art.: Where You’ll Want to Pause at Pulse Art Fair, New York 2016

room for pause

Contemporary never looked or played this good. On the first floor of the Metropolitan Pavillion, Pulse New York zooms in on art – established and emerging – from world diasporas that ticket its viewers to personal revelations, internal thoughts and intimate propositions. As art here does its function – push, pull and provoke – the gravitational force to pull you in booth to booth becomes as much a mirror as a rabbit hole of the art you seek, that ultimately is seeking you. Here is where this culture lingered. Give room for pause.

1. kinder Modern


have a seat

Could there be anything more simplistic than the act of sitting in a chair. Perhaps an immediate response to the question would render the answer, no. However, KinderModern, a first time exhibitor at Pulse Art Fair moves away from the perspective of children to that of adults with Lucas Maassen & Margriet Craens ‘The Chair Affair’.

Two installations of chairs stand before the viewer. Behind those installations are a small selection of prints, in a few sizes of the minimally photographed chair couplets which take on human characteristics as apparel – sweaters, skirts and shirts – is affixed to each coupling on its own terms – sweaters, skirts and shirts

“I look at the thread between art, design, family and relationships as a cultural connect. There’s value in all of them and each goes into what we do. These iamages are expression of different couplings of relationships.”

Presenting un-matched chairs as couples, the exhibition works with opposites in form and texture initiating a conversation about everyday objects within the function of a home. As installation or as framed art,  these can hold space within the walls of a minimalist coffee shop or among the burgeoning lifestyle cafe concept, where one may find that where they are going, for respite away from home, feels a lot like one.

If visiting today, Sunday, March 6 at NOON, the gallery will be holding a reading, by actors, from some of the short stories appearing in The Chair Affair book. Pay special attention if short story, The New Secretary  is read, there’s an “an imaginary coffee.”


2. Brookhart Jonquil | Emerson Dorsch


the world is perfect

You might trip out. At first.

You’ll look into Jonquil’s installation mixed parts and not believe what you’ll see, although you are seeing it. What you will see are possibly two or three realities at once, created by intentional planes, lines and points of attention by Jonquil through the use of mirror, fiberglass, plywood, steel and wall.  You will reflect yourself, literally, as well as those standing within your circumference. You’ll bend underneath the wall supported installations and lean into the floor based ones, to find where the trick begins and/or ends. But that answer lies with how perfect your eyes see the world the artist has manipulated for you. In broader terms begets the question, how much of our own worlds are created realities, or just reflections of what we’ve seen before us. Wear black, kick rocks or confetti.

3. Feng Lianghong

be free

America the impressionist. In China Lianhgong created works traditionally  upon coming to America, he became influenced by the art of graffiti and it became central to his. work as evidenced in this oil on canvas created freely and in the creative spirit of freedom  it ruled his hand and so may it inspire ours

4. Tony Gum | Christopher Moller Gallery

good milk

Tony Gum

Tony Gum

This is the truth about color; alone or grouped with others it can be emotion personified. Using patterns from her grandmothers wardrobe, textured fabric from her native from Cape Town, and contrasting patterns.

Everything speaks in Gum’s work.  A conversation is happening in the eyes of her subject, which is her; in the background textures that talk with the patterns in the foreground. And, when objects make a cameo, like one huge milk jar atop the subjects head its providing a sounding board to acknowledge the past – the political and social  milking of Africa  – but focus on the positive forward motion to bring the viewer in, first into the here and now and then into the future. From her images in The Coke Evolution to the Xhosa-esque upon loitering with a deeper cognitive thoughts provoked by Netherlands artist one might answer the question in the affirmative.“The jug is half-full so she is saying yes, we have fast, but lets look to the future and the future is what we make of it.” Christopher Moller

5.  Gianluca Ouaglia | Installation with Black Confetti

kick it

imagejump around

Forget the no ‘don’t touch’ signs or the human warning notices that you’re too close to the art on view. Here at Black, there’s a bed of graffiti intended for you to get in it and play around. How fitting, at its best art incited this at its fundamental core.