Renewable Resource: Art Takes the Lukoil Station


Beginning tomorrow, the Lukoil station at 10th Avenue and West 24th Street will offer something more than gas and bodega wares. Through Sept. 22, a pop-up exhibition, “Art Station,” will take up residence in the endearingly grungy holdout from the old Chelsea that is now surrounded by gleaming condo buildings. The show will feature works by 11 Brooklyn-based emerging artists installed on walls, counters and display racks in the convenience store portion of the gas station, which will remain fully functional for the numerous taxis and others looking to fill up.

“Art Station” is an initiative founded by Beth Fiore, an artist and curator at American Flat, a website offering affordable works by emerging artists, which launches later this month. Rachel Stekson, a graduate student at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, co-curated the exhibition. The duo plan to take the pop-up project to spaces in L.A., Miami, London and Paris.

“Art Station” will feature works ranging from fragrances by perfumist Shannon Campbell to photographic portraits by M. Henry Jones. Other artists include Jim Bearden, Kevin Bourgeois, Elizabeth Cooper, Paul Crotty, Joseph Hume, Brittany Janaszak, David Maddy, Jan Mollet and Ian Pawelec, who will all have works for sale. Fiore will also be presenting some of her own fashion designs.

Fiore is also launching a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign in mid-October. She told A.i.A. that the funds will go towards the creation of an artist resource center that she hopes to open in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, within two years.