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LES Gallery Scene Is Hot, But This Newcomer Is Prepared to ‘Lose Money Every Month’

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

“People are going to come and say: ‘How does this place stay in business?'” Brian Shevlin, the founder of Con Artist Collective said, talking a mile a minute and gesturing around Lazy Susan, the new itsy-bitsy gallery at 191 Henry Street still in the midst of a “mini facelift.” But that doesn’t bother Shevlin– maybe it won’t manage to stay “in business” in the traditional sense, but he hopes it’ll succeed as a rag-tag, largely artist-run project space that’ll surprise and delight in a way more bottom-line driven galleries don’t. 

“We thought: wouldn’t it be awesome if Con Artist Collective could have a space that we could just sort of have the keys to and give it to an artist and say: do whatever the hell you want, you’ve got this many days?” Shevlin said. “It doesn’t matter what they do. They make money or they don’t make money. They sit in the room or they don’t open at all. It doesn’t really matter, it’s your space.” 

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Con Artist Collective Asks “What Happened To Fashion?”

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Lädy Millard and a faux-fur coat. Photo: Angelica Frey

New York Fashion Week might be wrapping up, but Fashion Month, showcasing the Fall 2015 collections, has barely started: London, Milan, and Paris are next. With that in mind, artists at Con Artists Collective in the Lower East Side are trying to answer a more profound —dare we say almost existential?—question: What happened to fashion?
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