New York’s Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know, Part I
by Emily Torrey
November 13, 2015
Husband-and-wife duo Matthew Deleget and Rossana Martinez launched MINUS SPACE in 2003. At the time, the project was purely an online platform: “a hybrid social network, blog, news, and art historical site.” After three years, the group started presenting physical projects in Gowanus, converting half of their shared studio space. In 2008, MoMA PS1 took note of the collective’s focus on new approaches to minimalist abstraction, inviting MINUS SPACE to curate a 54-artist show at the museum. And this past May, the duo set up shop in their first ground-floor gallery in DUMBO.
Artsy: How do you balance your own art practices with running the gallery?
Minus Space: It’s a persistent challenge, to say the least. In addition to our individual studio practices and the gallery, we’re also raising a family together — we have a six-year-old son named Mateo. We honestly don’t see any distinction, though, between what we do in our studios and what we do at the gallery. They are both the direct expressions of creative ideas.
Artsy: In your opinion, what makes a gallery successful?
MS: We equate being successful with mounting innovative exhibitions and changing the artistic discourse within our discipline. With the gallery, our goals are to be totally uncompromised and self-sustaining. It’s a challenge, for sure, but they are not mutually exclusive.
Artsy: Do artists make better gallerists?
MS: Artists do make compelling gallerists and there is a very long tradition here in New York of artist-founded/run galleries, alternative spaces, and museums. Artists also generally tend to be way ahead of the curve in terms identifying new ideas and trends, as well as recognizing artists the general art world has overlooked, especially artist’s artists.