I’m starting to find my way around and getting a grasp of everything that NYC has in display. The art offer is immense, from the big names (Guggenheim, MET, MOMA, etc.), to the endless number of small galleries in Chelsea and pop-up shows in funky bars.
Just a couple of weeks after arriving in the city, around mid-February, I attended one of those pop-up shows. A friend was exhibiting in a bar in Tribeca and art combined with drinks on a Wednesday evening sounded like a great plan. I headed to the entrance of m1-5 bar, ordered a drink and started wandering around the place filled with different kind of artwork from 35 invited novel artists: paintings, illustrations, photography, pottery, wood carving… it was exciting to see so much talent concentrated under a single roof.
The event was hosted by Conception, which organises art shows to provide a platform to emerging artists that otherwise would not be able to show their work. It’s kind of like going to an open mic night but for visual art. One of the benefit of these pop-up shows is the more casual setting where you can talk to the artists, find out what inspires them, how long takes them to create one of their pieces… and you might even strike a really good deal to add a bit of art to your home!
Below are a few pics of my favourite pieces and links to some of the artists that were in the exhibition, all with their own story of how they got there, for some that was a really exciting night as it was the first time they were exhibiting their work!