May 13th – 17th is blocked out on my calendar – which can only mean one thing…it’s ‘Frieze Week’! New York is about to become a hub of fairs and events centered around the art world.
Select Art Fair NYC is opening May 13th – 50+ international galleries will be on display along with a new installation program and a stronger performance art lineup that should more than keep the crowds busy enough to warrant those tired fair feet goers like to boast about as if the accumulated blisters come with art dedication patches. I know, no one forces us to go to ‘just one more’ event. So we’ll just do what
I know, no one forces us to go to ‘just one more’ event. So we’ll just do what any art junkie enabler would do; compile must see lists.
SELECT Art Fair Events Not To Miss:
Fawn Rogers Art World Collectors Cards – Visual artist Fawn Rogers’ COURT is a series of 54 original paintings, featuring the images of 52 art collectors chosen at random from ARTNews’ “Top 200” list, presented as a standard deck of playing cards along with two collectors not on the list, who appear on the joker cards. Fair visitors will be invited to participate with performance artists in a game of poker – Texas Hold style. Like the art of collection, the playing cards can be used to create communities, forge alliances, swindle enemies, and astonish strangers. Utilizing symbols of fortune, and sport. COURT invites the viewer to explore the evolving dynamics of art collecting, whose key players’ interests will represent this time in history.
Skowhegan presents “The Double” – The Double is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the inherent doubling that occurs through picture, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusion of wholeness, a dispersion of the self, and perhaps revelations or repressions of fears and desires kept hidden within the body. The Double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or Doppelganger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling may also be traced to the mode of production of the work, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is physical in its duplication as well.
Whitebox Art Center presents Andriy Bazyuta‘s video installation “Arial Allusions” (rooftop) – “Arial Allusions” is an interactive, multilayered 3D dual projection work engaging visitors-as-participants through the use of ‘Kinect’ 3D sensors. Figures entering the rooftop, upon coming in contact with sensors, will become active participants, their body shapes surrounded by an unlimited number of projected geometrical moving visual patterns caused by their transposed innate sounds. These sounds will be gleaned, processed, and visually mapped into constant oscillating images thrown upon various architectures surrounding the audience. The larger the crowd and the louder the sound propelled, the shakier the projected vibrating images will become, reaching a super saturated point turning into a sea of electrifying, rambling and shattering images.
“You Are Here” – a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture. It is activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Audience members arrive at “You Are Here” with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction, all held together by a plethora of performance artists. Artists and audiences alike are invited to question the expectations that arise around performance in the context of community. This year’s incarnation of You Are Here brings a new design for SELECT fair’s roof install. Dozens of performers hold together a maze comprised of industrial plastic mesh banners. Musical guests and audience members stand within the structure. Not to be missed!
Mandy Mandelstein‘s “If the Walls Had Eyes” – If The Walls Had Eyes visualizes and humanizes the multiple pairs of eyes that observe the things we putting out into the world on a daily basis, not only by the people we wish to see our personal content, but the digital eyes that are always watching, the ones we don’t necessarily think about. Part inspired by an attention-starved roommate, and part by a dream, the interactive projection installation consists of multiple videos that watch and follow the viewer as they pass by.
DATE: May 13-17, 2015
LOCATION: CENTER 548 (formerly the Dia Building) 548 West 22nd Street Between 10th and 11th Avenue in Chelsea New York, NY 10011
GENERAL FAIR HOURS Thursday May 14th | 2:00-10:00pm Friday May 15th | 2:00-10:00pm Saturday May 16th | 12:00-10:00pm Sunday May 17th | 12:00-6:00pm
SELECT was conceived at the end of 2011 by Matthew Eck and Brian Whitley; now in our fourth year of production, we are proud to be one of the fastest growing arts production companies in America. SELECT provides a contemporary platform for galleries to market emerging to mid-career artists. By integrating brands into the art market, SELECT is able to creatively provide new and interesting ways to showcase art as well as activate the work.