11 Newel Gallery cultivating a local hub for emerging artists
What was once the Hamilton Dance Studio, owned and operated by the late Rita Hamilton at 11 Newel Street, is now a spacious art gallery with the intention and aspiration to continue a legacy of support for local artists.
After the who passed beloved Ms Hamilton in 2020, the owner of 11 Newel wanted to keep the space focused on art, and gallery owner Christophe Sloan agreed.
Christophe Sloan has lived in Greenpoint since 2007 and already knew the space as his daughters had already taken dance lessons at Hamilton Dance Studio. With a 15-year career in finance and a long-standing love of photography, Sloan decided now was the perfect time to make the transition to the art world.
With the help of its co-founder and curator, Tessa Kriegman, 11 Newel Gallery opened in August 2021 with the inaugural exhibition, TIMELY !, which featured 20 New York-based artists. Kriegman, who is also an artist and started her career as a curator on a potato farm in the Hamptons, is now joined by fellow curator / program director, Coco Dolle, and the two have worked hard to develop the next six. months of exhibitions.
The two also worked on the current in-house exhibition which features works by Tatyana Murray and David Henry Nobody Jr.
Tatyana Murray: Sparkling reflections
Tatyana Murray is a Brooklyn-based sculpting artist. The work featured in Effervescent Reflections spans his twenty-year career, with pieces from 2001 to 2021.
“Artist statement: My dreamscapes sculptural series are made with reappropriated materials. The different mediums are essential because of their reaction to light. For example, light is reflected off thousands of staples like the sun hitting the water. The multitude of semi-translucent pipes creates a fantastic scuba diving among the coral. Hydrocalcic bulbous forms reflect and absorb light in crevices and flockings. A new illusion of depth and layering is created. There is tenderness in the work, full of hope, celebrating life. Creating repeating patterns is a meditative process, which informs itself as the piece evolves. The geometric and circular patterns raise the question of whether they are cultivated or man-made, exploring a universe in which forms continually border on collapse and rearrangement, creating a constant flow. There is a visual tension between harmony and chaos, spiraling in and out of control, but at the heart of this disorienting movement is stillness. A space where the viewer can slow down in this fast-paced world, catch their breath and reflect.
With the use of recycled materials, Murray’s collection showcases the extraordinary possibilities of the otherwise mundane and otherwise overlooked objects that surround us. For example, his most recent Van Gogh-inspired piece, Starry Night, which took two years to produce, was created with the use of 100,000 staples. Provocative and sensual, Murray’s colorful work inspires a fascination with life.
David Henry Nobody Jr .: Liquid cacophony
Performance artist and creator David Henry Jr. is also a Brooklyn-based artist who has made a name for himself in the NFT world.
“Artist statement: My performances and my video works are inspired by myriads of characters drawn from an anthology of references from popular culture, memories and personal emotions. Over the past thirty years, I have created âArtâ as a framework for my life to unfold in a performative aspect, similar to the Fluxus movement. I feel disappointed with the elitist attitude of society and the politics of capitalist consumerism. In the vein of cultural theorist Zizek and Marxist deconstructionist Guy Debord “La sociÃ©tÃ© du spectacle”, I insert myself with humor and sarcasm into the hypocrisy of standards. Shocking and disturbing is obviously my type, as are Francis Bacon, Paul Mccarthy and Otto Dix.
David Henry Nobody Jr.
Equally provocative, but in an anti-establishment way, Nobody’s flagship collection (much like his performance art) is loud, innovative, and very exciting.
âLiquid Cacophonyâ is a video series of stereotypical characters embellished and splashed with paint. They were created in a week as an adrenaline rush performance before my show opened. The use of painting on the body comes from the rupture of the academic pictorial notions of the figure-ground relation, that is to say the visual relation between the foreground of a composition and the illusion. Each video acts as a color-focused table, purple, blue, red, green, orange, and yellow. The action of the paint splash transforms each character into unrecognizable, revealing the emotional. Much like the entertainment company, the staff become a cacophony of nonsense, lost in the digital illusions created by the fabric of our society. The blue-colored video shows a mad professor screaming to break the patriarchy (POTriarchy holding a pot) alluding to the firecracker philosopher Slovaj Zizek. The video with the green colored skeleton man references stupid groups from the 1990s like White Zombie. The red splash piece looks like something from the Warhol factory with the Velvet Underground modeling a weird photoshoot. The colors fuschia and green show an urban cyclist OG (original gangster), a stereotype. The yellow splash character is an early 2000s Electro-style club kid, melting down the dance floor, etc.
As Dolle beautifully declared, âTogether, the two artists bring a very contemporary working synergy in physics and digital. Dolle intends to include more NFT-minded artists in next year’s exhibitions, as she believes this is an inevitable and essential change in the art world. evolving. (To learn more about NFTs, you can read Dolle’s article in white hot magazine.)
The 11 Newel Gallery is organizing a closing reception for the current exhibition on Wednesday December 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public, although they ask participants to confirm their attendance in advance. You can do this by sending an email to [email protected]
Dolle and Kriegman have already organized the next six months of exhibitions, some of which were announced on their website. At the start of 2022, they will feature three sculptor artists from various backgrounds, then they will host a collective exhibition of paintings, followed by another NFT and AR (augmented reality) exhibition in the spring. In other words, they are full speed ahead!
So far, most of the artists are based in Brooklyn. While Dolle is interested in hosting international artists eventually, she said there was so much talent in our community that expansion was not necessary. They hope to continue welcoming Brooklyn-based artists, as being a necessary hub for the artistic community is essential to their mission. It is the perfect place for artists to meet collectors and for the community to appreciate the work of their neighbors in a quiet, spacious and bright space.
Sloan and Dolle eventually plan to post open calls for talent with the continued intention of cultivating early and mid-career artist development. Wishing for a multidisciplinary collaboration, the two also hope to host more events in the space, including panel discussions, live performances and various receptions.