Group show ‘9 Lives’ in NYC features art from Norman Reedus, Jake Lamagno, Sue Kwon and more

By and on May 26, 2015
IMG_0052Photographs by Norman Reedus at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, 98 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002. Group show “9 Lives” is open until June 15th.

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in Manhattan opened “9 Lives”, a group show including artwork by Norman Reedus, Sue Kwon, Chuck Guarino, and other artists. The show is curated by Jake Lamagno, a New York-based artist who’s high production sculptural work is also featured in the show.

Many of the works in “9 Lives” contain a dark humor and wit. Nicholas Wachtel’s paintings of skulls dripping with effervescent high-chroma colors have titles “Instagram,” “Facebook,” and “Snapchat,” alluding to the warped mental states social media often invokes. Artist Chuck Guarino uses collage to create paradoxical snapshots of ’70s smut and golden-era pinups, and painter Steven Ditchkus rearranges renderings of the female form with sex toys.

Maybe most fitting of the humorous spirit of the show is Sue Kwon’s photograph of Miley Cyrus holding a pig. The piece serves as a vestigial mirror reflecting viewers’ perception of celebrity and image, offering a mesh of Pop and Americana only the singer of “Party In The U.S.A” can sell.

IMG_0075 Sue Kwon,”Miley + Pigpig I” 2015, Silver Gelatin Print

Other works in the show feature a rural spirit more patient and introspective. Matt McCormick’s drawings and paintings of the American West rendered with delicate lines remind the viewer of the works of Richard Prince. Similarly, photographer Jason Levins’ 35mm black and white images of clouds, which permit an ominous sensation, feel infinitely pastoral. The work of Molly McCullin read as playful studies of light, at once photographic and painterly, and Pixote’s geometric paintings marry a cubist sensibility with the line work of ancient petroglyph wall art.

IMG_0050 Jake Lamagno, “I’m Only A Bone Call Away” 2015, Mixed Media. The artist and curator often includes real bone as a material in his sculptures, in this case, human bone.

Norman Reedus displays three large pieces entitled simply “a,” “b,” and “c,” and a Jake Lamagno/Norman Reedus collaborative gold piece to offset all that aluminum on the 60” x 80” slabs. For these works, Reedus printed large-scale photographs, each in an edition of 9, on metal, giving the nightmarish twisted figures a deep heavy base. Reedus has previously released photographs through his first book compilation, “The Sun’s Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head” (Big Bald Head, 2013).

DSC_0360 Norman Reedus with his aluminum mounted photograph, “C”. Photo: Stuart S. Shapiro for NIghtflight.com

Here are more photos of the artwork included in “9 Lives” and images of the opening night.

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  • Erika Salerno

    love this dark art ..not many people see the world the way it really is