• Mar 28, 2012

    Forever 22

    by Sonia Lessuck

    Arnold Weschler as portrayed by Sonia

    Arnold Wechsler as portrayed by Sonia on iPad Brushes.

    “Maybe when you’re 22 you’ll understand. #liberalartsgirl,” tweets popular twitter
    meme @LiberalArtsGirl.

    The twitter began as a joke but has become an Internet voice for an enclave of arts
    students grappling with feelings of grandeur and simultaneous hopelessness.

    With graduating classes growing in size and jobs dwindling, our generation has
    embraced the art of self-branding. New social media platforms like Facebook,
    Twitter, Tumblr, and Flavors.me make it easier than ever to feel like the next
    Warhol.

    A recent graduate of a liberal arts school in Los Angeles, I returned home to my
    parent’s house in Prospect Heights eager to avoid the nausea of a post-grad year. On
    May 17th, my first night home, I proclaimed loudly that by the end of June I would
    have a job and an apartment of mine own.

    I did just that. I found myself a position as gallery coordinator at gallery 307 and
    an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with 3 roommates. Perhaps it’s a C grade
    version of working at Gagosian and owning a Tribeca Loft, but my life nonetheless.

    gallery 307 is a program of The Carter Burden Center for the Aging with a mission
    to give a voice and wall to New York City’s reemerging artists, namely artists over
    the age of 60. This is how we came to work with The Grand Assembly.

    When I was asked to write a post for the blog I considered many angles. What I
    came to was the notion of life moments. As I struggle to find my ground and voice
    as a new artist, I have found myself in a world with artists 60 years my elder but in
    similar situations.

    Yes, their struggles are flowered with better stories, more experiences, and more
    wisdom but when you boil it down we’re all just trying to adapt, learn, and create
    something.

    So perhaps, in a way, the beauty of being an artist and telling your stories is you’re
    forever a 22-year-old Liberal Arts Girl.

    More about me here: http://www.flavors.me/SoniaJLessuck.

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  • Mar 19, 2012

    Thank You.

    by Lillian Lee

    One hundred ninety or so currencies exchanged hands. The youngest participant was 5 years old and ranging up to those in their eighties. The Grand Assembly successfully brought together a multi-generational group of creatives and an audience of friends, families, and supporters who appreciated works of art. Two pieces sold the same night. It was a full house and everyone got a chance to learn more about each other’s currencies in life. We would like to thank both the inaugural community of creatives who made the new work and generated conversation for the night, and to those who swung by to say hello.

    [    ] IS MY CURRENCY will run till the end of this month and will close on Friday, March 30. Please take this opportunity to visit gallery 307 and continue to contribute to our wall of currencies by leaving behind yours while taking one of the artists. If you are not based in New York City, please continue to submit your currencies to us via the Events page on our site. We plan on archiving the show online in the near future.

    So keep smiling and talking to strangers because only through conversations within a community can creativity continue to thrive.

     

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  • Mar 15, 2012

    The Launch

    by Lillian Lee

    After 11 months since presenting an idea at the MFA Designer as Author 2011 Thesis Forum, The Grand Assembly has arrived. The foundation has been laid through a collaboration with gallery 307, a gallery space that have been presenting the work of 60 years and older artists in New York City.

    An exhibition launching The Grand Assembly titled  [  ] IS MY CURRENCY opens this week at gallery 307, and will involve an exchange of currency between visitors and the artists’ work. The opening reception takes place tonight from 5:00-800 pm  at the gallery located at 307 Seventh Avenue Suite 1401 (between 27th and 28th Streets). Please join us!

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