CHECKING OUT THAT SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW VIBE

This year, the annual curator-driven art show, Spring/Break chose Transaction as its theme.  That was executed sweetly during the press conference when co-founders Ambre Kelly & Andrew Gori got married at the top of the stairs in a endearingly funny ceremony, where the bride took a phone call in the middle of her vows, directing a wine distributor to the loading dock of their after party location.

Spring/Break is one of the Armory Week attractions I try not to miss, it unapologetically has fun with art – blocking out the cynical in favor of its ‘Look at what I did Ma’ art school vibe.  This year it moved out of the Old School on Mott Street in Nolita (making way for a depressing condo development), to the Moynihan Station.  The new space retained that feeling of being sent off to the races – with a familiar three-floor execution of exhibits – room after room of romping and art browsing.  The rooms can be a showdown of hit-or-miss aesthetics, but I continue to enjoy the discovery beyond each door.

Here’s a list of the rooms we loved walking thru.

Free ft. Oliver Jeffers curated by Marc Azoulay

We caught artist Olivers Jeffers in the midst of his dipping performance.  Jeffers and his assistants fill a custom built box with gallons of colored paint – the painting is then submerged and lifted out. It’s positioned over a thick sheet of paper impregnated with Jeffer’s handwritten words – excerpts from the sitters interview – these too disappear beneath the spread of the paint.  An esthetically pleasing yet haunting reminder that words too like images can be a fading memory.

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Oliver Jeffers, Dipped Painting Performance

 

Bazaar Teens curated by Dustin Yellin

I found Dustin Yellin nailing stale bread to a wall in a dank and musty room that carried nauseating smells of dirt, and coffee. He smiled and shrugged his shoulders when I asked him what was going on. “Go in and find out,” he said.  I went through the maze of rooms taking it all in, and laughing to myself at the reactions of the other onlookers.  After stepping outside into the hallway, I googled it, reading quickly as I navigated the space a second time. Apparently, Yellin shredded ten grand from an anonymous donor.  The shredded money I saw being collaged onto canvases painted the shade of poop by artists clad in white plastic jumpsuits were going to be sold for ten grand a pop and the money used to send artists in need to school. I wondered if it was all a stunt, who would buy them, and praytell whose bright idea it was to paint canvases the shade of crap.

I don’t care what it was supposed to mean – I had fun nailing bread to the wall with Yellin and watching the mayhem ensue.

 

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Bazaar Teens installation, curated by Dustin Yellin

The Dead People Dead Flowers / Anne Nowak curated by Cassandra M. Johnson

Nowak collects dead flowers from graveyards and makes cyanoprints  – breathing new life into the flowers, she gives the sentiments of the living more time for the ones passed on.

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Installation by Anne Nowak, curated by Cassandra M. Johnson

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Installation by Anne Nowak, curated by Cassandra M. Johnson

Mail Art by Riitta Ikonen, curated by Yulia Topchiy

Over the past 11  years, Riitta Ikonen has been sending her grad school professor postcards constructed from a wide range of materials.  This visual diary of tangible objects defies what you think can be posted through the mail system.  They’re not an ordinary range of objects, but a thoughtful documentation of materials that reference the specifics of her time and locale.

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Mail art by Riitta Ikonen, curated by Yulia Topchiy

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Mail art by Riitta Ikonen, curated by Yulia Topchiy

 

Greed is Good / Fall on Your Sword curated by Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly

Greed Is Good is an ‘immersive audio/visual wizard of oz-like spectacle of flying Champagne bottles, a giant sphere, original FOYS score and video’ based on Gordon Gecko’s speeches in Oliver Stone’s 1987 film, Wall Street.

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Fall On Your Sword, “Greed Is Good,” curated by Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly

 

After the Fire is Gone Installation by Cate Giordano, curated by Eve Sussman & Simon Lee

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Installation by Cate Giordano, curated by Eve Sussman & Simon Lee

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Installation by Cate Giordano, curated by Eve Sussman & Simon Lee

Form & Formlessness: Objects and the Body curated by Peter Gynd

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Installation by Taezoo Park, curated by Peter Gynd

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Installation by Taezoo Park, curated by Peter Gynd

Annulus curated by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton

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Leah Piepgras under Cloud Mantle, curated by Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton

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Leah Piepgras _Cloud Mantles, curated by Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton

Christine Sciulli’s “Propulsion Field 4022″ light installation, curated by Tracy Causey Jeffrey

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Christine Sciulli’s “Propulsion Field 4022″ light installation, curated by Tracy Causey Jeffrey

 

NEW YORK CITY BALLET ART SERIES PRESENTS ARTIST DUSTIN YELLIN

 

The New York City Ballet Art Series uses the artistry of dance and the energy of the NYCB company to inspire original commissions from contemporary artists.  In previous years, they have collaborated with emerging artists, FAILE and JR to create ballet-inspired pieces for the David H. Koch Theater lobby space.

This year, the Art Series continues on with the work of Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellin. Yellin is best known for his large-scale, multi-layered collage glass sculptures.  Inspired by the dancers Yellin has created massive “3,000 pound microscope slide pieces, called “Pyschogeographies” with humans trapped inside (made up of cut up books and magazines), portraying movement – a beautiful dance trapped inside glass.

When speaking of the pieces Dustin says,”the idea that all of your memories are stuck inside of your bone marrow and if you could somehow open that up so that everyone could see it…”

Sculpture and dance meet themselves this month at the ballet…

The exhibit will be on view at all performances through March 1, with a special free public viewing period February 12-22 (Sunday 10 AM -1 PM, Monday-Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM – 12 PM).

You can buy $29 tickets for the three NYCB Art Series performances on February 12, February 19, and February 27. Guests to the Art Series will also receive a limited-edition takeaway created by Yellin.

 

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via MyModernMet