at NORTE MAAR, as part of EXHANGE RATES: The Bushwick Expo, New York 

I will have a piece included in the group exhibition - The Great Wrong Place - that will be Los Angeles based Durden and Ray's contribution to an international exchange happening in 24 Bushwick galleries. 


83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

October 23-26 2014

Artists included in exhibition: 
Virginia Broersma
Nick Brown
Emily Counts
Tom Dunn
Ariel Erestingcol
Roni Feldman
Jon Flack
David French
Kio Griffith
Jenny Hager
Raymie Iadevaia
Gil Kuno
Michelle Jane Lee
Esmeralda Montes
Max Presneill
Grant Vetter
Steven Wolkoff

curated by David French

83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

A catalog was also produced for the exhibition: 


Los Angeles has long been a place that has drawn outcasts, opportunists and creative types who have escaped one life to re-invent themselves in another. When talking about the Los Angeles of the crime writer Raymond Chandler, W.H. Auden referred to the city as “the great wrong place”. In one respect the sheer blandness of LA while acting as a blank canvas on which many have re-shaped their own destiny also acts as a mask covering up the more gritty and seedy elements that it is so adept at harboring. In another sense the glitz and glamour of LA’s Hollywood media machine has also acted as a mask that has hid not only the real story of America’s sordid history and present but continues to overshadow the contribution made by contemporary artists in what is becoming a major hub of art creation in the United States. 

All the Artists in Durden and Ray in one way or another attempt to tap into a certain sense of disquiet while maintaining an affirmative visual sensibility. There is an unsettled undercurrent within our work which binds us together as a group of artists and yet the positive nature of our work and our personalities generates visually exciting and thought provoking work and exhibitions. Perhaps this aspect of our work or our way of thinking has been affected by living in Los Angeles or perhaps this is what brought us together in the first instance to Los Angeles. The great wrong place is perhaps a fitting moniker for a city whose superficial image belies a veritable army of vital culture creators. — David French 


About Exchange Rates.
Exchange Rates is an international exposition of artworks and art galleries in and around Bushwick. Conceived and produced by arts organizations helmed by artists and curators in Bushwick and London, UK, Exchange Rates—known also in this inaugural iteration as The Bushwick Expo—is an international exposition of artworks and curatorial programs in which host spaces in one art community open their doors and share their walls with kindred spaces on visit from elsewhere. It is an exposition, to wit. Not a fair.

Date of the exposition are October 23-26. Spaces will be open daily from 12-6pm. A special edition of Norte Maar’s Beat Nite will be held on Friday, October 24 from 6-10pm and will feature an after party at the new Vazquez, 10-12am.

Some exhibits will be integrated, some collaborative yet autonomous, some even spontaneous or virtual.

The rates of exchange, as such, will fluctuate, while the currencies of exchange—ideas and culture—remain fixed.

Shared spaces and cultural currencies. Currencies tangible and intangible.

Variable valuations of the same.

Visit one space to visit several.

Visit Bushwick to get a glimpse of aesthetic endeavors both here and in a dozen other cities.

Come to Exchange Rates for a creative breath of fresh air.

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