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Art to see in May

I hope everyone got a chance to see the kids art work @ K-Dog and 65 Fen.The work is amazing and comes down on the 15th.  K-Dog and 65 Fen were packed during the opening so if you need a second look this is your last chance.  Also, thank you to everyone who donated $$ to the scholarship fund.  Thanks to your help I’ll be able to offer 2 more scholarships in the Autumn.

Our beloved teacher Meghan Turbitt will have a booth on Sunday May 15th at the 5th Avenue fair in Brooklyn.  Her booth will be near Union Street and 5th Ave.

If you’re wondering where to take the kids to see some interesting art that will hold their interest, spend an afternoon on the Lower East Side.  Yes, some of the most interesting work is being shown here. You can then hop over to Chinatown or Little Italy for a snack or any of a number of hip cafes in this neighborhood.  Ok, I’ll stop planning your day but do try to check out this work and let me know your thoughts.  Please check the gallery websites for show closings and hours of operation.

My favorite show is Raffaella Chiara”s @ Frosch & Portmann (53 Stanton Strret, 646-266-5994.) Raffaella walked around the lower east side and created a collage of the architecture she experienced. What I found so compelling about this work besides how genuine it appeared was it’s playful yet serious quality. This is most evident in her cave-like paper sculpture (which is not life size.) This show is for kids and adults.

My second favorite show is Jessica Mein’s “Verso Reverso” @ Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street, 212-431-1105.  The show starts with a sweet, stop motion animation (made from hundreds of drawings) of a sign-man taking down a billboard.  In fact that’s exactly what Jessica uses for her work, discarded billboard images. In some pieces she has spent hours punching out the pixelated imagery only to reuse those very same punched out pieces of paper to reconfigure the billboard or parts of the billboards. She alters reality in a painstaking way that viewers only notice once they look closely.  She invites us to give the art a closer inspection by using smart techniques to make us curious enough to examine the work.  Her work investigates the in-between state of things appearing to look as they always have while being tainted or altered.  That sounds very official, but go see the show cause the kids will get a kick out of the stop motion video while you can look at the billboards and obsessive drawings in this show.

I saw an interesting video installation in the basement closet of the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery @ 29 Orchard Street, 212-343-4240.  It should have been in the upstairs gallery.  The artist Eva Davidova created a multi channel arresting performative video that’s worth checking out.  (There is a little nudity on one of the screens.)

Other artists to watch for  were in a large group show at Lesley Heller Workspace @ 54 Orchard Street, 212 -410-6120. I liked Audrey Hasen Russell’s sculpture made with found materials (this is great for the kids to see as they will get tons of ideas.)  I also enjoyed looking at Elisabeth Condon’s new paintings in the larger front room space of the gallery.

Also, our beloved teacher Meghan Turbitt will have a booth on Sunday May 15th at the 5th Avenue fair in Brooklyn.  Her booth will be near Union Street and 5th Ave and she’ll be selling some of her new smaller, affordable pieces.  Stop by and say hi.

That’s all for now, more to come in the next few weeks when I celebrate Mother’s Day again (I wish) and go to see more shows in Manhattan.

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