Sunday, June 13, 2010

(13)

What is (13)? 

The title of a show, an art opening in Chelsea, of course. And the derivation of the title is simple, not pretentious, not portentious, not superstitious. 

The title simply reflects the average age of the artists represented - 13. Seventh graders or thereabouts. Ahhh, so nice to have a straightforward art collection in the belly of the oblique beast of contemporary art.  The opening was a huge success, a packed crowd at the Lombard-Freid Projects gallery on West 26th, between 10th and 11th Avenue. Indeed, the belly of the best, not the beast........



The wine flowed, along with the ginger ale and Pepsi.........



 The fambly scanned the crowd and admired the offerings, particularly the painting of our youngest, which was placed prominently on the easterly wall with the contributions of her classmates - the theme of this series was simply "Matchbooks."





"Paradou"  by Haille McKenzie,  17" x 22" acrylic on canvas



The artists pose with their work.........



Proud dads......



The art on display was varied and accomplished. Prints and photographs, paintings and illustrations, drawings and collages. It was exhaustive and impressive.






Including a collection of original mandalas........






...customized skateboards (remember, 13 year olds).......




....exquisite photography....





.... lino prints......





......conceptual mixed media........



....graphite self portraits.....




....stunning re-creations of vintage movie posters in tempera....



And several local artists donated their work to a silent auction to help raise funds for the school's art department. Among them were these outstanding pieces:




This piece, above, was my personal favorite, a small collage on mounted board, entitled "Looking Back."  But by the time I saw the auction sheet, the price had already skyrocketed to $250 and was sure to net more before the night was over. Sigh. Out of my budget.




But this next piece, below, gave me a laugh, another small collage on mounted board, entitled "Caused an Argument." I love it:



Back to the students - this painting, below, was an impressive and unexpected portrait - a black and white acrylic painting of a young Mick Jagger........

Still an idol to 13-year old boys everywhere I suppose.

Well done, PS126-Manhattan Academy of Technology and their Art Teacher, Nicole Schorr, well done. The show was spectacular in breadth and depth. An inspiration.........

6 comments:

Katherine said...

Wow.. thanks for sharing... Very inspirational kids.....and talented.

Sam said...

13 year old.... wow !!! I couldn't even think of drawing like this at that age. These kids are growing up to become real artists.

Melanie said...

Wow--great show. I am proud of Haille

moreidlethoughts said...

There is much better work here than in some of the professional adults' work I see.My congrats to all the kids.
And Haille looks like her Mom.:-)

VH McKenzie said...

Thanks for all the supportive comments, friends - I've shared them with my daughter.

Just an update: I was mistaken in identifying all pieces in the silent auction as works by the kids. In fact, those pieces were donated by adult artists in our community. I've edited the post to reflect that change.

Still, the kids' work was impressive!

Sis Irijah said...

greets sis

these youth are quite impressive in their works...
i work at UNCSA (North Carolina School of the Arts) and it never ceases to amaze me the extent of the talents of our youths.
your daughter has quite the eye and a wonderful way with shadow and color...you should be well proud sis...you and peter both...

bless