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VISIBLE ALTERNATIVE

VISIBLE ALTERNATIVE

An installation for The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for a New City

THIS SATURDAY ONLY
May 7th, 6PM-4AM
233 Mott St, 2nd FloorExhibition 

DJS Start at 10PM 
Presented by ARTIST ACCOMPLICES


Downtown Manhattan to Become a Dynamic Laboratory for Creative Thinking and Action 


Visible Alternative is an exploration and exploitation of established systems of artistic validation, 
specifically of contemporary nightlife and the social orientation, which encourages audience 
participation by offering a new-age Cedar Tavern redux. 

This installation re-conceives the role nightlife environments play in establishing standards of 
valuation. We demonstrate these systems breaching the gallery and museum realm into a social 
context but also note that social rituals of market validation are self-imposed and ultimately 
circumstantial. We consider the established practice of lifestyle branding and how the established 
generation of creatives have capitalized on their outsider status, ultimately becoming mainstream 
icons, a notion inspired by Ewen Cameron and Olivier Zahms’ discussion of the Underground on 
the Belvedere shoot (April 2008). 

Recalling Gavin Brown & Urs Fischer’s Whose Afraid of Jasper Johns?, the environment re- 
contextualizes spaces like Beatrice Inn, Boom Boom Room, Don Hills, The Jane, Lit, and Omen, 
creating a hybrid space within a former schoolroom. We contextualize these various spaces in 
terms of the historical relevance to the lineage of spaces like Cedar Tavern and Max’s Kansas 
City by highlighting the pluralistic nature of these environments and asking our audience to 
consider these spaces beyond their social context—as places to cultivate their professional selves. 

The work within the environment reinterprets structural systems of validation in terms of 
commercial currency of critical thinking. 

A live video stream of the party by Mikaela Bradbury will be projected back into the hybrid 
environment. We also offer Homework, a series of works created by emerging artists that 
consider systems of art validation with the social sphere and aesthetic inspirations culled from 
their participation in this world. The Yearbook – participants will augment with contacts they 
interact with as a means of tracking the connections forged throughout the evening – is an 
immediate, yet tangible, record of networking embedded in NY nightlife and demonstrates clubs 
aren’t only social hubs but extensions of academic training where we convene with mentors of 
established generations. 

These works are meant to encourage audience reflection about these spaces and how our 
exchanges within them ultimately contextualize our culture. How will our emerging generation 
redefine established standards? How will we utilize the technological tools of a globalized 
marketplace but return to an interactive dialog that engages our audience in a more direct 
manner? 

Visible Alternative offers a reinterpretation of signifiers of artistic validation and highlights their 
positive qualities: interdisciplinary pollination and art moving beyond cultural artifact into the 
realm of experience and interaction. 


ARTISTS 

ROLAND ALLMEYER 
ALBERTO ARENSBERG 
KORAKRIT ARUNANONDCHAI 
BRENT BIRNBAUM 
WILLIAM BOLTON 
MIKAELA BRADBURY 
VIOLET DENNINSON 
DAN DREKE 
NICK ETRE 
LESNY JN FELIX 
ERIK FOSS 
ALEX GINGROW 
SAGE GRAZER 
HARIF GUZMAN 
JOE KAY 
CURTIS KULIG 
SNEJINA LATEV 
PATRICK MEAGHER 
GARRETT PRUTER 
CARIS REID 
GRAYSON REVOIR 
RACHEL ROSSIN 
MICHAEL SCOGGINS 
NATALIE SHOOK 
KASPER SONNE 
RJ & V 
HANAH YOUNG 
EVA ZUCKERMAN 


PRESENTED BY ARTIST ACCOMPLICES 

SEAN KINNEY 
PJ MONTES 
SARAH STAUDINGER 
CECELIA STUCKER 
CASSIDY WEISS 
For more information: 

http://www.festivalofideasnyc.com/blog 
cstucker@me.com 
http://artistaccomplices.com

nevver:

Some velvet morning
I’ve always been a huge fan of Tristan Eaton. Not only did he help build our favorite downtown derelict dive Lit Lounge, Tristan’s Thunderdog Studio’s creative concepts consistently transcend the trends of street art today. His original designs and ideas never seem to fall short of incendiary. So it’s not surprising that the Thunderdog team are the first to artists to develop an anthology of 3D Art. Featuring artists Jeff Soto, Mint and Serf, Erik Foss, Andrew Bell, Ron English and many more.
http://www.amazon.com/3D-Art-Book-Tristan-Eaton/dp/3791345494

I’ve always been a huge fan of Tristan Eaton. Not only did he help build our favorite downtown derelict dive Lit Lounge, Tristan’s Thunderdog Studio’s creative concepts consistently transcend the trends of street art today. His original designs and ideas never seem to fall short of incendiary. So it’s not surprising that the Thunderdog team are the first to artists to develop an anthology of 3D Art. Featuring artists Jeff Soto, Mint and Serf, Erik Foss, Andrew Bell, Ron English and many more.

http://www.amazon.com/3D-Art-Book-Tristan-Eaton/dp/3791345494

artesoul:

streetart by Os Gêmeos (Grottaglie, Italy)

artesoul:

streetart by Os Gêmeos (Grottaglie, Italy)

(via fuckyeahstreetart)

pitchfork:

Photo by Brian DeRan.

BARSTOOL PROPHETS

mandateofheaven:

“Heaven Is A Place We Built Out of Stone”
A Mandate of Heaven Autumn Eleven/Winter Twelve Motion Picture Presentation
Part I: Only The Birds
Music, “Only The Birds” by Firehorse
http://www.thisisfirehorse.com/
All Clothing by Mandate of Heaven

*Note: This guy looks best in HD.

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WELL HUNG exhibition curated by our good friends MINT AND SERF

Surreal Photos of Subway Cars Being Thrown Into the Ocean