Had a great day today at SOFA NY. (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) No pictures allowed, so you'll probably be doing a lot of outclicks if you want to see some of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Rachel, Judy, Diane and I took the train into NY. En route, I took a few pix. As you know, I love the gritty, industrial scenes - but shooting from a moving train with a digital that has a delay gets unpredictable results. (on the other hand, I love unpredictable results). I still haven't mastered the art (Ted - I need a few lessons - can we barter??) but here are the ones that weren't fuzzy.
somewhere around Newark, NJ
We walked from 6th Ave. to Lexington and took the subway up to the 7th Regiment Armory. A few sights as we walked east on 33rd St...
Finally, the armory. I was just saying to Rachel that I always see somebody I know at SOFA when I looked up and saw Jeanne Williamson. She was in NY for the week with cohorts and Art Quilt Network NY members Linda Levin, Dominie Nash, Liz Axford, Karen Perrine, and Elizabeth Barton. They were doing the museums and of course, SOFA. Once inside, we met Joanie San Chirico and Joan Dreyer, as planned. And we ran into long-lost friend and fabulous artist, Kerr Grabowski, who was there with artist Hollie Heller.
The show: lots of glass and ceramics, a ton of jewelry, and a some fiber: baskets, wovens, textiles, wire, and some other exotic materials. Actually, it was the most innovative- experimental, un-commercial work in the place. Much of the art was just so-so, a lot of it was pure commercial crapola, and there was some wonderful stuff.
The content: Content??? There was plenty - but who could figure out what it was? some of the most beautiful and elegant and innovative work did not announce its content - and who cared? On the other hand, you could call this a piece with content. Who wants to look at this all the time? Or even any of the time?
The lookers and buyers were out in force and most of them - including us, of course - were so elegant and well put together that it was hard to tell who was who. As I said, no photos allowed - but here are a few links where you can see some of what we saw. When you are done with reading this post, check out these sites and artists. 1) Run, do not walk, to the Brown Grotta website and click your way through the images. Many of these artists were represented and their pieces were in the booth. To die-for.
3) Snyderman-Works showed work from a British textile artist named Matthew Harris. If I had had a spare $8500 I would have bought his work in a NY minute. Or even a spare $5500. Brilliant work, which made me think of Dorothy Caldwell, although I can't explain why.
We did the place in less than 3 hours, including lunch, and were exhausted. Before we left, I had to shoot this picture of the ceiling pipes in the ladies' room at the armory.
So much for today's adventure with NY, with art, and with CONTENT.