Thursday, June 30, 2011

A "Neon Rainbow" in SoHo

Detail view of Tamara Zahaykevich, Ruth Peace, 2008. Polystyrene, foam board, paint, decoupage, 10 x 11 1/2 x 2 in., in "Neon Rainbow," curated by Amber Vilas, at 125 Crosby Street, June 25, 2011.

Tamara Zahaykevich, Ruth Peace, 2008

Installation view

On paper, the idea of blanketing the walls of a gallery with a fine layer of gold glitter reads as a deeply horrendous idea. But that's precisely what curator (and friend) Amber Vilas did for "Neon Rainbow," her one-night, ten-artist show in a subterranean crate shop at the corner of SoHo's Crosby and Jersey Streets. And it worked — at least this one time, lending a welcome background ebullience to work that included an angular polystyrene relief by Tamara Zahaykevich, a small acrylic on paper of a hazy, sun–filled sky by Roger White, and a tantalizing oval caked with pale pink paint by Jim Lee, whose work, one suspects, could withstand even the most radical exhibition experiments.

Jim Lee, Fleur du Mal (Scattered Remains), 2011. Oil enamel, paint shavings, and saw dust on wood, 24 x 28 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.

More: Joshua Abelow has a bounty of great installation photographs from the show, which also included Daniel Bainbridge, Donald Cameron, Erin Lee Jones, Jeffrey Scott Mathews, Sarah Mattes, Tracy Thomason, and Adrian Tone. [Art Blog Art Blog]

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