Katherine Newbegin, Hotel Slavija, Belgrade, Serbia (2009) (Bottom)
ArtStar.com, seller of affordable, collectible art prints, will be hosting their first pop-up show in their unique gallery space on the Lower East Side later this week, and it should be one of the summer’s not-to-be-missed art events. What Works features the art of six artist couples who explore the influence they have on each other. Each artist will present a work that reflects, either consciously or unconsciously, the influence of his or her partner. The show includes photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, tapestry, baked goods, and alien encounters from ArtStar and Little Collector artists and their talented paramours who will take over the ArtStar gallery space for a three day exhibition. ArtStar Creative Director Rich Hendricks is excited to bring this show to the public. “Having launched ArtStar.com just over five months ago, it is our mission to create new opportunities for artists and collectors. Transforming our office space into a temporary gallery to showcase our artists and curators is just another platform for more art lovers and collectors to engage with contemporary art.”
Participating artist couples include:
Kate Sullivan & David Levinthal
Langdon Graves & Nick Van Woert
Erin Kornfled & Charlie Schultz
Ginger Schulick & Don Porcella
Katherine Newbegin & Todd Knopke
Colette Robbins & Micah Ganske
Don Porcella, widely known for his fantastic pipe cleaner sculptures, participates in the show along with his fiancée, curator Ginger Shulick. Don offered the following statement that What Works “is a great idea for an exhibition, because it explores the relationship between partners and how it relates to their artistic practice. For me, I really love being in a relationship with Ginger Shulick. She has the best ideas and she really understands what it means to be creative. Ginger is a great supporter of the arts and artists in particular. She really fosters their growth and pushes them to make the best work possible. We constantly talk about art and through these discussions new ideas emerge. We are both very critical about art and that criticism helps me push myself. It also creates a context for me when thinking about where my art might go and be seen. Since Ginger is primarily a curator, I get to see the world through her eyes and this helps me a great deal when thinking about how my work will fit into an exhibition.”
I think What Works sounds like a unique and fun exhibit. I’ll see you there on Thursday!
The Opening Reception for What Works: An ArtStar Pop-Up Exhibition Takes Place on Thursday July 14, 2011 from 6 – 9 PM, With Viewings By Appointment from July 15 – 17, 2011, at ArtStar’s Space, located at 195 Chrystie Street 801B, New York NY 10002. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 917-710-5509 for more information or to arrange to see the art after Thursday’s Opening.
Ginger Schulick, Extra Terrestrial (Childhood Drawing 1986), Crayon on Construction Paper (Top)
Don Porcella, Extra Terrestrial (2009), Encaustic on Wood (Bottom)