Adafruit visits the 2016 NYC Armory Show #ArmoryShow2015 #ArtTuesday


One of my favorite annual New York City events is the Armory show. I try to attend every year and check out what’s going on in the art scene around the world. For those of you who haven’t heard about it before here’s some info:

The Armory Show is America’s leading international art fair taking place annually on pier 92 & 94, overlooking the Hudson River. Now in its 22nd year, The Armory Show is a New York cultural institution and a highly-anticipated event on the global arts calendar. With a commitment to presenting the highest-quality modern and contemporary art, The Armory Show connects the world’s foremost galleries with international collectors, curators and art professionals in the capital of the art world.

It’s a fun experience, not just for the art but for the people watching as well 🙂 Here’s some pieces that stood out to me this year:

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This is not a great picture of this installation but I snapped it because you could see the Arduino! It was actually part of a kinetic sculpture by Jared Ginsburg from Cape Town called Loop with Bamboo [III]. It was a motor controlled bamboo object that would start as a pile of sticks and transform into a sculpture and then back into a pile of sticks again. Kind of hard to explain but very cool looking and Arduino controlled!

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This one had some LED strips that I spotted – it’s a piece by Haroon Mirza called LED Circuit Composition 13.

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This “floating” meteorite sculpture drew quite the crowd. People were really excited about it but I knew right away it had to be a magnet (and was right of course). It’s called Air Rights 5 by artist Agnieszka Kurant and featured electromagnets, wood, foam, powdered stone, and pigments.

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This work, entitled Pink Forest with Stump has quite the list of materials including hair, ash, talc, starch, vinyl film, copper, wood, and steel among others. The artist is Patrick Jacobs.

This was a really cool installation – it had its own room at the show that was all dark inside. The piece featured trash bags and LED rings and was a modification of a 15th century Murano glass chandelier. The title was Disphotic Zone by Shih Chieh Huang. Reminds me of some kind of cyborg sea anemone.

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Some fabric and yarn pieces from Brazilian artist Ana Maria Tavares.

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This piece was part of a space-themed area. Tom Sachs is the artist and he is known for his re-creations of iconic engineering and design masterpieces. It’s a re-creation of the Saturn V rocket which was used by the Apollo program for human exploration of the moon as well as launching Skylab. It is the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status. Obviously this version was scaled down.

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The frame on this was almost as cool as the hand-painted photograph inside by controversial Parisian artists Pierre et Gilles. Entitled Disco Ball, it features NBA player Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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There’s always lots of fun neon pieces at the Armory Show and this year was no exception. This one is called Come to Daddy by Chilean artist Iván Navarro. People seemed to enjoy taking selfies in front of it. The work features neon lighting and a one-way mirror inside of a drum.

Check out our previous year’s coverage of the Armory show here and here. Special thanks to John for taking all the photos seen above and keeping me company at the show. Check out more on the Armory Show website.

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