Field Trip Williamsburg.
At Pierogi, Ati Maier's paintings were in the front room and Kenneth Shorr's video was in the back. Can I say how much I love this gallery? Truly pioneers on the Williamsburg scene. Not just in when they appeared, but intheir approach to their support of artists. Over the years they've found a number of ways to get out the news about what caught their fancy. Their flat files are legendary, and with good reason. I can't tell you how many times those files have rescued me from a bad Williamsburg trip. There are delights and surprises in every drawer. For new collectors I highly recommend spending some time in Pierogi's flat files. Dig in.
At Black & White Gallery owner Tatyana Okshteyn introduced the artists Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner, and Petra Kralickova. I've always loved the outside space behind B&W, and Herman and Shoffner put it to good use. There was something about the beautiful day that made the piece even more chilling. Sadly, a piece for our stupid "Have we really progressed?" times. That we were so easily able to get touristy with it just made it weird, and, well, very much of our times. Petra Kralickova's sculptures inside the gallery didn't grab me immediately, but then I noticed a detail, sand, at the base of the work at the back of the gallery that led me into the work. Granular synthesis if you will. (Sorry couldn't stop that reference.) A beautiful exploration of weight, space, and restriction.
Jack The Pelican Presents. I've never known what to think of Jack The Pelican Presents. And somehow that works nicely towards the whole enjoyment thing. Just go and trust the essential madness of the gallery, from space to eye. JTPP owner Don Carroll entertained us with his refreshingly candid view of the art world before setting us loose on the art. Natalie Lanesse's show reminds me of a show that I'd see at Space 1026 or the semi-late Black Floor Gallery in Philadelphia. Trust me when I say that this is a very, very good thing. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you need to get yourself down to Philly. There's really no excuse at this point (Says he, breaking into a scold.). Chris Domenick goes for Baroque in the back gallery. Always much to be found in the back room/office at Jack The Pelican Presents as well. Don't cha miss it.