He’s already an art star in his native United Kingdom and now artist Chris Moon has taken a trip across the pond to debut his first US exhibit, an Armory Week related popup show entitled “Carousel.”
The exhibit is showing at 164 11th Avenue, one of the last pre-war buildings to be used as an art studio in Chelsea. The building will be torn down shortly after the exhibit. Moon lived and worked in this building for 3 months creating this exhibit. The carousel located in the neighboring Chelsea Piers appears repeatedly in the paintings – a symbolic gesture of Moon’s ability to incorporate his surroundings into his work.
“Carousel” by Chris Moon
I encourage you to click on these pictures to see clearer images, because there is a lot of detail that is not necessarily readily seen. I spent quite a while looking at his works at the opening night reception, and upon each glance, I kept noticing different things.
Email from Chris Moon. Click to enlarge.
Enlarge this image by clicking on it to read an email from Chris Moon that talks about the evolution of “Carousel.” Chris Moon counts Michael Fassbender, Sir Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and According2g as fans. Once you see his work, you will be too.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing two acts this week that are under the age of 20 and are MEGA-TALENTED! The first were Ireland’s The Strypes and last night on March 19, 2014, I saw 19 year old (as of press time) British singer Chloe Howl. It was Chloe’s first proper gig in the United States and her first in New York and it happened at The Box. Chloe’s music is pop/dance hybrid with the soul of Adele, the wise-beyond-her-years wisdom of Lorde with a splash of the dancefloor ready tunes of Betty Who. According2g, that is a good thing! Check out a video of her single “Rumour,” and remember the name Chloe Howl! She’s poised to be big and has the talent to live up to that expectation. Just press play and I think you’ll agree!
Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt’s latest exhibition “The Art Army Royalty” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is epic. This exhibit focuses on the biggest contemporary artists in the game. His statues of each artist capture their essence so perfectly, you will walk away from the gallery with a big smile on your face. The action figure sized statues feature Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Julian Schnabel, Tom Sachs and Murakami, just to name a few – with over 20 statues in total.
Damien Hirst by Michael Leavitt
I met Michael Leavitt at the opening night reception and I asked him what the reaction was from the artists who he’s immortalized. Surprisingly, he said that he has not received much feedback at all. Let’s put it out there to the people in the know to spread the word. I think they’ll love them. You can see a photo from this conversation after the jump. You should also check out Leavitt’s official site (link is at the top of this article), where you can see pictures of the rest of the Art Army.
Julian Schnabel by Michael Leavitt
Also showing at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, is a solo exhibit by Dylan Egon called “Home of the Brave.” Both exhibits will be up through October 8, 2011. The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street #9E in Manhattan. Don’t miss it!
Samson Contompasis is an artist, writer and art curator. He operates the successful MarketPlace Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art, in Albany, New York and is taking a trip down south for his latest solo show at Manhattan’s Verlaine. Verlaine is a restaurant, which seems like an odd location for an art exhibit, but this is not Samson Contompasis’ first time in showing art in uncommon places. In 2010, he organized and participated in an exhibit entitled “Heavy,” which took place inside St. Joseph’s Church in Albany. As the title of this exhibit suggests, the locale is irrelevant in relation to the substance of the work.
“Substance” by Samson Contompasis is showing at Verlaine (located at 110 Rivington Street) in New York through the end of June 2011.
New York! Come see Body Language, one of New York’s hottest bands, on April 29, 2011 at Southpaw in Brooklyn. Tickets are only $10 (in advance, $12 at the door). Click on the flier for more information.
Also on the bill: Melo-X, Nyle, Tecla, Recess & Chaz van Queen.
Southpaw is located at 125 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.