SEE // Discover Eight Incredible Artists // ARTLOG SoHo Art Crawl
Lindsey Grothkopp

Don’t miss ARTLOG’s first event of the the fall, a fun-filled tour introducing you to eight amazing artists. The Crawl will take you to an artist’s studio, a converted school building, a high-end boutique, and six amazing galleries—with drinks at every stop. You’ll top the night off at the ultra-hip Mister H club at the Mondrian SoHo, with specialty cocktails from Appleton Estate Rum.

THE DETAILS

When: Friday, November 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Check-in at GREY AREA, 547 Broadways Fl. 2

  • Mingle at GREY AREA, an exciting new gallery that explores the undefined space between art and object. Sip custom-made cocktails from Appleton Estate Rum.
  • Stop-by Helmut Lang for an exclusive after-hours preview of a nationwide installation across their stores with the artist Shelter Serra. Enjoy drinks, a talk from the artist, and fun giveaways.
  • Visit the studio of artist Harif Guzman.
  • Get a sneak peak of a special exhibition curated by Jamie Sterns at the amazing Old School building, a former school house now serving as a cutting edge art and event space.
  • Hear special talks at gallery nine5, Jen Bekman, ISE Cultural Foundation, and Rebecca Hossack Gallery!

All yours for $40! Tickets are available here.

THE ARTISTS

Kent Rogowski // Jen Bekman Projects Rogowski’s photographs explore the language and sensibilities that surround personal improvement, showing how the ever-thriving genre of “self help” acts as a portrait for the modern condition. By thematically grouping and arranging the spines and title pages of self-improvement publications—Hours of Power, Don’t Send Me Any Rainbows, Yes, I Am Happy Now—Rogowski charts the course of nearly every human emotion and experience.

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Kent Rogowski, One Day (detail), C-Print. Courtesy of Jen Bekman Projects.

Nic Rad // Grey Area Brooklyn-based artist Nic Rad focuses on media currents and cultural consumption. Culling his subject matter from media platforms like Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter, Rad’s work eyes an array of expressive and satirical stylists from the Wiemar to Daumier to Chuck Jones.

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Nic Rad, Hope Soap. Photo: Jordan Doner. Courtesy of Grey Area.

Shelter Serra // Helmut Lang In his sculptural practice Serra casts everyday objects in unique materials and replicates archetypes of our culture. By altering the materiality and re-contextualizing the object Serra is able to reveal, or re-examine, certain aspects of our everyday environment.

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Shelter Serra, Fake Roley (Hard Sculpture). Courtesy of the artist.

Harif Guzman // TraisNY Born in Venezuela and now a New Yorker, Guzman’s work inhabits and extends a tradition established by the collage and assemblage of Kurt Schwitters, and which he continues in contemporary America via the precedence of Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the early, gritty Pop Art paintings of Mike Kelley.

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Harif Guzman, Bible, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

James J. Williams III // Old School Williams III, a Brooklyn native, is an artist, curator, and creative director. Williams creates poetic alternatives that are an accumulation of minor keys. In his work, there is a story being told, but the story has no beginning, middle, or end. Its purpose is not to reveal but to exist and exist loosely, creating the possibility for magic to occur.

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James J. Williams III, Two Step Death Trap, 2012. Courtesy of The They Co.

Steve Ellis // gallery nine5 Ellis is well known for his dynamic representational technique that uses pop culture iconography to explore various issues emerging from contemporary consumerism. His latest series, in the tradition of artists choosing their workspaces as muse, explores the environments most personal to him through the birds that share these spaces.

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Steve Ellis, Manifest Destiny (you’re either on the bus or…?), oil and acrylic on canvas, 86 × 170″. Courtesy of Gallery Nine5.

Katsutoshi Yuasa // ISE Cultural Foundation Yuasa creates woodcut prints that are complex, evocative, and exquisitely finished, with a distinctive combination of modern and traditional effects. His subjects hint at fragments of modern experience: the images flicker and shift as if on a computer screen or television set, raked with digital noise. In his latest series, Yuasa reflects on the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake in March 2011.

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Katsutoshi Yuasa, An Impossible Extreme Reality #1, 2011

Karen Nicol // Rebecca Hossack Gallery Karen Nicol is a fashion and interiors embroidery and mixed media textile designer, whose studio work explores the mix of fashion and art. In her current show, Nicol looks once more at art influenced by fashion turning convention on its head to conjure up animals in couture skins.

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Karen Nicol, Shoelace Cat, 2011. Courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Gallery.