What’s the hottest arts space in Bushwick? For my money, it’s Transfer, a gallery that focuses on artists who live in the digital world and make work in the physical. Since founding it six months ago, owners Kelani Nichole and Jereme Mongeon have launched shows that have included hundreds of gifs, large-scale digital prints, poetry readings, and wall-sized paintings of computer desktops. They have a show opening October 12 with Rollin Leonard, a figurative artist known for the digital disassemblage of his own body. Also, from November 1-2, Transfer will act as The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale’s AFK-Embassy in NYC. Given all this activity, I thought it was an appropriate time to chat with cofounder Nichole.
Why did you two found Transfer?
It grew out of some work I had been doing with Little Berlin, the collective I was part of in Philadelphia, and specifically that last exhibition, Distributed Collectives. The folks I was working with really expressed gratitude for the opportunity to come together in physical space. It was clear that there was a real need for this kind of stuff.
When I moved to New York City, I was looking for opportunities to continue the independent curatorial work I had been doing. So I started looking on Craigslist for space.
Check out our interview on The L Magazine!