La MaMa Galleria is pleased to present Pulp a two-person exhibition of works by Alexis Myre and James Lepkowski, organized by Michael Boyd, opening March 4, 2021 and running through April 1, 2021. In a strange landscape set upon a large stage, the artists explore the urge to tinker. With similar sensibilities, both artists play, stack and problem-solve…interrogating the balances and intersections between material and form. Pulp is the culmination of two bodies of work reminiscent of the layered biological forms and geological formations of an ecosystem.
Myre and Lepkowski’s works have an initial sensation of sobriety—both feel real, serious, engaged—but with time and attention, the gestures in the works begin to evolve into plays of comedy, strangeness and exploration, manifesting different humors and curiosities. Lepkowski’s work is more physical and non-biographical, like playing with rocks and sticks as if to expand ways that the world can work; Myre’s work tends to be more theoretical and biographical, like playing with mementos and equations, as if to expand ways the artist’s personal world can work. Both artists have a means of articulating an alternative path —a way around what we already understand about life and being. The path laid out by these artists has a visual rhythm and counterpoint based on formal resonances and conceptual differences that pose simultaneously serious and humorous questions about the relation of a part to its whole.
From inception, Pulp has been a living, working, changing project that will continue to transform through the duration of the show. Objects will continue to be added and rearranged periodically through to the closing date of the show. Viewers are encouraged to visit multiple times.
La MaMa Galleria COVID-19 Policy
La MaMa remains committed to health and safety practices which protect staff and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. All occupants must wear masks inside the Galleria at all times and are required to maintain physical distancing. Occupancy in the Galleria is limited to 15 people max.
Born in Boulder, Colorado Alexis Myre studied mathematics and art at Metropolitan State University of Denver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited in North America and Europe, with solo exhibitions in New York City and Wuppertal, Germany and most recently participated in the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Florida. Myre is a Windgate Fellowship recipient and has collaborated with the artist Pat Steir and Poet Anne Waldman on various print projects. Myre currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
James Lepkowski’s work celebrates playfulness as much as it does conventional ways of making. Through investigation of material and form the work explores various states of balance. With compositions ranging across a broad scale his sculptures often convey a moment suspended in time. There is a known tradition of stacking stones that James draws from in his practice. James received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and has shown in various group shows around NYC since 2013. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Alexis Myre: @alexismyreart, www.alexismyre.com
James Lepkowski: @jlepkows1, www.jameslepkowski.com
La MaMa Galleria
Founded in 1984, La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing experimentation in the visual arts. La Galleria encourages an active dialogue between new media, performance, the plastic and visual arts, curatorial projects, and educational initiatives. It serves the East Village community by offering diverse programming to an inter-generational audience, and expanding the parameters of a traditional gallery space. As a non-profit, La Galleria is able to provide artists and curators with unique exhibition opportunities that are largely out of reach in a commercial gallery setting.
April 3, 2021
Artist Meet Up!
Following La MaMa COVID-19 safety guidelines, meet James Lepkowski and Alexis Myre during La MaMa Galleria hours 12pm-6pm on Saturday, April 3rd on the last day of the exhibition in La MaMa Galleria. No reservation necessary, just show up to meet them and ask questions about their work.