Boris and I have been taking monthly art tours downtown. And even for us very uptown folks who never make it south during the weekend, it’s totally worth it. It has become one of our favorite activities. I’ve always been a tour nerd, having a guide is just something I feel makes the whole experiences more fun and comprehensive.
Unfortunately, I’ll be blogging about some exhibitions that are no longer showing any more, which I know is kind of lame. But hopefully, if your interest is piqued, you can seek out the artist online and check them out in their future shows.
All the art tours are guided by wonderful Merrily Kerr of New York Art Tours (http://newyorkarttours.com) offered to us by lovely Sherry Riad (http://riadrepresents.com). Merrily is warm and very knowledgable, I think she also teaches art history, I’ve come to look forward to seeing her as well as taking her tours.
It was a very cold day in February. Then again, every single day was brutally cold this winter here in NYC. The group met at James Cohan Gallery to kick off the art tour that I’ve been very excited about.
The exhibit at the time showcased the works of the American artist, Ingrid Calame. We were welcomed by a vibrant-colored, gigantic and immersive drawing wrapping around all four walls when we walked into the room. The exhibit was called “Tracks,” and this drawing was called Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pits #4, #7, #9, #26, #32, #33, #35, #37, #39, #40. Say what? Merrily explained that the artist traced tire tracks from the Indy Speedway. Who would have thought of that? And as odd as it sounds, the drawing was beautiful and even whimsical.
There was another room in the back, which was dark. This one showed a series of numbers. It was called ArcelorMittal Steel Shipping Building No 1 Right #270-278. Merrily explained that in this one, Calame traced from the floor of the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Buffalo, NY.
This exhibition reminded me a lot of when I worked in the design department. Working for a genius from London at the time, and I got to design a typeface for an advertising campaign we were working on for Macy’s. I put on my headphone with Bach playing, and got lost in my imaginary world. I obsessed over minor details, as well as how each character interacted with the rest of the typeface. I could imagine this artist, Ingrid Calame, engrossed in her own world as she traced these millions of lines, making these whimsical spaces from something as dry and unsexy as motor speedway pits tracks or steel factory floor.
You can read up more here.
Tracks by Ingrid Calame
December 12, 2013 - February 8, 2014
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001