Press 2017-12-12T22:02:23+00:00

Whitehot Magazine
Rachel Lee Hovnanian Immerses Us in Our Tech-Dystopia
November 11, 2017

Anesthetized by the warp-speed advancements of our internet era, we’ve overlooked true progress. Nature Deficit Disorder, a term conceived by Richard Louv in his book Last Child In The Woods, posits that our intense attachment to technology drives us away from nature, causing widespread malaise. Revering the lifeless screens that hold our mega-source of information and feigned pleasure, we compromise our well-being and independence under the assumption that these artificial commodities will meet our needs. This dystopia is what E.M Forster warned us about in “The Machine Stops,” as well as the phenomenon Rachel Hovnanian hopes to draw attention to with her latest show, (The Ray Lee Project Vol. 1) NDD Immersion Room, at Victori + Mo through December 22. Read full article>

The Art Newspaper
Pulse Victims Remembered at Pulse Fair
November 8, 2017

When the artist and queer rights activist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall heard about the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub Pulse while driving last June, she and her wife immediately turned towards New York’s Stonewall Inn, where impromptu tributes were already taking place. There, a note that read “never stop dancing” inspired her to create her own tribute, an installation of 49 porcelain disco balls suspended from the ceiling—a symbol of queer club culture as well as a ghostly witness to the tragedy. Read full article>

Article: Fifteen Gallery Shows in NYC to Catch Now
November 21, 2017

Conceptual artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian inaugurates her new project, The Ray Lee Project Vol. 1, with NDD Immersion Room—a brilliant, all-immersive installation that forces one into a meditative, contemplative state. In fact, Hovnanian requires visitors to place their phones in a lockbox at the door before entering her dark environment (where leaves seem to crack underfoot as the sounds of birds and insects fill the room). Read full article>

Brooklyn Based
Abandon Your Phone And Dive Into Nature In Bushwick
November 1, 2017

Can you step away from your cellphone for five minutes? What about 10? In Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s (The Ray Lee Project Vol 1. ) NDD Immersion Room, the artist asks viewers to do just that, and rewards them with an installation that smells, looks, and feels like an autumn night in the middle of the woods. The question is whether or not viewers can enjoy this brief connection with nature knowing their cellphones are in a lockbox just a few feet away. (The Ray Lee Project Vol 1. ) NDD Immersion Room is on view at Victori + Mo through Dec. 22, and we sat down with Hovnanian to get a little more insight into her inspiration for the piece, and her own relationship with technology. Read full article>

ArtNet News
35 Unmissable Gallery Shows to See in New York City This November
October 25, 2017

11. “(The Ray Lee Project Vol. 1) NDD Immersion Room” by Rachel Lee Hovnanian at Victori + Mo
During Armory Week, Rachel Lee Hovnanian posed as Ray Lee, a male artist, when she presented the NDD Immersion Room at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Now, she is showing the piece under her real name, inviting viewers to surrender their phones before one by one entering a dark room that has been transformed into a forest, complete with fallen leaves and the sound of crickets. In order to combat so-called “Nature Deficit Disorder,” and create a calming sensation, at least a 10-minute session is recommended. Read full article>

Architectural Digest
A Daring Art Collection Reinvigorates This Sutton Place Co-Op
October 25, 2017

Joe Nanashe’s melting popsicle photo series strikes just the right balance of edgy and approachable in the couple’s kitchen. The playful visuals possess a range of connotations, which is what drew Brito in. “There’s a cultural and emotional implication in the way I teach my clients to live with art. It’s the reason I do what I do,” she says. The white walls and cabinetry find contrast in the black quartz countertops, geometric Behangfabriek backsplash, and colorful aluminum Tam Tam light fixture. Read full article>

Cool Hunting
Previewing PULSE Miami Beach’s Project Artists
October 10, 2017

Invitations for December’s Miami Art Week 2017 have already begun, and with such correspondence underway, our anticipation has already started to brew. For the thirteenth edition of the PULSE Art Fair Miami, an annual favorite, there’s a new director Katlijne De Backer and a just-released roster of global exhibitors. In fact, one can expect 70 galleries from five continents. As with previous years, one tent (North) will highlight multi-artist galleries while the other (South) will focus on solo presentations. We are, however, most excited about PROJECTS, which PULSE describes as their “initiative for the presentation and promotion of site specific, large scale sculpture, installation and performance within the fair environment.” Read full article>

Jonathan Chapline at Victori + Mo, New York
September 19, 2017

Pictures at an exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. See full slideshow>

It’s Nice That
Artist Jonathan Chapline’s new works blur the boundary between the rendered and painted
September 6, 2017

Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Chapline’s new body of paintings, House Work communicates his fondness for digital aesthetics, “with a particular interest in exploring how technological developments impact the ways we mediate the world around us”. The series will be unveiled at Victori + Mo gallery, Brooklyn. A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Jonathan transfers his traditional analogue artistic processes to represent the digital. “His paintings draw from the aesthetics of early computer-generated imagery and computer-appropriated images, employing techniques such as the use of colour gradients to represent spatial relationships between forms,” says the gallery. Read Full Article>

Bushwick Daily
This Local Artist’s Exhibit Invites You to Put Reality on Hold
September 5, 2017

Up a few flights of stairs in Ridgewood’s startlingly huge 17-17 Troutman building is the studio of local artist Jonathan Chapline. The modest space, which Chapline shares with two other artists, is full of sun. And Chapline’s easily identifiable work takes center stage in the room as he prepares for his upcoming exhibit, “House Work,” which will run September 8–October 22 at VICTORI + MO in East Williamsburg. Read Full Article>

Hamptons ArtHub
NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through September 10, 2017
September 5, 2017

This September, New York is teeming with gallery show openings, with new exhibits popping up in Chelsea, Downtown, Uptown and Brooklyn. Artists explore works on linen and paper, sculptures and paintings, or a blending of the two, and installations. With both emerging and established artists, a wide range of styles will be on view, from Mannerist painting, photorealist portraiture and tactile woven floor works to quilted figure sculptures. Artists blur the lines between digital and analog, using the dialogue of the digital age, while simultaneously looking back to past masters for reference. Subjects highlight racism, feminism, police brutality, climate change and sexuality, giving viewers a space to contemplate and learn. Read full article>

Creative Boom
House Work: Paintings that look like photographs of paper-cut, still life artworks
August 29, 2017

For House Work, artist Jonathan Chapline continues his investigation of digital aesthetics, with a particular interest in exploring how technological developments impact the ways we mediate the world around us. Inspired by both augmented reality (seeing a location on his phone while being there in real life) and sharing a studio with an artist who makes props for films, he has painted a series of surreal analogue still life paintings that use the visual tropes of the digital world. Read full article>

The 30 Hottest Group Shows to See in New York This Summer
July 3, 2017

11. “Nasty Stiches” at VICTORI + MO
Knitting and politics may not seem like a natural fit, but Caroline Wells Chandler, Elsa Hansen, Katrina Majkut, and Sara Sachs all utilize traditionally feminine fabric-based crafts such as embroidery to send powerful feminist messages in this timely group show. Read full article>

The Feministing Five: Artists of “Nasty Stitches”
June 27, 2017

What happens when traditionally domestic “women’s craft” like fabric and embroidery work gets political? At Victori + Mo gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, an exhibition by women artists called “Nasty Stitches” celebrates the political dimensions of these mediums to explore gender, artistry, and empowerment. “Nasty Stitches” includes work by Caroline Wells Chandler, Elsa Hansen, Katrina Majkut, and Sara Sachs. Weaving together these different artists’ approaches to fabric and embroidery, the exhibition presents a new look at how these “women’s” mediums are being reclaimed and reworked both politically and otherwise. As the gallery website states, “Framed within the larger context of contemporary American politics, where non-conforming bodies, reproductive rights, and sexual health are under attack, the works presented in the exhibition are all the more powerful.” For this week’s Feministing Five, I caught up with the five artists of “Nasty Stitches” about their influences, reclaiming domestic arts, and the relationship between politics and creativity. You can catch “Nasty Stitches” on view at Victori + Mo until July 23rd. Read full article> 

6 Hidden Gems Textile Enthusiasts Need to See This Summer
June 22, 2017

Out of the hundreds of galleries, museums, and incredible retail stores in New York City, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming for a fabric and textile lover to choose what to visit on the weekends. We’ve decided to help make the textile enthusiast’s decisions this summer a little bit easier with this list of 6 hidden gems you definitely want to see before the season is over. Read full article>

Huffington Post
Meet The ‘Nasty Stitches’ Making Embroidery And Knitting Political
June 21, 2017

Knitting, stitching and weaving have long required skills historically deemed feminine: patience, prudence, diligence, domesticity, docility. The ability to follow directions attentively, to work in the home, to remain relatively quiet and still. Before the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of mass production, women gathered in knitting circles to painstakingly create clothing, blankets and other soft goods for their homes and families. Knitting and its sister crafts were designated as “women’s work,” implicitly inferior to men’s work, whatever that may be. Yet the activities that indirectly oppressed women, by keeping them indoors and occupied, also served to ignite creativity, agency and rebellion. Women used their time together to exchange ideas and forge connections, to test their abilities and express themselves in new and exciting ways. Read full article> 

Bedford & Bowery
Radical Hospitality, Political Stitching, and More Art Affairs
June 12, 2017

Opening Friday, June 16 at Victori + Mo, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through July 23. I will say, I am slightly impressed at how this “Nasty ___” naming trope for things still seems to be as alive as ever, particularly when it comes to art shows. This show gets a little more specific than past “nasty”-titled endeavors, zeroing in on embroidery and and fabric. They’re artistic mediums historically relegated to lower-brow corners of the art world, often dismissed as “craft” as opposed to “art.” Seeing as embroidery and the like are also largely associated with femininity, it’s no surprise that misogyny also plays a role in this categorization. Read full article>

From the Future of Feminism to Cat Art: 12 Things to See in New York This Week
June 12, 2017

Caroline Wells Chandler, Elsa Hansen, Katrina Majkut, and Sara Sachs all create politically charged work using fabric and embroidery, such as Majkut’s limited-edition “women card” cross stitch pieces, which the owner is instructed to complete themselves. This group show boldly reclaims an artistic practice traditionally relegated to the realm of craft, using the medium to address gender inequality, and other issues facing women today. Read full article>

Exhibition Visit – Alex Ebstein
June 1, 2017

This exhibition was the first time I got to create a solo show specifically for a space. In coming up with the concept, I was thinking about the space being part gym, part jewelry store, and part gallery. I think the title “Fad Bodies” speaks to the nature of the way health and beauty products are marketed and aestheticized. It’s also where I pull some of my forms- a corporeal comedy in exercise or the idea of toning and perfecting the body, the title is tongue in cheek. This body of work started with the older white yoga mat pieces that I made in the past, they were more austere and somber. As I started using materials more in the form of painting and eventually installation, the pieces have become more sardonic and funny. Read full article>

Creative Boom
Alex Ebstein’s Fad Bodies: Mixed media artworks inspired by yoga mats and meditation
May 18, 2017

Fad Bodies is a new exhibition of new mixed media constructions from Alex Ebstein at Brooklyn’s VICTORI + MO gallery, on view until 4 June 2017. The show builds on the American artist’s series of large-scale yoga mat sculptural abstractions and introduces two freestanding mixed media sculptures consisting of tables displaying Yoni Eggs, a gemstone meditation egg for women. For the first time, Ebstein is presenting her work as an installation, creating a tangible environment in which her 2D pieces can exist. Covering the gallery floor with yoga mats and installing ballet bars as functionless accents to the space, discipline and perfection become part of a larger branded aesthetic. Read full article>

Art Zealous
Yoga Mats, Yoni Eggs and Body Image: An Interview with Artist Alex Ebstein
May 11, 2017

“The real you is sexy.” “Love your body.” “Be your beautiful self.” Lately, we can’t seem to get through a social media newsfeed scrolling session without coming across multiple posts promoting body positivity or pointing fingers at certain companies for manipulating how women view their bodies. We recently caught up with Alex Ebstein, a Baltimore-based artist whose work deals with the commercialization of body image and wellness. You may be familiar with her yoga mat paintings, but read on to learn about her foray into sculpture and the crazy self-care trend that fascinates her. Read full article>

Art F City
This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Teach-ins, Yoni Eggs, Cemetery Secrets, and More
April 24, 2017

What is a ‘Yoni Egg,’ you might ask? Well, it’s apparently a crystal egg that can put in your vagina to meditate (thanks, Google). These are some of the components in Alex Ebstein’s upcoming installation. We love Ebstein’s work, which often involves paintings made from cut-up yoga mats and string. Here, she’s designing a whole new-agey environment based on the aesthetics of health fads. This should be a great show. Read full article>

Bushwick Daily
Yoga Mats and Yoni Eggs: East Williamsburg Art Show Examines Fitness Fads
April 17, 2017

If you need your art fix, especially if you’re into fitness (or not, we don’t judge), look no further. An upcoming exhibit will feature an item familiar to many of us: the yoga mat. And not just one, but many, across the floor, and in mixed-media pieces around the walls of the space. The exhibit will also feature the Yoni Egg, one of the most trendy and controversial items in women’s health. The innovative exhibit, titled “Fad Bodies,” is the work of Baltimore-based artist Alex Ebstein, and will be on display at VICTORI + MO in East Williamsburg from April 28 to June 4. Read full article>

Wall Street International
April 6, 2017

Expanding on Stabler’s “Old Masters” series of paintings, in which he recreated classical masterworks in highly detailed pen-and-ink drawings, obscuring the image with streaks of gray and neon yellow, Realizations provides a new way of looking at and experiencing painting. Realizations consists of four main works: two “Cowboy” paintings, a sculptural “still life”, and a still life painting of the sculpture. The two larger gallery walls are covered in brightly colored striped wallpaper, reminiscent of Stabler’s signature style that he applies to his “Cowboy paintings.” His “Cowboy paintings,” horizontal works inspired from Western film stills hang on the wallpaper to create continuous lines of color that are only disrupted by the frame around the canvas. In the middle of the room is a sculptural representation of a Dutch still life, a first for Stabler, painted in the style of his “Old Master” paintings, grey with bright highlighter color accents, which he creates from memory. A painting of the sculptural “still life” is hung directly behind it, functioning as a representation of an object inspired by painting. Read full article>

Realizations – Samuel Stabler – Victori+Mo Gallery
March 28, 2017

Reinvention, recollection, and rediscovery. These are the thematic elements that dominate Realizations, a new exhibition of Samuel Stabler’s works at the Victori+Mo Gallery. Reimaginings of the past are brought to life in a colorful display of artistic craft. Realizations by Samuel Stabler at the Victori+Mo Gallery focused on four principle works, the small showcase manages to demonstrate Stabler’s range. Of the four, two are sculptures, a first for the artist. One sculpture constructs a contrast of image and color; two monarch butterflies, blue and black, fluttering upon a bright yellow light fixture. Simple, yet stylistic, the painted carving is a good representation of Stabler’s visual vocabulary. Read full article>

Bedford and Bowery
Patron Saints of the Local Scene, and More Art Affairs This Week
March 21, 2017

While 2016 was the year for realizing stuff, 2017 is the year for Realizations, a solo show of unique interpretations of paintings by Samuel Stabler. The show is an expansion of his prior Old Masters series, in which he recreated classic paintings from memory using pen and ink. These particular pieces will not be on view in this show, but he will be taking the concept even further with a sculptural version of a Dutch still life painted in the same style as these Old Masters pieces, with a painting of the sculpture on display behind it. With this, he goes one step further into the meta realm, as it is a painting of a sculpture of a painting. In addition to these works, there will also be paintings inspired by Western film stills, rendered in plain lines with thick bands of color. Maybe if your friend takes a photo of you taking a photo of the painting of a sculpture of a painting, you can alter the fabric of reality itself. Read full article>

Studio International
Adrienne Elise Tarver: ‘I think about intrusion and the transition from viewer to voyeur’
March 21, 2017

The work of Adrienne Elise Tarver (b1985, New Jersey) relies on multiple genres and shows a preoccupation with exploring the divide between appearances and reality. Issues of voyeurism, privacy and identity have been at the heart of her most significant exhibitions to date. Shows have included In the Eaves at the A-M Gallery, Sydney, in 2013, Eavesdropping at BRIC Arts Media Project Room, Brooklyn, and Stories of Shadows at Victori + Mo, Brooklyn, both in 2016, and, earlier this year, also at Victori + Mo, Secrets of Leaves. Her initial studies of these subjects relied on small-scale paintings and collages, which focused on the interiors of domestic spaces. In her series Home, she developed the notion of home through the creation of a small-scale model of the house she grew up in, assembled entirely from memory. In Tarver’s compelling project Estate Sale of Ms Vera Otis, the primary work displayed in Eavesdropping, she imagined the life of an unknown woman she came across in a photograph, through the construction of a house that the artist conceived as belonging to woman in the picture. Read full article>

Peeping Through a Painted, Sculpted Jungle
March 17, 2017

Stepping into Adrienne Elise Tarver’s installation at Victori + Mo in Bushwick, it’s hard to know what to look at first. The room of painted and sculpted tropical flora is both alluring and impassive; its maximalism confounds. It feels very restrained, which is counterintuitive for an exhibition that includes wall-filling murals of foliage, hanging and protruding sculptures of plants and leaves, and canvases portraying enigmatic scenes glimpsed through branches. But this sense of inquisitive uncertainty is part of the point. Tarver’s plants conceal and mask, their sculpted forms jutting from the walls and prodding visitors to peer closely into the two paintings in the exhibition, whose title — Secrets of Leaves — they both share. Read full article>

Brooklyn Magazine
Assuming is Dangerous: Talking with Gowanus-Based Artist Adrienne Elise Tarver
March 2, 2017

In almost every context, white men are the only makers afforded a blank canvas; everyone else gets qualified. When these qualifications (black, female, gay, on and on) bubble up without context, assumptions can take over the reading of the work—assumptions that the artist intended to employ the politics of race, of being female, of being anything other than an artist making work informed by, but not restrained by, their identity. It’s the ancient blunder of making an ass out of u and me. When I talked to Adrienne Elise Tarver about what she’s been making, I wondered if these assumptions plagued her. They do, and it has influenced her work: Adrienne experiments with the powerful, mysterious force of the unknowable and the potentially destructive actions of claiming (or gaining) access to what’s not yours. Read full article>

Bedford and Bowery
No More Black Targets, Gazoo To The Moon and More Art To See This Week

February 13, 2017

It’s a jungle out there, but at Adrienne Elise Tarver’s latest solo show at Victori + Mo, it’s also a jungle inside. Taking cues from her interpretations of artists like Gauguin and Rousseau as being “problematic in their treatment of other lands and people, either by painting what they have not seen, or overly sexualizing the bodies of the locals,” Tarver has created a directionless and stimulus-filled environment that subverts the traditional white cube gallery setup, where it is clear which ways to politely move through the space and what to look at. Read full article>

Critics’ Picks
January 23, 2017

The gallery feels still. Hanging from the ceiling are forty-nine globes, radiant with gently diffused light. Arranged in impossible orbits and strung with fishing wire, the installation is akin to a science-class diorama of an unknown solar system, illuminated by the glare of unknown suns. Little porcelain squares, unglazed and matte white, envelop the surfaces of these imperfect orbs. They are like the mirrored fragments of disco balls but utterly drained of glimmer and sparkle—eyes that once flickered and flashed now overcast, blind. Read full article>

Filthy Dreams
Disco Ball As A Metaphor: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s “Never Stop Dancing”
January 15, 2017

I’m a sucker for disco balls. There, I said it. If anywhere or anything includes a mirror ball, I’m immediately a fan. I’m like a moth to a shimmering, glittering flame. But beyond my lizard brain fixation with shiny objects, disco balls can be harnessed as a complex symbol–a metaphor for community, excess, escapism, utopia, self-fashioned identity and even, safety in nightlife. Or conversely, disco balls, as Phoenix Lindsey-Hall shows in her current installation Never Stop Dancing at Victori + Mo, can stand in as representations of violent loss, mourning, memory and witnessing. Yeah, move over Susan Sontag, the disco ball can be a metaphor too. Read full article>

Out Magazine
Artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall Pays Tribute to Victims of Pulse with ‘Never Stop Dancing’
January 12, 2017

For her last exhibition, queer artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall created a life-sized porcelain sculpture modeled after the wooden fence on which Matthew Shepard was tortured and left to die. Lindsey-Hall has made a name for herself casting everyday objects in white plaster that have been used as weapons against the LGBT community, giving people the opportunity to reflect on the spaces that they thought were safe. Never Stop Dancing, Lindsey-Hall’s latest exhibition, consists of 49 illuminated, slip cast porcelain disco balls – tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Read full article>

Big Shot
Brooklyn Artist Pays Tribute to Pulse Nightclub Victims with ‘Never Stop Dancing’
January 5, 2017

Last month we told you about Benedetto Bufalino, an experiential French artist who transformed a cement mixer into a giant rotating disco ball at a construction site in Lyon, France. The ubiquitous rotating mirrored spheres are the focal point of Never Stop Dancing, a heartfelt homage to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, presented by Brooklyn artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall. The 49 porcelain disco balls that make up Never Stop Dancing will each be illuminated with light and suspended at various heights from the ceiling of the darkened gallery, casting shadows and invoking reflection. Read full article>

Blouin ArtInfo
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall at Victori+Mo
January 5, 2017

Phoenix Lindsey-Hall. Never Stop Dancing 2017, 49 illuminated, slip cast porcelain disco balls. Installation slideshow. See slideshow>

Art F City
This Weeks Must-See Art Events: The Art World Mobilizes for 2017
December 3, 2017

For everyone who has complained that the art world is too apolitical in the past month or so, take note of how 2017 is kicking off. We have a week of feminist exhibitions, the start of a month-long project about Trump’s America Saturday at Petzel Gallery, and shows that tackle topics from water contamination to the holocaust and the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Welcome to the art world in the Trump era. If the list of participants at Petzel’s event is any indication, the big guns are coming out. Read full article>

Editors’ Picks: 8 Things to Do in New York This Week
December 3, 2017

6. “Phoenix Lindsey-Hall: Never Stop Dancing” at VICTORI + MO
“The only imperative is to be transformed, transfigured in the disco light,” the author Justin Torres wrote in the Washington Post, following the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. “To lighten, loosen, see yourself reflected in the beauty of others.” In line with this idea, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall uses 49 cast porcelain disco balls as a tribute to the mainly queer Latino victims of the massacre, which occurred last June. Read full article>

Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Brooklyn Art Shows
December 23, 2016

We could never leave Brooklyn and still miss a slew of shows in our home borough. From outdoor art along the waterfront to group shows in Bushwick and ambitious political projects at Dumbo nonprofits, there was no shortage of great work in Brooklyn in 2016. Read full article>

14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017
December 21, 2016

The following artists, from South Africa to South Brooklyn, have been responsible for some truly thought-provoking works this year. Artnet News is excited to see what they do next, as they expand their practices and get their first solo show, their first big grant, or their first public art showing at an art fair. Read full article>

The Bushwick Art Scene
December 16, 2016

56 Bogart, also known as The BogArt, has acted as the neighborhood’s de facto arts center for more than a decade. The building currently houses 18 galleries and numerous artist studios and workshops in a massive, five-story warehouse stretching from Harrison Place to Grattan Street. Owner Ted Hovivian acquired the warehouse in 1983, and while small manufacturers populated the building early on, as those industries became rarer, he welcomed in artists. By all accounts, he genuinely likes having artists and galleries in the building. He told The New York Times, “The personal benefit is that they produce beautiful works, and tend to be really nice people.” Read full article>

Art Zealous
Voyeurism & Stories of Shadows with Artist Adrienne Elise Tarver
December 15, 2016

If you do one thing before you leave town for the holidays, it should be to go check out Adrienne Elise Tarver’s newest show, Stories of Shadows at Victori + Mo. With this exhibition, Adrienne Elise Tarver expands upon the narrative of Vera Otis, a character based off of a black and white portrait photo she found of a woman in a thrift store. Tarver named her character Vera derived from the Latin word veritas for truth as a reminder that nothing in presented narrative is true. We caught up with Tarver to discuss her background, influences and voyeurism. Read full article>

Blouin ArtInfo
Adrienne Elise Tarver at Victori + Mo Gallery, New York
December 8, 2016

The works in this exhibition is an expansion of the artist’s ‘Eavesdropping’ series, which explores the voyeuristic notions of insider, outsider and others. In this series, Tarver created an imaginary character named Vera Otis based on a found photograph of a black woman. “Stories of Shadows” will narrate more of the noir-ish mystery of Vera’s life through eight immersive video works, depicting her home environment, played on a loop and projected on the gallery wall. To complement the moving image works, a deconstruction of the bedroom from the model house featured in the filmed vignettes will augment the narrative built around Vera’s identity. Read full article>

Brooklyn Magazine
Look Harder: Good Art Things to See This Week
December 7, 2016

In this two-part solo show (the second part is planned for February) Adrienne continues her navigation of Vera Otis, an elegant, mysterious woman with fantastic posture who loves sunglasses and expensive furniture. Vera always seems to be alone, if she’s there at all; Adrienne films her house (eight videos will loop throughout the gallery) and displays portions of it (miniature dioramas) for our voyeuristic pleasure. Read full article>

Editors’ Picks: 6 Things to See in New York This Week
December 5, 2016

Don’t feel too bad about the voyeuristic nature of Adrienne Elise Tarver’s new video work, eight video vignettes of rooms in someone’s home. The artist has constructed an entire fictional persona for the resident, named “Vera Otis,” based on a found photograph of an anonymous black woman in glasses. According to the gallery Otis, whose name is a play on the word veritas, “acts as a surrogate for Tarver who, as a woman of color, finds Otis’s life a comforting place to imbue her hopes and fears upon.” Read full article>

Peripheral Vision
The Numinous Artwork of Adrienne Elise Tarver
December 3, 2016

Tarver’s foundational numinous object was found at a thrift store.  Amid the second-hand items, her artist’s eye focused on a photograph. In the image, a young, black woman wearing glasses sits on a chair and stares directly back at the camera. The numinous connection between the sitter and her life had been severed, the memories lost. Her name and history is unknown. Instead, the photograph had become just another object in the thrift store. That photo with its simple composition nonetheless held a particular attraction for the artist. Read full article>

Art Medium
Forming Mystery and Figuring Out the Figure in “The Captive” at Victori + Mo
November 8, 2016

In the dimmed and darkened space of Victori + Mo, all of the pressure is on one piece: Myles Bennett’s “The Captive” – a 5 layer canvas painting formed from 90 feet of fabric and bolted to a panel high along the wall. The gallery itself is painted over in a slate black; to me it feels like you’re inside one of those old-timey pinhole cameras. Read full article>

Art Zealous
Art Zealous’ 30 Under 30-ish: Part 1
September 20, 2016

The art world has cultivated a slew of creative-minded individuals – but some of these people take their passions to new heights and become innovators. The list goes on and on: curators, art advisors, painters, street artists, gallery owners – all contributing their vision and originality to the world. These progressive, goal-oriented and dedicated minds are climbing the ladder to success wrung by wrung, and we at Art Zealous find it imperative to root for them on their way up. Read full article>

Blouin ArtInfo
5 Can’t Miss Gallery Shows in New York
September 14, 2016

With “American Vanitas,” Nanashe proves himself a master of the winking conceptual prank. A working refrigerator stocked with cold Budweiser cans — rebranded America, mind you, for this pre-election summer — also contains a speaker playing Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” used by Bill Clinton for his ‘92 campaign. Read full article>

Hamptons Art Hub
NYC Galleries Scene – Exhibition Openings Through September 10, 2016
September 7, 2016

September sees an explosion of art in New York. While the opening of the season might not launch until the third week, the first two are no slouch with more new shows opening than one can attend in a single evening. Following are our picks for new shows with receptions opening through September 10, 2016. Read full article>

Art Jobs
Conceptual Artist Explores Contemporary American Culture With A Little Irony: An Interview With Joe Nanashe
August 31, 2016

1. Tell us about your upcoming solo exhibition “American Vanitas” at VICTORI + MO. Are we in for any surprises ?
It’s a surprise, the whole show! Photographs, sculptures, videos… You haven’t seen any of the work yet. Maybe something up my sleeve.
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Bedford and Bowery
America, the Deflated Banana: Joe Nanashe’s American Vanitas
August 11, 2016

Do you like art that grapples with how artificial our culture has become? Even better– would you like to see the art crowd in Bushwick confronted with a portrayal of American hipster contradiction? If so, you’re in luck. Because this September, Joe Nanashe, a conceptual artist who sorta fits that bill himself as an Ohio-born transplant now based in New York, is debuting his solo show American Vanitas at Bushwick’s Victori + Mo gallery this September. Read full article>

The Creators Project
’30 Under 30ish’ Art Show Sends Up Arbitrary Lists
August 5, 2016

The ’30 under 30′ lists by publications like Forbes and Time Magazine are perhaps the ultimate demarcations of status for young professionals and leaders. Although these lists were once focused on entrepreneurs, activists, and tech innovators, they now branch out to categories that are arguably more difficult to concretely quantify success in, like art and style. To highlight both the absurdity of creating these lists for artists and also the contradictory desire within young artists to be part of them, Brooklyn gallery VICTORI + MO has organized a 30-person group exhibition cheekily titled 30 Under 30ish. Read full article>

The Coveteur
Where To See The Best Contemporary Art In New York
July 8, 2016

We know, in the sense that everyone just knows, that New York is a good place for art—as in a good place to see it. And we head out every month or so to take in whatever it is that’s at the Whitney or MoMA or New Museum. But the gallery scene is a whole other story. Unlike vintage stores or underground boutiques, which we can list off like we live at them (we kind of do), art galleries are a somewhat intimidating mystery—albeit one we’re dying to crack. Which is why, when Helen Toomer, the director of Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, offered to give us a rundown of her favorite galleries in the city, we immediately agreed. Read full article>

Art F City
This Week’s Must See Events: Summer Art Party!
July 5, 2016

The art world continues its post-holiday slow period with an absence of big-time blockbusters but plenty of smaller shows. No big loss. This week we’ve got a party as art performance courtesy of BHQFU and a party for art, to celebrate the on-going contributions of the Black Contemporary Art Tumblr. There’s also an elaborate multi-media play at Flux Factory. Pretty much everything they do is a party. Let’s get to it. Read full article>

Art F City
Scary Stories To Tell In A Gallery: An Interview with Langdon Graves on “Spooky Action At A Distance” at VICTORI+MO
June 24, 2016

Walking the darkened halls of 56 Bogart Street, a pulsating pink glow radiated from the open door of Victori + Mo. I felt like I was in The Shining’s Overlook Hotel and told artist Langdon Graves as much when we met to speak about her current exhibition Spooky Action At A Distance. “Yeah,” Graves responded, “That’s not the first Kubrick reference I got.” Read full article>

ONS Manual
Spooky Action at a Distance: Langdon Graves
June 22, 2016

When’s the last time you heard a good ghost story? Artist Langdon Graves’ most recent exhibit “Spooky Action at a Distance”— a title that we’ll let Langdon herself explain below — is an exploration into the fragile cycle of memory, and an inquiry into the unknown. Graves tells us she has always been fascinated by belief — most of her work focuses on subjects like religion, folklore, and mysticism. For the work featured in “Spooky Action at a Distance,” Graves attention is concentrated on the supernatural, tapping into her grandmother’s stories of ghosts and spirits she’d encountered in her lifetime. Read full article>

Bedford and Bowery
Spooky Action at a Distance: an Art Show Haunted By Grave Ghosts
May 17, 2016

A new show at Bushwick gallery Victori + Mo approaches the supernatural from a firmly grounded perspective. By exploring the ephemerality of memory and the power of belief, artist Langdon Graves walks a tricky line on the edges of the occult while still keeping a healthy dose of skepticism. Graves has long been fascinated by belief in all its forms– her work has often focused on various religions, peoples’ relationships with religion, placebos, and mind-body healing practices. “One thing that I usually incorporate in my work is a very scientific approach to all these things. I do a lot of reading, a lot of research,” she said. For the work featured in this show, Graves became interested in “brushes with supernatural.” Read full article>

OMG It’s Nic Rad’s New Solo Show, “Perennial Millenial”
May 7, 2016

Brooklyn-based artist Nic Rad wants you to meet Jackson Johns. Jackson has already googled himself three times today. He’s waiting for someone to like his latest selfie. He’s considering changing his avatar to reflect his support for a recent political cause. Jackson is smart. You likely already know him. If you’re a millennial, you might even be him.  Read full article>

Cult Chat with Nic Rad, Christina Mannino
April 27, 2016

For the past few years I’d mostly known Nic as the cool and mysterious artist-beau of Brooklyn. I knew Nic was good, very good (having googled to check out his work I found his Hope Soap project), but there was still so much more to learn about his clever mind. Well, here it is. With a new exhibition up at VICTORI + MO, I got a chance to sit down with with this visual conversationalist at his Brooklyn studio and talk it out. Get the scoop on Nic’s inspirations, favorite local hangouts, and what lies ahead in his full Cult Chat. Read full article>

Seeing is Believing: 5 Art Shows Which Question Reality
March 31, 2016

Give your thumbs a break, and let you eyes do all the work at this aptly named exhibition featuring a series of “gestural assemblages” that seem to both deride as well as celebrate to the fullest extent the millennial obsession with the self through a glorified appropriation of pop symbols, emojis, and textual characters. Rad’s rich, textural pieces truly rejoice in the elevation of the banal, transforming much too frequently used phrases such as “say something” and “haha” into mind-warping explorations of self-identity. Read full article >

This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Roleplay Edition
March 28, 2016

Spring is in the New York air, and with it, a sense of fantastical possibility. Tuesday, head to BRIC to hear from powerful women in the music industry who overcame the glass ceiling to live the dream. Wednesday, Simone Subal Gallery has a show of reality-warping paintings and Thursday the New Museum is hosting a panel discussion with artists who try to do it all. Friday night, Nic Rad’s solo show at Victori + Mo imagines an art-historical alter ego to combat zombie formalism with Ab-Ex passion and millennial pop references. At Bannerette, Ash Ferlito and Clare Torina explore the potentials of oil and other media in a playful two person show. End the night drinking maybe-imaginary beer at Brooklyn’s ALL WHITE MALE ART SHOW(don’t worry, that name’s just a fantasy too). Read full article >

VICE – The Creators Project
Desire and Advertising Create a “Plasti-Saccharine-Hallucinatory” Dreamscape
March 25, 2016

The current state of our ever-digitized reality blurs the lines between the actual and the virtual. In Brian Willmont’s most recent solo show, Chaos and Wild Again, at Brooklyn gallery VICTORI + MO, he reflects on our shift towards a purely digital culture with abstracted graphic works that reference a Pop-purloined aesthetic tenet central to the Internet Age. Read full article >

Brian Willmont Interprets the Digital Experience in “Chaos and Wild Again”
March 25, 2016

Brooklyn based painter Brian Willmont had mostly been making gouache on paper paintings for years and then began to reduce his work, pushing the narrative out of individual pieces. His paintings today share a graphic and theatrical quality with his references, citing obscure movies and novels, such as Suspiria and Blood and Guts in High School, among his inspirations. Read full article >

The Stylish Flâneuse
March 23, 2016

The Spring Equinox arrived this past Sunday in its most unconventional and undesirable way. Mother Nature played a practical joke in the form of a cold and windy day with some snow flurries that felt more like the start of winter. Until the weather start feeling like it should be, I am going to fake it till spring actually makes it via Brian Willmont’s colorful season appropriate exhibition, Chaos and Wild Again at Victori + Mo gallery. Read full article >

The Stylish Flâneuse
Armory Week 2016
March 9, 2016

Next stop was the Armory’s affiliated younger and more adventures sister fair, Volta NY, an invitational fair that showcases projects from solo emerging contemporary artists. Volta’s solo project focus helps rekindle the fundamental reason of art fairs, the celebration and promotion of the artists and their works. Read full article >

Mariscotti Art
Spotlight on VOLTA 2016
March 6, 2016

This week saw the opening of highly anticipated VOLTA, the Armory Show’s invitation-only, sister art fair, packed with viewers eager to see what’s on view from the 100 exhibitors in attendance. Organizers described the eighth edition of the New York iteration as the most diverse yet. What sets VOLTA apart from the numerous art fairs dotting Manhattan this week is its focus on lesser known and emerging artists, as well as the fact that each gallery shows only one or two artists per booth. The unique format allows for the introduction to a wide range of new talent while simultaneously affording an in-depth look at individual artists’ works. Read full article >

Art Zealous
The Eye-Popping Booth at VOLTA with Affordable Art
March 5, 2016

VOLTA, is the invitational fair of solo artist projects and has been dubbed the fair “by galleries, for galleries”. If you have a chance to check out the fair, which is calling Pier 90 its home till Sunday, you will probably notice a very vibrant, colorful booth. No, you’re not hallucinating, it’s Bushwick-based gallery Victori + Mo‘s. They have outfitted the entire booth, down to the wallpaper with the artwork of Brian Willmont. Read full article >

ArtNet News
VOLTA 2016 Features a Wide Range of New Talent
March 3, 2016

Last night’s opening of VOLTA, the Armory Show’s invitation-only, sister art fair, was packed with viewers eager to see what’s on view from the 100 exhibitors in attendance. Organizers described the eighth edition of the New York iteration as the most diverse yet. What sets VOLTA apart from the numerous art fairs dotting Manhattan this week is its focus on lesser known and emerging artists, as well as the fact that each gallery shows only one or two artists per booth. The unique format allows for the introduction to a wide range of new talent while simultaneously affording an in-depth look at individual artists’ works. Read full article >

Weekend Art News: All the Shows Plus Armory Late Night is Back This Saturday
March 3, 2016

Enrico Gomez said it just right in the latest Wagmag newsletter: the art world is head over heels crazy this week over Armory, with several Bushwick galleries showing at Pulse, VOLTA and SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Over the years a selection of art spaces around the neighborhood have collaborated to celebrate Armory Arts Week by way of Armory Late Night, taking place in both Bushwick and Ridgewood. Read full article >

ArtNet News
Look Out For Hip Galleries and Politically-Charged Artwork at VOLTA 2016
February 29, 2016

Since its New York debut in 2008, VOLTA has developed a reputation as the Armory Show’s hip cousin. Situated on Pier 90, just steps away from the main fair, the invitational fair boasts a lineup of edgy galleries and art spaces, with thoughtful presentations concerning the work of only one or two artists. Read full article >

ArtNet News
Editors’ Picks: 10 Must-See Art Events This Week
February 22, 2016

Brian Willmont’s paintings combine surrealism and pop in a unique mode of graphic abstraction that’s tough to ignore. “Chaos and Wild Again” features new work by the Brooklyn-based artist that explores the symbolism behind pretty, familiar images like rose buds and water droplets. Read full article >

Artsy Editorial
Frank Zadlo Reinvigorates Landscape Painting at VICTORI + MO
February 8, 2016

One of the most classical artistic genres—landscape painting—isn’t often seen on the contemporary art circuit. In his new show at Victori+Mo Contemporary, Frank Zadlo revisits the genre to explore the ways in which contemporary culture is changing our understanding of landscape. The expressive, swirling works hung around the space (rendered in gouache, video, and even cement) underscore the ephemerality of the natural world.  Read full article >

A Resolute Set: 12 Art Shows to Kick Off 2016
January 7, 2016

Needing art so bad after the holidaze? We’ve been feeling the same. This weekend starts another new year with a resolute set of Bushwick art openings and collaborations with the Williamsburg galleries. With the volume of shows going on in the neighborhood, the new year may show just how much Bushwick is a neighborhood meant for art, people, growth, culture, and anything and everything we could possibly have in 2016.  Read full article >

5 Best Booths at Miami Project 2015
December 4, 2015

This year’s Miami Project headed to the Deauville Beach Resort, spreading across the hotel’s lobby and ballrooms. Like the casual set-up itself, the art was a bit lighter in spirit and often elided the intellectual for a quirky charm. Here’s a look at some of the fair’s best booths. Read full article >

Sussing Out the Good Stuff at Art on Paper and Miami Project
December 2, 2015

The Deauville Beach Resort has been the home of the NADA art fair since 2009, but times change. This year NADA has moved further downtown, and the hotel is hosting two sister satellite fairs on its sprawling first floor: Art on Paper, which is celebrating its inaugural edition on sandy beaches, and Miami Project, now in its fourth year and known for exhibiting more under-the-radar galleries. Although the former is much smaller, offering only 17 booths compared to the latter’s nearly 50 exhibitors, the two essentially run symbiotically (they’re both organized by Art Market Productions), with some paper-centric works spilling into the grand rooms housing Miami Project booths. Read full article >

“Another Shitty Painting” By Michael S. 
December 3, 2015

At Art on Paper Miami, this outsized piece by Michael Scoggins has reportedly been a favorite subject of photographers weary from the fairs. You can see it at the booth of Brooklyn gallery Victori+Mo. Read full article >

The MOO Blog
Paper-viewing Art Basel Miami with A. Moret – Day Two 
December 3, 2015

Art Basel Miami is one of the largest celebrations of contemporary art in the world. And it’s on right now until the 6th December. Never ones to miss a party, we’ve collaborated with artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on his latest work CODICES and we’re showing it at SCOPE Miami Beach. If you’re in Miami and want to say hi, we’re in the big tent on the beach! While we’re busy inside the tent, curator, editor (and good friend), A. Moret is spending three days on the lookout for her favourite paper artists at Art Basel Miami. Here are her faves on her second day at the event. Read full article >

ArtNet News
Market Art + Design Brings Hip Galleries and Celebrity Artists in Search of Summer Money
July 10, 2015

If Hamptons art fairs often get a bad rap, Market Art + Design (formerly known as Art Market Hamptons) is doing everything in its power to rid the East End of its stereotype of hosting mediocre Pop art and overpriced beach house decor by showcasing hip, emerging galleries and an eclectic variety of fine art and design in a chill, food truck-filled farm by the bay. Read full article >

W Magazine
Cross Words
July 1, 2015

Whether or not kids still pass notes in classrooms—ironically, perhaps—the artist Michael Scoggins’ works on wide-ruled paper evoke particular traits of adolescence (rage, contradiction) still applicable to the adult (art) world. The message just sounds better in schoolboy vernacular. Michael Scoggins and Joe Nanashe’s two-man exhibition “Dirty Words” is on view through July 31 at New York’s Victori + Mo gallery. Read full article >

Guest of a Guest
Interview: Ed Victori & Celine Mo, The Young Gallerists Who Took Over Art Basel Miami 2014
December 18, 2014

Entrepreneurial dealer and ex-risk analyst, Ed Victori, is teaming up with gallery veteran and art history buff, Celine Mo, to take on the art world with a fresh vision and progressive model in the new year. We caught up with Ed and Celine at Art Basel Miami this year and had the opportunity to learn all about this duo and how Victori+Mo first began, how art influences their personal lives, what the duo has in store for us next, and much more. Read full article >