Spring/Break Art Show 2015

Spring/Break Art Show 2015

Founder of The Two Percent   | show bio

About David Behringer

Founder of The Two Percent, David Behringer is the leading expert on “right now” in the New York contemporary art scene. Visiting over 200 gallery exhibitions a month for nearly 10 years straight, David’s obsession with uncovering and filtering the most unique art in the world on any given day is shared through his popular newsletter, highly rated private tours and new cutting-edge “live” audio tours.

A Seattle native, his move to New York coincided with Chelsea’s gradual transformation into a modern architecture mecca and home of the High Line. With serendipitous timing and an insatiable curiosity for all things creative, his expertise has expanded outside the gallery walls to include the amazing architecture, history, and legends between the galleries.
March 6, 2015
The key to Spring/Break, a “curator driven art fair” is to stop worrying if something is “art” (or marketable in any way what-so-ever) and just have a blast. The trouble is: you will get lost. Located inside a maze of disused offices at a massive 100-year-old post office, the confusing space is part of the charm. Just don’t leave until you’ve found the works below.

This exhibition is part of our coverage of Armory Week 2015.

A pile of rainbow treadmills offer an ever-changing combination of colors as their painted conveyors spin continuously. Never has the pointlessness of a machine that allows us to run in place seemed so wondrous and happy. Curated by Elizabeth Denny & Craig Poor Montheith.

A pitch-black room is filed with a maze of tulle (a light near-invisible fabric) onto which an animation of white circles is projected. Because the tulle is bunched up, the circles break apart and become fully three-dimensional in space. The light’s movement is similar to the rings on the surface of a puddle when it starts to rain, or the faint whips of cigarette smoke under a spotlight. Walk to the back to be fully enveloped in the lightshow. Curated by Tracy Causey-Jeffery

“Luminessenz” is a grid of 49 vertical screens that extend from the floor to the ceiling and measure about 4 inches wide (I don’t know, I was too mesmerized to measure). By splicing an animated projection across each individual strip, a dazzling range of 3D effects are achieved – either by turning certain strips “on and off” or animating images on every strip to create a 3D shape that rocks or levitates. And as the title suggests, all of this is coordinated to a thumping techno soundscape of awesome. Curated by A. Moret.

Photocopies of found photos are cut into strips and tweaked a bit, to create incredible and strange abstractions, proving that you don’t need more than 10 cents of supplies to make one of the best works in an entire art fair. Curated by Kara Brooks.

An incredible video installation is hidden in a closet on the 4th Floor (find Room 4005). The film is a triptych, projected on 3 walls, and begins with a dancer standing over a perfect circle of charcoal dust. By the end of the 4-minute video, the girl is completely blackened by the soot and the paper floor holds the smears of every step. The dancing and soundtrack are both flawless. Curated by Yulia Topchiy.

In certainly the most bizarre installation of Spring/Break, workers attach tiny shreds of real money to canvas with tweezers and some Elmer’s glue. On display in another room are the finished works, rumored to hold 10K dollars in all. Occasionally a worker will use a leaf blower to toss the Styrofoam packing peanuts into the air like a life-size snow glob… because why not. Curated by Dustin Yellin.