Smack Mellon is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new projects by New York-based artist Yoko Inoue and Colorado-based artist Jeanne Quinn. 

Yoko Inoue’s latest multimedia installation Mandala Flea Market Mutants: Pop Protocol and the Seven Transformations of Good-luck National Defense Cats transforms the front gallery into a maze of vending booths derived from traditional Japanese temple fairs. Inoue’s subversive marketplace installation links aspects of Japanese sub, pop and political culture through a fantastic assortment of hybridized objects, many hand cast from mass produced items found in multicultural urban markets. Inoue will be on site for the duration of the exhibition, transforming the marketplace even further into a “thinking place” not limited to commerce.

Jeanne Quinn’s site-specific wall installation, LaceMath, is based on a piece of seventeenth-century Italian lace. The complex lace pattern, reconstructed in a CAD program as a wireframe drawing, is set in virtual space at a curved angle and then produced in vinyl. By pressing pins and stitching wire into the wall, Quinn builds out 3D sphere shapes based on the altered lace pattern. The intricate monochromatic installation hovers between a 2D and 3D space engaging both reality and imagination.


This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Concordia Foundation, Jerome Foundation and Smack Mellon’s Members.  

Smack Mellon’s programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and with generous support from The New York Community Trust, The Greenwall Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, Bloomberg, The Greenwich Collection LTD, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, 2012 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.

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