LUSH LIFE | Chapter 3. First Bird (A Few Butterflies)

Curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Nicholas di Genova, Christoph Draeger, Jeffrey Gibson, Karen Heagle, Ezra Johnson, Wes Lang, Dana Levy, Gina Magid, Jon Rappleye, Xaviera Simmons



Installation view

Installation view
Jon Rappleye
Night, 2009
Paper-maché, wood and cast vitreous china
43 x 36 8.5 inches
Christoph Draeger
From the series "Ghost Bikes", 2010
LED light box/duratrans
2 1/2 x 11 x 14 inches
  Nicholas di Genova
Temperate Forest Region, 2009
Ball point pen and ink (quill) on paper
23 x 18 inches

Dana Levy
Silent Among Us, 2009
Single-channel video
5:00 min
Edition of 5 + 2APs (2/5)

Gina Magid
Soaring Hawk, 2006
Oil and acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, collage on shaped wood
26 x 62 inches
  Jeffrey Gibson
Bird, 2008
Mixed media
19 x 14 x 12 inches
  Karen Heagle
The End of Abundance, 2008
Acrylic and ink on paper
51.5 x 80 inches | 130.8 x 203.2 cm


Ezra Johnson
What Visions Burn
animated video
22:23 minutes
Edition of 5+2AP

Wes Lang
No More Sorrow..., 2009
mixed media on paper
9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.08 x 20.32 cm)
Xaviera Simmons
Owl 1, 2010
Black and White Copy On Paper
36 x 38 inches
Editions 1/10
Xaviera Simmons
Untitled (2), 2008
Color photograph
40 x 30 inches
Edition 1/5
Xaviera Simmons
Owl 2, 2010
Black and White Copy On Paper
36 x 38 inches
Editions 1/10

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to be part of LUSH LIFE, an exhibition in nine chapters curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud.

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LUSH LIFE is an exhibition which takes place at nine Lower East Side (LES) galleries: Collette Blanchard Gallery, Eleven Rivington, Invisible-Exports, Lehmann Maupin, On Stellar Rays, Salon 94, Scaramouche, Sue Scott Gallery, and Y Gallery. LUSH LIFE adopts Richard Price’s 2008 novel to title and organize the exhibition.  The novel is set in the contemporary LES and through a murder investigation exposes the dynamically changing community of the neighborhood, which despite its evolution retains a ghostly and vital link to its layered past. The deep and varied history of the LES now includes the LES galleries as new community members, and Price’s novel provides a potent vehicle for the consideration of community as voices compete for, ignore and occasionally share the same physical and conceptual space.

The galleries will host concurrent exhibitions with each exhibition reflecting the idea of one of the nine chapters in the book. The curators selected one artist from each gallery to participate in the exhibition and solicited from each of them one additional artist recommendation of an artist not from one of the nine participating galleries (nine total recommendations). The curators then supplemented this base group of eighteen artists to complete nine exhibitions, ranging in size from three to twelve artists. LUSH LIFE will be the present for what will become a living ghost to the future form into which the LES will inevitably morph.

The exhibition schedule varies slightly at each gallery with the earliest installation being June 17 and the latest closing being August 13.  See gallery specific schedule below.  There will be a collective opening of all participating galleries on Thursday, July 8th from 6 – 9 pm.

Sue Scott Gallery

Chapter One: Whistle

June 17 – August 1

On Stellar Rays

Chapter Two: Liar

June 23 – August 1


Chapter Three: First Bird (A Few Butterflies)

June 25 – July 31

Lehmann Maupin

Chapter Four: Let It Die

July 8 – August 13

Y Gallery

Chapter Five: Want Cards

July 8 – July 25

Collette Blanchard Gallery

Chapter Six: The Devil You Know

July 8 – August 13

Salon 94

Chapter Seven: Wolf Tickets

June 24 – July 30


Chapter Eight: 17 Plus 25 Is 32

July 8 – August 6

Eleven Rivington

Chapter Nine: She'll Be Apples

July 15 – August 13


Artists: Alice O'Malley, Alisha Kerlin, Amy Longenecker-Brown, Carol Irving, Chakaia Booker, Christoph Draeger, Claudia Weber, Coco Fusco, Dana Frankfort, Dana Levy, Dani Leventhal, David Kramer, David Shapiro, Derrick Adams, Elisabeth Subrin, Erik Benson, Ezra Johnson, Gail Thacker, Gina Magid, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Jackie Gendel, Jackie Saccoccio, Jayson Keeling, Jeffrey Gibson, Jessica Dickinson, Joanne Greenbaum, Jon Rappleye, Jonathan VanDyke, Jose Lerma, Judi Werthein, Justen Ladda, Kai Schiemenz / Iris Fluegel, Karen Heagle, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Leslie Hewitt, Manuel Acevedo, Mario Ybarra Jr., Matthew Weinstein, Melissa Gordon, Nanna Debois Buhl, Nicolas Di Genova, Nina Lola Bachhuber, Olivier Babin, Patrick Lee, Patty Chang, Paul Gabrielli, Paul Pagk, Paul Pfeiffer, Pedro Barbeito, Rashid Johnson, Robert Beck, Robert Lazzarini, Robert Melee, Robin Graubard, Rudy Shepherd, Scott Hug, Tim Davis, Tommy Hartung, Wes Lang, Xaviera Simmons, Yashua Klos

We are grateful to Richard Price and the vitality of his novel.

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Sue Scott Gallery, 1 Rivington Street, suescottgallery.com
On Stellar Rays, 133 Orchard Street, onstellarrays.com
Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street, invisible-exports.com
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, lehmannmaupin.com
Y Gallery, 355 A Bowery Street, ygallerynewyork.com
Collette Blanchard Gallery, 26 Clinton Street, colletteblanchard.com
Salon 94, 1 Freeman Alley, salon94.com
Scaramouche, 52 Orchard Street, scaramoucheart.com
Eleven Rivington, 11 Rivington Street, elevenrivington.com