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Stitched Identities: Recent Artwork by Jane Zweibel

September 14, 2010
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Self-Portrait Praying # 6
Jane Zweibel – 2008
Oil on sewn and stuffed canvas
40 x 16 x 12”

Recently I heard about an exciting new project that Kesha Bruce and her associate Charlie Grosso have launched, Baang and Burne Contemporary. Based in New York, they will be hosting a series of one-night-only art events where, unlike at a traditional art gallery opening, artists, art collectors, and members of their mailing list are invited to attend a small intimate exhibition event in a private home or a hotel suite.  Events are currently planned for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Portland.

Their inaugural show on Sunday September 26, 2010, 2-6:00 p.m. is titled “Stitched Identities,” showcasing the recent paintings of New York artist Jane Zweibel, whose “stuffed paintings” are sewn, stuffed, and painted sculptural objects that challenge and blur the boundaries and traditions of both sculpture and painting. The resulting soft sculptures allude to childhood stuffed animals and dolls, while suggesting cartoon figures, spiritual icons, and effigies.

During the event every invited guest has the chance to not only personally meet and talk with the artist, but to slip on a pair of white cotton art handling gloves and actually hold, touch, and admire the works of art up close.

Their goal is to provide an innovative way of bringing artists and art collectors together, especially newer collectors who are often deterred by the high intimidation factor at most contemporary art galleries.

The gallery takes its name from a cold-war era espionage term used to describe covert demolition and sabotage operations, altering the spelling slightly in a tongue in cheek reference to big-name art galleries that assume the names of their well-known directors.

“We were well into planning our first event when we realized we didn’t have a name for the project,” explains Bruce. “When we came across the term ‘Bang and Burn’ it seemed perfect considering that our whole approach is about eliminating all the barriers that come built-in to the traditional art buying experience.”

“Our events are geared toward creating a comfortable setting where collectors can meet artists, and feel comfortable asking questions about the work.” says Grosso. “The whole point is to initiate and create a unique art experiences that benefit not just the artists, but new collectors too. And because our events are smaller, every one of our guests gets VIP treatment.”

For more information about the show, visit

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim Radatz permalink
    September 15, 2010 8:37 am

    such an inspiration, love it. makes me think, but only for a moment, about starting something like that here.

  2. September 15, 2010 9:34 am

    This is a technique I rarely see. Reminds me of Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures. Fresh, instinctive minds at work here.


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