by Mark Eisendrath
While remaining on view through August 11, Thursday August 8 marks the closing celebration for artist Pat McCarthy’s NikNak’s City Cart at ENTRANCE gallery, 48 Ludlow St.
From 6 pm on, the artist will be celebrating this body of work – influenced by Gordon Matta-Clark and the Rivington School – at ENTRANCE gallery, created in homage to the recent loss of his dachsund, Nik Nak (Naknikiya, or “hot dog” in Hebrew). This “hot dog” cart project also references the artist’s ongoing work with pigeons, merging the organic and the artificial in mixed-media, multidisciplinary constructions on view at the gallery’s upstairs and downstairs project space. The project itself has incorporated participatory art elements, with a final sculpture culminating from the various drawings contributed by participants outlining the monuments and edifices of New York City’s streets – a city that pigeons know all too well.
“…we’ll demolish the cart on the street and with the materials (the beautiful quilted stainless
steel) I’ll craft a model of the city, based on the community’s designs,” notes McCarthy. August 8th starting at 6 pm, visitors will have the opportunity to witness this new model of the City as transformed from the original presentation of the hot dog cart on the street in front of ENTRANCE. The artist himself will be on hand along with gallery directors to explain and walk guests through works on view as part of the project.
NikNak’s City Cart evinces a type of experimentation and open source community participation that the Lower East Side has sorely been missing. Don’t skip out on a chance to witness the final sculpture marking the evolution of Pat McCarthy’s NikNak’s City Cart Thursday August 8th, 2019 from 6 pm and catch the full exhibit before its end on August 11th at ENTRANCE, 48 Ludlow Street!