HUNGER OF RUST
13 October - 23 October, 2015
Curated by Michelle Marie
"Hunger of Rust" is an exhibit by painter and mixed-media artist N. Soala in partnership with the 2nd Annual L.E.S. Art Drive to benefit The Bowery Mission.
“…we constantly suppress a frothy brew of cruelty, sadism, jealousy, and bodily smells.”
N. Soala’s illustrations contain a particular brand of nostalgia for a time when animation had the ability, however short-lived, to be coy and subversive on myriad levels without the burden of a world that’s infiltrated from all conceivable angles by digitized branding and corporate agendas. Raised on the animations of John Kricfalusi (aka John K) and Mike Judge, whose exaggerated forms, innuendo, and off-brand humor defined a generation of cartoons, Soala unleashes a stream-of-consciousness onto each work, carving out surrealistic dimensions that walk a fine line between crazy and mad. Like his predecessors, Soala has a gift for locating the beauty in the grotesque and for capturing just what it looks like to break down from the inside.
Oftentimes in our efforts to take control of our emotional and psychological faculties, anger is the sanest state there is, with jealousy, envy, and amusement all equal close seconds. Soala paints from a place of skepticism and acceptance, of joy and fear – dualities that are far from accidental. The artist’s characters all seem to exist on the verge of collapse, yet from this supposed madness comes a host of disparate narratives both violent and frail.
(Gardens) of Feeling and Fervor
18 September - 8 October, 2015
(Gardens) of Feeling and Fervor is a No Home Gallery production and collaboration by artist Ryan Scails, curator Natasha Otrakji, and host Chinatown Soup.
For an interactive installation of sculpture and drawing by Ryan Scails, materials cheap, raw and recognizable, like concrete, fabric, buckets and wood, are assembled and ask to be activated. As artist, property owner and workingman, Scails constructs a private/public space intended for reflection on the human relationship to physical labor and wear. By applying hardware, he flirts with the concept of utility and interrupts our notions of design and perfection.
The show’s title is drawn from a chapter in “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Dubois focused on the importance of the church as a social center. Scails inserts the term ‘(Gardens)’ to represent what he calls, “A place to consider how we treat the objects we've created to treat ourselves.”
There are vestiges of Rachel Whiteread’s cast sculptures, Diane Simpson’s garment structures or even Gordon Matta-Clark’s building carvings. Objects here are anthropomorphized, rugged, minimal and carefully suspended between form and function. There is as much engineering as there is storytelling, and as much urge to preserve as there is to reveal residue.
A series of three sinks, inspired by blues musician Robert Johnson, dual athlete Bo Jackson and folk hero John Henry, mythical role models for the artist, act as the backbone in this body of work. Planted on the ground, the sinks are made of buckets tightly hugged by chunks of cement and rope and filled with water that is changed periodically by Scails. The invitation to rinse one’s hands suggests a ritualistic, baptismal act, the ability to ‘rinse away time.’ The external support reminds us of earth, ruin and that these forms were extracted from something larger.
Supplemental pieces include semi-familiar relics like a broom bound to a dustpan, a glove with rivets, a sardine can, a sack of fish oil capsules, a pillow, an assortment of malleable paintings made of folded fabric with the illusion of purpose, and a schematic drawing plan for the sinks. The forms in this space are containers reflective of process and effort, to be tended and considered.
No Home Gallery is a nomadic art space that organizes educational and interactive experiences, exhibitions and happenings in various locations in New York City created collaboratively by unique teams of artists, curators and hosts.
25 August - 13 September, 2015
Featuring: Quentin Sprague, Tommy Shimko, Scott Furkay, SDJ, Sean Gallagher, Sean Gilder, Spencer Fujimoto, Rodney Smith, Ray Maté, Peter Pabon, Nicole Reber, Michael Cohen, Matt Kruz, Marie Duran-Yamamoto, Kevin Newcomb, Jay Riggio, Jason Lee, Irving George, Gerard Weber, EIDIA, Dominick Susca, Bogdan, Alex Corporan, Alex Raspa, Allen Ying
Curated by Leila Samii and Sean Gallagher
Special thanks to Mighty Healthy, Shut NYC, Gnarmads, El Señor, 43 Magazine, Pabst Blue Ribbon
Skateboarding is an art, not a sport. New York is a city, not a mall.
Every day, skateboards whizzing past storefronts make the soundtrack to Orchard Street extra unique. Along this "Highway of Skate," skaters are constantly scouting places to bring their boards, but galleries are not typically among them.
As development in downtown New York changes the accessibility of public spaces, from benching the Chinatown Banks to skate-proofing the proposed Broome Street Park, skaters adapt to navigating new terrain and discovering the next best spots, whether it be a bent pole at a demolition site or a white wall at a gallery.
Chinatown Soup challenges the idea that skateboarding is offensive. Instead, we ask how skaters defy assumptions of rights and ownership to the city’s built and social infrastructure. A skateable exhibit invites us to reconsider New York skate culture through artwork, video, and sculptural installations by artists who skate and skaters who make art.
5 August - 12 August, 2015
Our eyes tell our stories, but not always the obvious ones. "BENDER" explores Neil White's confrontation of identities produced by self-imposed constructions of reality. White's paintings drip with duality from color and form to intent and representation. What else would one expect from an artist working in finance and a homosexual raised by Mormons? Please join us for an evening of further consideration and surprises.
15 May - 30 June, 2015
Watercolor and sketches by Boy Kong || Gitler &____
Digital installation by AsianGirl || Victoria Elle
Video by Eric Jenkins-Sahlin
Photography by Ali Glatt
Sound mixing by Chinese Man
Researched and curated by Michelle Marie
Chinatown Soup’s debut production "LAWLESS," is a multi-sensory retrospective that explores the youth gangs and counterculture of 1970’s Chinatown in conversation with archival materials from the Museum of Chinese in America.
Before street taggers were chalking homages to rent-hike casualties and community activist groups were demanding that Mayor de Blasio halt the corporate-condo craze, the blocks east of SoHo’s Cast-Iron District and below Canal Street were marked by blood spilled at the hands of the Ghost Shadows and a tenuous trust in “Mayor of Chinatown” Man Bun Lee.
How does lawlessness in Chinatown persist and shape the dynamics of an increasingly intermingled community? Challenging stereotypes about the neighborhood and its inhabitants begins with asking the right questions. While broader political and economic forces of a bankrupt New York leveraged crime to reshape immigrant communities in the 70’s, we're now contending with a culture of commerce. But to reckon with our present we must first immerse ourselves in a past culture of fear.
LAWLESS uses alternative artistic practices to intersect the politics of place and memory in this historically isolated and misrepresented space. Today, we witness the opening of New York's once “forbidden fortress” as government policies that champion “cleaning up” Chinatown allow for more top-down development and displacement. Here, gentrification meets an untold history that compels us to remember.
Special thanks to the MOCA Collections Staff, CartoDB, and Tiger Beer
26 April - 3 May, 2015
Works by: Rose Salane, Walker Teiser, Michè Hobson, Tucker Elkins, Ry Fyan, Wade Oastes, Nick Atkins, Keanan Fox, Daniel Montaño, Lina McGinn, Raina Hammer, Vanessa Leiva, Dylan Kraus
A mixed media group show curated by Cooper Union students that takes visitors on a journey through space, place, and time to deconstruct notions of reality and consciousness through the production of an alternative visual and tactile experience.
NOSTALGIA IN REVERSE
20 April - 24 April, 2015
Works by: Ann Catherine Carter, Casey Payne, Emilia Olsen, Eric Zindorf, India Salvor Menuez, Laszlo Thorsen-Nagel, Lucia Love, Nick Farhi, Rex Runyeon
An exhibition featuring nine local, emerging artists whose work explores disembodiment, the future of abstraction, and it's break from the past.
A LOVING COPY
12 April - 19 April, 2015
6 March - 22 March, 2015
"Mavens", a photography exhibition by Tara McCauley, coincides with the New York release of "Deli Man," a documentary that features the family of "Mavens."
The photos explore the storied institution of the New York Jewish deli and Tara's family's history in the business, which dates back to the 1930s and endures today. Beginning with archival images of her great grandparents' Rialto Delicatessen in Times Square, the show traces Tara's maternal lineage through three generations of deli mavens across America, capturing the final days of Long Island's Woodro Kosher Restaurant and Delicatessen and the kitschy romanticization of Kenny and Ziggy's in Houston, Texas.
"DeliMan" stars Tara's cousin, Ziggy Gruber and will debut at Sunshine Cinema on the evening of March 6th. Chinatown Soup has partnered with Cohen Media Group to welcome attendees of the 7 pm showing to the Mavens opening reception.
Special thanks to the NYU Gallatin Jewish Studies fund for its generous support of this project.