Mikel Glass: FAIR at (Art) Amalgamated, New York

FAIR at (Art) Amalgamated Gallery in New York is an interactive installation of work by the New York-based artist Mikel Glass. The exhibition is a commentary on the art market and runs from April 21st to May 12th, 2012. The exhibition takes place in two distinct spaces in the gallery. One space is a broadcast studio – disguised as an artist’s studio. The other space features six large-screen monitors that simultaneously broadcast a constant feed of different, but related, videos. They submerse the viewer in a cacophony of sights and sounds from Frieze and other art fairs and featured segments exploring several specific artists and themes.

During Frieze Art Fair New York, the gallery will stream live bulletins from the fair on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, 2012. Correspondents will report from the various art fairs in NYC during Frieze Art Fair week. Their observations, comments and impromptu interviews will be streamed and presented as “breaking news” bulletins, via the broadcast studio constructed within the gallery Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th. An in-house correspondent will interview gallery visitors.

There’s a special viewing at the exhibition on Saturday, May 5, 1-3 pm.

Collaborating with Mikel Glass on this project are filmmaker Simon Azulay who created the video content in the exhibition; an array of correspondents including William Powhida, Lisa Levy, Gradon Parish, Eric Doeringer, Jeremy Basescu, and Cami Rubach; Sound engineer Rob Paustian; Larry Lustberg, and Daniel Baltzer.

More information and live and on-demand footage is available on the (Art) Amalgamated website and on www.fairnyc.com, a website created specifically for the exhibition.

The above video by Run Shayo provides you with some shots of the exhibition on the occasion of the opening reception of the show on April 20, 2012.

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Press release:

NEW YORK – (Art) Amalgamated, a new project space in Chelsea, will present FAIR, an interactive installation of work by Mikel Glass, April 21 – May 12, 2012. During Frieze New York, the gallery will stream live bulletins from the fair on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, 2012.

The exhibition, which is a commentary on the creative process and how it is recieved by the art market, will take place in two distinct spaces in the gallery. One space will be a broadcast studio – disguised as an artist’s studio. Separated by a see through wall (glass and steel), the other half will feature six large-screen monitors that will simultaneously broadcast a constant feed of different, but related, “hyperactive” videos as they, along with an array of audio speakers, submerse the viewer in a cacophony of sights and sounds from the art fairs and featured segments exploring several specific artists and themes.

FAIR, Glass’s first show with (Art) Amalgamated, will include recent works as well as earlier paintings to show the development of the artist’s work that culminates in the immersive installation. Instead of assuming an oppositional, documentary-like stance against the art market, Glass has chosen to create an elaborate, semi-fictitious world, which draws upon a myriad of influences and relies on the comedic and absurd to get its message across to the viewer.

To accomplish this, an array of interesting and colorful correspondents, including William Powhida, Lisa Levy, Graydon Parish, Eric Doeringer, the legally blind playwright Jeremy Basescu and fourteen-year-old Cami Rubach will report from the various art fairs in NYC during Frieze Art Fair week. Their observations, comments and impromptu interviews will be streamed and presented as “breaking news” bulletins, via the broadcast studio constructed within the gallery Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th.

On www.fairnyc.com, a website created specifically for the exhibition, there will be video vignettes of a few contemporary artists, as well as recorded and live streaming footage from the art fairs.

Filmmaker, Shimon Azulay created the video content in the exhibition with Glass. Additionally, Glass has enlisted a team of over 40 people to assist him to video, interview, build and design this installation. Sound engineer Rob Paustian has designed an audio program that grips and enthralls. Larry Lustberg of Stortz Lighting has lent his vision, expertise and equipment to help create a completely immersive environment. Artist Daniel Baltzer offered his engineering genius in collaborating in the fabrication of the installation.

ABOUT MIKEL GLASS
Mikel Glass (b. 1962) has had a 20-year career exhibiting in major galleries and museums. Trained as a realist painter, Glass received a B.A. from Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. Glass’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows around the country. In 2009, he had a solo exhibition at The Taylor Museum, Fine Art Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

ABOUT (ART) AMALGAMATED
Located in New York City, (Art) Amalgamated is a new project space that bypasses the conventional gallery system. Founder Gary Krimershmoys showcases both modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis in utilizing innovative methods for the curatorial framing of our shows. (Art) Amalgamated’s goal is to provide an exhibition platform that does not fit comfortably within the confines of traditional art venue, but rather a comprehensive entity encompassing full art advisory, collection management and art appraisal services.
For more information visit: http://artamalgamated.com/