A thick crowd of circumstantially idling revelers packed so tightly into Front Room Gallery on Friday night for the opening of Cloud Nine, a large group exhibit curated by Larry Walczak, that the socio-spatial effect was one of generally endothermic stasis, perhaps a bit like a full jar of brine-bathed hearts of palm stalks under a heat lamp. That is of course not an uncommon outcome, so to speak, for an art opening, bit it was interesting given that the crammed throng had agglomerated for an exhibit devoted to "visual interpretations of the concept of 'ecstasy'." Had the room's contents gotten much closer to critical mass, the exhibit's theme might have been physically interpreted as well—to the imaginable detriment of the artwork. Perhaps I didn't stay long enough to witness such an explosive end to the festivities.
At any rate, I do plan to pay the gallery another visit while the show is still up, and I recommend you stop by too. From what I could (barely) discern that evening, there are a number works on display begging proper viewings. By fifteen different artists, no less. And in a wide array of mediums. As such, something there is sure to blow your mind, burst your heart, make you swoon, overwhelm you in throes of hyper-jubilant rapture, et cetera.
Have a blast!
Below are a few more glimpses from the opening. Persons in pictures are packed more tightly than they appear.
Cloud Nine runs through 13 May and features works by Fred Tomaselli, Bruce Checefsky, Chris Clary, Jeanne Tremel, Brent Ridge, Lorella Paleni, Gregory de la Haba, Patricia Fabricant, J. Fiber, Cham Giobbi, Amy Hill, Chris Jehly, David Kramer, Jesse Lambert and Linda Ganjian. Front Room Gallery, located in Williamsburg at 147 Roebling, is open Friday-Sunday and by appointment.
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