Tag Archive | West 20th Street

Duke A. Barnstable NYC Street Sheriff

Duke A Barnstable Stars
All Photos By Gail

We haven’t seen much of the lo-fi work of street artist Duke A. Barnstable around the Chelsea Gallery District until we spotted these assorted star-shaped NYC Street Sheriff badges plastered on an electrical box near the northwest corner of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Duke A Barnstable Stars

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Dasic Fernandez Mural in Chelsea

Dasic Fernandez in Chelsea
All Photos By Gail

Here’s another one of Dasic Fernandez colorful murals. I spotted this one on 20th Street just East of 8th Avenue in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Dasic Fernandez Mural Chelsea
Dasic Fernandez Mural in Chelsea, Detail

Graffiti Mail Box, Chelsea

Graffiti Mail Box
Photo By Gail

This Street Art Tag of a Silver Sphere sporting Dark Shades and a Protruding Tongue can be seen around the Chelsea Gallery District neighborhood adorning various surfaces, from the above mail box to a van I saw parked just a few blocks from where this photo was taken, at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. If anyone knows the artist or what this tag is called, please leave it in the comments – thanks!

Anton Kern Gallery Presents New Sculptures By Brazilian Artist Marepe

Peixe Com Auréola
Peixe Com Auréola (Fish with Halo), All Photos By Gail

When I was a teenager, there was a popular saying that “A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle” — which is still totally true, if a bit dated. I thought of that saying immediately when I saw the Fish-Bicycle hybrid sculpture, Peixe Com Auréola (Fish with Halo), at Anton Kern Gallery this past Friday, when I was there for the opening reception for new works by the Brazilian Artist called Marepe.

For his third solo show at Anton Kern, Marepe presents a group of six sculptures made of common objects and put together with great formal rigor and poetic potential. These works achieve a complex layering of references and meanings addressing the linkage between the individual and society.

A Coruja,
A Coruja (The Owl)

Marepe’s sculptures are made from everyday materials such as plastic buckets and tables, ironing boards, brooms, bicycles, wheelbarrows and chipboard. Some titles, such as Embutido Sanfona (embedded accordion), are inspired by popular music. Others are factual and descriptive, such as Empilhamento (stacking). The work allows for a direct reading and, perhaps more importantly, leads toward a sensory experience; an intimacy of touch and interaction, comparable to the deeply emotional experience and immediacy of listening to music.

Sistema M
Sistema M (System M)

Duchamp and Neoconcretismo may be part of Marepe’s inspiration, but it is the artist’s deep concern for the social and for human interaction that drives his art. He combines quotidian objects and materials to form disarmingly simple monuments, some suggesting abstract forms, others depicting figures engaged in dance-like interaction, and in some cases allowing cut-out chipboard to assist in creating specific figures.

Embutido Sanfona
Embutido Sanfona (Built-in Accordion/Concertina)

Many of Marepe’s titles refer to Brazilian music or lyrics. Embutido Sanfona for example, can be translated as “built-in concertina,” the slightly smaller version of the accordion which is the lead instrument in Forró, a thrilling and infectious folk-pop music from the North-East of Brazil, the region where Marepe grew up and still lives and works. “Embutido Sanfona” also refers to Marepe’s previous wooden models for rooms and trucks and his interest in communal and shared spaces. It is simultaneously a minimalist kinetic sculpture, a model for multi-purpose housing, and a musical celebration.

Empilhamento I and Empilhamento II
Empilhamento I and Empilhamento II (Stacking One and Two)

Marepe’s work speaks, or rather sings of everyday life and love, celebrating and elevating the specific materials and origins of the work to the universal. The ordinary shines in its simple beauty declaring its liberating and transformative power.

Cabeça Ciclica
Cabeça Ciclica (Head Cycle)
New Sculptures By Marepe will be on Exhibit through Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, Located at 532 West 20th Street In the Chelsea Gallery District.

Xavier Lockett Exhibits Original Pipe Cleaner Art with Don Porcella!

Blue Dragon and X Hat
Blue Dragon By Xavier Lockett with X Hat By Don Porcella (All Photos By Gail)

Thursday night opening receptions in the Chelsea Gallery District are always a lot of fun for art fans, but last night the hottest exhibit on the Westside was Xavier Lockett and Don Porcella’s Dual Pipe Cleaner Art Exhibit at Ozaneaux Artspace. This exhibit has an excellent back-story.

Xavier and Sculpture
Xavier and one of his Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

Xavier Lockett, an 18-year old from Central Florida, has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition and he is currently recovering from a kidney transplant. Xavier has always wanted to dedicate his life to being a professional artist working with pipe cleaners, but never believed he would be able to live out his dream. Was it even possible to be a professional pipe cleaner artist? Those were Xavier’s thoughts when he came across the artwork of Don Porcella on the Internet while working with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Don is, of course, a fine artist whose medium is pipe cleaners. You’ve seen his work here on The Gig!

Rainbow Eagle
Rainbow Winged Eagle Holding Diamond Encrusted Skull by Don Porcella

Upon discovering Don’s Pipe Cleaner sculptures, it became the young, aspiring artist’s one true wish to meet Don Porcella. Make-A-Wish contacted Don and asked him to write a letter of encouragement to Xavier while he recovered from his surgery, giving him tips on how to become a professional artist.

White Bread and Action Figure
White Bread By Don and Action Figure by Xavier

Don offered instead to have Xavier fly to New York City and work alongside him in his studio, where he could teach Xavier his techniques and processes, awakening Xavier’s imagination and opening him up to new possibilities. How awesome is that?

Mulitple Action Figures
Multiple Action Figures By Xavier Lockett

The work they created together was exhibited last evening at a one-night only celebration on West 20th Street. Ozaneaux Artspace is an alternative venue dedicated to supporting emerging artists and championing social change, and the owners, Nikki and Fred, graciously donated the space for last night’s show. All of Xavier’s work was up for sale and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Xavier.

Art Dealer and Action Figure
Art Dealer By Don and Action Figure By Xavier

There was a huge turn out for the exhibit and everyone had fun checking out Xavier’s cool action figures rendered in colorful pipe cleaners. The main attraction of the show though was a large blue Dragon created by Xavier, which was displayed alongside a pipe cleaner Baseball Cap emblazoned with an “X” that Don made especially for his protégé. It was a great night for both artists and everyone involved and attending the exhibit. Thanks to Don and Ginger Porcella and the folks at Ozaneaux Artspace for making Xavier’s wish come true!

Blue Dragon
Here’s another shot of that amazing Blue Dragon!

Don Porcella Self Portrait
Don Porcella Self Portrait

Nyehaus Presents Peter Alexander New Resin Works

Pink Signage for Peter Alexander Show
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.

Red Square By Peter Alexander

Red and Green Perspective By Peter Alexander

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.”

Pale Pink Square By Richard Alexander

Based on impressions I got from perusing Nyehaus’s Online 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 Perspective By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Viewed from Hallway Outside Gallery

Blue Square By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Viewed from Close Up

Blue Square Detail By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Edge Detail

Beverages

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.

Pita and DipsServing 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.

Chicken Skewers

Latin Food

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.

Six Rod Array

Pink and Green Rod