Art galleries in New York can be hit or miss. You find a few that blow your mind, and others where you ask “why bother?” Chelsea art galleries are among the most vibrant and creative in the city. The Mixed Greens Gallery this summer shows off its New York contemporary art leanings by displaying some unique, temporary pieces that play on conceptual and contemporary artwork.
Mixed Greens Gallery, at 531 W. 26th Street, was once the debut gallery for new, up-and-coming artists. But today it hosts the work of various mid-career American artists, while still maintaining the character and enthusiasm that has made it a destination among Chelsea art galleries. A new show featuring some modern masters in contemporary art is being displayed but, you’ve got to check it out soon, because it’ll be gone by the end of summer.
Olivo Barbieri and four other contemporary artists are currently featured collaborators on the temporary group exhibition called Fake Empire, which aims to construct one idea through the separate works of the five artists. According to Mixed Greens Gallery, this display “[uses] hyperbole to question our absurd exploitation of important historic sites.” One piece of Fake Empire is a video in the back of the gallery. ENTER: Las Vegas. It’s a depiction of the city’s glitz and glamour through the perspective-skewing effects of a tilt-shift lens. Olivo Barbieri, has put together stunning, immersive clips of the lights and scenes of Vegas–all shot from a helicopter.
Another collaborator, Dionisio Gonzalez has created some amazing imagery through the use of photoshop. Here, the artist splices ultra modern buildings into the historic streets of eighteenth-century Venice. Surprisingly, these compositions were actual proposals that had been denied by the Italian government–conceptual photographs that show a few “what if” scenarios. The entire display of Fake Empire is an interesting example of what comes about from the various artistic perspectives on one idea.
Looking above the doorway, Mixed Greens Gallery signals it is a New York contemporary art gallery with a dramatic window display. It’s the work of Kimberly Hennesy, who has created Wandering Itch–a splash of color seen right from the sidewalk. In fact, the sidewalk is the only place to see it. And upon looking up to the windows, it seems like a preview to the remnants of a wild, beach-themed party. It’s a different type of exhibit, to say the least, but nonetheless something to see in person.
Some shows stay, others go, but the gallery spaces in Chelsea are going nowhere. The art scene has become rooted into the culture of the neighborhood, and it’s only getting bigger. So get out there! Check out the summer shows at Mixed Greens Gallery, or just zigzag across those pothole streets between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Most galleries are found from 19th through 27th streets, so wander around until you find something inspirational. It’s well worth the trip.