‘Commend’ Record Shop Introduces Collaboration Effort on Forsyth Street

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 at 5:05 am by

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Photo: CommendJust a little over a year after Salvor Projects’ shuttering, a record store-meets-community space has filled the void at 172 Forsyth Street. Commend is the physical manifestation of record label RVNG, and has recently started a series of artist collaborative efforts. The latest being “COMMEND See.”

COMMEND See is an endeavor that identifies artists working in different mediums, but existing in the same energy field of this diverse venue. The series aims stretch the dimensional/temporal aspects of artistic practice, as many of our projects pair a visual artist or artisan with a musician. COMMEND See is not only about entwining artists from different disciplines, but bringing together those who recognize new realities – within and beyond this world – that others can not.

Recent collaborations and installations include Montreal-based producer RAMZi paired with ceramicist Jessica Hans presenting For Haku, and Japanese dub artist 7FO paired with Nick Ozgunay, a Brooklyn-based artist who dyes, paints, burns, and produces prints and textiles as Annexe, presenting Water Falls Into A Blank.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that there simply isn’t much retail foot traffic in this area, especially in the music realm. Nowadays, record shops tread water in this digital age – with NYC record stalwarts like Other Music in the East Village closing in recent months. This interactive community component attached to Commend, however, may prove otherwise.

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