Con Artist Workshop and Gallery at 119 Ludlow

Posted on: May 3rd, 2010 at 6:33 am by

Now that THECAST is firmly situated above ground at 71 Orchard, their old “dungeon space” at 119 Ludlow recently changed hands; but it remains firmly footed in the fashion world. As we speak, an upstart artist co-op dubbed Con Artist is busy preparing for an official early-June launch.

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Con Artist is the brainchild of Brian Shevlin, who envisions the subterranean space as catalyst to foster a local community of creativity. We are told that the name itself is a play-on-words that derives from notions of the “artist connection.”

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Thanks in part to arched ceilings of aged exposed brick and beat-up flooring, this cavernous tenement basement retains much of its historical character. The showroom-slash-retail area up front is peppered with thrift on hangers, antique sundries, and the obligatory vinyl collection.  There is also a back room artist workshop , but access is limited to invite-only members of the co-op.  Those lucky few with membership will have a wet-dream of design resources at their fingertips – a darkroom, computers, high-resolution printers, silk screen machines, etc. Whatever is created in-house is then pushed up front to sell.

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Con Artist is currently in soft open mode, and is running on scattered hours until early June.

Con Artist, 119 Ludlow Street (basement)

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