Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Six artists from Brooklyn will exhibit their masterworks at the fifth Contemporary Art Fair NYC, May 8 to 11, at The Tunnel in Chelsea. Three painters, a creator of life-size painted wood cutouts, a furniture maker and a jeweler join over 90 other artists at this event that follows the tradition of major museums by exhibiting both fine and functional art. Focusing on independent artists, it is one of the some 10 satellite art fairs that run concurrently with Frieze New York.
Beau Marrelli’s “Film.”
Beau Marrelli creates his mixed-media works on wood—such as "Film"—in his Bay Ridge studio. Born in Italy, Marelli immigrated to America with his family in 1959. Before beginning a piece, he researches some 200 to 300 newspapers and magazines for as long as six months.
Max Gleason’s “Like Magnets in a River.”
Born in Southern California, brought up in Atlanta and schooled in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA in sculpture, Aaron Maximilian Gleason now maintains a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In the 12 years he's lived in New York, he has painted and completed a film trilogy.
Parris Jaru’s “Grasp.”
Parris Jaru, originally from Jamaica, paints in his Bedford-Stuyvesant studio. "I began my art education at an early age without formal education, feeling a need to balance my sensitive nature with the medicinal values of art," he said. He was an early teen when he discovered New York's artist culture.
Susan Sills’ “After Picasso First Steps.”
Of her life-size, freestanding cutouts such as "After Picasso First Steps," Park Slope-based artist Susan Sills writes that the cutouts "are an attempt at a whimsical restructuring of art history. By releasing familiar images from the confinement of the frame and thrusting them into real space the paintings confront the contemporary viewer in new and surprising ways that invariably provoke not only smiles but also fresh insights."
Yarrow Mazzetti’s “Gear Table.”
Yarrow Mazzetti, whose studio is in Williamsburg, was born in Tonasket, Wash., and moved to New York City in 2009. Mazzetti has created fun cars and playground environments, designed homes in the Baja Peninsula and currently also makes remarkable furniture. For his tables he repurposes elements from New York City buildings where he salvages raw wood and steel beams as well as machine gears, industrial fixtures and tools. The base of “Gear Table” is made from the cleaned up drive axel of a 1938 building crane recovered from a scrap yard in Long Island City.
Shauna Burke’s ring with rose cut champagne 2.6 carat pear shaped diamond, set in 22K gold with pave rubies and an 18K band.
Jewelry designer Shauna Blythe Burke finds that her work reflects the industrial landscape around her. She writes: "My jewelry is often textural in nature and might be influenced by a sewer grate or by an art deco image that I noticed in the radiator of a midtown building." Her work is handmade in her Clinton Hill studio. Her stones are hand cut or sourced from conflict-free locations.
The exhibition is located at Tunnel, 269 11th Ave. at 27th St. in Chelsea.
Preview: Thursday, May 8, 4 p.m. to 8 pm.; General Admission: Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Students: $8, Children under 10: free