After working in the Lower East Side art community for 7 years, the workspace LMAKgallery was in became too small for the number of projects and exhibitions they host. About a month ago, they re-located to a 3 story federal brownstone on 298 Grand Street, just two blocks away from the current location. The new space consists a main showroom which will host the solo and group exhibitions in the groundfloor and a sculpture garden on the adjoining courtyard. Additionally, they introduced two new endeavors: LMAKbooks+design and LMAKlabs, in the upper floors and courtyard. To acknowledge and celebrate these new and exciting changes, they also choose to change their name from LMAKprojects into LMAKgallery and will launch a new presence for their website.
LMAKgallery was founded by Louky Keijsers Koning in 2005 and Bart Keijsers Koning joined as co-owner in 2009. The gallery’s primary interest lies in the commitment to the artist’s process and dedication to their thoughts and production. LMAKgallery works with artists who have proven to sustain continuity in their visual expression without being repetitive. The gallery strives to introduce collectors to new horizons through visual, sound, or conceptual experience, as well as opening communication to develop a relation between the viewer and the art. LMAKgallery is known for its exhibitions with international allure and focusing on interdisciplinary practices.
LMAKbooks+design was born out of an impetus to provide a new platform for art related thinking and writing. It will present design within the realm of the fine arts from artists who develop objects out of their studio practice and designers who are pushing their ideas into the plastic arts. To create a flowing exchange of forms and ideas, LMAKbooks+design will host lively discussions and panels and will highlight new designs thematically every three months. You will find LMAKbooks+design in the second floor as well as a viewing room. The inaugural collection includes the work of ten unique artists and designers, as well as a selection of cerebral gift books that compile the “last interviews” given by some of the 20th century’s most influential thinkers, artists and writers, like Hannah Arendt, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jacques Derrida, Lou Reed and Kurt Vonnegut published by Brooklynbased Melville House Publishing.
LMAKbooks+design presents in the current exhibition also work from two Dutch artists: byAmt (Alissia Melka-Teichroew) and Nynke Koster. ‘Strap Collection’ is designed by byAMT, a New York-based design studio founded by Franco-American – but born and raised in The Netherlands- designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew. The Strap Collection is a collection of familiar, functional containers, rendered in veg-tan leather which will develop a patina unique to every individual object over time. According to Melka-Teichroew, ‘I try to find the fine line between aesthetics and functional.’
‘Elements of Time’ is designed by Nynke Koster, who studied furniture design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her works seeks to incorporate architecture and architectural history into the practical arts. At LMAKbooks+design one can currently sit on the rubber objects that represent the whimsical series ‘Elements of Time’ at LMAKbooks+design. According to Koster, with the ‘Elements of Time’ series ‘you can sit on a Baroque ceiling, a corner of beautiful ornament from the Jugendstil and so on.’
On the third floor and in the courtyard, LMAKgallery will host amorphous exhibitions and screenings through LMAKlabs. LMAKlabs is a concept driven endeavor that will allow artists to present work that can morph over the duration of the install. This process can take the form of screenings, installations, or performance and will be a collaborative venture between the artist and the gallery from process to the final results.