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.

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!

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!

A Curious Commotion | Missed it? by Binnorie
April 4, 2011, 9:47 am
Filed under: Announcement, Art Shows, White Rabbit

Sadly, Jeremy Hush‘s exhibit at the White Rabbit, A Curious Commotion, has come down (although he’s got some work up in this new spot opening on April 9th).  You can, of course, still see the work online here.

This is likely one of Anagnorisis’ most successful shows to date.  We are very proud to have shown his work!

I thought you might want to see some shots from the opening exhibit which attracted a wonderful crowd.  Thanks to everyone who attended!

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In attendance:  Jeremy Hush, Heather Gargon, Paul Romano, Dan Ouellette, Jen Rogers & Kerri Stephens of Varnish Gallery, Martina Russo of MF Gallery, Allison Sommers, Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon of Teetering Bulb, Jeff Faerber, Esao Andrews, Miz Margo and many others!

Hush at the White Rabbit by Binnorie
March 4, 2011, 11:00 am
Filed under: Announcement, Art Shows, White Rabbit

Don’t forget to join us tonight!

Click the image below to see a gallery of images.

A Curious Commotion  |  Jeremy Hush Solo Exhibition

postcard designed by Paul Romano

A Curious Commotion | About Artist Jeremy Hush by Binnorie
February 16, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Art Shows, Artist Spotlight, White Rabbit | Tags: , , ,


Jeremy Hush is a prolific artist who has been creating illustrations for the punk and heavy metal music scenes for many years.  With his love for animals and attraction to storytelling, Hush’s work evinces a wonderful balance of masculine and feminine, his dark aesthetics setting off gentle linework and shading.  His works are heavy with symbolism, but the meanings behind his symbols are personal.  An extremely warm and generous man, he rarely shares such meanings with anyone.

Hush didn’t grow up anywhere; he grew up everywhere.  Like so many military families, his parents moved every year, living on military bases across the United States.  Old habits die hard and Hush still can’t sit still.  He travels constantly, heavily entrenched in the world of heavy metal music, touring as crew with some of the music genre’s up and coming bands.  Baroness, dubbed as one of the ‘nicest bands in metal’ by the LA Times, is his current gig.

But while he is a fan of punk and metal, members of both scenes are fans of his.  Not too long ago, Hush became known in Savannah Georgia’s underground punk scene for his illustration work.  His spidery, mysterious and scratchy characters began to show up on albums, posters and flyers everywhere.  For 11 years he was involved with Slug and Lettuce, a newsprint punk zine currently coming into its 20th year of publication.  If you have been into the punk scene in the past 20 years, you’ve probably seen Hush’s work.

Cover design for US Christmas's "Run Thick in the Night" album

Hush became involved in all this while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design for sequential illustration (BFA 1997).  He found the education at SCAD to be lacking as many artists do, but was heavily inspired by his peers.   Hush’s most well-known cover to date is for metal band US Christmas’s Run Thick in the Night album, which is bringing him lots of new international attention.

Hush’s work is not what you would expect from metal and punk.  His style is reminiscent of the past and holds strong masculine and feminine characteristics.  I wasn’t surprised to learn that Hush is heavily influenced by Arthur Rackham and other 19th century illustrations.  The mysteries of nature and his fondness for animals also have a considerable amount of influence over the subjects of his art.  His spidery drawings are dark and mysterious, but, like Rackham’s drawings, evoke the fear, love and awe one might have for nature and her power.  One never knows what she’ll pull on you next, yet she is beautiful and sublime.

Hush largely uses found materials to create his works.  He prefers using ball point pens (many of which he’s found in hotels from around the world), and, while he uses traditional india ink and watercolor, he also experiments with a plethora of other media such as coffee, for example.  Also unique are his tools.  On his blog, he mentions that he fingerpaints a lot – he’s being jocular.  If you look closely at his technique you’ll find that he uses his fingerprints to shade.  The swirly patterns of his skin create a unique and expertly blended cross-hatch-like texture in the shadows of his art, adding a wonderful element of abstraction to his figures.

Detail of “Wake” showing finger print shading technique

Here I am writing all formal-like.  Breaking away from that, I’ll quote Out of Print Magazine about Hush’s work: “Jeremy Hush, this guy’s just gorgeously sick. His [work]… Well, remember that scene in Legend before Tom Cruise got all fucked in the head, when petals and dust are swimming in the air and it’s beautiful and peaceful and then suddenly everything turns to chaos and the angry hell boy destroys the unicorn, well… Yeah, they’re like that.”

Couldn’t have said it better!

The title for his upcoming solo exhibit, A Curious Commotion, refers to the mystery of what’s in store.  You can hear that something’s coming (a loud rustling in the trees or some indiscernible movement up ahead in your path), but you don’t know what or who it is, nor can you know if you are safe or in danger.

Please join us for the opening reception taking place at:
White Rabbit Lounge
145 East Houston (between Forsyth and Eldridge)

You don’t need to RSVP on our Facebook event page, but we’d appreciate it if you do.

The beautiful Mz. Margo who DJed for Buddy Nestor‘s exhibit back in July, will be back again along with a mystery video artist.

This will be a very special weekend for Anagnorisis Fine Arts as it will also be taking part in its first New York art fair.  It is teaming up with the Brooklyn Art Project on a booth at the inaugural Verge Brooklyn Art Fair taking place in DUMBO Brooklyn from March 3-6th.  Of course, we will have Hush’s work on the booth wall.