Fisk and I took a nice walk around the Lower East Side last night, checked out gallery openings, and enjoyed the sun. This whole high 80's in the day, cooling down to 60's in the night, low humidity, is near perfect New York City Summer weather - I can't imagine a better way to spend it than a couple glasses of white wine and gazing at new art works. We started at ...
312 Bowery... they had a 2 part show up.
André Saraiva, Andrépolis
These miniature buildings with club music playing placed you in the mindset of wanting to party. The buildings were about 7 feet tall, making Fisk and I just below Godzilla size, so attendants didn't feel control over the space. The mirrors on the buildings and other city references made the space fun to walk and move around.
Portrait of a Generation
Tjorg Douglas Beer by Jiannis Varelas
Malcolm Stuart by Bec Stupac
Bec Stupac by Malcolm Stuart
Ry Fyan by Keegan Hargue
Artists making portraits of other artists. This was a mixed bag, and most of the work seemed effortless, which would have been fine if the majority of the work wasn't completely lack luster. Okay.. I mean, the work wasn't awful, I guess I'm just getting tired of work that lacks effort. It's one thing if works are done quickly, with confidence that reflects the maturity of mark making, but I didn't really feel it in this show.
Charles Bank Gallery
Cassandra C. Jones
These works were at PNCA a couple years ago, it was a pleasant surprise to see the familiar work. The artist was also there, so Fisk and I said hello, she was very kind. Below is a picture from the inside of this dream booth. It was dark, and had writing all over the walls as if it had traveled many places. In the booth people were whispering their dreams to you, it was a really special sound and very intimate.
48 Orchard St...
These masks were at such an inviting level and many people put their faces in them throughout the night. The masks also made great shadows on the ground that portrayed a variety of things.
Then we stumbled upon this other show, where artist Oliver Lutz had a very interesting work. The work was in a small room, and on one end of the room was a black painting, that you really couldn't decipher much on. Across from the painting was a t.v. monitor that was a live projection of the work and people in the room, only you could see the painting clearly on the screen. An illusion of technology, and interesting that you had to look at the t.v. to see the painting. Fisk and I liked it very much.
121 Essex St. 2nd FL
SITES OF EXECUTION
1:1 was definitely a breath of fresh air, a space that made it easy to imagine the possibilities of work, and while the show we saw was one of their more modest, (modest in regards to "normal" installation, not in content, ..I'm not sure there is anything modest about execution) the space really invoked possibility. I said hello to Jarrett, one of the artists who runs the space, and it was great to say hello to someone I hadn't seen in years since our days at SFAI. I'll definitely keep coming back.