by Mari Winn Taylor--
I'm in the Big Apple pet sitting my son's dog Maggie while he and his significant other frolic in the Hawaiian Islands. This describes my first adventure outside of the doggy park. I couldn't help but think about how talented the people are in Southwest Missouri. Sometimes what makes an artist in demand and another remain starving defies logic.
New York, New York, what a wonderful town. If you can't find something to excite you here, you either lack imagination…or money. This weekend--May 8-11, 2014-- is the PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, a venue held in Chelsea since 2005 to nurture galleries and create a way for them to grow within the contemporary art market. For visitors, under the new leadership of Helen Toomer, PULSE New York 2014 presents a new way of introducing what's out there in contemporary art.
The exhibition space at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street offers seemingly unlimited nooks and crannies for the display of art in a way that would nurture unlimited surprises and provide plenty of elbow room or escape from the main flow of visitors.
It was a juried show. What seemed to capture the attention of the four jurists was the work of artists focused on marrying paint and digital technology. The award-winning images of Boston artist/programmer Daniel Temkin in his "Glitchometry" series from Brooklyn's TRANSFER Gallery offer a clash between human and algorithmic thinking: What appears suddenly isn't there anymore, replaced by a new set of patterns and colors.
New York's Ikon Arts Foundation presented the work of Croat artist Marko Tadic. His use of animation spurs on thinking and rethinking, he says, for the development of ideas. Both artists were nominees for the PULSE prize.
Not to say that every piece of art had to be evolving, some were interesting one or multi-dimensional pieces that were iconoclastic, message-conveying or thought-provoking in their use of materials. Recycling, after all, is a good thing. Putting together an art form from castaway items remains popular. And no show is complete without the work of a graffiti artist or the photographer that has captured what, by the way, appears to be more prevalent around the Five Burroughs' neighborhoods.
The photos below are just a sampling of what was shown. My apologies for not subjecting my Nikon 800 to NSA inspection.
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