Aron Namenwirth at Vertexlist
From Artist Organized Art
Saturday, January 17, 2009
by Erika Knerr
December 14, 2008: I arrived at the gallery and spoke with Marcin Ramocki, the founder of the gallery while waiting for Aron to arrive.
Erika Knerr: Is this the old Four Walls Space?
Marcin Ramocki: Yes, it was Four Walls until 1999, then Leo Koenig’s first space in 1999, then Mike Ballou’s Film and Slide Club, then Vertex List since 2003. I did five years and I just passed the space on to a friend of mine, Charles Beronio, who’s going to do the next five years.
EK: And will it remain vertexList?
MR: Yes. We are starting our second five years. Charles is already the director and Sunday is my day to be here. For me five years of an artist running a gallery is enough.
(Phone rings) That’s Aron. What’s up? He’s coming here.
(Aron was watching his gallery artMovingProjects...) www.artmovingprojects.com (...which opened John Giglio’s thoughtful show, “Designing Heaven,” the night before.)
EK: How often did you do shows, was it a full schedule?
MR: We’re open 3 days a week and we had 8-9 shows a year. This space took off. It’s a great location because everybody knows it as Four Walls.
EK: It’s a great legacy to have especially as an artist run space. Is the new director also an artist?
MR: Yes, he’s an artist and has his studio in the back.
EK: How was the opening last night?...
Erika Knerr, Marcin Ramocki, Aron Namenwirth, Four Walls, Charles Beronio, Leo Koenig, Mike Ballou, Film and Slide Club, Vertex List, artMovingProjects, John Giglio, Mary Baronne, Tom Moody, Glomag, Brian Conley, Williamsburg, MOMA, New York, New Jersey, Hoboken, John Currin, Lisa Yuskavage, Matvey Levenstein, Joe Begonia, Jim McShea, Dik Liu, Lower East Side, The Freezer, Brand-Name Damages, Minor Injury, Amy Sillman, John Berens, Spirit Surfers, Mary Alpern, John Illig, Sakurako Shimizu, John Bailey, Israel, Darfur, Abu Graib, Chuck Close, Seurat, pointillism, El Greco, Byzantine, Made in USA, New Deal, outsourcing, NASDAQ, Yale, political art, Leon Golub, Goya, “Disaster’s of War," Picasso, “Guernica,” Ipswich Mass., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, contemporary American politics, war, consumerist culture, Momenta, Galapagos, Diva, Miami, Zing Magazine