Art enthusiasts braved the blustery wind and shockingly cold weather for the Spectrum opening last week. With promise to be a collection of overwhelming color palettes and vanguard methods, the sophomore show of this artists’ collective was a fantastic display of social, sexual and personal commentary.
Featuring six artists utilizing a multitude of mediums and techniques, the exhibition flowed flawlessly without becoming mundane or predictable. Upon entering, I was given 3D glasses and a “black-and-white” cookie festively frosted in white and green. My interest and taste buds piqued as I looked through the blue-and-red lenses at the first canvas. The image, spray painted by Chor Boogie, evoked a neo-psychedelic motif with large eyes as the focal point. With use of the glasses, futuristic angled pillars seemed to protrude and emphasize the eyes. The next piece, viewed sans specs, was a fantastical painting capturing iconic Disney characters, such as Mickey and Pluto, offset the bold palette of the previous work. With its minimal use of color, the impact of the scene was massive in depicting the metamorphosis of these characters into disturbing monsters and sexual encounters.
On the opposite wall were equally surreal yet enticingly different compositions boasting neon colors, subliminal Asian references and, again, 3D compatibility. When sporting the glasses, images transformed into what could be construed as a 1980s version of Alice in Wonderland’s infamous rabbit hole. With repetition and small variable details, the paintings progressed seamlessly. Into the next room, possibly the favorite set of artwork of the evening were images displayed on painted wood panels by Erik Otto. Magnified and minimized colorful negative images were inclusive and suggested a different perspective to consider color and shape with repeating images of circles, triangles and oblong shapes. Placed next to oversized paintings with seductive pastels dripping down the image, Kate Pane’s acrylic and enamel paintings of horses were both slightly sexual and dreamlike. With innovative techniques and the utilization of both traditional and new materials, the Spectrum show is a marvelous exposition of unapologetic imagery, color and talent.
Spectrum runs from now-June 3 at Mallick Williams & Co. Gallery: 150 11th Ave., New York Above painting by Kate Pane
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