Off Nolita and on the outskirts of Chinatown, there’s a gallery that pushes the envelope of what’s current in the electrifying art scene. Christopher Henry gallery on their former church digs on Elizabeth Street hosted an opening reception for its group show for video artists last February 1, 2012 and it’s called “Anti-Oxidant: Promantic”.
Gathering a host of video and moving image auteur, this show curated by Jason Leblond and Christina Medina picks a variety of sinfully delicious and indulgent works projected in large scale on the gallery’s main wall,
Artists gathered for the delectable feast are: Dev Harlan, Cody Critcheloe (of SSION), Bec Stupak, Marco Ovando, Rob Roth, Sean Capone, Julia Oldham, Clinton Curtis-Querci & Carrie Beehan, Lindsay Benidict, Franck Paglieri, and Wonderpuss Octopus.
The majority of the video works stress on the basest of human emotion and the essential element known to man, which is LOVE. Explorations of romance, desire, passion, animal lust and sheer inspiration are stylized or brutally presented in an eclectic array of films. There are morphing moving paintings, edgy experimental films, computer animation, fun kicking in the bass music videos, and the satirical “How-To” vignettes. Love is not all a bed of roses as the thorns can be brutal as well.
On the second floor was a light and sculpture installation by Dev Harlan. The trapezoids of light fluctuating from black-white to full on PRISMA-tic magnificence had everyone mesmerized. Are you being seduced or lulled into submission by the light patterns? The rare treat of being in close proximity to it, LOVE is like a beautiful flame. You’re the moth drawn to it and if you get too close, you’ll get burned, But what a lovely way to burn!
This exhibition illustrates the dichotomy of Love. There is the Agony and the Ecstasy of it. As February rolls in and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, this rare confectionary treat is better than a box of chocolates. As Forrest Gump stated in his most quoted line but let me paraphrase it for this exhibition: “Love is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!”
Limited Engagement: February 1 – 5 , 2012
Schedule: Wed- Sun 11 am to 6 pm/ Mon & Tue – By Appt. Only
Christopher Henry Gallery. 127 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10013
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan