Looks like my fascination with 3-D Printing was well directed, because the art world is catching on. Harvard is currently using the process to "fill in the blanks" and restore an ancient statue, while a Dutch architecture firm is investigating 3-D printed houses. THE FUUUUUTTTUUURRRRRRE....
Matthew de Leon: Window Dressing
January 10–March 16, 2013
“You know you are the first thing I’ve created in a really long time that made me feel like an artist.” —Jonathan Switcher
Mixed Greens is thrilled to present a site-specific installation by Matthew de Leon. Repeated large-scale portraits of the character Jonathan Switcher (played by Andrew McCarthy) will confront viewers passing under the Mixed Greens windows on 26th Street. For the first time, as viewers look in, their gaze will be returned.
In the 1987 movie Mannequin, Jonathan Switcher is a young, frustrated artist who has difficulty keeping a job until he makes the perfect mannequin. De Leon focuses on the moment in the movie when this antihero, downtrodden and depressed, views his creation in a department store’s window for the first time. The still frame de Leon recontextualizes is the moment Switcher presses his hands against the rainy window, ecstatic and inspired by the sight of the mannequin and the feeling that he is a real artist. When he believes in himself, his creation comes to life.
As a young boy, de Leon watched this movie repeatedly, in love with the flamboyant characters and the science fiction romance. As an adult, the film resonates with him in a different way. Switcher’s resiliency and the euphoria he shows when making art inspired de Leon to think about someone else, albeit a fictional character, whose art became his life.
The transformed, repeated image of Jonathan Switcher in the Mixed Greens windows refers back to the source’s medium as a film. The piece plays with this language of film and Switcher’s gaze. Typically an art viewer finds an object of his or her gaze, but here the gaze turns back on the viewer in a look of absolute wonder, joy, and epiphany. In Window Dressing, it is the West 26th Street viewer who is the artist’s creation and is brought to life in this contemporary Pygmalion story.
For those of you in the Boston area, be sure to check out Kim Beck's work in:
ALTERNATIVE VISIONS / SUSTAINABLE FUTURES bu.edu/cfa/sustainability
January 24 - April 20, 2013 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5:30-8pm
The Boston University School of Visual Arts and sustainability@BU present a cross-disciplinary collaborative project that responds to current environmental issues and investigates the potential to affect change through critical dialogue and innovative practices.
This multifaceted project is centered upon a large-scale exhibition held in Boston University's 808 Gallery. The 808 space will serve as a hub for a wide variety of programming, including lectures, demonstrations, and workshops on beekeeping and foraging, student-driven educational forums, and community outreach.
Participating artists include:Kim Beck, Center for PostNatural History, Futurefarmers, Mary Mattingly, Jaimes Mayhew, Maria Molteni/Colette Aliman, Plotform, and Marina Zurkow.
617.353.3371 | 808 gallery 855 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215
Everything is FINE and the artwork is SAFE, but just in case you were curious what it looks like for a full gallery team to rush into action, see below. I'm also AMAZED that so much artwork came out of one tiny storage room.
We'll be closed for the rest of today and likely tomorrow, but we should back up to full speed by Friday! Stay tuned!
Anxiety is high in the new year: This weekend was brimming with news-worthy events, spring semesters are about to start, and we're already talking about booth layout for upcoming art fairs. Here are some anxiety-inspired links for your enjoyment:
Most interesting thing I've seen/experienced all week...and before you click on the link, don't start trying to close all of the pop-up windows. Also, this might best be viewed on your home computer (I can't imagine this flying in a super strict work environment). Click here to enjoy!
AFC's "The show could use some improvement." Ouch. You harsh.
So what exactly IS VIP Art now? No longer an art fair, right? I get more emails from it than anything. I'm confused and overwhelmed.
Smack Mellon resumes business as usual with Aude Moreau's Sugar Carpet! MUST SEE!
And there's a Call for Flatware! see below
Recycle your metal flatware for upcoming exhibition. Jean Shin invites you to be a part of the creative process and donate your unwanted metal flatware (forks, knives, spoons, serving utensils, and cutlery) to be transformed into a large sculptural installation.
The artwork will be featured in a solo exhibition at Montclair Art Museum in Fall 2013.
To participate, please drop off unwanted flatware (all conditions welcome, must be METAL) at:
--Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea at 546 West 29th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
--or send an email to make alternative arrangements firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials will be collected until March 1st, 2013. www.jeanshin.com
Heather and I took the the tiniest commuter plane (scary!) up to Buffalo last weekend. First stop on our adventure was Joan Linder's studio!
Joan is currently in preparation mode for her upcoming solo exhibition at Mixed Greens, opening April 25, 2013.
Next stop on our tour was Hallwalls, Buffalo's prized cultural institution, to check out the opening for the group exhibition Vascular Modes (on view through March 1, 2013).
This was followed by a rather foggy visit to The Pink (above).
The next day included a visit to Dennis Maher's Fargo House. If you're in the Buffalo area, be sure to check out Maher's upcoming exhibition at the Albright-Knox: House of Collective Repair, will be on view from January 26, through May 12, 2013.
And below you'll see some shots from the last studio visit of the day--Kyle Butler:
MG ladies at the opening of COLOR SHIFT last Thursday evening. Thanks Elisa for the picture!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Chelsea Galleries were back up to full speed, with 27th Street openings last Saturday night. Here's a great ArtInfo article about Hurricane Sandy's lasting effect.
Be sure to check out Kimberley Hart's work in the upcoming group exhibition, It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine) curated by Amy Lipton, at Ramapo College.
(MAHWAH, NJ) - An art exhibition exploring environmental concerns "It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine)" opens at Ramapo College on January 30 in the Kresge and Pascal galleries on campus. There will be an opening reception on January 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist and curator's talks begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 6. Additional programs will be announced.
The somewhat ironic title is taken from a 1987 song by the band R.E.M.
The 14 artists on view explore contemporary views of nature and habitat expressed through paintings and drawings of the landscape. They envision the natural world in relationship to pressing environmental issues such as climate change, industrial pollution, loss of habitat, consumption of natural resources and human-caused disasters.
Whether imagined or literal, the images in this exhibition directly confront feelings of shock and even despair at the forces of such radical changes taking place on our planet.
Exhibiting artists include George Boorujy, Adam Cvijanovic, Peter Edlund, Joy Garnett, Kimberley Hart, Eve Andree Laramee, Sarah McCoubrey, Jason Middlebrook, Aviva Rahmani, Lisa Sanditz, Charlotte Schulz, Eva Strubel, Sarah Trigg and Marion Wilson.
According to exhibition curator Amy Lipton, "Artists often have a prophetic role, and throughout history they have alerted us to problems that are unforeseen or overlooked. The artists in this exhibition attempt to meet the challenges of the new ecological imperative by bringing attention to the need for protection, preservation, and action. Using realism, fantasy or process as a source for imagination and transformation, they seek to create an awareness of loss and beauty in the marginal, the overused and the threatened."
Lipton is an independent curator and co-director of ecoartspace, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for addressing environmental issues through the arts. Formerly
a New York City gallerist, she has organized exhibitions in museums, galleries, sculpture parks, environmental centers and in the public realm. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and publications, and she frequently lectures on art and environmental issues. Recent and past projects include "BiodiverCITY," a public art project in Washington, DC in 2012; "Nurturing Nature" at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY; "Ecovention" at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH; "Imaging the River" at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; and "E.P.A., Environmental Performance Actions" at Exit Art in New York City.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Kresge and Pascal galleries are located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. For more information call 201.684-7147.
Artsy not only has a new URL (Artsy.net), but they're now heavily promoting their Artsy Editorial section. Check out this Artsy Editorial on Coke Wisdom O'Neal! Coke has an upcoming solo exhibition at Mixed Greens opening March 21, 2013.
curated by Jordan Tate
January 10–February 9, 2013
Opening: Thursday, January 10, 6-8pm Artists: Arabella Campbell, Wyatt Niehaus, Zachary Dean Norman, Rick Silva, Kate Steciw, Sherwin Rivera Tibayan and Alex Walp
And don't forget to check out the newest window installation:
Matthew de Leon: Window Dressing
January 10–March 16, 2013
Opening: Thursday, January 10, 6-8pm
It seems completely appropriate that 2013 MIGHT be the year for another season of the eternally creepy and visually revolutionary Twin Peaks. This might all be rumor, of course, but it's a rumor I don't mind believing.
Fantastic news for the West 27th Street galleries: Foxy, Eller, Bailey and Winkleman are all reopening on January 12th with exhibitions. They were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but have made a major rebound!