Work ended at 1:00 this afternoon. A week or so ago, management made the decision to reduce office hours between now until the end of the year due to the unexpected loss of revenue from companies that decided to cancel their meetings for next year. Although the free time came at a cost, I decided to make the best of it. I thought to myself, what a perfect opportunity to visit galleries to get inspired!
I walked down
Brazilian born artist Vik Muniz's Pictures of Paper and Gordian Puzzles were on display.
This work is a collage made of several pieces of white, black and a variety of gray paper intricately assembled to reconstruct a photograph Lewis Hines made in 1910. I stared at this piece for quite sometime, mesmerized by Muniz' process. Even more impressive was this other piece called The School of Athens, by Raphael. This time, he uses hundreds of jigsaw puzzle pieces layered on top of each other to re-interpret the image. The work is then rephotographed and enlarged to almost fill an entire wall.
Next, I headed a few doors down to 49 Geary. I started on the 3rd floor at Stephen Wirtz Gallery where Todd Hido: A Road Divided was being shown. The exhibit showcases his new landscapes expanding from his previous body of work called Roaming.
At Fraenkel Gallery on the 4th floor, they had Richard Avedon: Performance on view. Vintage prints were shown together with some contact sheets and actual envelopes used to contain the negatives from his archive. Seeing these artifacts brought back memories of New York where I did an internship with Mr. Penn after graduating from school.
A book was published to accompany this exhibit.