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Patty Chang
Gate Remains Partially Impaired (video still)

Chapter Two: Liar

June 23 – July 30, 2010

Manuel Acevedo
Patty Chang
Tim Davis
Jackie Gendel
Scott Hug
Carol Irving
Ezra Johnson
Elisabeth Subrin

Curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud

Holland Cotter for The New York Times
Leslie Minora for The Village Voice

LUSH LIFE is an exhibition curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud which takes place at nine Lower East Side (LES) galleries: Collette Blanchard Gallery, Eleven Rivington, Invisible-Exports, Lehmann Maupin, On Stellar Rays, Salon 94, Scaramouche, Sue Scott Gallery, and Y Gallery. LUSH LIFE adopts Richard Price’s 2008 novel to title and organize the exhibition. The novel is set in the contemporary LES and through a murder investigation exposes the dynamically changing community of the neighborhood, which despite its evolution retains a ghostly and vital link to its layered past. The deep and varied history of the LES now includes the LES galleries as new community members, and the premise of community is reflected in the cooperative nature of the galleries’ and artists’ participation in the exhibition which uses Price’s novel to critically consider concepts of neighborhood and change.

Each gallery will host a sub-exhibition reflecting the idea of one of the nine chapters in the book. The curators selected one artist from each gallery to participate in the exhibition and solicited from each of them one additional artist recommendation of an artist not from one of the nine participating galleries (nine total recommendations). The curators then supplemented this base group of eighteen artists to complete nine sub-exhibitions, ranging in size from three to ten artists. LUSH LIFE will be the present for what will become a living ghost to the future form into which the LES will inevitably morph.

On Stellar Rays presents chapter two, Liar. In Liar, the recollection and recounting of events is ambiguous. Likewise, works in the exhibition deal with misrepresentation, shifting identities and spaces, and doubtful narratives.

Contact Candice Madey candice@OnStellarRays.com for more information.