Exploding It at The Future is Now

And it was a buzzing night on all levels
And it was a buzzing night on all levels

I’d already had my share of overly-saturated experiences on Friday before I got to The Future Is Now at 60 Orchard Street so I didn’t stick around long enough to enjoy the party that seemed to be developing into an Exploding Plastic Inevitable for the 21st Century. Upstairs the DJ’s equipment was already buzzing and the wine was being uncorked.

Hanging out the exit at 60 Orchard Street
Hanging out the exit at 60 Orchard Street
Artist Jamie Martinez in front of his triangulism paintings
Artist Jamie Martinez in front of his triangulism paintings

Familiar faces from Whisbe’s Rock-em, Sock-em Robots to Savior Elmundo’s Salvatore Dali to Ivan Orama‘s Michael McJackson shared the gallery walls with the fresh inspiration of  Jamie Martinez’s art of triangulism, (use your camera phone to get the full effect), Whisbe’s gummy bear mug shot, and a street art appropriation of the hashtag heard ‘round the world #icantbreathe. John Arthur Carr’s dizzying designs helped round out the show alongside the works of Iena Cruz, Technodrome, Pyramid Oracle and others. On the way out check out  Francisco De Pajaro’s Art Is Trash piece hanging over the Exit sign.

Director of 60 Orchard Gallery and artist Kennedy Yanko
Artist and curator Kennedy Yanko
Artist and curator Kimyon Huggins
Artist and curator Kimyon Huggins

In the future that is now, it’s hard to ignore the guns and chains that are an inescapable part of the streets that inspire much of this art..This future may not have conquered all the pasts that have produced it but if this is the future of art, we’re in good hands. Specifically in this instance those are the hands of Kennedy Yanko who co-curated the show with Kimyon Huggins from No Agenda, whose ethos, “expression for expression’s sake,” is currently taking up residence on the Lower East Side. The Future Is Now will be on display at 60 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester, through January 20.

 

The Future is Now at 60 Orchard Gallery

60 Orchard street NYC

On view: December 18th – January 20th, 2014

 

Article by: Mike Power

Photography by: Olya Turcihin

Look at all the great shots I got from this show
Look at all the great shots I got from this show
Seeing the future is HERE already at 60 Orchard Street
Seeing the future is HERE already at 60 Orchard Street
Color drenced at the Future is Now
Color drenced at the Future is Now
The FUTURE is on the Lower East Side at 60 Orchard Street
The FUTURE is on the Lower East Side at 60 Orchard Street
This little ART light of mine I'm gonna let it shine
This little ART light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
A Trio of Perfect Color Rich Masterpieces
A Trio of Perfect Color Rich Masterpieces by Kimyon Huggins
Facing the future of art NOW
Facing the future of art NOW
Another chic but edgy art night on the LES
Another chic but edgy art night on the LES
Mike Power

Mike Power

Mike is the author of two novels, The Zoo and Lost and Found. His short stories have appeared in Fat City Review, The Uptown Observer and elsewhere. Follow Mike at his blog Words & Music. Check out his blog at www.mikepowernyc.com.

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