Maggie Lee’s Music Videos is the artist’s first exhibition in London. On view at Arcadia Missa until October 27, the show features two music installations playing in tandem, Galcher Lustwerk and Miho Hatori’s New Optimism, respectively.
Whitney Claflin writes: “On two TV sculptures, Maggie Lee presents music videos. The visuals are set to the music of Galcher Lustwerk and Miho Hatori’s New Optimism. They play concurrently. There is a stamp for entry. On the wall, a framed body– an image of a birth, twins built of disco ball parts. In the gallery’s office, a concoction of magnesium powder and glitter crystalline is adhered to paper.
The tension between the two audios tracks pulling against each other reminds us that sound can also be felt. The viewer is encouraged to move through rooms as the music pulls them in different directions, much like a club night with multiple rooms, or due to the stamp for entry, more like a discotheque. By mixing analogue and digital, Lee creates sculptural soundbaths accompanied not so much by quotidien items, but things that could be considered throwaway bedroom objects– funky-colored baubles and hair clips that one could find hiding under their bed minimally adorn the space, harking back to visuals of a teen-dream movie bedroom. Lee is a master of this style of heightened domestic symbolism.
However, this exhibition expands those ideas and Lee’s work transposes domestic themes and video sculptures. Being a child from the 90’s, music videos– usually viewed in a domestic setting, bedroom or living area, are the perfect conduit for Lee. Birth of Twins (2018) features the “image of a birth, twins built of disco ball parts”– inviting us to dance, enjoy, feel fulfilled. The haptic nature of this work and the concoction piece hanging in the gallery’s office mediate a tactile, sensory relationship between the two videos. Through Music Videos, the viewer is invited to smell, hear, see, and most importantly, touch– with our eyes and ears.
Wide Rainbow is non-profit contemporary art after school program. They connect artists with the community of underserved neighborhoods throughout New York, focusing on hands-on workshops led by the artists, as well as artist and curator-led exhibition walkthroughs of galleries and museums.
Next Monday, May 14th, Wide Rainbow will be celebrating its third year and honoring the 85+ artists who have been part of the program. This fundraiser gala will be their first ever, along with a host of friends and family, at 99 Scott Ave. in Brooklyn.
Tickets for the event start at $250 a seat which includes a menu by Chef Dria Atencio along with a mixology menu by the one and only Arley Marks. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange is slated to give a private performance for gala attendees as well. The gala is hosted by Maia Ruth Lee, Lola Kramer, Elizabeth Jaeger, Diamond Stingily, Eliza Ryan, Morgan Connellee, Ashley Gail Harris, Bevin Butler.
Artist Dawn Kasper during a workshop with students from Girls Prep Middle School of LES?
Wide Rainbow Fundraiser Gala
Monday, May 14th
99 Scott Ave Brooklyn, Ny 11237
7pm Cocktails, 8pm Seated dinner
Dese is back in Manhattan with a new party full of GLAM, art, fashion, and red carpet shade.
TMZ has reported that the nightlife icon has gathered her squad togehter to add a bit of fem, red carpet tramp, get the look, lady saw, to the landscape of New York nightlife. If you don’t know the look for this event, you have 24 hours to get to Beacon’s Closet and hope the fashion Godesses has smiled on you. If only you’d waited in that 2.5 hour line for the Dove Street sample sale last weekend! Oh well, I’m sure you’ll work it out. Can’t wait to see your look, and your sweet smile at GLAM!
Topical Cream is honored to be one of the lucky hostesses of GLAM.
Saturday, May 28th
New York, NY 10006
DJ DJ DESE B2B DAVID MOSES