new york based artist

Archaeologists estimate humans have tattooed themselves and each other for about 12,000 years. John Yuyi has updated this ritual for the social media age. The Taipei-born, New York-based artist became an Instagram sensation for applying her Facebook profile as a temporary tattoo on her face, reflecting our complex relationship to online expression, identity, and desire for approval. This series expanded to include likes, messages, avatars and logos, inking flesh, even temporarily, with the digital structures we inhabit and are now a part of us. John Yuyi shows how aesthetic taste and desire (here for Gucci’s Le Marché des Merveilles watch) is more than skin deep. – Text by New Territories (Samantha Culp)


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Upstate New York-based illustration artist Madeleine Buzbee will be creating original commissioned work for the entire month of February. 80% of the profits will go towards either Planned Parenthood, or The Council on American-Islamic Relations. Here is an example of their work! These would be good for a tattoo idea, Valentine’s Day gift, merch design, or a flyer for an event you are hosting. Feel free to contact them via email at or through direct message on Instagram.

posters: $25-50 sliding scale
shirt design/logo/card: $15-40 sliding scale
tattoo design: $10-20 sliding scale


The cover of Joanna Newsom’s latest album, “Divers,” is a photograph by the New York-based artist Kim Keever. Keever is known for crafting elaborate dioramas in an aquarium, then releasing pigments into the tank and taking pictures of the resulting underwater scenes.

See more of the artist’s “Abstract” series.

Courtesy Kim Keever / Waterhouse & Dodd

Throwback Thursday!

In 2005, we opened Zoe Keramea: Geometry of Paradox, featuring two- and three-dimensional works on paper by the under-recognized New York-based artist. The exhibition reflected Keramea’s sense of delight in visual challenges as she invited viewers to involve themselves in the mental “unfolding” of the work. The drawings she produced for the exhibition used deceptively simple motifs, such as lines, knots, and geometrical shapes, to challenge spatial conventions.

Keramea has been exploring enfolded surfaces through sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and ceramics. Her work is deeply rooted in the history of geometrical figuration as a system of both logical and metaphorical thought. For the artist, geometry proposes an array of conceptual potentialities with internal logics that are available to be analyzed, recontextualized and turned inside out or upside down. Although lines have strong cultural associations for Keramea (she was born in Athens and raised in an environment full of shipping lines and fishing nets), the lines in her art function as conceptual problems. For her, lines not only reflect the path between two points, but are elements project space, define context and imply volume.


Knots II, IV, VI, VIII, X, 1990. Zoetype, each 7” x 40“

Spikey Moebius, 2002. Paper and thread, 8” x 8”” x 4 ½”

Noutilus Antecedent, 1998. Graphite on paper, each 7 ½” x 7 ½” 

Leo Castaneda is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Miami and New York. His work plays with ideas of immersion and mixed reality- the merging of real and virtual worlds. Forms enter and exit various mediums to create a constant feedback loop; images and textures seen in virtual simulations may originate from physical pieces, and vice versa.

‘Combined Render #6′ by Leo Castaneda 


Pareidolia is the human tendency to see faces in inanimate objects or random patterns – very understandable, considering how our brains evolved to prioritize facial recognition. It’s also an obsession of New York-based artist and provocateur Olaf Breuning, whose Instagram feed has become a pareidolia deep-dive. Biscuits, toilets, kitchen utensils and soccer balls all become faces peering out of the screen, with captions that carry Breuning’s trademark dark humor. For #TFWGucci the Le Marché des Merveilles watch animates an utterly shocked sweater, and an everyday grocery cart. – Text by New Territories (Samantha Culp)

Limbs merge, torsos twist, flesh morphs and transforms – the work of Danish-born, New York-based artist Asger Carlsen reminds us that the human body is a very strange place. His signature black-and-white photographs portray a mundane scene interrupted by a bizarrely-distorted figure, with an underlying sense of comic absurdity. This is highlighted for #TFWGucci by the mischievous John Trulli, who brings a wry wit to Asger’s work to satirize the funhouse mirror of modern beauty standards. – Text by New Territories.

Ace AIR: Chang Liu

Program: Ace AIR
Location: Ace Hotel New York
Date of Stay: 03.12.17
Artist: Chang Liu

Interview: Traveler’s Portraits is a series of (9) 4.5" x 5.5" prints on paper and (2) prints on Epson Exhibition Paper. The prints stem from a participatory artwork focused on local culture, emerging technology, conversation and surprise. 

Participants signed up in advance, met Liu in one of our hotel rooms and answered questions on the topic of home while their portraits were drawn by a computer running custom software written by Chang Liu. Pictured here are just a few samples of the many works Liu produced this night.

Graduated from the NYU-ITP, Chang Liu is a visual artist based in New York. Liu is a co-founder of Hibanana Studio, an artists alliance studio, focusing on visual art, live visual performance, audiovisual installation, coding art and interactive installation. She is also a research fellow at the Interactive Telecommunication Program of New York University. Liu Chang’s work has been frequently exhibited in museums and galleries in China, the United States and South America.

This March, our Artists in Residence program hosts artists from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible.


Jordan Eagles is a New York based artist who experiments with blood. Eagles has been working with animal blood to explore what he thinks are life’s fundamental questions. He create works that evoke the connections between life, death, body, spirit, and the Universe


Franck Bohbot (b.1980, France/USA) - House of Books

Franck Bohbot is a French fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He focuses his artistic research on public spaces, urban landscapes and, more recently, on documentary portraits. His thematics study the relationship between the individual and architecture. Some series study the relationship between fiction and reality.

“I consider myself an observer. I play with what i have in front of me. I like when the viewer appropriate himself a photograph. Sometimes a photograph deliver a message sometimes not. I make pictures with my heart. Photography is moment of solitude, happiness and pain”

© All images courtesy of the artist

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I can assure you I won’t be forgetting the name Batya any time soon, even though the New York based dream pop artist arrives on our radar with a song entitled What’s My Name. Batya already has a debut album slate for release this spring. She transfixes us with her fleecy vocals and a lush strumming form of alt pop on the latest taste from that album. Batya explains that What’s My Name is about self-discovery, or being unsure of where you came from or where you’re going. Like a feather in a blustering gust of wind, we’re blown hither and yon by her enchanting aria. For a moment, we are all free spirited nomads, traveling the dusty roads with Batya in hopes of finding our true selves. 


Koya Abe (b. 1964) is a Japanese digital artist currently based in New York. This series of 26 digital prints, titled ‘Animism’, is his poignant response to the earthquake and tsunami that struck north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 – a disaster in which thousands lost their lives.

Abe has taken images of famous Edo-period landscape and figure prints by artists such as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi and radically altered them so as to remove almost all evidence of human culture from the view. Even Mount Fuji, which dominates the landscape in several of the original prints, has been eradicated in Abe’s works, emblematic of the toll that the earthquake took physically and nationally on the Japanese psyche.

Abe’s moving testament is important not only in itself, but as an example of the way Japanese artists have attempted to understand the disaster. 

One of the prints is on display in Room 94 until 10 April 2016.

© Koya Abe.