Saturday, October 31, 2009


Thanks to everyone who came out Friday night! It was a huge success. Many special thanks to Max Cooper (aka DJ SLAPPY) Honne Well, Juan Comas, Saunders Jurrians, Dustin Bowlin, Danny Bensi, Max Tucker, Patricia Iglesias, Chris O'Connell, Jono Pandolfi, Tom Hanks, and Meg Ryan. All of your performances were incredible.
Notice the t-shirts in the background! These are limited editions designed by myself and are for sale - all of the proceeds go the bands who are generously donating their skills. To purchase a shirt please contact me at ivinballen (at) --- only 20$$!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Opening Night: DJ SLAPPY, Honne Wells and Juan Comas, and Storms

Friday, October 30th
6:00 PM -- DJ SLAPPY
8:00 PM -- Storms

Winkleman Gallery
637 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
T: 212.643.3152
F: 212.643.2040

Press Release

For Immediate Release October 5, 2009
Ivin Ballen
Sleepless in Seattle at Winkleman Concert Hall

Oct 30 – Dec 29, 2009
Opening: Thurs., Oct 30, 6-8
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 11-6 PM
Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present Sleepless in Seattle at Winkleman Concert Hall, our second solo exhibition by New York artist Ivin Ballen. Featuring new paintings and sculpture, including “Stage” (which will double as an actual performance platform and sound system for a series of weekly performances by a line-up of emerging New York area bands), Sleepless in Seattle at Winkleman Concert Hall embodies nostalgia, performance of the moment, and illusion of material to create an effect that anticipates the inevitable change to come.

Elaborating on the decision to invite musicians to participate in his exhibition, and its title, Ballen wrote

Sam Baldwin is mourning the loss of his wife and coming to terms with the fact that his happiness is dependent on companionship. It is not an uncommon story. Through tender circumstance, Sam finds his true second love in Annie Reed. Sleepless in Seattle (1993), with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, focuses on the trials of renewed life.

Although the film’s focus is one of an inevitable romance, a strong feeling of bereavement hovers over the plot. It is the loss of life that is spurring the adaptation in Sam’s life. Death leads Annie Reed to Sam Baldwin through the radio, which is followed by a fairy-tale chain of events deliberately referencing all but the tragic ending in An Affair to Remember (1957). It gives heartening prospect to see a hopeful outcome in Sleepless in Seattle.

Sleepless in Seattle at Winkleman Concert Hall explores inward feelings and draws on how we cope and adapt to chance in life. The stage is introduced into this show literally as a place for performance. Winkleman Gallery is transformed into a makeshift concert hall and a place of rejuvenation for both art watchers and music goers.

Life brings unexpected turns and we can be happy to roll with them, taking old objects and reconfiguring them to continue their use cycle. I am advocating a lifestyle of adaptation and am bringing that conversation to the composition of sound and performance.

Musical performances are scheduled throughout the duration of the show. Opening night Honne Wells will perform at 6:30 PM, followed by Storms. Other musical artists including, but not limited to: Big Game, Perfect Wieners and Butts, Pete and J, Scandinavian Half-Breeds, and Chris Pandolfi (of the Stringdusters) will be performing on dates to be announced.

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 or,