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.
“Tiro: Millennial Soldier”
March 1st – June 15th, 2016
“So you are the best judge of what has to be done, this one thing my dear Tiro, I beg of you – spare no expense in any respect.”
– Cicero, 50 BC
In this new millennium, heroes kill the Internet, land planes on water, and fast for justice. When a new hero acts, we are challenged to distend culturally overdrawn attitudes, reckon with our collective social conscience, and transfer mythology into positive, harmonic realities. If not only for the freshness of new faces à la Nate Parker or John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII), heroes stand to recalibrate what African scholar Kanu calls the “attitudinal orientations” of world socio-political thought. New attitudes, when fed into a myth-machine, reframe and widen our understanding of past & future cultural narratives. Through existential revelation and affirmations of love and triumph, hero stories create new pathways to social connectedness, transforming & re-humanizing the spirit inside of us.
Growing up as a young Ghanaian-American, there existed in my early years a confluence of customs and belief systems that inform my art practice today. Spanning both African and Western cosmologies, these experiences influence my development as an artist and world citizen. From a hyphenated pose, a duality of conscience arises in my work. Concurrent histories uncover for me what John Coltrane defined as a “primal futurism,” for me a dipolar mode drawn as much from Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth and Nietzsche’s Superman, as from the historical and lyrical resonance of W.E.B Dubois, Ralph Ellison, & James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.
Employing the use of painting, 3D technology, and computer engineering, my interest lies squarely in the liminal spaces between power, tragedy, absurdity, and beauty, and the ways in which intercontinental dread is reconciled by the imagination. In these new works I am drawn to the excavation of fear, fantasy, and heroic action as a means to bridge seemingly disparate genealogies–be they literal or symbolic. To that effect, Tiro: Millennial Soldier is a techno-visual quest–to explore the inception of one’s own personal mythology, the emergence of self as 21st century superhero.
Born in 1980, Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh lives and works in New York. Sometimes appearing under the name AK, Akwetey is best known as a songwriter & performance artist. His narrative contributions to Grosse Fatigue by Camille Henrot have been exhibited at the New Museum, The Tate Modern Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in new York, and was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Most recently AK participated in Valium Valentine (Sarah Ortmeyer, Andrew Wyatt, Hisham Bharoocha, Charlie XCX) at MoMA’s PS1 in Queens, NY.
Combining drawing, painting and 3D sculpture, AK is pulling at the nexus of ancient and modern hero archetypes, that together invoke the “primal futurism” of modern socio-visual language. His recent work centers on the superhero and the transformative power of new mythology. Realizing his character narratives in ink, painting and sculpture, AK creates revisionist historical fiction that challenges dominant perceptions of iconic heroes and the societies from which they come.
Jeffrey Lewis “Landfill Indie” – October 27th 2015 – February 24th, 2016
Chris Mendoza “A Point of View” – September 16th – October 22nd, 2015
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