LIVE ON, LIVE LONG | A GROUP EXHIBITION AT MAGIC + NO ROMANCE GALLERIES
LIVE ON, LIVE LONG
October 29 – November 12, 2014
Wednesday October 29, 2014
When we were recently visiting New York last month, we felt it didn’t have the raw energy it’s well-known for, as damn, we get it every day in London.
It’s New York though, man what’s going on?
“It seems New York has lost its fight, more importantly its attitude to fight back. At least, that appears to be the case for downtown New York. This show, Live On, Live Long, is an attempt to restore the nostalgic feeling, or at the very least serves as a reminder before the spirit is all gone.
Live On, Live Long features new works from seven artists: Gogy Esparza, Peter Sutherland, Maggie Lee, Weirdo Dave, Jen Shear, Nick Sethi, and Shawn Powers. A unique unification of two galleries, MAGIC and No Romance galleries, the works will be displayed simultaneously at both, ‘engaging’ the viewer through an exploration of the neighborhood.
The show’s title is derived from a song on rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga’s classic debut album THE WAR REPORT, a gritty, hardcore portrayal of mid-90s New York City. “Live On, Live Long” is an embodiment of that mournful and melancholic spirit. “If your heart stops beating, I’ll go back in time, make your heart beat again,” are the lyrics that strike a chord at its chorus. Soulful strings and wails from a grieving Smokey Robinson sample complete the track’s lament.
The artists exhibiting in Live On, Live Long have all been molded by the landscape and history of New York. Its artistic tradition, spirit and sincerity echo in their works. However, what has always complimented the city’s virtue is its irrefutable nature. Social Darwinism at its finest, survival of the fittest has always dominated the landscape of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. With the rebuilding of a post-9/11 downtown nearly complete, its surrounding areas seem to be assimilated into the process as well. Locals are being priced out, and creatives who invested in the energy, which originally brought them to the neighborhood, are also fleeing. Even the infamous Canal Street counterfeit-culture is shrinking.” *
Gogy Esparza (b. 1987) is a New York City based artist who concentrates in fine art, photography, and video. His last project, EL VACÍO (2012-13) featured a photography book published by Dashwood Books, and an accompanying exhibition with Comme Des Garçons in Berlin and the Wayward Gallery in London. A regular contributor to Richardson Magazine, Gogy’s work has also been featured in Interview, Purple, DazedDigital, and i-D.
Peter Sutherland (b. 1976) is a New York City based artist who works on different mediums, producing thought provoking imagery in a non-indexical manner while following a single thematic thought. His work is a reflection of life as a young American, composed of fragments of urban degradation exposing the happy accidents that make life interesting.
Maggie Lee (b. 1987) is a Taiwanese American multimedia artist from New Jersey and is based in New York City. Her prolific output takes the form of video, photography, writing, and independent publishing. A regular contributor to Vice Magazine since 2008, Lee has photographed four covers and since has contributed to a variety of publications, including Sex Magazine, Gottlund Verlag, PictureBox, Decathlon Books, ‘Sup Magazine, The aNYthing Glob, and New Museum Paper. Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Martos Gallery, Bodega Gallery, Printed Matter, New Museum’s Resource Center and Storefront.
Weirdo Dave Fuck This Life started as a fanzine by David Sander (weirdo Dave FTL etc.) in 2005. It is a collection of provocative images found from physical sources. Fuck This Life has been in exhibitions and publications around the world. He is a member of the Black Beach Boys crew and Body Work. Thank You.
Jen Shear a resident of NYC for 10 years, who enjoys quietude and finds sanctum in nature. Her belief is of the idea that life is an illusion and creates works addressing her feelings of alienation within society, and how she copes with separation of mind and body. She has recently shown installation and collage works at MoMA PS1, Muddguts, Culture Fix, and Signal.
Nick Sethi (b. 1989) is a NYC-based artist whose work explores the interactions between humans, nature, and technology. A former assistant to photographers Terry Richardson and Jonathan Mannion, Sethi has recently exhibited with Ed. Varie and released over 25 publications, including recent titles with Dashwood Books and Pau Wau Publications.
Shawn Powers (b. 1991) is a New York City based artist who concentrates on painting and sculpting with, and on found objects. He is also a professional skateboarder for UK-based Palace Skateboards.