SoHo Gallery Ramble

22 07 2011

SoHo. Photo by Ed Kruger.

Here’s a little activity that I’ve grown to like more and more over this summer: rambling around SoHo and taking my pick from the many boutique-y art galleries dotted all around the vibrant district.

The whole district feels like a humongous, open air art museum, and walking from one gallery to the next is like visiting the different rooms of a museum. There’s documentary photography over by that street, and contemporary conceptual around that corner. Sandwiched between these  are paintings, sculptures and videos too. And thrown into the whole mix is none other than the delicious wafts of good food being cooked, served and consumed.

I myself went on a small ramble today and visited a few interesting galleries.

I started with (S)EXPOSURE by Kiribane at the Fringe Club’s Fotogallerie, which showcased a series of photos that play on different camera exposures.

Then, I made my way up to the Sundaram Tagore Gallery for the ‘Continuum’ exhibition. The work of thirteen different artists are showcased, working in diverse mediums including oil, acrylic, metal, paper and photography. At the moment, I’m not too interested in non-photographic works so I didn’t spend much time at Sundaram Tagore.

Next stop – the Culture Club Gallery for the a photography exhibition entitled “Tibetan Colours”. What I really liked about it were the powerful red hues that ran through all the photos. That passionate reds gave the photos a sense of warmth, energy and…movement.

Wandering on, I stopped by the Blindspot Gallery on Aberdeen Street where the current Gallery Artists Group Exhibition was presenting the photographs of four mainland Chinese artists. My favourite piece – hands down – was Jiang Pengyi’s award-winning Unregistered City which depicts the “city, still objects and massive skyscrapers reduced to miniature sizes” to  communicate the themes of “excessive urbanization, redevelopment and demolition in the Beijing city.”

Unregisterd City, No. 2 by Jiang Penyi

To wrap up my ramble, I finally headed to the gallery Contemporary by Angela Li for the exhibition Once Upon a Time where there was a mix of photography, sculptures and video works.

Phew! What a nice stroll around five galleries in Soho. Content with my dose of photography, art and walking for the day, I happily made my way home…





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