NYC Gallery Visit Reactions

NYC Gallery Visit Reactions

On 10/25/14 we took a class trip to explore some of NYC’s contemporary art galleries in Chelsea.

Please react and respond by sharing your experiences. What did you like? What did you dislike? What did you notice about the works being shown today? Did the works exceed your expectations? If so, why? If not, why?

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8 thoughts on “NYC Gallery Visit Reactions

  1. Gallery 303 – The Russian photographer (don’t know the person’s name,) took some very nice photos of everyday Russian life. For ones inside of some houses, I can’t help but think of my Grandfather’s house in Uruguay.

    The one of the field and a million rocks reminds me of Switzerland, and I also saw some cows in the background.

    The desert one had a car abandoned in the middle of it. I can’t help but think of Arizona when I saw that one (was that photo taken in Jerusalem?)

    Gladstone Gallery – (Jean-Luc Mylane) “Birds at Night with Twilight Sky” – It was a very beautiful photo with the sun setting, crescent moon, and silhouettes of trees. The photo had a very beautiful autumn field in it. I have one question: Where did this person print these photos? They’re huge.

    For the photos of the birds and trees, they’re very nice, even if they are photo shopped.

    Galerie Richard – (Dionisio Gonzalez) – the Black and White photos are very mysterious, but beautiful. How did this guy even compose these things? The post-modern architecture is mind-boggling.

    I took a closer look at one black and white photo, and I realized that it was photo shopped. The color ones, they make it very obvious that they were photo shopped. Even though the photos have photo shopped imaginary buildings, I wouldn’t mind living in some of these homes.

    (Adam Ross) – I loved the shades of purple used in his artwork. They have the most beautiful shades of purple that I ever saw.

    Gallery C24 – (Altered States) – I’m not too crazy about Martin Durazo’s photos, but I loved Ryan Perez’ paintings. He had a very good use of acrylic metallic paints. The sparkly paints I loved too. His pieces with the string and metal pieces are also nice (Poe 17 had a feather on it, and it’s one of my favorites.)

    The piece of artwork that I loved the most seeing today was the Pendulum. It was a fuzzy rug made up of faux fur, and I just wanted to wrap myself up in it. I just loved the bright colors used in it. It made me happy and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling by just looking at it. Even though it was $12,000, it definitely is worth the price.

    Some of his pieces I wouldn’t mind buying (that’s how much I loved his work.)

    Metro Pictures – (Trevor Paglen) – The scrolling words are interesting; it almost makes me feel as if I’m in a random name generator combined with a Thesaurus. This is good if you’re a writer and if you’re looking for words, names, and chapter/story titles. It definitely has a kinetic feel to it (I will take a tip and look up words in a dictionary and combine it with other words if I need names for things.)

    I later read on a flyer that the scrolling words are Surveillance State code names. With over 4000 names, I wonder how do they know what each name stands for?

    For Jim Shaw’s pieces hung up, I wasn’t too crazy about it.

    Matthew Marks Gallery – (Rebecca Warren) – It seems as if a lot of totems have a breast attached to it. The pom-poms add an element of cuteness, but I’m not a fan of her work. Some of the color pastels are nice, but I don’t like the sculpture itself.

    (Unknown gallery names; but artists mentioned):

    David Benjamin Sherry – His landscape photographs are taken in different colors (all one hue, but in different values,), which give it a mystical look to it. Some of his photos remind me of when I went to Arizona.

    I soon found out that they were taken in the Western and Southern States of the U.S. I was surprised to learn that they were all taken in the U.S. I will make an effort to go to some of these places someday with my camera.

    Studio Job – It’s very hard to see most of these things as art. The Rug Piece reminds me of a Family Guy joke about Mayor Adam West when Peter Griffin became a paparazzi, and Mayor West pretended (on some days) that he was a rug.

    Monique Van Genderen – The abstract art reminds me of the artic meeting the seascapes. Nice choice of colors used within them.

    Nuno De Campos – The artwork without people gives it an eerie feel; almost “Life After People” feel.

    Bryan Graf – The fabrics with a psychedelic feel made me feel a bit dizzy.

    Mary Lum – Interesting on how she made her collages.

    From what I noticed about the exhibitions was that the pieces were all in the hundreds to thousands of dollars range. This helps me give a rough idea of what I should price my work (I’m not good at estimating prices.) I also noticed how a booklet listed the names, mediums, and price of the artwork themselves. There was also a sheet that had a bio about the artist and the exhibition itself.

    The artwork definitely exceeded my expectations because I had no idea of what I was going to see. Each exhibition had a theme involved, so I can now place a theme for my exhibition when I graduate in a few years’ time.

    Most of them were canvases, but there were also some sculpture works, and some other works (like photos.) The frames also helped out the artwork (in some cases.) I was also surprised on the sizes of some pieces (they were huge.)

    I will visit that area of the city again one day, and I will bring my camera along as well. The trip there made me see that there were a lot of things hiding in plain sight (like painted steps, or doors with gears on them.) I will indeed pay more attention to my surroundings, because it definitely is photograph-worthy.

  2. Going to the galleries, I did not have any expectations on what was being shown. I cannot say whether or not they exceeded or fell short of my expectations. This was the first time I had a large art adventure in that area. I am unfamiliar with professional galleries. As a trend, I noticed that there were lots of photo-based work and abstract. It was interesting to be in all of those galleries. The spaces were all very similar. The spaces were dominated by high ceilings, boxy white rooms, large steel framed windows, and concrete floors. Formally I see that their layouts are good to accommodate different artists and a wide variety of media. As a generalization, all the galleries had reserved (unapproachable and detached) attendants; except for the C24 Gallery attendant I caught a smile from this lady. I wonder if they have better sales and foot traffic because of that.

    For me the gallery staff were off-putting. When you go to museums its feels more open to all of the public. At museums, you have staff that will interact and assist people. Recently, museums have been working on more outreach programs, education programs, and community events. Many art museums’ invisible missions are to make art accessible to all people (from low-income to high-income demographics). I personally believe that art should be accessible to all. I felt as though there was a wall between the staff and the patrons at the professional galleries, almost as if I were trespassing. No greeting nor an acknowledgement of presence. As a working/middle class person and as an elementary art teacher I didn’t feel welcome. However as I look at it from an artist’s perspective, I am glad I can see lots of art for free and couldn’t care about the people who staff it. Many of the patrons in that area seemed to have trained eyes.

    I appreciated all the work I saw.

    Stephen Shore’s photographs were fascinating. His landscapes appeared huge, the scale of the space photographed made the humans and their structures look miniature. Shore also had portraits of people in their natural habitats in Ukraine and Israel. They seemed personal. What I found more interesting were the portraits of people’s stuff. The head of Stalin, the old radio, light bulb, trinkets, medals, and other objects were just as important as their owners. They all tell a story.

    Jean-Luc Mylane’s bird photographs made me wonder about his process. How did he get those birds on the fountain at once? How did he have the bottom half of one picture of the birds spliced with the different tops? The prints were large and amazing.

    Adam Ross’s Last Exit had the purple shiny abstract paintings. The texture drew me in. Most of the paintings were smooth and there were a number of matte squares in the paintings. The layers of color and paint were pleasing to me as well. I had nearly the same reaction in C24’s gallery space with Martin Durazo and Ryan Perez.

    Dionisio Gonzalez’s Habitable Artefacts was a misnomer. The spaces were computer generated, people were inserted, and the spaces did not look like functional spaces. I understood all of the history, theory, and use of black and white. The whole series did not seem tangible nor were they habitable.

    I enjoyed Jim Shaw’s I Only Wanted You to Love Me show. It was the most incongruent of the shows. It was a departure from the photographs and abstract work. The acrylic paintings were extremely large and surreal with lots of American pop culture references in spaces that did not always make sense. Cary Grant’s legs turned into fingers on a hand. The Land of Lakes Indian maiden stood next to a distorted version of Flash Gordon. Farrah Fawcett’s hair was on a tank. Shaw’s paintings were illustrated psychedelic icons.

  3. When viewing the galleries in Chelsea on Saturday, I was interested in seeing different approaches to mediums as well as to learn from techniques that artists are using. Here are some reactions to the work I saw.

    I truly enjoyed Adam Ross’s work called “Last Exit.” The materiality was so eye-catching. He used what looks like a resin over an abstract digital print. The shininess of the resin made it look like if you touched the work it would ripple like a puddle. In contrast to the bright pink abstract forms and the dark purple “puddle” there were 1 or 2 very matte areas left on each canvas. These areas were geometric, in squares and triangles and flat color.

    As a former ceramics major, I appreciated seeing some sculpture in Rebecca Warren’s show called “Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?” I couldn’t quite say that I understood the work fully with its connection to the title, but the materials and large size were interesting. She created mostly large totems (up to over 9 feet tall) and bronze sculptures that were hand painted and looked like glazed ceramics. I noticed a repeating breast shape, which made me think the show might refer to femininity or the “birds and the bees” if I try to connect the work to her title. My favorite part about the work was the way it was displayed, making it something to walk around so that the viewer becomes part of the space.

    Jim Shaw’s show “I only Wanted You to Lone Me,” was a series of painting juxtaposing comic imagery and pop culture with art history and nature. I appreciated the comedy in some, like Farrah Fawcett’s hair on a trailer. I enjoyed his use of materials, with the backgrounds being like a light wash with areas scraped off the surface.

    The photographs of Jean-Luc Mylayne in his show, “Chaos” tricked the eye with his use of Photoshop and imagery. He took photographs of birds around a water basin at what appeared to be different times of day and in different sceneries. The birds were always so still around the water, with the same line dividing the photograph above them between the birds and the background. I couldn’t decide if this was a trick of the eye or if this was work done in Photoshop. When walking further through the gallery, the photographs gave away more information, showing the artists use of the birds in different situations; on a branch in a field, a bird floating on a dark night background, and more. The large format and way the show gave away a little more as I walked through is what interested me most.

  4. I always forget how many galleries are packed into a Chelsea block. It seemed that every gallery was either photo based or had elements of photography which became a running a running joke. (Sorry Duaa, LOL.) One of the reasons I enjoy gallery hopping is that a new thought or idea is uncovered (inspired) with each piece of art. Even if there is nothing in a gallery that I like, there is always something that inspires me. The wheels turn and this exercise rejuvenates the creative forces.

    Justin and I debated the trend of white and black frames. The majority of the photos had white frames. This sparked my interest in tracking the trends of presenting photos. The white blends with the surrounding wall enabling the photo to pop out. There is a sense of continuation from picture to wall with the white frame. The black frames tend to mark a boundary, encapsulating a photo within a certain space. There is no wrong or right choice and I believe the piece and the gallery space will inform which direction to go.

    At the end of the day a new discovery was made. Printed Matter is an art book store crammed with all sorts of artistic goodies. Check it out: printedmatter.org

  5. I have to say every time when I walk around Chelsea galleries, I always be able to surprised by amazing unexpected artworks. from this trip, I have found some beautiful abstract paintings which had inspired me go back to my studio and make works right after. I also have seen some beautiful mix media works that inspires me for me current mix media works. But one of the most unbelievable shocking works I have seem from this trip would be the installation byJacob Hashimoto. His Skyfarm fortress is showing in Mary Boone gallery on fifth avenue. He creates light three- dimensional structures such as wall hangings comprising thousands of miniature ‘ kite’. bamboo-stiffened rice paper hexagons suspended with nylon fishing line. it is the most shocking installation I haven seen so far in New York.

  6. I had a wonderful time in Chelsea this weekend! I lucked out by getting to see a lot of photography exhibits, but I enjoyed the other mediums as well. David Benjamin Sherry’s landscapes at the Danziger Gallery were phenomenal. I could get lost in them. I loved how the artist broke the rules and left paper white skies on several pieces. My favorite piece was “Moon Over Rocks, Monument Valley, Arizona.” The image would have been successful without the blue filter, but the extra emotional impact that the color shift caused was drastic. It not only becomes alien, but becomes an eerie wall or barrier. It was a blast being able to see Hendrick Kersten’s piece “Aluminum” up close again.
    Dionisio Gonzalez’s “Habitable Artefacts” was a strong body of work. I thought it was smart to make the viewer engage the black and white photographs before reaching the color pieces. The black and white pieces were much more convincing. At first I thought it was some commune that lived in geo domes and oddly shaped structures. As they became more fanciful, I began to realize they were digitally manipulated. I have been struggling on deciding whether I want to purchase white frames or black frames. This exhibition pushed me squarely in the white frames corner. The frames melted into the wall and the image was left to take in all the focus.
    At the “Altered States” exhibition at the C24 Gallery I was immediately struck by the blue and magenta photographs. I parsed through the galleries website, but they do not have the piece’s titles listed. The two pieces were so simple. They were blocks of color with slight black wrinkles. I couldn’t look away. The glass was tinted and caused this illusion of three-dimensional color that was hypnotizing. They were strong pieces.
    One observation that delighted me was that now when I visit galleries in Chelsea, pieces immediately remind me on my fellow MFA students work. It’s a lot of fun to be able to say that piece is just like Ashley’s work, or those patterns look like a painting by Candice.

  7. It was the first time to me being in Chelsea galleries, but I really enjoyed to discover that area with my Professor and classmate. I saw how there is a mass experience in this place. How can I have a benefits from there. NYC is really Art Forum and artist. I see how can I have more vision about art, and what other artistes try to reach to the viewers by their works. I really like the “Dictionary room” it seemed like a movement pice as an elevator but in fact it was not.
    I like the work of ceramic which leave us to think with different ways. I found wonderful abstract painting. The painting on the mirror was interested me so much.
    I am absolutely going to be there more and more from time to time in order to feed my eyes.

  8. That was the first time I visited in Chelsea galleries. Before that, I did’t heard this name and I don’t know what is it. I went to some art museums before, but I like Chelsea galleries more. When I walked each different galleries and saw various styles artworks, it is really like a visual feast for me.The most interesting exhibition for me which is Korean artist Kwang Young Chun’s “Mulberry Mindscapes”. That exhibition was celebrated his 70th birthday in this year, I can’t image the amazing colorful pieces are come from an elder. I love the texture and color in his artworks, also he put his homeland’s elements into the compositions. I am very happy to see Asian artist’s artwork in New York City, it is show me that art is a best way to communicate different races and cultures.

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