VCS alumnae Brooke Tomiello and Katie Armstrong in “Diff’rent Strokes” at Louis B. James

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Alumni News, Exhibitions, VCS Alumni | No Comments

Louis B. James

This month (through August 23rd), Louis B. James on the Lower East Side is showing “Diff’rent Strokes: Small Paintings and Intimate Performances,” an exhibition of works in a variety of mediums and formats. The show features contributions from two VCS alumnae: Brooke Tomiello (2011) has curated a selection of videos, one of which is a piece by Katie Armstrong (2010).

Here’s more information about the show from its press release:

“Less is a bore.” – Robert Venturi

Louis B. James is pleased to announce the opening of Diff’rent Strokes: Small Paintings and Intimate Performances featuring the work of more than 25 artists.

New York in August is hot and messy. So is this show. Comprised of various small(ish) works – mostly paintings, some wall sculpture, works on paper, videos, film and performance – Diff’rent Strokes – like a great department store – has something for everyone.

Featuring works by Michael Assiff, Ricky Bonzai, Canyon Castator, Leidy Churchman, Jeremy Couillard, Elizabeth Glaessner, Nora Griffin, Nikki Katsikas, Matthew Kirk, Doron Langberg, Michael Mahalchick, Nikki Maloof, David Mramor, Brad Phillips, Hayal Pozanti, Ryan Schneider, Bret Slater, Brendan Smith, Devin Troy Strother and Faren Ziello.

With performances by, Stiven Luka, Michael Mahalchick, Marissa Mickleberg, David Mramor and Geo Wyeth.

Videos curated by Brooke Tomiello and featuring Katie Armstrong, Max Basch, Trevor Clifford, Nazli Dinçel, Montgomery Knott, Rishi Linley, Alexander Neel, Kathy Rose, Daniella Sansotta, Brooke Tomiello and Nina Yuen.

The Pinch and the Ouch film and performance screening organized by Marianna Ellenberg.

Louis B. James is located at 143b Orchard Street in New York City. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website, or contact them by phone at 212-533-4670 or e-mail at You can also read about some of the works in the show at the gallery’s blog.

I found this on the Louis B. James blog.

From the Louis B. James blog.


Brooke and Katie are both former recipients of the VCS Department’s scholarship to pursue a residencies in the Leipzig International Art Program. You can read about their residencies at these links:

Brooke Tomiello’s residency at the Leipzig International Art Program (January 2, 2013)

Katie in Leipzig: the final chapter (January 16, 2011)

I’ve also written recently about Youme Haus, the exhibition series that Brooke created with her collaborators (and fellow VCS alumnae) Sofia Klapischak and Amy Kolenut. You can read my most recent post about it at this link:

This Saturday, July 27th: “Individual Mythologies” at Youme Haus (July 20, 2013)

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