After years of jokes about Jesus paintings and quilts seducing the art crowds flocking to the Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize art competition, this year the juried and popular votes have synched up to reveal one big winner.
'Love at First Sight' at Orgy Park
Although it was officially founded in 2012, the Bushwick residence on Jefferson Street where artist and curator Steve Mykietyn’s multi-purpose space known as Orgy Park is currently located, has been hosting art and music shows for years prior.
Over the summer, Mykietyn, a BFA and MFA graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art, and the Edinburgh College of Art, respectively, set about organizing an exhibition that was to be about, in his words, “the relationship of seeing artwork online or in a photo and then seeing it in real life and how you can fall in love with something right away.”
The resulting exhibition, titled ‘Coup de Foudre,’ or ‘love at first sight’ in French, features three artists that Mykietyn believed could represent and fulfill his original idea and theme through their own work: Ariel Dill, an abstract painter, Max Warsh, who currently works in photography and collage, and Sarah Chacich, who’s always worked with various media but currently with images and text.
Walking through the basement space of Orgy Park, where most of the art works are installed, one may be struck by sensing that certain dynamic or exchange that Mykietyn hoped for, between Ariel Dill’s colorful abstractions, inspired by the early abstract painting of late 19th and early 20th century Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, captured on relatively large canvases, and carefully interspersed with the more monochromatic and photography-based works of Warsh and Chacich.
Ariel Dill, Nightshades, 2014, Acrylic and oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of Orgy Park.
Max Warsh, The Daily Life of Immobile Things, 2014, Photographs and acrylic on panel. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Max Warsh, Starr Cinema Orgy Park, 2014, Photographs and acrylic on panel. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Warsh’s works, meanwhile, in a way act as a go-between from Dill’s painterliness to Chacich’s almost exclusive use of photo and text, as they resemble abstract paintings, though they are actually collages of photographs of local architecture and its details, taken of the same subjects at different days and times, and then cut and pasted.
Sarah Chacich, Bed, 2014, Photo on cotton paper. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sarah Chacich, Tourist, 2014, Photo on vinyl. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Chacich, for her part, utilizes photography - along with the employment of text - in order to address her concerns with the relationship(s) between thought, images, and language, and specifically how one experiences and processes what she calls the “total day to day saturation in information.” Indeed, her choice of subjects - artists’ studios, bedrooms, and consumer objects - somehow sync up successfully and evocatively with their texts - of weather or news reports, or pop culture-inspired private thoughts - and ultimately both media are enriched and multiply in unexpected evocations and meanings.
Coup de Foudre will be on display at Orgy Park at 237 Jefferson Street, 1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237 through October 17, 2014.
- Arthur Ivan Bravo
We need one so bad it makes our stomachs hurt. Today’s design musing comes from young Switzerland-based design team Schönstaub. The duo specialize in turning everyday home objects into spectacular, contemporary galactic artworks to marvel at.
"The Lies of Your Mind’s Eye"
The mind’s eye absorbs all that it sees
And most of what it sees happens on TVs.
Co-opting your memory, replacing it with tales
Structured carefully around advertiser’s sales.
So much of the nostalgia that you hold most dear
Didn’t occur at all, yet it’s recalled crystal clear
Replacing the actual events in your mind’s eye
Making the fake feel so real, and the real like a lie.
Maybe it’s okay, and “what’s real” is simply a choice
Because reality sounds better in your television’s voice.