It’s old meets new and uptown meets downtown atthe new exhibit planned for the Gallery Lounge, 26 Bruckner Boulevard.
The show will be called The Gentleman’s Affair, and it will open on Friday, November 13.
“I wanted to collaborate 1950s style by giving it a new twist. The artist s take from the old and create the new, trying to make that new beauty,” curator George Stratakis said. “There’s going to be some graffiti work and some Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, downtown stuff, but borough up here to the Bronx.”
About 50 works will be on display at the gallery, for the month that the show is up. The pieces will offer everything from fine art and photography, to canvas pop-graffiti paintings and metal work.
Between 15 and 20 artists, hailing from all over the city, will have original works on display, including Asko Ramos, Michael McManus, Reso914 and Slic Nutz.
“The talent that is there is really immense,” Stratakis said. “We are trying to space everything out by breaking everything up and not having just anime in one area and metal work in another.”
The show is honoring Mike Ungaro, who owns the gallery.
The space is not only an art gallery, but also a nightclub that regularly hosts VIP and birthday parties. According to Stratakis, while the gallery is officially open from about 8 to 11 p.m., the art will be available for viewing until the nightclub closes.
This is the second show Stratakis has curated at the gallery. The last show, entitled Cherry Cola, blended dark art and pop sweetness, he said. The show drew about 400 people.
Stratakis hopes to achieve a similar balance of success with the Gentleman’s Affair.
“It helps the community too. It builds on the whole south Bronx element of art.
It gives people an outlet to expand and focus themselves and create beautiful art,” he said.“The Bronx is beautiful. We have themost amazing things here.”