By NOAH BECKER October 2022
Artist Mark Carson, (founder of Not for them a fashion and art brand based in New York) – has just opened an exhibition space. Now located by appointment in Williamsburg NYC, Not for them Art House offers painting, sculpture and a limited number of its fashion accessories.
Full disclosure, Mark has become a good friend of mine over the years and I’m thrilled to follow his ongoing projects. Mark and I collaborated for several years on parties with Whitehot Magazine and exhibitions around New York – which you may remember… The New York art world needs a Mark Carson and Not for them at this point in history, as it effortlessly unites the worlds of fashion, art and nightlife.
Mark Carson’s New York “Arthouse” engages my esoteric obsession with how, when and why art scenes exist. And also how we might logically advance the culture of a post-pandemic post-1980 New York art world centered on Warhol/Basquiat. I’ve seen this kind of cultural action plant the seeds for major artistic actions later on – it’s the best way.
I’m referring to the obsession with market value and how society is somehow moving away from culture as fertile ground for new spaces and ideas. It’s like feeling Not for them has a lot of inflexible aspects of a New York in the present and exciting, untested artistic interactions…
I first met Mark at “Paul’s Casablanca” – the notorious West Side bar run by New York impresario/artist/night owl Paul Sevigny. Mark suggested that we collaborate on a party he was already throwing at the Jane Hotel.
Whitehot’s collaboration with the Mark’s Jane Hotel Party spawned the “Whitehot Magazine X Not For Them Art Party” at the Jane Hotel, a weekly event that took place before the pandemic on Tuesday nights in the New York’s West Village.
You can login with Not for them to set up an appointment and view the gallery. WM