Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chelsea Openings 2/18/10

Thursday I hopped on the train out of Chinatown and ventured over to Chelsea for some free I mean some Art Openings. I like to go see who is selling what for ten times the amount of my rent- it inspires me to keep up my awsomeness as an artist extrordinaire. As some of you may know gallery openings in Chelsea are typically from 6-8, and if one wants to drink one tries to show up sooner rather than later. Ever since I moved to New York I love going to openings in Chelsea, especially on a Thursday when there are dozens going on between 20th and 25th street and 9th and tenth avenues. (the best place to check for openings and shows is gallery guide) I stayed on 24th and 35th street and hit up about 7 galleries in an hour. I saw some good, some great, and some forgettable. After about 5 wines and a beer I was ready to head back home and digest what I saw so I could tell the blog world all about it, and this is the best of what I saw:

Kyle Staver at Lohin Geduld Gallery

Good show full of paintings- paintings with light and people in them that werent boring. I thought this was interesting and they had Pelegrino along with the white wine and these things make me happy. Plus I met the artist, an enthusiastic woman in her 50s that had a nose like the figures in her paintings. Thats how I spotted her. And I told her that. She wiggled her nose and looked at her paintings and said, "are you a painter?" and I said, "yep" and that was the end of it... bad story....

George Rickey at Marlborough Gallery

AMAZING to say the least. I spent the most time at this one. It was visually stunning. George Rickey was a kinetic sculptor in the 60s through to the end of last century. In a room full of people I spaced out watching "Seascape III"- Edward Scissorhand like spikes gently moving up and down like the sea. The fact that someone could create such delicately moving sculptures out of big pieces (and little of pieces) of metal is great art.

Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures

Walked in and out. Nice concept, big paintings, smeared visions, I like the black.

Jacco Olivier at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Though George Rickey was incredible, this show inspired me the most. This artist truly combined painting with video and it was incredible- totally contemporary and painterly at the same time. There were time lapse videos of paintings that seemlessly melted into each other. I sat and drank my Budweiser, listened to Beach House on my ipod, and cruised the universe in paint that Olivier created. My new task is to animate my own paintings. XOXO to Jacco Olivier.

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