Verfall: Decadence and Decay- at 150 Bay Street in Staten Island, NY.

written by Don Porcella in New York City

Verfall: Decadence and Decay
Curated by Ginger Shulick
07/25/2009 - 08/28/2009.

Exhibiting Artists:

Mikhael Antone, NYC
Brendan Coyle, NYC
Christopher Frederick, NYC
Michelle Sciumbato Keller, Nashville
Scott Lewis, New Jersey
Reggie Manning, Milwaukee
Keren Moscovitch, NYC
Mona Oman, NYC

Studio 150
150 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

Verfall: Decadence and Decay

The 18th century view of language is largely based on the concept of “decadence and decay”, words which are synonymous in many languages, including German (verfall). This exhibition focuses on decadent yet banalized behaviors – smoking, excessive drinking, over-eating, sexual promiscuity – and examines whether these over-indulgences are just another part of living a contemporary existence. However, these decadent lifestyles can lead to physical and moral decay and ultimately, death. Installations by Brendan Coyle and Mikhael Antone deal with fatality itself, and question viewers’ responses to and fascination with the everyday occurrence of death. Coyle’s sculpture “Candy Corpse” will simultaneously address death and decay; this installation will be altered throughout the course of the show as the materials respond to temperature and climate changes, but will never fully decay.

The opening will be on Saturday, July 25th from 7pm-12am, and will be open for regular hours Thursdays and Fridays 5pm-9pm, Saturdays 12pm-8pm, and Sundays, 12pm-5pm through the close of the show. Studio 150 is located at 150 Bay Street in Staten Island, NY. Take the Staten Island Ferry in downtown Manhattan. The boat ride is 25 minutes. Then walk 5 minutes to 150 Bay Street from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Curator Ginger Shulick in front of a wall painting by Reggie Manning an artist from Milwaukee, WI

This exhibition in Staten Island is very important because it is another significant moment in the continued evolution of the Staten Island Art Scene. Verfall: Decadence and Decay curated by Ginger Shulick, brings together artists from Staten Island and artists from other parts of the country. Given the importance of the show, I was very impressed with the variety and dedication each artist represented in their work. I thought all the art in the show was extremely provocative and alluring.

A fantastic piece of art by Scott Lewis, New Jersey. He is currently having a solo show at The Puck Building in NYC.

Brendan Coyle's magnificent "Candy Corpe" made out of candy lying in dirt. I was very impressed with Brendan's Candy Corpse (see which allows people to participate in the ongoing project). Coyle put a lot of time and effort into handcrafting his corpse and integrated that into a decaying mound of dirt. During the opening, the corpse sinks ever so slowly into the ground. Go see it!!!

Studio 150
150 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Staten Island Art Scene has many interesting and talented artists living and working in the borough. Many of those artists came to the opening last night and I tried to take photos of as many of them as possible. There are many more artists who are doing interesting work here and it is worth coming to "the island" and meeting these exciting artists.

Tattfoo, an artist living in Staten Island was there taking photos of the Candy Corpse. Tattfoo is having an exhibition at The Bronx River Arts Center in the Bronx. see

Stephen Lapcevic and his wife - Lapcevic is an animation artist living in Staten Island. see

Brendan Coyle and Amanda Curtis are artists living in Staten Island and they also operate The Assembly Room, a gallery in Staten Island, NY. see


Brendan Coyle said…
yes! Thank you Don!
thank you,its exactlu that whats im looking for today,nice and once more nice,thank you