Ruth Reader

Crocheting New York

BY RUTH READER AUGUST 18, 2011 New York City artist Agata Oleksiak, better known as Olek, met with GALO at her studio in the Lower Eastside late the night before the opening of her exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery entitled The Bad Artists Imitate, the Great Artists Steal. The studio was sparsely lit. Yarn cascaded off of stools, workbenches, desks, and pooled in haphazard mounds. Olek was working furiously.

A+S Works On The Farm

BY RUTH READER AUGUST 12, 2011 Legs folded, seated on a riser in a small black box theater at Triskelion Arts in Williamsburg, choreographer Sarah Capua directs two dancers, “Every relationship with the ground is important. Like you’re walking on sacred ground.” She unfolds her legs to model the delicate footsteps she describes.

Capua runs a start-up dance company alongside her long-time friend and collaborator Audrey Ellis, called A+S Works (after their first names). They are working on their upcoming performance, Dakota, which is influenced by poet Kathleen Norris’ first work of nonfiction, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, 2001.

WE ARE: Cash, Guns, and Money

[caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sarah Frost Browning's Paper Gun @ NURTUREArts WE ARE exhibit."][/caption] BY RUTH READER AUGUST 4, 2011

A 50 caliber M2 lays loaded and ready on the ground next to a thousand-dollar stack of cash. One of the walls of this sparsely lit room is pocked with a dark viscous substance.  No, this is not a crime scene. This is NUTUREart’s WE ARE: exhibit Live and Let Die, presented by curatorial platform Fortress to Solitude...

A Present Van Gogh: The Art of Devin Westland

BY RUTH READER JUNE 28, 2011 GALO Magazine met Devin Westland at the Chelsea Hotel over the weekend to see his work presented at Art of Fashion’s pop-up gallery showing. Westland was one of nearly 40 artists to display his work in this month’s viewing. “That’s mine over there,” Westland said pointing to a vibrant landscape of fields set ablaze beneath a quiet blue sky. “What do you think?” he asked uneasily. Westland, a young 23-year-old, is still finding his footing as an artist.