RENOVATION: SONYA BLESOFSKY
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 5, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 6-8PM
Join us this Thursday, September 12th, for the opening of Sonya Blesofsky’s second solo exhibition here at Mixed Greens!
Renovation is an exploration of the constant renewal and reconstruction of the temporal architectural structures in New York City. Inspired by a recent discovery that her DUMBO studio’s elevator had begun conversion from freight to passenger elevator, Blesofsky began to observe these alterations and modifications in detail, eventually examining remodeled and restored exteriors/interiors throughout the city. Within this inquiry, Blesofsky developed increased interest in the “visual evidence of a building’s evolution over time.” She writes, “I’m particularly drawn to makeshift architectural alterations and modifications that happen in an as-needed manner, as well as the layering that happens when architectural details fall apart and quick fixes are made around them.”
Through the use of found objects, layered wall drawings, blind embossing, paper sculptures and site-specific architectural interventions, Blesofsky creates a space of her own renovations, manipulating the gallery space into a material archive of its own history and evidence. In the work’s many stages, a truly complex and evolutionary process is presented, reflective of the constant shift and change of the city in which it exists. A microcosm is created in which the viewer is confronted with direct physical representations of time, in all its manifestations; from a column exposed, devoid of its plaster shield, to found baseboards and paint chips, standing alone as cells of an absent whole, to a large graphite drawing of a brick window, slowly peeling from the wall.
Sonya Blesofsky has shown extensively since receiving her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. Solo exhibition venues include Diego Rivera Gallery, San Fran- cisco, CA; Plane Space, New York, NY; Gallery Diet, Miami, FL; Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY; and Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA. Group exhibition venues include Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; SHO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; Transformer Gallery, Washington DC; and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been a studio artist at numerous residencies including the Artists Alliance Lower East Side Studio Program, The Museum of Arts and Design, Smack Mellon, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swarm Gallery, Dieu Donne Papermill, and Plane Space. Blesofsky grew up in Los Angeles County; she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
- Mixed Greens intern, Delaney Allen-Mills
TAGS: 2013 / blesofsky / exhibition / exhibitions / renovation
Reading/Listening/Looking: Stuff for Tuesday
Tuesday, July 16, 2013Lee Stoetzel is all over the internet today. Check out postings about his sculpture here (@Trendhunter) and here (@BeautifulDecay).
Larry Ossei-Mensah, one of the curators of our current exhibition Crossing the Line will be on the radio today. Listen to him here, at 5pm, at BBOX Radio!
And if you're in Los Angeles, mark your calendars for the opening of Sweat Baby Sweat (featuring work by our very own Mark Mulroney) hosted by GILDAR Gallery in their summer Pop Up space at 7466 Beverly Blvd #7 Los Angeles, CA 90036. Opens July 21st.
TAGS: events / exhibitions / mulroney
Friday, June 14, 2013
Chuka's been busy working on some video footage of Leah Tinari's current show. This shot was from our interview with Tinari earlier this week. Stay tuned for some interviews with artists from our UPCOMING Crossing the Line exhibition, opening July 11th.
In the meantime, you can check out some of our other videos here.
AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS...it's starting to really feel like summer, which means it's time to COUNT DOWN TO SHARK WEEK.
TAGS: exhibitions / sharks / tinari / video
A Group Exhibition at James Fuentes
Friday, June 07, 2013
Be sure to check out the group exhibition, currently on view, at James Fuentes, featuring:
John Riepenhoff with Emily Sundblad
TAGS: backman / exhibitions
Jogging @ Still House
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Boy, that Still House is off the beaten path. But we found it.
A few installation shots from Jogging's exhibition Soon, currently on view.
A gloomy day, after the storm.
TAGS: adventure / exhibitions
Installation in progress
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Leah Tinari's installation for Mars' Planet is underway.
As is Jeila Gueramian's window installation Sink Beneath the Surface and Be Free.
Join us tomorrow evening (May 30th), from 6-8pm at Mixed Greens to celebrate the opening of both exhibitions.
TAGS: exhibitions / installation
Nails Across America is nearly here!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Breanne Trammell's Nails Across America is about to kick off. May 28-31st she'll be in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, and on Thursday, May 30th, from 6-8pm she'll be parked out in front of Mixed Greens. Stop by for a manicure!
TAGS: exhibitions / nailart
LES Gallery Stroll
Friday, May 03, 2013
I went for a major LES gallery stroll yesterday. Talk about a LOT of walking. I ran into a few "closed for installation" signs on Orchard, but other than that, I was pretty successful. The real highlight was Josh Tonsfeldt's exhibition at Simon Preston gallery on Broome Street. The standing wall structure mimics the outline of a burned down house, and the sculptural objects reference remnants.
By the far the most immersive show I encountered yesterday.
Lot's to read about Joan Linder's "Sink"!
Thursday, May 02, 2013Incredibly playful and insightful analysis of Joan Linder's "Sink" over at Submitforriff.
ArtSlant's Charlie Schultz also ruminates on Linder's sink, full of dishes...
"Sink" is listed as a recommended Top Exhibition in this month's Whitewall, and on MutualArt.com
TAGS: exhibitions / linder
Oldie, but a Goodie
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Though this exhibition closed in February, I wanted to use the blogosphere to do a quick flashback to Columbia College A+D Gallery's Almost Metal Collective show. Awesome show of Rudy Shepherd's The Healer Emerges, 2012, 3 (channel video, 118 clips randomly sorted on infinite loop)
Read more about the show here.
Sorry I missed seeing this person, but so happy to revisit it in images.
TAGS: exhibitions / shepherd
Studio Visit with Sanam Enayati
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Here's a shot of Sanam Enayati in her studio. We're looking forward to presenting some of her work in our upcoming 2013 Summer Group Show:
Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process
curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah & Dexter Wimberly
July 11–August 16, 2013
Opening: Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm
SHOUT OUT: Nails Across America!
Friday, March 22, 2013
Refinery 29 is spreading the news about Breanne Trammell's upcoming project/road trip, Nails Across America.
Breanne will be stationed outside Mixed Greens May 28-31. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
TAGS: exhibitions / project
Coke O'Neal: opening tonight
Thursday, March 21, 2013
join us TONIGHT at Mixed Greens, 6-8pm, to celebrate the opening of Coke Wisdom O'Neal's Happy Little Accidents.
TAGS: exhibitions / oneal
Announcing our SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Wednesday, March 13, 2013This summer, MIXED GREENS is all about DRAWING.
Mark Your Calendars: 'DRAWING NOW' OPENING July 11th @ MIXED GREENS.
Featuring: Ruby Amanze, Firelei Báez, Oasa DuVerney, Sanam Enayati, Heeseop Yoon
Curated by: Dexter Wimberly and Larry Ossei-Mensah
Drawing Now is an exhibition of new works by a culturally diverse group of emerging female artists. The exhibition aims to showcase the exciting new ideas these under-the-radar artists are exploring through their artistic practice. Drawing Now will present distinct and experimental approaches to both representational and abstract drawing. The exhibition will also include large- scale drawing installations that push the medium to its extremes, with dramatic effect.
Oasa DuVerney in her studio.
Heeseop Yoon in her studio.
The exhibition also seeks to present the new ways these artists are re-defining drawing, and to explore how drawing fits into the broader contemporary art conversation, as opposed to the more prevalent presentations of paintings, video, sculpture or performance work.
We'll see you this summer.
TAGS: exhibitions / summer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013Color Shift is in its last days. Be sure to stop by and check it on on or before Saturday, February 9th!
above: Kate Steciw's works on canvas.
above: Arabella Campbell's We have pictures because we have walls., 2011, and Sherwin Tibayan's Installation View #2 (MOMA, Blue Monochrome, 1961, Yves Klein, 2013
above: Zachary Dean Norman's archival pigment prints are in the background.
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