coney island news

nytimes article

in association with kinz + tillou fine art

in association with kinz + tillou fine art

book signing sunday october 11, 3pm – 5pm
157 rivington 10002

in conjunction with clayton patterson: L.E.S. captured <through nov 8>  tues thru sun 12-7

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was capturing the last of the wild, free, outlaw, utopian, visionary spirit of the Lower East Side” says patterson <more from the nytimes article>

tangled alphabets: león ferrari and mira schendel @ MoMA is a show not to be missed

toquinhos

toquinhos

the whimsical nature of works on display by artists ferrari and schendel is uplifting.  the way a child’s watercolor painting is nonchalant and free form, these, too, evoke a carefree spirit.  overwhelmed with desire to trash my inhibitions once and for all, to stop using erasers or choosing undo – this MoMA exhibition was a pleasure to view and has been praised a true success.  the delightful pairing of Latin American artists, both active in the 60’s, both of whom focus on symbolic word art, is interwoven seemlessly.

ferrari

ferrari

from MoMA’s site:
Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.

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although sculptures are also displayed, the focus remains ink on paper – words, letters and illegible ‘writing’ such as ferrari’s “letter to a general”<pictured below>, where he first showed signs of political activism.  simulating a letter yet containing no verbal content, this work is powerful with emotion.

from nytimes.com

from nytimes.com

the works are inspiring; the technique is simultaneously thoughtful and loose.  this exhibit opened to the public last sunday – be sure to check it out.

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naturally lit

in may of 2004 the city dedicated >$190mil to renovating the sprawling coney island – stillwell ave subway terminal.  in addition to an arcade with room for shops and the police, robert wilson was responsible for an artistic contribution.  according to nyt, wilson is most widely known as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage.  transcending theatrical convention, he draws in other performance and graphic arts”.  the  300-foot long glass block wall mural intentionally faces east, utilizing the sun’s power to highlight wilson’s work.  turns out the solar panel roof is not the only eco-responsible element to this last stop.

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silk screened glass

natural rays capture scenes from decades of coney island history.  for more information on the great length it took choosing glass that is not easily vandilized and also appropriate for bright reproduction, check out pittsburgh corning‘s account.

i implied juicier and i mislead. my apologies, but happy coney tuesday!