The most disastrous of all the Chelsea openings last night has to be Sydney Chastain-Chapman’s solo show Modulus at Kravets|Wehby which was shut down due to an electrical fire. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get too many more details other than what I saw; the gallery owners understandably weren’t really that interested in talking to the press.
“The gallery is closed”, Susie Kravets told me as I peered into the unlit space with what appeared to be an array of garbage soaking in water in the middle of the floor. The block stank of burning plastic.
“What happened?” I asked.
“There was an emergency. The gallery is closed” she replied tersely.
“Is the art okay?”
And with that I left knowing I had made a new friend. Other sources confirmed an electrical fire was the emergency Susie Kravets spoke of. Let’s hope the damage was minimal, and the gallery will be able to reopen quickly.