Gallery Exhibition: ”Paul Brainard: ROASTED“
February 24 through April 3
Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 24, 7-9pm
The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street, NYC
Solo Artist Booth: Paul Brainard
VOLTA NY 2016 - March 2 through March 6
Opening Reception, Tuesday, March 2
6-8pm (VIP), 8-10pm (Public)
Pier 90, West 50th Street at 12th Avenue, NYC
The Lodge Gallery is proud to present Paul Brainard: ROASTED, opening at the gallery on February 24th, and Paul Brainard: VOLTA NY 2016, a solo booth of the artist's work opening March 2nd.
Paul Brainard: Roasted is a group exhibition celebrating an artist and curator who has impacted the careers and influenced the studio work of many of today’s most relevant contemporary artists. In the spirit of the Friars Club Roasts, each participating artist has made new work “roasting” Brainard with artwork paying tribute to or poking fun at him. All attendees at the opening will have a chance to “roast” Brainard with a toast sponsored by Peroni Italy. Doors open from 7pm to 9pm with a reception following after at Fig. 19.
Set to run through Armory Arts Week, Paul Brainard: ROASTED will feature over 30 artists from New York City, Los Angeles and Europe including Ron Amstutz, Michael Bevilacqua, Miriam Carothers, Michele Colomer, Carl D'Alvia, Daniel Davidson, Pia Dehne, Dawn Frasch, Rebecca Goyette, Duncan Hannah, Karen Heagle, Volker Hueller, Liz Insogna, Aaron Johnson, Irena Jurek, Erika Keck, Emily Noelle Lambert, Hayley McCulloch, Frank J Miles, Heather Joy Morgan, Nick Naber, Hyun Jin Alex Park, Kanishka Raja, Walter Robinson, Tom Sanford, Hazel Lee Santino, Samantha Keely Smith, Ulrike Theusner, Lane Twitchell, Frank Webster, Doug Young, Aaron Zimmerman.
Additionally, The Lodge Gallery will be presenting a solo booth of Paul Brainard’s work at VOLTA NY 2016, featuring original drawings and sculpture. VOLTA NY 2016 opens to the public on Wednesday, March 2nd (8pm) at the west side piers adjoining the main Armory Show (Pier 90, 92, and 94) and will be on view through Armory Arts Week, concluding March 6th.
Paul Brainard’s works are made up of portraits of friends, family and people from his life, imagery from advertising, the internet, celebrity culture, celebrity counter-culture and American puritanical religious imagery. A common aesthetic theme throughout Paul’s work is a dark and cynical sensibility that stems from the artists existentialist and absurdist philosophy. Formally, the drawings are rendered in a constant state of flux and are woven together from moments of expressive bursts and carefully calculated precision. There is an overt rebelliousness in both the execution and the subject matter of his work that services the viewers imagination with recollections of a kid in the back of a high school classroom, clad in a leather motorcycle jacket, carving away his frustrations and his fantasies into a desktop with a switchblade. Through a malestrom of drawings and scrimshawed desk sculpture, the artist channels a rebellious spirit against media-saturated contemporary American society. Brainard's CV is extensive, including fall 2003's “Kult 48 Klubhouse”, a seminal takeover of Deitch Project's Brooklyn space (curated by Scott Hug), to “Heathen Fundamentalist”, a group exhibition in ode to Phillip Guston at The Lodge Gallery this past summer.
The Lodge Gallery, founded by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, is located at 131 Chrystie Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. It is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide and serves as both an art space and a gathering place for hearty discourse and experimentation.
Last week saw the premiere of Totally Gay for Sports (TGF Sports). Curated by Pittsburgh native Paul Brainard, the group show features sport inspired pieces by Evie Falci, Jean-Pierre Roy, Hyunjin Alex Park, Eric White, Dawn Frasch, Peter Daverington and more. With ‘TGF Sports’ emblazoned across the wall, The Lodge Gallery was packed to the rafters for a night of beer, Gatorade, and athletic artwork. Upon entering The Lodge, you could sense that Brainard, who happens to be straight, had a satirical agenda in mind when he curated these works. We took some time to speak to Brainard about the exhibition and he had this to say: “I came up with the idea for Totally Gay for Sports because I felt that in a sentence it articulated a current state of American culture–which is sports mania and an obsession with gay culture. There is a whole repressed element of sexuality in the United States and that lends itself very much to not be accepting of sexuality, first of all, and then second of all, not being accepting of someone’s choice to be gay or someone’s natural disposition to be gay. And because of that there are men watching sports or doing whatever they can to avoid self actualizing. In a lot of cultures actually… there are a lot of dudes who watch sports all over the world or just do something to become not what they should be.”