The Bowery

Permanent Installation

Detail of "The Artist's Studio"

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Detail of "Sick Bed Blues"

Detail of "The Artist's Studio"

"Portrait of Mirabelle Burch in her Garden"

Detail of "The Reliquary"

Detail of "The Writing Desk"

Detail of "The Writing Desk"

Detail of "The Writing Desk"

Detail of "The Artist's Studio"

"Sick Bed Blues"

Detail of "The Writing Desk"

Detail of "Sick Bed Blues"

Detail of "Mirabelle Burch"

Detail of "The Writing Desk"

Detail of "The Scrapper"

The Bowery is a permanent collection of images, objects, and dwellings tracing its origin to the fictional world of Sick Bed Blues, a three-volume graphic novel currently being written and drawn by the artist Koak. The story and characters, imagined by the artist to inhabit a world within her body, are represented there through miniature and full-sized dioramas that are both mesmerizing and unsettling in their intricate detail.

Visitors are encouraged to return to the exhibit as it evolves along with the creation of Sick Bed Blues.



Current list of works on view in The Bowery:
Plates from The Encyclopedia of Rare Finds, Odds, & Ends, 5th ed.
Archival Inkjet Prints on Hahnemuhle.

The Reliquary of St. Iggie – Patron St. of Bitborrowers, Scrappers, & Quilters
Taxidermy raccoon, structure sculpted from found and painted wood, tar pool crafted from wax, mica and resin, found wood palette, vintage print on canvas, broken mirror, collected scraps, sculpted trinkets, and two hand-made mattresses (one color-blocked from a torn and sorted old rag rug).

The Artists Studio
Sculpted bed, bone wall, and wolf with rabbit sconce, hand-painted wood and fabric “fat-cell” chair, collected cloth and effects, to scale drawings and partial paintings, hand-sculpted and painted knick-knacks, and an electronic artificial environment.

Portrait of Mirabelle Burch: pictured here as she stands in her garden, the last known portrait of the artist before her death.
Large scale archival inkjet print of 5.75 x 9.5 inch pen & ink drawing.

Blue Studio Reflection
Collected work room.

The Writer’s Desk
Hand-carved and assembled wooden desk with leather, cloth, and the artist’s hair, found stone, bone, and flowers, hand-bound books of drawings and prints, recreated sketches from Sick Bed Blues, Rabbit’s jacket, printed reference imagery, and an all-seeing watchful eye.

The Scrapper at Work
Archival inkjet print of pen & ink drawing.

The Villager Prints #1-12.
Archival inkjet prints of 12 characters from Sick Bed Blues on Hahnemuhle.




  • Alter Space...

    was founded in 2012 by Koak and Kevin Krueger. We offer a multi-use space which currently functions as our studios, a main exhibitions space, printshop, a permanent museum installation called the Bowery, and is also home to the Peephole Gallery.
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