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28. Sep. 2017
Cuchifritos /
4h
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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 /
24h
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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 /
24h
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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

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Raul grew up between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his drawings often reference the landscape, buildings, and characters from his childhood. Raul’s work on Lowriders in Space is done completely in ballpoint pen, a decision to reference his first tools as a young artist, often making fan art of comic book characters. For this interactive exhibition at Cuchifritos, Raul’s original illustrations from the “Lowriders” series will be installed in allusion to newsstand vendors displays in Ciudad Juarez, along with a wall that will be available for visitors to the gallery to draw characters from the series or create their own.

Interview: Friday, July 7 from 6-8P, hosted by Sweety’s member Julia Mata

28. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Sweety’s Radio: Edición Especial kicks off Friday, June 30 with the work of Cecilia Gentili. In an exhibition that brings together images, objects, and oral herstories, the project collectively speaks of the impact of Gentili’s work as a mentor and muse, as well as the importance of community and agency in the documentation of trans-femme realities. The installation includes selections from an ongoing photo essay made in collaboration with artist Serena Jara, and wearable garments made by Gogo Graham for Cecilia. Bridging the works are videos of Gentili’s storytelling, a practice that she has harvested as a tool for healing and instigating dialogue, and which informs her work as a counselor to other trans individuals seeking guidance.

15. Jun. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Sweety's Radio is a live talk-show/installation project developed by Sweety's - a curatorial initiative conceived by artists Julia Mata, Bryan Rodriguez Cambana, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, and Eduardo Restrepo Castaño that since 2013, works on seeking out spaces and producing events dedicated to the labor of black and brown artists.

At Cuchifritos, the collective will host Edición Especial, a special iteration of Sweety’s Radio that focuses on Spanish speaking cultural producers, as a means to bridge the conversations taking place amongst black and brown (Spanish-speaking) communities in and outside of the U.S. From June 27th through July 30th Sweety’s programming will consist of weekly interviews featuring four invited artists whose work will take over the Cuchifritos space for each week, culminating in a collaborative installation by the four members of Sweety’s.
 
In response to the local community surrounding Cuchifritos and Essex Street Market, as well as the history of the Lower East Side as Loisaida, and the curators’ personal investment as immigrants and first generation, Sweety’s brings together four artists: Cecilia Gentili (June 27th- July 2nd), Raul Gonzalez III (July 4th- 9th), Emanuel Xavier (July 11th-16th), Elia Alba (July 18th-23nd).

05. Apr. 2017
Cuchifritos /
24h
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Cuchifritos Gallery

Cuchifritos Gallery is pleased to present Undone Yin Yang, an installation of new work by Jerry Blackman curated by Brigitte Mulholland. Featuring a suite of drawings and a series of wall and freestanding sculptures, the exhibition continues Blackman’s exploration of archetypal themes and binaries. The installation functions simultaneously as both a singular work, and an aggregate of discrete objects.

Blackman’s ongoing Disk series, begun in 2014, involves a complex and labor-intensive technique of extruding partially set plaster through rigid stencils that are designed to break. His material and process-oriented practice yields sculptures that become metaphors for the metaphysical themes organizing our spiritual universe. That brief moment of time where the plaster is in an unstable state—neither solid nor liquid—takes on symbolism for the cosmic balance of chaos and order, embodying a kind of non-dualistic state of transcendence.

A series of circular floor sculptures are extensions of these wall works, arranged to suggest a latent energy: elements waiting to be activated. As Blackman uses and reuses the mold to cast them, traces of detritus from previous castings become integral, unforeseen moments in new works; the various logos and material markings that appear in the sculptures are subtle artifacts of their origins. And yet, for the all of the apparent emphasis on an objective geometry, the rigor and physicality of Blackman’s sculptures and process also make them deeply personal and self-reflective.

His new series of black and white graphite drawings are diptychs, each displaying circuits of contradicting terminals that are completed with the partner drawing. Further resolution of those diametric forces manifests in the gray color that covers the gallery. Blackman’s formal pairing of opposites—black and white, horizontal and vertical—are referencing the sculptures too, nodding to the larger process of mixing water and plaster dust (at a 50/50 ratio) to make them.

Like a closed circuit cosmogram that articulates its own materiality, everything in the exhibition is a holistic reference to itself and to the other works. Inspired by elements of Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, the binaries Blackman conjures —man and woman, front and back, internal and external, flat and round (to name a few)— manifest across multiple works and channels. The installation becomes a complex system of circuits that are superimposed on one another, referencing, mirroring, and balancing their own tensions, yet never quite resolving them either, thus remaining in a perpetual state of energetic incompletion.

17. Jan. 2017
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Opening: Inauguration Day, January 20 2017, 6-8p
Exhibition Dates: January 20 through March 5, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002 (inside Essex Street Market)

State (Wolfgang Staehle), United Nations (Joan Waltemath), Defense (Peter Fend), Navy (Marie Lorenz), Treasury (Stan Cox), Labor (Fred Lonidier), Energy (Brian Holmes), Media (Coleen Fitzgibbon), Intel (Jakob Boeskov), Interior (Alice Outwater) and Education (Franz Vila).

On November 22, 2016, amidst great uncertainty about the direction of the United States in the next four years, a proposal erupted: to launch, as is parliamentary custom in Britain, a Shadow Cabinet.

The Shadow Cabinet, as in Britain, would serve as a voice in contrast with, but not in denial of, the incoming Administration. On occasion, there could even be similar views; we do not yet know. We aim now to put on record the views of members of the most-forward thinking sector, the daring pioneers, of the US. For some, this sector is called the "avant-garde."

Some people go on strike. We do not. We do the opposite. We go to work, in loyal opposition. We call for the Avant-Garde of the United States, the pioneering thinkers and inventors and visualizers, to not object to what has happened, but to project what could instead happen.

Up to four years may be required to wait for enactments.

For a full statement, please visit www.shadowcabinet.info

09. Jan. 2017
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Opening: Friday, January 13, 6-8p
Exhibition Dates: January 13 through January 17, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002 (inside Essex Street Market)

sette stagioni dello spirito - controracconto is a film by Gian Maria Tosatti documenting a project he carried out from 2013 to 2016, which encompassed the entire city of Naples, Italy. Tosatti used Naples as a stage for interventions that were in the form of environmental installations -- a site could look as if it was untouched, and abandoned by humans, while in fact it was entirely constructed by the artist. A surreal twist would typically be incorporated into the setting: several rooms in a hallway will look exactly the same, but differ slightly, creating an underlying tension within the viewers’ unconsciousness. Through this project, Tosatti redefined the relationship between art and community. The artwork was integrated into the city in an almost unnoticed way, unconsciously affecting the people of Naples as they were going about their everyday life.

13. Dec. 2016
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Exterior of Essex Street Market

On view: December 18 through December 19, 2016; 12-6 pm
Location: Exterior of Essex Street Market at 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is very pleased to present Recetas y Gangas, a temporary audio installation by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga on the exterior of Essex Street Market on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Over the last decade, Zúñiga has recorded the calls of vendors, particularly those from traditional Latin American markets, threading together the sounds of various products being sung into the air into compositions that modify the experience of space. The resonant sounds of vendors’ voices begin to extend the interior of the market out onto the street to create a completely new sense of familiar spaces.

For this installation Zúñiga has created an audio composition featuring the voices of the Essex Street Market vendors and customers describing their products or sharing recipes. The audio montage will be emitted by an amplified speaker located above the Delancey/Essex Subway station, on the exterior of the Essex Market, emulating the traditional selling strategies used by market vendors to beckon pedestrians into the market. The installation honors both the long history of market vendors announcing, singing or “chanting” their goods to the public, as well as Essex Street Market’s original intention as a space to house street cart vendors.

Recetas y Gangas was first conceived by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga at the invitation of curator Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful for the exhibition Lettuce, Artichokes, Red Beets, Mangoes, Broccoli, Honey and Nutmeg: The Essex Street Market as Collaborator (Cuchifritos Gallery, on view February 26 through March 27, 2016). During this show, six socially conscious artists—Laia Solé, Antonia Pérez, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, Mary Ting, Beatrice Glow, and Harley Spiller— were invited to engage vendors, customers and the Market itself in their artistic processes as a means of co-generating experiences centered on the life that unfolds outside Cuchifritos Gallery. The participating artists and their collaborators brought to the forefront issues relevant to their respective trades and roles, while paying attention to the narratives as well as to the material culture that their presence in the place spawns as a result of their encounters.

05. Dec. 2016
Cuchifritos /
2h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9 from 6-8p
Exhibition Dates: December 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002 (inside Essex Street Market)

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is thrilled to present Collected Works: A Brief History of Artists Alliance Inc., an installation by LES Studio Program resident Alison Owen and curated by Sanna Almajedi. Collected Works is an imprint of The Clemente building on 107 Suffolk St. created through Artist Alliance Inc. archive, and the residue of its artists-in-residence. Artist Alison Owen tells her own story of what AAI is in an investigative installation situated at the Cuchifritos Gallery. The installation consists of the remnants and ephemera of current and former residents’ creative projects, as well as dust, paint chips, and other materials collected from the stairwells and studios, creating an impression of what it means to work within AAI’s community. The Clemente has been occupied by artists since the 80s; Owen herself has been an artist-in-residence there since October 2016 through AAI’s LES Studio Program. Owen’s installation will be accompanied by a catalog introducing the audience to the rich and creative history of AAI, told through the perspective of both short- and long-term residents.

28. Oct. 2016
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Opening: Friday, November 4, 6-8p
On View: November 4 through December 4, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-6pm

Xtrotecture is a project which examines the simultaneous local and global presence of Lower Manhattan in an age of late-capitalism, technological acceleration, and the Anthropocene. How do we envisage the city now, and what potential strategies are available for confronting these contemporary aporias? In this phase of the project, artist and writer Joshua Johnson will interview artists, theorists and experts who have articulated new conceptualizations of architecture, technology, and planning for the 21st century. These interviews will be conducted in Artists Alliance’s Cuchifritos Gallery, in the midst of an evolving installation. The interviews will be publicly broadcast and documented on a companion website: http://xtrotecture.com

Presented as part of the Workspace 2016 series, featuring the work of LES Studio Program artists-in-residence.

09. Oct. 2016
Cuchifritos /
1h
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The Clemente 107 Suffolk St

Opening Reception: October 14, 2016, 7p – 9:30p
On View: October 14 – November 20, 2016
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 7p – 9:30p

PS160 is an immersive architectural installation that will take place inside The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center. Created by artist Gabrielle Mertz and commissioned by Artists Alliance, the project utilizes a choreographed series of light and sound projections located throughout the Clemente building to construct a performative experience of the architecture. The installation references structural and design elements of the Dutch Neo-Gothic landmark, as well as the building’s history within the Lower East Side neighborhood, original function as a school, and later use by artists and community members. The event also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law, which helped to catalyze the architectural preservation movement in the United States.

Drawing on her background as a professional choreographer, the artist constructs a site-specific, immersive experience that places the architecture of the building at center stage and in the role of performer. Audiences will be able to explore the building’s performance at will using a map provided by the artist. PS160 refers to the building’s former life as Public School 160, the name conferred by the New York City Board of Education’s Committee on Buildings upon construction in 1897.

23. Sep. 2016
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is thrilled to present Nom Nom Ohm: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Chandeliers, an installation by Jessica Segall that features two chandelier light fixtures powered by the unlikely source of produce. The antique chandeliers are illuminated using products bought from Essex Street Market vendor Viva Fruit and Vegetables. The pair of opulent chandeliers were rewired to use the unidirectional flow of electrical charge, or DC power, to collect all of their energy from the humble source of market-bought fruit.

19. Aug. 2016
Cuchifritos /
1h
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

"Formerly we used to represent things visible on earth, things we either liked to look at or would have liked to see. Today we reveal the reality that is behind visible things, thus expressing the belief that the visible world is merely an isolated case in relation to the universe and that there are many more other, latent realities. Things appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday…" – Paul Klee, Creative Confession (1920)

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