Recap: ‘The $16 Burger Show’ with Clayton Patterson and Elsa Rensaa

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

As reported widely a few weeks ago, longtime Lower East Side archivist, artist, photographer (and Boogie contributer), Clayton Patterson has announced that he is leaving New York for a small village in the Austrian alps.

But someone like Patterson obviously couldn’t leave town without throwing a party first.

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Patterson with a friend, both wearing “Clayton hats.” Photo: Lori Greenberg.

“The $16 Burger show,” a pop-up exhibit featuring Patterson’s work, along with his life partner Elsa Rensaa’s paintings, kicked off last week. The gallery space, which used to be an overpriced burger joint in the Meatpacking District (hence the $16 Burger title), has currently been christened “Galerie ABP,” short for Au Bon Punk. Patterson, by the way, dubs the neighborhood “the Dead Meat District.”

The opening last week was packed, leaving art-world luminaries patiently waiting on line in the pouring rain. The exhibit showcased Patterson’s photographs and embroidered designs, including “Clayton hats.” Even the floor was illustrated by Patterson.

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One wall featured Rensaa’s Renaissance-style paintings surrounded by roses lining the floor, creating a stunning contrast to Patterson’s graphic tattoo-style work.

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Elsa Rensaa, in front of her work. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

A number of people showed up in jackets and hats which were embellished by Patterson (who is never caught without wearing one of his creations).

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Dameht, a band which is part of an art collective in NYC, helped stage the exhibit, along with Kate Litvinov, another member, Photo: Lori Greenberg.

More than a few generations of LES art types mingled with stylish club kids and fashionable guests. The vibe was warm and friendly, something you don’t generally see at the average art opening.

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Coat by Espo/Steve Powers. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

For those who got there early enough, upscale burgers accompanied by specialty cocktails were served to the guests. Film crews were abundant, along with a guy taking retro polaroids of the crowd.

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Clayton, we’ll miss you, and we wish you and Elsa luck in your new adventure.

The $16 Burger Show at Galerie ABP is located at 58-60 9th Ave  and runs daily (noon – 7pm) through May 14. For more information, go to ABP’s site.

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