Who knew a Time Square corporate office building could hold so much creative fun, now two years running? SPRING/BREAK is art fair week's most hyper-active fair hands down. Wandering the halls of the former Condé Nast offices at 4 Times Square is most definitely dizzying. I should make a second visit because for sure I missed a few offices. But what I did see and enjoy, I have listed here for you.
LeRone Wilson, curated by Alaina Simone at the entrance of the 23rd-floor lobby. "This installation is set in the land of Kemet before it was colonized and renamed Egypt by European powers." Wilson who has shown extensively in New York and Chicago brings the labor of working with beeswax back to SPRING/BREAK for the second time. This year he brings us to the land of Kemet (Km.t), a place of blackness. Hieroglyphics, totems, and deities. Symbols of the Nile and lands and skies once ruled and toiled by dark skin. But typically cultural appreciation come through fashion, the materiality, and whitewashing. The struggle is real to let the truth be known, which is matched by Wilson's chosen medium of beeswax.
Ever walk by a spot and you get the chills or feel pulled? Knowing something must have gone down right there or maybe there are secrets buried deep in those grounds? Nona Faustine, whose work was recently acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, creates narratives when she finds those spots. Like slave burial grounds that the real estate powers that be want to keep a hush-hush on. Rm2357
Allesandro Keegan, Oil over watercolor on wood, Oil over walnut ink on wood. "Zero Hour" + "Savior." Mist Wreathed, curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow. Mysticism and the unknown and fine detail are the hallmarks of Keegan's paintings. Photorealistic representations of physiological functions, with essences of religious Seraphs, bring you beyond without the fear.
On the other end of the spectrum is blue (primarily) freedom fighter, C. Finley, who is also at the helm of the Whitney Houston Biennial, and a member of the HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican? (2014 Whitney Biennial). If you've seen her work, you're familiar with her complex geometric paintings and large-scale murals, these days.
Onyedika Chuke New York City Public Artist in Residence Fellow/Resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2017 Fellow at The Drawing Center 2016-2018, curated by Dustin Yellin created a manifested multifaceted American portrait of sorts. The context was both deeply personal and world-at-large.
There was the This Wild Parade in room 2367. Rebecca Morgan's Uglies and Aaron Johnson's Pancake Rally painting depicting a Trump rally gone Zombie apocalypse cannibalistic sounds disgusting is disgusting but the painting is just all around genius.
Rebecca Morgan welcomed the public to her outrageous portrayals, where ugly is beautiful or just strange and attractive. The comic nature of gaping teeth, unkempt facial hair, and drooling man-perves makes for some surprisingly irresistible eye-candy.
And then off to a powerful show of mystical feminism and a strong presence of Tarot in a welcoming room/receptionist area, curated by Sarah Potter, Founder of SP PROJECTS. Caris Reid "Feast or Famine". Bringing desert essence to a cold New York. Altogether, this was one of the stronger overall Spring/Break Art Fairs yet. And is just a snippet of what got a lot of people excited over this year's fair.