Attending the opening of Salon Zurcher last night on Bleecker street was a great way to start a week that will be hopefully exciting and for sure insane.
The ambiance was warm and low key in this little art fair initiated and hosted by Zurcher Studio in its own space: It is such a brilliant idea to gather seven galleries from the Lower East side and Brooklyn (Audio Visual Arts (AVA), Feature Inc. , The Journal Gallery, The Proposition, Parker's Box, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Zürcher Studio) in one. Not only for economic reasons: it creates also a nice alternative to its slick and often heartless counterparts.
The place was full and the booths though uneven disclosed great finds.
In The Audio Visual Arts booth, there is a visual and sound piece by Bosko Blogojevic where a simple white clock is four fifth covered with white paint leaving only one tiny section readable. There is also a record of Seth Price, a beautiful limited edition ($40 - edition of 300).
Simon Faithfull's humorous photograph documenting his bold journey strictly following the Greenwich Meridian across the entire United Kingdom is a great promise for his upcoming solo show opening this Saturday at Parker's Box.
Stephan Stoyanov presents the latest video by Cliff Evans, always subtly politic, a short prolific cut and paste anime from images of campgrounds, houses' building and destruction found on the internet titled Camping at Home # 1.
Materiality is actually not left aside in this fair. On Zurcher's booth Brian Bellott's collages stand out as well as Marc Desgrandchamps subtle paintings. Ultimately, the at the time loose and solid paintings by Leif Ritchey on The Journal Inc.'s booth were my absolute favorite.
February 28 - March 6, 2011
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(between Lafayette and Bowery)
New York NY 10012
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