LAST SHOW WE EVER DID is an impromptu arrangement of selected work by artists closely associated with PROTO Gallery, installed in the main gallery space at 66 Willow Ave. in Hoboken. The exhibition takes its name from the Damoclean sense of impending doom that seems to hover over new galleries as they struggle to gain relevance and economic stability.
Jen Hitchings investigates the significance of communication, camaraderie, perception, and memory in contemporary American culture, using painted images of places and events where people gather and interact. In 2017, her work appeared at PROTO Gallery in the WE LOST OUR TAILS group exhibition (curated by MEN Gallery, LES NYC) as well as in group exhibitions at The Wassaic Project, Geoffrey Young, Pierogi, and 86 Orchard Street, and several of her paintings were recently installed at Newark Liberty Airport. She also presented a large outdoor mural on the facade of Ideal Glass in New York City in summer 2017. She is a co-director at Transmitter in Brooklyn.
Jackie Mock creates humorous sculptural narratives, simultaneously sincere and contrived, that elaborate on the small thoughts and gestures of everyday life. They are personal curios of her own making, which highlight the artist’s travels and social interactions, solidified as skillfully-crafted chests and boxes, labelled and cataloged with a 19th-century quirky absurdity. Jackie Mock holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and has exhibited her work recently at Denny Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, PROTO Gallery, as well as the Portal and SPRING/BREAK art fairs. She is currently converting a vintage ice cream shop storefront into a curio shop that will blend her sculpture and social-practice pursuits.
Judith Farr is an English artist, originally from London, now living in Lleida, Catalonia. Her abstract painted compositions and small sculptures use playful kitsch and pop aesthetics in the service of a drive toward the non-monumental. She has recently completed the MFA program at MFA at OCA (Open College of the Arts) in Spain. Her work has been presented in three group exhibitions at PROTO Gallery, as well as at Art on Paper in the PROTO Gallery and The Dorado Project fair booth. She has also participated in numerous group shows in galleries in Europe including Angelika Studios, Studio Apothiki, and The Old Lockup Studio, and The Souterrain Gallery and Stella Elkins Gallery, at Tyler School of Art in the United States.
Nick De Pirro is an artist and owner of PROTO Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the R. Neumann and Co. leather goods factory in Hoboken, which exhibits and represents emerging and mid-career artists in an exhibition program consisting almost exclusively of group shows assembled by the gallery, or by invited guest curators, featuring artists from the NYC region as well as artists from across the United States and as far as Japan and Australia. His company Project Studios has provided studio space and creative services for artists and small businesses for the past 10 years. He holds a BFA in fine arts from Indiana University and a MFA in sculpture from The Ohio State University. His work and gallery exhibitions have been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and a variety of local publications and blogs.
Zach Seeger has a MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and has been an artist, educator, and curator operating in the New York City area for the past ten years. He was a co-director of This Friday or Next Friday in DUMBO, Brooklyn starting in 2014, a micro gallery that exhibited numerous early and mid-career artists, and he also curated ON THE STUMP at PROTO Gallery in 2016. He has exhibited work in numerous recent group exhibitions including True Believers at David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Sauna Show at Fastnet, SOFT REBOOT and NEW BARRACUDA at PROTO Gallery, A Somatic Fall at Ess Ef Effm and American Dreams at Deutsches Haus, Columbia University.
Sofia Szamosi is a interdisciplinary artist with a focus in photography and video as well as electronic music and performance. Her work explores human interactions, often humorously, as they are portrayed in our current selfie culture using unhinged pop modes, emulating television programs and boardwalk photo booths, music videos, or works from art history. Her recent solo exhibitions at New York University's Gallatin Galleries and Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn featured several works in video and photography and sculpture. She has also been included in exhibitions at PROTO Gallery: TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS, MEGALODON, and DEMAND CURVE. Her music videos have been released by labels Sweat It Out and Dim Mak. Her electronic band, Tiger Tooth is collaboration betweenJohnny Siera, Will Broussard. Sofia Szamosi lives and works in New York, New York.