The contemporary art world has descended upon the city once again for Armory Arts Week, and the fun got started yesterday afternoon at the Spring/Break Art Show, which will be open to the public through Sunday afternoon at the Skylight at Moynihan Station.
It's the second year in a row that the curator-driven show has been held in these abandoned offices and hallways above the James A. Farley Post Office near Penn Station, and the no-frills, warrenlike venue has proven to be an excellent one for the often freaky, installation-heavy exhibition.
Spring/Break is now in its fifth iteration, but it hasn't let success and staggering growth—there are nearly 100 curator teams showing their artists' stuff this year—change its provocative, anti-glitz attitude. Nearly every room has something interesting or amusing or surprising or delightful to look at, but a few standouts include:
- Talwst Santiago's horrifying "minimized histories," like the Execution of Unarmed Black Men rendered as a tiny diorama in a jewel box.
- Alanna Vanacore's Seven Minutes In Heaven closet, in which you're invited to write your best/worst birthday memories on a pink balloon as the artist blasts party music. Her paintings hanging in the hall outside are pretty awesome too.
- Alfred Steiner's LV DIY, a boutique of sorts where you can purchase hand-painted, heavily-logo-ed "designer" shirts, bags, sunglasses and jackets for the same price as the manufactured items you'd find at, say, Barneys. So: $600 for a t-shirt; $2,200 for a blazer.
- MHOAUNTDH by Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos (the word is a mashup of "mouth" and "hand"), a sculptured series of floating hands in familiar texting positions, emphasizing how much of our communicating these days now is done via our thumbs.
- Remy Bennett's recreation of her teenage bedroom, slightly reimagined as if she had been (is still?!) a cam girl cannibal serial killer.
But that is just the very tip of the crazy-art behemoth that Spring/Break has become. You could easily spend three hours wandering these halls, chatting with the artists and curators, immersing yourself in their sometimes quite disturbing imaginations.
Spring/Break will be held at the Skylight At Moynihan Station, 421 Eighth Avenue near West 31st Street, through Sunday, March 7th. Hours are noon through 8 p.m., except on Sunday when it closes at 6 p.m.. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.