Verge Art Fair’s mission is to present emerging artists in the informal and accessible setting of hotel rooms. Taking over four floors of the Dylan Hotel on 41st Street, Verge reminds us the nature of art fairs prior to their restructuring and upgrade approximately five years ago. In comparison to the other surrounding fairs, Verge is easily overlooked—the poor lighting, narrow hallways and limited wall space no longer carry the charm this backdrop held in the past. That said, it did allow for a more intimate viewing of the works, and some gems could be found.
Chashama Gallery presented works of four recent participants of the Chashama North artist residency in Pine Plains, NY – Emily Bolevice, Carissa Carman, Crystal Gregory and Eliza Stamps. Gregory’s two sculptures appear to respond directly to the hotel environment, and thus are most successful: one is a sculpture of brick and embroidery encasing a protruding corner in the room, while the other is a stripped ironing board positioned at the entrance to the room. In a booth donated by Verge, ASMPNY offered a variety of photographs by John Dolan, Deborah Gilbert, Philip Mauro and others, for $100 each to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Brooklyn’s Front Room Gallery exhibited recent photographs by Stephen Mallon, who created a stunning series documenting the remains of US Airways flight 1549 that crashed in the Hudson River. Spence Projects, an itinerant endeavor by artist and curator Suzy Spence, was one of the few displays that supported a thought-out concept. The project included photographs by Sarah C. Butler and an immaculate dollhouse by Timothy Murphy, which both responded to the eccentric community of Northeast Harbor of Maine.
Images: Crystal Gregory, Installation for Chashama Gallery at Verge Art Fair, 2010; Stephen Mallon, from the series The Salvage of flight 1549(2009). Courtesy the artist; Sarah C. Butler, from the series Portrait of a Maine Island (2009).
Courtesy the artist.