Bang and Burne Contemporary is a new kind of gallery. It was founded by Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso with the intent of providing an innovative forum for the presentation of contemporary art. It functions as a roaming gallery presenting private exhibitions in NYC, LA and Chicago. The priority is to present and promote the work of a dynamic and diverse group of artists through cultivating relationships between collectors and artists. Baang and Burne Contemporary functions with complete transparency with their artists to further engage and encourage community building and to operate as a springboard for artists to take risks in launching new projects and introducing their work to international audiences.
Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso about what makes Baang and Burne different from a traditional gallery?
Well, in the strictest sense we aren’t a gallery at all. We don’t have a permanent location
with four white walls, and we don’t host traditional art exhibitions that open on a certain date and
close a month later. Our specialty is one night events. The work goes up, guests come, they see
the work, they meet the artist, they eat great food, and spend a few hours chatting and mingling with other people who like art.
The focus isn’t on the sale, but inevitably the art gets sold anyway. That’s the beauty of it.
The goal of Baang and Burne is to create an environment where both collectors and curators could come and see the work
and meet the artist. We want it to be intimate. We want it to be relaxed and casual, and focus on building relationships for the
long term. We rejected the idea of having a permanent physical location because we wanted to create a business model based on
flexibility and adoptability. Without the pressures of paying for a gallery space we can constantly reinvent and improve upon
what we are doing.
EveryDAY presents recent artwork from Charlie Grosso and Todd Squires
Thursday October 21, 2010. 6-8 PM. Viewing by appointment Oct 22-26, 2010.
The work in Everyday highlights how what is normally considered common place can become the unexpected or even extraordinary. In both of these artists' work, the familiar is transformed and infused with both drama and mystery; the final result is imagery that is both haunting and beautiful. In Squires' mixed-media paintings, single, crushed objects are blended into monochromatic panels of intricately sprayed or blown paint which makes them appear to be fossils of the urban landscape. These ordinary, discarded objects such as burned-out light bulbs are transformed into dramatic and remarkably beautiful compositions. Grosso's on-going photographic series "Wok the Dog" takes something as simple as food markets from locations around the world and uses them to address and raise questions about the most fundamental parts of the global food chain. Through her examination of the common subject of food, she generates a greater cultural dialogue about the effects of industrialization and consumerism.
Charlie Grosso, born in Taipei, Taiwan is a Chinese American woman with a male Italian name. Her photographic work revolves around the themes of home, food, sex, and personal narrative. She is best known for her photographs of food markets and street scenes in East Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Her series "Wok the Dog", a photo expose of food markets around the world, has been widely exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, and across Europe.
Empty Chair and Meat, Leon, Nicaragua, 2009 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Cages are Nice, Shangri La, China, 2007 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Cabbage Pile, Masaya, Nicaragua, 2009 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Meat Isle, Shangri La, China 2007 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Light, Shangri La, China 2007 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Guy, Basket, Market and Piggy, Masaya, Nicaragua 2009 Wok The Dog / Photography Archival Pigment Print 17 inchs x 22 inches
Todd Squires comes to his subjects from an intense interest in film and cinematography. His work combines photography, digital art, film, and mixed media. His collaborative project with artist Raymond Pettibon on the book Faster, Jim was presented at the Getty Research Institute exhibition The Artist Turns to the Book and belongs to the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.