March: Highlighting Women & Armory Week
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For the month of March ON CANAL, Wallplay and Vibes will continue to utilize over twenty spaces along Canal Street to bring free creative programming to the public, including a robust music program presented by The Lot Radio.
Throughout the month, the project will primarily showcase satellite content for the internationally recognized Armory Week, featuring over 20 womxn identifying artists.
The project will host three of New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)’s galleries in 359 and 361 Canal Street for the debut of their New York Gallery Open initiative. The initiative is in partnership with the online platform Collecteurs, a public benefit corporation aimed to democratize access to the world’s best art. NADA has chosen three galleries to feature that are not New York based, including Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago), Golestani (Dusseldorf), and L’INCONNUE (Montreal) for the Canal Street branch of the initiative.
AucArt, included as one of Armory Show’s official off-site events, is popping up at 325 Canal Street. This is the first time the UK-native online auction house, which caters to emerging artists, will show work in the US, premiering with artist, Gordon Berge. Berger’s Solidity series re-writes the narrative on how artists can work with blockchain.
A wide selection of screen-based work from seven different artists, galleries, and collectives will be showcased in seven of On Canal’s open air immersive spaces through the month of March including FELT, Post Vision, TRANSFER Gallery, Alina Rancier, Jenna Josepher, and Codie. Pieces range from experimental animations often created live during “algorave” events to indexical interactive work that can be downloaded and played from home after a visitor has left the exhibition.
Curated by Terry Lovette and AnnaLiisa Benson under the creative lab, NTRFACE, Canal Street will also be home to an exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day. Over the course of three weeks, NTRFACE will feature over fifteen womxn-identifying artists of color. The activation acts to center the works and voices of unbounded and non-conforming womxn artists.
Wallplay is happy to announce that The Lot Radio, a nonprofit organization who gained notability after starting in a reclaimed shipping container on an empty lot in Brooklyn, will be joining the project with a new pop-up shop beginning on Friday March 8th, with a 12-hour DJ set of international women talent streaming live from 322B Canal Street at thelotradio.com.
B-Hive will join the project in the second half of March, showcasing various New York-based filmmakers in a series of screenings and local musicians for live listening parties. Low Res Studio will come back to Canal for their second exhibition, broadening the scope of their previous light-based installation, a crowd favorite in February.
Keeping with community-driven experiences and events, 8-Ball Community continues their tenure at 327 Canal, hosting new programs each week, always open to the public.
ON CANAL continues to evolve with daily with submissions from the public & pop-up renters who want to launch their projects in the “district for new ideas”. The March program is a sneak peek into the future of Canal Street with a variety of content that will continue to be accessible for the public to explore for the next year. All are welcome to apply at www.oncanal.nyc.
Hours: ON CANAL is open Tuesday - Saturday from 12:00 PM. - 7:00 P.M; with late nights on Thursdays until 9pm to see and experience the sights by night
About ON CANAL, the district for new ideas:
ON CANAL is a place for brands, artists & startups to test out new ideas and engage with the public in a high traffic location for the next year, or more. Since 2013, Wallplay has been filling empty storefronts while practicing a 50-50 business model where original programming, focused on arts & social impact, is subsidized by corporate rentals & sponsorships. ON CANAL, the district for new ideas was created by Laura O'Reilly, CEO of Wallplay and Sonny Gindi of Vibes Studios, in partnership with an alliance of forward thinking property owners, led by father and son duo, Albert & Jack A Laboz of United American Land, LLC.
About Wallplay, ON CANAL operator & curator:
Wallplay Network is an experiential marketplace that operates & programs empty retail spaces. The company mission is to repurpose vacant spaces around the world and utilize them as pop-up platforms. Wallplay operates vacant spaces until landlords secure permanent tenants, enabling property owners & brands to be patrons of culture. Founded in 2013 on the Lower East Side at 118 Orchard, with art billboards and a storefront for pop-ups, Wallplay pioneered a unique 50-50 business model. The company is able to provide subsidized space for at least 50% of its annual use to creative projects, social impact startups, and curators by hosting commercial projects & pop-ups. Wallplay provides access to leading creative entrepreneurs, startups, arts organizations, storytellers, and thought leaders for experiential projects that push culture forward. Wallplay is alumni of NEW INC, the world’s first museum-led creative tech incubator founded by The New Museum.
www.wallplay.com | @wallplaynetwork
About Sonny Gindi of Vibes Studios, ON CANAL Creative Director:
Sonny Gindi is the Creative Director and founder of Vibes Studios. The studio is engaged by brands, retailers and landlords to elevate brick and mortar experiences. Gindi and his team specialize in working with brands on creative strategy and production, focusing on designing “shareable moments” that bring instagram IRL. Vibes Studios transforms physical space by cultivating opportunities for consumers to express themselves and connect with brands experientially. Gindi also runs the Instagram @vibes where he curates beautiful images for his large following. vibesstudios.com | @vibes