Friday, February 10, 2012
This is my last review on my recent visit to Chelsea and will include 3 different shows.
The first being a group exhibit, End of Days, at Mixed Greens. As always they give you an excellently curated exhibit with fresh artists and interesting work. I made a point of going in order to see fellow stitchers Sophia Narret's work and her work was a perfect fit for the gallery and show.
The highlight of the show was an installation by Valerie Hegarty.
The work takes over part of the gallery wall to give the affect of decay and destruction. Like a wall of the Met after the end of the world with remnants of the works of art remaining. It was a beautiful and powerful piece. You have until this tomorrow to see this exhibit.
2nd was the exhibit The Wedding ( The Walker Evans Polaroid Project) curated by Ydessa Hendeles at Andrea Rosen Gallery. This work was a curatorial challenge- the gallery asking the curator to create a show that included at least some of Walker Evans Polaroids and otherwise whatever she like from their collection. In the end she created a very moving and spiritual exhibit including 83 of the small black and white Evans Polaroids, a giant and gorgeous antique bird cage, a Muybridge image, selections from the gorgeous Roni Horn project Birds. These were hung in pairs which added an incredible sense of relationship within the exhibit. There were other very interesting elements and it was a show that you wanted to stay in and sit awhile. Sadly if you missed it you missed it as it came down last week.
The last show to mention was the show at Dillon Gallery. A gallery that generally seems pretty conservative it its artists broke all expectations with Christophe Laudamiel's, Phantosmia. Laudamiel is a renowned perfumer and with this exhibit he created smells that you experienced by walking into small 4 walled tents set up in the gallery space. Each scent was paired with a description of the place and emotion is was meant to emote and the technical history and background of the scent. It was in incredibly fun and unexpected exhibit. Here are some reviews if the show with more detail here and here.
So that is the end of my Chelsea visit. What exciting shows have you seen lately?
Posted by Joetta M. at 5:51 AM