It's already our 5th day in New York, and since we are here, we have been mostly working on setting up the exhibition at Factory Fresh. It was not all work until now, also a bit of play: We took yesterday off to explore the city and get out of the art cloud for 24 hours.
It's all done now over at the Factory in Brooklyn, and the show, which will open this Friday, is ready. A big thankyou goes out to Ali and Adam, who are running the place, for everything they've done for us!
The exhibition is called DAMAGE:CONTROL - each of the artists supplied one of the words when finding a joint theme for the show. Who does the damage and who's controlling it is hard to tell, all I can leak is that we know who contributed which word ...
Allthough being close friends for a long time, Boris Hoppek and Alex Diamond have never collaborated this closely in the past. Everyone involved in the show is really happy with the result: it seems like the perfect match; the works correspond nicely, and the whole set up of the room couldn't be more harmonic.
While Boris will be showing photos and watercolors, Alex brought along brand new china ink brush drawings as well as a series of collages. Most of the work has never been exhibited before and was specifically created for the Factory Fresh show.
On location, Boris installed a new upskirt installation (this time you have to slip underneath a beautiful, vintage wedding dress), as well as painting one of the walls with markers. Alex has been busy creating a new piece of collage work (assembled and painted on the gallery floor). It seems to be heavily influenced by this trip, and sports quite an unusual motive compared to others. It comes on 4 wood panels, that are attached to each others, and is integrated into a wall painting, jointly with the six new collages he brought along on this journey. The work is called "Demon skull".
On top of this, Boris and Alex have produced 6 collaborations for the exhibition: jointly created ink drawings. The last 2 ones were finished in New York. Please click on the images below to enlage. Those are just rough photos taken off the wall, so the quality of the images is not perfect.
Today, we will start setting up the booth at VOLTA NY. Together with Boris Hoppek, we have 2 days to build a stand. For VOLTA NY, galleries have to present solo-artist projects, so it will all be Boris at the fair. This is my preferred way of doing fairs, and if you've been following heliumcowboy a bit in the past years, you'll know that we've gone solo in new York in 2008 (Alex Diamond) and 2009 (Jon Burgerman) on two consecutive Scope art fairs as well. But this time everything is new, because even though we've done the VOLTA in Basel last year, this is our first time we present us at their New York event.
Okay, that's it for today. I know I have gotten really wordy on the new site's blog, but during the relaunch I decided that this journal on our homepage needs to be less corporate and should be more like my personal notebook instead... you just have to deal with it.
Some pictures from the set up at Factory Fresh.
March 5, 8-11 pm: DAMAGE:CONTROL, Boris Hoppek & Alex Diamond at Factory Fresh Gallery
March 4-7: Solo presentation Boris Hoppek at VOLTA NY art fair