May 20, 2013

A Day in New York: Jenny Zoe Casey

Running into local friends at openings isn't that unusual, but every now and then I see Jenny Zoe Casey, the artist who organized and invited me to speak at TEDxOrlando a few years ago, visiting New York all the way from Florida. She was in town for the day (!) and so I invited her to write a post about her hardcore hit-and-run visit. Here's her report.

I live in a stand of moss-laden hickories soaring high into a clear blue, crazy humid sky that more often than not is swarming with biting insects. And even though I live in rural Central Florida, every now and then I like to take a day trip to NYC to see as many shows as I can. On a recent Saturday, I visited the Met, a few Upper East Side galleries, Chelsea, and the Lower East Side, but the exhibitions at Winkleman, Thorp and Pocket Utopia were the highlights.

Leslie Thornton, Luna, 2012, three–channel HD video (exhibited on three large vertically mounted
monitors), 60 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Winkleman Gallery.

I love the Winkleman Gallery because the gallery program is invariably intelligent and adventurous. This month, the gallery presents New York artist Leslie Thornton's second solo show. I spent most of my time with the centerpiece of the exhibition, Luna, a video triptych displayed on large, vertical flat-screen monitors. The work was lovely, evoking a sense of pleasurable loss through kaleidoscopic images of the parachute-jump tower at Coney Island. The tower seemed a monument to the spinning of time, framed by seasonal change; the endless activity of gulls; and a soundtrack of birdcall, passerby, and city sirens.

  Judith Simonian, Sharkie, 2012, zcrylic, collage on canvas, 12h x 18w inches. Courtesy the artist and Edward Thorp Gallery

Edward Thorp Gallery is currently showing paintings by Judith Simonian. She uses a technique, adhering cut painted canvas to stretched painted canvas, that does interesting things to space; I also loved her use of color and the gestural energy of her brushwork.

Johann Christian Reinhart, A Civita Castellana, 1793. Courtesy C.G. Boerner and Pocket Utopia.

Just before heading back to La Guardia, I went to an opening at Pocket Utopia for "The Thrill of the Ideal," a selection of etchings by Johan Christian Reinhart, curated by Richard Tuttle. For me, it was fascinating to experience 18th-century Romanticism through a contemporary lens. And there was a wonderful crowd that evening -- a friendly, interesting group of people in a welcoming space. It was the perfect finale to another productive and fulfilling twelve-hour visit that, according to my husband, will put a spring in my step for days.
--Jenny Zoe Casey

"A Day in New York" is a new feature for Two Coats of Paint. Please send a note to twocoatsofpaint [at}gmail.com if you are planning to visit the city for a day and would like to contribute a post.


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