In the era of smartphones and webcams, it’s easy to forget the magic of disposable cameras. Candid and unforgiving, photos from disposables can capture everything from intimate interactions to poorly cropped selfies to blurry chaos. This photography carries the weight of being unerasable. There are no second chances.
For “Disposable”, curator Michael Sharp wanted to see what would happen when you give an artist a camera with only one chance to take a single photo of anything. Two disposable cameras loaded with Ilford black and white film were passed around the Con Artist Collective for several months. There was just one rule, each artist could only take one picture and then had to give the camera to someone else.
We can only guess how the show will look and feel. It could be shocking, it could be dull, it could be accidental shots of the inside of artist’s pockets. It’s more than likely going to be all these things as well as a powerful look into the lives of diverse New York artists. A book documenting the project will be available at the gallery.
The human figure has an incredibly long history in the visual arts. Incredibly complex and immediately recognizable, the body is the most important form of the Western visual art canon and remains at the core of art education.
“Your Body As A Map” presents a diverse collection of human figures in art. Classical nudes mix with bosomy pin-ups, movie stars, cartoon characters, and gangsters. Each body is a unique story, a look into another life, and a map of human experience.
This show is curated by John De La O and Gabriel Ventura. It features work by the curators as well as Honey Brown, Cacia Zoo, Shaina Yang, Demi Ellison, Daniel Lamanna, Wednesday Kim, Megan Watters, and Daniella Rubinovitz.
Zawahra Alejandro, a floating gallery and collection of artists, will present their first New York show at the Con Artist Collective Gallery. This diverse group of creators presents an innovative approach to abstraction with elements of urban landscapes and quotidian cycles of triumph and failure. They're unafraid of experimentation and blend paint, textile, and print into uncommon sculptural forms. Their work demonstrates a profound respect of environment and critique of contemporary culture.
Zawahra Alejandro will run concurrently with the 2015 New York Armory Show. This survey will include work by Ada Bobonis, Ernesto Cánovas, Gracjana Rejmer-Cánovas, Héctor Madera, Ivelisse Jiménez, and Sebastian Vallejo.
Fashion is a product of industry, utility, and trend. Clothing is built to dress according to the wearers needs and taste. Decades of fashion have been handcrafted by repurposing old styles and borrowing from the visual world, but more and more the ideal of fashion is one of non-industry.
Curators Lady Millard and Christopher Tandy ask "What happened to Fashion?" in the next show at the Con Artist Collective. "Fast Fashion" has made the design process into a function of haste. Branding is becoming more important than the clothing itself and designers are now seated behind computers to facilitate a non-industry of speed and image over style.
Where is fashion in this new world of memes and "nice" Instagram photography? Has fashion become a lost art?
We here at the Con Artist Collective would like to invite you to "LilKool x Kristine Guico", a collaborative art and fashion show coinciding with the upcoming New York Fashion Week. Pop artist LilKool and womenswear designer Kristine Guico will combine forces to create unique outfits that will be modeled on the runway in our gallery space.
LilKool is a Brooklyn based artist who is proud to be part cowboy, part gentleman. His brightly colored, cartoonish designs cover canvases, high-end designer clothing, stickers, and tumblr pages with heavily outlined, grotesque characters. Up-and-coming designer Kristine Guico's clothing continues to pop up in magazines and celebrity wardrobes. Her geometric patterns and bold lines make the perfect compliment to LilKool’s aesthetic.
Clothing and artworks will be available for sale. Join us after the show for drinks and a chance to meet some of New York's most active emerging artists.
Date: Friday, February 13th At: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St. NY 10002 Tel: 646-504-2323
02.13.15 Friday 7 to 11 /// Opening and Fashion Show
Contact us for press inquiries or if you would like a chance to meet the artists. We hope to see you at this event.