• 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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