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28. Sep. 2017
Cuchifritos /
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

As a culmination of his 6-month residency at Artists Alliance Inc, the former LES Studio Program artist, Nobutaka Aozaki, will continue to work on his ongoing projects, using Cuchifritos Gallery as his studio. While working, the gallery-turned-studio will be open to the public. Visitors are invited to meet with the artist and discuss his developing projects, some of which began during his residency at AAI and are inspired by the LES neighborhood.
About the proposal, Nobutaka said “The works I do demand more time and I hesitate to accelerate the process. I would like to propose an alternative idea for Cuchifritos – Instead of having an exhibition, I would like to use the gallery as a studio and continue to work. The gallery/studio is open to the public while I am at work there. This way I can continue to develop works that I like and further explore the neighborhood. Also, by being there, I can interact with general public. I am interested in Cuchifritos’ architectural character and location inside the Essex Market as my work often questions the distinction between commodity and art, and the systems and exchanges surrounding them. I hope this idea integrates well with the concept and context, the hybridity of Cuchifritos. It would be a special opportunity for me to work within the market along with the various vendors.”
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Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He brings a wry and playful approach to his multifaceted practice, often focusing on the transactional nature of both art and life in the city. His work frequently combines performance and sculpture, developing from everyday interactions with people on the street.
He completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. He has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, the Artists’ Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, and C12 Emerging Artist Award from Hunter College. Recent exhibitions include Transportation, ISCP, New York, Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, New York; Queens International 2013, Queens Museum, New York; What is the Real Value of Wealth, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Tina, SPIKE, Berlin; and Where Do We Migrate To?, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden; Statements, Tokyo. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Queens Museum Studio Program, the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Center For Book Arts workspace residency program, and LMCC Swing Space residency program. His work has been recently discussed in Spike Art Quarterly, The New York Times, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, ArtAsiaPacific, and Cabinet Magazine.

Artists Alliance Inc. is 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos Gallery and the LES Studio Program are supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Cuchifritos Gallery programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.

01. Aug. 2017
Cuchifritos /
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Cuchifritos Gallery and Residency Unlimited are pleased to present their seventh annual collaboration, On Illusions, featuring the recent work of Japanese artists Naomi Okubo and Kuniyasu Sakaizawa.

Through two distinct practices, both artists create work that hovers along the edge of the material world and perception. Okubo’s tender images of lush landscapes animated by cartoonish details often conceal the fragile state of the female characters at the center of her work. Borrowing from the glossy and colorful aesthetics of advertising and repetitive motifs created by digital technology and mass media, the worlds depicted in Okubo’s paintings frequently deflect the viewer’s attention from the contradictions between beauty and femininity imposed on women and the vulnerabilities that are exacerbated by a need to conform.

Sakaizawa’s iterative process makes similar use of the canvas, as layers of paint, applied in dozens of identical gestures, build out beyond a two-dimensional surface. Each element of the work—title, color composition, shifts in tone and texture—reveal a body of thought much larger than any single painting.

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

This year marks the 20th anniversary Emanuel Xavier’s self-published chapbook Pier Queen, a poetic manifesto about his personal experiences coming of age as a former street hustler, drug dealer/addict, homelessness and survivor of child abuse. To celebrate this LGBTQ Latinx and POC milestone, Rebel Satori Press has reissued the book with brand new cover art featuring a photograph by Richard Renaldi that captures the spirit and defiance of the Christopher Street West Side Highway piers. As part of Sweety’s Radio: Edicion Especial we will be honoring the anniversary of this chapbook with an exhibition and reception. On Friday, July 14, Xavier will be joined by percussionist Joyce Jones to recreate the spirit of late 90s poetry readings from the book Pier Queen in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of this landmark collection by a former homeless pier queen who went on to become one of the most significant voices of the LGBT and Latinx poetry movements.

Drawn from Xavier’s personal archives as well as artists in conversation with his work, the exhibition spans several bodies of work from throughout Xavier’s career; from videos, event flyers, fan notes, memorabilia from that era as well as photographs by Richard Renaldi and artwork by Gabriel Garcia Roman.

Interview: Friday, July 14 from 6-8P, hosted by Sweety’s member Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz