PICTURE THIS: The Not Too Buttoned Up Art & Space

Matt Enger at Amy Li Projects
Matt Enger at Amy Li Projects
Artist Matt Enger
Artist Matt Enger
The Art of Marr Enger
The Art of Marr Enger
Amy Li and her unique art space in Chinatown
Amy Li and her unique art space in Chinatown

Priceless things come in small packages and last September 25th it was a rich nugget of an art experience when AF attended the solo show of Matt Enger at the very unique Chinatown art Mecca of Amy Li Projects. Like a precious jewel box, the space proved to be the perfect foil to the vibrant works of Enger who presented 9” X 9” prints on paper of fluorescent skulls, paintings, works in bronze and tiny Plexiglas animal sculptures. The one fun aspect of the gallery was its function as a working button shop as it hearkens to a bygone era of artisans who used to populate the very streets of this part of Manhattan. Everyone walked away feeling that this was a special place indeed to get your art fix. It was a vibe that was not too buttoned up, chill, and an alternative to the white cube formula that is frankly getting to be milquetoast. This space and the art we saw are proof that there are various ways to enjoy culture in an unconventional way. That is the beauty of being in New York as you’ll never know what is just around the corner and at times unbuttoning the too tight neck collar makes the breathing in of art so much easier.

 

Matt Enger / On View: September 25 – November 17, 2014

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday (12 to 6 pm) & by appointment

Amy Li Projects. 166 Mott Street. NYC, NY 10013

 

Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan

Photography by: Max Noy Photo

Amy Li Projects in Chinatown
Amy Li Projects in Chinatown
(L-R) When Arte Fuse meets Whitehot Jamie Martinez, Noah Becker, and Michael Anderson
(L-R) When Arte Fuse meets Whitehot Jamie Martinez, Noah Becker, and Michael Anderson
The unique space of Amy Li Projects
The unique space of Amy Li Projects
(L-R) Artist Matt Enger with Amy Li
(L-R) Artist Matt Enger with Amy Li

 

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier’s firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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