Friday, July 30, 2010

Looking Back, Thinking Ahead

Hey guys,

  Here's the latest from our end. 

  We started the week with artist and social media darling, Karen Schoellkopf in none other than Greepoint, Brooklyn (felt so natural riding the G-Train for the first time in a while. Ha!).  We met at WORD bookstore on Franklin Ave., one of the most charming and interesting independent bookstores in the borough and home to our July 2009 salon with artist book collective, Hit Factorie.  We're hoping to collaborate with Karen on a site-specific installation inspired by text and talk (both of which we're very familiar with!).

  On the way to WORD, we ran into artist Laura Hamilton, one of the first artists to help us kick-off the "G-Train Salon." She's an incredibly talented photographer (and former Jersey Girl!) who is now Greenpoint-based and lovin' it.  Was great to catch up and talk art/work/life. 

  On Wednesday night, my co-curator Jill and I had a really fruitful planning session.  We're looking into additional sponsors in the Park Slope area as we'll, most likely, be collaborating with at least one other local venue besides Urban Alchemist.  We're extremely grateful to our current wine sponsor, Picada Y Vino, who have supported us the past!

    As always, we'll keep you posted about the latest developments (and opportunities for artists and curators) here, on Facebook and Twitter

   Hasta la proxima!  

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Block and a Half of Chelsea

     I think many of us can agree that a trip to Chelsea can often be a hit-or-miss experience.  Luckily, I stumbled across a variety of treats during my visit last Friday.  Granted, I didn't stray beyond 25th or 26th street but I've learned that a concentrated, well-edited tour sometimes yields better results than a spontaneous, multiple-block assault.  Since friends often ask me for my recommendations, if you will, I thought I'd go ahead and share some of the works and artists that made me stop, look, stare, laugh and gasp.  

   Although I don't have any pics to share, I was really impressed by the Joan Mitchell 2009 MFA exhibition at CUE Art Foundation (always a winner).  I witnessed a common inclination to shelter, protect yet slightly expose the self (e.g. Trish Tillman's "Gift and Guilt" (2009) consisting of a headless female viewer in an open window swimming in found objects and Charlotte Meyer, "The Promise (for Five Keys)" (2009) with its fine, monofilament enclosure).  The nearby Arario Gallery also did not disappoint with its current exhibition, "Irrelevant: Local Emerging Artists Who Don't Make Work About Being Asian."  I had been meaning to check this show out since missing the opening and am sooo glad that I could devote a leisurely afternoon to taking it all in.  Here are just a few highlights (some items will go unmentioned simply because I couldn't take a good enough pic to them justice!). 

Sure, this might seem like an obvious Deepwater Horizon reference now but artist Hong Seon Jang's prescient Black Deer is actually from 2008 (!) so there ; )

Here's a view of Tattfoo Tan's incredible installation containing all of the documention, imagery and tools for his S.O.S. (Sustainable.Organic.Stewardship) project.  

Here's a close-up of his Mobile Garden Project.  NY Destinations Examiner, Leslie Koch, interviewed Tattfoo about this after his last performance at the gallery so keep an eye out for her story!

Here are my feet at one corner of Eung Ho Park's amusing commemorative floor installation, "#7 Train and Beyond." Made me miss Sunnyside, Queens (my old hood!)

This is one of the last pieces I saw in the show.  I immediately recalled Martha Rosler's "Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful" series.  Although the point is direct-and some may argue simple-I find its simplicity and clarity powerful.  I was reminded, once again, of how lucky many of us are to have the luxury of reading about chaos from a distance or participating in any of the routine or leisurely tasks (like looking at great art!) that a peaceful home allows.  Frankly, I don't think that can be said enough.

Moving on to 26th Street . . . 

 I ended my brief tour at Magnan Metz gallery for Sofia Maldonado's solo show, "Concrete Jungle Divas."  I loved it! Fierce, feminine, urban, pop culture divas on larger-than-lifesize display.  Sadly, the show closed last weekend but here are some visuals of Maldonado's "Around-the-Way" ladies:

And the grande dame bids adieu:

Drop me a line about art adventures when you get a chance. See you soon!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Art for $100 or Less in the L.E.S.

Hi Art Lovers!

It's a lovely day to stop by the second Art Yard Sale at 5 Rivington St. (betw. Chrystie and Bowery), a 1/2 a block from the New Museum.

Truly affordable art works and handmade goods will be for sale from 10am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday July 17 & 18.

F, V, (2nd Ave stop) B,D, (Grand St or B'way Lafayette) R,W,(Prince St.) 6 (Spring),
M103 (Prince and Bowery), M6 Broadway and Prince) or M 15 (Houston and 2nd Avenue)

Artists' Links: