POP-UP ART EVENT
ART AUCTION BENEFITING MERE MIST
THU. 1-24-13 286 SPRING ST., NYC, NY
The art event of the evening was slightly more formal than the regular gallery opening, and since my nice suit still has body paint on it from the Art Sucks 10th Anniversary Party I pulled out one from deeper in the closet and headed over to the swanky, unmarked private social club Parlor NY for a Pop-Up Art Event to benefit Mere Mist, the charity that fights against Human Sex-Trafficking.
This is one of the more exclusive social clubs in New York, so I knew this would be an event not to miss.
After the initial coat check there was a room leading towards the first bar with a fire pit, a small tray of chocolate truffles by ChristinEats sat in front the fire.
Flanking both sides of the fire pit room are giant framed portraits by Roxanne Lowit of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Herring, black leather chairs, and this photo of a girl drinking champagne from the bottle while sitting naked on a Pilates ball.
It was in this room I ran into performer Jorge Clar.
As well as international visual artist Bubi Canal who has a solo show opening at Munch Gallery in a few weeks.
From there it opened up to the first bar on your left with seating on the right. Slatted walls created a separation between the bar, the room, and hallway beyond.
Crossing into the next room I ran into Pop-Up Art Event founder Juliet Silva Yee.
Leaving the bar the club opens into a large room with a divider, an electric chandelier, and animal hides on the ground, as well as wall-to-wall seating and small tables.
The walls were lined with more of Roxanne Lowit's in-house installation of large scale photos, and in front of those were easels with photos and artwork which were all donated for the night's Pop-Up Art Event silent art auction.
Beautiful black and white photos of 1970s and 1980s wild tits-out parties.
DJ Matias Quarleri was spinning just on the edge of that room leading to the hallway which separated the first half of the club with the second half.
The slightly smaller room which doubles as a throughway from the bar to the back hallway has again more photos and seating.
I ran into photographer Lisa Zari who shot a bunch of great photos at the ArtSucks 10th Anniversary Party a few weeks ago.
I also met photographers Wendy Ploger and Daniel Martinez.
Daniel Martinez is new to the game, but has talent. Check out this great shot he took of me with Lisa Zari.
Cojo with Lisa Zari as photographed by Daniel Martinez using his camera. Thanks Daniel for forwarding me this.
Same photographer, same people in the shot, same location, same lighting etc.., but only a few seconds earlier and using my camera, also a Canon, but much less expensive model. This is proof positive that sometimes it doesn't matter how good you are as a photographer, better cameras make a world of difference.
Wendy Ploger has an amazing camera, and was shooting for Guest of a Guest click to see her photos from the night.
This is a view looking into the second half of the club coming out of the hallway. In lighting this dim I don't like to rely on my flash, and just switch it over to other modes and use the room's ambient light.
The back of the room was lit for film. C.C. Brennan was interviewing people cor klickpicks TV. The light was literally so bright that it was creating a force field of annoyance.
I have been in parties where the DJ is so loud it creates an audible radial semicircle of annoyance where you can't stand in the semicircle for too long without having to leave, this room had a semicircle in which the ocular volume was up to high.
The back of the room of light was the second bar, while in the middle of the railroad style room were the two long tables littered with art for auction on mini easels.
Artist and Brand Architect Peter W. Yip.
Peter W. Yip's painting he donated for the auction. Those little holes are sea shells.
Two of the larger pieces up for auction.
As well as this painting of a bird.
This wooden sculpture titled "Walnut Torso" was donated by artist Carly Goodspeed and was possibly the only sculpture in the entire auction.
Veronica Ibarra's photographs from the 'Overture' series. Veronica has a piece in Flood the Market this week as well.
I met floral artist Cristian Morales who arranged the amazing flower and branch displays placed around the venue.
Here is one of Cristian's pieces.
Host Micah Jesse, introduced himself as a "Celebrity Blogger." Does this mean he blogs about celebrities, or that he feels like a celebrated blogger? Is he celebrated by other bloggers, or by actors, and acting celebrities?
Or is he so famous that he is celebrated by the masses of regular citizen blog readers. I was confused. As a weird side note, ArtSucks.com was the only Art Blog on TMZ's blogroll for 3 years. We were on their blogroll before the TV show was even on the air. We aren't on there anymore, I guess they realized that artists are mostly not celebrities.
Sara Beth Stephenson and Malachi Greiner.
Jorge Clar and Bubi Canal.
I met performance artist and poet Nicolle "NikiNikol" Guerra.
Nicolle not only writes and performs, but also draws, as witnessed by her wrist tattoos. Jealous Spider-Man? It's hard to show wrist tattoos without looking like you are web slinging.
I got to meet the artist behind "Blue Selma" Nicholas Blackham
When the filming was over the room dimmed and a projector started, people began to fill the void.
Art Photojournalist Shabby Chic Shaggy.
Before I left I got into a long conversation with Tribe Public Relations art publicist Anaisabel Garcia, whom was at my ArtSucks 10th Anniversary party but I hadn't met (there were like 500 people there, it was insane) and as we were talking I put my twelve dollar rum and diet coke down for 30 seconds on the ledge of the fire pit to take this picture, and it got bussed away by what I can only assume is a table cleaning ninja, I decided it was time for me to go.
I walked the few blocks to the train with Ana and she told me about an event that she was attending the next night. RuPaul's Drag Race premiere party. One of my girlfriend Molly's favorite reality shows.
Ana hooked Molly up! Fast forward 24 hours and Molly was hanging out with Snookie and JWOWW.
Just another day in the life of an art juggernaut.
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