Monday, September 13, 2010

Gallery-goers Agree! Treasure Frey's Show a Gem!

The weather was crisp as if to announce the momentous fall season that began in galleries all over Williamsburg last week. Here at Like The Spice we couldn’t wait to open the doors to L.A.-based artist Treasure Frey’s first NY solo exhibition, Shards. The streets were buzzing with gallery-goers anxious to check out the latest like Ran Ortner’s paintings at Causey Contemporary, Stephen Mallon’s photographs at Front Room, and Patrick Martinez’s video installation at Parker’s Box. Like the Spice was hopping with people anxious to see Shards. Guests schmoozed, drank wine, and examined Frey’s meticulously executed, colorful and dynamic collages. The artists, friends, and art-appreciators in attendance admired the work and got a chance to meet the artist herself.

Shards consists of new multi-media works. Frey uses gouache, tape, and acrylic paint to create layers that suggest three-dimensional forms. Her work vacillates between the geometric and the organic, the abstract and the figurative. It is delicate with a Modernist edge. Frey uses clusters and crystalline constructions to evoke different natural forms that in some works seem stable and in others threaten to dissolve or explode into chaos.

Whether people came to Like the Spice explicitly to see Shards or were simply drawn in from their general exploration of all the art events happening in the neighborhood, everyone had a good word to say about the work. The adorable Frey was beaming throughout the night and for good reason: people couldn’t stop complimenting the show! Shards is up at Like the Spice until October 10th. Be sure to RSVP on our website for the next instance of our Monthly Dinner Series on September 24th featuring Treasure Frey!

A Sudden Rush...

Yes it was a bit damp, and yes, some of us were in flip flops as if we believed being ill equipped would fend off the rain, but in spite of the weather the unveiling of Rachel Beach's first outdoor sculpture, Gold Rush, at the opening of the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition was a grand success. There were quite a lot of people there exploring the beautiful grounds of the Socrates Sculpture Park and taking in the local flora while admiring all of the pieces in the show. It's clear from one lap around the amount of labor, time, and dedication that all of the fellows put into this occasion and Like the Spice would like to offer a rousing applause. It is definitely something to see, rain or no. Rachel's piece is just spectacular, tall and delicate at some angles, and then massive and towering from others. At times the illusion changes and the piece goes from being a compilation of many beams to being a structure consisting of just one or two vertical pieces. Yes, ladies and gents, it transforms! And now, for all of you patiently awaiting a peek at Rachel's newest piece here it is....Whooshhhhh!!

I know, I know, it's cloudy and dark and maybe not entirely in focus but doesn't it remind you of one of those paparazzi shots? It does! Well, that is because Gold Rush is the newest celebrity in town. With its breathtaking height and the way it literally changes shape and form and becomes something totally different as you walk around it and interact with it makes it our new favorite attraction. Want an autograph? Great, go to the Socrates Sculpture Park which is only a hop, skip, and jump away (or, if you are me it's the N Train to the Broadway stop in Queens). Hope to see you there soon!