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CUL-DE-SAC, Iteration  #8, Yanka Kostova, Pete Moran, Paolo Piscitelli, Lisa Sigal and Jeannie WeissglassEvolving group ...
12/04/2022

CUL-DE-SAC, Iteration #8, Yanka Kostova, Pete Moran, Paolo Piscitelli, Lisa Sigal and Jeannie Weissglass

Evolving group exhibition open Fri-Sun 12-6pm with a closing reception next Sunday, Dec 11, 12-7pm



“Time is neither linear nor circular; it is excremental.” - Charles Bernstein, 'Me and My Pharaoh…'

Over the course of the group show, ‘Cul-de-sac’, an artwork or series of works had been added to the exhibition each week up until iteration number seven in week seven when the gallery space appeared to be full. The earlier iterations’ linear push into the gallery’s cul-de-sac-like space had been connected with the later iterations' circling back toward the entrance, effectively circumnavigating the gallery. Yet, in this week number ten of the exhibition an eighth iteration is added—the iteration/week sequence now out of synch—with nine more works by five artists. It appears that a gallery once full can still be filled some more. This eighth iteration—perhaps the last before closing ‪on Sunday, December 11‬—is an infusion of art from all directions, a break in the curatorial “sentencing” of the previously installed works: A theophanic rupture, one might say, in ‘Cul-de-sac’’s established space-time continuum…

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1) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Eden (a sculpture of the world that has nothing in common with the world)’ 2022, grey-nero alabaster, h. 9 in.

2) Lisa Sigal, ‘In Free Fall (diamond)’ 2022, acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas, 41 x 37 in.

3) Yanka Kostova, ‘Sand Pit’ 2022, graphite on paper, 7 x 5 in.

4) Yanka Kostova, ‘Mayfly’ 2022, graphite on paper, 7 x 5 in.

5) Pete Moran, ‘False / Silent / Fire’ 2022, metal, wire, plug, dimensions variable

6) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Piccola scultura cruciforme’ (2022), glazed terra-cotta, h. 5.5 in.

7) Yanka Kostova ‘Grain Silo’ 2021, graphite on paper, 5 x 7 in.

8) Jeannie Weissglass, ‘Luna Legs’ 2022, Kitpas on paper, 19 x 25 in.

9) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Desiderio, eterna notte’ 2022, bruno caramella alabaster and Italian agate inlays, h. 16 in.




CUL-DE-SAC, Iteration  #8, Yanka Kostova, Pete Moran, Paolo Piscitelli, Lisa Sigal and Jeannie WeissglassEvolving group ...
12/03/2022

CUL-DE-SAC, Iteration #8, Yanka Kostova, Pete Moran, Paolo Piscitelli, Lisa Sigal and Jeannie Weissglass

Evolving group exhibition open Fri-Sun 12-6pm with a closing reception Sunday, Dec 11, 12-7pm



“Time is neither linear nor circular; it is excremental.” - Charles Bernstein, 'Me and My Pharaoh…'

Over the course of the group show, ‘Cul-de-sac’, an artwork or series of works had been added to the exhibition each week up until iteration number seven in week seven when the gallery space appeared to be full. The earlier iterations’ linear push into the gallery’s cul-de-sac-like space had been connected with the later iterations' circling back toward the entrance, effectively circumnavigating the gallery. Yet, in this week number ten of the exhibition an eighth iteration is added—the iteration/week sequence now out of synch—with nine more works by five artists. It appears that a gallery once full can still be filled some more. This eighth iteration—perhaps the last before closing ‪on Sunday, December 11‬—is an infusion of art from all directions, a break in the curatorial “sentencing” of the previously installed works: A theophanic rupture, one might say, in Cul-de-sac’s established space-time continuum…

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1) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Eden (a sculpture of the world that has nothing in common with the world)’ 2022, grey-nero alabaster, h. 9 in.

2) Lisa Sigal, ‘In Free Fall (diamond)’ 2022, acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas, 41 x 37 in.

3) Yanka Kostova, ‘Sand Pit’ 2022, graphite on paper, 7 x 5 in.

4) Yanka Kostova, ‘Mayfly’ 2022, graphite on paper, 7 x 5 in.

5) Pete Moran, ‘False / Silent / Fire’ 2022, metal, wire, plug, dimensions variable

6) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Piccola scultura cruciforme’ (2022), glazed terra-cotta, h. 5.5 in.

7) Yanka Kostova ‘Grain Silo’ 2021, graphite on paper, 5 x 7 in.

8) Jeannie Weissglass, ‘Luna Legs’ 2022, Kitpas on paper, 19 x 25 in.

9) Paolo Piscitelli, ‘Desiderio, eterna notte’ 2022, bruno caramella alabaster and Italian agate inlays, h. 16 in.




Eric Heist, 29 moons representing a month and a day from ‘355 Moons’ (2022) exhibited in the evolving group show ‘Cul-de...
11/13/2022

Eric Heist, 29 moons representing a month and a day from ‘355 Moons’ (2022) exhibited in the evolving group show ‘Cul-de-sac’ open thru Dec 11

These are the moons that caused iteration no. 7’s “surprising tidal surge outward” filling the gallery cul-de-sac.

Eric Heist will be in the gallery today, Sun 11/13, to welcome visitors from 4-6pm.



Eric Heist, from ‘355 Moons’, 2022, silkscreen on paper, 11 x 11" ea. 

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‘Cul-de-sac’ iteration no. 5 adds Leslie Brack’s meditative watercolors depicting garbage dumpsters and shipping contain...
10/29/2022

‘Cul-de-sac’ iteration no. 5 adds Leslie Brack’s meditative watercolors depicting garbage dumpsters and shipping containers, as well as a “harvesting” extracted from the walls of Brad Benischek’s solo exhibition, ‘Ghost City,’ which had been installed in the former Cathouse FUNeral in 2015.

The first few weeks found us entering ‘Cul-de-sac’ via Michael Ashkin and Patrick Killoran’s linear representations, leading us up to and even through the gallery’s furthermost windowed wall where Jeannie Weissglass’s looped animation now chirps—adding an aural element to the exhibition—while Justin Sterling’s ‘Broken Windows’ loom above. With this week's addition of Brack’s watercolors and Benischek’s harvesting, which, too, are installed pushed up against this furthermost wall, it’s as if like flotsam the art has drifted there to the limit of the gallery’s cul-de-sac-like space. Over the second half of the exhibition art will begin to fill back in toward the entrance, as we remain cognizant that each week’s iteration must maintain its own distinctly fulfilling experience. Come see.




The images included here are three watercolors by Leslie Brack, each approx. 12x12”, and Brad Benischek’s ‘Ghost City’ being harvested after closing at Cathouse FUNeral in 2015. The framed Benischek harvesting is graphite, shellac and pigment on plastered gypsum board, 50x31”

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‘Cul-de-sac’ iteration  #4: This fourth week of the group exhibition, ’Cul-de-sac’, adds three broken windows by Justin ...
10/21/2022

‘Cul-de-sac’ iteration #4: This fourth week of the group exhibition, ’Cul-de-sac’, adds three broken windows by Justin Sterling



Also, Oct 19 Sterling opens his first solo museum exhibition at The San Diego Museum of Art titled ‘Chapel of the Rocks.’




Pictured: Justin Sterling’s ‘Orange Chapel’ at Cathouse Proper in 2020

‘Cul-de-sac’ is an evolving group exhibition where new work is added to the installation each week, drawing out the general form of a cul-de-sac both in time and space. Sterling's broken windows first graced the Cathouse Proper program two years ago in a solo show titled ‘Orange Chapel’ (pictured). For ‘Cul-de-sac’ we will install three of Sterling’s broken windows in the gallery’s top three window bays.

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Wed. morning 10/19 at 9:30 AM EST Cathouse Proper’s founding director, David Dixon, will be in conversation with artist ...
10/19/2022

Wed. morning 10/19 at 9:30 AM EST Cathouse Proper’s founding director, David Dixon, will be in conversation with artist and educator Achia Anzi in New Delhi, India at O.P. Jindal Global University; this international exchange about the tenth year of the Cathouse FUNeral / Proper gallery project will be held on Zoom, details are at cathouseproper.com, link in bio.








Artforum Must See: CUL-DE-SAC  open Fri-Sun 12-6pm thru Dec 11.Each week the group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac,’ adds a new ...
10/14/2022

Artforum Must See: CUL-DE-SAC open Fri-Sun 12-6pm thru Dec 11.

Each week the group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac,’ adds a new artwork or series of works by an artist to the overall installation with each iteration aesthetically and conceptually considered as the exhibition builds towards its end on December 11.

‘Cul-de-sac’ is currently in Week 2 with both Michael Ashkin and Patrick Killoran installed. Follow here for updates regarding the weekly additions to the exhibition.



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Artforum Must See: CUL-DE-SAC  open Fri-Sun 12-6pm thru Dec 11.Each week the group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac,’ adds a new ...
10/07/2022

Artforum Must See: CUL-DE-SAC open Fri-Sun 12-6pm thru Dec 11.

Each week the group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac,’ adds a new artwork or series of works to the overall installation with each iteration considered on its own as the exhibition builds towards its end on December 11.

‘Cul-de-sac’ is currently in Week 2 with both Michael Ashkin and Patrick Killoran installed. Follow here for updates regarding the weekly additions and alterations to the exhibition.



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CUL-DE-SAC week 2 adds Patrick Killoran’s ‘Infrastructure (Red)’ a variable polyptych, the number of segments being dete...
10/07/2022

CUL-DE-SAC week 2 adds Patrick Killoran’s ‘Infrastructure (Red)’ a variable polyptych, the number of segments being determined by the width of the wall on which the work is displayed. This series of framed archival inkjet prints, each photographed in different locations, depict lengths of red utility pipe aligned horizontally to form an aggregate image of a single length of conduit.

For our group show, Cul-de-sac, ‘Infrastructure (Red)’ is installed in the gallery entry, its polyptych linearity leading one into the gallery cul-de-sac where Michael Ashkin’s ‘No.43’ (1996) already sits after having been installed in the first week of the exhibition. Each week a new artwork or series of works is added to the installation, each iteration considered on its own as the exhibition as a whole builds toward denouement on December 11.

Follow here for information, updates and events regarding the weekly additions and alterations to ‘Cul-de-sac’.

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Cathouse Proper at 524 Projects is open Fri-Sun, 12-6pm




‘Cul-de-sac,’ group exhibition opens Saturday, October 1, 12-6 pm  The group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac’, marks the beginni...
09/27/2022

‘Cul-de-sac,’ group exhibition opens Saturday, October 1, 12-6 pm

The group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac’, marks the beginning of the end for the Cathouse FUNeral / Proper gallery project in its current form. ‘Cul-de-sac’ is the first in a series of shows scheduled for the 2022-2023 season that will celebrate our ten years of art activity––and six years at 524 Projects––by meditating on cultural memory and its relationship to the art object as we bring the current gallery program to a close in June 2023.

Like the Cathouse FUNeral / Proper gallery project itself, which has been a years-long series of interrelated exhibitions, the group exhibition, ‘Cul-de-sac,’ will unfold sequentially over time, with new artwork added each week, revisiting several of the artists that we have worked with in the past, as well as a few artists new to the program.

Pictured here is a detail of Michael Ashkin’s sculpture ‘No. 43’ (1996) which will be installed on opening day in the empty main gallery space. Each week thereafter new work will be added to this ever-evolving exhibition, which will culminate on closing day, December 11.

Follow here for information, updates and events regarding the weekly additions and alterations to ‘Cul-de-sac’.

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Many thanks to Edward Gomez and brutjournal for covering my summer exhibition, 'Bank. Church. Cathouse.', in the context...
09/24/2022

Many thanks to Edward Gomez and brutjournal for covering my summer exhibition, 'Bank. Church. Cathouse.', in the context of the journal’s September issue focusing on the subject of conceptual art. Excerpts below, but get the whole article by joining the brutjournal community at brutjournal.com or following at

“Over the years, at both of his gallery spaces [Cathouse FUNeral and Cathouse Proper], Dixon often has shown the work of conceptual artists or artists whose works have displayed noticeable affinities with conceptual art’s sensibility and principles. In his own work, Dixon likes to overlap and tease out thematic relationships between numerous ideas simultaneously, making for imaginative concoctions that require time in which to be examined and fully comprehended. Often, his mixed-media installation works point to several different themes and simply invite — or demand — that viewers consider them and draw their own conclusions about how they might relate to each other. […]

Dixon told brutjournal about his interest in conceptual art and about his own ways of working in a manner that sometimes might seem to recall something of its spirit, even if he does not regard what he produces as conceptual art per se.

He said, ‘For me, conceptual art should not have any [physical] material of consequence and, if it does, it seems to me to betray the ethos of what I define as “conceptual art.”’He referred to the artist Yoko Ono’s brief instructional texts in her seminal conceptual-art book Grapefruit (1964), which invited — and required — readers to imagine (and, thereby, to realize, if only in their minds) the immaterial artworks those statements described. Dixon observed of such quintessential conceptual art, ‘You hold the sculpture — or whatever it might be — in your mind. Something you can’t actually make, although you can think about it and imagine it…’”

Image 2 from Yoko Ono's 'Grapefruit'

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Holy Books of Evil, aka The Books of Sin in ‘Bank. Church. Cathouse. (The Sins of the Father)’ an exhibition by Cathouse...
07/09/2022

Holy Books of Evil, aka The Books of Sin in ‘Bank. Church. Cathouse. (The Sins of the Father)’ an exhibition by Cathouse FUNeral / Proper founding director, David Dixon

139 Main Street, Beacon, NY thru July 17, Fridays-Sundays, 12-6pm



From the press release:
The exhibition subtitle “The Sins of the Father” references an eponymous book written in 1912 by the infamous Thomas F. Dixon, Jr., author of ‘The Clansman’ (1905) and its adaptation to script for the film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (1915). Although there is no direct family relation between this author Dixon and our artist Dixon, over the years, the artist has been investigating shared cultural overlaps. The artist Dixon has meaningfully manipulated and installed a first edition copy of the author Dixon’s ‘The Sins of the Father’; it sits near the wall/altar functioning as a kind of liturgical “holy book of evil.”

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All works pictured are by David Dixon, 2022. All the books are early 20th century and written by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. Materials are bronze, copper, stainless steel, rusty nails (some taken from shipping pallets), silver solder, fabric, ink, graphite, etc. Several of the books have interior drawings.


‘Bank. Church. Cathouse. (The Sins of the Father)’ in Beacon, NYa solo exhibition by Cathouse FUNeral / Proper founding ...
07/08/2022

‘Bank. Church. Cathouse. (The Sins of the Father)’ in Beacon, NY

a solo exhibition by Cathouse FUNeral / Proper founding director, David Dixon, in collaboration with Beacon’s Mother Gallery

139 Main Street, Beacon, NY



a ten-minute walk from Dia and the Metro North Beacon train station

July 2 - 17, 2022
Fridays - Sundays, 12-6pm

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The images are of the installation of several works by Dixon within the historic Mechanic’s Savings Bank that until recently was the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church. The symbol painted on the “back” of the plywood “altarpiece” is a combination of the diamond shaped Kongo cosmogram or “four moments of the sun” and the Celtic sun cross, a symbol later appropriated by the Klan. Both of which center a cross and both of which include allusions to the sun, however the Kongo image represents the sun in motion whereas the Celtic sun is singular. The painting in the vault is titled ‘Reparations!’ (2010) and includes a photo reproduction from a museum catalog of a Fang reliquary object, the basket of which is filled with silk screened reproductions of skulls drawn by Da Vinci in an attempt to locate the sensus communis. The painting leans against plastered sheetrock “harvestings” preserved from the original Cathouse FUNeral gallery that closed in 2017. The three paneled, hinged altarpiece that opens to embrace the vault is the reconfigured plywood floor (with some additional elements) harvested from the recent Cathouse Proper group exhibition titled ‘Diasporic Entropic Diremption and the Cross-Cultural Cross’. The piece on the pedestal is a manipulated first edition book titled ‘The Sins of the Father’ published in 1912 by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr., infamous author of both ‘The Clansman’ (1905) and the book’s adaptation to film as ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (1915).

‘Bank. Church. Cathouse.’ opening tomorrow, Saturday, noon-7pm in Beacona solo exhibition by Cathouse FUNeral / Proper f...
07/01/2022

‘Bank. Church. Cathouse.’ opening tomorrow, Saturday, noon-7pm in Beacon

a solo exhibition by Cathouse FUNeral / Proper founding director, David Dixon

139 Main Street, Beacon, NY



A ten minute walk from Dia and the Metro North Beacon train station.

July 2 - 17, 2022

opening weekend:
Saturday, July 2, 12-7pm;
Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 12-6pm

general hours:
Fridays - Sundays, 12-6pm

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The images are of the installation in progress in the building that was originally the Mechanic’s Savings Bank that then became the Star of Bethlehem Church, and now, for a time, will be Cathouse FUNeral / Proper.

‘Bank. Church. Cathouse. (The Sins of the Father)’an installation by David Dixon opening Saturday, July 2,  12-7pm139 Ma...
06/28/2022

‘Bank. Church. Cathouse.
(The Sins of the Father)’

an installation by David Dixon

opening Saturday, July 2, 12-7pm

139 Main Street
Beacon , NY

Cathouse FUNeral / Proper, a gallery project based in Brooklyn and directed by artist David Dixon, is partnering with Beacon’s own Mother Gallery, directed by artist Paola Oxoa, to produce an installation conceived and executed by Dixon for the historic Mechanic’s Savings Bank on Main Street that, until recently, had been occupied by the Star of Bethlehem Church. The installation takes into consideration these generations of building use by installing, in the building’s vast main space, a free-standing wall evoking an altarpiece, which embraces, through its form and proximity, the bank’s original, in situ vault. The wall/altar is constructed like a stage set and built from what Dixon calls “harvestings,” physical remnants (in this case, sheetrock and plywood) preserved from the design conditions of his gallery’s past exhibitions, then repurposed for off-site construction and installation…

Ten-minute walk from Dia and the Beacon Metro North train station.

opening weekend:
Saturday, July 2, 12-7pm;
Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 12-6pm
general hours:
Fridays - Sundays, 12-6pm

Free Admission

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Final Day: Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’  open today, Sunday, 12-6pm, with a closing reception with the artist from 4-6pm ...
06/26/2022

Final Day: Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’ open today, Sunday, 12-6pm, with a closing reception with the artist from 4-6pm

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Final Weekend, Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’ open thru Sunday 12-6pm  Closing reception with the artist Sunday from 4-6pm....
06/24/2022

Final Weekend, Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’ open thru Sunday 12-6pm

Closing reception with the artist Sunday from 4-6pm.

detail 1 : ‘If a tree...’ 2022, Cut logs, mixed textiles, metal staples, hardware, nylon cord, miscellaneous lumber, dimensions variable

detail 2: ‘The Angel of History,’ 2013, Miscellaneous lumber, steel cable, hardware, dimensions variable

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‘If a tree…’ solo exhibition by Elena Herzog open thru June 26, Thurs-Sun 12-6pm  Manipulated, vertically stacked logs, ...
06/02/2022

‘If a tree…’ solo exhibition by Elena Herzog open thru June 26, Thurs-Sun 12-6pm

Manipulated, vertically stacked logs, loosely resembling a tree, emerge through an opening in the raw plywood platform and are tethered to the walls and ceiling. This tree-like form appears to provide a counterweight to another, more abstract assemblage suspended several feet away…

‘If a tree...’, 2022, Cut logs, mixed textiles, metal staples, hardware, nylon cord, miscellaneous lumber, dimensions variable

‘The Angel of History,’ 2013, Miscellaneous lumber, steel cable, hardware, dimensions variable

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1) panoramic photograph by Itty Neuhaus .neuhaus

2-3) photography by Dario Lasagni

Elana Herzog, ‘Sampling Today’, 2020, Mixed textiles, thread 18 x 18 inchesHerzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open this ...
05/29/2022

Elana Herzog, ‘Sampling Today’, 2020, Mixed textiles, thread 18 x 18 inches

Herzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open this holiday weekend Sat and Sun, 12-6pm

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Elana Herzog, ‘Friday Sampler’, 2020, Mixed textiles, thread, 16 x 16 inchesHerzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open this...
05/28/2022

Elana Herzog, ‘Friday Sampler’, 2020, Mixed textiles, thread, 16 x 16 inches

Herzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open this holiday weekend Sat and Sun, 12-6pm

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Elana Herzog, ‘Monday, June 22’, 2020, mixed textiles, thread, 19 x 19 inchesHerzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open thr...
05/27/2022

Elana Herzog, ‘Monday, June 22’, 2020, mixed textiles, thread, 19 x 19 inches

Herzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open thru June 26, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm

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Elana Herzog, ‘One Hard Won’, 2020, mixed textiles, sewing thread, 19.5 x 19 inchesHerzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is op...
05/26/2022

Elana Herzog, ‘One Hard Won’, 2020, mixed textiles, sewing thread, 19.5 x 19 inches

Herzog’s solo show ‘If a tree…’ is open thru June 26, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm

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Thank you Brooklyn Magazine and Vittoria Benzine for the coverage!  Elana Herzog will be in the gallery tomorrow, Sunday...
05/21/2022

Thank you Brooklyn Magazine and Vittoria Benzine for the coverage!

Elana Herzog will be in the gallery tomorrow, Sunday, May 22, 12-6pm. Campari spritzers will be served.

‘If a tree…’ thru June 26, Thurs-Sun 12-6pm

For the full article and other information please visit cathouseproper.com link in bio.


Frieze Week: site-specific, tailor-made, bespoke, couture (not off-the-rack) boutique art environment fully socially, ae...
05/20/2022

Frieze Week: site-specific, tailor-made, bespoke, couture (not off-the-rack) boutique art environment fully socially, aesthetically, and intellectually immersive…

‘If a tree…’ solo-show installation by Elana Herzog , Thurs - Sun, 12-6pm

Herzog will be present at her exhibition the entire day Sunday, May 22, 12-6pm, no doubt Campari spritzers will be served, come see…

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Working in MacDowell's Firth Studio earlier this year, artist  (MF 18, 22) prepared for her new site-specific installati...
05/14/2022

Working in MacDowell's Firth Studio earlier this year, artist (MF 18, 22) prepared for her new site-specific installation, and philosophical contemplation.

Reposted from

Elana Herzog, “If a tree…” open thru June 26, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm

The work features logs salvaged from the MacDowell forest, assembled into a 15-foot column bedecked in fabric strips that ascends floor to ceiling through a temporary, five-foot high platform encompassing the entirety of the gallery’s largest room. Cathouse desribes their augmented space as “container, support and element of the artwork;” it “is bifurcated into an above and below, conjuring iconic readings of division both literal and figurative, physical and psychic, conscious and unconscious, while creating a stratified landscape both natural and cultural.”

At the exhibition’s opening, visitors crouched beneath Elana’s platform to explore the sonically and spatially delineated space it creates, a compressed version of the gallery lit predominatly through the gallery’s windows. Some visitors extended their heads through narrow openings in the platfom to peer at the tree-like sculpture and the wooden mobile hanging nearby, a way to experience the work in momentary seclusion.

Up through June 26, the installation is best experienced in person!

photo of Elana with composer .elodia (22) and playwright (22), who came by the opening after meeting Elana during their overlapping MacDowell residencies earlier this year.

[Thank you MacDowell for the post and support!]



Opening Saturday, May 7,  2-7pm, Elana Herzog, ‘If a tree…’, solo show  from the press release: “Vertically stacked logs...
05/06/2022

Opening Saturday, May 7, 2-7pm, Elana Herzog, ‘If a tree…’, solo show

from the press release:
“Vertically stacked logs, loosely resembling a tree, emerge through an opening in the raw plywood platform and are tethered to the ceiling. This tree-like form appears to provide a counterweight to another, more abstract assemblage suspended several feet away. Clues as to what the finished installation will look like are derived from the pictured model [pict number 2] that has been provided by the artist. Another reference is Herzog’s earliest public installation ‘Place Setting’ (1991) [pict number 3], in which the table tops, sited outdoors and pierced by planted shrubs, are analogous to the platform in the gallery. Now working inside, and at a much larger scale, the gallery becomes both a container, support and element of the artwork; a vitrine for a diorama that the viewer can enter.”

To read the complete press release and more information please visit cathouseproper.com link in bio.

Picture number 1 was taken of the ‘If a tree…’ installation in progress.

The artist would like to thank the MacDowell artist’s residency Peterborough, New Hampshire, for their invaluable support in the production of this work.


Installation action going on for Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’ opening Sat. May 7, 2-7pm  From the press release:“…Herzog’...
05/03/2022

Installation action going on for Elana Herzog’s ‘If a tree…’ opening Sat. May 7, 2-7pm

From the press release:
“…Herzog’s activities are essentially materialist. Her work aspires to undermine vertical hierarchies of categorization and interpretation by making plain the mechanics of its production. Relevant, then, is the horizontal platform in the gallery that introduces an unusual separation into the distinctly vertical orientation of the room. The gallery is bifurcated into an above and below, conjuring iconic readings of division both literal and figurative, physical and psychic, conscious and unconscious, while creating a stratified landscape both natural and cultural.”

For the entire press release and more information please visit cathouseproper.com (link in bio)


Elana Herzog, ‘If a tree...’, solo show opens Saturday, May 7, 2-7pm  Elana Herzog is an artist who has defied easy cate...
04/26/2022

Elana Herzog, ‘If a tree...’, solo show opens Saturday, May 7, 2-7pm

Elana Herzog is an artist who has defied easy categorization in her over thirty years of mature art making. Continuing her delphic approach, she is creating a new site-specific installation with Cathouse Proper in our exhibition space at 524 Projects. “Site specificity” arises here from Herzog’s spontaneous yet muscular address of the temporary elevated platform currently installed in the gallery. In typical fashion for the artist, the form of this exhibition has evolved out of ongoing conversations begun over the past year as she has absorbed our changing gallery environment. Recently at the MacDowell artists’ residency, Herzog has prepared elements for the installation that will be completed on site in the days prior to its opening on Saturday, May 7.

pictured: Elana Herzog’s model for the installation ‘If a tree…’

Final Day / Easter Sunday   Spritzers served from 2-7pm‘Diasporic Entropic Diremption and the Cross-Cultural Cross’ grou...
04/17/2022

Final Day / Easter Sunday


Spritzers served from 2-7pm

‘Diasporic Entropic Diremption and the Cross-Cultural Cross’

group show:
Al Bolton, Renée Cox, David Dixon, Ellwood C. Dixon, Frank Frances, Cécile Fromont, Daniel Swanigan Snow, and Nari Ward

pictured: David Dixon ‘Ascension’(2022) canvas, digital c-print, bronze, rusty nails

A very heartfelt thank you to all the show participants, including the Brooklyn Rail for its New Social Environment event, specifically Kathleen Cullen and Nick Bennet

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