uncategorizedArmory Week 2015
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

“Their Grandparents Would Have Called It A Salon”: Report from SPRING/BREAK

Guy Nelson, Say Uncle, 2014. Resin and Wood on Panel, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the Artist
Guy Nelson, Say Uncle, 2014. Resin and Wood on Panel, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

SPRING/BREAK has been described by one of our correspondents – contributing editor Nora Griffin, who is herself exhibiting at this fair – as “like the anti-Forever Now. Very fresh and full of material experimentation.”  In an email Griffin says the fair, in its fourth installment and in a new location, “brought up a feeling of PS 1’s 1976 “Rooms” show”, which accords with the organizers self-description as a “curator-driven art fair”.  She has work in two rooms, “Paradise Cafe” (Room 3109) curated by Olivia Smith for Exhibition A, and”Green” (Room 4008) curated by RJ Supa and Erin Goldberger.

The fair is located in Moynihan Station, in three floors of former offices above the main Post Office on 34th Street, in offices from the 1940s seemingly untouched in the interim.  The event presents the work of 90 curators and over 400 artists.  Kris Chatterson and Vince Contarino, for instance, curators who work under the title Progress Report, have curated The Ecstasy of Influence in Room 4030 where the artists include Erik den Breejen, whose Alex Chilton, 2010, is pictured here.

Guy Nelson is co-curator with David Packer of “Enter Aquarium” in Rooms 3107-05-09, in which they both also exhibit as artists. Aquarium, which Nelson founded in 2013, is a group of artists that meet sporadically in each other’s studios with invited guests.  “For practical and poetic purposes they meet under the name Aquarium,” Nelson writes intriguingly in a statement. “Their grandparents would have called it a salon.”

Skylight at Moynihan Station is at the north-west corner of 31at Street and Eighth Avenue, and the fair runs through the weekend, noon to 8pm daily, to 6pm Sunday.  Admission is $10

Erik den Breejen, Alex Chilton, 2010.  Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
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