Minus Space

April Shows to See

Storm King Arts Center reopens this week. (photo courtesy of  stormking.org )

Storm King Arts Center reopens this week. (photo courtesy of stormking.org)

Pocket Utopia is merging with Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden in Chelsea, but there's still time to see the last exhibition: Summer Wheat's Everything Under the Sun: Moon and Stars  through the middle of the month.

Postmasters Gallery has two exhibitions: Overculture, an exhibition of new work by William Powhida, and One and Three Pasta, featuring an ode to pasta by Serkan Özkaya and George L. Legendre.

A huge Sigmar Polke retrospective is coming to MoMA on April 19th. From MoMA's website: "Constantly searching, Polke studiously avoided any one signature style or medium; his method exemplified the definition of alibi, “in or at another place,” which also suggests a deflection of blame. This exhibition places Polke’s enormous skepticism of all social, political, and artistic traditions against German history and the country’s transformation in the postwar period."

Also at MoMA: Jasper Johns: Regrets. Inspired by a photograph of Lucien Freud that he found in 2012, Johns has created a whole new body of work, including paintings, drawings and prints.

A new show with an amazing title is opening at Parallel Art Space this weekend: The Heroic Object features a collection of works from Vincent Como, Joshua Johnson, Peter Lapsley, Raymond E. Mingst, Russell Perkins, Kara L. Rooney, Magdalen Wong, and Frank Zadlo that hone in on the art object, traversing realms from the mythic to the prosaic, deploying, by turns, allegory, commodity, manifesto, buried gold.

Sadly, Dodge Gallery on the Lower East Side is closing its doors this month. Visit one last time for the Thank You show, which opens on April 10th and features all the artists on the gallery's roster.

Minus Space presents a selection of Roberta Allen’s works from the early to late 1970s, including works on paper, photo-based and sculptural pieces. Allen’s conceptually driven work fuses elements of post-minimalism, feminism, and performance. The opening is this Friday, April 4th.

On Tuesday, April 8th, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) and the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD) will host an opening for The Model Block: an exhibit. The Model Block represents the culmination of a multi-year project which focused on the East 4th Street Cultural District (between 2nd Ave & Bowery) as a testing ground for new and innovative solutions to the complexities of urban sustainability at the block scale. The exhibit highlights environmental actions taken on a typical block, organized around the themes of community, energy, waste, and water. It will also feature the products of collaborative art projects by Amanda Browder, Miggy Buck, Karina Mangu-Ward, and Shawn Shafner.

And, if you want to get out of town, Storm King Art Center opens for the season today, April 2nd!



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Delve Networking #3 at A.I.R. Gallery

On Thursday, July 11, we hosted a great Delve Networking event at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) was founded in 1972 as the first artists-run gallery for women in the United States, and remains to this day "an artist directed and maintained gallery, providing a sense of community for women and serving as a model for other alternative galleries and organizations." They offer numerous opportunities throughout the year, for both female and male artists.

Delve Networking at A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Delve Networking at A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y.

We were happy to host two amazing speakers at A.I.R: Laura Roumanos from United Photo Industries and Matthew Deleget from Minus Space. Both Laura and Matthew are neighbors of A.I.R Gallery at 111 Front Street in Dumbo. They keep good company on their floor with galleries like Artadia and Klompching, as well as Brooklyn Arts Council


Laura Roumanos is originally from Sydney, Australia – where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts and is currently a producer and artist facilitator. There she took classes in theater production, even including pyrotechnics, which came in handy when she produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs own Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. She described this project "as an experience of collaboration like none other, because there was theater, music, visual arts, and technology..." and everyone had to come together to make this piece for a 24/7 3- week work schedule where everyone became a family. She highlighted her path of getting from Australia to New York to join the Manhattan Theatre Club to St. Ann’s Warehouse to becoming the Senior Producer of Creative Time and also a Producer at the World Science Festival. What Laura pointed out in her talk is that her accomplishments are due to her leaps of faith, boundless energy, and following her passion, which is creating amazing events for the public to enjoy.  Laura is currently working at United Photo Industries as their executive producer and co-founder of Photoville, while consulting, managing, and producing numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City.

We recommend a visit to Photoville this fall, which is a "Brooklyn-based pop up photo destination built from freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces" from September 19 to September 29, 2013. 

Matthew Deleget  is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker, and like most artists and creatives, wears many (many) hats. Matthew described his ambitious path and the choices he has made since starting his life in arts in New York.  As an artist, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally,  and holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design from Pratt Institute. For the artists in the audience, this was a great point to make, since his current gallery, MINUS SPACE, founded in 2003, is a platform for reductive art on the international level and has an informed, thoughtful mission. He relived his time at the New York Foundation for the Arts, where he founded and directed NYFA’s Information & Research Department from 1998-2009. This included all of NYFA’s on- and offline programs for and about artists, including its comprehensive web site, classified listings, artist magazine, artist learning area, searchable databases and collaborative research projects. (More than 4.5 million individuals use NYFA’s information programs annually, and we can be sure the majority of our readers have used this invaluable resource.) Matthew continues to make art work as he educates through Creative Capital, runs his gallery space, and spends time with his family.

What he and Laura both made clear through opening up to us about their decisions and choices, is that to work in the arts we all do what has to be done, and through our own motivations and desires, important projects can take shape and these become personal stepping stones to success.

Thanks to A.I.R. for hosting us, and to Matthew and Laura for their inspiring and honest presentations. Take a look at more photos below and read about other Delve Networking events here.  


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