Despite the heat, humidity, and overall stink, I love summer in New York City. For everyone who has decamped for more temperate climes, here are a few highlights from the past weekend.
At Parallel Art Space, I stopped by the jammed opening for Doppler, a handsome and eye-popping show organized by artist Mel Prest featuring Minimalist work by 22 artists who play with optical illusion.
Originally conceived as part of a stop-motion animation festival, the show, in various iterations, traveled through Europe and Croatia in 2012. Artists include Steven Baris, Richard Bottwin, Edgar Diehl, Kevin Finklea, Brent Hallard, José Heerkens, Gilbert Hsiao, Gracia Khouw, Sarah Klein, Stephen Maine, Gay Outlaw, Mel Prest, Debra Ramsay, Albert Roskam, Karen Schifano, Iemke van Dijk, Henriëtte van 't Hoog, Ruth van Veenen, Don Voisine, Nancy White, Guido Winkler, Patricia Zarate. A beautifully produced exhibition catalog (with a full preview) for an earlier version of the show is available here. (Image via the PAS Facebook)
Unexpectedly I found myself at Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro's Hell's Kitchen studios on Saturday morning. Porcaro is preparing work for "Sentinels and Nomads," a solo exhibition at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum, in Springfield, MA, that opens in August, and Wayne, too, is working toward several shows, including a solo at Jack Shainman, scheduled for 2014. One of Wayne's paintings, made of scraped and folded paint, is pictured above. A corner of Porcaro's studio is pictured below.
Film Pick: Crystal Fairy
Written and directed by Sebastián Silva, Crystal Fairy was filmed on a shoestring budget in Chile. Superficially about an American illegal-drug afficionado (played by Michael Cera) on a hallucinogen-sampling trip through Chile, the film works as a terrific allegory about American swagger and hamfisted international relations. And the eponymous main character (played by Gaby Hoffmann, former Chelsea Hotel resident and daughter of Viva) keeps a corny leather-bound sketchbook, which plays a pivotal role in the plot.