September 7, 2007

Warhol: Factory Now
September 7 – October 6, 2007
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 2007, 6-9 pm

Pink Marilyn, Giclee Color Print, 36” X 24”, (C) 1964 by William John Kennedy
gelatin silver print (1979) by Anton Perich

 

On the twenty-year anniversary of Warhol’s death, kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition Warhol: Factory Now, which brings together works by well-known celebrity artists from Warhol's Factory: Ultra Violet, Steve Joester, William John Kennedy, Ivy Nicholson and Anton Perich, as well as a group of artists who have been influenced by Andy Warhol and artist’s pop-oeuvre, including: Kristin Anderson, Sandra Bermudez, Cynthia von Buhler, Amy Cohen Banker, Cameron Crawford and T. R. Ericsson.

Warhol: Factory Now will feature paintings, sculptures, film screenings, installations and photography by exhibiting artists. The works reflect on Andy Warhol’s spirit that shifted our perception of America’s consumerist culture, as well as on his concentration on fundamental human themes – the beauty, glamour and fame, the passing of time, and inevitability of death.  The exhibition will provide the visitor with a variety of artistic experiences that resonate on multiple sensory levels. Kasia Kay Art Projects gallery will be transformed to resemble Warhol's Factory with aluminum foil drapes, disco ball, and Sandra Bermudez’s Mylar balloons installation.

Ultra Violet, born Isabel Dufresne in France, was an active participant in Andy Warhol’s “Factory” from 1963 to 1971. Today she is an active artist who works in the tradition of avant-garde and her installation and multi-media work will be presented at Factory Now. Ultra Violet has been profoundly influenced by her close association with three most influential artists of the 20Th century art: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol, and she was at the forefront of the Pop Art Movement. Her bestselling and signed by the artist memoir “Famous for 15 Minutes, My Years with Andy Warhol” will be available for purchase at the gallery.

Ultra Violet will also present a VISIONARY INSTALLATION entitled "Till Death Do Us Part," featuring: THE ELECTRIC LOVESEAT, which questions the dichotomous duality/opposition of contemporary romance/ love in direct correlation to the "spider/fly" relationship of the executioner
/executed.

Ultra Violet has been featured in many solo exhibitions worldwide. Her work was included in the Audart exhibition commemorating the tenth anniversary of Warhol's death. In August - October 2004 she had an exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art.

Steve Joester is a British-born rock photographer and mixed media artist, currently living and working in New York City. Joester is known for his photos of rock icons such as Mick Jagger and Sting, and also caught Andy Warhol on film with Rob Halford of Judas Priest.  He translates these images into Warhol inspired Pop Art collages. In November of 2005 and 2006, Joester exhibited his work in a private show at the former Andy Warhol Factory located at 860 Broadway. Joester's photographs have been featured in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Interview, Cream, and Cosmopolitan. Joester has worked with every major record label and created album sleeves and posters for musicians including Bob Marley, Ginger Baker, and Be Bop Delux. Currently, Steve Joester is working on a group of paintings for a solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in April of 2007 and Mr. MusicHead Rock Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA in May 2007.

William John Kennedy photographed Andy Warhol at The Factory and on-location beginning in 1964. Robert Indiana introduced Kennedy to Warhol after showing him photographs Kennedy took of him. Warhol invited Kennedy to The Factory to shoot him and his work where he eagerly acted out the creative scenes devised by Kennedy. Kennedy’s Warhol archives were forgotten and placed in storage at his New York City studio where they remained for many years while Kennedy achieved great success in the New York City advertising agency arena. Kennedy’s historic collection of Warhol photographs were recently brought out of storage and were exhibited at a Miami Art gallery for the very first time in 2004. Kennedy attended the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. The Warhol archives is just a segment of Kennedy’s extensive photographic archive. Kennedy lives in Miami, Florida and continues to shoot for his fine art collection.

Anton Perich is an inventor, painter, photographer, video artist and Night Magazine publisher. In the early Seventies he was a contributing photographer for Warhol’s Interview Magazine. He was born in Croatia, and in 1970 he moved to NYC. In the late Sixties he was in Paris active in the Lettrist Movement. In 1973 he created the first Underground Show on Manhattan Cable TV. In 1977 he invented and built the Electric Painting Machine, an early predecessor of inkjet technology. Perich is an early pioneer of Digital Art. In 1978 he started publishing Night.

Ivy Nicholson is mother to twins - Gunther Ethan Palmer and actress Penelope Palmer. Their father is John Palmer, who is often credited with the idea for the film, Empire, and also went on to direct/write the non-Warhol film, Ciao Manhattan. Ivy's son Gunther was a child model and teen actor in Paris and the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band, Mandrake, before going on to become the vocalist and percussionist in the band Stagefright. Ivy occasionally performed with her son's band in the late nineties. During November 2004 she returned to New York temporarily to direct a film - The Dead Life. She is currently creating films in New York City.

Kristin Anderson is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist living and working in Manhattan. Her work explores interrelations, interpretations and influences of the concepts of identity, human nature, context, perspective, the role of the image, and the role of the viewer.

Her photography, video, internet and installation work is exhibited internationally, including at Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art (MONA), MI; Herziliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; USF Contemporary Art Museum, FL; Lancaster Museum of Art, PA; Gigantic Art Space, NYC; Pablo's Birthday, NYC; LMCC, NYC; KMG Gallery, NYC; Rocket Projects, Miami; Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY; Nese Alpan Gallery, NY; and art events in Japan, Australia, The Netherlands and Russia. Her work is in the collection of The Tate Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Rhode Island School of Design and others. Anderson is on the advisory board for NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Blue Andy, mixed media on paper (2007) by Steve Joester
Mickey (Michelangelo series), mixed media (2006) by Ultra Violet

Amy Cohen Banker has been around the New York and international art scene for over twenty years. Banker admires Warhol's strong use of portrait as landscape, his Involvement with repetition and current events as subject matter. Her most recent acting work is in Ivy Nicholson's "The Dead Life" which also includes her daughter Meredith Banker as another character. Amy also worked with Ultra Violet on a Delaware County Museum exhibition.  Amy Banker has been featured in many solo and group shows in the U.S. and beyond.

Using the mediums of photography, digital prints, video installation, and sculpture, Sandra Bermudez delves into issues of gender, explores the conventions associated with love and sex, and presents the paradoxes of human nature in dealing with these very primal emotions. In her latest work, Sandra Bermudez reflects on cultural values of our pop-culture oriented society, and an accompanying loss of selfhood in its main-stream. In her letter-shaped Mylar balloons installations, Sandra Bermudez utilizes them as ephemeral, mobile sculptures. With the use of text she makes an analogy between balloons and interpersonal relationships.

Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, illustrator, children's book author, and performer living in New York City. Von Buhler uses traditional as well as unconventional media: painting, sculpture, performance, video projection, installation, living fauna, collage, photography, human detritus, and electronic audio. In March 2006, Art & Antiques named von Buhler as "one of the top contemporary surrealists", however, she has also been linked to the Fluxus movement. Von Buhler's illustrations have appeared in more than a thousand magazines, books, publications, billboards, and CDs.  Howard Stern owns a portrait of himself painted by von Buhler, while Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, bought von Buhler’s portraits of Madonna and Jimi Hendrix, both of which were featured in his magazine. Von Buhler's work is also in hundreds of private and public collections all over the world. Von Buhler’s solo exhibit, Flora, Fauna, and Flame, is currently held at The Staten Island Museum of Arts & Science from April – June 2007.

Cameron Crawford is an emerging and Chicago-based artist who makes sculptures out of commonplace things – cups, newspapers, electric fans, poison. The sculptures do not offer transformation and nothing transcends; they depict commonplace things – boxes, chairs, doorstops, ointment. Cups are stuck as cups, the poison stays poisonous.
Cameron Crawford graduated with BFA from the School of Art Institute in 2006. His work was exhibited in one solo show and in several group exhibitions.

T. R. Ericsson is a multi-media artist based in New York. He publishes bi-annually a limited edition of art serial called Thirst Magazine. Some issues include editions of screen prints. The aesthetics of screen printing and advertising are a nod to Andy Warhol, for whom appropriating existing images was standard practice.  Ericsson will create an edition of Thirst (no.12) for the exhibition.

Thirst
began in 2001, appearing in New York at bookstores and museum shops including The New Museum, St. Mark’s Books and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. In 2004 the artist Maurizio Cattellan purchased issues of Thirst Magazine and reproduced one of the page designs in his magazine made from magazines, Permanent Food. In 2006, a documentary film, which had formed a part of Thirst no. 8, The Year of the Motorcycle, (an installation for The Progressive Art Collection) was shown at The Cleveland International Film Festival. Editions of Thirst Magazine have been included in The Rockefeller Libraries Serials Department, The Ingalls Library at The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection in Chicago.

Warhol: Factory Now was inspired by Cynthia von Buhler's curatorial project, Andy Warhol: In His Wake, which was on view at he Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery, NY, Feb. 22 - March 14, 2007.