“I was sick of all these places with a McDonalds attitude—we are not a fast food chain.”
The painter Sean Casey had a one-man show to mark the opening of a new gallery and artist studio, Gray Gallery, owned and managed by Alexander Gray, the well-known art reviewer for Capital New York and former winner of MoMa’s 2006 Young Curator award.
Although there are a few galleries and artist spaces already established (NARS, etc.), Gray wanted a more intimate field, and envisioned a place where the public and creators interacted with pieces in a tranquil setting.
“If you notice, our walls are not the standard stark white color that most galleries choose.” Gray said, giving us a tour on a recent afternoon. “To me, that’s boring and antithetical to a gallery show trying to represent individuals.”
The wall color was a shade of dark grey, and as the next show that was being hung, you could see how the darker color offset the mostly white canvases.
Detail from the upcoming exhibition.
“Each visit to a gallery should be a unique experience,” Gray feels. “I was sick of all these places with a McDonalds attitude—we are not a fast food chain.”
Aside from the walls, Gray Gallery took another step away from the norm for their first opening, hiring a band and ordering Papa Johns pizza instead of the de rigueur crudité fare familiar to all of us who frequent openings.
“I want you to leave with an experience, and as a gallerist, I felt that I could do more to present work. I felt that I could become part of the work as well.”
Look for a rapid change over in the next few months, with shows only lasting a few weeks.
“It’s ambitious to be sure, but art is rapid, art is ever changing, and the modern gallery needs to be as mobile as a Google Image search.”
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 2:00-6:00
4308 8th Avenue, 11220