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Must See Art: Al Farrow, Wrath & Reverence at Forum Gallery

Forum Gallery Installation View
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

You don’t have to dig very deep to find a well of meaning in the works that make up sculptor Al Farrow’s new exhibit Wrath & Reverence, currently up at Forum Gallery in Midtown. In perhaps the most unique and profoundly thought provoking exhibit we’ve see in recent years, Wrath & Reverence consists of churches, synagogues, mosques, a mausoleum, Jewish ritual objects and Christian ‘casket’ reliquaries, all rendered from munitions. It brings the phrase ‘Holy War’ into an entirely new reality.

Mosque III (After National Mosque of Nigeria)
Mosque III (After National Mosque of Nigeria)

The buildings are highly detailed and faithful to reality in terms of proportion and architectural design.

Bombed Mosque Front
Bombed Mosque (Front)

One monumental sculpture, Bombed Mosque, took the artist a year to create in his California studio, using more than 50,000 disarmed bullets and shell casings. The patterns and decorations formed from patinated and polished bullets adorn the structure in hauntingly accurate turquoise and gold; but one side of the massive dome is blown open, bombed in fact, speaking to the deep chasm between religious sects.

Bombed Mosque Back
Bombed Mosque (Back)

Menorah (Fence II)
Menorah (Fence II)

A Menorah, crafted from barbed wire and machine gun shells, is clearly layered with meaning and reference, but is an object of great reverence as well, attuned to past and present while statuesque and compelling in its presence.

Gun Menorah
Menorah (Guns, Gun Parts, Steel, Bullets)

Trigger Finger of Santo Geurro
Trigger Finger of Santo Geurro (Guns, Bullets, Bullet Shells, Steel, Bone)

Farrow makes art not about a certain religion, but about the repetition of history, the inexorable battle of mankind, and the perversion of organized religion as a whole.

Trigger Finger of Santo Geurro (Detail)
Trigger Finger of Santo Geurro (Detail)

Assorted Reliquaries
Assorted Reliquaries

Sacred and profane, metaphoric and literal, gleaming and shocking, Al Farrow’s Wrath & Reverence is unforgettable and deeply moving.

Sketch Of Trinity Church
Sketch Of Trinity Church

This exhibit marks my first visit to the Forum Gallery, a legendary space that I was turned on to after being highly impressed with their various exhibits at this years Metro Curates Art Fair.

Installation View

The room is gorgeous and the people who work in the gallery are very nice and friendly, which can be a rare thing these days. I will definitely be visiting them again, and covering more shows at Forum in the future. For now, make sure you don’t miss Al Farrow’s Wrath and Reverence, which is just fantastic.
Mausoleum II
Mausoleum II

Wrath and Reverence, the Art of Al Farrow will be on Exhibit Through May 2nd, 2015 at Forum Gallery, Located at 730Fifth Avenue (at 57th Street), NYC.

Vandalized Synagogue Door (I)
Vandalized Synagogue Door (I)

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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!