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Orgy of Chiaroscuro: What’s Black, White & Photographed All Over?

december-13-Dacia-GalleryLower East Side, NYC – Friday, December 13, 2013

Last night after leaving the Drunk-Tank Pink show in Chelsea (an orgy of pink), I headed down to the Lower East Side for the opening of The Black & White Show (an orgy of chiaroscuro),  Dacia Gallery’s annual group Holiday Exhibition.  This year the theme was Black & White (guests were even suggested to dress in B&W – which I did) and contrary to what I would have imagined, it wasn’t a big leap to go from a monochrome show to one in grayscale.Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.30.42 AMDacia Gallery is a cool little artist run space (founded by artist Lee Vasu) that focuses heavily on drawing, and more specifically figurative drawing and figurative sculpture.  They were the first gallery I ever saw Leah Yerpe‘s work in, and now she’s skyrocketed.  For a small space, they are building quite a reputation for launching new talent.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.29.51 AM SQUISH by Niamh Butler.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.30.30 AMSCIENTIST by Nikolina Kovalenko.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.34.04 AM_0001_AIR-ogo-solid copy 5Artist John D. Cahall with his portrait which was hand chiseled into drywall and framed behind plexi.  He claims to be the first artist to use gyspum Sheetrock as a portrait medium.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.32.37 AMGIRL by John D. Cahall.

Sculptor Bob Clyatt stands outside with his work on view through the window.
Sculptor Bob Clyatt stands outside with his work on view through the window.

I met up with sculptor Bob Clyatt, whom I had initially met a few months earlier when he had a few pieces in a show at Whitebox.  After speaking with him a bit he informed met that I had missed the Art Talk at 7:30.  Dacia does something unique at it’s openings.  Something that is part gallery / part art school, where every artist involved in the show takes turns talking about their work for a few minutes each.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.30.12 AMSAINTLY, SCHOLARLY, EARTHLY  Triptych by Victoria Selbach.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.31.39 AM_0003_AIR-ogo-solid copy 7Artist Victoria Selbach in front of her triptych.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.33.36 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.33.27 AMBeautiful sketches of bodies overlaying one another by Sol Kjok.

_0002_AIR-ogo-solid copy 6 Artist Sol Kjok in front of her drawings, white wine, grapes, and a bottle of coke.  I liked her when I was introduced to her by

Bob Clyatt: “This is Cojo, he’s -” 

Sol Kjok: “Oh, Cojo from ArtSucks?! I love your blog!”

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.29.59 AMScreen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.34.54 AMI ran into an old friend from back in the day, illustrator and animator Richard Borge who I haven’t seen in over a decade and didn’t expect to see in an art gallery.  I actually initially mistook him for Jon Kessler. My bad!  Good to see you Rich!

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Dacia Gallery Black & White Show
53 Stanton Street at Eldridge
Lower East Side, NYC

Dec 12, 2013 – Jan 17, 2014

Featuring work by: Carla Berger, Rachel Burgess, Niamh Butler, John Cahall, Joseph Cavalieri, Bob Clyatt, Mary Cook, Jamie Greenfield, Pressa Hall, Christian Johnson, Sol Kjøk, Ruth Kleinman, Dana Kleinman, Nikolina Kovalenko, Heather Morgan, Francis Nguyen, Shari Rubeck, Victoria Selbach and Mike Selbach.

Written and photographed by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

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