Teen Vogue Didi Rojas Turns Popular Footwear Into Artworks Using Paint and ClayOctober 2019

From re-creating the Jacquemus Le Chiquito Bag (including one that’s even tinier than the original!) to sculpting everyone’s favorite Glossier products in clay, Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Didi Rojas is making art out of the most-coveted fashion and beauty items.

Art Verge Didi Rojas’ Ceramic Sculptures Blast Big Shoe EnergyOctober 2019

Consisting of medium scale sculptures in clay, Didi Roja’s new solo show visually addresses her fascination for footwear. The young artist’s perspective lies on the contemporary functions of shoes that envisage multiple aesthetic and symbolic functions.

Artforum Critics' PicksSeptember 2019

“You’re doing amazing sweetie!” said notorious momager Kris Jenner to her most famous little dividend, Kim Kardashian, during her daughter’s 2007 photo shoot for Playboy. Kris’s croon serves as the title for Didi Rojas’s first solo show in New York, which features forty-two single shoes (right foot only!) on a low pedestal in the center of the petite gallery.

Abstract Mag You're Doing Amazing SweetieSeptember 2019

Featured in their online journal, ABSTRACT Mag includes You're Doing Amazing Sweetie by Didi Rojas.  The feature profiles a selection of installation images from the exhibition and takes an indepth look at the over 40 works Rojas made for the exhibition.

Greenpointers Thursday Spotlight: Didi Rojas and Her Fantabulous ShoesSeptember 2019

It’s hard to not be beguiled by an art show entitled You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie — now on view at LAUNCH F18 F18 until October 19th — and it’s even harder to not fall in love with the whimsical, colorful ceramic shoes created by Didi Rojas for the show.

Office Magazine You're Doing Amazing SweetieSeptember 2019

Didi Rojas’ boots are not made for walking. Neither are her sneakers, flip flops, or her Balenciaga crocs, which landed office magazine's Issue 08 cover. In fact, all of her LAUNCH F18 gallery solo exhibition creations are strictly ceramic. The Brooklyn based artist’s show titled You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie will be open through October 19 with selections of Rojas' famous footwear sculptures.

i-D Magazine This Artist Makes Color-Drenched Sculptures of Your Favorite Designer ShoesSeptember 2019

Shoes fascinate Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Diana Rojas. First using ceramics in college, she soon began to casting her favorite sneakers, heels, and boots using clay, making some life-size and some gigantic.

Artspace 7 Artists To Watch: September 2019September 2019

Colombian-born Pratt graduate Didi Rojas is making her solo debut with a curated collection of over 20 ceramic shoes: heels, flats, sneakers, the works. These zany sculptural confections locate style as both identity and form, nodding at pop progenitors like Koons and Warhol without the slick material distancing. 

Abstract Mag Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18August 2019

In their online journal, ABSTRACT Mag features Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18.  The gallery's group exhibition featuring the work of Chiaozza, Corinne Bernard, Nathan Dilworth, Erika Mahr, Dan Perkins, Taylor O. Thomas and Rose Vickers. 

Riot Material An Interview With Artist and Critic Rose VickersJuly 2019

Future Starts Slow artist, Rose Vickers sat down with Sam Trioli for Riot Material to discuss her work in the gallery's current exhibition as well as her practices as a writer, critic and curator.  

Arte Fuse Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18July 2019

In their Photo Stories series, Arte Fuse features several installation images from the current group exhibition at LAUNCH F18, Future Starts Slow.  Curated by Christin Graham and Sam Trioli.

Hyperallergic Echoes of Identity Across the Work of Two Asian-American ArtistsJune 2019

The echo — a sound wave returning to its source, doubling back through space and time — can be an apt metaphor for diasporic experiences and familial legacy. This metaphor is apparent throughout Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden, a small two-person exhibition of paintings, photographs, and sculptures made of paper by artists Tommy Kha and Meena Hasan.

Greenpointers Thursday Spotlight: Tommy Kha and The “Negotiation Between Worlds”June 2019

To complement last Thursday Spotlight’s article on Meena Hasan, today, we speak wtih fellow artist Tommy Kha who, alongside Meena, is deconstructing identity through their joint show at LAUNCH F18 Gallery in Tribeca.

Greenpointers Thursday Spotlight: Meena Hasan and “Post-Colonial Legacy”June 2019

Meena Hasan’s newest show at LAUNCH F18 is, what she brilliantly and comically calls, a “kaleidoscopic onion.” To understand that, one must first understand her vivid works that stem from diverse compositions and series but are now in giddy and ponderous conversation with each other in one show.

Whitehot magazine In Conversation with Meena Hasan & Tommy KhaJune 2019

Meena Hasan and Tommy Kha sat down with Christin Graham and Sam Trioli to discuss their two-person exhibition, “Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden” at LAUNCH F18 in Tribeca.

Tribeca Citizen LAUNCH F18 SHOW EXAMINES CULTUREMay 2019

Two New York-based artists, Meena Hasan and Tommy Kha, will be featured in a show at Launch F18 Gallery at 373 Broadway (at White). The show delves into the artists’ American and cultural identities and focuses on women in their families and post-colonial legacies.

Brooklyn Magazine The Best In Brooklyn Art This WeekendFebruary 2017

Launch F18 is in Manhattan, but Tyler Lafreniere is a Greenpoint boy (except for his unending devotion to Maspeth, Queens, where he runs Mrs. Gallery with Sara Maria Salamone).

New York TImes "Discrete Pieces," reviewed in the New York Times by Ken JohnsonJanuary 2016

The remarkably inventive sculptor Nathaniel Robinson makes technically impressive, philosophically provocative works that play in the gap between perception and cognition — between what you see and what you understand.

Arte Fuse Nathan Dilworth: New Work at Launch F18

Walking into the space, the audience is introduced to non-objective, mixed media pieces placed on the wall and the floor, set on cinderblocks and installed for the onlooker to interpret.

Artsy Brooklyn-Based Artist Nathan Dilworth on His All-Inclusive Approach to Art-Making

If Dilworth’s approach had to be summed up with a single word, “inclusive” might well fit the bill. Very little is discarded in his practice; almost everything that is cut away from one work finds its way into another.

Artnet 14 of the Best Summer Gallery Group Shows in New YorkJuly 2015

Photographer and artist Jack Pierson assembled this massive roster of 19 artists from a variety of mediums and generations, all of whom are unrepresented by commercial galleries in New York.

Artsy The Shifting, Shining, Shimmering Abstractions of Eric Freeman Have an Unexpected MuseJune 2015

Eric Freeman is known for painting illusory tricks of color and light. A textured grayscale surface may appear to be bumpy concrete up-close or a rippling nighttime ocean from a distance.

Brooklyn Rail Tomorrow Is A Long TimeMay 2015

Like so many, photographer Matt Ducklo seems to have a complicated relationship with his hometown. He was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and around 2010, after a decade-long stint in New York, he moved back there.

Arte Fuse Tomorrow Is A Long TimeApril 2015

When I first saw Matt Ducklo’s photographs of Memphis at Launch F18 Gallery, I didn’t immediately connect them with my own experience of that city, which I visited over ten years ago. Although Ducklo is originally from Memphis, he had lived in New York for a long time before returning to his home town.

Interview Magazine Memphis After DarkApril 2015

Featuring images by photographer Matt Ducklo, "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" presents the viewer with start black-and-white images of Memphis, a city viewers have most likely seen in color through William Eggleston's eyes.

Arte Fuse The Final Gamble at Launch F18December 2014

On Friday November 14th, Arte Fuse visited Launch F18 for their final opening at its current location in Tribeca. The Gallery will be relocating to a larger space in the lower east side due to open sometime in spring 2015. 

Arte Fuse Screens and ShroudsMay 2014

Last Saturday May 3rd, Arte Fuse attended the opening for Screens and Shrouds by Erika Mahr at Launch F18. Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli run the space and together they curate fantastic shows. 

NY Arts Magazine Catching Up With F18February 2014

Launch F18 didn’t just happen of its own accord—things shook out almost as if Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli were made to work together. They came to art from opposite angles.

L Magazine Big Structures and Small StagesFebruary 2012

In their respective installations in tiny Tribeca project spaces—sixth floor walk-in closet-sized gallery Launch F18 and Art In General‘s ground-floor storefront room—Brooklyn-based Frankie Rice and Icelandic part-time New Yorker Katrin Sigurdardóttir have irreverently manipulated archetypal architectural forms.

Art Fag City Not Open All The TimeFebruary 2012

Launch F18‘s 6th floor space in Soho just opened last spring. Artist-curators Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli have focused on bringing in artists who haven’t yet shown in New York, mainly emerging artists from Eastern Europe and within the city.

Eye Towards The Dove Some Girls at Launch F18December 2011

Some Girls, curated by Noah Becker recently opened at Launch F18 a small gallery space in Tribeca, NY. The gallery is located directly between White and Franklin street on Broadway and open by appointment only. Saturday evening, guests spilled into the hallway from the tiny rectangular venue which was filled almost to capacity.

East Village Boys Not Quite HumanMarch 2011

I always find it remarkable how shows come together. I’ll admit, I’m one of those curators who allow a show to be “delivered” out of circumstance, rather than pushing it out. Not Quite Human is an example of that.