Since opening in 2013, Chapter NY—with Nicole Russo, formerly of Mitchell Innes & Nash and Leo Koenig Inc., at its helm—has steadily cemented a sterling reputation as a small but influential downtown art gallery, first opening on Henry Street before moving to a roomier Houston Street location in 2016. Now, “3.0” inaugurates Chapter NY’s third space, on Walker Street. The group show features new works from all 15 artists on the gallery’s roster—heralding Chapter NY’s arrival in Tribeca while paying homage to its Lower East Side beginnings.
Stella Zhong contributes a monumental, epoxy resin-and-clay sculpture titled Every Other Chopped (2021). A muted green-grey, the nonfunctional structure resembles an oval table top sitting on cartoonishly tall legs, its smooth, geometric components lending the piece a midcentury-modern sensibility. Meanwhile, the comparatively diminutive, cast-resin Pink Elephant (2021) by Sam Anderson consists of two, petal-like pink discs standing upright on a pedestal, affixed by a strange, engorged mass.
More than anything, “3.0” reflects Chapter NY’s history of staging succinct yet impactful shows that prepare emerging artists for entry into prestigious collections and institutions. Some notable cases in point: Dalton Gata, who joined the gallery in 2019, currently has a solo presentation at ICA Miami; plus, Anne Greene Kelly and Erin Jane Nelson—who’ve been with Chapter NY since 2017 and 2020, respectively—both made the cut for this year’s New Museum Triennial. — Rachel Small
Erin Jane Nelson, Watering Problem, 2021. Pigmented inkjet prints, glass, glazed stoneware, brass, invasive seed pods, silicone, and bio-based resin on glazed stoneware, 46 ½ × 29 ½ × 5 inches.