When artists and studiomates Gigi Chen and Chris Rini told me over dinner at Dojo's after the Not Your Mother's Photo Album show at Phantom that they would be putting together a little private "Holiday Open Studio" and selling some of their smaller works at a discount I knew Molly and I would have to swing by and add a piece to our collection.
Chris Rini does amazing drawings burnt into wood.
His focus is on MMA fighting.
This giant panel is an entire fight sequence broken down to film frames, but all on one board.
He-Man vs. Skeletor.
A large work in progress.
Various girls in interesting croppings and stages of undress on wood.
Gigi created a series of bees in light bulbs, and tiny bees in flight, or on flowers.
Molly and Gigi.
An artist who recently got a studio on a lower floor of the building.
Just hanging around for a bit some other artists, and photographer friends of Gigi and Chris swung by to check out the art. Gigi introduced us to artist and puppeteer Betty T. Kao.
Betty wanted photo evidence that she did indeed buy a Gigi Chen drawing.
Gigi Chen, Betty T. Kao, myself and Molly pose for a picture.
I met photographer Arthur Eisenberg, whom I had oddly enough been chatting with online only a day before about his photography. Not knowing Gigi was a mutual friend and bumping into him at here studio was a crazy coincidence.
Gigi baked cookies.
Molly couldn't stay long because she was house managing for Mummenschanz down in the village, and we were up in the Bronx. I got to see this year's version of the Mummenschanz show by the way, and it was amazing, as always.
Chris strikes an ArtistInRepose worthy portrait.
As more artists and friends arrived I caught a train downtown. My cousin from Alabama was in town visiting NYC for the first time and I wanted to show him a bit of the Lower East Side before him, his fiance' and her family would spend the rest of the week hitting all the landmark tourist attractions.
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