As the 2017 Armory Week art fairs in NYC come to an end, I reflect on the hundreds and hundreds of pieces of work on view. It was a lot to digest, booth after booth, gallery after gallery, work that was polished, new, old, fresh, tired, bright, flashy, sculptural, political, humorous. You name it and it was at one of the many fairs. Overall the displays were impressive. Here’s my run down of some unforgettable work.
It’s Armory Week in New York City. With many art fairs to see, Open House has been making the rounds. Here I focus on SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017, taking on the task of viewing the spaces of over 150 Curators and 350 artists. Taking place in the former Condé Nast Building in Times Square, politically charged work made a big dent in the fair this year. While there was plenty of the experimental, playful atmosphere that SPRING/BREAK has come to be known for, it was clear that there has been a shift from previous years. The current political climate brought an influx of profound, contemporary work to this year’s event, themed “Black Mirror“. With so much to take in, and an incredible line up of work this year, it was hard to pick just a few to talk about. Below is a peek into three wonderful curations from this year’s event.
5 Artists – 5 Questions
After spending some time in the studios of artists working in Bushwick, Open House turned to Gowanus this weekend to discover what’s bubbling up from the canal. Over 300 artists participated in Gowanus Open Studios 2016, and of them we picked 5 to tell us what’s what. Lace up folks, it time for 5-on-5.
- HOW DO YOU APPROACH COLOR IN YOUR WORK?
- IS THERE A PARTICULAR NARRATIVE AT PLAY IN YOUR CURRENT OR PAST PROJECTS?
- WHO / WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO MAKE YOUR WORK?
- DO YOU HAVE A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT YOU BOUNCE IDEAS OFF OF, OR DOES IT TEND TO BE MORE OF A SOLITARY APPROACH?
- THOUGHTS ON THE GOWANUS SCENE AT THE MOMENT?
by Til Will
It’s the end of an aimless art hunt in Chelsea that I really didn’t intend to have. I kept hoping I’d find something meaningful on 24th st. There had to be something new.
After exhausting the block I had come to my last stop: Mike Weiss Gallery. There beamed the densest painting of the day; it was literally screaming.
Dan Schein, Seer of Things, oil on canvas, 66 x 92 in.
Deep umbers and heavy greens were climbing off of the canvas. A face built of salmon colored smudges and flailing brown smears glared with a big ol’ eye. The mouth trembled as if to be in two places at once. I picture the dreadful author of this evil mark-making as a pure madman, emptying entire tubes of paint and slopping them around like playing with food. Continue reading “Dan Schein’s Mountain Men Mock the Macho”