For the past week, Occupy Wall Street has been the focus of much media coverage, and community concern in New York City. Many people, myself included, have asked "Just what is it they want?" I received this unattributed missive, from a friend who knew I was looking for more specific information on OWS's goals, and post it here as a subject for consideration. This is not an "Official Document".
James Kalm is back on his bike for the 2010 season opener, and he starts this frenzy of activity by stopping in to pay tribute to David Cohen and his curatorial prowess at the historic New York Studio School. "Decameron" celebrates a decade of exhibitions by presenting some of the artist who have received recognition at the NYSS, including: Philip Pearlstein, Milton Resnick, Mernet Larsen, Graham Nickson, Sean Scully, Frances Barth, Rosemarie Beck, Thomas Nozkowski and many others. Trekking to Chelsea we visit "Not Even the Saints Can Help" the culmination of two years work by Joe Zito at Lennon, Weinberg Gallery. Inspired by the structure of a ships hull, Zito designed and built the wooden structure in his studio in Red Hook Brooklyn. This form was further extrapolated in a series of drawings, models and works on paper that approach single image abstraction.
This group show marks both the end of the summer and beginning of the new season of gallery happenings. "Tunneling" is a title selected by Pappenheimer as a symbol of an exploratory process. Often ignored or overlooked, many eccentric and obsessive artists continue in solitary digging deep into their subjects and media with startling results. In a virtuoso manipulation of "New Media" Luke Murphy appropriates Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Race Track (Death on a Pale Horse), and using computer technology, stretches its pixels to a mile in length. The mind-bending tedium involved in the fabrication of Meg Hitchcock's collages induces a brief period of meditative contemplation just to perceive. Designing a logo hacking iphone app, Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking remind users of their own complicity in the BP Gulf oil blowout. Features an interview with curator William Pappenheimer.
James Kalm peddles to Long Island City Queens on a warm summer weekend to view a curatorial project by Cecilia Alemani in the Rotating Gallery at the mega exhibition "Greater New York". Featuring works by Leslie Thornton, Judith Bernestein, Sylvia Sleigh and Jack Whitten "The Comfort of Strangers" presents pieces by mature artists who have worked consistently for decades despite escaping the recognition they deserve. Includes interviews with Leslie Thornton, and Judith Bernestein.
James Kalm is back in Bushwick to visit "On Display" an exhibition selected by Time Out New York as the best painting show of the week. Curated by Hrag Vartanian, Publisher of Hyperallergic, and featuring Sharon Butler, Joy Curtis and Cathy Nan Quinlan. These artists share a sensibility of fractured formalism. Employing received norms of abstraction they cut and reassemble elements into crisp and startling compositions. Includes interviews with Hrag Vartanian, Sharon Butler and Joy Curtis.
James Kalm is cycling down for the summer, but before being immersed in the art world doldrums, he ventures into Chelsea for one more Thursday night gallery crawl. "Reflexive Self" at Mike Weiss Gallery features a collection of images of the macabre. Large drawings by Dead Dads Corporation have the shocking presence of crime scene photos. Kim Dorland and Stefanie Gutheil peruse chunky colorful expressionism, while Marc Seguin leavens his austere canvases with conceptual content and blobs of oil paint and elicits a spontaneous diatribe from Daniel Larkin on his use of Hitler as subject. . Okay Mountain's "Benefit Plate" at Freight+Volume, is the latest offering by this Austin Texas based collective/gallery. These ten artists have received much attention for their whimsical humor combined with critical representations of American culture. Includes interviews with Carlos Rosales-Silva, Corkey Sink and Josh Rios.