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Working Space 08

Cuchifritos, through Sept 20

Installation view
Photograph: Courtesy of Cuchifritos

In this annual exhibition, residents in the Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program showcase the fruits of their yearlong labor. Selected by Tatiana Arocha, the eight artists in this eclectic cycle share an interest in the natural world, but are mercifully spared the task of exemplifying a master thesis.

One of the most remarkable pieces is Miwa Koizumi's Pet Project Jelly, an installation of shimmering jellyfish fabricated from water bottles. They contrast with Julie Anne Mann's Mortifera, a series of mutant creatures configured from a medley of animal parts. Transmutation also drives Jane Benson's Naked Swans, a photograph of two regal swans perverted by the artist's plucking of their plumage.

The ugly duckling assumes human form in Alice O'Malley's Kenny Kenny-Dandy, a digital photo of the celebrated '80s New York club kid, pictured as a corseted, gender-bending clown. All social masquerades are shed, meanwhile, in Megan Cump's Bloodbath, a nude, bloody self-portrait taken in a forest. The show turns more abstract with Claire Watkins's electricity-channeling machines, Heeseop Yoon's masking tape and Mylar renderings and Mary Valverde's fractal-based drawings and installations.

Bringing art into the social space of the Essex Street Market has long been Cuchifritos' goal. This year's residency exhibition, abutting a cornucopia of food stands, proves that the mingling of these two spheres can be both tasty and productive.

-- Nuit Banai

NEWS


upcoming:

FIAF Crossing the Line 2010

/Farm City Fair/

Sept. 12, 2010 (11am-5pm)

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Bergen St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream as part of this year's Crossing the Line Festival


recent:

Free Store

/NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Feb. 19th and March 20th

99 Nassau St.

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Wall St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream at the opening and closing of the Free Store

Broadthinking

/Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/

Jan. 2-15, 2009

Broadway Gallery

Small quick show in a venerable downtown institution

Peekskill Project08

/PET Project and NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Sept. 13 - Nov. 23rd 2008

Peekskill, NY

Miwa is installing some PETs on the piers and will be serving a new flavor of NY Flavors Ice Cream for 2 days at the opening

Working Space 08

/Curated by Tatiana Arocha/

Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2008

Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space

Artists employing a wide variety of media, from AAI's Rotating Studio Program, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Curated by Tatiana Arocha

Cool

/Summer Invitational/

Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

George Adams Gallery

A New York Flavors Ice Cream performance at the opening of a show called "Cool" at the George Adams Gallery in Chelsea. Miwa will be serving a new New York Flavored Ice Cream "34th St Herald Square" (kimuchi !).

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