Thursday, March 3, 2011

Armory Week 2011: Art Brooklyn on the Verge (of Being Ready)

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Installation of paintings by Lee Ji Hyang at 1 Main Street for Art Brooklyn.
  • Installation of paintings by Lee Ji Hyang at 1 Main Street for Art Brooklyn.

After spending several hours yesterday in the belly of the Armory Week beast, earlier this afternoon I stopped by several of the Dumbo locations hosting Art Brooklyn, and while many of the exhibitors were still setting up at 1 Main Street (pictured) and 81 Front Street (where London gallery Arch 402 is an early favorite), the James Kalm-curated survey of Brooklyn artists at 111 Front Street (in suites 200, 204 and 222) is looking very, very strong.

One of the Brooklyn Art Now survey rooms at 111 Front Street, with larvae-like Katerina Marcelja sculptures in te foreground.
  • One of the "Brooklyn Art Now" survey rooms at 111 Front Street, with larvae-like Katerina Marcelja sculptures in the foreground.

An incredible acrylic paint skin hanging by Kris Scheifele.
  • An incredible acrylic paint skin hanging by Kris Scheifele.

A photograph from Pete Feigenbaums Trainset Ghetto series.
  • A photograph from Peter Feigenbaum's Trainset Ghetto series.

A collaborative canvas by Jenny Morgan and David Mramor.
  • A collaborative canvas by Jenny Morgan and David Mramor.

An incredibly creepy out-of-dress sculptural experience by an artist whose name I didnt catch (many wall labels were still being applied when I visited).
  • An incredibly creepy out-of-dress sculptural experience by Janet Kurnatowski titled "At Times, I Can't go on Without You."

Typically, delightfully NSFW scroll by Don Pablo Pedro.
  • Typically, delightfully NSFW scroll by Don Pablo Pedro.

Steven Browers funny though slightly unsettling sculpture  Child Astronaut Test Suit 1999-2000.
  • Steven Brower's funny though slightly unsettling sculpture "Child Astronaut Test Suit 1999-2000."

In this text collage, Meg Hitchcock reconfigured the letters from Sartres Neasea into verses by second-century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna.
  • In this text collage, Meg Hitchcock reconfigured the letters from Sartre's "Neasea" into verses by second-century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna.

An untitled landscape painting of the Red Hook waterfront (with conspicuous Ikea sign) by Greg Lindquist.
  • An untitled landscape painting of the Red Hook waterfront (with conspicuous Ikea sign) by Greg Lindquist.

A view of about two fifths of Despo Magonis massive wrap-around series The Thousand and One Nights.
  • A view of about two fifths of Despo Magoni's massive wrap-around series "The Thousand and One Nights."

My favorite piece from Art Brooklyn so far: this stunning large-format gouache painting by Julie Torres.
  • My favorite piece from Art Brooklyn so far: this stunning large-format gouache painting by Julie Torres.

And, finally, Brooklyn Art Now curator James Kalm applying the last of the wall labels for the show.
  • And, finally, Brooklyn Art Now curator James Kalm applying the last of the wall labels for the show.

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