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Favorite Art From The Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2019!

Patty Carroll Cooking The Goose
Patty Carroll, Cooking The Goose, $5000, Edition of 10 (All Photos By Gail: Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail))

This year, New Yorkers definitely needed a seasonal hard reboot, and the Spring edition of the biannual Affordable Art Fair brought much-appreciated flashes of color and whimsy into the City during its exciting four-day run in late March. Whether you’re an experienced collector, someone looking to invest in a single piece for your home, or an art lover who just enjoys the inspiration and joy of browsing, the Affordable Art Fair is a great place to expose yourself to (and purchase) art from a finely curated selection of cutting-edge, contemporary galleries from across the globe. For me, this recent fair really embraced the spirt of fun and humor in art. Let’s look at a collection of my favorite fun artworks spotted at the AAFNYC for Spring 2019!

Ara Cho Cactus Sculptures

Ara Cho creates these soft Cactus Sculptures for Gallery Art Plaza, located in Seoul, South Korea. Made from stuffed, sewn and embellished leather, they sell for just $400 each.

Ara Cho Cactus

Here’s a closer look at a piece she calls City Oassis – Ferocactus A (2019). Unique and super cute!

Liv Antonecchia Cake Slices

Among the best bargains of the fair, these fun stoneware and glazed ceramic sculptures of Cake Slices, by Liv Atonecchia were selling for just $54 each! I found them in the booth for Miller Gallery of Charleston, SC.

David Bowie Ziggy

Miles Purvis Daniel made this bold and colorful collaged portrait of the late, great David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust ($6500), also found at Miller Gallery.

Olivia Bonilla Heatwave

Displayed in that same gallery, just in front of Ziggy, was this imaginative sculpture by Olivia Bonilla, who manifested the dreamlike vision of a fancy Cupcake with NYC Yellow Cabs imbedded in its sky-high swirl of frosting. Entitled Heatwave, it was priced to move at just $225!

Pink Wrapped Candy

Online gallery ArtStar teamed up at AAFNYC with New York artists Robyn Blair and Name Glo to transform their booth display into an installation of candy-themed artworks that had fair-goers stopping in their tracks to grab a photo or two for their Instagram feeds!

Pink Roller Skate
Pink Roller Skate ($4500)

These visually enchanting sculpted pieces incorporate specialty candies suspended in a hand-poured resin and a Plexiglas case. IThe Name Glo neon-look LED lights are sculpted by artisans based in New York.

Rainbow Cloud and Lips
Blue Rainbow $4500; Purple Lips $3000

Red Glitter Popsicle By Betsy Enzenberger  

You can get a better look at ArtStar’s display wall as you admire this monumental Red Glitter Popsicle sculpture ($2850) by Betsy Enzenberger from just across the aisle at Retrospect Galleries, which is based in Australia.

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Betsy, who lives in Los Angeles, also had these smaller Popsicle sculptures for sale, priced at $200$300 per piece. They are so cool!

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Visit her website at This Link to inquire about commissions!

Popsicle Series

Here’s another Popsicle Series by Argentinian artist  Maximiliano Pecce, selling for $4500 per sculpture at Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana.

Popsicle Series Orange and Pink

Each ice cream treat measures 40-inches by 24-inches and is made from melted recycled plastic covered with colorful plastic beads. Check it out.

Popsicle Series Detail

Maximiliano’s work is an effort to increase awareness of the amount of plastic waste produced daily by our modern society, while retaining a nostalgic energy to those younger days of playing with plastic beads! I like it!

Sebastian Burdon Pink Happy Dog

Sebastian Burdon’s Pink Happy Dog ($2350) was found at Tag Fine Arts of London, UK!

Wall of Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

French artist Ortaire De Coupigny works with various materials and pigments to create his unique painted fish before suspending them in paraffin wax and covering them with transparent resin. Genuine sardine tins (manufactured in his local area) are used where possible to create an interesting dynamic between an industrial, mass-produced everyday object and art. The tins sell for $170 to $249, each.

Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

Ortaire is representedat the Affordable Art Fair by at Ronen Art Gallery of Amsterdam.

Nine Buddhas By Tal Nehoray

Nine assorted-color, laser-cut Plexiglass seated Buddhas in a box frame (Nine, $950) is the work of Israeli artist Tal Nehoray. Found at Contempop Gallery, with locations in Tel Aviv and NYC.

Philippe Berry Purple Splash

This freeform wall sculpture of polished and varnished bronze is entitled Purple Splash ($8900) by French artist Philippe Berry. Photographed in the booth for Galerie Duret, Paris.

Badly Behaved Bottles By Love Jordan

Imagine the time and meticulous attention to detail that went into creating Badly Behaved Bottles ($8800) by LoveJordan — a collaboration of artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. Let’s take a closer look.

Badly Behaved Bottles Detail

Wow! Consider the effort that went into filling each tiny bottle with paint, and then arranging them just so. LoveJordan are represented by Woolff Gallery of London.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

This next piece mines a similar idea vein as the LoveJordan collaboration, but then takes it ‘to eleven,’ as the saying goes.  Peek & Choose Multicolored ($6300) is a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Stéphane Gautier make up of sixty bespoke bottles of nail polish displayed in a Plexiglass case. Take a closer look and you’ll realize that each bottle bears the instantly recognizable logo of a well-known brand, celebrity, film, pop culture franchise, etc.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier Detail

I absolutely love this.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

Photographed at Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart of Paris.

Here’s some other random cool stuff that stood out in the crowd!

Egg Cup With French Bull Dog Salt Shaker

Egg Cup With French Bull Dog Salt Shaker ($6500) by CJ Green, spotted in the booth for Byard Art of Cambridge, UK.

Green Robo Love By Carl Smith

Green Robo Love ($800) by Carl Smith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, California.

Composition No 181 By Mara Minuzzo

Composition No 181 ($2500) by Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary, located in Canada.

Lustre Art Booth

Mara Minuzzo also painted the amazing collection of Mid-century Modern Chairs ($800 each), which are the perfect complement to display alongside this totally rad photograph of a vintage Pink Cadillac by Patrick Lajoie, entitled Rosy Days Are Here (In The Round) ($6000) which comes in a handmade aluminum frame!

And that wraps up our recap the Spring 2019 Affordable Art Fait, NY! See you again in the Fall!

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Summer Group Show at Joseph Gross Gallery!

Installation View with Shark Gun
Gun Shark! (All Photos By Gail)

You only have until August 1st to see the really fun — and diverse — summer group show up now at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The exhibit features a few of our favorite artists, including Ron English, Sebastian Wahl and Joseph Grazi, plus a lot cool new stuff from artists we didn’t previously know, including: Alex Yanes, Alison Mosshart, Ben Venom, Dave White, Diane Munoz, Eric Inkala, Etai Rahmil, James Charles, Jet Martinez, Jessica Hess, John Felix Arnold III, Pam Glew, Peter Gronquist, Rune Christensen, Jessica Hess, Sergio Garcia, Christopher Schulz, Tahiti Pehrson and Ted Lincoln.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Glass Trumpet

Glass Trumpet Sculpture

Hexagonal Wall Sculpture

Sebastian Wahl

Collage pieces by Sebastian Wahl.

Geometric Painting

I love the vibrant colors and geometric shapes in this painting.

Blue Frame

Whoever made the decision to put this one in a blue frame made the right choice.

Ron English

Painting and Sculptures by Ron English.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader’s likeness inlaid into a slab of wood. Very nice!

Shark Guns

Shark Guns! Yes!

Installation View with Bike

More Cool Stuff!

Napoleon Dynamite

I especially enjoyed the collection of five dollar bills modified with images and sayings few various Pop Culture Icons. Above, Napoleon Dynamite.

Alec

And Malcolm McDowell as Alec from A Clockwork Orange, plus there are a bunch more.

Be sure to stop by before they take this stuff down because it is a must-see show!

The Joseph Gross Gallery is Located at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Video Clip of The Week: Melted Toys, “Always”



I propose that there are two ways that one might feel about San Francisco quartet Melted Toys’ animated music video for “Always.” Either you could be compelled to not think too hard about it, because the song is fucking amazing and the visuals are wildly hypnotic and pleasing in a “unquiet dream” sort of way, or you are going to be obsessed with figuring this shit out, because it is impossible to understand the lyrics being sung and what the hell is going on in this video anyway? If you watch a lot of programming on Adult Swim, you will know what I mean.

Directed by Anibal Bley from Santiago, Chile, “Always” depicts the adventures of an anthropomorphic, burning apparition driving a red car across a colorful, psychedelic landscape all presented in a palette of reds, pinks and oranges. I love the little burning guy (so cute!) and although it seems that by the video’s end he might have been up to some “very extreme nastiness” (to quote dialogue from A Clockwork Orange), I don’t feel bad about it. I just want to play the video again and again. Also, the band’s music has been described as “plaintive pop with psychedelic electronica.” To me, it sounds like the kind of music I want to hear more of but never, ever do.

Anyway, Video Clip of The Year!

Melted Toys released their self-titled debut album on July 15th, 2014 via Underwater Peoples, with a Vinyl Release due some time in August 2014. Enjoy!

Melted Toys Cover Art

Slaughterhouse Five, The Best Movie Ever

Slaughterhouse-Five

Actor Michael Sacks as Billy Pilgrim

Kurt Vonnegut is probably my favorite author of all time, and my favorite film adapted from one of his awesome books is Slaughterhouse Five. It is really just the best movie ever, meaning it’s right up there with A Clockwork Orange and Harold and Maude. I watched Slaughterhouse Five last night on the Sundance Channel and it was just as mind-blowing as I remembered from the ten or twelve times I’d seen it before. But something I noticed in the film’s credits for the first time is that the late great modern classical pianist Glen Gould plays all the Bach music on the soundtrack. Glen Gould is amazing.

When the movie was over, I was compelled to run to the Google and try to find out whatever happened to Michael Sacks, the actor who played the lead role of Billy Pilgrim, because, honestly, I don’t remember ever seeing him in any other films. What I found out is that Sacks retired from the film industry in 1984 and went to work on Wall Street. Crazy.