My new business venture as an Art Dealer came to fruition this Sunday at the Seventh Heaven Street fair in Park Slope. Spanning from 18th street until Flatbush Avenue, the streets were interspersed with food vendors, local restaurateurs, musicians, boutique shops, activities for the kids and local artists exhibiting their work. The mosaic of artists was nestled on Seventh Avenue between Carroll and President Street creating a synergy of innovation, stimulation and the Brooklyn avante garde alongside the renowned brownstones of Park Slope.
My artist, David Macaluso, received an extremely warm reception by the crowd. At any given point, people clustered outside the “pop up gallery” lured in by the assortment, diversity and distinction of his work. Most assumed this had been a compilation of multiple artists and were fascinated when they learned it was the collection of a single individual. David’s pieces really beguiled the crowds.
Families were engulfed by his abstract paintings, mixed mediums and photo-realistic art work. A select few picked up on social, economic and cultural themes while others focused on color schemes, decorating interior spaces and emotions evoked by the work.
I delighted in having conversations with the families who stopped by to talk about what the pieces meant for them. Hearing the kids talk about the artwork was especially refreshing as I find the child’s eye (and mind) to be particularly fascinating as it is unadulterated. The kids really loved Microwave Sky!
A personal favorite of mine is Reflection.
My artist postulates…
If you look hard enough at a work of art, and get quiet enough, you will hear your own voice speaking back to you as you interact with a work. This is the true meaning of art, imposed by the viewer, evoked by the work, an oblique means of self-discovery, much like a dream. But, if the mind is really still, and the artwork has merit, its harmonies will arrest you as they sing to you in silence. This is epiphany. – David Macaluso
Here are some photos from the grand old time we had at The Artist’s Coup. Friends and family came by to support us and our new business alliance. A special thank you to my lovely assistant (and sister-in-law), Claudia, for helping me (wo)man the Coup!