Esopus Opens New Art Space in the Village

Artist Michael Iskowitz debuts a solo show of intense self-portraits at the new Esopus Space.

poster for Michael Iskowitz

Michael Iskowitz "Self-Portraits 1989-2009"

at Esopus Space
in the Villages area
This event has ended - (2009-06-30 - 2009-08-22)

In Reviews by Teri Duerr 2009-06-30 print

The first 3,000 lovingly crafted and thoughtfully conceived copies of Esopus Magazine sprung from the mind of Editor Tod Lippy and into the real world in 2003. Now entering its sixth year, the twice-annual publication and companion CD have consistently featured a wide cross section of creative work from both established and emerging voices: artists Richard Tuttle, Jenny Holzer, and Wiliam Christenberry; photographers Marvin Lazarus and Sarah Malakoff; writers Lev AC Rosen and Stuart Nadler; filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Claire Denis; and musicians Avey Tare and Lucky Dragons, to name just a few.

Along the way, Esopus has generated a cult-like following among its readers, who for a modest $14 get an over-sized, hand-assembled publication that often features special papers, cutouts, inserts, pop-ups and other wondrous feats of production. At a time when so many other publications are scaling back or folding, the beautifully improbable, highly unprofitable, determinedly ad-free Esopus is actually expanding with a new office and gallery space in the Village—thanks to a capacity-building grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Esopus 12 (Spring 2009)

“The intimate scale of the space reminds me of the feel of many SoHo galleries in the ’80s and early ’90s,” said Lippy. “We hope it will be a place that feels accessible to everyone, which is the same vibe we have tried to create with the magazine.”

The Esopus Space’s inaugural exhibition features 37 small-scale self-portraits from artist and Esopus Magazine contributor Michael Iskowitz. The show, “Michael Iskowitz: Self-Portraits 1989-2009,” will be his first solo exhibition in New York.

“Michael’s “Doll House Society” drawings were featured in Esopus 12,” said Lippy. “When I went to his house this winter to select work for the issue, he had a bunch of the self-portraits stacked against the wall. As soon as I saw them I knew they would make for an incredible exhibition. Like Michael’s drawings, their psychological intensity is undeniable—I find them to be incredibly powerful.”

Esopus Space. Photo courtesy of Esopus.

Teri Duerr

Teri Duerr. Teri lives in Brooklyn where she co-runs Horse+Dragon NYC, a boutique agency that puts creative talents to work on publicity, editing, design, and events/exhibitions for artists, writers and nonprofit friends. She has spent much of the last year launching publicity campaigns for films at Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, and for television broadcast. In addition to being a contributing editor for the highly dubious culture publication Chief Magazine, and a book reviews editor for Mystery Scene, she spent four years as director and editorial mentor for the Minneapolis teen girls’ magazine Chicas in the Mix, followed In 2000 by editor in chief posts at events & culture magazines Tokyo Scene and Kansai Scene in Japan. Her editorial and photo production work has appeared in places like Best Life, The Source, Men’s Health, Organic Style, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, and most recently Tom Tom Magazine and CODE. » See other writings

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