Prepare Field Trip
We will meet in front of 529 W 20th Street at 12.45pm. Let us know if you need more time to travel to the location. Everybody will guide the class to one of the exhibitions and give a 2 min intro:
1—Mercy takes us up to floor 10 and introduces:
Sopheap Pich, “The World Outside”
Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 W 20th Street
Pich says “this exhibition can be thought of as a musician’s album, with each ‘song’ or artwork standing for the various things I think about on a daily basis. But when they all come together, they have an emotional rhythm and narrative structure that shows a journey through the relationship between personal reflection and the external objects or events that we experience which are accepted by our mind but exist independently of it.” I’m interested in how Pich has translated his experiences through this collection of sculptures, making it physical, and am intrigued by his comparison of his work to an album.
2—Merce and Leo take us to the next place (downstairs) and give a 2 min intro
Nadav Kander, “Dark Line – The Thames Estuary”
529 West 20th Street
On view for the first time in the United States, the works in this exhibition mark a shift towards the use of new image formats and an expanded use of media. Alongside the photographs are column-like steel water tanks, containing submerged objects extracted from the river, and a video installation The Edge of the Stream, with music specially commissioned by German-British composer Max Richter.
3—Iris and Ke take us to the next place and give a 2 min intro:
Walid Raad, “Sweet Talk Beirut”
Paula Cooper Gallery
521 W 21st Street
In a large-scale video work consisting of kaleidoscopically mirrored loops, dilapidated buildings silently crumble into clouds of debris. As the playback reverses, the buildings reemerge from their ruins, only to crumble again. The footage is derived from video documentation of hundreds of buildings being demolished to make way for the new, glittering postwar city center.
4—Idil and Brittany take us to the next place and give a 2 min intro:
Paula Scher “The Art of Map Design”
501 W 23rd St
Jim Kempner Fine Art
For this exhibition, the maps from the last decade feature different sets of data, such as transportation flows, trade routes, climate, and population demographics. Coupled with her unique use of color, script, and scale, this use of visual data creates what she has described as being “informational and sensory overloads.”
5—Emil takes us to the next place and gives a 2 min intro:
Paul Kolker, “About Space… Synthèse”
511 West 25th Street
Paul Kolker Collection
This show looks at “how we perceive the illusion of three dimensional static space in a two dimensional canvas; while using a sculptural control group of volumetric pyramids of spheres. Kolker’s artistic focus is on the technological evolution of the television, computer and smart phone screens and how we see our real world re-formatted as a display of dots; or diodes.” This just looks like an interesting show, with themes that we’ve talked about in class. (Emil)
6—Karen and Erika take us to the next place and give a 2 min intro:
Martin Kersels: “Cover Story”
534 W 26th Street
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
I’m really interested in Kresels’ use of pop culture references and familiar objects to create sculptural pieces. This idea relates back to a similar theme my group and I have been thinking about: recontextualization. Through bringing the mundane and familiar to the forefront of our attention, and through the meshing of many different pop culture references, the way we relate to what we are seeing changes, thus changing the meaning. (Karen)”
7—We will end at Printed Matter where you have time with your group to browse publications and discuss your project.
If you have time on your way home, make a stopover here:
Fears of Art
251 W 19th Street
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
(Mercer:) Ai Wei Wei is sick. Idk many visual artists but he’s one I do know, and this exhibition looks really interesting; could connect to what we talked about in class regarding universal(ish) accessibility to audiences, since its about primal, basic human fear. So actually maybe not accessible to caterpillars. But definitely humans.