Hey, remember when I found This on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District? As far as reader comments go, that was one of my most popular Street Art posts ever, which is saying something, considering it had virtually no accompany text.
The Green Monster Hand, which has been seen around town by me just a few times, is still a bit of a mystery. Its authoring artist is unknown, and it is far from ubiquitous, unlike the Pink Baby Faces, which have been spotted all over the country at this point. I was out in Chelsea this past Saturday (and what lovely fall day it was) and spotted the Green Monster Hand, now holding an old school cell phone (an upgrade from the now-antiquated desk phone handset we saw last time), which is emblazoned with the text “You Go Girl.” Inspiring.
Sean Kelly (With Kehinde Wiley Painting). This Image Courtesy Andy Freeberg. All Other Photos By Gail.
Andrea Meislin Gallery is currently hosting a fun exhibit which will be especially enjoyed by those that have experience with and an appreciation for the inner workings of the art business.
In Art Fare – Photographer Andy Freeberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery – Freeberg continues his longstanding investigation of the junctions where art and people intersect. Roaming through international art fairs with his camera, Freeberg’s gaze pauses on the oddity of human behavior and frames the small moments in life as dramatic events.
Quick and skillful with his lens, Freeberg captures what is most often overlooked; gallery workers setting up booths, dealers on their phones ignoring their colleagues or interacting with artists and collectors, and the sheer exhaustion of working at contemporary art fairs.
In a conversation with art historian W. M. Hunt, Freeberg says that he “found the lighting, the costumes, and set design excellent for photographing these living dioramas where the art world plays itself.” It is definitely fun to realize that these photos were not staged in any way.
Art Fare gracefully offers an ironic look at the way in which the art world practitioners perform their assigned roles. It is a witty and subversive body of work that contemplates on the performance aspect of the art market. Freeberg’s ability to recognize moments and construct them as thoughtful compositions presents both his aesthetic and psychological sensibilities.
Art Fare by Andy Freeberg will be on Exhibit Through August 8th, 2014 at Andrea Meislin Gallery, Located at 534 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Stencil Street Art By Adam Dare, Photographed By Gail on Bleecker Street
On occasion, there will be an article in the paper or on the web about a person who inadvertently falls down an open manhole or (and this is especially fun if there is Video Documentation) who trips and stumbles into a fountain in the middle of a busy shopping mall, because he or she is so enraptured with gazing dreamily at his or her smart phone that they forget to watch where they are going. Hilarious! When I read these articles or see these videos, I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of schadenfreude. Because it is my pleasure to see you injured because you are too brain dead to put your phone down and pay attention to where you’re walking.
Spotted Again on Bowery and 1st Street
Just this past weekend, I was exiting the L Train at 14th street and First Avenue when a women ascending the stairs in front of me decided that the smartest choice to make at the moment was open her phone and hold everyone up so she could check her FaceBook/ Texts/ Instagram/ Twitter/ Emailbefore she got above ground, instead of making it her priority to get the fuck out of the subway, like a normal person. While I’ll admit to entertaining brief fantasies of her tripping and smashing her stupid face on the concrete, as I stepped over her fallen body while she spit out mouthfuls of blood and teeth, that didn’t happen. And that’s probably fortunate, because it would have been a real tragedy if she had taken out an innocent bystander on her way to the ground.
This is a fun story. Apparently, a young hotel worker in England was “surprised” to discover that a baby bat had been hiding in her bra for several hours before its movements (which were originally mistaken for the vibrating of her cell phone) prompted closer inspection. I’m just thinking that she must have been wearing a pretty big bra for her to not notice that a fucking bat was hiding in there! I mean, I’m hauling around an impressive rack myself, and I think I’d notice if there was a bat in my bra. Geez.
In some states you are no longer able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a “hands free” adapter. I went to Circuit City and they wanted $50 for a headset with a boom microphone for my cell phone. Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative, working through Office Depot. These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid $0.08 each because he bought in quantity. I tried them out on Erickson, Motorola, Nokia and Verizon phones and they worked perfectly. Take a look and let me know if you want one, and forward this to anyone you know who may want one!