Friday, January 20, 2006

Freezing Temperatures Bring Art To A Standstill

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s chilly in New York, and some artists are responding to the weather by going into artistic hibernation.

A New York gallery called Silo is supporting the winter nap of sorts with a show called Hibernation, which showcases the unfinished works of 15 different artists.

Curator Tia Shin explains that just like mammals, artists go into hibernation too, and that she’s glad to display works in progress while the artists rest and get their creative juices flowing again.

The show features pieces like a radio playing a cassette recording of a video artist’s script rehearsal; a collection of haphazardly stacked nests; e-mail correspondences and headshots in relation to a performance project called “Machine Gun”; and pages from The New York Times with George W. Bush cut out from photos.

Though guests of the gallery might feel compelled to help the artists move things along by adding their own touches, Shin says the show is not interactive.

Besides, she says, Hibernation ends Feb. 5 and some artists are already itching to complete their projects. She calls it “Cabin fever.”

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