lmakprojects

Recently Opened:

Palimpsest III
 Russell Nachman

LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St., NYC

large format watercolors on paper. “Nachman’s meditation on the waning days of western metaphysics via the art historical trope of the harlequin—re-imagined as a contemporary, Black Metal-music reveler… Using structures of iconic, Christian painting and illuminated, prayer manuscripts the work creates a contrast of reverence and irreverence.” - thru March 24

Double Agent Provocateur:

–Somewhere between James Bond, an often-conflicted spy, and Maximus the Gladiator, a slave who fights to preserve the lofty goals of a growing empire

That’s how Kenseth Armstead, the artist, describes James Armistead Lafayette, the slave who spied for George Washington during the American Revolution.

Armistead acted as a double agent, convincing Benedict Arnold and Britain’s General Cornwallis that he was an escaped slave and then feeding them disinformation about the American war effort. In 1786 he was emancipated.

In his series “Spook™: INVOCATION,"  at LMAKProjects on Eldridge Street, Armstead "re-mixes” scenes from the life of Armistead (an ancestor??) in graphic-novel format,  elevating him from the supporting actor’s role he appears in (if at all) in conventional histories to a position as leading man. If the dashing, spying slave looks to you like Jamie Foxx–that’s on purpose. (Weirdly, Foxx just signed up to play an escaped slave in a Quentin Tarantino movie, Django Unchained.)

Spook™: INVOCATION, Muzzle mouth, 2011, 9” x 12”, graphite on paper. Courtesy LMAKProjects

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Continues thru Dec 11th:

 Nava Lubelski
Roomful

LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St, NYC                          212-255-9707
(B or D to Grand St, the J, M, Z to Bowery, or the F to Delancey/Essex)

“In the exhibit Lubelski uses vastly different surfaces to hold her organic sewing, from a chair, to an eviscerated electric blanket, to a factory reject of misaligned army badges. The objects have been discarded as useless, yet still have a sense of presence and of history, of quietly embodied dramas. Their mass produced designs may contain little aesthetic intention or craftsmanship, but Lubelski’s detailed hand stitching is worked throughout their patterns creating a new identity; a chair becomes a sculpture, and a blanket a drawing. The work draws attention to the beauty of the structure and repetition and points out imperfections, which in turn alert the viewer to the unique qualities of the object.”

Opens Tonight (Oct 28) 6-9p:

Nava LubelskiRoomful

LMAKprojects 139 Eldridge St, NYC

“Lubelski uses vastly different surfaces to hold her organic sewing, from a chair, to an eviscerated electric blanket, to a factory reject of misaligned army badges. The objects have been discarded as useless, yet still have a sense of presence and of history, of quietly embodied dramas. Their mass produced designs may contain little aesthetic intention or craftsmanship, but Lubelski’s detailed hand stitching is worked throughout their patterns creating a new identity; a chair becomes a sculpture, and a blanket a drawing. The work draws attention to the beauty of the structure and repetition and points out imperfections, which in turn alert the viewer to the unique qualities of the object.” through December 11th

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Opens Tomorrow, Dec 16, 6-9p:

 Liselot van der Heijden
Les Uns et Les Autres (The Ones and The Others)”

LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St., NYC
(b/t Broome and Delancey)


Les Uns et Les Autres (The Ones and The Others) will feature Liselot van der Heijden’s latest multiple channel video-installation and explores disparities between the observer and the observed, and of those on the sidelines and those who are fully engaged in political protest. -thru January 29, 2012