Kazuhiro Tsuji's 7-Foot Andy Warhol statues at the Scope Art Fair were technically stunning and incredibly life-like (but larger than life). Their presence was slightly diminished by the fact that it seemed every second artwork had Andy's image in it. There was a predominance of art talking about art in the works displayed, as if taking part in the discourse supplied some kind of validation. The fair generally leaned heavily in the Juxtapoz style of artist. I also observed a lot of unselfconsciously kitsch pieces that looked like they belonged in the homes of coke dealers.
03/05/13 Chilean artist Leonardo Casas presented the New York Babylon show at the Babylon Projects Gallery in Brooklyn. The show featured new works by Shaun Partridge, an elaborate photographic portrait by Christina Dallas, plus Adele Souto, Pulcinella, Jessica Pepper and more.
A highlight of the exhibition was six show-stopping new colored pencil drawings by Gea*. For those unfamiliar with Gea’s work, her drawings are astonishing and dreamlike, arousing with a twisted innocence. She is developing a unique language with colored pencil which I haven’t seen elsewhere, and she also works assuredly in ink and paint, as well as video works. Check out her website and tumblr.
Music was provided by Limax Maximus, a duo of Robert L. Pepper (PAS Musique) and Snaykhunt who delivered an analog-ish set of synth pulses and sweeps, and Schuyler Tsuda, who created a composition manipulating small suspended plates which were mic’d and run thru a battery of effects.
Feb/Mar 2014 : More impressions of Morocco, in Marrakech, Casablanca and on the road during my visit for the Marrakech Biennale.