Selected paintings from SPRING/BREAK NYC

Pictured: Paola Oxoa / Booth 1152, More Dusk Than Moth, Curated by Kari Adelaide, Vanessa Albury, and John Brooks. Artists include Vanessa Albury, John Brooks, Lorenzo De Los Angeles, Sarah Grass, Candice Ivy, Maki Kaoru, Paola Oxoa, Max Razdow, and Bob Szantyr.

Contributed by Fay Sanders / In its ninth year, SPRING/BREAK continues its tradition of turning mundane office spaces into elaborate and vibrant venues for art. This year more than 100 curators and 400+ artists took over two floors of the former Ralph Lauren offices on Madison Avenue to present their respective takes on this year’s theme of “IN EXCESS.” Some artists and curators embraced the cubicle-like surroundings by situating their work in the space as if it were a co-worker, and others transformed their space into a typical gallery environment. A few rendered the spaces unrecognizable as offices at all, using bold and pattern-heavy wallpaper, installation, and sculpture to engulf the space, suggesting a kind of art carnival.  SPRING/BREAK includes work in all media, from traditional painting to interactive installations to disco balls made of teeth. There is an abundance of art to contemplate. Here are ten paintings that caught my eye.

Pictured: Colin Oulighan / Booth 1154, American Aikido (Akita), Curated by Joey Frank. Artists include Dean Cercone, Crystal Dyer, James J. A. Mercer, Luisa Alcantara, Georgica Pettus, Colin Oulighan, Noah D’Orazio, Wilmot Kidd, and Joey Frank.
Pictured: Jac Lahav / Booth 1009, Just For The Taste Of It, Curated by Jac Lahav and Eli Bronner. Artists include Kris Rac, Hannah Barrett, Jeremy Olson, Max Razdow, Sara Shaoul, Paola Oxoa, Paul Gagner, Milo Thiesen, Jordan Buschur, Kumasi J. Barnett, Vick Quezada, Kristen Schiele, David B. Smith, Miguel Machado, Julia Oldham, Alex Stern, Sabra Embury, Harriet Salmon, Jeff Gibson, Alicia Gibson, Nia Thomas, Michael Gittes, Kukula, Adam Douglas Thompson.
Pictured: James Williams / Booth 1160, Book Club Artists, Curated by Dominic Terlizzi + Christine Stiver. Artists include Dominic Terlizzi + Christine Stiver + Thomas Dahlberg + Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann + James Williams III +Madeline Cutrona
Pictured: Jeremy Olson / Booth 1046, To Scale: Friends and Neighbors, Curated by Vanessa Albury. Artists include Jeremy Olson.
Pictured: Iva Kinnaird/ Booth 1041, Curated by Trale Tevis Blattocene. Artists include Iva Kinnaird and Shelby David Meier.
Pictured: Margaux Valengin/ Booth 1003, Somersault, Curated by Julie Curtiss. Artists include Margaux Valengin.
Pictured: Kate Klingbeil/ Booth 1065, Burrowed, Curated by Jacob Rhodes, Rachel Frank and Kristen Racaniello. Artists include Kate Klingbeil.
Pictured: James J. A. Mercer / Booth 1154, American Aikido (Akita), Curated by Joey Frank. Artists include Dean Cercone, Crystal Dyer, James J. A. Mercer, Luisa Alcantara, Georgica Pettus, Colin Oulighan, Noah D’Orazio, Wilmot Kidd, and Joey Frank.
Pictured: Liz Collins / Booth 1007 Over The Edge: A Sensualist Manifesto, Curated by Jane Ursula Harris. Artists include Liz Collins.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC 2020, Atlantic Production Center, 625 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. Through Monday, March9, 2020.

About the author: Fay Sanders, based in Brooklyn, graduated from the Brooklyn College MFA program in 2019. Her paintings have been included in exhibitions at 601ArtSpace and Flux Factory, and she was recently an artist-in-residence at MassMOCA. 

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