Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stephen Mallon @ SCOPE MIAMI BEACH

Dec 3-8
Come join us next week as we make our way down from New York City to Miami and attend Scope Miami Beach 2013!

Stephen Mallon's work will be exhibited along the beach!  Come view the iconic Ocean Drive and share the view.

VH-1 and Scope will be collaborating to bring you contemporary music and art.  Come see the sands of Miami beach and experience art and music by the ocean.  This will be a warm and vibrant break from the cold New York City winter! All happening at their new location, Ocean Drive at 10th Street.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Empire Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science!

Come experience the installation and drive in theater made of junkyard cars.  They'll be featuring my work!  Come grab a seat in one of 60 different cars and trucks!

Just featured this morning in Flavorpill's Editor Pick!

Tickets are $15, $10 for NYSCI members.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Realty Check at Mass Art Boston Globe review

Great review  in  Boston Globe  of my current group show Realty Check at MassArt!

Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design617-879-7333. http://www.massart.edu/Galleries

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



We are thrilled to be a part of PHOTOVILLE 2013 and hope you will come join us September 19th-21st!

Come check out our exhibit and the limited edition prints we will have from our roster of 20 award-winning artists.
We will be offering the prints for $100, reduced from their online price of $125...so this is your chance to develop your photography collection AND help support Amelia.

This year, Photoville is offering visitors over 50 talks, panels and workshops - INCREDIBLE - and we cannot say enough about how honored we are to be a part of such an extraordinary event!!

  Visit Photoville's site for the full schedule: http://photovillenyc.org/

  Here's a map to Photoville, located in the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

  For more on our show, please visit http://photovillenyc.org/installations-2013/project-amelia/

  And finally, for a list of all available prints, printed by our wonderful sponsor, Fiber Ink Studio, visit: http://www.projectamelia.org/donate

Oh...and did we mention: It's FREE!

Come on out! Bring friends. Grab a beer in the beer garden, and most importantly, support Amelia Coffaro!

A big thanks to Laura, Sam, Jasmin, and Dave at Photoville for all of their help!

Project Amelia

Thursday, May 9, 2013


SAVE THE DATE MAY 21st , 2013
BENEFIT EVENING: Tuesday May 21st from 7-9pm
English Kills Gallery, 114 Forrest Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn


Admission is $20 (for non-ticket holders)
Tickets for artwork drawing: $200 until May 12th, after which they will be $250.

Preview Tickets for Advanced Viewing are available for $350
(includes an artwork raffle ticket)

Help Support WAGMAG! 

Please join Stephen Mallon and Front Room Gallery at Cutlog Art Fair, New York

Opens to the Public May 9th at 5pm.
The Clemente - 107 Suffolk Street - New York City

Please join Stephen Mallon and Thomas Broadbent with Front Room Gallery at Cutlog Art Fair. After four successful years in Paris, cutlog art fair is pleased to announce the launch of its first New York edition from May 9-13, 2013. Approximately 45 galleries and curators will present art, installations, performances, talks, and films in a creative architecturally designed environment allowing each art project to have its own identity and a unique art interaction with the public.

Press Preview Thursday May 9th 10am-1pm. For Press Inquires contact Kathleen Vance at Front Room Gallery - k@frontroom.org

the urge to destroy is also a creative urge

May 8, 2013

Screen shot 2013-05-08 at 11.09.25 AMAh, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
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What do you think an artist is?
…he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate,
or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image.
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Art is not chaste. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art.
Art is dangerous. If it is chaste, it is not art.
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We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth
at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know
the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
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Everything you can imagine is real.
Photographs by Stephen Mallon
Quotes by Pablo Piccaso


Thursday, March 21, 2013

The 6th Floor

An article about "Behind the Curtain" by Stacey Baker, who also produced the video, has been posted. Check it out here!

Scenes From Two Days at the Metropolitan Opera

We are pleased to announce that the time-lapse film "Behind the Curtain" commissioned by
has been realeased.

Directed by Stephen Mallon

Produced by Kathy Ryan and Stacey Baker

Edited by Catriona Stuart

Camera Assistant Christopher Borrok

Music: "La donna è mobile" from "Rigoletto," Act III
Piotr Beczala as the Duke
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Michele Mariotti, Conductor
Jan. 28, 2013

Operas (in order of appearance)
Set up for Performace of "La Rondine"
Set Assembly for "L'Elisir d'Amore"
Stage rehearsal of "Rigoletto"
Set up for performace of "Le Comte Ory"

To donate, please visit Project Amelia.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Brooklyn Arts Council Sea Drift exhibition

Sea Drift

March 7 - May 24, 2013

Through the lens of symbolism and ritual, Sea Drift, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven Brooklyn-based artists, presents a meeting of mythic ideas and contemporary realities regarding the waters surrounding Brooklyn.

Stephen Mallon, Pool, Digital C-print, 20" x 30"

Opening Reception:

Thursday, March 7, 6 – 8pm

DUMBO First Thursday Events:

Screening of Marie Lorenz’s “Sequence 14” from her Archipelago series

Thursday, April 4, 6 – 8pm

Harborways Artist Talk with Randy Duchaine

Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm


CuratorsClaudia Gerbracht and Kay Turner

ArtistsWillis Elkins

Angela Jimenez and George Kortsolakis

Marie Lorenz

Stephen Mallon

Ocean Morisset

Larry Racioppo

Randy Duchaine

The participating artists in Sea Drift bring a range of practices and approaches, both traditional and contemporary to the exhibition. The common themes of journey, memorial, salvaging, remembrance and transformation are apparent among them, shaping their work and their understanding of water. Sea Drift shows a potential for artistic expression to ebb and flow, to drift between the real and symbolic.

The pull of the tides, the lure of the sea, and the mystery and power of oceans and rivers has through time manifested in a rich body of folklore, symbolism and ceremony. Water is necessary for human life, and due to this obvious importance, water has taken on considerable symbolic value in communities both religious and secular. Much of this is depicted in rites and rituals, collections, journeys and performances, which portray ideas of water beyond the literal.

Water as an everyday aspect of Brooklyn's landscape has been, and continues to be, in flux. Formerly crucial maritime uses have mostly disappeared, and waterfront access is now commoditized, a perk for those moving into newly residential areas. But in fact our relationship to the shoreline is not solely one of ownership, but of understanding, interaction, and respect for this unique place.

Three of the artists show documentation of traditional cultural expressions concerning water. Ocean Morisset’s photographs of the 23rd annual Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage document a ceremony that memorializes the thousands of African slaves who died in the Atlantic passage to America. Every year hundreds of Brooklynites come to the shore of Coney Island to send flowers and prayers in remembrance. Their ritual actions transform the same location of Larry Racioppo’s photos of mermaid parade revelry into a healing place of offering. Racioppo also has regularly documented and participated in Italian Williamsburg’s annual Roman Catholic Feast of St. Paulinus and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, popularly called the Giglio Festival. The centerpiece of the festival, performed in Brooklyn for over 100 years, is an enactment of St. Paulinus’ miracle story, from Nola in southern Italy. It tells of the Saint’s journey by sea to rescue boys captured by pirates. In its yearly re-enactment, the parading of a 65' tall tower called the gigli (lily), and la barca (boat), are separately carried on over one hundred men’s shoulders. The tower represents the lilies thrown at the Saint’s feet upon his triumphal return with the boys and it is the boat's symbolic role to help actualize this narrative of miraculous recovery on the streets of Brooklyn.

A journey is also presented in Angela Jimenez’s photographs of Crete, George Kortsolakis’ homage to his homeland, from which he emigrated in 1955. By the side of his house, Kortsolakis began his miniature recreation of Crete in 2002. This work of memory-based folk art is devotional in its obsessive detailing, figuratively drifting Kortsolakis from Bay Ridge to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Randy Duchaine has documented both working and playing aspects of the New York harbor, including tugboat races, the Polar Bear Club meetings, and competitive swimming. These group interactions with the water can be seen as culturally-created secular rituals.

Unlike the activities shown in Duchaine’s images, transformation can develop from solitary and fairly passive expeditions and interactions with the water. Marie Lorenz builds wooden boats, taking them out on weekly journeys to the uninhabited islands and coasts of Brooklyn and Queens. Once there, she begins her ritual of collection, learning about the environment through direct interaction with what the tides have brought that day. Lorenz’s art emerges from a personal transformation, which develops into her own modern ritual. Willis Elkins works in a similar fashion. His collection of nurdles, “mermaid’s tears,” look like sand, or perhaps beach glass, but instead they are raw plastic, a new reality of detritus on Brooklyn’s waterfront. The nurdles’ journey to our shores is impossible to know, yet we are confronted with the environmental repercussions.

Is there ritual in this depository role our waters have taken? A form of urban labor that takes on the feel of dystopian ritual is seen in Stephen Mallon’s series Next Stop Atlantic. The creation of artificial reefs is a practice dating back to the 1600s, and is currently in process along the Eastern Seaboard, with over 2,500 subway cars sunk offshore. Seeing the subway cars, something so iconic and crucial to millions of New Yorkers’ daily lives, splash into their watery grave is deeply disorienting. But it reminds us that the bodies of water surrounding us are much greater, much deeper, and more powerful than we usually understand.

Sea Drift is presented in conjunction with HarborLore: Where the River Meets the Sea in Brooklyn’s Folk Imagination, an exciting festival that will celebrate the role of water in the songs, stories, dances, and other artistic traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse communities. From Caribbean Garifuna fishing stories to Bangladeshi water vessel dances, HarborLore will showcase a wide range of cultural traditions carried on by Brooklynites from around the globe.

BAC Gallery is made possible, in part, by support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Delegations of the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

On le journal de la photographie

Brooklyn Arts Council 
By Miss Rosen
Founded in 1966 in the basement of Flatbush resident Charlene Victor, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) has grown in stature and scope so as to become a hub for the local scene, providing a wide array of services for emerging artists and arts organizations based in Brooklyn. BAC gives grants that total over a quarter of a million dollars each year, promotes cultural programming in every neighborhood from Bushwick to Sheepshead Bay, works with educators and students to expand arts curricula, and provides services to artists and organizations to help with the short and long term aspects of a career in the arts.
BAC also has a non-traditional gallery space at its headquarters in Dumbo, into which it moved in 2005. As Courtney Wendroff, visual arts director, notes, “BAC was interested in Dumbo because it was close to downtown and easy to access from anywhere in the borough. The President and Board of Directors liked how the real estate developers, Two Trees, were cultivating the neighborhood for culture. They had been looking for office space when Two Trees brought them to see this space. It was completely open and had not yet been built out. They told them that they envisioned dedicating the entire floor to galleries.”
That space, the second floor of 111 Front Street, where BAC now resides, is also home to photography galleries including KlompChing and United Photo Industries. As the Dumbo neighborhood continues to develop from a home for artists to a home for the arts in its many forms, BAC is at the forefront of creating a larger community that extends beyond the neighborhood’s boundaries, bringing the diverse communities of Brooklyn together in a conversation sparked by love for the arts.
This is most evident in the way in which BAC’s programs connect, making manifest the very ideology of the Council, which is that art has the ability to bridge cultures and inspire positive transformation in individuals lives and entire neighborhoods. By way of example, this spring, BAC will host an exhibition of photographs by at-risk teenagers who are learning photography through a partnership that BAC’s Arts in Education program has with the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. BAC’s Arts in Education program hires artist educators to teach in-schools, after school and in community and senior centers.
The digital photography class at the Red Hook Community Justice Center gives the teens a voice, both through the creative outlet of photography as well as the experience of exhibiting of their work. The act of creation is one half the experience of art; in order to complete the evolution, the act of sharing the work empowers both the artist and the viewer to acknowledge that each and every voice is worthy in and of itself.
It is this commitment to the individual that makes BAC so dynamic. It acts, as Wendroff describes, like an octopus, with tentacles reaching out into so many different aspects of the world. With some eight thousand artists currently on their Registry of Brooklyn Artists, BAC uses technology and social media to keep the hive buzzing. From the Council’s online Community Forum that allows artists and arts administrators to interact with each other to the communications regularly distributed to members, BAC is a resource for information, consultation, and collaboration as a means to action.
Creativity is the genesis not only for arts, but for the people who make BAC run. Wendroff acknowledges, “It is a challenge to create a community. There is a migratory nature to the artists’ life in the city. People come and go, so we are always trying to think of new ways to create connections and sustain our members. We often work behind-the-scenes to help emerging artists and organizations get their start, and we watch with pride as they go on to really big things in their work.”
Please join BAC during the DUMBO 1st Thursday Gallery walk for the opening of Sea Drift at BAC Gallery on Thursday, March 7 from 6 – 8pm. Through the lens of symbolism and ritual, Sea Drift, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven Brooklyn-based artists, presents a meeting of mythic ideas and contemporary realities regarding the waters surrounding Brooklyn.
Miss Rosen
Miss Rosen

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The New Yorker

Happy to share that "Virginia Placement" is being featured 
                 on The New Yorker's Photobooth !

It is an amazing collection of photographs from the New York subway system including work from Walker Evans, Bruce Davidson, Stanley Kubrick, and others. Thank you New Yorker for including my work in this!

To view the Photobooth blog click here.


Our video "Behind the Signs" was recently featured on Gizmodo, check it out!
Produced by Stephen Mallon and Karlyn Michelson for the NYC Dept of Transportation.  Almost 45,000 views  and counting!