You know that saying about opinions and how everybody has one? Let’s be honest, you can probably say the same about blogs. There are so many out there, from personal blogs to those run by corporations and news outlets. Standing out is a challenging task. I’ll admit that when I meet new people I balk at mentioning the blog. It’s a part of ourselves out there for public consumption, and each post is an exercise in acceptance and rejection. Giving someone immediate access to that puts us in a vulnerable position.
But blogs are simply one of the many vessels of self-expression. Artists, since inception, have dedicated their lives to it. Acceptance and rejection are woven into the fabric of their existence, because their desire to create supersedes everything.
Artist: Michael Zelehoski
Artist: Maisie Maeve Myfawnwy
The Armory Art Show is an annual art event in New York City that brings together hundreds of galleries from all over the world. In one fell swoop, art lovers can view works from established names as well as up-and-coming talents in a variety of mediums. After more than twenty years, the Armory Show now draws so many visitors that entire week is branded Armory Week and a variety of art events occur alongside the main event. We decided to check out the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, which is a curator-driven art fair. This year’s event was held in the heart of Times Square.
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show offers independent curators free exhibition space, but the curators are challenged to work within a theme and push artistic boundaries to the limit. This year’s theme, Black Mirror, is “a looking glass meant for aesthetic reflection—a way to isolate a subject—once used by Old Masters in landscape painting and portraiture. The apparatus was used for seeing the world in its most basic attributes, enhancing some features, obscuring others.” The show featured an astonishing breadth of work. The artists each had a little room or space, and patrons, who subsidized the space with a small fee, could wander around the maze discovering all that was offered.
The artists at SPRING/BREAK are provided access to a large audience, with an opportunity to cultivate lifelong patronage. But the experience must be unnerving, standing alone among a sea of exhibitors, struggling to stand out. Art is so subjective, and some pieces resonated more strongly with us than others. We’ve included a selection of what we saw in this post, and we’ll leave you to form your own opinions. Let us know what you loved and hated in the comments below, or on Facebook, G+ and Instagram.
Artist: Nicholas Fraser
Artist: Greg Haberny
Also the artist of the featured picture
Artist: John Dilg
Artist: Tiffany Smith
Artist: Erin O’Keefe
RHW Enterprises, performance art by multiple artists and performers
Artist: Michael Gittes
Artist: George Horner
Artists: Ori Carino and Benjamin Armas
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Brunch at Lalo
Every once in awhile you come across a power couple that brings together two favorites that wouldn’t normally have seemed compatible, but somehow end up being a pretty great match. No, I’m not talking about Blake and Gwen. I’m talking about former El Rey chef Gerardo Gonzalez’s partnership with Dudley’s alums Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios, which resulted in Lalo.
It’s still Mexi-Cali fare, though with a completely fresh perspective. Case in point: there’s no avocado on the menu. The coconut grits with 12-hour braised turnip was divine, as were the chilaquiles tacos and papas bravas. The menu also features unique salads like the Cali “Kasha” Varnishkas with butter-toasted kasha, parsley, crimini mushrooms, onion agrodolce and farfalle, and inspired sides like the Cucumber in Brown Goddess, with mole, candied pumpkin seeds & mint.
The avant garde menu is the perfect primer for a day at the art fair. Or really, any day.
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