Gallery Spotlight: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (Chelsea, NYC)
I’ve gathered you here today for, yes you guessed it, my vacation slides. I know! Fun. That’s why I didn’t include that in my invitation. Because I wanted to surprise you. Please help yourself to the refreshments at the back of the room. Pepsi, 7-Up, whole milk, we got it all (but nothing else). I recommend the Laverne. I know! Yum. If pop doesn’t offer adequate hydration or some other such hubris, each table has a sweaty-silver water pitcher located at its center. OK, ready? Time to put on my Clooney voice (also the title of my self-help book). Ahem . . .
If you ever find yourself in Chelsea’s gallery district, you simply must visit the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Founded in 1996, the non-profit center was established to expose a diverse group of people to new technology and media arts. According to Eyebeam.org:
Since then, Eyebeam has supported more than 125 fellowships and residencies for artists and creative technologists; we’ve run an active education program for youth, artists’ professional development and community outreach; and have mounted an extensive series of pubic programs, over recent years approximately 4 exhibitions and 40 workshops, performances and events annually.
If you care about the world even a tiny bit, for the love of God, please donate. Investing in the arts pays dividends. Philanthropy enables artists to create work that’s beautiful, therapeutic, innovative, thought provoking and yea, really bad and crazy; in that way, art’s like everything else in the entire world. We think nothing of investing in our bodies, our careers and our corporations (OK, their corporations), because we believe doing so will yield dividends. Now it’s time to invest in this. This is your moment to pull yourself up out of mediocrity, to make the world a better place. It’s all on you. But no pressure.
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Back to this post, Eyebeam’s space is pretty swell. Want to see it?
OK folks, using a lost dark art now known as Equation >140, I’m going to transport your consciousness to the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center to the exact place and time (also known as a moment) Cady, Frank and I visited. See you again for the first time (in a minute).
Sun streams in the large glass windows, but its rays fade and the particles evaporate, ceding the windowless interior to shadow. Hey Frank, can I take your picture in front of that piece? Our voices echo against the walls like happy monkeys playing tag. I think Mr. Peanut needs a drink. Concrete all around (and steel). Laughter. The work is strange and beautiful: intricate grids on white in white on white, graffiti-style phantoms and bird headed aliens, This One’s for the Ladies. I’d have to talk with my hacker friends.
Snap! You’re back. How do you feel? Rest ye; just close your eyes and look at these photos.
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. 540 W. 21st Street. Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m. Map