New York, Part 3: P.S.1, LMCC

March 11, 2009

P.S.1, LMCC

*click on the images for larger versions, sorry about the quality of these images–they were taken on my camera phone*

–Young Joon

 

 

 

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P.S.1, the contemporary art sister-museum to MOMA, is housed in an old school building–it looks like a fortress. I kept imagining the battle in Lord of the Rings, where everyone’s trying to hide inside that fortress and fend off the evil ogres…

It was really nice to see some artwork outside of the fairs.

 

 

 

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Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool

This was a really nice work. You can view the pool from above or below. People were really having fun with it–pretending to be swimming, taking pictures; it was a really well-done interactive installation.

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The video installations of Yael Bartana were really engaging. The work doesn’t require one to sit through the entirety of the video, but rather, one may enjoy the works on one’s own terms. Still, I felt compelled to sit and to contemplate the moving images, allowing meaning to unravel slowly in the dark and intimate environment.

 

Bartana’s work brings up associations of human patterns throughout history–of violence, of power struggles, of social divisions and hierarchies.

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Tofu on Pedestal in Gallery

Jonathan Horrowitz

 

Haha; a nice little “fuck you” to the institution.

 

 

 

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Kenneth Anger Installation

I’ve long been a fan of Kenneth Anger–his impact on Queer artistic discourse is great, and his works were at the forefront of avante-garde video. Still, I was wonderfully surprised to experience this installation of his, which was very thoughtfully executed. It has the power to renew and shift considerations of his work. It was a real pleasure.

To see more about the artists and the exhibitions at PS1, click here.

 

 

 

Later on, I met up with friend and artist, Gisela Insuaste, whose work you can check out here.

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We headed over to the LMCC (The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) artist studios for their open-studios. The organization does a lot for artists in New York–offering grants, residencies, and public art programs in Manhattan. Check them out here.

 

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Artwork by Davied Balula, current resident and wierdo.

I’m going to be paying attention to this artist…

I love the variety of common everyday materials he uses; they seemed a little frivolous at first, though that notion is disproved or rather, complicated by a cerebral approach to combining these materials, and the resulting aesthetic of the works–minimal, quiet, fun, whimsical, pleasurable. The work relies on the environment or rather, the environment is an important part of the work–physical space, and the tenets of that reality…wierd! The way he brings everything together is inventive, beautiful, and thought-provoking.

 

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One Response to “New York, Part 3: P.S.1, LMCC”

  1. gisela Says:

    chico! it was sooo great to see you last weekend…congrats on the new adventure! mua.


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