2003-02-01 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Remember "LOVE"? The Robert Indiana pop artsy sculpture of the word 'Love,' that is. (It was honored on a postage stamp.) Well, Indiana is back - Big time. From February 3 to May 3, 10 of his 6-foot sculptures of numerals will find themselves on Park Avenue, between 60th Street and 70th Street. This is a continuation of the city's program to place art around New York. Keith Haring and Fernand Leger are among other artists whose work has been displayed publicly in this manner. "1 Through 0" are made of bright-colored aluminum. Indiana's inspiration was a 17th century print showing the stages of a life. Each numeral is different colors and each represents a different entity. For example, "1" is red and green and represents birth. "2" is blue and green and represents infancy..."9" is black and yellow because, Indiana is quoted as saying, it represents the traffic sign "Beware Danger." "0" represents death and is various shades of gray. The installation of these sculptures is being sponsored by two galleries that will also have exhibits of Indiana's work in February and March. C&M gallery will show his work from the 1960's. Paul Kasmin will display recent works, all of which pertain to numbers and many of which are autobiographical. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing this bright Park Avenue countdown (or count up, depending on which direction I'm traveling). I think it will add a lot to the staid avenue, no pun intended. (Oh, yes it was).

Speaking of numbers and colors and love -"Vermillion: A Show of RED" is everything you wanted to know about RED and more. It is the HOT, SENSATIONAL new exhibition at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Opening reception is this Sunday 1-3 PM and features acoustic guitarist Tim Kearney. Why did we use the second dictionary spelling of "vermillion?" (The first is 'vermilion'). Just so I could say things like, "It's a one in a million show," and "You'll walk away a vermillionaire after seeing it." Sorry, I can't resist and I get to write the copy. But you'll love the show anyway. I promise. Have we ever disappointed you? Ever, ever? It runs through March 9. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. By the way, if you have a love poem or short piece of prose (yours or someone else's) you'd like to read at the reception, get there a little early and we'll talk.

Renee Lee Rosenberg, an artist whose work I love, is participating in the "26 small works" exhibition at 80 Washington Square East Galleries, Department of Art and Professions, New York University. "Floating in Space," sculptural jewelry by Renee Lee Rosenberg, is part of this show that runs through March 14. The opening reception is February 1, 12-4 p.m.

Speaking of love, that is the theme of the film "Chicago." Well, not really. Actually, the themes are greed, ego, murder and desperation. But if I'd said that, this review wouldn't have fit into this column. But it has a great beat and you can dance to it. Well, you probably can't, unless you're a great dancer. All seriousness aside, this is a fantastic movie you must see. Rob Marshall has directed it with style, energy, and intelligence. The camera angles, editing, visual and aural rhythms make for an exciting and thoroughly involving experience. True to Bob Fosse's choreography and sensibilities, yet adding the elements needed to make this a brilliant piece of cinema, this is a triumph. Several times I found myself wanting to applaud, but remembered I was in a movie house. Probably should have done it anyway. The cast is incredible, strongest of which are Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly. OK. Gere's very good, too. Bottom line - don't miss it.

Gwendolyn Marcinek is a participant in "Vermillion." "Helix" is a show of new work by this artist at the Brooklyn Brewery and runs through February 15. You can log onto www.sliderarts.com for more information.

Well that about does it. All ends tied up, all circles complete. All roads leading to love and/or Fort Tilden. And we haven't even gotten to Valentine's Day yet. The best is yet to come.

"Red Sails," watercolor by M. Elliott Killian.  One of the RED HOT artworks on display in RAA's "Vermillion: A Show Of RED" in sTudio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden through March 9.

"Burgundy," oil on paper, by Ross Chambers.  One of the RED HOT artworks on display in  RAA's "Vermillion: A Show of RED" at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden through March 9.

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