I like the idea Thea, keep up the good work!
...and righteous you are! Many of these athletes also combine artistry into their stylin'ness... dooood...
Skateboarding in PE ! excellent idea! Going to have to get the creative juices flowing and submit for a great cause.
30 years ago we couldn't get any respect, but now i think everyone knows its a sport and deserves support. Pour it now !
As of today (1/25) there are tickets left for the Wednesday, Feb 1 at 6pm and 10pm.
I'd do it for $35K
Oh please oh please let me buy some art from 'someone's closet' that never got sold, in an attempt to 'clean out'. That's not how art should be sold, or marketed. Maybe another reason why Eye Level Art is closing. Small town think, small time think.
Meaningless art, meaningless show, meaningless gallery.
The previous few posters might all be right. But they are also forgetting that the owner of ELA was incredibly bad at running a business, knew absolutely nothing about art, treated artists like crap, (treated most people unfairly - was very abrasive), and because of it.... had a terrible, terrible reputation. This is a small town, really. People talk. Nobody wants to go to and support a business like that. Can I get a witness?
That's BESIDES the fact that the art was shitty, it was hung in an amateur way, ELA was dirty, etc etc.
Art is supposed to be special. It is supposed to be revered, and tell our story. ELA always felt so desperate ...that Mike was throwing up art on the wall like a big vomit, just to make a buck. Well, that doesn't work. Obviously.
As a gallery owner on Broad Street I cannot tell you how sad I am that Colleen and Saramel will be leaving Gallery Row. Their gallery was just what our street needed and there will be a void that cannot be filled. Unless the public comes to an understanding that art is an essential in their lives there will be more galleries closing. Art feeds the soul and don't we all need that in this life we live? Please come out in the next few days and support Scoop. Let them know how much we will all miss them.
Jeannette Nicholson, Ellis-Nicholson Gallery
SUPER EXCITED is an under statement ....
i love to show scoop art any chance i get, this is a saddening blow to guerrilla cuisine as a pop up art staple will have to be reborn from the ashes of another fire...
we love you guys!!!
I'm so sad to see SCOOP go. I love these ladies.
OK thank you.
Well thank god they aren't molesting anyone to do it.
"...art can have an aged, historical, contemporary/industrial feel to it. There's a Shepard Fairey mural on he front of it for god's sake. We are talking about an "art" gallery aren't we?..."
This is a ridiculous statement. Aged and historical are almost redundant (and there's nothing really "historical" about the location other than it's in an old city in the south). Contemporary/industrial makes no sense (should be contemporary AND industrial) as contemporary is far different from industrial, although the two mesh well together. The slash you have in there suggests you're combining them and referring to them as one in the same. And Shepard Fairey is old news. You can't slap up a mural from some artist and expect everyone to flock to your venue. I mean, he might as well have put a giant Nike ad on the front of it in that case.
Also, while poorly stated, your comment does have some weight. "We are talking about an 'art' gallery aren't we?" Yes. We are. And the historical facade with a modern Shepard Fairey mural out front, combined with an "old home" interior surrounded by dilapidated buildings, crack dealers and industrial HVAC showing in the ceiling sends mixed signals. To me, it doesn't focus on any one market or any type of client.
Ever heard the phrase, "Jack of all trades, master of none?" It applies here. You can't be modern, post-modern, historic, industrial, graffiti, etc. all in one and expect to get much business. The college kids and young art crowd buying $50 hand-drawings are put off by the more expensive historic art and the people buying the $2000-10,000 pieces are put off by the location and the strange mix of industrial and historic. In my opinion, a different location would have served ELA well. Or focusing on one type of venue. Mixing music shows with art is brilliant, but mixing music shows with art that are completely opposite, is stupid. You can't sell art to people who are there to listen to a completely different kind of music.
The warehouse venue, while way out of the way and tricky to get to, was the better of the two venues in my opinion and he would have done well to find a large space similar on the south side of town.
Personally, I think ELA was a strange mixed bag that didn't appeal to anyone in particular so he got trickles of people here and there and it just didn't work out.
Good luck to him in NYC. If he's talking about opening a venue there, I would venture to guess it's going to be even worse. There are hundreds of times as many venues to compete with up in the city. It might be a little late to get into that game. We shall see, though...
I respect the opinion of the previous post however, I thought the complete opposite. The statement i got from the exterior was of how art can have an aged, historical, contemporary/industrial feel to it. There's a Shepard Fairey mural on he front of it for god's sake. We are talking about an "art" gallery aren't we?
Part of it's uniqueness, was the fact that you entered into a concrete commercial warehouse with a facade of and old home in it. I can't tell you how many people i heard over the years express how "Cool" Eye Level Art looked, and that they never imagined the space being that unique when they crossed that "boarded up" door mentioned.
I have always enjoyed the diversity of experiences Mike Elder brought to the Mod Squad crowd of Charleston. Be it an art show, a movie in the grass in spring. a play, a concert, a Halloween Party, artist lock ins, Artist and Fleas, a company holiday party that blew minds, there was no shortage of thought inspiring experiences that Eye Level Art offered.
Let's face it folks.... businesses like these all have a life span. It always who's the new gallery? Who's the next music venue? Unfortunately, we all get a bit bored and move on to the next as they say.
I for one loved the experience Eye Level Art brought to my life. I have a much bigger appreciation for art, my walls are completely covered in work from there, and my knowledge of cutting edge bands and my music library is fatter from going to shows.
So all in all...........Great Job Mike Elder, rock New York, and thanks for all the fun.
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I live very close to this place...perhaps the reason older folks are afraid to go in is because from the outside it looks a lot like the many other boarded-up abandoned buildings in the area. If that's the audience he's going for, he might have wanted to consider spending a little more on the exterior.
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