You may have noticed something, erm, unusual in the window of the gallery/store/performance space hybrid that recently opened next to A Repeat Performance. The small storefront at First Ave., near East Ninth, now sports a giant “cat sarcophagus”: a life-sized papier-mâché monster whose multi-colored three-eyed visage looks rather like what might happen if Picasso and Dr. Seuss came together to teach a high-school art class.
No, you aren’t hallucinating from too many East Village construction fumes. Starting Tuesday, Adam Green — half of Grammy-winning Juno-soundtrack-featured duo The Moldy Peaches — will be showcasing his quirky, Mondrian-esque paintings and papier-mâché sculptures through most of August.
The space has solidified its concept a bit since we last checked in. For one thing, it’ll go by an actual name — “The Deep End Club” — when musician Tennessee Thomas is curating it. And there’s also a helpful sign on the window reading “it’s a store!”
“People were confused,” explained co-owner Sharon Jane Smith. “You know how people in the East Village are — wondering what is it? is it a gallery is it a store is it a gallery is it a store?”
The newly christened Deep End Club will kick off Green’s residency with a party on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring jewelry, art, clothes and music by neighborhood locals. Heck, you might even be able to whet your whistle while you’re at it — although the “free booze” featured on the poster is a bit of a tease. “There will be free booze, but we’re taking it off the poster. we don’t need the entire East Village coming for a drink,” said co-owner Beverley Bronson.