Photos: Joshua Liner Gallery OpeningJuxtapoz // Monday, 14 Apr 2008
Joshua Liner made the move from the City of Brotherly Love to the Big Apple a few months back and judging by the turnout at his first New York gallery opening, he definitely made the right move. Hundreds of fans packed into his new Chelsea location this past weekend to get a glimpse of dozens of new works by new and established artists including Blaine Fontana, Stash, and Shawn Barber (just to name a few.) The group show, aptly titled Locked & Loaded, runs the gamut from street art to fine paintings to mixed media sculptures.
The VIP preview on Friday was a who's who of movers and shakers in the New York art scene. Suits schmoozed with graffiti writers, rock 'n' rollers pined over the loss of local clubs, and critics jawed about the "new" rise of pop art. Ron English came with his whole family to show off no less than three pieces that he had on exhibit. The enigmatic KAWS chatted with Mark Dean Veca, while Futura posed for photos and sketched for fans.
By the end of the night, the place was still packed, wine was still flowing, and everyone was in good spirits. The best part? Most of the work has sold, and many up and coming artists were exposed to a wider audience. Job done.
The exhibit runs through May 10. For more information visit www.joshualinergallery.com.
Words and photos by George Koroneos.
Joshua Liner welcomes the fans
Kris Kuksi has almost all eyes on his work
Mark Dean Veca Popeyecon
Jane 'Baby Jane' Holzer and Joshua Liner
Genevive Zacconi whispers into Molly Crabapple's ear
Ron Dominguez works his way through the crowd
Mark Dean Veca parts the sea of people
Paul Booth cracks a smile
Kris Kuksi Fantasma
Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu) and Aiko Nakagawa
The host of the evening
Isaiah Orlen of the F.A.M.E. Collective
Jessica Joslin Valeria
The English kids under dad's work
Shawn Barber (left) compares ink
Packed to the brim
Director of Ad Hoc Andrew Michael Ford
KAWS makes a surprise appearance
Artist Hans Yim (left) and friend
Futura and Kidlew
Shawn Barber Tattooed Self Portrait
Artist Mark Davis
Ron English, Mark Dean Veca, Stash and Futura
The English clan makes an entrance
Mark's proud son
Aiko Nakagawa Gato
Blaine Fontana Risen