Chino is showing at Like the Spice gallery in Brooklyn, NY this week at their month-long art fair “Arts Not Fair”. He previously had a solo show there in October 2010. From what I hear, he’s taking his music to Brooklyn at the same time – Chino will be DJing their VIP lounge on 9 and 10 March, slimepunk styles! If you’re in Brooklyn, go check it out.
Marisa Sage’s Like the Spice gallery in Williamsburg is hosting its own version of an art fair, miniaturized to fit within a single space. “Art’s Not Fair,” launching with a VIP party on Friday, March 9, and continuing through Saturday and Sunday, is a non-commercial event. Participating artists will “be able to create something because they really wanted to do it and not worry about whether it’s going to be sold,” Sage told ARTINFO.
Like the Spice has pulled off a wondrous transformation of their Williamsburg space into a mini-art fair fittingly titled Arts Not Fair complete with black light VIP basement, artist booths and even some food art!
As with any online trend, seapunk is probably fleeting. Chino Amobi, an artist from Richmond, Va., who makes electronic music under the name Diamond Black Hearted Boy, has already shifted from seapunk to slimepunk.
“It’s the toxic waste of 2012,” he said. On March 9, Mr. Amobi will hold a slimepunk rave in Brooklyn during the Arts Not Fair. “It’s going to be the saddest rave you’ve ever been to.”
Like the Spice Gallery’s contribution to the weekend’s spread, Arts Not Fair [sic], is dubbed “Brooklyn’s answer to all the Manhattan fair insanity,” but that’s not quite the case.
Last but not least is the Anti-Art Fair, literally called Art Not Fair which is happening all month, if you can’t get to things on time, don’t have a Goyard bag, or haven’t actually left Williamsburg in a year or two. You’re not a joiner- no judgement- I’m all for not leaving Brooklyn. The way things are going with art fairs popping up everywhere pretty soon there will be tons on the other side of the bridge, I’m sure. Until then, this Roebling Street gallery is offering art as well as pastries by The Starving Artist Bakery such as “The Car Bomb Cake,” based off of the Gunniess-Jameson concoction.
Like the Spice Gallery is full of puns. Owner Marisa Sage (last name like the spice) sought to create an event that was, “arts for art sake.” The Arts Not Fair will have its official kick off party on Saturday, March 10, featuring 11 artists showcasing unique and unforeseen elements of their work.
Art’s Not Fair / This parody of the New York Armory show resides at Like The Spice Gallery in Williamsburg. Like The Spice will be transformed into an “art-fair-like” space showcasing the gallery’s represented artists, such as: Chino Amobi, Brian LaRossa, Allie Rex, Nicki Stager, Eric LoPresti, Jenny Morgan, Reuben Negron, Hans + Gieves, and more.
Sage also promises visitors art that never been seen anywhere else before. “You’ll see work that’s challenging, work that’s different,” says Sage. “And if you don’t understand it, you just have to ask, we’ll answer it.” Almost all of the art in the show is going to be installation-based, with all 11 artists making pieces especially for this art fair. “I let the artists decide what they wanted to make,” says Sage. “They made what they wanted to make for this fair.”
Head to Brooklyn for Arts Not Fair, a three-day affair staged at Like the Spice Gallery, which previews tonight and features an opening party on Saturday.
Arts Not Fair is almost a pardoy of the typical arts fair; their website mockingly quotes the Armory and declares that it will be the year’s “most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City.” It will even have a VIP room. The fair’s purpose is to question the fair-mindedness of contemporary art fairs, and art in general.
Sage’s exhibit will include so-called VIP rooms, three temporary rooms to mimic different social classes in the art world. One room will be “V” for “very important people”; another will be “I” for “important people”; and the third will be “P” for regular “people.”
No one who enters the exhibit can know which rooms they will be allowed to enter — unless they buy a special VIP bag.
“It’s because art is not fair — art is anything but fair,” Sage, whose exhibit will also include a decomposing banana sculpture by artist Matt Stone, added.
We warned you— we saw some serious art fairs last week. Here are our findings, in image form. (Call it a photo essay.) You can draw your own conclusions, but as we mentioned, we loved Like the Spice’s Arts Not Fair.
Williamsburg and Greenpoint galleries keep their doors open late, the wine glasses full, and the artwork in abundance for Williamsburg Afterhours. This annual event, now in its tenth year, celebrates Brooklyn’s flourishing art world with live performances, mobile art installations, and special events at galleries throughout the neighborhood. While the masses are fighting crowds at the Armory, pop across the river, grab a map, hit up the galleries and then the afterparty at IndieScreen.