Smack Mellon is pleased to present Andrea Loefke’s site-specific installation Homecoming and LoVid’s latest project Roots No Shoots. These works, both by New York-based artists explore the cycles of systems – natural and electrical. German-born Andrea Loefke creates environments that crack open a well of associations for viewers, allowing them to weave their own story to believe and wonder. In this exhibition, she focuses on nature and the extremes of weather systems, creating an otherworldly environment out of everyday objects and found material. LoVid, the collaborative team of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus, manipulates raw electrical signals to explore the many ways in which the human body and mind observe and process both natural and technological environments. Their newest piece installed in the back gallery utilizes various types of devices from different technological eras to play recordings they created in true DIY fashion--with LoVid's handmade synthesizer instruments in combination with unique tools from Experimental TV Center. Their prismatic-patterned low-fi imagery glistens and illuminates a complex network of cables within an otherwise pitch-black room.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, 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 and Smack Mellon’s Members.
Special thanks to Sean Maher of Meathway Contracting, Experimental TV Center, and Lower East Side Ecology Center.
Smack Mellon’s programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., David & Minnie Berk Foundation, Exploring The Arts, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
We would like to thank The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Walentas family and Two Trees Management, Art Dealers Association of America Relief Fund, Dumbo Improvement District, Art F City, Richard Prince Studio, Mixed Greens Gallery, Gilbert MacKay Foundation, Athena Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Stephen Sollins, Niloo and Joe Steele, Creative Time Inc., Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, Inc., Allison and Tom Franco, St. Joseph High School, and all of the individuals who donated and volunteered to help us clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.