Monday, July 30, 2012


On last year's visit to New York, I went to MoMA, which I was sufficiently impressed with. So on this visit, Denise suggested we check out PS1—an extension of MoMA. 

So we took the G Train up to Queens on a pleasantly rainy afternoon. I was immediately stuck the facility presence on this unassuming street. PS1 was founded in 1971 in a section of under-utilized buildings in Long Island City. It is an exhibition center rather than a collection institution and it focuses on emerging artists and genres. 
There was surprises all throughout the sprawling building. In one vast room you could stand in the midst of a great 40 person chorus, with each member emitting from their own speaker encircling you. The sound shock you with its sheer size and beauty.

[Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet]

In another room, I was completely mesmerized by the spinning brushes of an old school car wash—so engaged in fact, that I didn't immediately notice the effect the static electricity produced by the spinning fibers was having on my own hair. 

[Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out]

I was quite taken with the fine, detailed work of Caitlin Keogh. The colored pencil work is so meticulous and precise, I just couldn't stare close enough. Plus, much of her work focused on fashion and shoes, so I simply adored the silhouettes!

I also found myself lingering by the work of Max Brand, a German mixed-media painter who uses everything from chalk, crayons and markers to paint,  bleach, and oil. The pieces look a little hectic but I loved the use of materials and the organized chaos. 

Overall, I was impressed by the diversity of art found within PS1 and by their innovative use of space. Another New York recommendation!

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