> Walk on the SoHo Side
New York, May 4 - 12,
After “Avant-garde Walk a Venezia”,
“Walk on the SoHo Side” is the second unusual art
walk which I have curated. Although very different, this second
walk is still showing how artists work in an outdoor environment
within the specificity of a city and it's features. Venice offered
a poetic focus, New York and especially SoHo involved a more “political”
situation: the character of SoHo, temple of the art world is once
again changing. Galleries are moving to Chelsea, shops and restaurants
have totally altered the neighborhood.
The works of art and installations had to compete
with, or appropriate the energy of the city in order to capture
the attention of an audience. In the making of this exhibition
we encountered many difficulties which had to be contoured or
adapted to. Though Venice provided numerous poetical and magical
exchanges, this project brought forth a different tone, one which
could be defined by its ingenuity. From walls to sidewalks, storefronts
to doorsteps, the works transformed the city into a new landscape.
This catalogue translates the walk into a book bringing together
the broad range or experiences.
In Venice, artists were invited to create site-specific
installations and performances. Aside from this, “Walk on
the SoHo Side” explored a new concept: light installations.
This expanded the exhibition to night walks, a dimension which
will be developed further in the future.
I have invited the photographers Sophie Fenwick,
Peter Norrman and Holger Thoss to give their vision of the show
in realizing this catalogue.
The third art walk will take place in Kyoto,