibited.

When viewed from this vantage, natural history is seen as a craft or practice in which emphasis is placed on the existential experience of the observer rather than the scientific characteristics of the objects or organisms. Even though breathless, the works in this exhibition maintain characteristics of being alive, achieving their immortality by becoming art. 

Sales from this exhibition will help support Rush Arts Gallery, a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny, and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons.  Rush Arts Gallery is dedicated to providing exhibition opportunities to an emerging artistic community and exposes urban youth to contemporary arts and culture through educational programming initiatives.

 Carson Fo's "Rebellion" will be featured. 

Carson Fo's "Rebellion" will be featured. 

It is going to be a great show, so please join us, all the details here:

Rush Arts Gallery

526 West 26th Street, #311, New York, NY 10011

212.691.9552

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm

Breathless

February 27th- April 11th, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, February 27th, 6-8 pm

                                                                    Animal Sandwich drawing by Joey Parlett.

                                                                   Animal Sandwich drawing by Joey Parlett.

URSULA SCHNEIDER SNEAK PEAK by John McGurk

Some installation shots of Ursula's paintings and prints.  The opening is tonight, Thursday, January 30th from 6-9PM, Culturefix Gallery, LES, NY. 

Come on by, but in the meantime and if you can't make it, check out these images of the show:

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URSULA SCHNEIDER SOLO EXHIBITION by John McGurk

Opening Tomorrow, reception next week, stay tuned for more details. 

New York, NY – McGurk Art Advisory, hosted by Culturefix Gallery, presents Ursula Schneider, a solo exhibition of new and old works from the master painter and printmaker.  The exhibit is on view January 24 through February 2, 2014. 

 Road Map II, pigments + urethane on laminated nylon, 37 x 25.5", 2013

Road Map II, pigments + urethane on laminated nylon, 37 x 25.5", 2013

Ursula Schneider will be the most in depth presentation of Schneider’s artwork in NYC for over a decade.  The exhibition will display her recent series of work alongside older more formative pieces in a broad look at the arch of Schneider’s creativity.  Beginning with her large-scale paintings and abstract prints and ending with her small, delicate sculptures, this exhibition is an important statement and fully formed vision by a truly unique artist. 

 One World, 13 x 21", 2013

One World, 13 x 21", 2013

Culturefix Gallery is located at 9 Clinton St, LES, NY, NY 10002

Gallery is open by appointment, please email for more info:

johnj@mcgurkartadvisory.com

 

A Couple of Bridges by John McGurk

Just a quick post to remind you that it is not always this cold out there.  A couple weeks ago I was walking down by the East River downtown and took a couple shots of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.  They are really quite monumental when walking underneath them, akin to seeing ancient ruins and wondering, how did they make that without electricity and heavy machinery?

There are lots of exhibitions and fun events coming up this winter and spring so stay tuned!

A panoramic of Brooklyn with the two bridges leading into the borough.

The span of the Brooklyn Bridge from this angle is really impressive.

                                 The design of the structural anchor is reminiscent of a medieval castle.

                          FDR roadway and the span just beginning its each out over the water.