Interactive Chelsea Exhibit Peeks Through
A gallery in Chelsea is the site of a very unusual maze which makes it a bit of challenge to see the artwork inside, though it's all part of the artist's concept. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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There's pop art and then there's pop-up art. At Gasser and Grunert gallery in Chelsea, artist Grayson Cox has created quite a conversation piece.
"It kind of puts a a little bit of restrain on like a conversation, but it’s meant to," says Cox. "I looked at ergonomic theory and like breath and body odor and things like that."
Cox says the installation creates a unique interaction with other gallery goers and his artwork on the walls. And while normally at a big event you walk around big round table, everything at this particular exhibit is a table top and the rounds are cut out.
"This part is like being a kid, and being underneath the table, and it’s kind of a zone of protection in a weird way, or like an escape kind of. But it’s also slightly freeing, to be able to duck down, and to be not, to not be restrained by anything. You’re totally free to move as long as you can bend over," Cox says.
The labyrinth continues downstairs at the gallery. And while there is a certain whack-a-mole aesthetic to it all, the art is serious too.
Creating a space that's both confined and free it's called The Water's Fine, as in come on in the water's fine. And just like diving in, visitors have to decide to give in to the premise 100 percent.
For more information on the exhibit, which runs through April, visit www.gassergrunert.net.