Anagnorisis Fine Arts

Slow Transitions by Binnorie
April 5, 2012, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Announcement, White Rabbit

You may have noticed that no new exhibitions have been announced here in a long while. This is a good thing. Let me explain:

Quite a while ago I came to a decision not to produce shows at the White Rabbit after the end of 2011. While the venue has provided uncountable opportunities for Anagnorisis and the artists who have shown there in the past, it became evident that the White Rabbit’s personality, steeped in Street Art and Lower East Side history, was not fitting well with Anagnorisis’ dark explorations of the grotesque.

Anagnorisis is currently in the midst of planning new shows which will take place less often throughout the year and in new places. You may have noticed that I’m blogging on other sites and am helping artists expand their horizons in various ways. It is my hope that this slower pace will allow for more in-depth events and projects that can allow Anagnorisis to grow. More news on that to come.

I’m excited to announce that taking over the arts program at the White Rabbit is 2 Feet 12 Inches, a partnership of art enthusiasts who have been rooted in the Lower East Side for many years longer than I have. If you’re a fan of Street Art, Lowbrow and Graf, these upcoming shows are sure to knock your socks off.

It’s fantastic to see the arts at the White Rabbit be taken over by such competent folks. Hope to see you at their first opening on May 2nd.

Music Non Stop by Binnorie

I thought all was lost for 2012 when Gagosian opened up its worldwide exhibition of Damien Hirst’s brainless spot paintings, but the art world at large has been redeemed thanks to the Museum of Modern Art. Oh, yes, folks, if you will be in New York this coming April 10th-17 and can manage to score tickets, electronica pioneers Kraftwork will be performing for nine eight nights straight, one album per night.

How is this art-blog-worthy? The visual aesthetic that commonly accompanies Kraftwork’s music was unique and highly influential. MoMA acknowledges this and thus will be exhibiting Kraftwork’s historical audio and visual material from April 10-May 14. At the time of this writing, there’s no information on MoMA’s site about this exhibition, unfortunately. I got my info from Pitchfork.

Tickets for the nine performances will likely be available for two seconds once they go on sale. Tickets are $25.00 and will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, February 22, at 12:00 p.m., only at

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Edit:  I don’t know a SINGLE person who managed to nab tickets to any of these shows.  Perhaps these machine men will have to come back to NYC sometime soon to satiate the masses.  There was quite an uproar on teh interwebs about the glitchy ticket purchase site.

To that I say:  BOING…BOOM CHU

R.I.P. Dorothea Tanning by Binnorie
February 12, 2012, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Artist Spotlight

Many of you have already heard about the death of the surrealist darling, Dorothea Tanning. She was a lofty 101 years old when she passed away peacefully in her home in New York City on January 31.

Dorothea Tanning led a truly remarkable life, not because she lived so long but because she lived so fully. As a young woman, she pursued her dreams to become an artist, and now leaves behind a significant body of painting, sculpture, and works on paper created over the course of six decades. For 34 years, she shared a loving partnership with her husband, Max Ernst, first in the United States and later in France. After his death in 1976, she returned to New York and demonstrated that it is never to late to begin a new chapter in life. In her mid-seventies, she became more productive than ever in her studio, and in her mid-eighties launched a new and successful career as a writer and poet. She worked until her last days, publishing her second book of poems, Coming to That, in the fall of 2011. -Pamela S. Johnson, Director, The Dorothea Tanning Foundation

Dorothea was one of the few original Surrealists still alive, not to mention that she was one of the few woman who were part of the original Surrealist clan that Andre Breton lead in the early part of the 20th century. Her death comes right after that of another female art icon, Eiko Ishioka. It’s been a sad month for Surrealists all around. Not just female artists. As Dorothea once said, “And ‘woman artist’? Disgusting.”

You can learn more about this iconic lady by visiting the Tanning Foundation. Critic Jerry Saltz also wrote a wonderful essay on her life that you can read here.

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R.I.P. Eiko Ishioka, Surreal Design Icon by Binnorie
January 28, 2012, 8:08 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Artist Spotlight

I’ve just learned from Coilhouse that the iconic Eiko Ishioka, known for her dark, surreal and powerful costume and stage designs, passed away from pancreatic cancer on the 21st.  Eiko’s work not only delved into the grotesque in the most excruciatingly arresting ways, but it is important to note that, in a male-dominated Japanese society, she was the first woman to be elected a member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club and achieved world renown equal to if not surpassing her male Japanese peers.  Extremely prolific, her work can be seen on Broadway, album covers, in television commercials, in film and even in the Olympics.  Read more about her on the Huffington Post.

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Babble Report II by Binnorie

Take a look at the latest posts that Samantha Levin has published up on the Creep Machine blog in the past few weeks.

Or, to satiate those of you with a lower attention span, please visit Samantha’s sublime Tumblr blog.

Creep Machine:
Molly Crabapple and the 99%

Miz Molly Crabapple is a fancy burlesque delight, but is also politically active as fuck.  Living near Wall Street in NYC gave her 24 hour access to Occupy Wall Street.  To lend support, she did what she does best: draw.  As a continuation of The Creep’s initial post on OWS, I published some of what Molly did to support the uprising.

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Creep Machine:
Calma’s New Asceticism at Jonathan Levine

Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschenoff (aka Calma) recently installed his newest collection of artworks at Jonathan Levine gallery.  Just a quick peek here about this extremely worldly artist…more to come in the future!

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Creep Machine:
The Conjurer: JL Schnabel’s Mystical Collaboration

Hi Fructose journalist JL Schnabel collaborated with Paul Romano and photographer Christina Brown to put together a look book for her jewelry line, Blood Milk.  Entitled, The Conjurer, it is an impressive work of art on its own.

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Creep Machine:
David Hochbaum Offering Limited Edition Book Sets

New York artist David Hochbaum is selling precious limited edition book sets of his multi-media works and photographs.  These three books, signed by the artist, come in a hand-made box with a one-of-a-kind silkscreened print.  This is a great opportunity to collect this artist’s work for an affordable price.  Pics on the post!

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That Which Remains by Binnorie

What remains after all decor is stripped down to our bare bones is what makes us who we are. What happens when we are forced to see this part of ourselves?

When diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, artist Yuri Leonov became forced to see his young life from a new perspective, and to rely upon modern technology to keep his angry immune system at bay. Through his art, Yuri explores how he feels rooted, stuck and limited by those tools that are intended to help him, and what Remains of his self: past and future.  His explorations extend out to the world at large, how our own artificial advancements remove us from what is most important, and the paradox of how our efforts are quite possibly leading to our downfall.

Yuri pulls no punches. His work and the ideas behind it are wrought with emotion: questions about life and memories of the past. His work is introspective, offered to the world en masse as possible catharsis for all of us suffering from mortality. Yuri’s is a case of illness in youth, yet he is a very strong and determined individual; honestly he looks very healthy. His work is very well thought out, intelligently emotional and meaningful. His art is not his heart on his sleeve; it is an earnest search for relief.

Taught old master technique as a boy in Russia, he has some serious old master technique chops in his arsenal, yet he is not a realist. Much of his work is abstract and his paintings which incorporate realistic figures, interiors and landscapes are often created with non-traditional mediums including bugs and his own spit. “Though the work is figurative, the initial structure is an abstract framework of composition that allows the series to be interpreted as a unified body.” Additionally he adds meaning to his painting technique (the use of unmixed white paint, for example, is used on several works in this series as a connective visual element), and each series of paintings tell a story of growth, change or realization. There are very strong concepts underlying all of his works, some of which he describes openly and some of which he has chosen to keep private.

Remain is ethereal, ghostly and, at the same time, very human.  In my mind, the concepts behind the series connect to Parke-Harrison’s Counterpoint series, and the surrealistic story-lines and imagery of some of Adrei Tarkovsky’s films.  Additional man versus technology connections can be made to Masamune Shirow‘s Ghost in the Shell.  Remain is representational of a review of the past and an uncertain future filled with metaphor, private and shared.

A personal and philosophical description of his work:

Remain, which focuses on my own shortcomings and limitations is my most intimate and personal body of work to this day. The strange conviction of self-importance is present in everyone, all of whom will undoubtedly leave this realm of existence; and so all of us attempt the best we can to avoid the inevitable constraint of time by shifting the significance of existence to the things we attempt, or pretend to know. We ignore the larger, unknown to us, scheme of things in which our whole existence is just a miniscule fragment of the general process far beyond our control, instead focusing on trying to control what we think we can.

As such, control, time and scale are the major concepts I have explored in Remain. The act of making art is an excellent example in itself: convinced by a blind ambition that this determination will somehow hold back the weight of time, and prolong my existence even if in a non physical sense. After developing and now living with serious health problems, I have also developed a solid understanding and a persistent reminder that I will die, along with everyone. What will remain?

Remain will be on view at the White Rabbit’s White Box for only a short while longer.  Some works have sold and others are still available for collection.  To view them online and for further details about his exhibit, please visit the Remain gallery here.

Outside the White Box | Talk with Independent Curator, Samantha Levin by Binnorie
October 9, 2011, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Announcement, White Rabbit

Thursday, October 13th, 7pm
White Rabbit
145 East Houston
Between Forsyth and Eldridge

One of the best ways to get artwork seen today is through creating your own exhibition and through social media. Samantha Levin will talk about how she got started as an independent curator, what goes into producing a show, creating an artist’s community, finding space and make an income.

Her talk will be followed by a networking opportunity. Anyone working in Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography, Visual and Critical Studies, Art Criticism & Writing will have particular interest in this event.

Please feel free to send your questions and concerns to Samantha prior to the event:

Think Outside of the White Box will be taking place in conjunction with a show Samantha curated of Yuri Leonov’s (BFA 2011 Illustration) work at the White Rabbit.

RSVP is requested, but not required on our Facebook event page.

Thanks to the School of Visual Arts Alumni Society for scheduling this event!

Here Comes the Rain by Binnorie
May 21, 2011, 10:37 am
Filed under: Announcement, music, Video

Dan Ouellette‘s latest video, Here Comes the Rain, directed for JG Thirlwell of Foetus, has just been released.  It is quite apocalyptic and thus the perfect thing to view on the first day of the rapture.  Thirlwell has a great presence in this video as does his lovely kept friend.  Really, this is quite a beautiful work.

Dan is currently in post production mode with his short film Dreams from a Petrified Head.  If you missed my interview with Dan last year, check it out here.

Ballen for Charity by Binnorie
May 18, 2011, 9:08 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Charity | Tags: ,

Today I received an email announcing the auctioning of Roger Ballen’s print above, John and Roommates, to benefit the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation.  I thought I’d pass the info on to you, dear readers.  Sounds like a wonderful cause.  A link to the auction is below.  Have fun bidding!

The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation has a Roger Ballen piece that was donated to us that we will be auctioning it in a charity art auction on Thursday, May 19th at Sotheby’s, with works being on view from May 17th-20th. I am attaching the image to this email, and the description is as follows:

Roger Ballen

John and Roommates, 1998

Selenium toned, fibre based print

This work is number 13 from an edition of 35.

15.7 x 15.7 inches


Check out CCBF’s upcoming contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s on May 19th featuring works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Richard Pettibone

Ina Jang’s Cheeky Minimalism by Binnorie
May 18, 2011, 10:19 am
Filed under: Announcement, White Rabbit

<span style="text-align: justify;">One of the first artists that Anagnorisis curated into the White Rabbit's White Box space was Ina Jang.  Still a student at the School of Visual Arts, Ina was already showing great promise.  Her works are intelligent and uplifting and aesthetically fit perfectly well into the White Rabbit's atmosphere.

Ms. Jang’s photography is extraordinarily unique. We most often expect photography to literally document our world around us, yet Ms. Jang’s work is much more abstract. Her compositions are collaged explorations of language playfully fooling with depth; her images gently and humorously introduce new meanings to familiar objects. Each work is carefully planned and executed, often involving cutting, gluing and pasting mundane objects, such as paper and cotton balls, and layering them with figures in extremely minimal spaces. Ina recently wrote about her work for the Hyeres Fashion and Photography Festival, “My works explore concepts of photography and its physicality, while their contents rely hugely on a playful mind, inspired by the time I spent [as a child] with my sister when we were isolated from family and friends.” This playfulness softens the somewhat stark quality of her compositions and palette, and invites the viewer to enjoy and explore as they might have as a child the meanings of the world around them.

Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts photography program, her work as been published in the New York Times, Dear Dave, Corduroy and Print Magazines. Amongst other exhibits, her work has shown in the New York Photo Festival 2010 and in the 2010 Humble Arts Foundation group show. She was recently included as Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists, The Top 20 Artists Under 30” and is currently a finalist in the Hyeres Fashion & Photography Festival. She was also the Brooklyn Art Project’s featured artist for the month of March this year.

Her current exhibition is entitled so, too & very and was guest curated by Ms. Jang’s mentor, Jimmy Moffat, co-founder of Art + Commerce, quite a force to be reckoned with.  Do not miss seeing the work of this rising star!