4.6.2017 - 5.14.2017
Three artists whose work is informed by organic forms and physicality of the human body. Initially seemingly non-threatening and inviting to touch, their work explores the themes of dualities of attraction/repulsion, nature/artifice, grotesque, perception of beauty, and sexuality.
Imperfect Landscapes of Jeffrey Brosk
2.2.2017 - 3.30.2017
An exhibition of sculptural work created by MIT-trained architect-turned-artist Jeffrey Brosk. His signature wall-mounted wood sculptures, which make ample use of the juxtaposition between the natural variations in the texture of wood and refinement of slate and gold accents, invoke the stark, understated Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong
9.15.2016 - 10.14.2016
EIGHTEEN exhibited the work of three artists working in sculpture, installation and transformation over time. The title of the show references the spatial concept of Gallery Usagi; architect Sou Fujimoto’s design is based on eighteen movable panels that divide, striate and give impermeability to our space. In “Eighteen”, the panels are used not as surfaces to display 2D work, but as interventions in space that divide time.
4.15.2016 - 7.11.2016
At the heart of Alou XII’s first solo show in the United States, “yädë” (voyage in fulani), are conflicting feelings of displacement and discovery inherent in long-term separation from home. Lush, richly textured large-scale paintings and videos that comprise much of “yädë” occupy the space between figuration and abstraction as physical landscapes meet landscapes of memory and imagination. Evoking scenery blurred and washed by rain, seen through windows of trains and cars by an artist always in transition, Alou XII’s works deploy densely layered imagery to simulate the collapse of all past and present sensory and mental experience into singularity at the moment of perception.
Brooklyn in Process
Work by Marvel Architects
Brooklyn in Process | Work by Marvel Architects explores the creative process and reveals, through multi-media presentation how one firm found inspiration for seven distinct projects. We will showcase Marvel’s recent work in Brooklyn, including St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, PierHouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park and McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The show features aerial video by Marvel Vision.
In conjunction with the gallery show we will host a public conversation series, CITIZEN/ DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City. The gallery temporary turns into the architects studio and a public salon, where participants will openly exchange ideas with practitioners, urban planners, community leaders, artists and activists, with moderation by Marvel Architects’ staff.
Party Friendly Futures
11.20.2015 - 12.26.2015
In Party Friendly Futures, PARTY NY, a multi-disciplinal creative lab based in Tokyo and NY, explores the possibilities for new technologies transforming into platforms for the connection between the individual and society. The show features four newly launched interactive projects.
In the world of technology, everyone is in a rush to step forward. We want faster, smaller, smarter, and cheaper. But what if we also make the future friendlier?
FRIENDLY FUTURES is our exploration of this idea. It's a mini-expo of PARTY creations from a more friendly future.
In this exhibition, we showcase four prototypes that embody our approach to art, commerce, and technology. They are designed to reward experimentation, increase emotional connections, and produce joy.
These projects involve some of our favorite things: dogs, books, and music. We hope you can stop by and enjoy what we've made.
Bookü is a book customization service that allows you & your friends to become the character of your favorite book. Using the Bookü interface, you can choose from a selection of classic books, then change the names of the main characters to the names of people you love. Once your book is filled with friends, a printed version with a personalized cover will be sent to your home.
Time Travel Radio is a music player that navigates through time. Instead of tuning in to a radio station, you dial in to a year. Time Travel Radio will play a selection of hit songs from that year, taking you back in time. You can also fill it with songs from moments in your life and explore your memories via music.
The Song Wig is a hairpiece made of earbuds that explores new ways of sharing music. When you wear the wig, other people must enter your personal space to listen to a song. Many people can listen at once, crowding around you and sharing the experience. The Song Wig makes music sharing more personal and intimate.
Disco Dog is the world's first smartphone controlled full-color LED dog vest.You can choose an animation or type in a message using our Disco Dog application on your smartphone. It's a fun way to party with your dog, and also keeps her visible and safe when it's dark out. If your dog runs too far away, the vest will show an automatic "LOST DOG" message, asking bystanders to help the lost pup find her way back.
Vernacular Typogaphy: Letterform in Urban Environment
10.8.2015 - 11.7.2015
“One vanishing art that can still be studied in the interstices of the assault of global retail is vernacular typography. All over the world, there are cities and towns that retain their rich traditions of vernacular signage. Unfortunately, the fate of these typographic havens is being threatened by the uniformity of corporate advertising, which ignores and subverts local history and tradition.”
Vernacular Typography is a long term project with over 10,000 photographs depicting local lettering seen in our urban daily life, including storefronts, street signs, and building walls. This exhibition focuses on the part of her collection dedicated to New York City and other international urban cities where she has traveled, taking photographs. The artworks are selected and curated by the artist.
Although Vernacular Typography is deeply connected with each local culture and tradition, awareness of the topic has been raised all over the world, and the project attracts worldwide attention today. Thanks to virtual communication tools like Twitter and Instagram, the movement around the project has been ex- panding in an unexpected way. In an increasingly globalized world, the visual environments in many cities have become indistinguishably uniform and as a result, vernacular lettering is gradually vanishing.
Looking back at the disappearing found lettering in our urban life, the exhibition is an occasion to reconsider the visual identity of New York City and increase awareness of our rich cultural heritage, which we are unconsciously losing and is in danger of being lost altogether.
Vernacular Typography was fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.
Infinite White/Mugen no Shiro
7.31.2015 - 9.8.2015
In his book “Shiro (White)”, Japanese designer Kenya Hara regards “white” not only as simply a color, but also as whiteness of paper, which is a trigger that inspires creativity, and emptiness as physical and mental space that pulls out the force of communication. Inspired by his unique concept of white, which has been developed alongside Japanese aesthetics and sensitivity, the exhibition explores unknown possibilities of the perception of white with various media and techniques, including paintings, drawings, photography, architecture, sculpture, virtual reality, and mixed media such as books and garments.