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One Less Place to Shop For Kooky Keychains on the LES

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Lower East Side art scene is facing its first loss of the new year, as Object_ify 139 is packing up its bodega bags and going online-only. Bogota-born artist Maria L. Candanoza opened the “art object” shop on Essex Street in October of 2014, and during its first year it stocked quirky items from a roster of 20 artists. During its two-year run, it hosted guest curators like Benjamin Barron (books) and Mister Saturday Night (vinyl), threw book release parties, and popped up in Miami and Tokyo.

In a message inviting friends to a goodbye party at the store Friday evening, Candanoza says the enterprise will live on: “We have had an online store for a while but our commitment is to make it even better and to keep bringing new objects, prints, books and exciting artist collaborations to you every month.” In the meantime, buy a faux fur koozie and pour one out for the store’s IRL incarnation.

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Buy Furry Coozies, Sparkler Incense and Bodega Bags at This Art-Object Store

IMG_4248Bogota-born artist Maria L. Candanoza makes prints, books, zines, and objects — and now she’s selling art in all of those forms at her new shop, Object_ify 139.

The Lower East Side “art object store” opened up next to another Essex Street newcomer, Patacon Pisao, last Thursday, with an after-party at Niagara in the East Village. Not only is Candanoza selling local art, but she’s having local artists select her stock. A wall of zines and books was curated by Sara Grace Powell, and features everything from the June 2013 issue of Toiletpaper to a Xerox of the first three chapters of Guy Debord’s Marxist treatise Society of the Spectacle.
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