Slag Gallery, since its opening in summer 2008, has focused on presenting contemporary works by Eastern European artists who have minimal exposure in the United States. This year, in addition to that focus, the gallery has begun featuring works by international artists in all media. Slag's founder is the Romanian born collector, Irina Protopopescu who has long been a supporter of artists from Eastern Europe. She is opening Slag Gallery in order to bring the works of these artists to a New York audience. Slag Gallery will show works in all media and will function as a laboratory where artists can experiment within the walls of a gallery space. By calling the gallery Slag (Slag is a waste product in metal smelting, yet highly recyclable), Protopopescu is emphasizing that what might be worthless in one context has meaning in another and will operate on that model...where one thing can evolve into another. The gallery will push boundaries by presenting artists whose work explores geo-political, as well as social environments and issues.