Right off the gate, AF began this year with a group show where the art wasn’t tied together by themes or elements but rather a rhythmic consistent pulse that fueled the show Cadence at Margaret Thatcher Projects last January 9th. The show curated by May Yeung brought in a good measure of works by Frank Badur, Daniel Hill, Pat Lipsky, Tade Mike, Heidi Spector, Venske & Spänle,and Andrea Way.
There were consistent beats of scale, texture, bursts of color, and form to drive this show harmoniously. Yeung defined the thrust of the show as setting a tonal pace for all of the artists to punctuate in consistent beats certain features of their work that does not necessarily show common traits. Strong bands of color can dialogue with static dashes that make kaleidoscopic patterns. Defined lines contrasts with fragile wispy impressions of forms. Tonal values coalesce from vibrant to washed out then back again to punch up with accents. Every art included in the show set the underlying rhythm that hummed and buzzed in a quiet current. It brought all the viewers to the show to seek out every piece in order to experience the entirety of this group show in a symphony of ideological rhythm rather than visual rhyme.
Group shows prove to be the most challenging and problematic to stage in a gallery as there are many factors that are opposed. Artists create in their own set of rules and conventions that may not jive with another. A haphazard collection of art that can be individual favorites does not necessarily bind to be cohesive. This show managed to trump all the odds and give a wide berth of room for the selected works to breathe and look refreshed. It was a rhythmic ode to the visual variety that at times can be opponents but underneath it all, therein lies the inherent beat seldom detected by art viewers. Subtexts in ideas, mood and feeling are none tangible components that add to the art experience. Truly the silent thump of hitting you in equal measure made this an evenly paced group exhibition.
2014 promises to be an ART year filled with so much variety, in rather volatile or strange connections but beating in consistent fervor that it is always seeking and thirsting for the NOW. The pace has been set but what does it take to win the race? Cadence touched on it but now we as the audience must run with it. Ready. Set. ART.
Interview with curator May Yeung
CADENCE / On View: January 9 – February 8, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm)
Margaret Thatcher Projects. 539 West 23rd Street. NYC, NY 10011
Art Review By: Oscar A. Laluyan
Selected Art Images from Margaret Thatcher Projects courtesy of the artists
Photography & Video by: Max Noy Photo