The opening reception for Five Summer Suns comprised of “NYC’s five favored sons” will open tonight, June 19th, 6-9pm at Dorian Grey Gallery in the Lower East Side.
Stephen Lack, Louis Renzoni, Walter Robinson, James Romberger, and Conrad Vogel are each in their own right, an artist of some historical and present day importance. [Cover: St.Marie sur de Mer, James Romberger, pastel on paper, 2005.]
Dorian Grey’s Summer Prescription: Engage in the drama of tar soaked streets. Take terrific turns on the funhouse merry-go-round. Run off to the nether land of the cinema’s AC. Wade into the cool waters of summers past. Surrender to the endless fall of summer’s fever dreams.
A carnival of creative genius will fill the space of DG through August 3rd. I asked Christopher Pusey why this show is important, and had this to say:
Each of these artists has deep roots & connections to the history of the LES. Each has made some impact & influenced the next generation of artists that emerged from this neighborhood.
I have an over-abundance of mantras, but one that really sticks is always be in touch with history, engaged with the present, and contemplating the future. Otherwise you are surely misinformed. Getting to know these art heroes over time is an interesting journey.
What came from the Lower East Side art movement in the 1960s through the Nineties, didn’t necessarily stay in the Lower East Side. And while as individual artists recognition has come, it is probably yet to be fully realized their influence on art on a global scale. If not in the making of the object, then in the influence that the art scene gave overall to the artistic freedom engendered in the rogue vibe in one of the most influential cities in the world, and at that particular moment.
And perhaps Conrad will wear these boots again!