Callicoon Fine Arts Gallery Opening at 124 Forsyth

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

The Lower East Side is adding galleries faster than Bob Ross can say “get me a fan brush and some yellow ochre.”  Finally, it’s been said.  A month ago, we brought word that Steven Harvey Fine Arts Gallery is planning a showroom outpost at 208 Forsyth Street. Today we can report that another white-walled exhibition space will soon open just a few blocks southward.

Earlier this year, workers were spotted renovating the ground-level space at 124 Forsyth Street.  Pretty much the entire facade was converted into twin stores, both of which sat vacant until relatively recently.  And come September 7, the strangely-named Callicoon Fine Arts will officially take its place inside the northern footprint, opening in tandem with all other galleries on the Lower East Side.

The inaugural exhibition is that of artist Glen Fogel, dubbed “Goldye.”  Here is the complicated gallery-babble:

Titled after the first name of the artist’s grandmother, the exhibition contains a sculpture incorporating light and sound to invoke Goldye’s near death experience. She ultimately survived the episode, living on for another year with no memory of the event.
The presence of light is commonly reported in such cases. However, the sound, also included as part of the sculpture, is a recording of the artist’s re-enactment of events that surrounded his grandmother’s experience and touches on the inexplicable nature of what occurred. The sculpture itself is a continuation of the artist’s use of personal artifacts to stress the mediated quality of artworks. As in Fogel’s previous works, such as his recent 5 channel video installation of wedding and engagement rings, and his series of love letters fashioned as large oil paintings, Goldye comments on the inherent and acquired value of these artifacts.

The installation will run through October 16.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raXanYjTF18

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