Name: Alexander Schulen
Hometown: New York’s Soho neighborhood
Lasts now: In a studio apartment in the West Village section of Manhattan.
claim to fame: Mr. Shulan is the owner and curator behind Floss, Is a Manhattan gallery that has a knack for representing New York artists on the tail. His exhibitions have helped to advance the career of the sculptor. Robert bittenbender; Multimedia filmmaker Maggie Lee; Conceptual photographer Otto Gillen – Whose work appeared in the Whitney Museum of American Art and other top museums. His focus on emerging local talent refers to the “influx of technological wealth” that pervades the world of commercial galleries. “I’m very concerned with providing individuals to project their imagination,” he said.
big break: Mr. Shulan took credit for nurturing his art trend in Soho in 1990. “As a child, it was always exciting to me that I could just walk into a gallery.” After graduating from the University of Chicago, he returned in 2011 and was its editor KaleidoscopeIndependent art magazine, and staged a guerrilla-style show at Chinatown’s storefront. “It’s not a model that typically generates a lot of sales,” he said, “but it was definitely a way for me to learn how to do exhibitions together and interact with artists in a new way. ” At the age of 27, he opened Lomax on the 18th-century Bower on the top floor of a row, which once belonged to the sculptor Eva Hayes. “I wanted to create a new space for artists in the city while being super sensitive to the historical background of the building,” he said.
next thing: In May, Lomex will showcase neo-gothic, comics-inspired illustrations Kyle Christensen Knowles. He is hoping there will be a wine-and-cheese opening, when it is safe enough for people to gather. “I used to do these really raucous openings, which are really really good formats for all kinds of interactions between people who are not usually in the same room together,” Mr. Schulen said. “Historically, fine art comes out of social situations.”
Art history: Lomex is named after the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a failed interstate highway proposed by Robert Moses in the 1960s that would bulldoze through Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown and other vibrant neighborhoods. “At the moment it is happening with the city, it is necessary for people to start thinking about the changing landscape of New York,” he said. “How should art sites feel themselves when the city finally starts coming back?”