Due to personal obligations, I was away for the beginning of Red Dot, Scope, Armory, Volta art fairs that started Wed for previews and Thursday to the public. Jene went to the Armory show solo with camera in hand and should soon be posting some interesting images as well as his opinions on his blog Fuzzypictures. Saturday I drove back up from the Jersey shore, met him and headed over to SCOPE after 5pm. A few new galleries and varied artists were represented along with the tried and true. Year after year, the galleries exhibit their select artists along with works by someone we’ve not seen before. That’s what it’s all about. Mixing it up a little. Emmanuel Fremin Gallery had works by Drew Tal, Thomas Barbey, Kilu and a recent addition of Erik Sanner. Both of Erik’s landscape paintings became the backdrop for time-lapse imagery projected onto the paintings. Mary Nguyen was busy presenting Saigoniste Cafe down at RED DOT. I’m sure it was a huge success and we thought about popping in but the rains and quandary I was in sidelined that plan. So much to do, so little time to do it in.
I meandered through the maze of galleries at SCOPE, without my usual feeling of anticipation of seeing what’s new. Scope, I was told, is supposed to be edgier than the older venues although I’m not sure what edgy means. Video installations have made their way into the mainstream so is that still considered edgy? Printing on metallic paper is old hat too, images implanted in resin or acrylic have been around for a time. An artist we met a few years ago, paints with blood (not human) preserved in layers of UV resin, plexi. My initial reaction after realizing that Jordan Eagles works with blood gave way to appreciating how organic and fluid it is. To me – that’s edgy. The layers of colors are vibrant – amazing work represented by Krause Gallery, NYC
Trends come full circle and then a new process or an improved process takes its place. Duggal has designed a thinner, LED lightbox and was premiering a Drew Tal portrait represented by Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. Backlit images are not new by any stretch of the imagination but has moved from the commercial advertising world into the home. We saw 2 human installations, I’m guessing that is edgy since nearly everyone passing clicked their phone cameras sending images to friends and family. To me art is about the connection you make to the artist through his/her image, performance, narration – whatever form it takes and although I was exhausted from traveling, I am glad that I caught a glimpse of it for an evening.
If you missed it, don’t fret- AIPAD Photography Show is right on it’s heels March 17 – 20th at the Park Avenue Armory (67th St)
Thursday, March 17 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission is $25 daily / $40 run of show (Admission does not include panel discussions)
I have another juried competition “A True Story” to enter with a deadline of 3/14. Vermont SPACE Gallery
Just another way of spending money and keeping out of trouble. I’ll be rummaging through my images”beauty beyond breast cancer” and selecting ones that tell a story as a group as well as stand on their own.