As you walk through Chinatown Soup- you will know two things right off the bat. First of all, there is no Chinese connection whatsoever in the gallery. The name is merely embedded in the fact that it is in Chinatown, New York. Secondly, the unique element that distinguishes this constituency (in comparison with the rest of the local galleries) is that it is all about connections, overlapping and unifying- a sense of affinity and association with on societal compassion.
I mean, artists are expected to perform, create and thrive in solitude and here is a place that defines sociability and bonding of art, culture and people. This is the only common element that you will find in this extremely diverse showcase.
I was quite mesmerized by the technical phenomenon as to how each artist contributed through new media under conventional wisdom. Every artwork on the wall radiated some form of collage or montage. While to the exception of one artist who did it all with brush & paint orthodox collages- the rest were about exploring untouched concepts. At the first attempt, you will sense that most of the works symbolized new media collages of photographs and digital juxtapositions. Yet, if you look closer then you will find that there was nothing particularly digital about them- as they were all manually cut and pasted to create the similar effect.
I was personally touched by the works of Elise Margolis. Upon further discussions- I came to know that she resonates well with the theme of the gallery as in terms of communion. On the same wavelength, she derived these pieces out of separate works and then crafted a creative unity out of each. Her approach of creating a work of this nature- creating a mix of two to develop a new and original was extremely gratifying and accomplishing for me as a viewer. Her piece “Come Together” conveyed most darkness and brightness that brought the extremes of her parallel works.
Chinatown Soup will be hosting similar events consecutively in near future. So it will pay if you go and check this exhibit out; it will sustain your urge of social connection within the local art. They are going to host a live collage painting event very soon- where anyone can come, paint and give artists a chance to play out something remarkable and display their technical embellishment with common man strokes.
Art relates and reflects the common man notions and Chinatown Soup seems to be on a perfect footing to facilitate this role.
Tröegs Independent Brewing and The Brooklyn Collage Collective present
Cut & Taste
an exhibition of art and beer at Chinatown Soup
July 12th – July 26th, 2016
16B Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002