I’ve spent quite a few nights at this legendary Lower East Side bar/art gallery called Max Fish. Out of the many places I’ve been to in this city, this is the one I feel the most at home. Thats why When I was asked about doing a show here I jumped at the opportunity. (second solo show ever, maybe last)
Max Fish is a Lower East Side institution, it has been serving cheap drinks back when Ludlow Street was nothing but dry goods stores and drug dealers. Now it’s all overpriced boutiques and frat boys, but Max remains, though the local clientele has been augmented by British tourists and PR girls. The big, high-ceilinged room has a pool table in the back, booths at both ends and a creative, ever-changing paint job pulling it all together. Many complain about how bright the bar is, but the light level allows you to appreciate each month’s art show and offers a fighting chance against beer goggles.
The NYPD and the owner keep making attempts to shut this historical Lower East Side bar down, for no good reason. For now bar remains open and a landmark of significance to NYC, in particular its Lower East Side. After over two decades, we hope it stays that way, open.
Im honored to show some of my watercolor paintings at Max Fish, And to have my big brother Stack Aly DJ the event.
Opening reception Feb. 21st 9 pm- on (178 Ludlow St, LES, New York City) is open to the public.