Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

New York Minute

23 Apr - 05 Jun 2011

© Dearraindrop
Mutant Pop, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
10 x 12 feet
Photocredit: Giacomo Fortunato
23 April - 5 June, 2011

The expression ‘A New York Minute’ refers to the speed that New Yorkers react to stimuli, with impatience, immediacy and a savvy energy. The drama and speed of the expression is presented in a clock created by artist Chris Johanson, the lead image of the new exhibition which will open at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow in April 2011. New York Minute has been curated by Kathy Grayson, Director of The Hole, in collaboration with exhibition designer Rafael de Cárdenas, Founder of Architecture at Large. The exhibition is being held under the auspices of the Bilateral Presidential Commission.

New York Minute features over fifty artists who live in and around New York City, providing an overview of the most exciting new tendencies coming out of the city and its extended networks. Together, they capture the drama, danger and speed of New York, showing a rapid and resourceful response to current cultural events and issues specific to their generation and to the city. As the exhibition curator, Kathy Grayson comments, “All these artists have exhibited together, partied together, dated each other, studied together or painted together with less than two levels of removal from each other. This exhibition truly represents a cross-section of an expanded artist community.”

New York Minute is articulated into three main thematic arenas: Street Punks, Wild Figuration and New Abstraction.

Street Punks uses the dark energy of the streets to make frank, confrontational punk projects. Working with collage, photography, music or sculpture, the artists create gritty artworks inspired by the danger and lawlessness of the city. Artists include Dash Snow, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Lizzi Bougatsos and Aurel Schmidt.

Wild Figuration is colourful and ‘pop’ with works that radiate an interconnectivity and communal attitude echoed by how they often organise into collectives and groups. Artists include Chris Johanson, Jim Drain, assume vivid astro focus, Dearraindrop, Takeshi Murata, Allison Schulnik and Jules de Balincourt.

The third major tendency explored within the exhibition is New Abstraction. Whether updating New York School abstraction with the energy of the streets (such as Dan Colen or Sterling Ruby), or revitalising outmoded conceptual approaches to abstraction with current digital-era concerns (such as Xylor Jane and Ara Peterson), the new abstract is urgent and immediate.

As one of the key artworks in the exhibition, American architect and designer Rafael de Cárdenas will design an Artist Shop space in his signature aesthetic of bold lines, color and contrast to present the zines, stickers, t-shirts, jewellery and books the group of artists has produced.

Artists include

Joe Grillo; Cory Arcangel; assume vivid astro focus; Tim Barber; Aaron Bondaroff; Lizzi Bougatsos; Joe Bradley; Mat Brinkman; Dan Colen; Cody Critcheloe; Rosson Crow; Jules de Balincourt; Dearraindrop; Jim Drain; Gardar Eide Einarsson; Martha Friedman; Ry Fyan; Tomoo Gokita; Patrick Griffin; Evan Gruzis; Xylor Jane; Chris Johanson; Ben Jones; Terence Koh; Andrew Kuo; Robert Lazzarini; Hanna Liden; Nate Lowman; Brendan Lynch; Eddie Martinez; Barry McGee; Ryan McGinley; Keegan McHargue; Taylor McKimens; Takeshi Murata; Ara Peterson; Kembra Pfahler; Steve Powers; Sterling Ruby; Kenny Scharf; Aurel Schmidt; Allison Schulnik; David B. Sherry; Dash Snow; Francine Spiegel; Spencer Sweeney; ThreeASFOUR; Kon Trubkovitch; Alan Vega; Banks Violette; Jaimie Warren; Michael Williams.

Tags: Cory Arcangel, Jules de Balincourt, Lizzi Bougatsos, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Rosson Crow, N. Dash, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Martha Friedman, Ry Fyan, Tomoo Gokita, Evan Gruzis, Xylor Jane, Chris Johanson, Ben Jones, Terence Koh, Andrew Kuo, Nate Lowman, Eddie Martinez, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley, Keegan Mchargue, Takeshi Murata, Ara Peterson, Sterling Ruby, Kenny Scharf, Aurel Schmidt, Allison Schulnik, Dash Snow, Spencer Sweeney, Al Taylor, Banks Violette, Michael Williams