Joe Amrhein’s gallery Pierogi just opened an additional exhibition space, the Boiler, located four blocks from the current location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Pierogi intends to use the old location for one-person exhibition and Pierogi’s Flat Files, while the more expansive Boiler allows Pierogi to mount larger-scale sculpture, painting, and installation exhibitions and present performances, readings and other events. The Boiler is a former factory boiler room with 40 foot ceilings.
The inaugural exhibition includes works by three gallery artists: Tavares Strachan, Yoon Lee, and Jonathan Schipper. Pierogi shows, for the first time in New York, Tavares Strachan’s The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want (Arctic Ice Project). The centerpiece of this installation is a 4.5 ton block of ice, brought from the arctic and kept frozen by the power of the sun in a solar powered glass freezer. Also on display at the Boiler: the twenty-foot painting JFK by Yoon Lee, and Jonathan Schipper’s 215 Points of View – a 6-foot diameter sphere covered with 215 surveillance cameras and corresponding monitors – suspended from the ceiling.
VernissageTV attended the inaugural exhibition on March 7, 2009. Please note the impressive shots from the top of the boiler – my bouldering friends can be proud of me! The Boiler Pierogi. New York, March 7, 2009.
PS: To view another video of the Boiler on YouTube click here. Interview with Joe Amrhein at The Moment Blog.
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