anthony lister . greg lamarche . maya hayuk . monica canilao
Beginning Thursday October 16, 2008 and ending on Sunday, October 19, 2008, Anonymous Gallery had four 20ft shipping containers placed curbside near two separate major art institutions in New York City. Artists Monica Canilao, Maya Hayuk, Greg Lamarche and Anthony Lister each created and constructed installations inside the four containers. The artists created installations that explored the idea of containment, but their work ranged conceptually – discussing everything from the US political climate to sensory depravation. Two containers were placed in Chelsea on 22nd St and 11th Ave, near the Chelsea Art Museum, and featured work from Anthony Lister and Greg Lamarche. The two containers in the Lower East Side on Chrystie St. and Rivington St., near the New Museum, featured work from Maya Hayuk and Monica Canilao. The project was a huge success and the public response was overwhelming.
This Thursday, October 23rd from 6-9PM, Anonymous Gallery is proud to present a gallery exhibition featuring artists Monica Canilao, Maya Hayuk, Greg Lamarche, and Anthony Lister. The exhibition will feature collage, painting, sculpture, and installation to explore the complexity of exhibiting within a limited environment. It will serve as a tool to document the gallery’s shipping container project and support the artists’ work. The title of the exhibition: Contain, is an examination into the perspective of how public art / street art is translated indoors. Conceptually the artwork inside of the containers was creatively free, limitless and available to the public, although its confines were restrictive. Similarly, the limitations of a gallery space translate differently than the freedom and spontaneity of the artists’ outdoor work.
Each artist will explore definitions for the word, contain:
1. To have within; hold. 2.. To be capable of holding. 3. To have as component parts; include or comprise 4. To hold or keep within limits; restrain 5. To halt the spread or development of 6. To check the expansion or influence of a hostile power or ideology by containment