This is the last day of the magnificently outrageously exuberant show at Pier 94. Yes, I’m going there first – before I hit the Cherry Trees in Branch Brook Park and Central Park for nature’s ideas about art. Here are my suggestions for a last minute circuit tour today:
Pako Campo DW-10, for the Hong Kong pix – prize winners, for which there are numerous videos online
Nan Feldman 351 in the Artavita area, who teaches are all over the world
Juraid Senechal-Senekal 5120, liquidic flowing sculpture & painting, animal connector & translator, “just enough…let them fill in the details”, a growing, evolving, developing artist who has shown everywhere
Stanek 349 for Dantesartwork.com, an art explorer par excellence, with a seasonal quality but for far more, representing fearless, mixed media, powerful artists – yoked together to take you on an art ride rarely offered
Bustamente for Latin American Fine Art 5104, especially for collectors
Lynette Melnyk 234 for her breakaway black & white piece – for which there is a video
Mandar Jadhav 5112, who has painted the sounds made in India ragas, a bridge to the Asian arts
Junaid Senechal-Senekal from South Africa 5120
Michael Quadland, architectural acrylic & concrete on panels from Morris Ct 359
And last but not least, Steve Kaufman, 355, epitomizing the exuberant American pop experience that seems joined by a startlingly active international presence in this show of shows.
All this should get you oriented, and unleash the art power within the artists – and within yourself.
Pako Campo is the Krayola Kolor Kid who took New York by storm at Expo Art NY last year, landing his work in a museum. Who this year has received one of Expo NY’s highest awards for a stunning 1×2 meter work strategically, and proudly, positioned at the show’s entrance. Last year he received the arts award from his region in Spain, La Rioja. And next year he’ll receive the International Award in Raffaello in Bologna.
What can you say about the show’s only only independent artist from Spain ? About an artist who has riveting videos on YouTube and Vimeo of him making color and line tell stories we all knew but had no vocabulary to tell them with? And what color! what line! The Rainbow Empire and #NovaY take perspective, twist it, and dive into it; he uses that as well as simply an artistic device – reminding us all that photography and art are – and should be – far apart.
Take a look at two-minute videos online of painting via these links:
– #NovaY timelapse (2018) is https://youtu.be/5s8xOpOD3mE
– Rainbow Empire (2015) is https://youtu.be/T9ZvxyAU23Q
– Hong Drone I (2016) is https://youtu.be/cegm2i8XtdQ
– Hong Drone II (2017) is https://youtu.be/6dF8fLJz6Gw
– Hong Drone III (2017) is https://youtu.be/haebYcTqhl8
I’ll be doing a post about the use of painting videos by him and by two other artists I discovered at Art Expo NY this year. And last year Paco did a fun one-minute video of what going into and exploring Art Expo NY is like (for you still have today to take it in); it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoBlIiPgJRo. I cannot recommend strongly enough taking in this jubillant, creative, and at times just plain fun show. This is what art is all about: celebrating what makes us human, which usually starts with a shout or laughter.
With his hair and his life as much his canvas as anything else this man’s life is a work of art – especially when you realize he’s into graphic art, photography, voiceovers, and acting. He started painting at 8 and was his first collective exhibition when he was 9 – 25+ years ago. And yes, a documentary is in the works. All this makes me wonder if Spain’s long line of strong, individualistic, in-your-face artists were as daring, forceful, and lyrical as him?
Spanish artists have always commanded our attention and helped our eyes see life’s realities and truths afresh. Picasso, Dali, Miro, Gris and Goya: all are known for their innovative, challenging, in your face technique – and now so is Pako.
Keep your eye on him. And snap his work up before the museums continue grabbing it. And get to know him. He sees his work as collaboration with the viewer. Join in the fun!
Today (Sat April 21st 2018) was the Cherry Blossom Festival on Roosevelt Island. Though there are few trees, they’re located right opposite the Renwick Hospital Ruins, on the way to the Island’s famous FDR Park – designed by Louis Kahn. The program ran from 12:30 – 5pm, and included dance, Shamisen, a Japanese String Ensemble, and the Japanese Taiko Drummers. The island’s Wikipedia entry is replete with history.
Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden’s cherry trees are all in full bloom now. All is conveniently coded and mapped out: https://www.bbg.org/collections/cherries. The rest of the Garden’s trees will be in bloom during the weeks ahead. Instead of a program, the Garden has instead to have Family Discovery Weekends through June 3rd (but not Memorial Day).
NYBG has over 200 cherry trees and an online Cherry Blossom Tracker – which as of this posting is 50% of the way to Peak Bloom.
Central Park’s cherry blossoms have resulted in a special $1145 package at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Otherwise googling those key words brings up Macon GA’s central park and its cherry blossom festival – featuring a human cannonball.
Branch Brook Park’s bloomfest is in early April (1-15th) – though this weekend, the 21st, it’s at its best. It features cell phone touring of 72 key spots in the park by dialing, 973-433-9047 + 45-minute guided tours can be arranged. And it’s all near Newark or but a few miles from Lincoln Tunnel. It is The Star of not just the NYC area for its 360 acre park, designed by Olmsted as was Central Park. But Branch Brook Park has 4000 cherry trees – greater than Washington DC’s 3750 trees. So why go to Washington DC? Especially since DC’s peak bloom date, established by the national park service, was April 4 this year.