A photograph of blood splattered in a sink greets you upon entering the Riviera gallery. A tube of white makeup rests on the side of the sink along with a dirty bottle of red liquid.
As part of 65 Hope Street Gallerys visiting curator series, Eddie Martinez commissioned thirty-eight fine artists, commercial designers, and graffiti artists to make their own versions of Russian nesting dolls. The structure of these dolls something that opens to reveal a smaller version of itself was used as the conceptual point of departure for the show, which explored variations within a collective.
If nothing else, Counter Culture is a clever solution to the transitional state that the New Museumalong with most museumsis in: it is an effort to find a middle ground between the new $20 admission at MoMA and the Star Wars exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
This modest show in the front room of Smack Mellon is easy to pass by, and after a closer look this effect is fitting.
An embroidered scroll emanating from a fat papier-mâché kitten, a pop-up dungeon diorama, phone books twisted and turned into spiral waves, a flipbook of armpits bound in dirty tee-shirt cotton.
"When youre in a city like New York you have to think of all the sounds like a symphony or else you go a bit crazy," warns Janet Cardiff at the beginning of her latest audio walk, "Her Long Black Hair," taking place this summer in Central Park.
The hot summer day that I visited The Free Library, Lou Reeds cool voice filled the room, the hip gallery attendant was napping on a beanbag among books, and hanging plants were scattered around the room enjoying the gentle breeze of an industrial fan.
In the small back room of Leadbased, the artist-in-residence stands against the wall, paintbrush poised in its prosthetic hand, admiring four of its latest abstract landscape paintings.
With titles like a quaint interior decoration magazine, Passionate Patronage, Mindfully Minimal, and Armed with Art, it is clear that Sheri Warshauers paintings are patronizing the lifestyle she documents.