THE VIDA ARCHIVE

September 4th – September 25th

The Vida Archive is a group exhibition curated by Samantha Sutcliffe which features the work of Vodka Vida, Rachel Wark, Alexey Yurenev, Samantha Sutcliffe and Arthur Arbit.

The Vida Archive invites you to step into the mental state of a thirteen year old Catholic school girl from the suburbs of New Jersey who suffers from borderline personality disorder. The gallery space will mimic Vodka’s teenage bedroom using original pieces from her archive including hand-written poems, posters and pencil drawings of her highschool enemies and unedited writing from her published art books RAGING BULL (2019), YOU NEED DISCIPLINE (2020), YAZ CAR SUICIDE (2020) and SAD SARAH (2020). Shadow box sculptures inspired by church decorations created by Arthur Arbit, an immersive kaleidoscope installation by Rachel Wark and black and white silver gelatin prints of Vodka’s bedroom taken by Samantha Sutcliffe will be displayed on the surrounding walls. Vodka’s favorite photographer Alexey Yurenev will show for the first time his archive of the Night Wolves, a Russian motorcycle club he followed around between 2015 – 2017.

Limited edition books will be for sale the night of the opening all proceeds will go to Open Path Psychotherapy Collective.

I ART NY Interviews Jason Clay Lewis

Listen or read the newest I ART New York episode featuring Jason Clay Lewis from the series “Humanizing role of arts in the wake of the public health crisis”

Part II of a special series in which I ART New York invites three previously interviewed guests to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic. The series brings to fore the inherent resistance and constructive strategies created by artists and curators in the face of difficult and chaotic realities.

Jason Clay Lewis is an artist, curator, and Director of The Royal @ RSOAA (gallery) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Lewis discusses The Royal gallery's online summer exhibitions, their recently launched online artist-registry, and his artist Interview project begun last year. We also delve into his art practice and discuss his recent paintings as well as his reaction to the Covid-19 lockdown in New York City. Check out The Royal's latest exhibition "REMAKE / REMODEL", co-curated with Amelia Biewald.

This interview was recorded May 30, 2020.

The Royal List :: Interview link

www.jasonclaylewis.com
@jasonclaylewis

REMAKE / REMODEL

July 31, 2020 – August 30, 2020

Curated by Amelia Biewald and Jason Clay Lewis

The Royal @ RSOAA is pleased to present, REMAKE / REMODEL a group exhibition curated by Amelia Biewald and Jason Clay Lewis featuring artists Nicole Awai, Julia Blume, Michael Pribich, Esperanza Cortés, Kris Rac, Cecile Chong, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Yuliya Lanina, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Julien Tomasello, Tessa Krieg, Elena Chestnykh, and Benjamin Cabral.

The seemingly endless storm of recent events has me thinking of ways artists interpret and process their surroundings. The creation of art reflects the artist’s response to their world, and that can be both beautiful and ugly.

Click here to view the exhibition.

Annie Forrest & Molly Bergstrom

Social Distance

April. 17th – May. 17th, 2020

Curated by Ilona Golovina and Jason Clay Lewis

The Royal @ RSOAA is pleased to present, Social Distance a group exhibition curated by Ilona Golovina and Jason Clay Lewis featuring artists Annie Forrest & Molly Disa Bergström, Yuvraj Khanna, Ye Fan, Shannon Finnell & Kristi Cole, Ruofan Chen, Cait McCormack, and schwartzy.

We all find ourselves in a difficult situation, stuck alone in our homes with no physical interaction and connection with family and friends. The work in the exhibition reflects on isolation and the mental hardship of being alone.

Click here to view the exhibition.

Beyond The Instant Closing Brunch

Dear Royal friends,

Please join us on Sunday October 20th from 12 – 3 pm for the closing reception of Beyond The Instant.

This is a last chance to see this group show curated by Ilona Golovina, featuring work by Drew Leventhal, Stephanie CortazzoVera Saldivar de Lira, Jean Marie Casbarian and Maddalena Arcelloni.

There will be mimosas and snacks!

Special thanks to Josh Matthews for providing delicious Dip Me Down hummus for the event!

See you at The Royal!
400 S 2nd st 11211, Brooklyn, NY

I ART New York interviews The Royal Society of American Art

Izabela and Rebecca interview one of its founders, Jason Clay Lewis, and two partner curators, Amelia Biewald, and Janet Rutkowski. Lewis, Biewald, and Rutkowski discuss exhibitions at the RSOAA’s gallery,The Royal, the history of the development of the RSOAA, and their personal artistic and curatorial processes. Additionally, Lewis reveals the RSOAA’s newest endeavor launching this month; a free and open artists’ registry with the aim of creating The Royal List an online platform for artists. The intro track is “1969” by the band American Nomads from their new single and the outro is their track titled “A Revelation’s Gonna Come”.