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July 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "The Hole"

Summer Recess With The Cools

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Picture a Web site that is eBay meets Pinterest with a dash of Instagram thrown in for good measure, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what The Cools (www.thecools.com) is. It’s a personalized online bazaar curated by likeminded tastemakers, no weeding through pages of junk necessary. “I get e-mailed so much stuff and one thing I happened to click on was this site. I saw like three things I hadn’t seen before that I wanted and one of the three that I could afford, so I thought ‘cool,’ ” The Hole gallery founder Kathy Grayson told Style.com last night at The Cools’ first Jamboree event, which brought the online experience to life. For the occasion, site founder Olivier van Themsche took over the sprawling 15,000-square-foot Old School in Nolita and gave local designers and restaurants, including Grayson, Erin Fetherston, Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield, What Goes Around Comes Around, Selima, and Miss Lily’s each a classroom to take over and market their offerings. “The offline events are a key part of The Cools,” van Themsche said. “The nature of creatives is to engage with other creatives—I plan to make the Jamboree recurring and it will evolve into a sort of ‘curated’ cool kids’ flea market, which will pop up in New York and also in Paris, Milan, etc.”

The result was a laissez-faire bash that drew a line of people (including Hanne Gaby Odiele, Waris Ahluwalia, Fiona Byrne, and Scott Lipps) wrapped around the block on Mott Street waiting to get in. At one point, the police even arrived to break up the festivities. Things were indeed getting a bit rowdy in the space Miss Lily’s restaurant turned into a Jamaican dancehall complete with dance lessons, reggaeton beats, and an emcee. Across the hall, skateboarders were tearing up a half pipe set up by aNYthing, and a floor below, The Hole was selling $100 psychedelic drawings and Sheffield was teaching guests to knit friendship bracelets. Grayson’s favorite part was the room devised by indie film director Adam Green (who was dressed kind of like Captain Crunch), which featured large video game props from his feature film The Wrong Ferrari. “I have a soft spot for anything analog versus digital, and I thought the movie was funny,” said Grayson. “Plus, he was dressed cool and I can pretend in my head he is my new boyfriend.” Overall, it was a rollicking success, and van Themsche plans to hold court over similar events on a monthly basis. Erin Fetherston, who displayed sketches of her ethereal dresses, said, “Olivier has created the ultimate hipster social-commerce platform. There is nothing comparable in the social/e-commerce space that provides the taste level, art direction, or community that the The Cools offers.”

Photos: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

Psychedelia Down The Hole

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Despite the rainy weather, a crowd including Charlotte Ronson, Fabiola Beracasa, Jenne Lombardo, and Maggie Betts turned out last night at The Hole gallery downtown for Evan Gruzis’ True Religion-presented solo show, Exotic Beta. The show is the second exhibition for the year-old venue founded by Kathy Grayson, former director of the now-shuttered Deitch Projects.

“Evan has this cool eighties California vibe,” Grayson told Style.com. “He studies clichés and notions of taste.” Indeed, Gruzis’ psychedelic works straddle the line between the cult-y and the cheesy. As one guest remarked while surveying a neon-inflected ink painting featuring a palm tree, “I get it—it’s Miami Vice!”

As for the wearable art, Gruzis created one-of-a-kind subversions ($500 to $5,000) of True Religion classics, such as leather motorcycle jackets featuring “the dude from Phish” and acid-washed jeans with python-skin appliqués, all on sale at the gallery’s neighboring shop. After the exhibit, the guests retreated to their seats in the gallery’s cavernous candlelit back room for a dinner catered by The Fat Radish.

Exotic Beta is open through October 22 at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery St., NYC.

Photo: Carly Otness / BFAnyc.com

Kreem Of The Crop

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To get the full experience last night at Haunch of Venison, you had to have saved room for dessert. François Pinault’s powerhouse gallery partnered with Kreemart, an organization devoted to getting contemporary artists to switch their materials to things like cookie dough and cake batter, for an evening of sweet, edible installations and performance art.

Angel Otero offered up a pair of silver cherub statues that urinated caramel and chocolate, while Terence Koh had sprinkled confectionary sugar, scented with chocolate and peppermint—”the smell of happiness,” a spokeswoman explained—on the floor in the shape of a perfect square. And the topless men and women, painted to look like monkeys and hopping around handing out banana gelato? A sideshow conceived by art-world prankster Olaf Breuning.

Among those there to take it all in was model May Andersen, who is also a full-time employee at Lower East Side gallery The Hole, and Will Cotton. “Both sweets and art exist for pleasure, that is to say, outside the other hierarchies of human need. They’re there for no good reason, except every good reason,” said Cotton, who’s made a name for himself by mixing art and pastry. Currently, he’s designing sets and costumes for “a cotton candy and whipped-cream dance” he’s putting on in November at the National Arts Club, as part of the Performa biennale. It sounds like a bachelor party idea, but Cotton assured us that it isn’t. “It’s kind of a ballet,” he said.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com