SINGLE FARE 3
ART METROCARD MOB OPENING
WED. 2-13-13 TRIBECA, NY
800 900 people saying they were going on Facebook I would have been remiss to not check out the opening for Single Fare 3 at RH Gallery in Tribeca.
It was just starting to drizzle when I got there, and turning the corner from Church onto Duane Street I could already hear the hum of the crowd. They spilled out of the gallery onto the sidewalk, and as to be expected, it jam-packed art opening at a gallery filled to the rafters with MTA swipe cards painted on by hundreds of local artists.
The show was open to anyone who wanted to mail in a painted on metrocard, and there was a lot to take in. I would like to credit the artists, but am actually kind of glad that the artist's names weren't under each card, as this article would have taken me a week to sort out all the crediting and links.
So much work, lots of realism, portraiture, some conceptual, sculptural. A few line drawings. Many nudes, landscapes, city scenes, pets, shoes, erect cocks . . . you name it.
As I entered the building I ran into artist Gigi Chen leaving. She was the one who invited me to the show, so I had actually seen the pieces she was submitting online ahead of time. My only point of reference in the sea of tiny rectangles.
The blue pieces in the middle are by Gigi Chen. She mentioned this is the first time she's worked in acrylic.
I recognized these two cards of mayors with boob faces as Emily Deutchman originals. I only know this because I went to the opening in Bushwick for her show Presidents with Boob Faces - ArtSucks.com
It was packed like sardines, I had to step out few times just to lower my body temp.
I do like taking pictures of people taking pictures of art.
Another quick gasp of fresh air, then back in.
It was interesting to see where the red dots landed. Some artits sold out their entire sets, while others had an amazing series with no sales. All of the work in the show cost $200 for the first hour the show was open, and then all the prices dropped to $100. It makes for a selling bonanza, and it's exciting to see that many pieces sold in one show.
Just another day in the life of an art juggernaut.
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