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21. Mar. 2018
Cuchifritos /
2h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

On View: March 23 – March 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 23 from 6-8p

In 1775, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is, therefore, an emblem of magnanimity and true courage” while musing on the nation’s first symbol, the rattlesnake. Franklin’s America described here as “an emblem of magnanimity and true courage” was rapidly gaining its independence through war, veiled by the vow to protect its newfound freedom and justice for all. In _5, Onyedika Chuke conceptualizes the role protection—of bodies, of borders, of resources—has played in the development of nations by analyzing allegories of snakes and nationalism in five pieces.

Starting with the architecture of Cuchifritos Gallery, Chuke’s newest body of work manipulates the viewer’s sense of perspective and perception. Each of these pieces distorts, incises, grounds, expands and confines the gallery space, extending it beyond its aesthetic and physical limits. _5 begins with a gateway into globalization in FMA_Untitled_New Curtains, a 10ft x 5ft transparent vinyl butcher curtain embedded with deep blue miniature steel globes from c. 1960. Viewers walking through this sculptural symbol can meditate on how trade has shaped modern notions of commercialization and nationalism. The vinyl in this piece is an homage to traditional markets and the globes signify the new world order initially proposed by Winston Churchill after WWII. FMA_Untitled_U.S Navy Jack 1776-Present is a 6ft x 4ft hand-painted watercolor on taffeta of the First Navy Jack flag, the image of American freedom stemmed from resistance to British colonization in America—taxation without representation, state dissent and desire for democracy. Issues deemed problematic from the start; currently unresolved and further complicated by more recent history. In FMA_Untitled_Labyrinth, Chuke explores how water has been used as a conduit to enhance security and trade. In his work, labyrinths are both anti-navigation symbols and targets. The gentle movement of the water around the found items, inside the stark angles of the resin and packing material, _Labyrinth makes note of the attempt to control nature for the protection of man. FMA_Untitled_Python questions whether or not Franklin’s famous essay on the similarities between this nation and rattlesnakes has continued to be veritable. Displaying a 25ft coiled resin python, perched to keep an eye on visitors, Chuke presents a new allegory for America’s strategy for self-preservation. Finally, FMA_Untitled_Arch is a work created by cutting directly into the wall of the gallery. A reference to the end of the Vietnam era and a gateway into an imperial expansion, it carries the imagery of a cathedral window or a gateway into a void. It is a solid space, void space, and non-space.

Part three of the 4-part Workspace ’18 exhibition series, featuring new work by residents of AAI’s LES Studio Program

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“The Forever Museum Archive” (FMA) 2011-present, is a disquieting collection of objects in which Onyedika Chuke analyzes modern-day protests and globalization. Often intrigued by international politics, his analysis of machine weaponry and media are pertinent reminders of the technologically mediated wars that characterize our collective memory. Chuke’s desire is not to tell the viewer what to take away from his research, but to open the minds of viewers by encouraging a discourse on the past, its relation to the present, and what vital parts of history have continued to be overlooked.

Archivist and sculptor Onyedika Chuke is internationally recognized for his disquieting collection of objects, The Forever Museum Archive (2011-present). His politically charged sculptures act as symbolic markers of histories that shape our collective memory of conflict, culture, and politics. Chuke studied at The Cooper Union. He is a current Public Artist in Residence for New York City. His past fellowships include SculptureCenter’s In Practice Fellowship 2016, Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship 2016-2017, and The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Fellowship 2016-2018. In 2017 Chuke was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Cuchifritos is FREE to the public and handicap accessible. Located inside Essex Street Market at the south end nearest Delancey.

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is a program of Artists Alliance Inc., a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the following for their generous support: Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers, without whom this program would not be possible.

17. Feb. 2018
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Closed Circuit Habitat

Opening Reception: Friday, February 23 from 6-8p
Exhibition Dates: February 23 – March 11, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002 (inside Essex Street Market)



The Pando, a clonal colony of aspen trees estimated to be 80,000 years of age, has resiliently surpassed the age of agriculture and the irreversible transformations of land masses by human interactions. The Pando has 40,000 trunks, weighs 6 million tons and spreads across 106 acres. Every tree is identical in DNA and connected to a single root system. As an organism, the Pando is a slowly moving creature capable of expanding our concepts of the natural, from vast open landscapes to the covert enormity of this individual living entity that is partly obscured underground. What we, as humans, perceive as being a forest, is in fact, a single organism.

Tasked with replicating a Midwest American forest for an artist collective, Jakob Kudst Steensen developed the virtual PANDO ENDO after rambling extensively through the forest. In the humid air, the artist came across a wet strong aspen tree, stretching from beneath the wooden floor towards the skies, looking like an alien creature from another planet with its wet bark and stark moss-covered colors. Steensen explored the clonal colony, which stretched across the entire mountain area. During its lifetime, the Pando has spans the entirety of human history. To substantiate an organism so enduringly resilient to the modern history of our own species, the Pando Endo’s intersection with the mountain-based artist collective seemed to be a mere blink of the eye. Could future human or ecological infrastructures evolve like the connected organization of the aspen trees and exist outside of current centralized systems?

To conclude his residency with Artists Alliance Inc, Steensen will exhibit at Cuchifritos Gallery his virtual organism, the Pando Endo, a real-time computer simulation. "Pando" (Latin for “I spread”), borrowed from the name of the clonal colony, and "endo" referring to infrastructure, Pando Endo was developed from phone photographs of aspen tree bark, moss, and roots. These photographs were converted into digital textures and programmed to morph together with a procedural system that functions as a root system. 

Four drones, fitted with spotlights, circulate the virtually simulated organism, examining it, zooming in on its movements. The organism has been tasked with breaching virtual glass cabinets and taught to gauge and mobilize towards light sources. Textures crawl across its surface area and liquids trickle along its tentacles like clustered organic entities. Based on this programming, the root system has found its own navigation. It resists stationery exhibition to spread and traverse the vast emptiness in the empty warehouse and exhibition space. 


Bio
Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist and art director based in New York, specialized in VR and real-time virtual simulations of ecosystems. Through his practice, Steensen is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine by developing futuristic virtual simulations of existing real-world landscapes. His work is at the forefront of real-time rendered virtual environments, and he develops projects through collaborations with technology and natural science institutions. 

Jakob Kudsk has recently exhibited at Time Square for the Midnight Moment, at Carnegie Museum of Art, The Moving Image Fair, NYC, MAXXI, Museum of Modern Art, WIRED annual conference, FRIEZE in London, Podium in Oslo, Ok Corral in Copenhagen, 86 Project Space, Brooklyn, Sleep Center, China Town and at London Science Museum. As an art director on the VR project TREE VR, made with The Rainforest Alliance and NEW REALITY CO, Steensen’s has shown at Sundance and TriBeCa film festival. His work has been featured in MOUSSE Magazine, on Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, Spike Art Quaterly, ARTREPORT, Politiken, Information, Worm, NEO2, VICE, NY Times, WIRED and TSOEG. He has received awards from the Danish Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, and Lumen Arts Price. He has been artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, AADK, Centra Negra, MASS MoCA, BRIC and Mana Contemporary.

Part one of the 4-part Workspace ’18 exhibition series, featuring new work by residents of AAI’s LES Studio Program

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Artists Alliance Inc. is 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos Gallery and the LES Studio Program are supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Cuchifritos Gallery programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.

01. Feb. 2018
Cuchifritos /
12h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

“When you go to an artist’s studio I think is best to keep your mouth shut,” said art dealer Richard Bellamy. First as a director of Hansa Gallery (an art cooperative on East 10th Street), and later as the owner of the Green Gallery (1960 – 1965), Bellamy was influential in the careers of many contemporary downtown artists. Frequently meeting with the likes of Walter de Maria, Robert Morris, Richard Nonas, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal, Richard Serra, and Mark di Suvero (to name just a few), for studio visits at their “ratty lofts” or to hang out in Chinatown. “He was the best person to look at something, and his silences was so pregnant, so full of ideas, so rich”, recalled Alfred Leslie.

For the last few years, I have been collecting other people’s handwriting, laughter or voice in order to examine how my body and mind can become a biography of someone else – embodying different aspects of other people’s (mostly artists) lives in myself and my work. What fascinates me the most about Richard Bellamy is the silence that surrounded him; a radiating silence that served as his contemplative way of looking at art; the silence that enhanced his presence, as if a gesture. Silence as a peculiarity emanating from the aura of his persona, particularly during his visits to artists’ studios, which is something quite the opposite of what I have been experiencing throughout my journey with art, where everyone expects the artist to speak.

The idea of silence appears today especially significant when it is almost impossible to make others pay attention without raising an outcry. Therefore, I have dedicated “Conversation Piece (for Richard Bellamy)” to learning the attitude of Dick –silence—and to seeing what impact “Bellamy’s behavior” could have on the contemporary art world. What could we gain from silence? Can it influence the way we see artworks? How could this experience benefit other artists and me? Can I learn to be silent like someone else? How can this evoke personality? To do so, I conducted studio visits with contemporary artists in the downtown area of Manhattan, trying to follow Bellamy’s approach, and see whether silence can be an artwork…

— Weronika Trojańska

Part one of the 4-part Workspace ’18 exhibition series, featuring new work by residents of AAI’s LES Studio Program

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For the last few years, I have been collecting other people’s handwriting, moving or speaking in order to examine how my body and mind can become a biography of someone else – by embodying different aspects of other artists’ life in myself and my work. When the “I” can be a “storage” for elements of other people lives, my Self becomes a Polyphonic Autobiography. It requires constant changes and implies time, involvement and obsession. It’s a method that positions myself within the other person’s biography, trying to catch the essence of someone else’s feature and inhabit it by transcribing the gesture (reproducing, adapting and learning) by which means it becomes a part of me. It might be seen as a way of borrowing and going further – appropriation. Could this be a way to avoid destruction and oblivion (thinking about art works that are kept forgotten in a museum storage or the biography as a way of preservation)? If the Self could be perceived as a collection – is the body a museum? Is it possible to make a retrospective exhibition then?

07. Dec. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Endless Editions will transform Cuchifritos Gallery into an open-access printmaking workshop and Borgesian library, rooted in Jonathan Basile’s ongoing project, Library of Babel. Within the installation, the Endless Editions team will situate several performances, along with opportunities for visitors to produce, and reproduce, their own media. Ultimately bringing issues of knowledge accessibility, creative labor, and digital reproduction to bear on Jorge Luis Borges’ concept of the universal library.

Endless Editions will operate a Risograph printer onsite throughout the exhibition, working with participants and visitors to create their own books. A computer workstation will also be included where visitors can access and search the Library of Babel website and a public library that will grow as books are made. Public events will include bookmaking and computer programming seminars, one-day artist residencies with original work on view, and literary readings.

Workspace and book design by Norma Studio (Heidi Korsavong & Benjamin Critton)

Participating Resident Artists
Paul Anagnostopolous
Laura Byrne
Cory Siegler
Leslie Lasiter
Christina Martinelli
Effi Ibok
Jeremy Gecker
Audrey Ryan
Kevin Umana
Angela Heisch
Claire Mirocha
Virginia Chiang
Panayiotis Terzis
Shaina Yang
Vanessa Thill
Enrique Figueredo
Nichole Shinn

Opening reception on December 15th from 6PM- 8PM.

28. Sep. 2017
Cuchifritos /
4h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

As a culmination of his 6-month residency at Artists Alliance Inc, the former LES Studio Program artist, Nobutaka Aozaki, will continue to work on his ongoing projects, using Cuchifritos Gallery as his studio. While working, the gallery-turned-studio will be open to the public. Visitors are invited to meet with the artist and discuss his developing projects, some of which began during his residency at AAI and are inspired by the LES neighborhood.
About the proposal, Nobutaka said “The works I do demand more time and I hesitate to accelerate the process. I would like to propose an alternative idea for Cuchifritos – Instead of having an exhibition, I would like to use the gallery as a studio and continue to work. The gallery/studio is open to the public while I am at work there. This way I can continue to develop works that I like and further explore the neighborhood. Also, by being there, I can interact with general public. I am interested in Cuchifritos’ architectural character and location inside the Essex Market as my work often questions the distinction between commodity and art, and the systems and exchanges surrounding them. I hope this idea integrates well with the concept and context, the hybridity of Cuchifritos. It would be a special opportunity for me to work within the market along with the various vendors.”
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Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He brings a wry and playful approach to his multifaceted practice, often focusing on the transactional nature of both art and life in the city. His work frequently combines performance and sculpture, developing from everyday interactions with people on the street.
He completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. He has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, the Artists’ Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, and C12 Emerging Artist Award from Hunter College. Recent exhibitions include Transportation, ISCP, New York, Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, New York; Queens International 2013, Queens Museum, New York; What is the Real Value of Wealth, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Tina, SPIKE, Berlin; and Where Do We Migrate To?, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden; Statements, Tokyo. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Queens Museum Studio Program, the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Center For Book Arts workspace residency program, and LMCC Swing Space residency program. His work has been recently discussed in Spike Art Quarterly, The New York Times, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, ArtAsiaPacific, and Cabinet Magazine.

Artists Alliance Inc. is 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos Gallery and the LES Studio Program are supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Cuchifritos Gallery programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.

01. Aug. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Cuchifritos Gallery and Residency Unlimited are pleased to present their seventh annual collaboration, On Illusions, featuring the recent work of Japanese artists Naomi Okubo and Kuniyasu Sakaizawa.

Through two distinct practices, both artists create work that hovers along the edge of the material world and perception. Okubo’s tender images of lush landscapes animated by cartoonish details often conceal the fragile state of the female characters at the center of her work. Borrowing from the glossy and colorful aesthetics of advertising and repetitive motifs created by digital technology and mass media, the worlds depicted in Okubo’s paintings frequently deflect the viewer’s attention from the contradictions between beauty and femininity imposed on women and the vulnerabilities that are exacerbated by a need to conform.

Sakaizawa’s iterative process makes similar use of the canvas, as layers of paint, applied in dozens of identical gestures, build out beyond a two-dimensional surface. Each element of the work—title, color composition, shifts in tone and texture—reveal a body of thought much larger than any single painting.

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

This year marks the 20th anniversary Emanuel Xavier’s self-published chapbook Pier Queen, a poetic manifesto about his personal experiences coming of age as a former street hustler, drug dealer/addict, homelessness and survivor of child abuse. To celebrate this LGBTQ Latinx and POC milestone, Rebel Satori Press has reissued the book with brand new cover art featuring a photograph by Richard Renaldi that captures the spirit and defiance of the Christopher Street West Side Highway piers. As part of Sweety’s Radio: Edicion Especial we will be honoring the anniversary of this chapbook with an exhibition and reception. On Friday, July 14, Xavier will be joined by percussionist Joyce Jones to recreate the spirit of late 90s poetry readings from the book Pier Queen in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of this landmark collection by a former homeless pier queen who went on to become one of the most significant voices of the LGBT and Latinx poetry movements.

Drawn from Xavier’s personal archives as well as artists in conversation with his work, the exhibition spans several bodies of work from throughout Xavier’s career; from videos, event flyers, fan notes, memorabilia from that era as well as photographs by Richard Renaldi and artwork by Gabriel Garcia Roman.

Interview: Friday, July 14 from 6-8P, hosted by Sweety’s member Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Raul grew up between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his drawings often reference the landscape, buildings, and characters from his childhood. Raul’s work on Lowriders in Space is done completely in ballpoint pen, a decision to reference his first tools as a young artist, often making fan art of comic book characters. For this interactive exhibition at Cuchifritos, Raul’s original illustrations from the “Lowriders” series will be installed in allusion to newsstand vendors displays in Ciudad Juarez, along with a wall that will be available for visitors to the gallery to draw characters from the series or create their own.

Interview: Friday, July 7 from 6-8P, hosted by Sweety’s member Julia Mata

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Sweety’s Radio: Edición Especial kicks off Friday, June 30 with the work of Cecilia Gentili. In an exhibition that brings together images, objects, and oral herstories, the project collectively speaks of the impact of Gentili’s work as a mentor and muse, as well as the importance of community and agency in the documentation of trans-femme realities. The installation includes selections from an ongoing photo essay made in collaboration with artist Serena Jara, and wearable garments made by Gogo Graham for Cecilia. Bridging the works are videos of Gentili’s storytelling, a practice that she has harvested as a tool for healing and instigating dialogue, and which informs her work as a counselor to other trans individuals seeking guidance.

15. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Sweety's Radio is a live talk-show/installation project developed by Sweety's - a curatorial initiative conceived by artists Julia Mata, Bryan Rodriguez Cambana, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, and Eduardo Restrepo Castaño that since 2013, works on seeking out spaces and producing events dedicated to the labor of black and brown artists.

At Cuchifritos, the collective will host Edición Especial, a special iteration of Sweety’s Radio that focuses on Spanish speaking cultural producers, as a means to bridge the conversations taking place amongst black and brown (Spanish-speaking) communities in and outside of the U.S. From June 27th through July 30th Sweety’s programming will consist of weekly interviews featuring four invited artists whose work will take over the Cuchifritos space for each week, culminating in a collaborative installation by the four members of Sweety’s.
 
In response to the local community surrounding Cuchifritos and Essex Street Market, as well as the history of the Lower East Side as Loisaida, and the curators’ personal investment as immigrants and first generation, Sweety’s brings together four artists: Cecilia Gentili (June 27th- July 2nd), Raul Gonzalez III (July 4th- 9th), Emanuel Xavier (July 11th-16th), Elia Alba (July 18th-23nd).

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