Feature Inc. 131 Allen Street New York NY 10012 212.675.7772 Wed-Sun 12-6

Thinking outside the box since 1984. Under Hudson's visionary leadership, Feature continues to present an evolving lineup of artists both old and young, American and international, emerging and established. Following some of the most interesting unbeaten paths out there.

02/13/2015
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Hello all,

As some of you may be aware Featureinc.com is no longer accessible due to circumstance out of our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused!

However, we received the news this morning that you can now access the website at the following address; www.featureinc.info

Thank you,
Meghan

Feature Inc. is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting painting, drawing, photography and sculpture by established and emerging American and international artists in New York City since 1988.

10/08/2014

Humbled, amazed, blessed, honored, grateful, awestruck, tickled, touched, amused and entertained…only some adjectives to describe our family’s emotions last night. Try as we might to find some words to convey our thoughts; the fact remains, there are no words.

As his family, we’d like to validate that the Hudson you described is exactly as we knew him. He was who he was and by his own design. In Connecticut, there was no Feature, no Creatures he was simply Hudson and/or Uncle Hudson. What he did bring back to West Haven was his sense of humor (from Dad Harold aka Huts), the need to hand scrub the floor (that would be Mom Aileen’s aka Billie’s doing).

Last night’s speakers obviously knew and loved him so well; the depth of your love for him and your willingness to share it with us was comforting beyond measure. ‘Thank you’ is just nowhere near enough.

To all of you whom we met last night…more comfort was drawn by putting faces to names, revisiting known faces and learning new names and faces. Thank you so much for coming and staying to say hello.

And to Steve and David…you achieved perfection in honoring Hudson. From the venue to the speakers and to every detail in between it was more than we could have imagined. Thank you so very, very much.

We’re sorry we couldn't talk longer to everyone, feel free to post us your thoughts here – we’d love to hear from you.

With warmest regards,
Thomas, Jim, Patricia and Meghan

Two beautiful memorials have been planned for October in memory and honor of Hudson. We would like to extended the invit...
08/22/2014

Two beautiful memorials have been planned for October in memory and honor of Hudson. We would like to extended the invite to you, all are welcomed.

** Please note the change in location for the public memorial on October 7, 2014.

07/14/2014

Sadly, we are taking pen to paper to let you know that effective June 30, 2014, Feature Inc. vacated 131 Allen Street. Hudson always knew he did not want the gallery to continue without him; and we always knew it could not continue without him, he was the life, vision and force behind its success.
It has been five months of an incredibly difficult journey. Hudson’s passing left a tremendous void for many who knew him personally, as well as, the art world at large. He enriched so many lives. We want to thank those of you who took the time to write and tell us your Hudson stories – and what stories he inspired! Please know that even if we haven’t responded yet, we will, and know that your kindness and words gave us comfort and strength (and at times a chuckle) at a time when it was most needed.

Although Feature is closed, Hudson’s passion will always remain. Check back periodically, and keep in touch either here or through Facebook. Our thoughts and plans are evolving, but we intend to keep his legacy alive.

Again, thank you for your understanding, support and kindness. The depth of friendships and loyalties Hudson developed and inspired give us yet another reason to be so proud to call him our brother.

Warmest Regards,
Thomas, Jim and Patricia Hudson

Feature's planned exhibition is going ahead. Please join us.
02/20/2014

Feature's planned exhibition is going ahead. Please join us.

Timeline Photos
02/13/2014

Timeline Photos

02/13/2014

It is with deep regret that we announce Hudson's death on Sunday, February 9th, 2014.

Intrepid gallerist. Loyal friend. Generous spirit.

JUDY LINNMy Land/Patti Smith and Other Things photographs by Judy LinnEsther Massry GalleryCollege of Saint Rose1002 Mad...
02/03/2014

JUDY LINN
My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things
photographs by Judy Linn

Esther Massry Gallery
College of Saint Rose
1002 Madison Av
Albany NY
gallery reception 5-7 pm

artist lecture 7 pm
Saint Joseph Auditorium
985 Madison Avenue
Albany NY

exhibition continues thru 28 February 2014

JUDY LINN "Patti, closed eyes (from Radio Ethiopia)", 1976

"My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things"
02/03/2014

"My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things"

"My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things"

17 January—3 MarchGalerie Samy Abraham43, rue Ramponeau 75020 Parisgallery@samyabraham.comfacebook.com/galeriesamyabraha...
01/20/2014

17 January—3 March
Galerie Samy Abraham
43, rue Ramponeau 75020 Paris
[email protected]
facebook.com/galeriesamyabraham
+ 33 1 43 58 04 16

17 January—3 March
Galerie Samy Abraham
43, rue Ramponeau 75020 Paris
[email protected]
facebook.com/galeriesamyabraham
+ 33 1 43 58 04 16

RICHARD KERNNaked and FamousA transgressive vision of human natureLa Térmica, Málaga17 January—11 AprilCurated by Lydia ...
01/19/2014

RICHARD KERN
Naked and Famous

A transgressive vision of human nature

La Térmica, Málaga
17 January—11 April

Curated by Lydia Lunch and Mario Martín Pareja

La Térmica presents American photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern’s ‘Naked & Famous’ series in Spain. “I see Richard Kern as a documentarian. His early films and photography captured a transitional moment in New York’s history, a time and place when extremes of passion, art and lust knew no boundaries. Where a collective of death defiant miscreants came together and laid bare their souls, their bodies and their obsessions, knowing full well that we were not alone in our urge to purge forth the bile of our existence. That there were other adrenaline addicts out there, rampaging through the blood soaked streets and between the bloody sheets in a collective mania that shot through the night skies of a decade riddled with the aftermath of all the failures and f**k ups that had come before us.” —Lydia Lunch, Artist and exhibition curator

Richard Kern’s 'Naked and Famous' solo show will open on January 17th at La Térmica, Málaga (Spain). Almost fifty original works by Richard Kern (North Carolina, USA, 1954) which seek to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature. This show brings together the portraits he’s been doing to celebrities from cinema, music, art and fashion scenes during more than three decades. We can see Nick Nolte, Crispin Glover, Vincent Gallo, Asia Argento, Marilyn Manson, Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Marina Abramovic, Richard Prince, Candice Boucher, Bruce La Bruce, and even Lydia Lunch, curator of the show and Cinema of Transgression primadonna.

A Peepshow box is added in the same artspace of the exhibition where visitors can watch Kern’s video pieces and films through a little window sitting on a high stool.Through his portraits, Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation. Kern is a regular contributor to Vice and Purple and has published 11 books, some of them with Taschen. His films and photographs have been exhibited at MOMA, The Whitney Museum and in more than 30 solo shows around the world. Some of his most memorable films are ‘Right Side of My Brain’ (1984), ‘Fingered’ (1986), ‘Submit to me Now’ (1987) and ‘Clean’ (2011). Kern has shot music videos for artists such as Marilyn Manson (‘Lunchbox’), King Missile (‘Love Is…’), The Breeders (‘Divine Hammer’), Sonic Youth (‘Death Valley ‘69’), and Is Tropical (‘Lover’s Cave’).

Contact [email protected]
Mario Martín +34 686 265 924

LISA BECKObservatoryGalerie Samy Abraham17 January–15 Marchopening reception Friday 17 January 5–9 pm43, rue Ramponeau 7...
01/17/2014

LISA BECK
Observatory

Galerie Samy Abraham
17 January–15 March
opening reception Friday 17 January 5–9 pm
43, rue Ramponeau 75020 Paris
33.1.43.58.04.16 www.samyabraham.com

TRACY MILLERFood15 January–15 May 2014527 Madison Avenue Lobby Gallery entrance on 54th St.9 am–5 pm Monday through Frid...
01/16/2014

TRACY MILLER
Food

15 January–15 May 2014
527 Madison Avenue Lobby Gallery entrance on 54th St.
9 am–5 pm Monday through Friday

Nancy Shaver is the recipient of a 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.
01/16/2014

Nancy Shaver is the recipient of a 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.

11 January–16 February 2014Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pmTODD CHILTONStairs and RampsUpfrontROBERT FONTANELLIFeature Inc. welco...
01/11/2014

11 January–16 February 2014
Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pm

TODD CHILTON
Stairs and Ramps

Upfront
ROBERT FONTANELLI

Feature Inc. welcomes 2014 with "tairs and Ramps", an exhibition of geometric abstract paintings by Todd Chilton, and a humorous Upfront project by Robert Fontanelli, two works from his "Afterlife" series. The exhibitions opens on Saturday 11 January with a reception from 6-8 pm, and continues Wednesday-Sunday 11-6 pm, through 16 February.

Todd Chilton’s relatively small and intensely colored abstract paintings layer patterns that are bounded by the edge of the canvas, leading you to believe these paintings are easily graspable. The exhibition title, "Stairs and Ramps", references the flat and manipulated space of computer games and, as well, ways to move by foot or wheelchair through architectural space. At the same time, it is also just two ways to graphically read a triangle, the shape that is the basis of the patterns in most of these paintings. Titles of the paintings point to alternate readings of what may be initially perceived. Geometry is undermined by handedness. As the artist has noted, all these things “serve to create a situation in which the viewer becomes aware of the experience of looking. I want to create images that convey at once a sense of ambiguity, purposefulness, and humor. At times they have a sense of openness on one hand and resistance on the other. I am interested in what happens in the middle. Meaning comes through determined imprecision, broken or sagging structures, and the obvious hand that created the painting. This underscores the physical experience that takes place between a viewer and my work through surface, scale, and optical qualities, which subvert, or sustain, a sense of balance.”

Todd Chilton lives and works in Chicago. "Stairs and Ramps" is his second solo exhibition with Feature Inc. Previous solo exhibitions include "Angled", Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL; "Evens", Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT; "For January", Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL; Lawrence University, Appleton, WI; Raw & Co., Cleveland, OH; and The Suburban, Oak Park, IL. Recent group exhibitions include "Self-referral Nonobjective" at Feature Inc., New York; "bodybraingame" at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; "Big Youth II", Bourouina Gallery, Berlin; Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago; Bellstreet Projects, Vienna; 65 Grand, Chicago; and Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Todd received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, and a BFA from Brigham Young University in 2002.

Robert Fontanelli hangs in the Feature Upfront with two pieces from his "Afterlife" series, a body of work that explores sexuality, taste, and status by amusingly conflating furniture, fashion, and the body. Robert received his BFA from Pratt Institute, and since the ’80s he has worked extensively as an art director for fashion and beauty campaigns.

11 January—16 February
01/11/2014

11 January—16 February

11 January—16 February

ROBERT FONTANELLI:  Twinks in Prouvé Amphitheater Seats, 2014; tiled 8.5 x 11” archival inkjet prints; 92.5 x 62”Upfront
01/11/2014

ROBERT FONTANELLI: Twinks in Prouvé Amphitheater Seats, 2014; tiled 8.5 x 11” archival inkjet prints; 92.5 x 62”
Upfront

ROBERT FONTANELLI:  Clay Ketter Kitchen Cabinet Wrap, 2014; tiled 8.5 x 11” archival inkjet prints; 110 x 77”Upfront
01/11/2014

ROBERT FONTANELLI: Clay Ketter Kitchen Cabinet Wrap, 2014; tiled 8.5 x 11” archival inkjet prints; 110 x 77”
Upfront

Timeline Photos
01/11/2014

Timeline Photos

NANCY SHAVER "Flannel #1", 2012; wooden blocks, American fabric, Japanese fabric, Flashe acrylic paint, house paint; 10....
12/21/2013

NANCY SHAVER "Flannel #1", 2012; wooden blocks, American fabric, Japanese fabric, Flashe acrylic paint, house paint; 10.5 x 34.5 x 3.75” overall, 1.5” spacing between parts

December 5-8
12/07/2013

December 5-8

December 5-8

Timeline Photos
12/02/2013

Timeline Photos

KINKE KOOI  "the flower and her inner focus"21 November–22 December 2013, Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pmFeature Inc. ends the y...
11/29/2013

KINKE KOOI "the flower and her inner focus"

21 November–22 December 2013, Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pm

Feature Inc. ends the year with "the flower and her inner focus", recent works on paper by Kinke Kooi, and an Upfront project by Ned Snider. Text, narrative, and line are the elements that brought together the two exhibitions, which opened on 21 November and continue through 22 December 2013.

During an opening-day discussion between Kinke Kooi and Hudson, the artist said:

“For me, in a strange way, decoration has to do with making connections. That’s why I fill in spaces in between: to dissolve opposition. To be overwhelmed by nature is to dissolve into a bigger whole. It is an inclusive situation, which for me is the same as a domestic situation."

"Inviting strangers into your house can create complications. It is the same with ideas: to be open to new information also creates complications. I have always been suspicious of purity. Purity discriminates. Purity is about exclusion rather than inclusion. When one is open to guests and new ideas, it interrupts one’s autonomy. I like that thought. I want to promote hospitality."

"I don’t think anybody is entirely male or entirely female. Maybe that is why I like gradients—one thing bleeding into another thing. When I was young I sometimes felt more like a male; when I had my children I became more female. Now, with menopause, I am more male again. I love this element of change."

"I believe things should be allowed to mix. After I had my daughter I became more interested than ever in the images that she would see in her lifetime. I was shocked by how one-dimensional images of women still are in our culture. I call that visual loneliness. I think femininity still deserves and needs to be visualized from more perspectives. I would like to fill in these gaps in our visual information.”

Kinke Kooi was born in 1961 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and attended the Academy for the Visual Arts in Arnhem, where she still lives with her husband and two children. Kooi has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, among other venues. Her work was recently on view as part of “Contemporary Surrealist Drawings from Rotterdam: The Collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen” at the Institut Néerlandais, Paris. Kinke Kooi began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 1999 and we are excited to host her fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.

Ned Snider’s abstractions take cues from text and graphic design and, with a sense of humor, push meaning away from the didactic and into the poetic. He was born in New Jersey in 1975 and attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art, for his BFA and Cranbrook Academy of Art for his MFA. Ned Snider lives and works in New York state. His work was recently included in Feature Inc.’s summer 2013 group exhibition "i want that inside me", and we are delighted to have him visiting again with this Upfront project.

November 21 to December 22 2013
11/29/2013

November 21 to December 22 2013

November 21 to December 22 2013

NED SNIDER "Untitled, Notes", after Jan Tschichold, 2013; acrylic paint, latex paint, spray enamel on wall; 30 x 30”; si...
11/29/2013

NED SNIDER "Untitled, Notes", after Jan Tschichold, 2013; acrylic paint, latex paint, spray enamel on wall; 30 x 30”; site-specific wall painting; dimensions adaptable per site

NED SNIDER "Untitled, Tempers", after Jan Tschichold, 2013; acrylic paint, latex paint, spray enamel on wall; 72 x 72”; ...
11/29/2013

NED SNIDER "Untitled, Tempers", after Jan Tschichold, 2013; acrylic paint, latex paint, spray enamel on wall; 72 x 72”; site-specific wall painting; dimensions adaptable per site

21 November to 22 December
11/23/2013

21 November to 22 December

21 November to 22 December

Ned SniderUpfront
11/23/2013

Ned Snider
Upfront

21 November-22 December 2013reception Thursday 21 November 6-8 pm(closed Thursday & Friday 28, 29 November)KINKE KOOI'th...
11/18/2013

21 November-22 December 2013
reception Thursday 21 November 6-8 pm
(closed Thursday & Friday 28, 29 November)

KINKE KOOI
'the flower and her inner focus'

upfront
NED SNIDER

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Kinke Kooi: When Things Get Tense, 2013,
acrylic paint, graphite, colored pencil on paper, 40 x 26.5”

Ken Johnson reviewed David Shaw's exhibition at Feature in the New York Times.
11/04/2013

Ken Johnson reviewed David Shaw's exhibition at Feature in the New York Times.

DAVID SHAW'EAT OUT'17 October–16 November 2013, Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pmReception Thursday 17 October, 6–8 pm Eat Out evo...
10/19/2013

DAVID SHAW
'EAT OUT'

17 October–16 November 2013, Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pm
Reception Thursday 17 October, 6–8 pm

Eat Out evolved out of David Shaw’s questions surrounding our relationship to nature, his ongoing interests in sculpture as furniture/furniture as sculpture and what he sees as the permeable interface between matter and consciousness.

Tree limbs stand to support a landscape which is a table top, which is a wood framed mirror that by reflecting doubles its holdings, some of which are functional tableware, some of which are sculpture, and all of which are hand-blown glass. The glass is clear, so discussions of boundaries, transparency, appearance, and disappearance bubble up, and the line between these glass entities and their reflections is a lesson in discernment. Ditto for the distinguishability between sculpture and functional tableware. Many of these tabletop objects have limbs, projections, or emissions that burst or shoot out from a central form into the surrounding space, part celebration, part aggression, and perhaps part an attempt at reproduction. As well there are tree limbs, which come up from under and break through the mirror tabletops and establish a presence in the sky above. When looking into the sculpture, especially while seated for a dinner party and comparatively colorful and animated by our drinking, chewing, swallowing, and talking, we have an opportunity to opt out of the narcissistic interest in our reflection and be reminded that despite our intrusive presence in this still and ghostly landscape, we are indeed an integrated part of it.

Jesse Bransford has been engaged in graphically interpreting and recontextualizing images and information from occult, esoteric, and alternative belief systems. Recently he has moved from the theoretical position of his works on paper to a more practical one of developing and performing rituals to effect change. Using a synthesis of several magical systems, Aqua/Sal is a site-specific installation and rectification ritual for the artist David Shaw and seeks to realign Shaw’s historical dissonance with water and the watery forces in his life.

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