Illustration Residency Showcase - 2017


On View : November 13th to November 17th
Opening Reception : Wednesday November 15th /// 7-11pm


Con Artist Collective is proud to present a group exhibition of new work from our 2017 Illustration Residency. Hand-picked by for exceptional work in illustration, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed.

Featuring:
Anna Marcelo
Alice Skinner
Rose Chang
Luz Rodrigues Dager
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Metrotexture II


On View: November 6 to November 10
Gallery Party: Wednesday November 8th 2017


From the gritty streets and subways in 1960’s Bronx arose a new form of counterculture, which became known as street art. Capturing the marginalized and urban experience, this art form has now spread to all parts of the globe. Step into 119 Ludlow, as we present a photography show displaying modern day street culture.
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Halloween 2017


DATE: October 31st 2017 // 7pm to October 31st 2017 // 7pm
TICKETS: $15 buys you an original hand-painted mask and entrance to attend this yearly artists run Halloween party.



Hidden on Ludlow St in the gritty Lower East Side, comes an infamous party unlike any other. Free for members, the public’s only ticket in is a $15 original artist hand painted mask (while supplies last). Pick one up at "You'll need a mask" the week before, or at the door on the 31st. Come through at Con Artist Collective on October 31st and join us for a night of boozey debauchery, unforgettable memories, and creative collaboration.
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Halloween Horrorshow


ON VIEW: October 30th to October 30th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday November 1st 2017 /// 7pm - 11pm



While strolling around New York City, you may notice halloween decorations plastered across store windows. All are a sign that All Hallow’s Eve is dawning near. Be prepared to get a scare, as the collective will showcase an array of work inspired by the diabolical, supernatural and darkness. Watch your worst nightmares come to life in this once a year affair.
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

You'll Need A Mask

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ON VIEW: October 23rd to October 27th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday October 25 /// 7-11pm


How can you celebrate Halloween without your Halloween mask? Simple. You can’t. Traditionally masks were used to ward off the scary spirits that plagued the world during autumn. But now, they are a fun, and sometimes lavish way to celebrate Halloween. Come celebrate with us!


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

2017 Fall Residency Showcase


Dates: October 16th to October 20th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday October 18th /// 7-11pm


Con Artist Collective is proud to present of group exhibition of new work from our 2017 Fall Residency. Hand-picked for exceptional in their respective mediums, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed.

Featuring:

Seunghwui Koo
Michelle Kim
Joe Arnold
BriAnna Olson
AnnaLeena Prykäri

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Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Pickle Day 2017


ONE DAY ONLY: October 15th /// 11am-7pm

Is there anything the Con Artist Collective won't do? Our members definitely didn't draw the line at Pickles... Stop by booth in the pickle festival for pickle stickers, pins, tshirts, zines and more. Then swing by our gallery at 119 Ludlow st. for a ONE DAY ONLY pickle related art show. It's wont leave a sour taste in your mouth... probably.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The Divided State of America


ON VIEW: October 9th to October 13th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday October 11th /// 7-11pm


Americans are starting to question what aspects of our history we should choose to celebrate. Several states have replaced Columbus day with Indigenous People Day, or Native American day. Similarly, in the south, Americans are questioning if it is appropriate to memorialize confederate leaders in the form of statues, going as far as tearing them down themselves in protest. In August, a protest supposedly against the legal removal of one such statue organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville turned violent when faced with counter-protesters. During the week of Columbus day, we are inviting our members to respond to the increasingly heated struggle to define America.

Polaroid photo by: Nick McManus.
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Conicon 4.0


On View: October 2 to October 6
Gallery Party: Wednesday October 4rd 2017



It’s that time of the year again, so grab your cape and colorful spandex and come to the Conicon 4.0 group show. Conicon is a show inspired by comics and the annual NYC Comic-Con convention. The show is a couple of days before the convention, so you’ll have time to geek out at both!
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Farewell Photobook: Presented by Hartford Art School


Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Doors: 5pm
Panel Discussion: 5:30pm
Book signing: 7pm-9pm



The International Limited Residency MFA in Photography program at the Hartford Art School – University of Hartford presents:

Hartford Book Release Party & Panel Discussion: Farewell Photobook

The event is to take place on September 30, 2017 at the Con Artist Collective (119 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002). Doors open at 5pm, beginning at 5:30 PM all participating artists will engage in a lively panel discussion about the book making process moderated by Michael Vahrenwald, faculty/advisor HAS MFA. A book signing of recently published works will follow the discussion from 7-9PM. We are pleased to announce the following artists (publishers) will participate in this event:

Faculty members:
Robert Lyons – Pictures From The Next Day (Zatara Press)
Mary Frey – Reading Raymond Carver (Pepperoni Books)

Alumnae:
Tsar Fedorsky – The Light Under The Door (Pepperoni Books)
Michael Dalton II – The Great Falls (Pepperoni Books)
Chikara Umihara – Whispering Hope (Self Published)
Morgan Ashcom – What The Living Carry (MACK).
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Money Shot II



On View: September 25 to September 29
Gallery Party: Wednesday September 27

Following the 2014 Money Shot group show, Con Artist presents Money Shot II! A money shot is the flashiest, most awe-inspiring, or most expensive scene of a film (pornographic or otherwise). Each work is considered to be the most valuable, best executed, or most important piece ever created by the artist themself.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Goodbye Cassini

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ON VIEW: September 11th to September 15th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday September 13th /// 7-11pm


The universe is full of mysteries. Black holes? Dark Matter?? Aliens??? The Cassini spacecraft has been uncovering the mysteries of the Ringed Planet, Saturn for more than a decade but now it’s almost time to end its mission with a bang... by crashing into Saturn. Come see artists move outerspace into the art space in this stellar group show.


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The Curio of Norfolk - "Women in Motion"



Dates: August 16th to August 31st

"Women in Motion"

Travel and expression through antiques & oddities

The Curio of Norfolk, LLC, is coming from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York with a treasure trove from Europe.

A curated collection of unusual items related to the theme of “Women in Motion.” Showing how ladies have navigated space, especially so-called forbidden places. Antiques and oddities related to travel, writing, science, performance, visual art. Books, furniture, jewelry, and framed art from the 1600s to the 1900s.

E-mail: popupcurio@gmail.com
Phone: +1 347-696-0410
Website: www.popupcurio.info
Instagram: @thecurioantiques
Facebook: @thecurioofnorfolkllc

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Candylands - July 31st to August 4th



Dates: July 31st to August 4th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday August 2nd /// 7-11pm


Candy has long inspired creative minds across the artistic spectrum. From works of literature and film like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Bow Wow Wow’s "I Want Candy", these tasty treats have ignited some of the world’s favorite works of art. Andy Warhol found a muse in candy with his famous Candy Still Life. Carry Leibowitz emerged in 1990’s under the name “Candyass”. It’s impact on the arts is truly immeasurable. Satisfy your sweet tooth and check out the Con Artist Collective Show CandyLands. It's gonna be SUH-WEET!

Sponsored By:
Economy Candy

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Meet Your Marker - July 24th to July 28th



Dates: July 24th to July 28th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday July 26th /// 7-11pm


Ever pass by the marker section of your favorite art supply store, unable to resist picking up a new one? This show is for you! It's a great time to be a marker artist with all the available supplies out there from graffiti markers to brush types to the millions of colors now being produced. Catch this Con Artist Collective group show pushing the boundaries of this incredibly versatile and accessible artistic tool. You might even be inspired to make your own creations!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

ScreenPUNCH - July 17 to July 21

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Dates: 7/7/17 - July 17th to July 21st
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday July 19th /// 7-11pm


The Lower East Side and New York City has always had an exciting history with screen printing. More than just Andy Warhol's famous vibrant color portraits of celebrities and political figures, screen prints were also countless band flyers, T-shirts, posters and even record album covers, whatever those are. Harken back to a not so distant past with this group show at the Con Artist Collective and relive a time when this mostly American art form and DIY aesthetic was a familiar element on street light poles, alley walls, underground magazines and music club venues.

7 七, QĪ- LUCKY/UNLUCKY
Like 5, 7 has both positive and negative connotations in Chinese culture. For the positive side, 七 sounds like both 起 (qǐ), which means “start” or “rise”, and also 气 (qì), which means “vital energy”. Seven is also seen as a lucky number for relationships. The Qixi Festival (七夕節), also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar. The 7th month is also known as the “ghost month” in China, where ghosts and spirits are believed to rise from hell to visit earth. While ghosts may be seen as omens, the ghost festival in the 7th month is widely celebrated. 7 may also be considered unlucky because 七 sounds like 欺 , meaning “cheat”.

Flyer by Idle Beats Shanghai


Con Artist Collective & Gallery

119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Putin In Drag



Dates: July 10th to July 14th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday July 12th /// 7-11pm


Alexander Tsvetkov has been commited to a mental institution, and we could face 15 days in prison or a fine of $53 for distributing this image, or others like it, if we were in Russia. This show will consist of portraits of your favorite politicians, celebrities, characters, etc in drag or bending their gender roles.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Cut/Paste - July 3 to July 7



Dates: July 3rd to July 7th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday July 5th /// 7-11pm


Cut and Paste was a process created for the modern era of digital typesetting and now also used in computer graphic design, but this Con Artist Collective group show features various forms of collage. The physical act of cutting and pasting together elements from previous material to produce something new is as relevant today as when the name was given to this art form by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century. Everything old is new again! Reduce, Recycle and Reuse! Cut and Paste!

Flyer artwork by Boris Bernard



Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The $20 Art Show



DATES: June 26th to 30th
GALLERY PARTY: JUNE 28th /// 7-11 PM


"Art is food! You can't eat it, but it feeds you. Art has to be cheap and available to everybody."
-Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover Vermont, 1984

Presale tickets are available. For $25 you can come to the gallery at 6pm one hour before it's open to the public and select one framed postcard while enjoying a free drink.
Get your Limited tickets available here.

This popular show of 4x6 original works returns for 2017! Come browse hundreds on postcard sized originals. Everything $20. No reproductions or prints, all one-of-a-kind. Peruse work from 500+ artists and members of the Con Artist Collective. Big names and emerging artists alike! Something for every taste, at a price everyone can afford. See you there!

PRESS:
Bedford & Bowery article from the first show


Con Artist Collective & Gallery

119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Digital Residency Showcase

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Dates: June 19th to June 23rd
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday June 21st /// 7-11pm


Developments in the latest technology prove there are still new things under the sun and in our Digital Residency Showcase, Con Artist Collective members who work in this ever evolving, ever changing medium show off their best new media art. Expect art created using modern software and hardware, as well as explorations with the latest gadgets and even creations that incorporate technology into their physical being. It's a brave new world!


Featuring:
Sadah Espii Proctor
Jordan Segal
Justin O'Brien
Terricka Johnson


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

God Hates Cats - June 12th to June 16th



Dates: June 12th to June 16th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday June 14th /// 7-11pm


An art show celebrating 5000 years of feline-human interaction. A celebration of cats. Art about cats. We love cats. Cats cats cats!

Flyer artwork by Ligang Luo

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Trina Merry - June 3rd, 4th, and 5th



ON VIEW: June 3nd to June 5th
ARTIST TALK: Sunday June 4th // 11am-3pm


How do we value art? Is it by a work’s historical significance, it’s popularity, or by how much someone is willing to pay for it? This series examines some of the most expensive works of art and are titled by how much, approximately, a collector paid for the work.

During a period of a record Dow Jones high and in an era where the USA has a millionaire president, how will the art economy change? What will be the new role of the artist? How are auctions, art fairs and the Internet changing the market and the way we see art? We examine the people hidden behind this arts economy.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Not a thing - Abstract Art - June 6th to June 9th



Dates: June 6th to June 9th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday June 7th /// 7-11pm


A show dedicated entirely to the formless. Pure abstraction reigns supreme as we explore the undefinable in mediums ranging from painting to polaroids.

"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing."
- Mark Rothko

Flyer artwork by Nicholas McManus


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Master Of None 2 - May 29th to June 1st



Dates: May 29th to June 1st
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday May 31st /// 7-11pm


Creative impulse and vision is what unites artists, and transcends the defining confines of individual palettes. In this show, artists are challenged to go outside of their comfort zone and create work with a new and unfamiliar medium. Come see what happens!

Flyer artwork by Rute Ventura


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Unfamous Thrift Shop



Dates: May 27th to May 28th
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday May 27th /// 7pm-11pm


Unfamous NY presents The Thrift Shop - a collaborative show with The Con Artist Collective and artist Ed Majkowski.

Artist-altered clothing, handmade original articles and more! An abstract clothing rack will be installed to run through the gallery where art will be displayed. Local artists, clothing companies and simply those who love to create submit unique articles of clothing for sale for the duration of the show.

Opening Reception: Saturday May 27th, 7PM-11PM
$5 Suggested Donation at the door
Sunday Hours: May 28, 2017 11AM-5PM

20% of ALL sales will be donated to the Queens Youth Justice Center on behalf of Unfamous NY.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Spring Residency Showcase



Dates: May 15th to May 19th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday May 17th /// 7-11pm


Spring Residency Showcase
Con Artist Collective is proud to present of group exhibition of new work from our 2017 Spring Residency. Hand-picked for exceptional work in their respective mediums, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed.


Featuring:
Sung-Ah Jun
Nick Robles
Lucas Geor Quay
Idit Nessenbaum
Benjamin Clarke
Emmanuel Werthenschlag


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Anne Eodice's Solo Show


Opening Party: Saturday, May 13th, 7pm - 11pm

Con Artist Collective is proud to present the solo exhibition for People's Choice winner, Anne Eodice. Anne Eodice is a young up and coming artist originally from North Carolina but is currently based in New York City.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Grouphug Power Me

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Dates: May 5th to May 7th
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday May 5th /// 7-11pm


"Power Me" is a design show about energy & the environment. Grouphug challenged designers to choose an environmental topic they are passionate about and address the issue.

Come check out the exhibition, so you can:
– charge your device with every day activities (from chasing your dog to twerking)
– learn about the easiest way to get rid of e-waste safely
– play with a robot cat that teaches kids how to save energy in their own room
– weigh in on a universal symbol for solar energy
+ many more product concepts

The show features 15 creations by a collective of designers from across the country. The exhibited work ranges from market-ready products to futuristic product concepts. There will be demos at the opening party.

Designers exhibiting work:
Edmund Boey
Chloe Varelidi
Christina Mayo
Damon Ahola
Dave Pinter
Hirumi Nanayakkara & Krystal Persaud
Julian Mena
Pratap Jayaram
Shane Strassburg, Ruth Tupe, and James Vanié
Spark Corp
Nahin Shah & Luz Cabrera
Liza Stark
Merica Kahn

Produced by Grouphug; a design collective that addresses the overwhelming problems that society faces.

Part of NYCxDESIGN week.
More at www.grouphug.cc


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Superfine Fair NYC 2017

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SUPERFINE ART FAIR NYC
459 West 14th street
Dates: May 4th to May 7th
Thursday: Private Preview /// May 4th 6-8pm
Friday /// May 5th 12-8pm
Saturday /// May 6th 12-8pm
Sunday /// May 7th 12-8pm


The Con Artist Collective is honored to bring 12 incredible members of the collective to Superfine Art Fair NYC. Every piece featured in the fair is currently available for sale online at: The Superfine E-Fair

Featuring:
Sucklord
Silvia Mihai
Chris Mendoza
Tom Fleming
Tomaso Albertini
Dean Millien
Joseph Cavalieri
E.P. Alexander
Casey Lin
Indie184
Ian Bertram
Eddie Botha



Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

"Happy Birthday Eddie Botha Cake Eating Exhibition Party"


ON VIEW April 29th to April 30th

Eddie is a Multi-media artist, specializing in Illustrations combined with electronic components, performance, installations and Street Art. His work focus on Interaction, both culturally and socially utilizing humor and social commentary to create entertaining and engaging artworks that bas been exhibited successfully Internationally at Art fairs and Art Biennales. This follows numerous successful solo shows in Australia. He always seeks new ventures and experimenting with new media and collaborating with others, and implementing larger of projects public art.

His work is often site specific, and often involve viewer participation with performances occurring from time to time. He wants to break the stigma of art being separate from us and our everyday lives, make it accessible and easy to grasp by the average person.

With his first ever American exhibition, Eddie used found media clippings from a previous trip to New York in 2016, and drew people from thousands of photos he took around the city. His work is ultimately aimed at entertaining but also stimulating dialogue and debate on some more serious issues. The works has a mixed media approach to them, where the media collages and backgrounds, replicate the everyday urban environment, and the drawn foreground, symbolising our everyday lives as we navigate life. Anti- Consumerism, sexism, religion and nature all plays part in the Allegorical works that Eddie draws as he studies cultures and social behavior where ever he goes.


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Sofa King Group Show

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Dates: April 24th to April 28th

SOFA KING BIG!: Any artist will tell you that the last thing on their agenda is to make art for home decorating purposes. However, there is a high demand for art that compliments a living room. Sofa King Big is a show solely dedicated to oversized works of art that have the potential to turn your living room into a palace of sophistication and whose size will leave your mid-century modern sofa feeling envious. Celebrating the ambitious endeavors of artists, Sofa King Big is a show for those who love to get lost in the world created by large works of art.

Flyer Artwork by Nick C Kirk

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

m.dreeland pop up art show

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Dates: April 21st to April 23rd 11am to 7pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday April 21st /// 6pm - 10pm


m.dreeland states "Every time you view a piece of art, you may discover something new. As an artist, I challenge myself to approach creating work in the same fashion. I use the process of discovery to evolve my technique each time I place paint to canvas while still remaining focused on my primary style of employing texture and color.
In this show, you will find 7 new pieces that I have worked on over the past 2 years after a study in color theory. I am excited by how colors react, foregrounds and backgrounds clash and combine, and how texture creates depth and shadows affecting both color and mood.

I invite guests to really interact with the art in a sensory way—get close—touch it to experience the juxtaposition of textures and color to see how the differences in colors changes your experience."


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Winter Residency Showcase 2017


Dates: April 10th to April 14th
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday April 12th /// 7-11pm

Winter Residency Showcase: Con Artist Collective is proud to present of group exhibition of new work from our 2016 Winter Residency artists. Hand-picked for exceptional work in their respective mediums, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed.

Featuring:
Liz Pasqualo
Catherine Homans
Alex Joins
Maya Eliya Shoshani
Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein (will not have work on view)
Brooke Goldman

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

People's Choice!


Dates: March 27th to March 31st
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday March 29th /// 7-11pm

People's Choice: Come cast your ballot for your favorite artist in this open-call show with no theme other than being the best. Whichever artist manages to gather the most votes on opening night will be awarded a solo show in the following month.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Lindsey Brittain - "No Name In The Street"

DATES: March 25th to March 26th

"My hope is that through my work I am able to celebrate and humanize the communities of color that have been erased from history. Often times man goes to great lengths to protect and preserve historical architecture but what about the protecting and preserving the history of people, ALL people?" -Lindsey Brittain

“No Name in the Street” is an ongoing series that pays tribute to the black history that remains buried beneath the materialism, elitism, pomp, and privilege of gentrification. The series confronts the erasure of blackness and spaces of blackness in urban settings.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL SHOW .PDF

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

CHUCK BERRY DANCE PARTY!



ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Wednesday, March 22nd /// 7-11 PM
Artwork on view March 22nd through March 24th 11am to 7pm


“I grew up thinking art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn’t paint” - Chuck Berry

We have decided to reschedule “The Red Hats” Trump-centric group show until April and pay our respects to the recent passing of artist and musician Chuck Berry with a party. Con Artist Collective presents a one night only interactive art exhibit dedicated to the legacy and music Chuck Berry. Visitors are welcome to use our lightbox trace and pin their own drawing of Chuck to the wall. We will be hosting a silent auction of these drawings that night to raise money for local arts education charities. As funding gets cut for arts and music education, it’s up to all of us to keep non-profits dedicated to arts and music education alive! Come Wednesday, make some art, and dance with us.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Metamorphosis

Dates: March 13th to March 17th

Metamorphosis: Bravely laying it all out, artists show how far they have come. Presenting reinterpretations of early work, or old/recent work side-by-side. A fascinating look into the evolution of an artist.

Flyer Artwork by Sue Karnet featuring a rhino made recently, and one made at age 9

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The Grocery Store

Dates: March 6th to March 10th

The Grocery Store: A Con Artist Collective group exhibition around the theme of food. Celebrating all things edible and domestic. Art in all mediums. All Delicious

Flyer Artwork by INMMEZZURE

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

$uperdollar

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Dates: February 20 to March 3rd 2017


$UPERDOLLAR: 18 USC 333 states "[W]hoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both." Yep, that's what we're doing.

These artists intend to make their money $UPER-fit for reissue by turning them into works of art, whose value far surpasses their original denominations.

List of Artists:
10TKL, Abstract Deviant, Adage,AdrianBermeo,Adrian Wilson,Adriana J Garces, AHOL, Airrat, Al Diaz,Al Saulso, Alex Romaro,Alyssa Lester, Andrea Cook,Angelica Yudasto,Angelonce,Ann Nagahiro,Anyssa Frank,Arrex Skulls,Ashley Macias,Ashley Macias X Yai,Astism,Atomiko,Austin England,BareBonez,Benjamin Clarke,Bernstah, BluDog,Bo Braden,Bobb Pache,Bonethrower, Brandon Sines,Brian Smith,Bridgette clifton,Buttsup,Candy Warhol,Caroline Werner,Catherine Anderson,Cheylene Tattersall, ChloePark,ClaireLorenzo,Cones,ConradCarlson,CoraKeeganCosbe,CurbYourEgo,Daisy Rosetti,DAK,DertiThe Ripper,Dr.Mermaid,Drew, drsc0,Ebony Vee,Ed Higgins,Einzoh, EL Toro,Elizabeth Brice-Heames,Elizabeth Wentling,Enrique Diaz Rato, Felix Cachapeo, Filthyrich, Fobia,Frank Ape,Frank Valone, Frenchy, Gazoo to the moon, Gigi Spratley, Goop Massta, Greg Mishka, Grimac,Gusto NYC,Hektad,Hello Kitska, Higgins, HOX, Ike Sanchez, Imamaker, Inmmezzure,Intellegent Outcasts,Ishanna Isble, Jan $#!+#€@D, Jcorp,Jennie West,jenny lane,Jessy Ramos / JSTAR,Jesus Saves,Jill Gewirtz, Jimmy,JODO NYC,Jonny Real,Jose Sanchez, Josef Pinlac, JT, Jude Lobasso,junkyard,K-NOR, Karina Ninio de Rivera, Kerry NYC, Kim Tateo,King Bee, L. CooL, Lädy, Leaf, Liam Cotter, Lucky Mark Anderson, Martina Kaendler,Marty Maaskant,Mengyao Guo,Michael Donovan,Miguel Ubarro,Austin England,MOR,Mrka, Nagy Daniel,Naked Naks,Narcossist,Nicholas Kouri,Nick Mcmanus,Nite Owl,Nkone, Noter,One Tooth, Originative Creations,OZE108 / Cheylene Tattersall,Penelan,Penny Pinch,Pillas Bros,Queen Kong,Rachel R. Adler, Rage,Relax,RH Doaz,Richard Aaron / RICHelDIOS, Robots Will Kill, Roy Wade, Royal Heart, Roycer,Sabin De Pierro, Sacsix, Sam Pierson, Sam Woolley, Samantha Laurito, Samuel Allen & David Jones, Sara Kwon's, Savior Elmundo, SD, Serenity Smith, Sfauno, Shana Pederson, Sharpy, SID ARTHUR, Sierra Ortega, SKAM, Smurfo udirty, SNOMONSTA, Victoria Salvador / Sofa Ghost (Groft), Soreinfest, Sucklord / Suckadelic, Sue karnet, Sydnee Greenberg, Tatsu, Tarns One, Daniel Rodriguez, The Sketch Company, Nadezhda Miller / The Thing Speaks, Tom Bold, Toothless, Trool22, Tyler H. Kim, Umii, Uncle Robert, Uncutt Art, Undead, Valerie Lobasso, Valerie & Jude Lobasso, Victor Ochoa, Voxx Romana, Wizard Skull, YAI, Yes Yes It's Blessed,ZROPRO


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Wearables

Dates: February 13 to February 17

Wearables: Is fashion art? It's an age old discussion but most points to yes it is. Just in time and fashionably late for the tail end of NY Fashion Week, the Wearables show at Con Artist Collective tackles art that can be worn on the body. Bring out your inner fashionista for opening night and dress to impress...or not. This is New York City. Black is always the new black here.

Featuring work by:
Dena Richardson, Melissa Dowell, Naima White, Albert Corey Washington, Jennie West, Melissa Coan, Elizabeth Devlin, Sue Karnet, Chellis Baird, Jaouad Bentama, Nicholas McManus, Kim Tateo, Andrea Rodriguez, Pharjha Elias, Tyler Kim, Omer Gal, Sayaka Ueno, Terricka Johnson.

Flyer Artwork by Omer Gal

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

What's BLACK and WHITE and READ all over?

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Dates: February 6 to February 10
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday February 8th 2017

Given the name by George Braque and Pablo Picasso, collage became a distinct method of making art with the height of its popularity in the early 20th century even as it had existed in some form or another throughout the ages. Inspired by the daily newspaper, this group show gives new life and answers to the old riddle/dad joke despite being on the precipice of becoming obsolete in this digital age.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Artwork for flyer courtesy of provided by Danni Fuente

Wrath of Rhythm


Dates: January 30 to February 3
OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY Feb 1st 2017

As one of the mythological Muses who inspire creativity, Euterpe, a daughter of Zeus, became the personification of music. From thumping beats to melodious chords to the ambient sounds of nature and the power of the human voice, music moves in many ways. This group show collects works on how the rhythms of music inspires the art that we create.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

SUPERNATURAL

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Dates: January 23 to January 27
OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY January 25th 2017

True believers know that otherworldly beings, monsters, spirits and the unexplained are out there. Commenting on the currently cool again craze, Con Artist Collective casts an artistic light in a group show inspired by culture's obsession with aliens, vampires, werewolves, the occult and the supernatural.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

New Year's Eve 2017


Dates: New Year's Eve - December 31st - 7pm to 2am


Drink, revel, draw, paint, and hang with the Con Artist Collective this New Years Eve. We'll be bumping to the best (and worst) of 2016 all night!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Break The Internet

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Dates: December 26 to January 7


Inspired by social media buzz, art selfies, viral hashtags, 24 hour news cycles and the general internet of things, this group show will aim to go viral. Share your best arresting profile at our Con Artist mugshot selfie installation where you can select your real or made up crimes, enjoy creations of world wide web memes, contemplate exactly how we got to this point in time and maybe even walk away with free art (while supplies last). It will be unpresidented! Be there or be foursquare! #Go viral or go home!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

R.I.P. Bill Murray


Dates: December 19th to 24th

R.I.P. Bill Murray: Celebrity icon deaths have rocked 2016. David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali... It's got us thinking about how we celebrate important cultural icons - often waiting to share our love for them when they've past away? That's right, thankfully Bill Murray isn't dead, but we're doing a tribute show imagining that he just died in an avalanche saving a family of baby owls...

Shout out to Wizard Skull: World's Greatest Living Artist for the inspiration.

Kill or Be Killed



Dates: November 28 to December 5
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Reception 11.30.2016

The theme here is WEAPONS: and it's up to the artist to decide what qualifies as one.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Futurotica 2


Dates: November 14 to November 26

FUTUROTICA 2: An erotica show with a futurist slant!

The sequel to our popular Futurotica show. You don't want to miss this opening party. Our entire first floor will be open to the public with performances TBA.

What will the standards of beauty be in the future? What will pornography look like? What contraptions will people get themselves off with? Will there be people? Will people even have sex, or will we all end up wearing those sensor rings from Demolition Man?

Bring a date! But, but maybe leave Nana at home.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Andrea Cook Solo Show

Andrea Cook Solo Show

Dates: November 8-10

The solo exhibition of artist Andrea Cook, well known for her NYC street art presence and "Pussy Power" series.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

MUD - Gabriella Cerqueira


Dates: November 4th - November 7th
Friday 7 to 11 /// Reception 11.4.2016

"MUD" is a multimedia project focused on the tremendous sociological and environmental repercussions of an iron ore mine which burst in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The goal is to raise awareness of this tragedy on its one year anniversary in order to ensure that it is never forgotten. Through photos, videos and interviews the project unearths the extensive human rights violations caused by the gross negligence of the mining company, Samarco, and raises awareness of the continuous environmental repercussions for the river, the Rio Doce.

On November 5th 2015, a colossal mudslide caused by the collapse of Samarco’s “Fundão Dam” tore through the towns of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo without any warning, killing 19 people and displacing thousands. Our team visited these mud-torn towns and filmed what remained once the ruins had been excavated. The photos expose the eerie remnants of the residents’ past lives and the destruction that the dam’s contents had left behind, 5 months after the occurrence of the most significant environmental disasters of our time.

"MUD" hopes to unsettle viewers with the captured images so that they can be visually transported to a reality of homes, of business and history buried under the negligence of the mining industry. By bringing to light the ruins of small towns and river communities lost under mining residues, we aim for viewers to feel the pain and suffering of the victims through the reality of landscapes torn by mining residues. Furthermore, the iron-mining waste continued to travel 300 miles down the Rio Doce, eventually reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Espirito Santo. We conducted interviews with residents and fishermen who had spent their entire lives in communion with the Rio Doce and who now referred to it as being “dead”. We understood that it was our purpose as filmmakers to tell the story of this river and its people. The biodiversity of the river was destroyed with currents of poisonous mining wastes occupying what was once the major clean water source for the region.

Today, the Rio Doce is poisonous to even enter. We focused on how this catastrophe has robbed the way of life from numerous river dwelling communities that are dependent on fishing, tourism and marine conservation, forcing them into a continual struggle with no end in sight. Our goal is to give the victims the attention and opportunities they deserve to move forward and start over again.

Check out Gabriella Cerqueira's Artist Spotlight!




Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Reveal - Walter Rodriguez


Dates: November 3rd
Thursday 7pm to 11pm /// 11.31.2016


An exhibition of photography from Walter Rodriguez. Implied/Nude photos set against a backdrop of industrial sprawl on it's way to being reclaimed by mother nature.

Guest work:
The expression of personal emotions through the paintings of Jesus Donohue.

The morbid dark world of, Joe JoeZus Viana, through his paintings.

Colorful paintings featuring female portraits by Chris Mantiera Dark style drawings by Eleanor Jimenez

A fashion show by Jackie Florez featuring handmade Wicked Raven Designs

And last but certainly not least, a very special burlesque show by Audrey Deja Allen

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Halloween 2016


Dates: October 31st
Monday 7 to Midnight /// All Hallow's Eve 10.31.2016

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE


Come party with the artists of the Lower East Side's infamous Con Artist Collective this Halloween. Tickets for non-members are limited, so snag one while you still can. Show a print-out of your ticket at the bar for 2 free drinks!

"Dramatis Personae" Costume Contest! All costumes considered!

1st place - One FREE month of 24/7 access to the coworking space ($324 value)

2nd place - One FREE year subscription to the collective's members-only social network ($65 value)

3rd place - SWAG bag including a t-shirt, zines, patches, stickers, enamel pins and original art! ($ value to be determined by future art market of the future if there even is a future)

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Summer Residency Group Show

Dates: October 25th to October 27th
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Reception 10.26.2016

As part of the Con Artist Collective's ongoing support for emerging artists, a curated summer residency program was created to provide affordable studio space and an opportunity to showcase work. The artists selected, by jurors and handpicked for their art world experience and reputations, joined others in the shared space of the collective to create work for this upcoming showcase. It is part of our belief that the shared environment expands the mind and allows for different results than art created in the confines of a solitary studio. Celebrate the end of the program's inaugural year and meet the artists of tomorrow!

Featuring the artwork of:

Isaac Vancuren

Katie Bacon

Melody Guini

Ray Fontaine

Join us for the reception on Wednesday, October 26th from 7pm-11pm for refreshments and a meet-n-greet with the participating artists. Most of the work will be available for purchase.


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Lit Neon

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October 15th 7pm to 10pm

Words in neon hit the streets a hundred years ago, late city nights lit by their glow. But now it’s 2016. Who uses words anymore?

Lit is bringing luxe interior neons to the Lower East Side's Con Artist Collective for one night only. Cold sake generously served by SOTO SAKE.

Learn more about Lit lit-neon.com

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The Other Lines Of Time

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Dates: Oct 7th - Oct 14th

Huayuan Art is pleased to announce The Other Lines Of Time, an exhibition featuring a selection of Dizhang paintings from Huayuan Collection, on view at 119 Ludlow Street from October 7 through October 14, 2016. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6-8 pm.

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This body of paintings - created with traditional dry fresco technique - is dominated by enigmatical and compelling episodes from the ancient literatures and murals from the caves in Dunhuang (translates as “blazing beacon”), Western China. It aims to shed light onto the complexities of time, permanence, and continuity through the regional history and mythology.

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This is exhibition is curated by Rae Wang and organized by Huayuan Art. Huayuan Art is an art foundation based in New York, driven and inspired by traditional East Asian art and culture. We seek to share and spread appreciation of the artistic and cultural wonders conceived in this region of Asia - while uniting a growing international community of artists, scholars, specialists, and institutions in the process.

For more info on Huayuan Art & the exhibition, click: https://www.huayuanart.com/exhibitions/the-other-lines-of-time

Lucy "Tinkle" Nell Stewart


Dates: 10.4.16 - 10.6.16

“I find great sustenance in the mother ship and all her elements.

Coming from a classical and avant-garde theatre arts background I carry with me the proscenium to composite new worlds with my beloved and always surprising creature friends. As much as I am painting/composing with movements and sounds, the works have a life of their own and I try to stay out of the way”.

Lucy Nell Stewart was born in Northern California in autumn of 1960. From 1973-1976 she attended American Ballet Theater scholarship summers in New York City. Returning to California she finished high school then danced professionally with a handful of ballet companies; Houston Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Garden State Ballet, and Dayton Ballet. In 1979 through the mid 1980’s she created and performed her own performance art works in New York City as well studied clowning at “If Every Fool”. She headed back to California to for theater and film projects where her first one-woman show emerged in the early 1990’s in Los Angeles. Back to New York City mid 1990’s to create her second show and her theatrical pursuits led to an interest in filmmaking. Lucy attended a handful of Super 8 and 16mm classes at Millennium with Ross McLaren and then migrated to video on her own to create these works. She has been making art her entire life and now resides in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River.

Miguel Pang Drawings

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October 3rd 11am to 10:30pm

Experience New York City through the eyes of artist Miguel Pang. While on a visit to the Big Apple, Miguel never stops making art and this pop-up show at the Con Artist Collective collects work done over a period of 30 days. Discover or re-discover the wonders of the city that you may have missed, though Miguel's colorful sketches of urban life. Miguel will also perform improvisational painting to live music streamed from Gallery Cromo in his hometown of Barcelona featuring musician Carlo Mezzino.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Ginger Del Rey - Bare


BARE - A Solo Exhibition of New Work by Ginger Del Rey

September 17 - September 18, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 8-10pm

Del Rey takes inspiration from her friends and lovers, recreating photographs she’s taken in impromptu, late-night photoshoots in saturated paintings using oils and gold leaf. Known for her revealing portraits, her new series is aptly titled BARE as it aims to strip away millennial artifice, self-aggrandizing selfie-posing, and other Kardashian-inspired atrocities. BARE is about showing a woman as she is, with nothing to hide and nothing to pretend; with all of her insecurities and strengths presented in equal parts. Del Rey invites the viewer to study their reaction to beauty without an agenda.

The artist describes her process, "I see beauty in every woman. I'm forever drawn to them, even strangers on the subway. I feel compelled to capture their radiance and reveal it to the world. To lay her BARE for all to see, to appreciate, to worship, to envy... to recognize and pay tribute to the power of beauty. I think painting a woman might be the best way to truly understand her. Spending hours studying every surface, every shade, the way her mouth curves just so or the slight expansion of her retina as her eyes adjust to the flash - she reveals herself. She may not intend to, but she always does. I feel especially close to the woman I've painted. They've fed my passion and my artwork and for that I thank them for all that they are."

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ginger Del Rey was born Lisa Hokans in Madison, WI in 1975 and has been based in NYC for 17 yrs. In 1997, she received a B.F.A. from Drake University. During her time in NYC she’s also worked as a muralist with www.radiantmurals.com, and as a scenic painter for numerous theatrical productions. She’s also exhibited at the Pure House Gallery in Brooklyn and at the Spice Art & Music Festival 2016 for Pride Week. Her work can be found at www.gingerdelrey.com


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Meural Digital Expo



Con Artist Collective + Meural // 12 solo shows in 12 days. Dates: 9.12.2016 - 9.30.2016

We are partnering with art/tech startup Meural for this special exposition featuring their groundbreaking digital canvas. Meural was incubated out of the Con Artist Collective workspace and this show will feature art by collective members of various disciplines. Come experience for yourself the quality of the Meural Canvas and enjoy work by emerging and established artists. And don’t miss the discussion panels every Wednesday night during the show with the featured artists themselves. For more info, see: meural.com

Week One (9.12-9.16) features the solo shows of: Lisa Larsson (Monday), Pablo Martinez (Tuesday), Simon Cooper (Thursday), and Binwanka (Friday). The discussion panel takes place on Wednesday, 9.14.

Week Two (9.19-9.23) features the solo shows of: Joey Guidone (Monday), Richelle Gribble (Tuesday), Regim Mutevellioglu (Thursday), and Kim Tateo (Friday). The discussion panel takes place on Wednesday, 9.21.

Week Three (9.26-9.30) features the solo shows of: Chris Mendoza (Monday), Anna Fawcus (Tuesday), kHyal (Thursday), and Naima White (Friday). The discussion panel takes place on Wednesdsay, 9.28.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

INT-O Yellow


Dates: August 17 to August 27
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party: 8.17.16
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party: 8.24.16

A show centered around the possibilities of one color! All creations in this exhibition have been made using a unique yellow paint that Con Artist member Uncle Riley has developed in collaboration with Pantone to benefit Artist Suicide Prevention, called “INT-O Yellow: International Optimism Yellow”. Come see what our collective members have made with it!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Sara Wildavsky - JESUS, MARY, & JACO!

Dates: August 12th to August 14th, 2016

Artist's Reception: Saturday, August 13 // 1­-4 p.m.
Silent Auction for any unsold work: Sunday, August 14 // 1­-4 p.m.


SARA WILDAVSKY
JESUS, MARY, & JACO!

Inaugural solo exhibition inspired by legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius
130 Paintings and Drawings available to purchase: $5 to $5,000


NEW YORK – (July 21, 2016) In the spirit of the children’s book, “Where’s Waldo?”, JESUS, MARY, & JACO! invites viewers to search for these iconic spiritual figures hidden within the drawings and paintings on display. The show was conceived in the winter of 2016 in a small mill town in the North of England, when Wildavsky began featuring religious figures in her work, having joined a worldwide online healing forum calling on the support of dozens of figures from different religions and spiritualities.

She envisioned an exhibition where her paintings were displayed such that at first an image of Jesus is obvious and then becomes harder and harder to find until finally, "he" is intentionally left out. By then viewers would be so busy searching for Jesus that they were bound to find him regardless. Then, having trained themselves to see Jesus whether technically there or not, she anticipated that everyone would leave her exhibition and find Jesus (and Mary and Jaco amongst others) everywhere they went!

CELEBRATIONS:
On Saturday, August 13, 1­-4 p.m., in celebration of the exhibition, there will be live musical performances by John "Jesus" Stetch/keyboard and Jen "Jacofer" Vincent/bass, There will also be live music by John and/or Jennifer Friday August 12, 7­10pm and Sunday August 14, 1­-4pm during the auction.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Trombonist Sara Wildavsky was born in Oberlin, Ohio and spent her formative years in London, England. Despite her best efforts not to let anyone diagnose her, she was eventually awarded the same “credentials” as the great late bassist Jaco Pastorius. While Jaco used to introduce himself as “The Greatest Bass Player in the world,” Wildavsky dubbed herself “The Lowest and The Slowest Trombone Girl in Town.” That, of course, was before she became "The Highest and the Fastest" painter.

See more of Wildavsky’s work at: www.sarawildavsky.wixsite.com/visualart
Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Mirror Mirror - August 7th to August 11th



Dates: August 7th to August 11th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday August 9th /// 7-11pm


I loathe my own face, and I’ve done self-portraits because I’ve had nobody else to do.” -Francis Bacon

Historically, self portraits have been the result of an artist’s resourcefulness and frugality. Rarely would an artist choose to paint themselves over an available model. However, in this digital age, smartphones have refined the art of the self portrait. The world is now more open to, if not obsessed with, artistic self representation. Some may call it narcissism. Regardless of how you feel, this trend is sure to change how, and why, artists represent themselves in their work. Con Artist Collective presents: “Mirror Mirror”. An exhibition of contemporary portraiture. You probably think this show is about you.

Flyer Artwork by: Mačka

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Redfoot Productions and Con Artist Collective present: TYDM "Moonroof Condo"


Dates: July 19th - One Night Only -
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Tuesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party: 7.19.16

One night only! RSVP HERE!
RedFoot Productions and the Con Artist Collective present: TYDM EP release party and gallery exhibition. Hosted by Erin Ashley Simon, DJ set by @DJSIRFUTURE. Additional sponsors: Casualife Group, Hypefresh, Andrew Fennel Shoots People, Luc Belaire.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Art By The Inch

Dates: July 6th to July 16th
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party 07.06.2016
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party 07.13.2016

The world quantifies a lot of things by measurement: fruit by the foot, sticks by the bundle and even flesh by the pound. As part of a conceptual experiment, the Con Artist Collective presents its own, ART BY THE INCH. This show will feature 2 giant collaborative murals with contributions from members of the collective. Crop a section you like and pay by the inch!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Decompoz Magazine

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"CON ARTIST COLLECTIVE // HUSTLING IN THE ART SCENE | NEW YORK EDITION" Check out this recent article in Decompoz Magazine on the Con Artist Collective, in print, online, and featured in a few of these great videos.

Con Artist Collective video interview:


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Badass Botanicals



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Dates: June 8th to June 18th

Plants are in, and the Con Artist Collective shows its appreciation for Mother Earth in a group show featuring works inspired by, featuring, and in some cases using plants. From drawings to sculpture to photograph and everything in between, all of the work brings its own interpretation to the word “viridiplantae.”

Group Show Featuring: Bianca Romero, Andrea Cook, Glukkake, Nick McManus, Rosa Chang, Samantha Silver, Shana Pederson, Sue Karnet, Heather Elle, Jon Sirotniak, Pedro Ramirez, Jan Lauren Greenfield, Jane Zweibel, Richard Laurenzi, Ebony Vee, Bree, Nolan Rhodes, John Milisenda, Rengim Mutevellioglu, Kim Tateo, Amber Dilisio, Lindsey Brittain, Aimee Hertog, Urban Mermaid, Amanda Hurn, Thais da Fonseca, Daisy Rossetti, Emma Wade, Juliet Kasbar, Mary Grace Schwalbe, Alessandro Ravagnan, George Shephard

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Pinned Up




Dates: May 25th to June 4th

The Sticker Social Club and Trippy Pins have teamed up with the Con Artist Collective to put together a show of the Artist Pin. We've now confirmed 50+ artists making enamel pins in limited edition quantities, like tiny works of collectable art. Come collect them all before they are gone.

List of Confirmed Artists: Ca$h4 $mell$, Cosbe, D.tore, Classy Screens, Wizard Skull, Michael Farfan, Elizabat, Jonah Whale, J Star, Ink, Jae-Martin, Shaina Y, Liz Trixy, TJ, Jennifer Ross, Ruben Flores, Morgan, Frank Ape, Jude + Val Lobasso, A Color Green, Dave Savage, Bettina, Daisy DLR, Buttsup, K.NOR, Primate, Menace Two, City Kids, Keah Fryer, Ken Monkey Design, Bates, D.Honda, Jennifer Ortiz, Tone Tank, Zim, Edec, Dean Millien, StickyPoP, Roy Wade and many more as we get them confirmed!



Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Sloths, Goths and Moths



Dates: May 22nd to May 25th
GALLERY PARTY: Wednesday May 24th /// 7-11pm


A group show of work featuring Sloths, Goths & Moths. Yep.

"Did you know that SLOTHS go to the bathroom only once a week? That there used to be 'mega-sloths' that were the size of elephants and weighed up to four tons? That people once thought a dead Panamanian sloth was an alien????

And did you know that some MOTHS are able to mimic bird droppings to avoid being eaten by predators? That many moths have no mouth and do not eat? That moths are attracted to beer????

I'm convinced that if sloths and moths could dress and express themselves, they would wear all black, romanticize the darker things in life, and enjoy the occasional Bauhaus track or episode of the Addams Family."

-Heather Elle


Flyer Artwork by: Alli Wolf


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Standing Up at Lazy Susan Gallery

24 hours May 12th - 13th at Lazy Susan Gallery 119 Henry street.

"Standing Up" for racial inequality is a protest, vigil, meditation, performance art project. 24 people standing up, holding a sign in a gallery window for 1 hour each, for 24 straight hours.

D.I.Y. Design


Dates: May 9th to May 21st

We're getting into the spirit of NYCxDESIGN week with a gallery pop-up of hand-crafted objects for the household. These everyday items transcend their purpose, and are truly works of art in and of themselves. Come celebrate the art of design with us!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Fridge Fair


Fridge Fair at Angel Orensanz Foundation - 172 Norfolk St
Dates: // May 7th // May 8th // May 9th
Work from 8 of our selected artists was displayed at this year's Fridge Fair. Just around the corner from our studio and gallery on Ludlow street, Fridge is held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. This reform synagogue turned cultural center, originally built in 1849 is now home to rotating cultural events, pop-up shops, and still occasionally operates as a house of worship.

Featuring Con Artist Collective artists:
Andrea Cook
Josef Pinlac
Sue Karnet
Cacy Forgenie
K Y Fina Yeung
Lucy Nell Stewart
Alessandro Ravagnan
Stephen Faillace

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Mixed Media Residency Showcase



Dates: May 1st to May 5th
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday May 3rd /// 7-11pm


Mixed Media Residency Showcase
Con Artist Collective is proud to present of group exhibition of new work from our 2017 Mixed Media Residency. Hand-picked for exceptional work with combined mediums, this show of rising art stars is not to be missed.

Featuring:
Adrian Bermeo
Justine Morrow
Anthony Gelfand
Martina Kaendler
Ki Sub Lee
Kaitlyn Schwalje
Claire Lorenzo
Bryan Pettigrew
Eddie Botha


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Interconnected


Dates: April 27th to May 7th

Yo! Check it! From the A to the Z, from 1 to infinity
From Allah to Buddha and the Holy Trinity.
Art We All One?, Obey, Banksy, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and the rest of TMNT?
Red pill, blue pill, the Matrix and Neo. Everyone's on FB, IG, LinkedIn and Twitter.
I tumblr 4 ya! Republicans and Democrats, Fight the Power!
Terrorism, Violence, will we ever know peace?
Find your own slogan, blank lives matter!
Get! Get! Get Interconnected! (Insert mic drop here)

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

666 Year Anniversary Party

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DATE: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 /// 7pm - Midnight

The Con Artist Collective is growing up. We're becoming more independent, challenging the rules, and developing our own identity. Yep, we're 6. And to celebrate, in Con Artist Collective fashion, we're throwing a party. Whether you’re one of our 500+ members, a collaborator, a supporter or “just curious,” you're part of our family and community...and this party is for all of you.

Bubbles!

Dates: January 16 to January 20
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday January 18th 2017

BUBBLES: and art that is inspired by the beauty of bubbles!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

The Red Hats

Dates: April 17 to 21st
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday April 19th /// 7-11pm

The Red Hats:
Whether you love him or despise him, whether you own a real one or a parody, it is safe to say that Donald Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” cap has become an ambiguous symbol of America’s most controversial political figure. Our artists reinterpret this now-symbolic propaganda device. One-of-a-kind hats and artwork featuring the iconic headwear.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Motion Group Show

MOTION-webflyer

Dates: January 9 to January 13
OPENING Reception: Wednesday January 11th 2017

The city never sleeps. Experience the Big Apple in dreamscape photos and paintings of the abstract concept of time. In 24 hours and 7 days a week of movement both large and small as it ticks away in a New York minute.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Text Me

Dates: April 12th to April 23rd

Via hashtag or within 140 characters, text has now replaced most forms of communication as the most concise and immediate. Despite this dominance there is still room for misunderstanding and confusion. See TEXT ME for yourself and decipher some artistic interpretations of the alphabet. It's all about context.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Oscar Holm: The Auld Slapper Exhibit


Date: April 2nd

The Auld Slapper Exhibit
For one day only, come have a drink and hang out. Works by Oscar Holm.

Check out more of his work on Instagram @DenGamlaSmiskerskan

Luck 7s Anniversary Party!

Dates: April 28th
ONE NIGHT ONLY: April 28th /// 7pm-1am


Lucky 7s Anniversary Party! Come celebrate 7 years of the Con Artist Collective with us! April 28th from 7pm-1am we'll be throwing a party.

There's no cover, live painting from 4 incredible artists, video art projections, and cake, and booze. What more could want from your Friday night?

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Self Portraiture


Dates: March 30th to April 9th

The Con Artist Collective presents a show of self-portraiture, or recognizing today's nomenclature, the selfie. From fine oil painting, to abstracted digital collages, our artists are challenging what it means to represent yourself in your own artwork.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Space and Place



NEW YORK / CON ARTIST COLLECTIVE
Dates: August 31 to September 9
Wednesday 7pm to 11pm /// Opening Party 8.31.2016
Wednesday 7pm to 11pm /// Closing Party 9.7.2016


MELBOURNE / MAGNET GALLERY
Dates: September 15 to October 1
Thursday 6:30pm // Opening Party 9.15.2016

13 artists from both the Con Artist Collective in New York and the Stills Co-op in Melbourne have come together from across the world for a visual conversation about Space & Place using the medium of photography. This exchange of ideas explores the definition of space and place and how the two interact to create context, atmosphere, and identity. Can one exist without the other?

An exhibition of this collaboration will be held at the Con Artist Collective Gallery in New York City from August 30th to September 9th, and at the Magnet Gallery in Melbourne from September 15th to October 1st.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Absolom Roche Pop Up

Absolom Roche Pop Up Shop

Dates: Saturday, September 10th - Sunday, September 11th

The Queens at Absolom Roche are BACK after the success of their August 5th weekend sale at Con Artist. Join us for champagne, giveaways, and thrones galore at this luxury handcrafted furniture sale.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Vew Solo Show

NYC Street Artist Vew Solo Show

Date: Friday, August 26th /// Reception from 7-11pm

Vew is an NYC born and raised self-taught artist and well known graffiti writer. Since 2010 he has spray painted New York City's multifaceted landscape and subway system. Vew has been published in the New York Post and Complex Magazine for his graffiti’s political/social messages.

It’s no secret that graffiti has been steadily making it’s way off the streets and into galleries and the homes of collectors for the past 40 years. From Keith Haring & Basquiat in the 1980s, to Banksy’s 2006 debut in LA, or the 2016 KAWS show at the Brooklyn Museum. The line between fine art and graffiti seems to blur more every day, and the trend is not lost on those creating it.

In this series of new work meant for the gallery, Vew has taken his street-style lexicon and blown it apart into it’s most basic elements to play with. The resulting work is an explosion of color and form; sophisticated, yet preserving that original spark of dangerous fun.

"I was sad and happy. Lost, but also found. I just wanted to have fun. I wanted to hide under the covers and be a child again. This series fulfilled my need to get away from adulthood without taking the risks I normally would to escape it" - Vew, regarding his new series, 2016.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

$99 Show

Dates: August 2nd to August 13th

Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party 08.03.2016
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party 08.10.2016

Everything $99!

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

How To Take a Photo

Date: Tuesday, August 2 // 7-9pm

In this open social, photographer and Con Artist member Liam Cotter will show you how to snatch a slice of fleeting time out of the air and record it forever. Putting it less pretentiously, he’ll show you how to take a halfway decent photograph with the best camera you happen to have, whether that’s a DSLR, the Point and Shoot your mom gave you for Christmas 3 years ago or the phone in your pocket. The principals are the same it’s just a question of applying them.

About the Presenter
Liam Cotter is a photographer and fine art printer based in Greenwich Village. His principal area of interest is in street photography, as a means of celebrating the beauty of the seemingly everyday. He has cerebral palsy, which he believes has lead him to a slower, and therefore more observant path through life. He studied photography at New York University. You can see more of his work at www.liam-cotter.com

Free for members, $5 suggested donation from the public.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Posh Pop-Up Nail Shop

Date: Saturday, July 30th // 1-7pm

Come get your nails diddd at this fun one day pop-up presented by Posh.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

CHICKENZ!


CHICKENZ! CHICKENZ! CHICKENZ! An art show. About chickens.
The chicken is a classic subject matter, and now the Con Artist Collective takes on this timeless theme. Neo-classical chickens, conceptual chickens, oil chickens, acrylic chickens, chicken collages, video chickens, dada chickens, surrealist chickens, sculptural chickens, chicken brut, pop chickens, and maybe even live chickens?

Dates: March 15th to March 26th

John Milisenda Lecture Series

Dates: March 10th - March 24th - April 28th - May 5th
$10 suggested donation for the public & guests of collective members


Join us for a four-part lecture series by local photographer, historian and educator John Milisenda. A lifetime photog, and resident of the Lower East Side, John's insights are always interesting and delivered with the passion of a true artist.

Thursday, March 10th - 7pm at 119 Ludlow - Street Photography

This talk will cover the work of more than 30 street photographers and their contribution to the medium. (photograph by Bruce Davidson)

Thursday, March 24th - 7pm at 119 Ludlow - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier Bresson was a pioneer documentarian and photojournalist. He covered every continent and was there for some major historical events. He photographed imperial China going from 3,000 years of tradition to Communism.

Thursday, April 28th - 7pm at 119 Ludlow - The Lower East Side

The Lower East side of the 1960's was a place of diverse ethnic and cultural groups living together in an uneasy alliance. It could easily be romanticized or quickly become mean streets.

Thursday, May 5th - 7pm at 119 Ludlow - W. Eugene Smith

Gene Smith covered 4 invasions during WWII for life magazine. His photographic essays set the a high standard of quality by which others were judged. He threw himself into many dangerous situations and nearly got killed to bring back photographs, depicting the horrors of war.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Anything But Paint


Dates: June 21st to July 2nd
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party 06.22.2016
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party 06.29.2016


Painting is dead. Conceptual Art is the new black. Sculpture is here to stay. Performance art can challenge the soul. Art can be anything and everything from a discarded plastic bag to the liquids coming out of the human body. In this show, it's Anything But Paint. Yes, It will get weird.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Zebra Cakes - Black & White Photography


Members of the Con Artist Collective explore their love of black and white photography.

Featuring:
Alex C. Williams
Andreas Orozco
Poppy Li
Yaz Rosete
Julie Bernouis
Cheryl Lee Bowers
Leonardo Cubillios
Liam Cotter
John Milisenda
Gabrielle Piedmonte
& More to come!

Dates: February 16th to February 26th

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

EKG’s 2nd Annual All Hallows’ Valentine’s Eve

Dates: February 13th & 14th
02.13.16 Saturday 6 to 11 /// All Hallows Valentines Eve Party
02.14.16 Sunday 11 to 6 /// Gallery Viewing

EKG’s 2nd Annual All Hallows’ Valentine’s Eve: A Celebration of Dark Love and Bright Minds. Featuring auditory hallucinations by Jefferson Wells and Ash/ley Maximillian. #allhallowsvalentineseve2 #conartistnyc

Featuring Artists:
Michael Alan @michaelalanalien
Peter Carroll @laserburners
Thomas Buildmore @buildsy
Buttsup @buttsup
Caroline Caldwell @dirt_worship
Conrad Carlson @dirtyfinger
Chris RWK @chrisrwk
Cosbe @cosbe1
Tony Depew @tonydepew_
Fabricios @_fabricios_
Fade1 AA @aa_mobb
IFWT @godiswarwarisgod
Image Theft, Inc. #imagetheftinc
JCORP + Leaf @jcorptm @leaf_8k
Jinhee Kwak
The Boring Kid 907 #theboringkid907
Jesse Keating @jessekeating_studio
Stephen Kelley @smkjr
Alan Ket @alanket
Jinhee Kwak @jinjavitis
Matthew Jay Landon @matthewjaylandon
Isabel LaSala @isabel.lasala
Leola @leolabee
Abe Lincoln, Jr @abelincolnjr
Ash/ley Maximillian TAS @alostsound
Ray Mock @carnagenyc
Netism @netism
The Abstract Ntel @ab5tract_nt3l
ObserverObscura @observerobscura
Luna Park @lunapark
Josef Pinlac @istillheartnewyork
Andrew Poneros @porknewyork
R2F + Paws TTYL @internet_virus.jpg
Lance De Los Reyes @ldlr33
Rotten Apple @rotten_apple_nyc
Choice Royce @roycer700
Rukus @rukus_tattoo
Rusk EWW #ruskeww
Sameshit @sameshit
Sebo9 @sebo_nueve
Michael Sharp @daddysharp
Matt Siren @mattsiren
Skewville @skewville
Skuf YKK @skuf_ykk
Suckadelic @sucklord
UFO 907 @ufo907
Urban Hooker @urbanhooker
Jacqueline Valega #valegafx
Veng RWK @herb_smith
Col Wallnuts @col_wallnuts
Jefferson Wells TAS @jeffersonwells
Wizard Skull @wizardskull
TheWondercat @thewondercatx
Jhon Coley Wright @jhondrawvolta

Curated by: ekg TAS @ekglabs

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

John Milisenda guest lecture

February 11th
 02.11.16 /// Guest Lecture


John Milisenda (@hermes) Has some interesting perspectives to share with us on the role of, and impact on painting during the advent of photography. Join us for the talk and enjoy some refreshments and civil discourse.

"With the invention of photography, a new bewildering view of the natural world unfolded. It changed the way we viewed everything. We will uncover a hidden history of photography and its often dismissed impact on art." - John Milisenda

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

PATRIARTSY

Dates: February 2nd to February 13th

Nudity in art will always be a complex issue when you consider issues of censorship, gender roles, physical ideals, and exploitation mostly of the female form. It isn’t often that you see men fighting for their right to be nude; it has been women on the front lines of the battle to fight the objectifying of their bodies. We have invited the members of our collective to capture an element of this ever-present complexity while moving the spotlight onto the nude male form.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

New York Shitty

Dates: March 1st to March 12th
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
 03.02.2016
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party
 03.09.2016

STREET ACTION:
Saturday 10 to 5 /// Across from Whitney Museum on Gansevoort & Washington 03.05.2016


AFTER PARTY:
Saturday 7 to 11 /// Sponsored by Tree Beer 03.05.2016


Street Art has made conversation on the street, in the public space, for decades.Non commissioned, uncensored, unwanted, resented and prosecuted:the many forms of street art have demanded dialog, have created a visual conversation between artists and the public. It remains an ongoing visual response and expression to social issues. At this point also invited and commissioned, street art keeps changing forms and mediums reflecting current art practice and technology. In the Con Artist Collective we find anything from nitty gritty urban raw energy to conceptual design with positive messages. Lock on sculptures, stencil work, wheatpasted posters, murals, sculptural street installations, live art, body camouflaging, graffiti, art trucks.

Artists: BlancaBlanca, Blind (Sweden), T.mas (Italy), Motherpigeon, Uncle Riley, Wizard Skull , Trina Merry, Frank Ape, Lenore Cohen, Fishwithbraids, Josef Pinlac, Ty Douglas, Jenny Heissenhuber, Sarah Wang

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Religion Inc.

AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St.

Dates: December 16th - 26th
12.16.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
12.23.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party

Religion pervades our lives in countless ways. It is defined as a collection of beliefs, world views and cultural systems that relate humanity to an origin, order and purpose of existence. It is represented through symbols, stories, and relics. These images and narratives provide a creed by which we live.

In this show will explore what makes religion so addictive, so alluring and so omnipresent. Whether celebrating the beauty and purity or exposing the corrupt and perverse, join us in our investigation of the cultural phenomenon of denomination.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm



Let it Burn 2015

Dates: 12.29.15 - Wednesday, December 29th, 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for an end of the year cleansing ritual. Bring any failed paintings, drawings, projects, or objects that remind you of failure or pain to the gallery Wednesday. We'll spend the afternoon drinking, socializing and transforming them into effigies to be sent to the sacrificial fires later that evening.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Jane Zweibel


Dates: December 9th - 11th

The solo exhibition of artist Jane Zweibel, well known for her exploration of issues of identity will focus on her two pieces Swimmers a mixed media installation expressing the senses used during swimming & A Year In The Life a collection of small mixed media works exploring the emotional and psychological states of the artist within a year.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Diego Romero - The Typing Machine



Dates: December 6 to December 8
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Reception 12.07.2016

What is the Typing Machine project?

The Typing Machine is an across media project that gathers messages that random people in different locations type in an old typewriter, expressing their love, dreams, hopes, regrets and other untold feelings and thoughts.

It could be defined as "Humans of New York" meet "The Strangers Project" in a 1940's internet version.

The project, not only archives those messages but also uses them to create a collage in the form of an experimental narrative web series that is one of the many ways to interpret them.

The experience tries to bring the participants to the time where writing a letter or a note was a very conscious act that required a certain level of effort and concentration in opposition to today’s way of communication through SMS and other texts apps characterized by the immediate response, the high volume of content with little importance.

By taking them to this special situation, I try to make special that communication act, getting deeper and more meaningful messages from the participants.

The presentation will showcase the gathered messages, allowing visitors to explore the connection between messages and portraying the similarities (or differences) in values, feelings, hopes and fears in a wide range of age, nationality, cultural background or gender.

www.thetypingmachine.com

The participatory & across media elements.

The project starts in the physical world where it requires people to seat and type in any of the events we organize. Throughout several events, we have discovered that writing a message in an old mechanical typewriter is not only rare and fun but it is also inspiring. Everyone is encourage to seat a type their message in the typing machine to feed the content!

Even if you haven’t used a typewriter in a long long time, or ever in your life. Don’t worry, we will give you a short tutorial. We will film the moment and record you reading your own message, so we can show the real voice and tone behind each message.

2. Once we have the messages, the project goes digital to prepare and archive those messages for the blog and the web series. Each episode combines the messages gathered in one location creating a video collage that offers a personal interpretation of all those messages combined.On the other hand, the users can navigate the messages in the interactive video, creating their version. But there is more.

3. If you are more curious, this web allows you to discover who actually typed each message (except for those that preferred to stay anonymous, of course you will discover very intense messages). You can search the messages and the participants.

4. At last (but not least), the project goes back to real physical world with exhibits that showcase the messages gathered, allowing the visitors to explore the connection between messages.

Also, this ending point is a starting point as well, since we love people coming to the exhibits to seat and type their messages as well.

The author

Diego Romero is a Spaniard content creator focused on storytelling across media interested in all the new possibilities that new media offer to play with content and in particular, with collaborative content.

Contact info: Diego Romero | thealterdiego@gmail.com

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Slap 2

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Dates: November 17th through November 28th
11.18.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
11.25.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party



One of our most popular shows is returning for round 2. "Slap" is back with more of the dopest DIY stickers from New York and around the world. Stickers as graffiti have become a ubiquitous part of the urban experience. Slapped on to subway stations, pickup trucks, disconnected phone booths and bus stop print ads, stickers have allowed anyone with a sharpie and a shipping label become a full-fledged street artist. "Slap 2" will celebrate sticker culture by covering our entire gallery in the medium.

The Con Artist Collective is accepting unlimited submissions of stickers for "Slap 2". Our last New York show featured work by many well known sticker makers including Bäst, Faust, Edec, Mint & Serf, and hundreds more. We've begun to spread the gospel of slap abroad. Check out our recent edition of "Slap" in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Thanks to our SLAP: Adhesvies & Egos Sponsor Lion Beer

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We've put together an incredible team, with help from Robert Aloia Outlaw Arts, Hugh Burckhardt, and Paul Arbs from Urban Hooker

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Slap 2 Press:

The Daily Beast "The Real Stars Of Art Basel"

Street Art NYC

New Hive This Week in Net Art

The Sound of Art Blog

p.s. We still have a few issues left of the zine Slap: Adhesives & Egos issue #1 available for $8 in our online store.


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Celebrity


Dates: November 3rd through November 14th
11.11.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing & Zine Release Party

Fandom, fame and everything in between! This show will be exploring the topic of celebrities, our icon-obsessed culture and our inevitable personal connections to the people that have entertained and inspired us throughout the decades. Come see familiar faces be rejoiced and reimagined in a variety of mediums.

"The Green Carpet" Zine release party will coincide with the closing party of Celebrity on Wednesday. Pick up a copy of this awesome zine by A Color Green and celebrate the release with us The Green Carpet Zine

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Pizzy Arty

Pizza Arty


Saturday December 17th
8pm to 1am

Location: 3squared Gallery Bar
157 West 24th, New York, New York 10016


The Con Artist Collective and 3squared Gallery present our Holiyaay "Pizza Arty"

Open Bar all night long
All You Can Eat Pizza by Williamsburg Pizza
Pizza Burlesque
DJs and Dance Party with:
DJ Haruka Salt and DJ Smurfo Udirty


Glitcha

Dates: October 20th through October 30th

In the realm of systems, glitches indicate a rupture or change of state. They demonstrate the buggy nature of a given order, tearing apart the superficial layer of logic that is taken for granted, exposing its unstable core. In our technology-driven society, a powerful glitch has the potential to uproot our most basic patterns and ruin our way of life.

Because of this, yes, we should fear the Glitch.

Nevertheless, a glitch allows us to recognize the system through its failure. Letting go of details clarifies the big picture. In this way, a glitch can potentially trigger awareness, understanding, and perhaps an eventual solution.

On July 8, Wall Street shut down and United Airlines had to land all of its inland planes, in one generalized malfunction that some attributed to a cyber-attack. Most, though, assumed it was due to asking too much to the (outdated) computer systems used, a massive error now being openly known as “The Great Technical Glitch”. Through these occurrences, the concept of Glitch continues to enter the public domain.

In “Glitcha” members from the collective display new works in a variety of media that explore the mechanics of a system breaking down.

I Still ♥ NY

Dates: January 19th to January 30th
01.20.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
01.27.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party


"I <3 NY" has become a gift-shop cliche, but it's a sentiment we still believe in. 2015 saw a large migration of creatives relocate to LA for warmer pastures and the burgeoning art/tech scene, but New York will always be the destination for dreamers. Its culture is all-encompassing and globally relevant and its opportunities are seemingly unending. It is alive. I Still <3 NY resurrects this feeling from its touristy grave by displaying ways that artists keep their real love for this city alive in the middle of the hustle. Each artist has a distinguished experience of NY so this show is open to all mediums to allow that experience to manifest naturally and tell its own story.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

IS/IS NOT



Dates: January 9th to January 16th
01.10.2015 Sunday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
01.16.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party


Is/Is Not is a showcase of the artistic experience through raw emotion and vibe, a documentation of the senses by way of a piece’s use or absence of color, form, and mood. Join us in challenging the necessity of an objectifiable subject matter, and celebrating the joy of pure mark-making.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

$10 Life Drawing! Saturday Feb. 6th, 3-5pm.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 6th, 3pm-5pm // $10 CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Join us for the first of many life drawing sessions at Con Artist. We'll have 2 models, each for an hour. We'll put out some refreshments, communal supplies and paper. BYO-Art Supplies/snacks welcomed.

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

C. Finley

C. Finley, December 10th-15th

Dates: December 10th through December 15th // Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm

12.11.2015 Friday 7pm to 11pm /// Opening Reception
12.12.2015 Saturday /// Carol Lipnik (singer)
12.13.2015 Sunday 5:30pm /// Dusty Shoulders and Dustin Piper (adult storytelling)
12.14.2015 Monday /// TBD
12.15.2015 Tuesday 7:30pm /// Coco Karol (dance)

ETERNAL YOUTH HERE, a solo-show by C. Finley, will feature vibrant, small-scale paintings of the artist’s signature elements: wild colors, sensuality, and geometry that emanate positive energy and celebrate divine interventions. These works are conceived as talismans that the artist has charged with color, unconditional love, and joy. Inspired by the project she curated in NYC in 2014 The Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman, C. Finley will morph the Con Artist Collective gallery space into an active site to host salon style performances in collaboration with other artists. The space will remain indefinable: a laboratory, an altar, a happening, a stage, and a dance floor spilling out the front door into the neighborhood - a fluid space inviting conversation, community, and intervention. The Wallpaper Dumpster Project, Finley’s own brand of street art that has been executed on the streets of Rome, Vienna and New York, transforms environmental activism into unexpected beauty; and through this public art project provides monuments of joy, laughter and discovery for any passersby. See more on the project in the New York Times article.

Messages You Must Return

Dates: December 2nd to December 9th

AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St.
12.01.2015 Tuesday 7 to 11 /// PRESS ONLY
12.02.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
12.09.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party

“Messages You Must Return” presents visual artworks inspired by the lyrics of songs. The poetry of popular music has a massive scale. Cryptic, refined, harsh, or repetitive, lyrics have they power to recreate a specific place and time in each listener. They’re familiar, even memorized, and often connected to a cultural identity.

This multi-media group show repurposes lyrics in text and beyond. With a title borrowed from “Messenger” by Blonde Redhead, “Messages You Must Return” blends fine art, spoken/written word, and music seamlessly. Artists explore the topic of word, syntax and our emotional connection to language in physical form in an “homage to the lyrics that have haunted our hearts."

Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Michel Karsouny



Dates: November 29th - December 1st 12.01.15
December 1st Tuesday 7pm to 11pm /// Reception


The winner of the People's Choice exhibition earlier this year sets up for a 3 day solo exhibition. Michel Karsouny is an artist from Lebanon with a background in Graphic design, Illustration, Fine Arts, Acting, and Music. A master mark-maker, his work is a paradox of primalism and sophistication. This show features his recent work self described as, “A visual journal of breaking from roots and exploring; a selection of my narrative leaving Lebanon, wandering through the West, finding anchor and that feeling of belonging in New York City. The result was an endless series of portraits and relationships. The work presented here is a snapshot of this transition, breaking through cultural and personal boundaries into expression and individuality. Each piece is a stepping-stone, from Beirut to the latest chapter -- New York City.”

Press: Interview w/ Michel Karsouny

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Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

People's Choice Award

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Dates: September 23rd through October 3rd

A totally open-call show of small work from Con Artist Collective members! Submissions are now closed. Come by and vote for your favorite piece! 60+ participating artists! The winner receives a solo show.

Giving Back

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In the city of New York there is no shortage of people in need of a hand. A group of our artists are coming together to give back, each in their own personal way. Regardless of where we are in our art, we’ve all had some help along the way. Contributing artists in Giving Back now return the favor by donating a percentage of their sales to a chosen charity.

Curated by Ashley Carson, Giving Back also marks the debut of this jewelry designer’s New York inspired Spring 2016 line during the excitement and buzz that is New York Fashion Week.

Dates: September 8th through September 19th

Manolo Rodriguez Epic Epoch Solo Show


Our first ever resident artist is Manolo Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican artist whose work explores modern technology, retro sci-fi kitsch, technical drawings, and intersections between art and nature. In his words, his collages, installations, and altered photographs “seem to provide rational solutions to nonexistent problems”. This solo show presents new work created during his 90 day residency here at the Collective.

Earlier this year more than 250 artists applied to Epic Epoch, our inaugural residency program. A jury of 7 creative luminaries evaluated the artist's portfolios, and Manolo was the selected artist awarded free membership to the Con Artist Collective and a sponsored three month live work residency with access to the collective’s creative coworking space.

Check out Manuel Rodriguez's website
Dates: August 31th to September 5th

LoMan Art Fest Panel Discussion

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Friday August 7th at 7pm & Open to the Public

The Con Artist Collective is hosting a Loman Art Festival Panel Discussion on Legal v.s. Illegal public art. Moderated by Garrison Buxton (Welling Court Mural Project) with Jordan Seiler (Public Art Campaign), GILF!, Cosbe & Alison Buxton.

We suggest you show up around 6:30pm as we expect to hit capacity.

Collage Culture


Dates: August 5th through August 15th
08.05.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
08.12.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party

Collage is present in almost every aspect of culture. This show explores the persistent theme of collage in popular culture and in the art world, showing works that explore the various ways we sample, cut and paste elements from different places to create new forms

Futurotica


Dates July 21st - August 1st 2015
An erotica show with a futurist slant!

What will the standards of beauty be in the future?
What will pornography look like?
What contraptions will people get themselves off with? Will there be people?
Will people even have sex, or will we all end up wearing those sensor rings from Demolition Man?
Bring a date! But, but maybe leave Nana at home.

Slap: Adhesive and Egos [Sri Lanka]



The Hot Butter Collective is excited to be hosting Volume 2 of Con Artist Collective’s Slap Sticker Exhibition, which features 150+ original DIY stickers by artists all over the world from NYC to India, Asia, South East Asia, Australia and surrounding countries.

“Stickers might not endure the ferocity of weather, the passage of time, or urban clean-up programs. But, with exemplary effort and style, they stick in a city’s memory.”

Curated and organized by Ryan Wijayaratne & Hot Butter Collective

Dates: July 17th, 2015
AT: Rv8y Stvdio Gvll3ry, 61/5 Ward Place, Colombo 07 Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The $20 Art Show



"Art is food! You can't eat it, but it feeds you. Art has to be cheap and available to everybody."
-Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover Vermont, 1984

Our participating artists have agreed to let every piece of original artwork in this show sell for just $20. You spend more than that on coffee in 3 days! Wake up every morning to something way more special. Participate!

Press:
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Dates: July 7th to July 18th

We Fall Apart

What are we made of? How are we composed as people? A society? An identity?

How do we fit together and why do we fall apart? Artist Christopher Tandy curates “We Fall Apart” in response to these and other questions that grapple with the constructions and concepts of what we are. In this group show artists use multi-media expressions to define who we are as people individually and collectively.

“We Fall Apart” explores the space between existential meltdown and the frenetic action inherent of being alive. It explores the archetypical representations of love, loss, desire, and pain that have come to dominate our sense of self. It questions the pathology ascribed to biological and sociological boundaries.

Dates: June 23rd to July 4th

...And Today


The Con Artist Collective presents “...And Today”, the second collaboration between artists Mor and Ian Bertram. A follow up to their successful exhibition “And Tomorrow” at City Bird Gallery, “...And Today” explores the fleeting present.

Mor is a stencil artist whose work is evocative of dream worlds and universal symbols. Ian is an illustrator whose figurative images come from the world of comic books. Both artists grow out of their disciplines and produce a fully immersive space with large murals and portraits intertwined.

Dates: June 15th to 20th

Ourmerica


Ourmerica is a concept collection street wear brand focused on bringing people together through fashion style and worldly cultures.

The Boutique & Thrift Pop Up Shop will be at the Con Artist Collective for the week May 28th through June 3rd. Featuring discounts like the $20 thrift sale, FREE shape ups on transactions over $60 and $15 full custom haircuts. Follow their social media @ourmerica_

Pop Up Shop Dates: May 28th to June 3rd

#PlayGreen

#Playgreen’s mission is simple. Help motivate and create awareness around the importance of nature, show how people and nature can live harmoniously as one, and connect artists to one another through their work. Nature is diverse, and so should the artwork be that is inspired by it. Join us at our first official exhibition in Con Art Collective NYC, and experience artwork that invokes humor, fun, motivation, joy, and awareness. The show will feature the work of 8 multi-media artists. A preview of an exciting #playgreen exhibition involving art + DJ.

Artists, Adrian Letechipia, I-Nu Yeh, Chang Kim, Crayon MinYen Hsieh, Dominika Nicman, Emma Kim, Hyunjung Ra, Soyeon Chung.

DATES: May 16th to May 22nd

Conicon 3.0


Dates: October 6th through October 17th
10.07.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
10.14.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party

In the tradition of truly awful threequels, we are beating a dead horse, getting blood from a turnip and bringing you the same old same old one more time for CONICON III. WORST. CONICON. EVER. We will leave no stone unturned, kill off main characters, introduce forgettable sidekicks and forget plot lines altogether in our attempt to quench the nostalgia of our stunted adulthood and you will like it! Stay tuned true believers!

Atmospheric

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Dates: August 18th to August 29th
AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St.
08.19.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Opening Party
08.26.2015 Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Closing Party

A study in mood and environment, vibes and landscapes. Atmospheric aims to draw out places, people, and memories from that weird mental wilderness where we experience art. Kayo Albert and David Barnett present a group show to demonstrate how atmosphere creates mood. Featuring work from: David Barnett, Juan Bravo, Brandon Wisecarver, Caroline Werner, Joey Guidone, and Kayo Albert.

Canvas Couture



CANVAS COUTURE is an art & fashion infused exhibit conceptualized by New York based event curator, Genesis Be. The expo will showcase visual artists & clothing / accessory designers and LIVE music performances. The jump off event will be held at #LibertyHallNYC at Ace Hotel New York.

CANVAS COUTURE’S jump off event on May 29th will have Illspokinn , Tess & Margie (fashionista & singer) as our musical guest & Natashia Underwood Founder of ARTER CLOTHING. Art pieces from the phenomenal Un Cutt , @HekTad123 & @IamTheTruth_TM will be on display .(You've seen their work ALL over NYC I'm sure) And DJ Petra will be in the mix.

About Our Collaborators: Con Artist Collective is an organization housing over 350 New York based visual & installation artists spanning hundreds of themes & concepts. VolaVida represents some of NYC's most popular artists. The goal is to help artists monetize their craft without relinquishing their integrity. Through social events and gallery exhibits they intend to create a atmosphere that is welcoming to art lovers from all walks of life.

Purchase discounted tickets for the Early Bird Special Here!

Each event would highlight the work of similarly themed art installments and one NY based apparel/accessory designer.

This event is brought to you by The Breslin Bar & Dining Room,

#LibertyHallNYC @CanvasCoutureNYC

But is it Art?

Pre-smashed TVs, radical doll parts, fecal matter. . . can't artists just paint pictures anymore? From abstract to conceptual, from installation to bricolage, from metamodernism to zombie formalism, you can slap a label on anything, maybe even a price tag. . . but is it art?

Taking one of contemporary art’s most pressing questions as its title, this group show at the Con Artist Collective addresses the current atmosphere of our post-painting, post-postmodern art world. With an emphasis on mixed-media work that employs non-traditional materials and methods, “But is it Art?” examines the sometimes violent shift away from classical modes and features artists as bold in the visions they build as they are ruthless in the rules they break.

“But is it Art?” is curated by Josef Pinlac and includes work by artists Adriana Garces, Audrey Ryan, Bree Rubin, Carolyn Colsant, Heather Marie Scholl, Laura Tack, Marianna Peragallo, Maria Petrovskaya, Sessa Englund, Shaina Yang, Winter Mendelson, Tia Dunn, Paola Torres Nuñez Del Prado, Daniel Lamanna, James Gardella, John De La O, Josef Pinlac and Saks Afridi. Opening Party performance by Violet Elixir.

DATES: May 5th to May 15th
AT: Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow St.
05.13.2015 Wednesday 7 - 11pm /// Closing Party

Con Artist 5 Year Anniversary Party



We can't believe it's already been five years??? A lot has changed since the Con Artist Collective opened up in the basement at 119 Ludlow with a handful of artists and a whole lot of grit. But after 170+ shows featuring hundreds of artists creating thousands of original new works, we’re still here helping the downtown art scene thrive. So join us as we celebrate five years at the center of emerging arts and culture in the Lower East Side and beyond. Whether you’re one of our 400+ members, a collaborator, a supporter or “just curious,” you are our community...and this party is for you. Come get some.

To Celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary we're publishing a beautiful 200+ book, Reserve your copy now on Kickstarter
DATE: Friday, April 24th, 2015 /// 6pm - midnight

Sound and Vision: Album Art Reimagined

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Dates: April 21st to May 2nd
AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St.

The Greatest Albums. The ones we maintain to be classic, essential, even perfect in the face of any and all argument. Each of us has a unique and highly personal catalogue of music that we return to again and again regardless of the ways we and the times may change. For many of us the crowning touch to these albums is an unforgettable cover.

“Sound & Vision” is dedicated to the artistry of these visual statements that capture the genius, inspiration, passion and provocation of the recorded sounds they envelop. We’ve invited artists of the collective to reinterpret cover art from some of their favorite albums which span a significant range of musical styles, genres, periods and recording techniques. Count on one sure thing: the new works they’ve created will be every bit as diverse and provocative as the iconic albums they invoke.

“Sound & Vision” is curated by Bree Rubin & Pat Myers.

EPIC EPOCH: Group Show



Epic Epoch is not your average residency program. It is for the other artist, the emerging artist, the non-traditional, the self-motivated, the not-yet-represented. This is the first year of the Epic Epoch residency program at the Con Artist Collective.

This year 250 artists built profile pages with a website we made from scratch. Each artist’s page was critiqued by our judges who were hand-picked from global artistic institutions. There was a five round series of judging in which artists were chosen to receive one of five different opportunities. In Round One, Jill Conner selected five artists to receive free membership to Artists Studios, a database of non-represented New York artists. In Round Two, many artists were selected to receive discounted or free membership to the Con Artist Collective. In Round Three, two artists were chosen by Endless Editions to have their work printed and published internationally. In Round Four, six artists were selected for a group show in the Con Artist Gallery, The Epic Epoch Group Show. Round Five will see that one artist receives three months of free rent with 24 hour access to the shared workspace of the Con Artist Collective, and that artist has yet to be announced.

The creatives featured in the Epic Epoch Group Show are diverse and dedicated artist from around the world. We and the judges are impressed with their vision, their passion, and their work, which we can't wait to share at the inaugural Epic Epoch show.

FEATURING WORK BY ANTJE RIECK, NONA FAUSTINE, KATIE HUBBELL, DAVANA WILKINS, LACEY MCKINNEY, and SHYNN KIM

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Dates: April 13 to April 18th

Mural + Neural = Meural



Meural is a wifi-connected, gesture-controlled digital canvas. It is a framed window into the world of art you know, and the world of art to discover. Born and incubated at the Con Artist Collective, we'll be hosting a special one week showcase of artwork from members displayed via the Meural medium.

April 6th to April 12th at the Con Artist Gallery

Dates: April 6th to April 11th

Carnage NYC

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Cheap Booze & Loud Music, 5 days of Carnage NYC taking over the Con Artist Collective Gallery.

Original Lush instant photos, one of a kind and framed for only $69 each. Also pick up the newly released Carnage Issue 9 and a selection of zines from the back catalog.

DATES: May 23rd to May 27th 11am to 7pm

Zawahra Alejandro



Zawahra Alejandro, a floating gallery and collection of artists, will present their first New York show at the Con Artist Collective Gallery. This diverse group of creators presents an innovative approach to abstraction with elements of urban landscapes and quotidian cycles of triumph and failure. They’re unafraid of experimentation and blend paint, textile, and print into uncommon sculptural forms. Their work demonstrates a profound respect of environment and critique of contemporary culture.

Zawahra Alejandro will run concurrently with the 2015 New York Armory Show. This survey will include work by Ada Bobonis, Ernesto Cánovas, Gracjana Rejmer-Cánovas, Héctor Madera, Ivelisse Jiménez, and Sebastian Vallejo.

Dates: March 4th to March 8th

What Happened To Fashion


Fashion is a product of industry, utility, and trend. Clothing is built to dress according to the wearers needs and taste. Decades of fashion have been handcrafted by repurposing old styles and borrowing from the visual world, but more and more the ideal of fashion is one of non-industry.

Curators Lady Millard and Christopher Tandy ask "What happened to Fashion?" in the next show at the Con Artist Collective. "Fast Fashion" has made the design process into a function of haste. Branding is becoming more important than the clothing itself and designers are now seated behind computers to facilitate a non-industry of speed and image over style.

Where is fashion in this new world of memes and "nice" Instagram photography? Has fashion become a lost art?

Interview with Lady Millard by Bedford and Bowery

Dates: February 17th - February 28th

Fashion Show lilKool x Kristine Guico




The Con Artist Collective is getting in the spirit of Fashion Week with a collaboration between artist LilKool and womenswear designer Kristine Guico curated by Brian Whiteley.

LilKool is a Brooklyn based artist who is proud to be part cowboy, part gentleman. His brightly colored, cartoonish designs cover canvases, high-end designer clothing, stickers, and tumblr pages with heavily outlined, grotesque characters. He’s joining forces with up-and-coming designer Kristine Guico whose clothing continues to pop up in magazines and celebrity wardrobes. Her geometric patterns and bold lines make the perfect compliment to LilKool’s aesthetic. Their collaborative fashion pieces will be modeled in the gallery and on our runway. “LilKool x Kristine Guico” will feature art and clothing for sale from both of these talented, emerging artists. Stick around after the show for drinks and fun. This might just be the coolest stop on your fashion week tour.

Dates: Feb 13-14th, 2015
Video by Roman Kolesov

Greatest Hits 2014

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Greatest Hits of 2014 Group Show. Dates: December 26th - January 16th

Don't Shoot



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“Don’t Shoot” is an exhibition organized by members of the Con Artist Collective, in an attempt to deal with the recent events in Ferguson and the wider problems caused by massive inequality at an unprecedented level.

The problems of Ferguson and the subsequent societal anger, resentment and disbelief can be viewed a microcosmic cauldron of centuries of racial oppression. The scars of slavery still run deep and institutional racism is widespread. Economic slavery has replaced iron shackles with financial ones. A galling inequality and concentration of wealth and power in the few has led to a growing feeling of alienation and discontentment throughout the country and the World. Many feel that protest is the only way to change and some are calling for revolution. Whatever the solution, it’s clear that the system is not working and we all deserve better than this. “Don’t Shoot” is curated by Michael Sharp and features work by him, Bree Rubin, Vincent CY Chen, Akiko Kato, Josef Pinlac, Megan Tatem, Delfina Picchio, Nicole Salomon, Philip Ullman, Lisa Larsson, Shavon Meyers, Neil Powell, Amanda Marmor, Anthony Prince, and Audrey Ryan.

Dates: January 21st - January 31st

Disposable


Dates: March 24th to April 4th

In the era of smartphones and webcams, it’s easy to forget the magic of disposable cameras. Candid and unforgiving, photos from disposables can capture everything from intimate interactions to poorly cropped selfies to blurry chaos. This photography carries the weight of being unerasable. There are no second chances.

For “Disposable”, curator Michael Sharp wanted to see what would happen when you give an artist a camera with only one chance to take a single photo of anything. Two disposable cameras loaded with Ilford black and white film were passed around the Con Artist Collective for several months. There was just one rule, each artist could only take one picture and then had to give the camera to someone else.

We can only guess how the show will look and feel. It could be shocking, it could be dull, it could be accidental shots of the inside of artist’s pockets. It’s more than likely going to be all these things as well as a powerful look into the lives of diverse New York artists. A book documenting the project will be available at the gallery.

Generation Y


We live in the age of Generation Y, an era flooded with technology, constant surveillance, and the projection of each individual's life in a digital realm. We see youth attached to the internet, cameras, and mobile devices, transforming their voices and identity into social media pages. Is the rise of personal technology for better or worse? Are users looking for praise, gratification, self-worth, or something else?

Artists Angela Viens and Jennifer Dwyer analyze this fascinating generation in "Gen Y". They observe how a youthful yearning for instant gratification, sex, and drugs is used as an escape from reality, truth, and the self, creating a disconnect highlighted by projected images of superficial pleasure. They're interested in creating a dialogue between Generation Y and previous eras. What would past generations have done with the same tools at their disposal? What will the next generation be like?

Dates: December 9th - 20th

Art Basel Miami 2014



Art Basel Miami 2014

The Con Artist Collective was active all over Miami this year. We ran Festina Lente with Create Collect join forces with Festina Lente, a five day series of art and performance in celebration of the 2014 Art Basel in Miami. Named for the Roman maxim "To make haste slowly", Festina Lente is our tribute to the creative process. This paradoxical relationship resonates with every artist's often conflictive process, where the drive for creation battles the need for clarity. Festina Lente will feature a collection of original works by over 70 emerging artists from both collectives. Every night we'll host events including movie screenings, performances, cocktail parties, DJs and live music. Guests are invited to join our artists in the creation of a collaborative mural that will grow and change organically throughout the event.

Art Basel Miami 2014

The Con Artist Collective presented artists from our collective at the Fridge Art Fair in Little Havana, Miami. On Thursday December 4th - Sunday December 7th. 300 SW 12th Ave. Miami, FL 33130


Festina Lente Gallery December 4th - December 7th from 11am to 10pm.
AT: 116 NW 29th Street, Miami FL 33127



Festina Lente thanks our sponsors


Dates: December 3rd to 7th

Action Figures: Objectified



“Action Figures: Objectified” showcases a special niche of artists who create sculptures inspired by the toy industry. These artists blend pop culture kingpins, ‘80s cartoon superheroes, low budget anime, and happy meal freebies into unique, ultra-cool handmade sculptural objects. Often these sculptures are cast and packaged to reference the toys you loved as a kid in a totally new context.

Con Artist will host an invite-only VIP on Wednesday, November 26th that permits an early viewing of the artwork. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and re-opening for the official Black Friday Opening Party with all these awesome, toy-inspired pieces, and perhaps a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts.

“Action Figures: Objectified” features work by SUCKADELIC, Wizard Skull, Tone Tank, Sean Gallagher, HEALEYMADE, Dean Millien and Weird Luke.

Interview with Suckadelic and Weird Luke Bedford and Bowery

Gallery Open Monday - Saturday 11am to 7pm (or later)
Dates: November 26th - December 6th

Dis*truct*ure



A disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant: disease. Disease, in all of its forms, is one of the most powerful, terrifying, perplexing, consuming, and dividing aspects of the human experience. It's often intangible, sometimes imperceivable, and causes an internal shift in perspective both physically and psychologically. These minute mutations overwrite patterns and interfere with nature’s systems on a cellular level, revealing the fragility of our existence.

Con Artist presents Dis•truct•ure, a show that explores the fragility of existence and the disturbances of an earthly mortality, as well as the transcendence of it, by examining themes of pattern, repetition, mutation, ritual, and spirituality surrounding the natural decay caused by disease. Examination of these themes not only helps to cope with the suffering that can be brought by disease, but also allows us to be hopeful and celebrate the tenacity of cycles and life in all of its forms. Featuring work from artists: Marianna Peragallo, She Is Honey Brown, Ikuko H, Josef Pinlac, Carol McLennan, Christopher Tandy, Anna Fawcus, Scott Andrews, Bree Rubin, MOR, Zaria Poem, Judy Choi, Jessica Patrick, Flavia D’Urso, Gertrude Berg.

Dates November 12th - November 19th 2014

American Identity 1.0




What does an American look like? It depends on who you ask. The Con Artist Collective shares its take on this nation’s populace with “American Identity 1.0”, a collection of portraits of American people. These portraits range from the traditional to the avant-garde and each gives a small slice of contemporary American humanity. They explore the schism between a white-washed history portrayed by the media and the reality of defining yourself in a national culture.

It’s strangely appropriate that the show is curated by a foreigner. Gonzalo Sepulveda was born in Chile, but has a long love affair with the United States where he has lived for more than a decade. “American Identity 1.0” presents a critical view of the American experience from an outsider’s perspective.

Check out Artsy Magazine's Review

Dates October 29th - November 8th 2014

Flow With Inspiration


“Flow With Inspiration” work from Christopher Olivier and Parrish. These emerging artists share a brightly colored, globally inspired vibe with elements of historic flair and surf art. These events share the cutting edge culture that Con Artist is all about.

Sunday 10.26.2014, 3 to 9pm

Zutopia by Metro Zu

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“Zutopia” is a one day special event by the multi-talented creative crew, Metro Zu. This collaborative group of four young artists from Miami mix skate culture, jazz, hip hop, and 80s style in their music and visual art. “Zutopia” will fill the Con Artist gallery with a multimedia experience.

Vernissage Interviews Metro Zu at Con Artist Collective

October 25th 2014 1pm - 9pm

Ephemera


Nothing lasts forever. This Collective group show is about things that don’t last very long at all. “Ephemera” is an expression of the ever-changing states of life, society, love, and pop culture. Named for all things whose existence is short, the artists of “Ephemera” present visions of longing, nostalgia, and decay on a profoundly intimate scale. “Ephemera” features work by Gabriel Ventura, Daniel Lamanna, John de la O, Mike Dreeland, Lädy Millard, Ernst Bachinger, and Erica Schreiner.

Dates: October 14th to 24th

ConiCon 2.0

CONICON 2.0, a CONtinuation of the Con Artist Collective's CONnection to the CONspicuous CONsumption of all that CONsists of the culture of comics. With your CONsent, we CONtrive to CONvince you of the complex CONcepts of this facet of CONtemporary society through CONversation and participation. Toss CONformity aside and get in touch with your inner geek, nerd or cosplayer with iCONic art that has an X factor, radioactive presence and the mystical powers of the imagination. CONfectious, unCONventional and sometimes CONtroversial, CONICON 2.0, 'Nuff Said!

Dates: 10.01.14 to 10.11.14

chris X cross


The Con Artist Collective is hosting an collaboration between two long time collective contributors Chris Mendoza (Brooklyn) and Chris Worfold (Australia). Whilst the artists live half a world away from one another they share more than just their first name. Their aesthetic palettes are quite distinct but they both create work by layering color, geometry, organic forms, and referential images to form energetic compositions. They riff in paint, ink and aerosol on paper and found materials to build extended pictorial realities which mine and combine our global visual culture. “Chris x Cross” features new and collaborative work by both artists. The joint effort between Chris and Chris demonstrates the power of creative people globally connected.

Read the interview: Con Artist Collective Blog

Dates: September 16th to 27th

Just Politics


“Just Politics” is a multimedia art show that takes an aggressive stance in looking at social and cultural issues. It analyzes war, the LGBTQ community, class, racism, and an takes an in-depth view of headline events and political figures using the lens of contemporary art.

This show is more than an editorial. The diverse artists represented reflect on personal experiences in politically charged environments including childhoods in volatile nations, forced migrations, and conflict with an increasingly digitized government. This show features work by Elsa Fraysse, Adriana J. Garces, Andrew Arnett, Chelsea Rae Klein, Daz Chandler, Deedee DeGelia, Honey Brown, Kirstin Chappell, Sonja Lessley, Qinza Najm, and Alex Christopher Williams.

DATES: 09.02.2014 - 09.13.2014

XXX Stitch

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On Friday August 22nd, Urban Cross Stitch will be making its X across the pond at New York City's Con Artist Gallery.

This debut exhibition will feature some Urban Cross Stitch classics and a range of never-before seen limited edition and one off gallery works by the "Hitchcock of cross stitch" Phil Davison, whose work seamlessly blends traditional crafts with a street edge, infused with wit and humour that epitomizes Urban Cross Stitchs' iconic style.

Urban Cross Stitch with Refreshments catered by Organic Gemini

Con Artists Gallery 119 Ludlow Street, New York, New York 10002

Friday August 22nd, 2014
Doors open from 6pm.

Starrcade

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Con Artist presents “Starrcade”, a show about anything and everything related to Professional Wrestling. Seriously. We’re a fine art gallery and we’re having a show about piledrivers, shiny spandex masks, TKOs, and endless tag-team smackdowns. “Starrcade” features work by 10 artists who aren’t trying to be ironic or poke fun at low-brow culture. They’re die hard wrestling superfans who grew up with the sport’s colorful characters and outrageous storylines.

And why shouldn’t we have a wrestling show? The mixture of high art and low art has been fueling the arts for the last century. What is professional wrestling but a gigantic, blue collar performance art piece? Wrestling has an immediately recognizable aesthetic that isn’t quite like anything else. It’s colorful, melodramatic, and flashy. It isn’t afraid to put common ethnic and gender stereotypes on parade.

Artists: Daniel "The Dutch Master" Lamanna, Gabriel "Ace" Ventura, Patrick "Mr. Imperfect" Myers, Bunny Lee, Josef "El Surrealiste" Pinlac, John "El Guapo" De La O, Rachel "Ratchet Rabbies" Covert, Enzo "The American Popper", Sarah "Chicken" Wang, Wizard "Wizard Skull" Skull

DATES: 8.19.14 - 8.30.14

Thinking Inside The Box

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Are you always burning the midnight oil and keeping your nose to the grindstone to make ends meet? Before you put another nail in the coffin and take one for the team, know that the end doesn’t justify the means.

Artists are usually esteemed for their creativity and innovation. This August at Con Artist we’re celebrating 5 creatives who are démodé and seriously cliché. “Thinking Inside the Box” shows off tchotchkes by artists who aren’t afraid to be a little tacky and who enjoy a good old fashioned pun. Many of the artworks are, in fact, inside of boxes.

Every cloud has a silver lining with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and plenty of fish in the sea. Leave your mark! A picture is worth a thousand words in a Kodak moment in a New York minute. You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it. Featuring work by: John Arzayus, Jasper Fields, Josef Pinlac, Jessica Prusa and Katie Killary

Mentioned on the Village Voice
Photos and introduction on FAD NYC
Bushwick Daily discusses "Thinking Inside The Box"

Dates: August 5th - August 14th

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We have teamed up with Sprayground to bring you 10 unique backpack creations like you've never seen. Each one reflecting the artists styles and personality. The bags were sold via a silent auction at the event. Don't miss your chance to see these one of a kind backpacks, and to be the coolest grown kid on the block. #ConArtistxSprayground

Unvailing Party And Silent Auction July 31st, 7pm-10pm

Money Shot



Con Artist presents “Money Shot”, a collection of work from our newest members. A money shot is the flashiest, most awe-inspiring, or most expensive scene of a film (pornographic or otherwise). First impressions are everything, so we’ve asked our new recruits to bring their biggest guns to the table and show off whatever they consider their best work at the moment, their personal money shot (pornographic or otherwise).

Each work is considered to be the most valuable, best executed, or most important piece ever created by the artist themself. It’s not only a show of great work, but also a demonstration of what each artist celebrates and values in their own oeuvre. “Money Shot” creates an opportunity to meet the newest members of the collective and see what they do best.

Richard Miller, Amy Swartele, Delfina Picchio, Chathe, Steven Harwick, Carol McLennan, Wizard Skull, Claudio Limon, Abbey Mondshein, Hillary Moss, Ronin Ran, Oliva Taylor, Gonzalo Sepulveda, Marcelo Daldoce, Ko Smith, Alex Williams, Charlotte Lethbridge, Moriah Ressler, Jordan Segal, Hillary Hubanks, Jackson Lin, Judy Chöi, Stig, Helen Lin.

The Vernissage reviews "Money Shot"
Brightest Young Things mentions "Money Shot"

Dates: July 15th to August 2nd

Go With The Flaw


Create Collect presents "Go With The Flaw" at the Con Artist Collective, featuring new works by creators MRKA & Frankie Cihi along with tunes by Diggy Lloyd

Friday July 18

Buggin' Out



Our culture presents, through the spectacle of media, architecture and propaganda, an image of seductive beauty and elegance. Beneath this glossy veneer is the stark reality of a world predicated on sadistic, exploitative, and parasitic dynamics. “Buggin’ Out” explores the gloomy side of existence through a visual study of society’s lowest life forms: the bed bugs, cockroaches and vermin who inhabit the fringe of, yet are ubiquitous to, our lives. It’s a meditation upon the aquiline beauty of the insect form as well as, symbolically, upon the soul of humanity and the spiritual crisis it faces at this present juncture.

Artists Sonja Lessley, Andrew Arnett, John Arzayus, and Sarah Wang present a unique perspective of this tiny world that is actually psychologically huge, often dreadful, often beautiful, and also plays a constant role in our lives and the universal ecosystem. They share an obsession with bugs, how they surround our everyday existence, are necessary for our survival, and in an apocalyptic age may perhaps outlive and take the place of us all.

Vernissage Blog reviews Buggin' Out

Dates: June 3rd to 21st

Zine Life

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Zine Life

A one day pop up zine shop, selling zines and self published items from members and friends of the con artist collective. Pick up all kinds of local Lower East Side zines by NYC artists, Endless Editions, Carnage, Kingbrown, Wizard Skull, and so much more.

You Belong In An Expanding World

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Christopher Tandy and Patrick Grzelewski present two unique visions of the isolation, connections, pain, joy, loss, and discovery inherent in the psychology of human development. They deal with both the divisions and commonalities that exist within consciousness and growth in the natural world. It's often frustrating that subjectivity is characteristically at odds with the human body's tangible progression of physical changes. This creates an ever more complicated relationship with the planet's intricate biology and the evolving cultural institutions of humanity. "You Belong in an Expand World" highlights the consequences of existence in a growing universe.

Featuring Artwork from Christopher Tandy & Patrick Grzelewski

Dates: June 24th to July 12th
06.25.2014 Wednesday 8 til 11pm /// Opening Party
07.02.2014 Wednesday 8 til 11pm /// Gallery Night
07.09.2014 Wednesday 8 til 11pm /// Closing Party

Femme Fatale

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Since the dawn of time, women have been constricted from fully showcasing their inner strengths, talents, and intelligence. More than ever before women are being objectified by the media and social platforms, yet there are also strong, empowered women cultivating and sharing their talents. Even though there’s still a long way to go, women are increasingly becoming leaders in the workforce, politics, and the art world.

"Femme Fatale" is a celebration of this feminine power and the rise of the independent, go-getter woman in the new millennium. Women are natural creators; art is their inherent terrain and the landscape upon which their fierce independence can greatly flourish. “Femme Fatale” features work by Polet Guzman, Azure McBride, Sofia Reeser del Rio, and Angela Viens. These female artists strive to celebrate the empowerment of their individual selves in order to truly be the badasses they were meant to be.

Dates: May 13th - 31st

Decorate, Embellish, Adorn


Con Artist celebrates all of its members with a large group show. Curated by member Aprajita Anand, “Decorate, Embellish, Adorn” invites the collective to produce a monochromatic piece in any medium on a base of one square foot. The result demonstrates the breadth and creativity of the collective’s diverse artists. Con Artists decorate, embellish, and adorn any blank surface to create a mosaic of expressions which encompass their own individual interpretations of beauty.

Dates: April 22nd to May 10th



4 Year Anniversary Party

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Yep. We've survived for 4 years. And we're growing. We couldn't have made it this far without you, and we want to celebrate. There will be Dj's, Beer and Wine, Live Painting, and a community of hundreds of emerging artists from NYC. Don't miss out, come and get creative with us. We're also hosting some fundraising to help continue growing the collective into year 5 and beyond.

Come celebrate with us.

April 25th 6pm to 2am
119 Ludlow st.

Frank 151 stopped by and got some great flicks of the party

ISO 216 NYC//London



Con Artist presents ISO 216, a collaboration between artists from New York and London. Named in honor of the world’s most common paper size ratio which, like so many of global standards of weights and measure, is notably rare in the US, ISO 216 celebrates the cultural parallels and unique individuality of the United Kingdom and United States. The two nations are ethnically diverse, share a common language, and are each massive exporters of art and culture, but as their slightly different paper size ratios indicate, they don’t quite fit into the same box.

ISO 216 features ten Con Artist members and ten artists from the Test Space Gallery in London. Each artist presents two pieces in order to create simultaneous expositions on either side of the pond. The two shows will open concurrently on April 2nd and a live broadcast of each opening will be projected at the other opening to create a shared experience.

Artists: Angela Viens, Benjamin Murphy, Captain Kris, Chris Mendoza, Curse273, Dill, Dean Millien, Donk, Ferres, International Nobody, IRKT, Lady Millard, Liaizon Wakest, Lucy Sparrow, Meghan Borah, Patrick Grzelewski, Rachael Senchoway, Roycer, Saroj Patel, Stedhead, The Real Dirty Rotten Bleeder, Victor Ochoa.

Dates: April 1st to 19th
04.01.2014 Tuesday 8 til late /// Vernissage
04.02.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Opening Party
04.09.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Gallery Night
04.16.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Closing Party

∆ Group Show



Dates: March 11th to 29th
AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St.

03.11.2014 Tuesday /// Vernissage
03.12.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Opening Party
03.19.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Gallery Night
03.26.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Closing Party

∆ features the artwork of Patrick Grzelewski, Jamie Martinez, and Brandon Wisecarver. These artists borrow the visual form of the triangle and its wealth of symbolic meaning. Their collaboration is in and of itself a triangle; a union of three creative points of reference focusing on the same symbolic center.

Soup Group Show




Dates: February 18th to March 8th

SOUP is about different aspects of the human identity coming together to define our existence. Personal image, social relationships, and the consciousness of the collective organism combine into a simpler, unified form. What appears to be disorganized or random may just be a pattern of a higher level of organization, as of yet indiscernible to the human eye. Four artists' works fold down, fold in, and amalgamate, transforming the gallery space itself into a singular installation with a common narrative between separate pieces.

SOUP features the work of:
Lady Millard
Shaina Yang
Frog Wang
and Jasper Fields.

Venus Rx v.s. Moon Uranus

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“Venus Rx vs. Moon Uranus” presents a series of reflections on recent astrological events. The retrograde (Rx) motion of Venus happens only once every 18 months while a Moon Uranus opposition happens every month. Vanessa Cleary curates a spectacle of relationships, materialism, values, beauty, and addiction to all of the above, in contrast with a full detachment and detox from the whole.

A group show about love and a love show about freedom, “Venus Rx vs. Moon Uranus” is not necessarily about free love or orgies. The retrograde Venus inspires a rehashing and revisiting of love and security matters while looking inward toward values. A Moon Uranus opposition reminds us to respect our independence. This collection of works by various local, regional, and international artists moves fast at Con Artist 119 Ludlow February 16th and 17th.

DATES: 02.16.2014 - 02.17.2014

Beyond The Pale Fashion Show


The Con Artist Collective celebrates its growing group of designers with “Beyond the Pale”, the first collective fashion show. Emerging artists from Con Artist will display original clothing creations. Our designers showcase their diversity and creativity. Imaginative couture dresses contrast street inspired wearables. Watch our gallery space turn into a runway exposition. “Beyond the Pale” coincides with New York’s famous Fashion Week. We are very proud of our new member Morgane Press, and if you would like any more information click here.

Beyond The Pale

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DATES: 02.11.14 - 02.15.14 11am to 6pm
02.14.2014 Friday 8 til late /// Opening Party

Con Artist presents “Beyond the Pale”, a Valentine’s Day show that celebrates love in its most intense manifestations. Love is more than candy hearts, rom-com reruns and boxes of chocolate. It emerges in unexpected places, grows into passion, and not infrequently goes hand in hand with insanity.

In “Beyond the Pale” artists showcase the taboo side of infatuation. They explore the twisted connections between affection and violence, the narrative of two young lovers in a struggle against the world, the fervent agony of unrequited devotion, and the awkward ignorance of the martyred saint who gave Western culture its cheesiest holiday.

Space | Divided



Beautiful Opening Party Photos by Anna Fawcus

Our culture is full of real and imagined divisions. The human desire for definition creates social, geographic, and structural boundaries that divide us. Breaking out of the white, cubed, confined space of a traditional gallery is the infatuation of many a contemporary artist, while others have discovered that constriction fosters creativity.

Con Artist presents SPACE | DIVIDED, an exhibition of conscious and unconscious separations. Artists draw lines in the sand as they explore the aesthetic and psychological power of split space. They peek through holes in the wall to better understand the polarity of a space divided and capture the intensity of attracting opposites. Featuring work from 4 NYC artists and photographers. Photo by Geoff Green

AT: Con Artist Ludlow Gallery, 119 Ludlow St. Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 6pm

Gallery Night Parties
01.29.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Opening Party
02.05.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Closing Party

Endless



Come roam the dark labyrinths of contemporary nihilism and reproducible media. Simulacra and simulation and impossible exchange, infinite reflections. The insatiable void, the sinking feeling post-black-friday-rampage… ENDLESS is anti-Bieber, pro-Miley; ENDLESS is the majesty of youtube sensations, eternity whispered through screenshotz.

Incorporating the Con Artist Collective as well as selected artists who can’t help but engender all that is ENDLESS.

AT: Con Artist Gallery, 119 Ludlow St. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 6pm
January 07 - 25, 2013

Gallery Night Parties
1.08.2014 Wednesday 7-11pm /// Opening Party:
when u freak out, freak back in live performance by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney at 10pm
1.15.2014 Wednesday 7-11pm /// Gallery Night
1.22.2014 Wednesday 7-11pm /// Closing Party

Master of None



“Master of None” showcases works outside of each contributing artist’s primary discipline. Creative impulse and vision is what unites artists, and transcends the defining confines of individual palettes. Con Artists are not bound by medium. Contributing artists include: Patrick Grzelewski, Jasmine Zimmerman, Simon Scott, Brandon Wisecarver, Meghan Borah, Chris Tandy, Monique Toro, Sarah Wang, Shaina Yang, Polet Guzman, Angela Veignes, Samantha Silver, Peter Yip, Zaria Poem.

The opening reception will feature two site specific performance pieces. Mirror Face by Samantha Silver and Metamorphosis by Patrick Grzelewski will be taking place continually through the evening and at 8:30pm respectively.

OPEN: December 17, 2013 - January 03, 2014 Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 4pm

Gallery Nights
12.17.2013 Tuesday 7 til 11 /// Vernissage
12.18.2013 Wednesday 7 til 11 /// Opening Party
12.27.2013 Friday 7 til 11 /// Gallery Night
01.03.2014 Friday 7 til 11 /// Closing Party

"Blazing"

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It’s bleak out so gather ‘round the smoldering fire that is… art by local and emerging artists! It's the first collaboration between Brooklyn's Recession Art Gallery and Lower East Side's Con Artist Collective. So really, what are you getting your mom? Gift-cards are a drag. Mass-produced knick-knacks end up in landfills. Luckily, Recession Art and Con Artist bridge the boroughs to offer up blazingly chill gifts and live music. Art is the best present, of course. It’s original, won’t take up space, and helps artists get something for their moms.

AT: Recession Art & Con Artist Collective

DATES: 12.13.2013 - 12.14.2013



Art Basel, Select Fair 2013

The Con Artist Collective exhibits artwork from 42 artists at the the Catalina Hotel, Select Fair during Art Basel week 2013.

DATES: 12.04.2013 - 12.08.2013



Hannah Reber - "What Is What"

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Hannah Reber is from Berlin and makes multimedia enigmas. She sifts through quantum physics, fractal geometry, and epistemological constructivism (the ties between natural science, human constructs, and reality). What is what is what Reber made of/made in New York this fall. Her art, off-the-wall, on our walls. One week.

DATES: 12.04.2013 - 12.11.2013



"Fellas & Flappers"



Ever been to Bay Ridge? Taken the R train to the end of the line? Or do you stick in North Brooklyn with all the other transplants? At the base of the Verrazano Bridge is a small town stuck in a big city, with a rich history. Fellas & Flappers references the mobster era of the 30’s-50’s, the neighborhood’s peak. A lot of graffiti writers, like Revs and Kaves, came from Bay Ridge in more recent years. This show features work by three artists who grew up there: Daniel Lamanna, Gabriel Ventura, and John De La O.

DATES: 11.27.2013 - 11.30.2013



Corey Washington - "Night in the Cat Cave"


One night solo exhibition courtesy of Corey Washington - explore her journey back to Baltimore through paintings, sketches, and assorted media.

DATE: 11.20.2013, 6 til 10pm



Michael Sharp - "The Thread"

The Thread is Michael Sharp’s solo show: anything but inert stills from his recent residency in Mexico City. Sharp is an artist and curator whose (frequently collaborative) works reflect mythological motifs, considering the role of ritual in secular society. Striking clarity stitches through the dream haze that is the universal unconscious.

DATES: 10.30.2013 - 11.13.2013

"Now We Here"

The Official Grand Opening Party of our newly expanded space:


Don't worry, we're still underground, but now we have an additional floor of workspace and a street-level gallery. With more than double the space for our Con Artists, rolling and linkable work tables, a computer loft, and a sound-proofed meeting pod, the collective has never been quite this rad. The celebration: party all day. Art and zine swap. Roast pig, wine, coffee. Surprising surprise performances, live painting, DJs. See what started from the bottom?

DATE: 10.25.2013, 2 til 10pm

SPONSORED BY:

& Rebellious Treats



"Conicon"

Pictures have always told stories. The 1940s and ‘50s saw the Golden Age of Comics establish comics as an art-form the world over. With their vivid aesthetics, sequential cartoons communicate ideas in a way mere words cannot. Comics are now a mainstay of pop culture, infiltrating books, movies, video games, media far and wide. The main conduits are Comic Conventions.

CONICON (see what we did there?) is a group show featuring comics and Comic Con inspired art. Con Artist’s daring exploration ranges from superheroes and comic strips (POW!) to 3D characters (WHUMPH!) to manga (ドキン!) ...and beyond (BANG!). Juxtaposing eclectic works create curious and arresting narratives and open up new discussions about this genre of storytelling. CONICON opens the same week as New York Comic Con... Excelsior!

DATES: 10.09.2013 - 10.23.2013

Lädy Millard - "Luxury"

Lädy Millard is an artist and a movement. Lädy appropriates common iconography not only to claim her power, but also to reference the pervasive force of its imagery. She incorporates the environment to manipulate reality and questions the very definition of "Lädy." LUXURY (a demise of culture and class) silently equates terrorism with luxury and the decay of today’s cultural values. Selected works range from 2D to digital.

Lädy Millard has been spreading her street anthropology since 2001 and in recent years has displayed work throughout the streets of NYC, San Francisco, even as far as New Zealand. Although trained in different schools including the Art Students League, The High School of Art and Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology, Lädy refers to herself as an untrained artist because of her social experiences while attending these institutions. Recent exhibitions include 111 Minna and other group shows across the country.

DATES: 09.18.2013 - 10.02.2013



"Members Only"

Exposed at CultureFix, Con Artist considers nudity in the spirit of 19th century French Academic Salons. Whether shamelessly flaunting or leaving a bit to the imagination, members invite you to an inherently private show. Undoubtedly the starkest, most genuine, and uncomfortably honest exhibition of the summer. The nude figure is a trope in art history, as both subject and metaphor. Why? Necessity, narcissism, intimate understanding - maybe even boredom... Regardless, Con Artists stand here in the buff, and for so much more.

Organized by Sessa Englund. Participating artists: Nicole Salomon, Elizabeth Knowlton, Lädy Millard, Geoff Green, Shaina Yang, Cynthia K. Cortes, Matt Smoak, Scott Andrews, Liaizon Wakest, Aprajita Anand, Ryan Wijayaratne, Lisa Hokans, Sarah Wang, Christopher A Quizhpe, Saroj Patel, Julia Pascone, Elke Reva Sudin, Alexandra Darby, Jon Mann, Daniel Lamanna, Sonja Lessley, Ko Smith, Tag Brum, Eric Steginsky, Rebecca Sherman, Miriam Braverman, Miranda Nichols, Michael Sharp, Joseph Pinlac, Maria Petrovskaya, Anna Fawcus, AR+PJ=MDP$$YTAT$, and George Foreman.

Members Only blog here

AT: Superchief Gallery at CultureFix
9 Clinton St, NY NY 10002

DATES: 09.17.2013 - 09.22.2013



"Brand New Again"

New works (!) by new members (!!) in the new gallery (!!!)

DATES: 09.10.2013 - 09.14.2013



Conie Vallese & Liaizon Wakest - "▲NIM▲LI▲"

The intersection between the two artists, ▲NIM▲LI▲ touches on imaginations unknown, crossing boundaries in the unconscious realm of lines, white and black. Proportionless figures fight the constraint of the blank page. In the mind of colorful chaos, playful figures and dark dreams fight and play and fuck their way through life. Playing make-believe with old-world souls and new-world behaviors. We become our own gods though the lens of a baby snail.

Conie Vallese was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and initially developed her artistic abilities from observing her grandmother's acrylics, her father's sculptural experiments, and her mother's Louis XVI-esque affinity for decorating. She studied visual arts at The University of Buenos Aires and attended drawing workshops with Martin Kovensky.

Liaizon Wakest has proudly been exploring the universe since 1987. It has been much easier for him than for previous generations, since the inception of legs. He is an unknowing and unlearned self-defined creationist, blindly making things out of other things for no reason at all.

DATES: 08.21.2013 - 09.04.2013



"Problematic"


Art inhabits the space in between subjects: it embodies a reflection of the past, a creation of the future, a movement towards both order and disorder within itself. This exhibition deals primarily with the ways contradiction, absurdity, and conflict inspire the artist to create work that is investigational, divisive and explorational.

Thirteen artists were asked to consider three contradictions: art as rejuvenator and self-destructor, art as both dependent and independent upon consumerism, and art as both a heightening and an obfuscating agent in trying to perceive reality. The resultant showcase: a variety of work in a range of mediums, all speaking to common paradoxes of the artistic practice.

Problematic was curated by Sessa Englund, a multi dimensional artist (solo shows include Incomplete Response @Con Artist, Solo Solo-Solo @Roten 2 [Gothenburg], You Missed It @Grace Exhibition Space [NYC], and Flowers of Habit @The School of Art+Design [Purchase]).

Artists involved: Laura Tack, Ko Irkt, Michael Sharp, Miranda Nichols, Olivia Fox, Charles Allen, Chris Simon, Cody Oyama, Saroj Patel, Matsumoto Sanpo, Natania Frydman, Shaina Yang and Eric Steginsky.

Press: Interview w/Sessa Englund by Arts in Bushwick & Problematic reviewed also by A in B

AT: Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham St. NY, NY 11237

DATES: 07.17.2013 - 07.23.2013



"Children and the Art of Eight Limbs" & "Haiti"

Social documentary photographers, Anna Fawcus and Giles Clarke, come together for a joint exhibition, uniting two very different stories to celebrate the strength and determination of humanity.

Anna Fawcus' series, Children and the Art of Eight Limbs, documents the lives of young Muay Thai boxers in Thailand. The images explore the reality of life as a child boxer, both inside and outside the boxing ring.

Giles Clarke presents a selection of recent images from Haiti, a country living in the shadow of a devastating earthquake. A consummate documentary photographer, his images emerge from a deep commitment to social justice.

Press:speaks with Giles Clarke about the photos and the exhibition

DATES: 07.10.2013 - 07.24.2013



"The Layer Behind"

Balance is lost. The hand of man seeks to restore it.
During the act of creation, the swan dives into the unknown,
risking beauty and capturing the spirit
This dive is eternal, a ritual as old as humankind

All the artists presented share the same quest ;
crossing genres and mediums,
reaching back to the roots of humanity in order to explore
the vast land of the collective mind.
Where do we come from. How did it begin.
The cadences of the universe inform all artworks, ancient and modern alike,
shaped itself into a Universal Substance

Shapes and colors compose a global visual language,
a language that can express the essence of perception, emotion, movement - Being.

The artists highlight that which already exists, has always been, and will remain.

In the words of T.S. Elliot:

"We should never cease from exploring
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time..."

Artists involved: Dean Millien, Cody Oyama, Michael Sharp, Rachael Senchoway, Charles Allen, Go Nakamura, Josef Garibaldi, Natania Frydman, Andrew Birk, Sessa Englund, Laura Tack, & Liaizon Wakest. Sounds by: DJ David Kestin & DJ Sanpo

DATES: 06.12.2013 - 06.26.2013



Daniel Lamanna - "Midnight Confessions"

Midnight Confessions is about respectable men in business suits playing Quarters in a Brooklyn basement. Daniel Lamanna has been influenced by growing up in the city, working retail; he is intrigued by moment-to-moment human interactions and always pushes the viewer to think twice. Remember...things aren't always as they seem.

DATES: 05.22.2013 - 06.05.2013



Eric Triton - "Dark on Delancey"

Through a series of self-portraits, Dark on Delancey takes a penetrating look at identity. What is at our center? How do transformation and the eternal play out, inside of us? Where does identity intersect with ego, move beyond it? Eric Triton uses saturated color to suffuse a visceral rawness. Somewhere between conceptual, organic and performance, his photographs explore all sides and linger between the parts that struggle amongst themselves. Triton takes his inspiration from creation stories and mythology as he chews on the mysteries and paradoxes of existence. He draws from the stuff of life: love, ego, death, sex and fear, to make a photographic scripture, to find and create meaning. These are the most real.

DATES: 05.01.2013 - 05.15.2013



Sarah Wang - "The Animal in Man"

The Animal in Man removes the long cultivated separation between ourselves and animals. Sarah Wang provokes - in order to inspire compassion for all living things, humans and animals alike. Terms like ‘bitch’ and ‘pussy’ compound the degradation of women with that of animals. Hybrid creatures born of these “bad” words confront and undermine these misogynistic metaphors. Highlighting the absurd horror of the fur trade, humans are adorned by those usually hunted. Other works depict humans physically blended with their spirit animals, working to recall a connection amidst all our man-made constructs in this unnatural environment we’ve created for ourselves.

Press: SoLifeStyle

DATES: 04.10.2013 - 04.24.2013



*SLAP* - "Adhesives & Egos"

Only the dopest DIY stickers from NYC and the rest of the world, all up in Con Artist. Featuring artists like Sure & Faust, Edec, and many more (who will go unnamed), *Slap* shows love to intricate brilliance on unassuming little rectangles. The painstakingly oblique 'S', the idolized references in a 'K' - chiseled out with precision. From favela walls to urban street lights, these tiny pieces battle for supremacy amongst the "se renta quarto"s and the neon. With dedication, courage and commitment they leave their indelible mark on the world. Stickers might not endure the ferocity of weather, the passage of time, or urban clean-up programs. But, with exemplary effort and style, they stick in our city’s memory. A limited edition zine will accompany the exhibit and be for sale at the gallery.

Press:
Vandalog
Street Art NYC
12oz Prophet Instagram
Mass Appeal
Solifestyle
Hip Hop Pot Head
Bowery Boogie
Exclusive Kat

DATES: 03.13.2013 - 04.03.2013



Julia Pascone - "Automat"

The body of work that is Automat explores the ties between memory and location. These drawings and paintings are Julia Pascone's personal documentation of the everyday textures, particular signs and local symbols evoke a sense of place. She examines physical actualities as well as more intangible coordinates. In this frenetic world of mass-produced culture and homogenizing conglomerates, she pens a love letter to all things small, nods to the past, celebrates the vestiges.

DATES: 02.20.2013 - 03.06.2013



Laura Tack - "We Rooted and Forgot"

Our seed is the core
(The core is our essence)
Our seed is growing roots
But we forget

We deny
We strive for deconstruction
from which is necessarily born: reformation
reforming and reshaping a vision: visionary -
But don't feign, don't fling out hyper-representative caricatures.

Feed the seed with soil, allow it to root, to nourish and to flourish
And once the seed flourishes in the rich soil
don't ignore it.
Allow the abstract essence and make it your own magic,
your tool, your instrument.

My thoughts, rooted in nature, are the entity of my work.
Roots, Wilderness, (Chaos) - Existence
Plants grow and die.

I’m the seed,
The creation is the soil,
The process is the root,
The painting is the plant,

The painting is the seed,
The process is the soil,
The creation is the plant,
I’m the root.

As in our civilization we built walls (Order).
We are confronted with frontiers (Society).
These walls know not of the pure root of existence.

I, as a painter, depict both the pains and joys
of seeking out and growing closer to our roots.

- Laura Tack

Press: Pink Pig NYC

DATES: 01.30.2013 - 02.13.2013



Natania Frydman - "The Soundness of Scapes"

Through moonscapes, soundscapes, and other bleak terrains, Natania Frydman reflects on both interior and exterior topographies. She maps out memory loss, problematizes the fine line between optimism and escapism. With unusual fluidity, Frydman translates thoughts into materials, and communicates her impressions through immersive installations. (Glass, for example, is analogous to memory in that it takes up space despite translucence, in its presence but never insistence, and its interactions with light). Exploring concepts before considering aesthetic, creating rather than depicting, her work is truthfully organic. The multi-media collaboration which at once involves the most man-made technology (Google Earth, projections, digitally created sounds, etc.) is perhaps the most natural as layers and layers of organization coalesce back into a lovely abstraction.

DATES: 01.09.2012 - 01.23.2012



Audrey Ryan - "To Need Another"

"I've been f***in the world and I ain't come yet." (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.)

To Need Another is a show about dependence. It's about how, with what, with whom we fill our voids.
To Need Another is about genuinely needing someone, something or some way.
It's about substance, excess, and money in the bank.
It's also about living fast, dying young, sex, drugs and rock and roll.
But mostly it's about sex. Because for that to be any good, you really do need another.
To Need Another is recent works by Audrey Ryan.

Press: NYC Art Parasites

DATES: 12.19.2012 - 01.02.2013



Tatsu - "Ebb & Flow"

'Ebb' and 'Flow' are the two personalities occupying Tatsu's brain. This here is his (their) solo (group) show.

DATES: 11.28.2012 - 12.12.2012



"Creative Destruction"

Creative Destruction is not only a pleasantly rhythmic anomaly but also a Con Artist laboratory experiment. The collaborative installation is visceral and interactive, revealing the inevitable creation in any destructive process.

DATES: 11.14.2012 - 11.21.2012



Chris Worfold & Con Artist Collaboration

Chris Worfold provides some radical illustrations, Con Artists elaborate: a large-scale mixed-media affair.

DATES: 10.17.2012 - 10.24.2012



Con Artist at Comic Con

Con Artist at New York Comic Con!

DATES: 10.11.2012 - 10.14.2012



Alexander Sullivan - "Corazon"

Charles Alexander Sullivan explores a range of suggestive imagery focusing on the implicit language in art. Combining aggressive and subtle marks to generate a literal and evocative dialogue, he queries modes of communication. Fonts and clippings often recall Dadaist art and, ultimately, are quite symbolic.

DATES: 09.26.2012 - 10.10.2012



"Connival"

Not your ordinary Con Artist event down on Ludlow. Together with Chashama, Con Artist is taking over a 5000 square foot abandoned taxi terminal to throw a bizarre spectacle. Video installations, booths, murals - all outlandish carnival style.

Chashama supports communities by transforming temporarily vacant properties into spaces where artists can flourish. By recycling and re-purposing buildings in transition, they invest in neighborhoods, foster local talent, and sustain a vast range of creativity, commerce and culture.

AT: 26-15 Jackson Ave. LIC, Queens
(near PS1 and 5 pointz)

DATES: 09.08.2012 - 09.20.2012



Alison Merz - "Love in Virgo"

Allison Merz's paintings address the sensual and violent recesses of human nature. Her recent work explores the physical and psychological space within the minds of women. The dates for Love in Virgo were chosen in accordance to the astrological calendar - Virgo is a mutable sign that represents the joining of seasons, fluidity and change.

DATES: 09.05.2012 - 09.19.2012



"Manual Feed"

Con Artist’s first group show back in the Ludlow Gallery. An eclectic selection, featuring works by all members of the collective. There is one limitation - Manual Feed is strictly monochromatic.

DATES: 08.22.2012 - 08.29.2012



Michael Sharp - "Lost Mirrors"

Michael Sharp is an artist and curator whose current work explores the importance of myth in the secular society. Drawing upon his commercial background in both aesthetic and practice, his work is often collaborative and combines installation, costume, theatre, music, video and photography. Sharp is co-founder and curator of Wasted Spaces – an art organization specializing in creative curation in order to bring quality art to new places and people.

Scott Lowe is a photographer working in both fashion and art. Known for his considered compositions and willingness to experiment with the medium of photography his work can at seem rather diverse with an underlying themes of feminism and equality.


Lost Mirrors is the first in a series of collaborative works in which Sharp explores the role of ritual, ceremony and myth in todays world. Mythological stories have been told throughout human existence as a way of making sense of the world and our place in it. The same mythological themes reoccur in the spiritual and folk traditions of the past and the major religions of today. Carl Jung describes these universal mythological motifs as projections of the collective unconscious.

These works investigate past, present and future rituals in order to find a place for them in a secular society.

DATES: 08.01.2012 - 08.15.2012



Con Artist Occupies WiP


In the spirit of fantastic multimedia mix-ups like the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Con Artist orchestrates a summer long art event in a glitzy Soho basement, WiP (Work in Progress). Expect a constantly transmuting spectacle of dozens of original pieces by upwards of 20 members from the esteemed and subversive Con Artist.

Scope out new works, collaborations, and experiments from your favorites. That is: Chris Mendoza, Mike Ming, The Yok, Sheryo, Laura Tack, Dean Millien, Cody Oyama, Sam Woolley, IRKT, Rachael Senchoway, Wyatt Mills, Michael Sharp, Ko Smith, Julia Pascone, Kanako Miyamoto, Oscar Tatsu, Victor Ochoa, Andy Wolf, Brian Shevlin, Silvia Mihai and more.

DATES: all summer long, 2012



Rachael Senchoway - "Luminous Opera"

Rachael Senchoway's Luminous Opera reorders experience. Neons, glitter, and polka-dots gild references to Toulouse-Lautrec and Fragonard. Fantasy elements are synthesized through ambiguous time periods - frosted with decadence and kitsch, sprinkled with Victorian wigs and prissy Rococo faces. Senchoway seeks to free images from their historical confines, to re-contextualize and disorient dated themes. She wants her work to be unabashedly itself, no matter how fleeting.

DATES: 07.05.2012 - 07.27.2012



IRKT - "You're My Favorite"

You’re My Favorite is a collection organized by Koosuke “IRKT” Ikeda, featuring new works by and collaborations between IRKT, Go Nakamura, Brian Shevlin, Ryan Wijayaratne, and Dean Millien.

IRKT [i-ru-ku-to] stands for Individual Relative K(C)ontradiction Theory. Koosuke IRKT explains that growing up alternately in the US, the UK, France, and Japan lead him to embrace the inherent fragmentation. Only by revealing the paradoxes within an individual can any meaningful concept of “self” form. Your vision of yourself contradicts your friend’s vision, which probably contradicts your mom’s vision, which hopefully contradicts your landlord’s vision, and so on. Identity is found in the aggregation of these inconsistencies. IRKT tries to reconcile the fractures, piecing together the subjective and objective into a surreal jigsaw puzzle.

What better time than the re-opening of the Ludlow Con Artist to host a collaborative show? Location and environment shift, but consonance is boring. Dissonance and contradictions are far more relevant. You’re My Favorite is a mosaic - there’s grout between the pieces is integral to the aesthetic.

DATES: 06.13.2012 - 06.27.2012



"Improvise Combustion"

Improvise Combustion features new works and collaborations by and between Michael Miyahira (aka Mike Ming), Chris Mendoza, Naomi Kazama, Kenji Hirata, and Pablo Power. The show likens the visual medium to a group jazz ensemble. For this particular session, soloists perform as do band-like units, an opportunity to re-unite and re-ignite collaborative connections. Neither head nor tail, but rather an organic landscape, a visual sound-scape, a story of improvisational magicians. The show is about unity, society and collaboration among old friends from different parts of the world. Some are friends from childhood, with shared experiences that run deep, some remain separated by physical proximity and time. Despite a decade of collaborating, somehow in all this time, this particular group has never fully connected for a collaborative show, until now...

AT: 154 Smart Clothes Gallery
164 Suffolk Street

DATES: 05.26.2012 - 06.13.2012



0 to 1 Industrial + Industrial

0 to 1 designs and creates objects from the remnants of industrial manufacturing. Con Artist's first Industrial Design event coincided with New York Design Week 2012.

DATES: 05.17.2012 - 05.22.2012



Ryan Wijayaratne - "Array"

Ryan Wijayaratne's first solo show Array: an Immersive and Intimate Reflection of NYC. Wijayaratne is not only a photographer, an actor, and manager of Con Artist, but a collector of fine things. A nomad, he calls both Australia and Sri Lanka home. Ryan gathers shards of ideas and slips of tickets and postage stamps, accumulates fleeting memories and shades of accents. Before flying back to Australia, this young artist wants to share some of the fine things he's created and collected over the past two years in New York. Ryan's well-curated selection is mostly polaroids, portraits, and a handful of experiments with other processes and mediums. This intimate series of vignettes offers an evocative and immersive experience of his perspective.

DATES: 05.05.2012 - 05.23.2012



"Hunt" - Cody Oyama & Laura Tack

HUNT

to attempt to find something
to traverse consumption, in favor of prey

- Cody Oyama & Laura Tack

DATES: 05.03.2012 - 05.07.2012



Paterson, NJ - "Art Walk 2012"

Con Artist journeys to the magnificent Art Factory in Paterson, NJ.

DATE: 05.05.2012



Hea Jin Ko - "Borderline"

Hea Jin Ko incorporates graphic design and photography into her multimedia sculptural paintings and altered prints. Come observe her double-exposed photos covered in fluorescent colored cotton balls, a glimpse of her playful spirit. Much more introspective than initially apparent, she’ll get you to question her intentions, to ponder the relationships of people, their beliefs and subconscious boundaries. Where is the line between arbitrary motives and a meaningful purpose?

DATES: 04.18.2012 - 05.02.2012



Pray For Japan Charity Silent Auction

For the one year anniversary of the Japanese Earthquake, Con Artist hosted a 4 day fundraising event organized by member Vivienne U.H. Doan. Original pieces of artwork were donated to our silent auction by members of the collective as well as from artists around the globe. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. Check out our Facebook event page -

DATES: 03.08.2012 - 03.11.2012



"New Works" - Group Show

New Works was the first group show on Suffolk st. 25 artists, 54 original works.
Photography by Natalie Marcoux.

DATES: 02.22.2012 - 03.14.2012



Kanako Miyamoto - "Love Photo"

Kanako Miyamoto displayed 9 large format photographs printed on unique materials (like metallic inks on plexiglass and aluminum) as well as 30 additional photos, including 2 collaborations with Chris Mendoza. This special Valentines Day show, Love Photo, is about her love for photography and New York. Her favorite images presented as objects of beauty. Kanako Miyamoto is originally from Kobe, Japan, and has spent the last 12 years photographing, living and loving NYC.

DATES: 02.10.2012 - 02.15.2012



"We Hungered" - Cody Oyama & Laura Tack

Cody Oyama draws lines
Laura Tack doesn't
Their union is sure to be debased underfoot
See the ensuing madness

DATES: 01.18.2012 - 02.01.2012



Miriam Castillo - "Memories of the Past"


Some memories are meant to be forgotten, others are meant to be cherished.
Miriam Castillo illustrated and preserved these ones by hand.

DATES: 12.14.2011 - 01.04.2012



NBCUniversal - "Life Catching Project"

In conjunction with NBCUniversal, in contrast to the fleeting minutiae of technology: a crowdsourced time capsule. Con Artists drew inspiration and drew renditions of photographs caught in The Life Catching Project.

DATES: 11.30.2011 - 12.06.2011



Andy Wolf - "Black Mold, Free Gold"

While an implied sense of loss lingers, more apparent is an attempt to restructure reality on purely physical terms, allowing the emotional and the spiritual to simply fall into place. These are blueprints, diagrams and records of the concretely re-made, mapped out both programmatically and upon impulse, finding new paradigms and quickly abandoning them for others: curious, hopeful and a little panicked.

DATES: 10.12.2011 - 10.19.2011



"The End of Summer as We Know It"

It was the end of summer as we knew it. At least enough angst abounded to inspire these works, lo and behold Con Artist's final group show of 2011.

DATES: 09.28.2011 - 10.05.2011



Judith Sönnicken - "Drawings"

Berlin-based artist Judith Sönnicken made these drawings during her stay in NYC.

DATES: 06.22.2011 - 06.29.2011



Presenting...Sam Woolley

Sam Woolley's first ever solo show.

DATES: 05.25.2011 - 06.17.2011



James Gulliver Hancock - "All the Buildings in New York"

Presented by Bowery Boogie, a daunting and impossible undertaking by James Gulliver Hancock to paint all the buildings in New York.

DATES: 05.18.2011 - 05.22.2011



Rage Johnson - "SAVrAGE LOVE"

New work by NYC via Miami artist and Inkhead Rage Johnson.

DATES: 05.04.2011 - 05.11.2011



Awww!!!

Stickers & PBR... Covering up one illegal act with another.

DATES: c. 05.04.2011



Megan Mueller - "A Redundancy of Streets"

Megan Mueller is an environmental visionary, a re-purposer of the obsolete.

DATES: 03.09.2011 - 03.23.2011



Mary Lacy - "One Week Only"

Oil paintings by Mary Lacy, one week only.

DATES: 03.02.2011 - 03.08.2011



Pablo Power - "Potemkin Room; A Cathartic Revision"

Pablo Power built an installation in CA, and made a destructive deinstallation at the closing party...

DATES: 01.12.2011 - 01.26.2011



Holiday Group Show

Con Artist Holiday Group Show

DATE: 12.25.2010



Wyatt Mills - "Solo"

Wyatt Mills displays a collection of drawings, paintings, and photographs.

DATES: 12.08.2010 - 12.19.2010



Ko Smith - "The Latest"

The latest from the greatest Ko Smith!

DATES: 11.17.2010 - 12.02.2010



Leah Foster - "Muffin Tops"

Leah Foster installs over 10,000 cupcakes at Con Artist Gallery...

Why do guilty pleasures have to leave you feeling guilty? Why can't cupcakes be pure pleasure? Foster is both intrigued and repulsed by the miniature cake. Its perfection is tempting, but the consequences of indulging hinder her ability to fully savor the dessert, loaded as it is with gender-specific ingredients.

This body of work uses the cupcake as a means of exploring gendered body image expectations fashioned by the mass media. Foster uses cupcake batter and frosting to glaze the surface of the gallery. The batter functions as paint, yet never attempts to hide its identity as a food product. In exposing the duality of the cupcake, Foster questions expectations of the human form.

Like Felix Gonzales Torres and Rirkrit Tiravanija, who also work with food products, Foster allows the viewer to interact with the piece, and thus with the food, on an unfamiliar level. In line with Tino Sehgal, Foster hopes to abandon the art object, in favor of the situational event and experience of the viewer.

DATES: 10.27.2010 - 11.10.2010

Press:
Urban Outfitters
PSFK
Cupcakes Take The Cake
Daily Mail
Huffington Post

Check out a video of the installation here



Karl Erik Larsen - "P:ortraits"

Karl Erik Larsen does p:ortraits. That's right. P:ortraits.

DATES: 10.13.2010 - 10.20.2010



Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell’s abstract cellular patterns may at first look like renderings from a petri dish, but further study evokes a more emotional connection to her repeated gestural lines, forms and figures.

DATES: 09.29.2010 - 10.09.2010



Jordan James - "Creem Magazine Launch"

Jordan James' Creem Magazine Launch Party. His photographs are a tsunami of sparks from a steel pot scrubber and a 9 volt battery. Plus, charming drawings and paintings replete with sword fighting alligators and punks passed out in their own piss.

DATES: 09.02.2010 - 09.11.2010



Jason Roose -"Updated"

Some updates by Brooklyn artist Jason Roose. Don't just exist.

DATES: 08.18.2010 - 09.01.2010



Cameron Bishop - "Too Many Girls in Too Few Clothes"

Bask in the naked splendor of Cameron Bishop's imagination.

DATES: 08.04.2010 - 08.11.2010



Folk Off!

The Awesome Witch of Rad hosts monthly music events at Con Artist, starting with this one.

DATE: 06.26.2010



Chris Mendoza - "Retrospective"

Chris Mendoza's "Retrospective", spanning 20 years of his work.

DATES: 07.21.2010 - 08.03.2010



Neon Sandwich - "Pop-Taoist"

Neon Sandwich had a solo show of paintings and prints from his Pop Taoist series.

DATES: 07.07.2010 - 07.20.2010



Shei's Mural

Shei paints a mural at Con Artist.

DATES: 05.2010



First Group Show


The first group show at Con Artist, ever.

DATES: 04.2010



In the Beginning

Con Artist opened with a drawn-out series of opening nights' parties: the beginning of '8 til late' ...

DATES: 03.2010



ARTIST DECODED WITH YOSHINO Podcast!

ArtistDecodedBrian

Artist Decoded Website

Check out Michael Donovan's interview with Brian Shevlin!

Brian Shevlin is the owner and founder of The Con Artist Collective which is an artist community, creative co-working space and gallery founded in early 2010. The collective is located in The Lower East Side in New York City. They are an active community of creatives, curating group shows & social events, encouraging collaboration & inspiring imagination.

Artist Decoded Website

Metro Texture - Street Photography Exhibition

Metro Texture

Dates: October 17 - 24
Wednesday 7 to 11 /// Gallery Night 10.19.2016


An exhibition of street photography curated by Liam Cotter.

Featuring works by:


Con Artist Collective & Gallery
119 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10002
Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm

Never Blue vol.2

One Day Only Sunday March 27th 2016 5pm - 10pm

Following up on artist and curator A COLOR GREEN’s hybrid street art book release, The A Color Green Zine Vol. 1 “In Black and White” (2015), Never Blue (2016) picks up from where Green left off, curating a selection of some of New York’s finest up and coming independent, underground artists working in street art and illustration today.

Never Blue combines the experience and talents of Green’s last few years. Formally co­-published by Endless Editions and premiering exclusively in store alongside an all blue gallery exhibition of original work at Con Artist NYC on March 27th for one night only.

The Gallery show will include work from Con Artist Collective members & surprise guests. Featuring artwork by: A Color Green, Joe Capon, Abe Lincoln Jr., Joe Egan, Akiko, Justin Crawford, Anna Lindell, Kristy Elena, Anna D. Williams, Lauren Asta, Baily Crawford, Leaf 8k, Brolga, Maori Maori, CEEZ, Miriam Carruthers, Chiar, Murrz, Chris RWK, Nyssa Frank, City Kitty Street Art, Ostertag, Damian Rivera, Seth Laupus, David Weiss, SL Graphic Design, Frank Ape, Stephen Faillace, Haus Riot, Tripp Jakovich, Victoria Montes, Jason Longo, Xbstrxct, Jcorp ™, Zero Productivity

PRESS: Brooklyn Street Art, Never Blue

All proceeds directly benefit future independent publishing of A COLOR GREEN, EndlessEditions and New York based artists