The past weekend, Geoffrey and I paid our first visit to the new and — dare I say — much improved Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District, and we had the time of our lives! I took hundreds of rad photos, some of which I will be sharing with you in the coming weeks. I am especially smitten with this installation/sculpture thing by George Segal (1924 – 2000), which is called Walk, Don’t Walk (1976). I saw Segal’s work in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last summer and I think his stuff is pretty cool.
Randy Polumbo’s delightful Love Stream Trailer installation at Steven Kasher Gallery was one of our favorite exhibits of 2112, so what a special surprise it was to stumble upon Randy’s latest work in the midst of our very ambitious September 11th Art Crawl!
Polumbo’s pop up installation, Tunnel of Love currently resides in the space at 511 West 27th Street formerly occupied by the Paul Kasmin Shop (which is moving locations). That narrow storefront has been transformed into a reflective-surfaced silver space whose walls and contents tend to disorient in the same manner as a carnival fun house attraction, and that is exactly the appeal. The Tunnel of Love pulls you off of the street and immediately immerses you in a fantasy world where everything is source of wonder. People were literally freaking out in this place.
On display are several few Polumbo’s signature blown glass floral lamp sculptures, some of which look more phallic than others.
At the rear of the “Tunnel” are stacked silver fabric cushions that we also saw inside the Love Steam, where you can rest your feet and enjoy the visuals! Also, Selfies!
Randy Polumbo was at the installation on the night I stopped by (the exhibition had just opened the previous evening) and let me tell you, he is handsome like a movie star. I had the chance to talk to him about how much I enjoyed the Love Stream Trailer, and he was very nice and seemed genuinely appreciative that I already knew his art. What a cool guy!
Randy Polumbo’s Tunnel of Love Installation will be up at 511 West 27th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues) Until October 25th, 2014. The space is open late (until 8 PM ) On Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find Out More About the Art of Randy Polumbo at Polumbo Dot Com.
Warped humor: I can’t get enough of it. Maybe that’s why I was so smitten by artist / cartoonist David Shrigley’s new exhibit at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled Signs. As the name suggests, the exhibit is comprised of various types of signage – from crude wooden plaques hung just a foot or two from the gallery’s ceiling, to brightly glowing neon, to minimalist slogans painted on the fronts of stuffed toys, to word sculptures and posters resembling eye-charts for the severely myopic, which Shrigley emblazons with quirky sayings just begging to be deciphered. It other words, the show is a sardonic, snarky good time.
Here are a few of our favorite Signs from last Thursday’s opening reception!
If you look at the lower right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a traffic signal affixed to the wall above a tiny doorway. One second before I snapped this photo, one of those tiny little kids walked through the doorway from the other room and smacked his head. Ironic. See what’s written on the opposite side of the “Help Me” sign below.
Signs by David Shrigley is on exhibit now at Anton Kern Gallery, Located at 532 West 20th Street in Manhattan, though February 19, 2013.
Hey, Happy 4/20, People of Earth! I know that the Weed laws are way more liberal these days, but if you see this sign on a traffic light, maybe you should not be driving?