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Cool Things I Saw at the Metro Curates Art Fair

Stephen Romano Gallery Overview
Stephen Romano Gallery Booth (All Photos By Gail)

For the moderately-sized art fair that it is, no one could accuse the Metro Curates show, which ran from January 21st to 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, of a lack of diversity or ambition.

An annual event now in its fourth year, Metro Curates brought together a dynamic and cerebrally stimulating array of periods, genres and styles from folk art to antiques and collectibles to pop and outsider art from across the country. Socially, it was a great place to see and be seen, and to schmooze with your artist and collector pals, but it was also an excellent outlet to gain exposure to facets of the art world that may be outside of your comfort zone. At any rate, this Art fair was a lot of fun!

Here are some photos of our favorite cool pieces from the show!

Matthew Dutton Expecting
Matthew Dutton, Expecting at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn

Lilly Fenechel Untitled
Lilly Fenechel Untitled, at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Robert Buratti The Death Card
Robert Buratti, The Death Card (Arcana)

Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970
Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970

Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors
Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors, American Garage, Los Angeles, CA

Metal Store Display Safety Pin
Metal Store Display: Safety Pin, Circa 1930s, American Garage, LA, CA

Howard Jones Pink Bulb
Howard Jones, Pink Bulb, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Shoe Sculpture
Shoe Sculpture, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Bill Rauhauser The Wild
Bill Rauhauser, The Wild, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Judicator Cap
Judicator Cap, Nigerian, Glass Beads, Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago

Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse
Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse, 1905, Gemini Antiques, Lebanon NJ

Robots By Jim Bauer
Robot Sculptures By Jim Bauer, Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Jay Stanger Partially Contained Cabinet
Jay Stanger, Partially Contained Cabinet, Scott Jacobson Gallery, NYC

Holly Lane Faculty Group Portrait
Holly Lane, Faculty Group Portrait, Gilded Wood, Forum Gallery, NYC

Jane Lund Garden Dress
Jane Lund, Garden Dress, Forum Gallery, NYC

Sally Anderson Large Purple
Sally Anderson Large Purple, Fired Clay and Glaze, Tambaran Gallery, NYC

Donald Lipski Mascher #095
Donald Lipski, Mascher #095, Commercial Muffin Tin, Paraffin, Glass Sheep Eyes, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Untitled Meat Painting by W. Conway at Steven S Powers
W. Conway, Untitled Meat Painting, Steven S. Powers, Brooklyn

We are already looking forward to next year!

Peacock Made From Plastic Utensils

Peacock By Federico Uribe
Photos By Gail

This charming Peacock Sculpture was crafted by Columbia-born artist Federico Uribe entirely from clear Plastic Forks and Spoons. At the recent Metro Curates art fair, Uribe had an entire booth devoted to his fanciful sculptures created from repurposed everyday objects such as CDs, Bike Helmets, Colored Pencils and Paint Brush Handles. Worleygig.com will be featuring additonal work by Uribe in a future post, as well as highlighting a selection of our favorite artworks from the fair later in the week.

Peacock By Federico Uribe Detail
Detail

Modern Art Monday Presents: Salvador Dali, The Accommodations of Desire

Salvador Dail The Accommodations of Desire
Photo By Gail (Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Painted in the summer of 1929, The Accommodations of Desire is a small gem that deals with the twenty-five-year-old Dalí’s sexual anxieties over a love affair with an older, married woman. The woman, Gala, then the wife of Surrealist poet Paul Éluard, became Dalí’s lifelong muse and mate. In this picture, which Dalí painted after taking a walk alone with Gala, he included seven enlarged pebbles on which he envisioned what lay ahead for him: “terrorizing” lions’ heads (not so “accommodating” to his “desire” as the title of the painting facetiously suggests), as well as a toupee, various vessels (one in the shape of a woman’s head), three figures embracing on a platform, and a colony of ants (a symbol of decay).

Dalí did not paint the lions’ heads but, rather, cut them out from what must have been an illustrated children’s book, slyly matching the latter’s detailed style with his own. These collaged elements are virtually indistinguishable from the super-saturated color and painstaking realism of the rest of the composition, startling the viewer into questioning the existence of the phenomena recorded and of the representation as a whole.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

John Miller’s Here in the Real World at Mary Boone Gallery

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

My memories of watching daytime TV Game Shows mostly involve being a kid who was home sick from school, or on summer vacation, because when else was I going watch them? What that means is that these memories of The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal are many decades in the past as this point, and yet they are quite clear and bring on a huge wave of fond nostalgia. This is probably why John Miller’s Here in the Real World, up now at the Mary Boone Gallery’s Chelsea location, resonated with me so strongly.

Here in the Real World features Miller’s Game Show Paintings (which he started painting in 1995) and his more recent series of reality TV personalities (started 2012), in which Miller selects images of people in purportedly uncontrived poses and paints them in a realist manner. Mary Boone’s cavernous room provides a perfect space for this show, which features many large scale canvases. Before I post more photos of the paintings however, I want to show you this:

Potato

Yes, that is a potato that was hanging out on the gallery’s front lobby carpet. Everybody wanted to know why there was a potato on the floor, and was it part of the show. And the answer is: I don’t know, but it is on a red carpet, so it must be important in some way.

Installation View
A Funny Forum Happened on the Way to the Thing

Paintings like the one on the far right, above, made me feel five years old instantly.

The Price Is Right

How great is this? So great.

New Car

“A Brand New Car!”

682 5 13

This is like a still frame from a dream isn’t it?

Labyrinth I
Labyrinth I

$40

What’s Behind the Door? It is a question for the ages.

Infinitesimal Eternity
Infinitesimal Eternity

The Worleygig highly recommends this exhibit.

John Miller’s Here in the Real World will be on Exhibit Through February 28th, 2015 at Mary Boone Gallery, Located at 541 West 24 Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

John Miller Exhibit Signage

Mike Weiss Gallery Presents: Marc Séguin I Love America and America Loves Me

Self Portrait
“Elvis is King.” Self Portrait by Marc Séguin. (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite venues for contemporary art, Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently featuring new works by painter Marc Séguin in an exhibit entitled I Love America and America Loves Me. Séguin’s mostly large scale canvases examine and poke fun at viral media phenomena and celebrity culture that Americans seem to be obsessed with. It isn’t always pretty, but it is always provocative. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Andy Warhol Snowman
Andy

Andy Warhol is a Snowman.

My Art Dealer
My Art Dealer

Just Married
Just Married

Séguin sure didn’t waste any time portraying 80 year old convicted murderer Charles Manson with his fiance /new wife Afton “Star” Burton, who is 25. Séguin‘s painting is based on a photograph of the happy couple found at This Link.

Project Love
Project Love

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden

What’s interesting to note about this portrait of Edward Snowden is that, when I looked at it along with an artist friend who came to the show with me, we both knew what he was famous for (leaking NSA secrets) but neither of us could remember his name, despite the fact that he was all over the media for most of last and the previous year.

Fuck Sharks

This one is called Fuck Sharks. I love it.

Fuck Sharks
Detail from Fuck Sharks

I laughed for fifteen minutes when I saw the above! Hilarious!

Marc Séguin’s I Love America and America Loves Me will be on Exhibit Through March 7th, 2015 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Marc Seguin Signage

1 Percent Nor’Easter Collection Pop Up Shop and Gallery

Gallery View
All Photos By Gail

When I was invited to an exhibit of “Functional Art Glass,” my first reaction was, WTF is Functional Art Glass? Then I read a little bit further into the press release and realized that, back in the day, a piece of Functional Art Glass was referred to as a Water Pipe, or a Bong. And now, it is functional art! I can’t tell you how much I love knowing this. As Andy Warhol once said, “Art is What You Can Get Away With.”

1 Percent Card

Celebrating Twenty Years in business, lifestyle accessories brand 1Percent, one of the leading online retailers for smoking accessories, is currently hosting a gallery showcase, pop-up shop, and a series of events in New York City for the month of January. The gallery features over 75 unique glass sculptures in the Nor’Easter Collection, and you can see why these pieces have risen the status of collectable art. Nor’Easter is a celebration of pipe culture from respected glass artists spanning across the east coast, including MTP, JOP!, Coyle and Slinger.

Coyle
Artist Coyle (AKA Dan Coyle) Works on a Pipe

For fans and collectors alike, 1Percentwill provide a one-on-one exclusive experience with Brandon Long, the gallery curator, as he explains the basics of functional glass, the innovators, and the outlook for high-end glass collectors with the current glass renaissance. I was lucky enough to get a VIP guided tour of the glass with Brandon, and his knowledge is not only impressive but his stories are fun and engaging.

Slinger + EF Norris Grateful to Be American
Slinger + EF Norris, Grateful to Be American, Price: $10,800

Brandon knows many of these artists personally and is familiar with their education, techniques and methods of creating these pipes. He had a fascinating anecdote about every piece in the gallery! I will attempt to recall some of what he said in my captions for the photos to follow.

Munny Glass Scorpion

Many other artists have made glass versions the popular Dunny vinyl toy before Coyle, but he was likely the first to turn to turn it into a functioning rig called a Munny. Coyles’ The Munny Project book can also be viewed in the gallery. The pieces above are a collaboration with JAG (Just Another Glass Blower) and sell for about $7,500 each. The Glass Scorpion is by Toby Upton.

Munny Project Side View

Here’s another detail shot.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

The above Mismatched Mini Tube by artist MTP was the first water pipe manufactured in Manhattan, according to Brandon. It is literally made up of many mismatched glass pieces fused together and includes inlaid opals. Price: $2,100. What a bargain.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

Just looking at it makes me feel high.

Diet + LIG Joe Hickory Dickory Dock

This piece is called Hickory Dickory Dock, and it is one of my favorites in the show. Created by artists Diet and LIG (Long Island Glass), the images on this piece — which remind me very much of the art of Travis Louie — were created via a sandblasting technique. Unbelievable. Price: $2000.

JOP Black Doll

Artist JOP (Josh Opdenaker) made this Black Doll using a vintage doll face mold. Creepy Cool! Price: $3,000

Coyle Trapped

Coyle’s Trapped features tiny glass men trapped within individual glass bubbles. Price: $4500.

African Stag Beetle + Submarine

How gorgeous is this thing? Created by Th3y for Bear Mountain Studios, Submarine, as it is called, will set you back $3,800.

Also: African Stag Beetle by Toby Upton. Price: $850.

Submarine Opal Detail

Another detail shot of opals that are part of Submarine.

Jop Slinger Pink Chicken

Because this post needed a Pink Thing: Jop!+ Slinger’s Pink Chicken Price: $3000.

As part of the NYC pop up, 1Percent will also offer free rolling classes,  ranging from a beginner class – where one can learn the basics of paper types, sizes, and how to use a rolling machine, all the way to advanced rolling – where more experienced rollers can learn how to craft the infamous “Cross Joint” as seen in hilarious film, Pineapple Express. Ah, James Franco was never better.

Frit + Hodouken Flower Tube

If your looking to pick up some glass for under four figures there are bargains in the basement, such as this lovely Flower Tube by Frit + Hodouken. Price: $650.

Glass Claw Pendents

And jewelry, such as these Glass Claw Pendents for just $150.

Tommy Chong
“Dave’s Not Here.”

On the day I visited, the legendary Tommy Chong was in the house after hosting a special Rolling Class for winners of an online contest. Was he in an altered sate? Probably.

The 1Percent Pop Up Shop and Nor’Easter Collection, Located at 143 Ludlow Street (Stanton and Rivington) will run through January 31st, 2015 and is open to the public seven days a week. Hours are 1 – 9:00 PM Sunday -Thursday and 1 – 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For additional information on the artists, rolling classes, guided tours or exclusive specialty events please visit 1 Percent Dot NYC.

Nor'Easter Pop Up Shop Signage

Stacking Chair By Danny Lane

Stacking Chair
All Photos By Gail

Danny Lane is a London-based designer, visual artist and glass sculptor who specializes in working with fractured and stacked glass.  His popular Stacked Chair (1993) is made up of slab-like green-tinted glass with polished, irregular edges. The chair back and rear, single leg are  constructed of an arched column of stacked irregularly cut and polished glass slabs held together by a central steel rod topped by a nut. Similar construction applies to the chair’s shorter front legs and feet

Stacking Chair Display Shot

This is what the chair looks like on display in the contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I took these photos last summer. You can actually find this chair for sale around the web, with a little Googling effort.

Stacking Chair Detail