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Paul Insect, 2033: Original Works Created in 2014 at Allouche Gallery

Paul Insect
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were trying to figure out why the address of 115 Spring Street sounded so familiar, and yet neither one of us could recall having been to the Allouche Gallery, which resides at that address, prior to the Paul Insect exhibit, the opening reception of which we attended on Saturday night. Once we walked in the door, however, we recognized the space as having formerly been the  home of Opera Gallery — which, who even knew that it had closed? Obviously, not us.  RIP Opera Gallery. I do not miss you that much.

Paul Insect

I like Paul Insect’s work a lot. To bring up a reference from Pop Culture, his unique portraits remind me a lot of the costumes and make-up designed, worn and made infamous by the late Leigh Bowery.

Allouche Gallery Bar
Hey, Free Wine!

And if you are going to reference another contemporary painter doing something similar, perhaps George Condo comes to mind as well, although I prefer Insect over Condo.

Paul Insect

The exhibit’s press release simply states that “Paul Insect’s 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, features a series of striking new montage works on canvas and paper, projecting a world in which people want more, thrive to be the best and pretend to be who they are not.” I like that. Here are more of our favorites from the show.

Paul Insect Diptych

This Diptych (above) and the trio (below) are a little bit different stylistically from the others.

Paul Insect Trio

Paul Insect Abstract

This one has maybe a bit more of a collage feel to it. I love his use of bright colors.

Paul Insect

This one reminds me of Me and Geoffrey when we go out looking at the Art.

Paul Insect

Paul Insect Installation View

Here is a bit more of an installation view. It really is a very nice space.

Paul Insect

The Red in this is just remarkable, although it doesn’t translate in the photograph. It is one of my favorite pieces in the show for sure!

Go see this exhibit, because it is awesome.

Paul Insect, 2033 will be on Exhibit Through January 11th, 2015 at Allouche Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho.

Paul Insect

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Robot Bunnies By Gigi Chen

Robot Bunnies
All Photos By Gail

In Robot Bunnies — an illustrated story in five panels –artist Gigi Chen tells the intriguing tale of a couple who order a shipment of Robot Bunnies, only to discover that one of the tiny robotic creatures is actually alive.

Robot Bunnies The Touch
The Touch

The Bunny becomes their pet.

Robot Bunnies The Enbaler
The Enabler

But it is a mischievous Bunny.

Robot Bunnies Gimme Back M' Mobile
Gimme Back M’ Mobile

It steals the woman’s cell phone.

Robot Bunnies Look
Look

In the end, I think it becomes a good pet.

On Thursday, December 18th, the Today Show will be filming at the Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, which is the new home of a giant mural project that Gigi completed in less than 6 days! The show will be live on Thursday and will feature clips of Gigi working on the mural, which were filmed last week. See more of Gigi’s Rad Art at Gigi Chen Dot Com!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Giorgio de Chirico, The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico Song of Love
Photo By Gail

This painting, Giorgio de Chirico’s The Song of Love (1914), brings together incongruous and unrelated objects: the head of a Classical Greek statue, an oversized rubber glove, a green ball, and a train shrouded in darkness, silhouetted against a bright blue sky. By subverting the logical presence of objects, de Chirico created what he termed “metaphysical” paintings, representations of what lies “beyond the physical” world. Cloaked in an atmosphere of anxiety and melancholy, de Chirico’s humanoid forms, vacuous architecture, shadowy passages, and eerily elongated streets evoke the profound absurdity of a universe torn apart by World War I.

Giorgio de Chirico’s The Song of Love is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. View it in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 7, 5th Floor.

Pink Thing of The Day: Soft Sculpture by Natsuko Hattori

Natsuko Hattori Soft Sculpture
Photos By Gail, Taken at Porter Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn

Artist Statement:

Mocomoco  (もこもこ) is a Japanese word that refers to a soft or puffy surface and the comforting feelings that one might get from holding a toy stuffed animal, or being wrapped up in a down coat. Fabric is my medium of choice because people everywhere can relate more easily to this material, which conveys warmth, natural softness and the intimate human touch. The act of wrapping is central to my sculptures.

My sculptures are created from balls that are individually wrapped with fabric and bounded together to make up an entire whole. Each ball represents the inner state of mankind. The gesture of wrapping each round ball, is an act of transformation that converts pain, sadness and despair into positive energy, such as love or a prayer for comfort.<

My work conveys a sense of happiness and celebrates the human spirit.

– Natsuko Hattori

Natsuko Hattori Soft Sculpture

Detail from The Above Work

Disco Ball Caught in a Bear Trap

Disco Ball Caught in a Bear Trap
Photos By Gail

Check out this fun sculpture by Joel Morrison! Disco Ball Caught in a Bear Trap (2013) is constructed of Stainless steel and measures 28 x 30 x 36 inches (71.1 x 76.2 x 91.4 cm). Edition of 3. Photographed by me at the Leila Heller Gallery on West 57th Street.

Disco Ball Caught in a Bear Trap

Abundantia Cornu Copiae at the Stephen Romano Gallery

Various Artists
All Photos By Gail

The latest group exhibit at Stephen Romano Gallery is a true Cornucopia of artistic treasures! Abundantia Cornu Copiae features works by some of our favorites, including:

Shawn Thornton, Cecilia Avendaño, El Gato Chimney, Sas Christian, Aunia Kahn, Lori Field, Judith Scott, Erna Kd, Darcilio Lima, Joseph McVetty, C.T. McClusky, Hannah Faith Yata, Pulu Zhao, Teiji Hayama, Adam Miller, Charles Dellschau, Rithika Merchant, Jacob Böhme, Michael Anderson, Ray Robinson, Kalyana Thiru, Martin Ramirez, Joel Lorand, Dan Barry, Morton Bartlett, Tine Kindermann, Robert Bowen, Masae Shimoichi, Gigi Chen, Eric Richardson, William A. Blayney, Jana Brike, Steven Bradshaw and Martin Wittfooth.

Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Lightbox By Kalyana Thiru

This gorgeous photographic composite Kaleidoscope print framed in a light box is by Kalyana Thiru, a Sri Lankan aritst who now lives locally in Dumbo.

Batman Collage from Movie Poster

Michael Anderson’s The Dark Knight Dyptich (Batman, above and The Joker, below) was created from torn and collaged subway posters. Several of the same poster are needed to make these. I love the effect he achieves by layering the images. It says so much about the nature of identity.

Joker Collage from Movie Poster

Photos from Anton LaVey's House

These Black and White Photos were taken by Nicholas Syracuse in the home of the late Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan! How crazy is that?

Kawaii Doll Eric van Straaten

Kawaii Doll is a 3D Printed multicolor composite sculpture from German artist Eric Van Straaten.

3D Printing Detail

Check out the amazing detail of this piece!

Twins

Lu Zhang’s Twins (a double image of the artist) offers her commentary on the one child policy in her homeland of China.

Folk Art Stringed Instrument

This folk art string instrument is a carved wood and metal One Man Band from Mississippi, (c 1920 – 30’s). Artist is Unknown.

Blissful Ignorance By Lori Field

This one is called Blissful Ignorance By Lori Field, an artist we are very happy to have discovered at the Gallery!

Martin Wittfooth Smoke SIgnals

Martin Wittfooth’s Smoke Signals shows that he continues to be a cutting edge force in the contemporary art world.

The Hider By Robert Bowen

The Hider By Robert Bowen: so great.

Peca

Two more fantastic pieces from the Hopi Dream series by artist Peca, a welcome staple of every Romano Gallery show.

Poseidon By Eric Richardson

Poseidon By Eric Richardson.

Hannah Faith Yata Black Mascara

Hannah Faith Yata’s Black Mascara is one of my very favorite pieces from the show. She’s amazing!

Shawn Thornton Motherbrain Decoding the Psyconautical Device

Shawn Thornton’s Motherbrain Decoding the Psyconautical Device.

Signage

Abundantia Cornu Copiae will be on Exhibit through January 15th, 2015 at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, in DUMBO, Brooklyn NY. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM or by Appointment.

Rosie The Robot By Kenny Scharf

Rosie the Robot by Kenny Scharf
Photo By Gail

Kenny Scharf’s compelling portrait of The Jetson’s maid, Rosie the Robot, is part of the group show, Appropriate Disruption, on exhibit through December 20th, 2014 at the Jacob Lewis Gallery, Located at 521 West 26th Street, 4th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.