Gallery Mondays: ‘Shadows & Substance’ by Marcia Haufrecht

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I was walking by Chashama 266 in Midtown West last month when I saw these really great paintings. I loved the summer vibes I got from them so I snapped a pic from the other side of the glass door.

I really need to make an appointment to see one of Chashama 266’s exhibits at some point!

Anyway, these were part of Marcia Haufrecht’s Shadows & Substance exhibit. It reminded me of all the Q53 bus rides I’m not going to miss this summer because I moved out of Queens. Therefore, I no longer have to board a crowded bus full of beach-goers.

Why does anyone want to go to the beach in this scorching heat anyway? The sand is going to burn you!

Be smart like the two in the painting on the far right and visit a lake instead.

Learn more about Shadows & Substance at www.chashama.org/event/shadows_substance.

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Gallery Mondays: Mystery Woman at Klimat Lounge

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In December, I went to a Monday night Giggle Pit comedy show at Klimat Lounge in the East Village with a few friends. After the show, I needed a quick bathroom break.

While waiting on the line, I saw this portrait of a mystery woman staring right back at me. In the bathroom. Totes cool.

The colors of the portrait match the bathroom’s rusted red and brown design quite well, so she almost blended in. I can’t really tell her ethnicity or her age by this painted portrait, which makes her all the more mysterious.

Klimat Lounge has a rotating art gallery every month. Be sure to stop by for a drink and some new art this month.

Gallery Mondays: Arlés del Rio’s “Fly Away” @ Robert Miller Gallery

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A few weeks ago I was killing time by perusing some of Chelsea’s art galleries and found this awesome work of art by Cuban artist Arlés del Rio.

The gallery I had stumbled into was the Robert Miller Gallery where the Nuevos Colores exhibit was on display. This piece was towards the back of the gallery. It stood out to me, for obvious reasons.

The piece is called “Fly Away” and if you were in Times Square during the summer of 2014 you might have seen a similar work by Del Rio by the name of “Nearness.” The cut out artwork makes it look like something has burst through the gate and off to somewhere new.

I got kind of sentimental thinking about how the piece stands for our ability to break free from the things that hurt us, even if breaking free means hurting a bit more before it’s finally over.

Head to the Robert Miller Gallery to check out the exhibit before it closes on November 14th!

Gallery Mondays: ‘Rise’ by Stoupakis @ Last Rites Gallery

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Oh, what some of us would do to be submerged in a body of water like this woman right now.

While I was checking out the latest exhibit at Last Rites Gallery called “The Kindly Ones,” I stumbled upon this beautiful painting by Davis Stoupakis.

The painting is called Rise, and the red color he uses for the flowers in the water give the scene a sort of passionate nature. From the woman’s pose to the way her hair blends into the water, this painting is just simply gorgeous.

Check out the painting at Last Rites Gallery in midtown, and see more of Stoupakis’ artwork here.

Gallery Mondays: Xavier Veilhan’s Daft Punk @ Galerie Perrotin

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I’ve decided that every Monday here on The Whisper Box, I’d share a photo of a work of art I found interesting at a gallery. It could be a painting, sculpture, object, etc.—anything from the art world I find worthy of being noticed. I might even post a photo of something from an upcoming exhibit that peaks my interest.

We shall call this series “Gallery Mondays.” Perhaps it’ll make Mondays a bit less sucky. Also, a lot of art galleries in NYC are closed on Mondays, so this will be something to look forward to.

This Monday, we have a wooden sculpture of Daft Punk by Xavier Veilhan. I saw this back in March at Galerie Perrotin.

I’m still amazed that Daft Punk let Veilhan capture them in this piece for his series sans helmet! They’re so strict about not having anyone take photos of them without their headgear, so I find it fascinating that they were open about having this done at all.

The series is called Producers and you can read more about it over on The Creators Project.

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 @ Jack Shainman Gallery

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 by Hank Willis Thomas @ Jack Shainman Gallery on W 24th

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 by Hank Willis Thomas @ Jack Shainman Gallery on W 24th

After reading about this exhibit in New York Magazine a few weeks ago, I made it my business to see Hank Willis Thomas’ “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015” at the Jack Shainman Gallery.

My obsession for the culture of the 1920s and 1950s really made me appreciate this exhibit. Interestingly, all of these portraits are advertisements striped of the words that go along with them. I wish I could go back in time to see Thomas’ earlier exhibit of the same concept, titled “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968-2008.” I’m sure it was amazing.

The exhibit really makes you think about how different picture ads would be without words. They just look like normal pictures you’d see in a history textbook or on the wall in a nice house.

Not surprisingly, some of my favorites in the exhibit were ads from the 1920s and the 1950s. And also the ones that featured couples. Can’t help my hopeless romantic eye!

1. 1922 (left)

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Ahh, courtship ❤

2. 1953 (far right)

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Mary Kay cosmetics?

3. 1929

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Why do I feel so concerned about them falling?!

4. 1939 

In another life, I think I would have had a thing for sailors.

In another life, I think I would have had a thing for sailors.

5. 1948 & 1947 (left & second from left)

Doesn't the woman in the middle look a bit like Natalie Portman?

Doesn’t the woman second from the left look a bit like Natalie Portman?

6. 1938

I'm glad Amelia Earhart was included in this exhibit :)

I’m glad Amelia Earhart was included in this exhibit 🙂

7. 1958 (right)

Pour it up, baby! (Probably some sort of beer commercial)

Pour it up, baby! (Probably some sort of beer ad)

Can we expect to see a “Century of Men” anytime soon Mr. Thomas?

Be sure to check out this exhibit before it closes on May 23rd!