At the advice of a gallery owner on our Thursday night art haunts, AF decided to drop in at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. on West 22nd Street in Chelsea. We entered two distinct worlds in one space. At the front were clay-based sculptures by Arlene Shechet for her show Slip while at the back were minimalism based paintings with a great Op Art wall by Terry Haggerty for the show, The Nearness of Objects. The verdant sculpture garden out front had the art crowd swimming around the works reminiscent of twisted sea corals, fantastical structures or organic forms set high on pedestals. Lines streaked perfectly at the back where framed works played with your perception and the full wall installation made it warp or bend but all was just an art illusion. It was really by the recommendation of a gallerist slumming on art night that we ended up enjoying both shows. So we’re glad that we didn’t give these the slip which nearly could have been a missed art opportunity.
Arlene Shechet: Slip / Terry Haggerty: The Nearness of Objects
Both On View: October 10 – November 16, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm)
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 530 West 22nd Street. NYC, NY 10011
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Olya Turcihin