Ramiken Crucible

By
Photography Gregory Harris

Published November 30, 2012

 

ABOVE: MIKE URSUTA (LEFT) AND BLAIZE LEHANE NEXT TO MATTEO CALLEGARIÂ?’S THE MARXIST HAS NO HAIR, 2011. STYLING BY VANESSA CHOW.

OWNERS: Mike Ursuta, 30, and Blaize Lehane, 33.

LOCATION: Lower East Side.

FOUNDED: 2009.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BECOMING ART DEALERS? Losers. We were both losers.

WHAT WAS MISSING IN THE NEW YORK GALLERY SCENE THAT YOU THOUGHT YOUR GALLERY COULD OFFER? Unprofessional behavior, professional results.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? By default.

HOW DID YOU FIT IN THERE? We lived there.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD YOUNG GALLERY? Taking risks with new art by not-established artists.

WHICH ARTISTS DO YOU REPRESENT? Borden Capalino, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Lucas Blalock, Nolan Hendrickson, Gavin Kenyon, Andra Ursuta, and Matteo Callegari.

WHAT’S THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT YOU’VE EXECUTED IN THE GALLERY? A ketamine party by Borden Capalino in 2010.

DOES YOUR GALLERY HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE? Every show we do requires a sense of humor.

IF YOU COULD SHOW ANY ARTISTS, LIVING OR DEAD, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Maurizio Cattelan.

WHY START A GALLERY NOW? To prove to ourselves that art doesn’t have to be about your résumé.

WHAT IS YOUR 10-YEAR PLAN? In 2017, the third world war will begin, and we plan to be ready.

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