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Joshua Liner Christens New Gallery Space with Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition

Stephen Powers A Month of Somedays
Stephen Powers A Month of Somedays

One of our favorite Galleries in the Chelsea Arts District, Joshua Liner, has just moved from an upper floor at 540 West 28th Street to a 2,600-square-foot street level exhibition space that completely transforms the environmental aesthetic of the gallery. To celebrate the move, Joshua Liner is currently presenting Direct Address, an inaugural group exhibition featuring works in diverse media by longtime gallery figures as well as new additions to the program. Participants include the following artists:

Alfred Steiner, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Dave Kinsey, David Ellis, Evan Hecox, Greg Lamarche, Ian Francis, Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Richard Colman, Riusuke Fukahori, Shawn Barber, Stephen Powers, SWOON, Tiffany Bozic, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Tony Curanaj.

While I missed last week’s opening reception, I did drop by to see the show early last evening and was blown away not only by the gorgeous new space, but also by the fantastic artworks; some by artists I have come to know well through the Liner gallery, and other artists whose work I was seeing for the first time.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the show:

Riusuke Fukahori Rinne

What you see here is neither real fish nor real water, but a micro-layered acrylic painting by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori, which is viewed as a solid object. Pretty cool!

David Ellis All That Glitters Kinetic sound and light installation
All That Glitters by David Ellis

This kinetic sculpture/chandelier by David Ellis is equipped with motors as well as recorded music, so that it plays various original instrumental pieces at random, accompanied by the tinkling or clinking of the bottles and other suspended pieces of the sculpture. Gallery assistant Lizzie told me that Ellis will have a full gallery show in September, so I will be looking forward to checking that out.

Stephen Powers Daily Metaltation
Daily Metaltations by Stephen Powers

We’ve seen a fun show by former-sign-painter-turned-graphic-artist Stephen Powers at Liner just this past summer and his work is colorful and full of dry humor.

Kris Kuksi Neo-Roman Opera House
Neo-Roman Opera House By Kris Kuksi

Ah, Kris Kuksi: He is just the best. Check out a detail of this insane work below.

Kris Kuksi Neo-Roman Opera House Detail

You could look at just one of Kuksi’s worlds within worlds sculptures for weeks and never see everything.

Jean-Pierre Roy The Long Shadow to Put to Use, Once Recognized
The Long Shadow to Put to Use, Once Recognized By Jean-Pierre Roy

The Joshua Liner show has one of Jean-Pierre Roy’s paintings of futuristic, urban dystopia. His work is always thought provoking.

Clayton Brothers Reality Waits for Natural Light Detail

The Clayton Brothers have contributed a dozen works to this show, which are mostly clustered in a row along the front of the gallery’s main desk. Here is a close up of two panels from this series, which is called Reality Waits for Natural Light. These paintings reminded me a bit of Brazilian street artists, Os Gemeos.

SWOON Thalassa (Pink Seahorse)
Thalassa (Pink Seahorse) by SWOON

Street artist SWOON contributed this nice piece.

Bottle Rocket Bouquet
Bottle Rocket Bouquet

I’m not sure who the artist of this painting is, but I liked that I was able to guess the title just from observing the contents of the picture.

Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition will be on Exhibit Through April 20th, 2013 at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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Opera Gallery Presents Streets of the World

Streets Of The World Invite

From LA to London and beyond, so many cities around the world embrace a thriving and vibrant Street Art scene. Leave it to Opera Gallery (with its global presence) to realize that it just makes sense to curate  a group show representing the artists of the world who never stop creating in innovative ways in an effort make sure that you never stop thinking about why things are the way they are. Because when you really get it, you know that Street Art isn’t just about creating a distraction, or making something that’s nice to look at; it’s about conveying a message.

Faile Fortune
Faile / Fortune (Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Streets of the World collects the work of 40 global contemporary  artists that have emerged from the Street Art Movement. A number of the participating artists, such as Banksy, Kenny Scharf and Os Gemeos, represent International Household Names of Street Artists. Others, including Ron English, Logan Hicks, and collectives The London Police and Trustocorp, exhibit regularly at Opera, so we were already familiar with, and fans of, their work. But many others were exciting  discoveries. Overwhelming new favorites are selected works by How and Nosm (from Germany), Interesni Kazki (Ukraine) and Spain’s Sixeart. There is so much to see at this exhibit, and Opera has accented every wall — including the stairwell and the entire basement space — with exciting paintings, sculptures and collage.

Ron English Star Skull Street
Ron English

Trustocorp Grocery Case
Trustocorp (One of 4 Featured Works by this Collective in the Show)

In fact, we took so many cool pictures at last Thursday’s opening, it was hard to select just a few for this post. Please hit the jump below to see more work from this Do Not Miss Exhibit!

Streets of the World will be on exhibit at the Opera Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in New York through May 30th, 2012.

See Tons more Photos, along with a Full list of Participating Artists and their Represented Regions, After the Jump!

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Joshua Liner Gallery To Host Silent Art Auction to Benefit Tim Strazza!


“Defiant Youth” By Shepard Fairey

On Thursday July 28, 2011, The Joshua Liner Gallery will hold a silent art auction / fund raiser, the proceeds of which will benefit its Assistant Director, Tim Strazza, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To help with Tim’s medical bills, many gallery artists and friends of the gallery have donated artworks, including Shawn Barber, Jeremy Fish, Tat Ito, Chris Mendoza, Ron English, Jim Houser, Swoon, Josh Keyes, Swoon, Sylvia Ji, Oliver Vernon, Sheppard Fairey and many others! The event will take place at the gallery from 7 to 10 PM  and will include music, food and drinks. Available artworks can be previewed at This Link.This is a great opportunity for art fans to own pieces by some of the Liner Gallery’s amazing artists at what could well be bargain prices, and to also help out a nice guy in a tough situation. For more information on the event, including absentee bidding, please contact the gallery at 212-244-7415. You can also make a donation by following this link: http://strazzafamily.blogs​pot.com/. No amount is too small – all donations will help and are greatly appreciated.

The Joshua Liner Gallery is Located at 548 W. 28th Street – 3rd Floor, New York, NY.

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