June 26th, 2012
Mechanical No.6, and Mechanical No.7 have been safely installed at the AFA gallery, and I have safely returned to Detroit. I don’t need to tell anyone that New York is incredible, but I’d like to say it anyway. New York is incredible! I drove in with a rental truck to get all of my work there, and then returned it, so that I didn’t have a car to worry about during my 5 day stay. My hotel was in SoHo, right by a subway entrance. It was also a quick walk to the gallery I was showing at, so it worked out perfect! I could write a very lengthy description of the things I did; the galleries in Chelsea and SoHo, the Met, central park, the high line…it’s a long list. But I’m not a tour guide, so I’ll leave all of that to the travel blogs. I will say that I wound up in NYC for the first time during a week of record breaking heat! It was brutal! There were people passing out on the streets – I flipped on the TV to see Jon Stewart rant about the heat in his opening monolog. The good news is, the subway is air conditioned!
The AFA gallery, formerly known as the Animazing gallery, is at the corner of Broome and Greene, in SoHo New York. The two pieces that I brought in received a very positive response from the gallery, and thus found their way over to a spot right in the front window! There was a big turnout for opening night, and the response was fantastic. It’s safe to say that none of the work comes across in photos the way it does live. The “Steampunkinetics” show, including my work, will hang until September 2nd. If you can make the trip, I highly recommend it. Not only is the work in the featured show incredible, but the gallery also has some great work on display from their stable of artists. Altogether, there are a lot of names in that space that I’ve admired for years.
Thank you to Bruce Rosenbaum, for organizing the event, the entire staff at the AFA gallery, and Heidi Leigh, for curating the show. Everyone was very helpful, and accommodating. Thank you to the artists that came to the opening, for the good company, kind words, and support! Special thanks to gallery owners Heidi Leigh and Nick Leone, for making this the warmest, and most entertaining first NYC experience possible!