Longtime East Village resident David Godlis is the subject of the inaugural exhibition at 72 Gallery that opens this evening.
The folks behind The Great Frog created the space in their rock 'n' roll ring shop and boutique at 72 Orchard St.
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The exhibition explores David’s early work as a photographer in New York in the mid 70’s and early 80’s.
The show begins with David’s most famous work, which documents the New York punk scene centered around the infamous CBGB’s. The exhibition then expands out beyond the Lower East Side and onto the streets of New York. David’s street photographs–many of which have never been exhibited before – offer a beautiful and poignant slice of New York life in the 1970s. Working in black and white the artist’s compositional instincts transform the ordinary into the exceptional.
In a multimedia installation David talks us through his most iconic work which captures the emergence of the Punk scene in the Lower East Side. The audio commentary gives the viewer a unique insight into the photographs and the cast of characters that created this enduring and highly influential culture moment.
The show continues with multimedia displays of street photography along with larger format wheatpaste murals and installation works along with prints on paper.
The opening reception is tonight from 6-9 at the Great Frog, 72 Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. After tonight, you can check out the exhibit from noon to 8 p.m Tuesday through Sunday until May 9. Upcoming shows at the 72 Gallery space include Nightclubbing duo Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers.