New Chelsea Gallery Show Features 'Woven' Work

By Meredith Hoffman on June 7, 2011 4:31pm 

By Meredith Hoffman

DNAInfo Reporter/Producer

CHELSEA — A new exhibit featuring works by Chuck Close, Alex Brown, Fabian Marcaccio, and Thomas Nozkowski opens Tuesday night.

The exhibition at BravinLee Gallery on West 26th Street at Tenth Avenue features pieces that appear to be woven, in an aesthetic meant to contrast a disconnected techonological age.

"The idea of weaving is old-fashioned," said gallery owner John Lee, 52. "Everyone made a potholder when they were young. Even on a social level, when you weave your perspective together with someone else's, you can merge."

Looking around at the vibrant colors, Lee admitted that his first decision for the show was to include Nozkowski's rug on the floor.

"It's rare to put a rug in a show, and I had to do it with purpose," he said.

Lee, who has owned the gallery with his partner, Karen Bravin, since 1991, said he hopes the show gets a warm reception, but that he can never predict the popularity of each exhibit.

"Everyone in this show is older than Jesus — the opposite of the New Museum's old show 'Younger than Jesus,'" he laughed.

The opening reception runs from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. The show runs through July 30.

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