[im]permanence with Naoki Iwakawa

[im]permanence with Naoki Iwakawa

Dates/Time: 05/15/18
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Space: Theaterlab

Category: Event

Theaterlab presents
Tuesday, May 15th at 7pm

Over the last five years, Theaterlab and our Artistic Director Orietta Crispino have transformed our home on the third floor of 357 W. 36th Street into a vibrant hub of artistic activity, where meaningful encounters are woven between artists and audiences, and where international artists form connections with New York collaborators. While the stark beauty of our Loft creates fertile ground for experimental new work, the uncluttered elegance of our white box spaces can also belie the mess and struggle that it takes to construct a lasting artistic home.

We are excited to announce that we recently signed an additional five years on our lease. Our landlord praised Theaterlab’s tenancy for the artful upgrades and for branding the building as a true Midtown destination. So, on Tuesday, May 15, Theaterlab will celebrate the untidy and unpredictable process of becoming a more permanent fixture in space. As we sew ourselves more deeply into the fabric of the Garment District, we’re holding an event to launch ourselves into the next five years with courage and boldness.

At 7pm, action painter Naoki Iwakawa will perform a live public painting on the street level gates at 357 W. 36th Street. Naoki’s ecstatic live painting is a performative work of art that exists fundamentally in the moment, while creating a painting with a lasting life that further affixes us to our space. In the future, we’ll invite other artists to repaint the gates over again and again as we continue to build the layers on our history in a series we’re calling [im]permanence.


Naoki Iwakawa was born in Osaka, Japan. He moved to the States in 1991. In 1996, he founded The Cave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Shige Moriya and became an artist-in-residence there. His work has been shown at OK Harris, Art Gotham, 450 Broadway Gallery and Cast Iron Gallery, in NYC. He was voted best action painter by The Village Voice. Naoki is also the master sushi chef at the excellent Japanese restaurant, GEN in Brooklyn. In his work Iwakawa brings to fruition a rare sensibility capable of merging the chaotic and Dionysian quality of experience with the meditative quality of action.