Considered "New York's curator driven art fair," Spring/Break Art Show once again presents itself in a scattered maze-like fashion, making the few gems out of many pieces of art extremely difficult to find. Each time I have visited this venue over the past two years I have felt overwhelmed and exhausted, and, perhaps, the reason is there is just too many people in too compartmentalized of a space during the opening night reception or it is just the space itself. I am not blaming the curatorial decisions, I am blaming the layout of the space. Just because one has an empty, old school does not mean it is conducive to exhibiting art in a manner it can be well read and absorbed. Although, it did work for video and installation. And that is why my favorites fall under this category.
Curated by Kyle DeWoody of Grey Area, an excerpt from The Umwelt Belt by Michael Joaquin Grey encapsulates the viewer in a dark room with calming sounds of dripping water. "Drip, drip, drip" you hear as you see random objects oscillating in space: pianos, lamps and ceiling fans float alongside orbiting satellites. "For the last twenty-five years, Michael Joaquin Grey has been investigating the development of life, language and form in complex and natural systems; how animate and inanimate systems originate, grow, decay and recapitulate." The video installation was the calmness during the storm, the storm being the chaos of the crowd.
Umwelt Belt from Michael Joaquin Grey on Vimeo.
Yorgo Alexopoulos' Transmigrations was originally installed at Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea, but re-envisioned for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Curated by Maureen Sullivan, the 24 channel video installation with sound, like Grey's installation, played a similar role in the overall confusion of the show, it simply made sense in the gallery's given space: simple yet incredibly convoluted on a technical level; vibrant and awakening on a visual level.
Yorgo Alexopoulos - Tranmisgrations from Yorgo Alexopoulos on Vimeo.
And, lastly, alonetogether, a collaborative installation by Juliana Cerquiera Leite, Grace Vilamil, and Myla DalBesio. Curated by Amanda Schmitt, her statement reads: "The internet is a place where people seek solace in others, however ironically, the social aspect of being on the web is often done in the privacy of your own home, in solitude. Perhaps we avoid real life interactions because of anxieties or fears, for there is rarely solace in the loudness of real life, outside of the walls of your own home, or outside of your computer." Again, another peaceful installation. Perhaps a coincidence that I found solace in all three of these installations or I was extremely antisocial on this given day.