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Parts & Labor in Beacon, New York.
Parts & Labor in Beacon, New York.

Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch to Open a Space in Beacon, New York

In early May, New York veteran dealers Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch will launch Parts & Labor, a new gallery in upstate New York. Located at 1154 North Avenue—about a ninety-minute train ride from the city and minutes away from Dia:Beacon—the 2,500-square-foot former inn will host exhibitions that pair midcareer artists with more historical figures. This collaborative model seeks to “reframe and recontextualize important dialogues while allowing intimate conversations to unfold.”

The first exhibition will present work by Rosy Keyser (b. 1974), an artist whose paintings have been called “neo brut” and frequently feature encrustations of sawdust and obsidian. Her works will be presented alongside those of Eleanor Mikus (1927–2017), who taught Keyser at Cornell University and whose canvases also bind disparate elements such as wood braces, rubber bands, gesso, epoxy paint, oil, and enamel.

“There’s a sense of this relationship that happened during their lifetime together, but it continues,” Parrasch told Artnews of the first pairing. “It’s as if there’s a transfer of energy or an exchange that’s happening—a connection that goes over a period of time.”

Parts & Labor is not Beauchene’s first foray into collaborative projects—the gallery’s space on Broome Street on the Lower East Side, for example, is shared with Jack Hanley Gallery. The two dealers alternate between the ground and second floor spaces for each exhibition.