Like many art objects, the aesthetic value of a Movin Cool air conditioner can be viewed in direct proportion with its functionality. Needless to say, I think it’s gorgeous. It also aided the viewing of other works in Jack Shainman’s exhibition Unbalance — art always looks better when you don’t have to view it through a film of sweat.
A few highlights from this exhibition and Moti Hasson after the jump.
On the one hand large star form sculptures such as this easily resolve themselves, on the other, the light bulbs add an unexpected dimension to the work, and the object is inarguably moving. Two thumbs up from me.
The pink pom pom is a nice touch. Also note: pom-pom socks are making a come back!
Speaking of fashion, while I doubt there’s any getting away from eco art this year, I’m constantly surprised by how much of it I like. Justin Matherly’s plants growing on the sturdy support of crutches and cement meets our approval. I particularly enjoy the anthropomorphization happening in these works, which lends the pieces a real charm.
The above image is posted because I think it’s a good looking object.
This is posted because it’s not. Abstracted aisles won’t receive any positive remarks from me.
I really respond to the texture linen imprints on the paint. Mark Barrow’s paintings are carefully and skillfully executed.
In other gallery opening news, Moti Hasson Gallery was a total mad house yesterday. Intransit, or as we like to call it, A Little Something For Everyone, featured the work of 30 artists, which of course means about 150 friends of the artists showed up, plus the regular opening attendees. Such experiences lead me to believe performance art must best be viewed by small numbers of people since my vision was so limited, I was only able to catch sight of a bowl filled with dry ice held up by a caped artist (presumably by Micki Pellerano or a performing friend). This coupled a lot of “art noise”, gave me the surreal feeling of being part of a Big Lebowski remake. Needless to say, I don’t think openings such as this are the ideal way to experience performance art.