- The new Cinders space is much larger than the old, and painted completely white.
Faced with an immense rent increase Cinders Gallery co-founders Kelie Bowman and Sto left their Havemeyer Street space last December, vowing to reopen in the neighborhood soon-ish. That turned out to be very soon: last week they announced the reopening two corners away at 28 Marcy Avenue, and on Saturday night they inaugurated the big, new space.
The new space is much, much bigger, and painted completely white, with a little seating area in the windows where there are also smaller works for sale, and a reception booth filled with zines and books. The space's inaugural exhibition, Resurrection is on view through May 28. It's notably more minimalist/conceptual/monochrome and less illustration/figurative/neon-hued than their shows tended to be in the former space, which might signal a change of direction, or just artists' responses to the zen, spartan space.
- A temple-like installation of drawings and paintings by Mark Warren Jacques.
- A tiny talismanic portrait with found parlor photo by Monica Canilao.
- Lady's rocking an amazing headdress (and whiskers?).
- Pretty beautiful installation of ink on acetate figures by Nadia Moss.
- Nadia Moss had this ink-on-acetate worm climbing down the wall, towards the safety of its wormhole.
- Clark Goolsby's resin hands hanging from multi-colored string.
- The small, chubby hands could have been amputated from Fernando Botero sculptures.
- Mitchell Wright's acrylic and gesso canvas "inevitability" an unexpected favorite (except the title).
- From a funny series of illustrations by Kevin Hooyman featuring this same restless heroine. This one seemed especially apt.
- Around 7:45 five performers took place under Goolsby's hung hands sculpture and did an original composition for ten color-coded bells.
- The performance must have lasted about five minutes, with building to a couple deafening crescendos as the ringers passed bells between each other. The crowd seemed very into it (nobody even covered their ears during the loud parts).
- I had definitely expected Butchy Fuego's magic wand-microphone sculpture to be incorporated into the performance somehow. No such luck.
- More people kept arriving after the performance, and even though it took a little longer than it would have in the old space, Cinders eventually filled up.
- The new Cinders Gallery space at 28 Marcy Avenue is pretty hard to miss with its neon-hued collaborative mural by Maya Hayuk and Mark Warren Jacques.