Along The Way, Wooden Sculpture By Kaws. All Photos By Gail
When you’ve got a big room, you’ve gotta fill it with big art, amiright? So it seems with Mary Boone’s current exhibit featuring two huge sculptures by pop artist KAWS. The sheer scale of these massive wooden figures immediately brought to mind Paul McCarthy’s recent White Snow exhibit at Hauser & Wirth.
Well, you can see by the human persons who would not get out of the way of my shots that both of these imposing sculptures, which depict KAWS’ familiar figure known as Companion, stand at over eighteen feet tall and almost reach the gallery roof! Fun!
At This Time
Going as Friends
In the gallery’s much smaller rear room you can see three new paintings by KAWS, which are highly recognizable as following the artist’s signature style. I love the bold colors and round canvases he used for these paintings!
Not Sure What This One is Called, But I Dig It
This is a fun show!
New Works By KAWS will be on Exhibit at The Mary Boone Gallery, Located at 541 West 24 Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District, through December 21st, 2013.
This Sign Says: Peter Alexander New Resin Works (All Photos By Gail, Click on any Image to Enlarge)
Nyehaus Gallery, located in a gorgeous restored brownstone on West 20th Street, has launched an exciting exhibition of new resin works by pioneering California-based Light and Space artist, Peter Alexander. This exhibit was a delightful companion piece to the Keith Sonnier exhibit I saw at Mary Boone last month, being all about minimalism, color and the interaction of light and art.
Alexander described these works – in which fields of what initially appears to be one color vary in their gradation and degree of saturation – as being, “Like what water does on coastlines when you fly above it, that movement from saturated color to transparency where it fades and becomes part of the sand. I’m interested in addressing that moment with this work, when the whole piece becomes part of a greater thing, part of the air. It addresses the room it’s in. It wants to become a part of the room by disappearing into it.”
Based on impressions I got from perusing Nyehaus’sOnline Catalog of Alexander’s resin works (way worth checking out at that link, by the way), I was expecting a greater number of pieces in this exhibit. Sadly, there is only a fraction of the works on display throughout Nyehaus’s three floors of gallery space. Still, it is worth a trip for fans of color and minimalism.
What I love about Alexander’s work is how it challenges the viewer’s ways of seeing. In contrast to traditional paint on canvas, resin affords these works endless ability to play with the light of the rooms in which they are displayed. It’s challenging to capture the subtleties with a point and shoot camera, but very much in evidence when experiencing the artworks in person. I’ve tried to show the contrast in the shots below:
Blue Square Viewed from Hallway Outside Gallery
Blue Square Viewed from Close Up
Blue Square Edge Detail
Another fun and inviting aspect of any opening reception at Nyehaus is the fact that they always serve a selection of delicious Latin dishes, prepared fresh in the Nyehaus open kitchen. These days, many galleries have even cut back on serving wine at openings, so to have a full meal prepared for you is simply unheard of on the Chelsea gallery scene.
Serving food also boosts the social aspect of these gatherings, breaks down walls and brings people together. It’s such a great idea and so generous of Nyehaus.
New Resin Works by Peter Alexander will be on Display at Nyehaus, located at 358 West 20th Street (just East of 9th Avenue) until April 20th, 2013. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Loud Speaker by Nick Cave (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
It very rarely happens that an artist has two shows running concurrently at two different Manhattan galleries, but right now the work of artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with This Guy) is being featured in two Chelsea galleries just a few blocks apart, which makes it very easy to make it to both – and you simply must, because his stuff is off the hook!
At Jack Shainman Gallery, Ever After features several different types of Cave’s ‘Soundsuits.’ In 1991, Cave again making wearable Soundsuits in response to the beating of Rodney King by the LAPD. One set, entitled Loud Speaker (see top photo), is a series of suits joined together by fabric and embellished with black mother of pearl buttons – very gorgeous and enigmatic. There’s also a similar set of suits that are not conjoined but are also covered in white/cream mother of pearl buttons. A third set at the front of the gallery is comprised of human scale, cream colored shaggy fur suits with rabbit ears. This set remind me of the film Donnie Darko for some reason. Cool and creepy at the same time!
Soundsuit of Found Sweaters
Walk a few a blocks uptown to the Mary Boone Gallery and you’ll encounter For Now, another Cave collection of Soundsuits, this time featuring colorful stand-alone works, each distinct to the other and made up of familiar “found” materials ranging from Dogwood twigs (previously seen at the Museum of Arts and Design), rag rugs, and sock monkeys sewn together, to tin noise makers, old fashioned toy tops or ceramic bird figurines. I know that Nick Cave has a staff that does the assemblage of these suits, but somebody had to think of the ideas for these things, and they are pretty twisted. So, high fives all around! I recommend you make time to see both of these exhibits while you can— both are kid friendly, by the way.
Soundsuit of Found Objects, Pipe Cleaners, Leggings
Soundsuit of Dogwood Twigs
Jack Shainman Gallery is Located at 513 West 20th Street. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Ever After is on exhibit through October 8, 2011.
Mary Boone Gallery is Located at 541 West 24th Street. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For Now is on Exhibit through October 22, 2011.