Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Water Tank Project

All photographs by David Barish

Mary Jordan unveiled her plans for the Water Tank Project.
She spoke to a receptive crowd of artists, celebrities and guests at the New Museum.
The project will enlist an international group of artists to create images, murals for water tanks throughout the city.

Mary Jordan speaking to a packed hall of artists and guests.

My photo of a water tank from the New Museum balcony.

Unknown photog snaps guests mingling on the balcony of the New Museum.

Michael Reilly (right) Supervising Producer of Water Tank Project.

 Nadine Bariteau created six huge plastic water bottles, a cardboard box and the plastic wrap.
A poignant statement on 'over packaging', she wheels her Object d' Art, in a Supermarket Kart.
Nadine Bariteau with her "sculptural statement".
Nadine Bariteau, Tora Lopez and Mary Jordan ( Water Tank Project).

Nadine Bariteau wheeling her Object d' Art on the balcony.

Calling attention to the importance of water, performance artists, Lisa Lazano, Tora Lopez and Daphne Park dressed the part of the water molecule, two Hydrogen and one Oxygen.

Performance Artists the H2 Ho's made an appaerance.

Lisa Lazano distributed drops
 of water from an eye dropper.

Celebrities came out to show support for Mary Jordan's Project, Marie-Monique Steckel President of the French Institute Alliance Francaise and her husband Ray Steckel were in attendance.
Marie-Monique and Ray Steckel

Coco Sumner, showed her support, entertaining, artists and guests with her original songs, at the New Museum's Party for the Water Tank Project.

David Barish congratulates Coco Sumner after her performance.
Visiting Danish artists enjoying the balcony.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The 511 Gallery

One of my favorite galleries in Manhattan is the 511 Gallery. It is off the "beaten path" from the usual Chelsea Gallery art scene. Mara Miller, the Gallery's Managing Director, hosts a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere, in which to view art.

511 GALLERY is pleased to announce the opening of Rebecca Soderholm's solo exhibition of photography and video. "Upstate", is on view Thursday, March 15th - 27th April.

Rebecca Soderholm grew up in the Syracuse area in upstate New York. She received her B.F.A. in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University, School of Art. Soderholm has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including most recently Onward 11 at Ricoh Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo and X INITIATIVE at the Dia Art Foundation, New York. An Assistant Professor of Photography at Drew University, Rebecca Soderholm lives and makes work in Madison, New Jersey.

Swimmers, Hudson River, Lake Luzerne, NY, 2011
ink jet print, 16 x 24, Rebecca Soderholm

This collection of work explores the link between individuals and their surroundings, in which the relationship of the figures to the landscape is often a narrative. Soderholm's upstate is a physical site that beginning in the sixteenth century was inhabited by five tribes that constituted the Iroquois Confederacy. While she does not photograph Native Americans per se, Soderholm documents the lives of more modern tribes of people in the area and their collective human spirit that has sustained them through the violence and progression of a dynamic American history. According to the artist, "pride and poverty grow" simultaneously in the same landscape.

Bridge of Hope, Lake Luzerne, NY, 2011
ink jet print, edition of 5 +2AP
16 x 24 inches

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New York Design Center & Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

Interior Design and New York Desingn Center have joined together
to bring you the fifth annual "Check- in to 200 LEX".
 A guide to the industy's best hospitality product resources and insights
from leading designers in the feild. Inside you will find showrooms
of top product lines. 

The Aqua series by Ayala Serfaty at Lighting and Furniture.

Artist, painter Yu Zhang admires the Aqua collection at Lighting & Furntiture Atelier.


The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery reclassifies classical arts, there you can see faux, Roccoco works, juxtaposed alongside modern day paintings of all color and style without inhibition. The lovely, gallery owner, Ruthie Tucker was most welcoming to me. If you're lucky, HE. Alton Louis Amsterdam the III, will be present and holding court. He's a most charming and flamboyant individual, remanissant of the bygone era in the world of Diplomacy. The Galley is located, at 511 W. 25th street, NYC.

The Ambassador at Large
HE. Alton Louis Amsterdam the III

Left, Artist in Black, writer Ron Mawangaguhunga ( middle) and The Ambassador.