Chewing Tar
Industrial Materials in the Service of Art

CHEWING TAR has been extended to coincide 
with the 1st Anniversary of Lichtundfire.
Come celebrate with us on November 4th 6 - 9 pm
with a brisk and entertaining art talk and drinks.

September 11 - December 4 , 2016
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 6 pm
Sunday 1 - 6 pm
Reception: September 11, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

175 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002
917 675-7835


Jarrod Beck 
Graham Caldwell
Ula Einstein
Augustus Goertz
Allen Hansen
Rick Klauber
Bernard Klevickas
Alex Markwith 
Peter Patchen
Jonathan Peyser
Judy Richardson
Patricia Smith
Greg Stone
Christopher Stout


Chewing Tar brings together fourteen artists working with materials typically manufactured for non-art purposes. Included are roofing tar, fibrated asphalt, tire rubber, wood shims, aluminum oxide, Tyvek®, 3D printing, and fused plaster.

These artists come to their materials differently. Some find that the material inspires the art. There is an irresistible attraction in shiny tar, shimmering aluminum, and thick, black rubber. For others, when a preconceived idea can’t be executed using traditional art supplies, non-traditional materials are sought out. In either case the industrial material’s intended purpose is discarded in favor of its visual potential.

This show differs from up-cycled shows in that the artists did not choose their medium based on its ubiquity as a discarded material. Nor is the show patterned after the austerity of the Minimalists who were also known for their use of industrial materials. This show offers a third view of these non-traditional art materials focusing on the rich, the lush, and the refulgent, often showcasing the tactile or voluptuous qualities of the medium.

The artists’ choices, humble or hi-tech, present an element of surprise as we become aware of the material’s original purpose and its newly elevated and highlighted significance in these handsome, visually textural pieces.

Chewing Tar Lichtundfire is the second installment in the ongoing Chewing Tar series which began with an exhibition at the UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center, Hampden Gallery, March 2016. After curating a show you always encounter more artists you wish you could have included. This was especially true for Chewing Tar. These artists use materials in such a seductively appealing way that it changes the way you look at the world. The urban landscape, a never ending construction site, begins to look like a wonderful sculpture park.

The title Chewing Tar refers to the childhood pastime of chewing on melting, sticky tar found on the side of the road in the summertime.

    – Linda Griggs

 CATALOG PDF 1MB         CATALOG PDF 13MB             PRESS RELEASE                                                    


Jarrod Beck

Lacuna (detail)

28 x 102 x 15"


Mirror Box A 
Mirror Box D
Slumped and mirrored window glass, mirror and epoxy 
18 x 17 x 5

Absence/ Presence, (+ detail ) 
hand cut, manipulated, Tyvek, layered 
30 x 20 x 3”

Beyond Everything 
Acrylic, acrylic lacquer, sand, silver nitrate powder on canvas 
57 x 57


roofing tar with aluminum oxide on canvas
60"(h) x 48"(w)

Man in the Moon
 acrylic and sumi ink on shims
 15.5 x 21"

Bernard Klevickas
Pressed and english wheel formed heated 
and polished stainless steel
11 1/2 x 11 x 9"
(corner wall mounted)

roofing tar and felt over canvas
16" x 12"

Work on Canvas
roofing tar and shingles on canvas
24 x 18"

Study for "B-2 Perch" Migration Series
6" x 3.5"x 2.5"
3D Printed ABS Plastic
Software: Maya

The Beat My Heart Skipped 
Leather on Brushed Metal 
18 x 41 x 10 1/2 

“Tire Jars (Small)” 
Bicycle tires, inner-tubes, wood 
Approx. 12”x5”x4”


Night Vision (detail)
acrylic on neoprene 
108 x 48"

Halo Field Version 1
Fibrated Asphalt on Aluminum Panel
60 x 36"

Androgyny 2 

Androgyny 3 (detail)


2 panels: Nine molded plaster cylinders on Belgian linen 

over museum panel; finished with acrylic resin

2, 16 x 16 x 4"

For Chewing Tar: Industrial Materials in the Service of Art image list please download the catalog pdf


Linda Griggs