Cultbytes features Kenya Hanley’s work in an overview of the 2019 Outsider Art Fair.
Raw Vision reviews Raquel Albarran’s exhibition at Albert B. Chandler Hospital, University of Kentucky.
The Horse with the Human Meatball Toes and the Owl Carrying the Bucket of Fruit
Raquel Albarran, Pencil on Paper, 2017.
Raquel Albarran’s painting, The Horse with the Human Meatball Toes and the Owl Carrying the Bucket of Fruit, is featured in The New York Times's Disability Series.
Disparate Minds shares an overview of LAND Artist Byron Smith's work at Institute 193.
As part of their program, LAND resident artists collaborate with external artists, designers, animators, and often with the Museum of Modern Art. Several LAND talents have found favor with private and corporate collectors; Michael Pellew’s work, for instance, is owned by CitiBank and J Crew, as well as by the likes of Spike Lee, Mos Def, and Sia. Pellew’s practice, full of wit and insightful commentary, focuses on celebrity culture: Everyone from Kim Kardashian and Alice Cooper to Bill Clinton and Derek Jeter make cameos in his work. “His work, while being hilarious and charming, really resonates with me personally,” says Scott Speh, director of Western Exhibitions in Chicago, where Pellew will have a solo exhibition this coming June.
Many thanks to Mr. G and Kim Pestalozzi for featuring LAND on Pix 11:
“Everytime I come here I wonder where my imagination will take me," Myasia Dowdell. "I just like to surprise everyone.”
Myasia Dowdell is an artist through and through.
“I like to find the natural elements in a contemporary theme,” she explained.
She expresses her creativity at a Brooklyn art studio called L.A.N.D., a program part of League Education & Treatment Center.
Amidsts cutesy boutiques, and tree-lined streets, a small gallery gets ready for an intimate opening night. The artists and their families slowly fill up the space to celebrate an exciting night of collaboration. Located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, LAND Gallery provides a place for artists normally designated as "outsiders" to develop their craft, integrating them into the community as working artists.
Priscilla Frank introduces our new exhibition, Blackboard, for The Huffington Post:
The ethos of LAND Gallery is not a mawkish, put-your-feelings-on-the-paper, everything-is-art vibe. Everyone making work under LAND’s guidance is a serious artist who devotes his or her days to creating serious work. Yet LAND’s ungrudging openness toward the artists they foster embodies a constructive spirit that more places ― schools, galleries, or just individuals hovering over their laptops ― should embrace. LAND is a space for outsiders and insiders, which is to say, such distinctions do not hold within its doors.
Cartoonish yet elegant drawings of delicious cakes in neat piles and meticulously organized bowls of fruit: this is the work of artist Kenya Hanley. For the past 10 years, Hanley has been a resident at LAND (League Artists Natural Design) Gallery, a studio that has dedicated itself to providing a space for artists, such as Hanley, with developmental disabilities. Hanley has been independently making work since he was a child, exploring notions of unhealthy vs. healthy foods, lists, music, and TV.
One of the fantastic surprises at the Outsider Art Fair this year was our experience with the work of Michael Pellew. Pellew’s work is unassuming, and in the context of the fair particularly blends in - a style defined by repetition, drawing within a simple system, and the use of unconventional materials (markers). We were more familiar with his series of small original drawings marketed as greeting cards, which typically feature a grouping of four or five figures (available at Opening Ceremony in Manhattan and LA). In a larger scale, the voice only available in snippets in smaller works unfolds to become an astonishing comedic performance.
There’s a wonderful Michael Pellew work at Brooklyn-based LAND Gallery that features stick figures of ’80s rock stars and, hilariously, the boy band One Direction, who are saying in a thought bubble, “Hey, New York, we’re One Direction!” It went for $700 not an hour into the VIP preview.