Part 2 of the Alessandra Expósito installation extravaganza happened pre-Irene. Now we're gearing up for the arrival of Breanne Trammell (she's installing in our windows), and Kim Faler (she's got work in our Functional Shift exhibition). Both of them are driving down through broken tree limbs as I type.
I couldn't agree more with the opening line of the Artinfo article: "First there was an earthquake, then the hurricane, and now... the return of Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"! Harbingers of end-times are aplenty this week, it seems." Bravo'sWork of Art is back for Season 2. I suppose this season has a chance of turning the show around--I was glad to see at least a few of the names on the list of participating artists. I'm already positive that Sucklord will receive more attention for his name than anything else.
In some rather ridiculous Thursday reading, a gallerist accuses a SpongeBob animator of hiring his personal band of "martial arts experts" to attack her. Oy vey.
And this latest Damien Hirststory sounds rather, um, painful. Oy.
Some pics of the troops as they carefully move Expòsito's newest sculpture into the gallery. Mark your calendars for the opening of Once-Blooming and Button-Eyed, new sculpture by Alessandra Expòsito, Thursday September 8th, 6-8pm at MIXED GREENS.
Installation view of Invasive Horizon at SWARM Gallery
Swarm Gallery is pleased to present Invasive Horizon, a duo exhibition of work on paper by Connecticut-based artist Joseph Smolinski and site-specific installation by Oakland-based artist Colin Christy.
It's that time again--time for me to express my love for NURTUREart! Show your love and join us at the annual benefit!
Mark your calendars for the annual benefit:
October 11, 2011
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY
You can buy your tickets in advance here (get a VIP ticket for early entry and a chance to pick out a work of art!!! You can preview the artwork online beginning September 15.) VIP Tickets are $200 until October 1 and $250 after that. Individual entry is $75. NURTUREart is using Google Checkout this year due to a Google Grant (yipeee) meaning that these transactions will be processed for free and 100% of your donations and ticket purchases will go towards funding an incredible organization.
ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS: NURTUREart is hosting an open call for artwork for the Annual Benefit. Find out more information here.
BBC posted an article this morning that was heart-wrenching to read, and I'm sad to say, not too far off from what I expected would come to light ever since Ai Weiwei's release from prison. Some of the terrible details of his detention (hooded for 80 days, in a windowless cell with prison guards) can be read here.
It is my hope that the more this story is shared and brought to light, the more we can effect positive change on governments who treat their citizens this way.
It's that time of year again: submissions...where our team pours over the hundreds of submission packets we've received. This year, at least one artist has submitted work requiring us to use 3-D glasses for viewing. This was a first. Our next submissions deadline is not until January 2012, but you can read about the process here.
Encountered on the streets of London! Is it art?? Apparently you put your objet d'art in the little plastic cube and the robotic man tells you if it is art or not. It's like a cross between the fortune-telling machine in Tom Hanks' Big and Jerry Saltz. LOVE IT. Shout Out to Benjamin for sending this pic our way.
Heather and Courtney were busy, busy last week with road trips, one of which was up to North Adams, MA. First stop: Kim Faler's studio (above).
Next stop: Mass MoCA. Katharina Grosse's One Floor Up More Highly. After some super long, strained stares, HDB & CS determined that the enormous "icebergs" were in fact made from huge blocks of styrofoam shaved into shape. coooool.
"How did that Airstream get up there?"
"Do you think we're supposed to go inside it?"
"There's no way any human can go inside that. Isn't it balanced on that rig?"
"Yeah, there's no way you're supposed to go inside it."
You're supposed to go inside it. You will be so thankful that you did.
*continue walking to the brick building (tower), and climb the metal stairs (yes, past the giant boilers, up up up, out across the walkway and through the open door)
Inside you find a living time capsule of a journeyer, a space adventurer, a lone sole who apparently lived inside the flying trailer for a very long time. Canned tomatoes served as sustenance.
The sense of a moment frozen in time is well documented through bookshelves stocked with pre-1976 publications, and 70's Playboys on the wall of the bathroom.
A space/time-traveler's scribbled equations on a chalkboard ceiling. Read more about Matthew Oatman's incredible sculptural installation here.