Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What Lies Beneath

Some galleries have skeletons in the closet. We've got artists in the basement! Get ready, because on April 9th, we've got a very special Artist's Residency coming from Greg Haberny, who'll also be the guy responsible for our upcoming LtS show, I Can't Be Stopped.

Starting on March 26th, Greg will be moving into our basement, working very hard to transform it from a modest-but-lovely downstairs exhibition space into a fabulous work of... well, we don't even know what yet.

THIS JUST IN! Greg tells us we can expect to see "The Homeless Boys Social Club", a cardboard shelter in our basement where one might even get one's shoes shined in exchange for "change". He's in Miami now, writing down lots of ideas. More as we know it!

Greg's been showing all over the East Coast, from New York to Miami and then back to Connecticut, so we know we can trust him, but what's he's going coming will surely surprise us all. Head to our special party page to read a little more. Just plan now to save the night of April 9th, because that's going to be our first glimpse at the upcoming show!

PS, save April 16th too, because that's the real opening night. We'll tell you more soon. Promise.

The Photos Are Here! The Photos Are Here!

We mentioned it once before, but now Nora Herting: Free Sitting has a brand-spanking new image page. Head on over and take a look at twenty two images from the shoot, and then visit Nora's page for more! Remember, these prints can be yours at any time, with a three pack of 8.5" x 11" prints going for only $45. And watch for more about Nora Herting, because we can't wait until we get to work with her again!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nora Herting: Free Sitting 8.5" x 11" Prints Now Available!

Did you join us on Saturday, March 6th for Nora Herting:Free Sitting? If you did, guess what? Today's the day your pictures have arrived!.
Nora was very happy to see everyone that came out to take part in her adventure to document the found families of Williamsburg. Feel free to read the original press release or our blog to read our summary of the night itself. If you're unfamliar with Nora Herting , all you need to know is that she became fascinated by the social phenomenon of these awkward and ubiquitous family portraits, until finally, she decided to go undercover as a trade photographer with a J.C, Penny's portrait studio. Nora now brings this experience to the world with her traveling photo booth experiment, bringing strangers together to play the part of the frustrated family. And we, her make-believe models, all agreed that the process made for one fantastic night.
The photos you see here are just a light dusting of the images that Nora collected. Head over to Nora's Free Sitting Collection Web Page and start enjoying small web-quality results of the night. See one you like? See someone you know? Contact us and we'll be happy to help you get your packet! Because, like any good family portrait, these images are now available in an 8.5" x 11" size, at $45 for a packet of three.
It doesn't matter if she's in her role as the artist from 2008's Flip or appearing as the commercial photographer behind Free Sitting, Nora's charm and sense of humor always shines through in her work. If you joined us, or even if you didn't, we think you'll be thrilled by what she's created. Go on, take a look.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gearing Up For An Excellent Dinner... But Where Are You?

Let's pretend you've never heard of our Monthly Dinner Series before. Let's pretend you haven't read all the previous blog posts showing how great they've been. Let's pretend you're a babe in the woods, looking at us wide-eyed and asking "Like the Spice, what do you mean by 'artist's dinner'?" Just what are we going to say?

Well, Virgina, the artist's dinner isn't just about a fantastic meal served right here in the gallery. It's more about the magical state of mind that happens when you, and our friends, and a whole bunch of artists appear to laugh their way through a multi-course meal, telling stories and talking about their art. And you know what? When Saturday, March 20th rolls around, The Worlds We Ate will be no different.

You see, not only will you be getting an amazing meal, served up right in the center of the gallery, you'll also get to enjoy talking with seven different artists about their drawings and sculpture. That's right, ALL the artists behind our current show, The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create will be joining us to discuss their ideas, inspirations, inventions, and imagery. That's right, all i's will be on us come Saturday, March 20th!

All kidding aside, this dinner is shaping up to be something wonderful, and it's a dinner you don't want to miss. So reserve your place today! Remember, spaces are limited, and we don't want to have to be missing you all night long. RSVP now!

Whose House? Ross' House!

Good ol' Ross Racine has been a Like the Spice artist for some time now. In fact, we've even taken him along with us to our current off site show at The Roger Smith Hotel. While the work of Jason Bryant and Allison Edge will be showing in the solarium, Ross will be adorning the walls of the lobby. Opening night is March 19th, so if you haven't seen his stuff in person before, it's a great chance to take a look!

Also good news for Ross is all the attention he's been getting! First, one of his images has been featured in Data Flow 2, a new book from the Gestalten publishing house. He's very proud to be included, and we're very impressed with him for it!

Secondly, Ross was recently interviewed on Australian art blog The Art Life. This interview also appeared on another blog, Science Fictional, proving that Ross really has wide appeal. Take a peek and enjoy learning a little more about the man behind the images!

Of course, we're just as proud to be working with Allison and Jason, and, in fact, all of our artists (including Allie Rex and Michelle Hinebrook, now being featured at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca). But, just this once, it's Ross' turn to shine. So well done, Ross Racine! You'll still remember us little people... won't you?

We Created A Pretty Good Time In This Here World

In fact, we had so much fun, we broke the camera!

This is the very last picture our sweet little device managed before it conked out and we had to switch to iPhones and what have you for the rest of the night. But c'mon, look how much fun everyone is having! That's because it was a non-stop party atmosphere during our Friday night opening extravaganza for The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create. Here artist Brian LaRossa says Cheers!

It's been a while since we had a group show, so it was quite the thrill to have so many wonderful artists scurrying about the gallery. Plus, seriously, can you believe how great all of this sculpture is? If you haven't already, head to the sneak preview page and get a sneak preview. Just don't think we're showing you everything. We have to keep a few surprises to make you come and visit!

It's been nearly a year since LtS made room for sculpture, so we're very pleased to be showcasing it again. From Diana Puntar's beautiful Lived Live Evil Devil (you can't miss it, it's hanging from the ceiling in almost every single shot) to the incredibly delicate porcelain from Jessica Stoller (pictured below), this show has already started captivating our guests, both new and old.

And that's not the half of it. We're also boasting the complex geometry of R. Justin Stewart, the eye-catching marvels of Langdon Graves, the battery-operated animals of Misako Inaoka, the brilliantly exciting peephole of Patrick Jacobs, and the fascinating map-based creations of Matthew Northridge. Honestly, it's such a joy to come to work! But this show isn't just about wowing the staff. The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create has been a hit with all our visitors, including many other terrific Like the Spice artists. Below's a shot from when we bumped into Rachel Beach and Ross Racine and some guy in the middle we don't have a link for. But you know what? We like him anyway. And see how they're all smiling? That's what visiting The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create can do for YOU!

The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create is open from this very second until April 4th. Come and create your own little piece of it.