About The Gallery at LPR:
After its first three years year of vastly successful music programming in (Le) Poisson Rouge’s main space, the venue is being recognized anew for its adjacent fine art gallery, aptly named The Gallery at LPR, which has already hosted exhibits by artists including Chuck Close, Devorah Sperber, Ofri Cnaani, Itamar Jobani, and David Ellis.
Operating independently from the main performance space, The Gallery at LPR affords established and emerging artists alike the opportunity to transcend the traditional art viewing setting and hours whilst providing exposure to larger and constant interdisciplinary art crowds. With this, The Gallery is ushering in a new and exciting way for patrons to experience fine art, tearing down the facade of the traditional art viewing milieu.
“A Point of View”
September 16th – October 22nd, 2015
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in Nicaragua, raised in New York City, Chris Mendoza draws from both cultures in his dazzlingly precise and detailed abstract works. Working primarily in ink, paint and mixed media (deconstructed barcodes and international postal label s tagged with graffiti), he constructs entire worlds and self‐contained systems of varying degrees of complexity.
The son of an architect, Mendoza is gripped by the mechanics of urban life: the architecture of infrastructure; the interactions between humanity and between humanity and machines; the rhythm of rituals; and the intricacies of written language. Mendoza has studied Mayan, Central and Native American civilizations and cultures, and he has pored over their scripts, glyphs and calligraphies. Those elements lie at the heart of his imagery, through which he displays exacting precision that is equally remarkable for its impulse and intuition.
He has exhibited at Joshua Liner Gallery and White Box in New York City; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston‐Salem, N.C.; Transport Gallery in Los Angeles; Museo de Arte in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Beams in Tokyo; and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; among many others.
Early in his career, Mendoza was an integral member of the Barnstormers, a highly influential collective of artists, which included artists Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Jose Parla and David Ellis among them. The Barnstormers, based in New York, North Carolina and Tokyo, worked together to create art, highlighting their diverse backgrounds with styles that complemented, clashed and fed off each other. This is evidenced in their site‐specific installations and frenetic and stunning video collaborations.
If those videos represent the improvisational communication most associated with jazz, Mendoza, in his solo work, captures a more symphonic motif, adroitly balancing dynamic dissonance with an overwhelming sense of order.
Lori Ordover “Urban Iconography” – May 13th – August 13th, 2015
Alexander Kaletski “Inspirations” – January 29th – April 28th, 2015
John Lurie: The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck – September 9th 2014 – November 30th, 2014
Kate Casanova: Ornament – March 19th – June 16th 2014
Jonathan Auch: APOSTASY – November 6th-March 10th, 2013
The Gallery at LPR: HIGHLIGHTS – June 7th – November 6th, 2013
Leah Yerpe: Stellify – March 7 – June 6, 2013
3MB: Macaulay Culkin, Adam Green, and Toby Goodshank: “Leisure Inferno” – September 14, 2012 – March 4, 2013
Cedric Smith: “Cache-Misere” – September 24th, 2010 – December 28th, 2010
Alexander Kaletski: “Life of the Party” – June 22nd, 2010 – September 7th, 2010
David Ellis: Recollect – November 10, 2009 – December 2009
Itamar Jobani: “Tectonic Collisions” – May 27, 2009 – October10, 2009
Ofri Cnanni: “A Tale of Ends – January 21, 2009 – April 13, 2009
Chuck Close and Devorah Sperber: “Through the Looking Glass: Image and Process Deconstructed” – September 23, 2008 – December 9, 2008