Karma Gallery has opened its latest outpost in Manhattan’s East Village, turning a tired, former industrial building on East 2nd Street into a pristine exhibition space.
Architect Neil Logan led the adaptive reuse project, working with architectural designer Jasper Campshure to unveil the brick and steel roof beams of what was once a glazier’s workshop. The gallery’s 2,500 sq ft interiors are purposefully austere, with whitewashed walls and poured concrete floors putting the emphasis squarely on the artwork.
Light floods the space thanks to a huge lantern skylight which forms the centrepiece of the building. Photos show one of Alan Saret’s delicate sculptures hanging from the window and soaking up the sun.
Karma’s bright interiors are further emphasised by the gallery’s black-painted external brickwork, which has been scrubbed free of graffiti and updated with a new bank of windows.
Art dealer and graphic designer Brendan Dugan founded Karma in 2011. It currently encompasses three galleries and a bookstore along this stretch of Second Street in the East Village.