Last Thursday, two days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the pier at the end of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook was covered in bright red dust that blew gently in the cold wind. The dust, a paint pigment, was all that remained of some paintings by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, who, like many of the artists in the studios on the pier, had lost both artworks and materials to the storm.
You walk into an art gallery on West 25th Street. It’s the Marlborough Chelsea, right? Well, yes and no. The gallery you enter is hung with paintings and collages, but it doesn’t look like Marlborough. Moving on, you find yourself in an art storage space. Then a public lavatory, then a private one, as if in somebody’s home, where you step into the bathtub, then, Alice-fashion, you pop through a hole in the wall. Which is when things start getting… odd. You have been wandering through an installation by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe called Stray Light Grey.
Marlborough Chelsea, the ever-expanding gallery that just nabbed a new director in Pascal Spengemann, formerly of Taxter and Spengemann, will mount shows with new artists Robert Lazzarini, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe in 2012. The additions were announced rather subtly, in an Artforum ad, which also noted the representation of Rashaad Newsome, who had his first solo show with the gallery this past October.