Artifact (noun) a: something created by humans usually for a practical purpose; an object remaining from a particular period. b: something characteristic of or resulting from a particular institution, period, trend or individual.*
* – dictionary source: Merriam Webster Online
Deep in the heart of artists, they vie for immortality by the work they leave behind. It will be around long after they turn to dust. It is their thought, process and being locked in that work for all eternity. AF attended a collection of shows at the recently opened space on Orchard – ARTIFACT (debuted in October of last year). This gallery presented a mini-salon of multiples with works by artists in various mediums and disciplines. Like artistic anthropologists, AF came to the site and studied the remains as we encountered some of the artists.
The show included the following artists: Bill Alllshouse (paintings), Mae Jeon (works on paper), Mayako Nakamura (paintings), Elke Jade Jakubowski (paintings), Richard Weiner (works on paper), Luc Standaert (paintings), and Eico Wada (paintings).
Belgian artist Luc Standaert presented three distinctly themed paintings bordering on the surreal and pseudo-realistic. There is an exploration of perception, social commentary, pop art and complex ideas. The soothing blue color in the background somehow tied the trio showcased that night. Eico Wada clad in a colorful Japanese Kimono presented also three of neo-traditional nod to Hokusai’s iconic wave paintings and the hyper-pop style of Japanese anime. On her business card was the more graphic and erotic type of art she also does. On our quest to enrich ourselves that night, we came to the blossoming art of Mae Jeon. Her work recalls Georgia O’Keeffe in a more pastel gradient and exuberant vein. Finally, Elke Jade Jakubowski in her words that her art is violent and primal as shown in the raw canvas she painted on. Part Cubist, Neo-expressionist and Bauhaus gone punk which are bold strikes to the quiet enclave of the gallery.
What can be said of our artistic anthropological exploration that night? Individuality is paramount, inner thoughts are laid bare, and impressions latched on ravenously. Art functions indeed as an eternal stamp of who we are and that remains true for all eternity.
Group Show at ARTIFACT / On View: August 14 – September 1, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday (12 to 6 pm)
ARTIFACT. 84 Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
photography by: Max Noy Photo