GALLERY U delivers again. A rescheduled from a snowstorm INFAMOUS opens to a packed crowd on Sunday night. This standing room only, elbow-to-elbow event attracts the most creative, progressive and influential Jersey Crowd along with DUMBO hipsters, Manhattan intellectuals and suburban skater-boyz. With INFAMOUS portraits of Al Capone, Marylin Monroe, Mae West, Sid and Nancy, Betty Paige, Kate Moss via self portrait by Portland based photographer Gregory Moon, it was a who's who of infamy. The show was perfectly curated as evidenced by the amount of red stickers around. Pieces came off the wall, new pieces went up - it was almost like seeing two shows in one. The pumping diversified music ranged from Marlene Dietrich to the Sex Pistols, Whitney Houston and Amy Whinehouse kept the crowd moving, socializing and grooving. There was no quiet moments and the door kept opening allowing for that crisp cool breeze in along with three or four new patrons at a time.
I saw Gallery Director, Robert Greco chatting with performance artist and Brooklyn photographer Jessica Yatrofsky in a corner for a while, obviously plotting an event. The "I Love New York Cutie" photographer Rob Ordonez - who also videotaped the event along with GALLERY U staple, the brilliant Geraldine Visco who presented a self portrait series with cohorts at Grant's Tomb. The images were eerie yet painfully cutting edge, I loved them. It's worth the trip to the gallery to see them in person.
Mixed into the crowd was the Editor of NJ Monthly magazine, Several Gallery Owners, Art Critics and some of my favorite contemporary artists like French painter Phil Valy and Cuban born artist Fermin Mendoza. Writer and columnist Trudie Gold and Try State Magazine editors Robert and Robert were on hand and local artist Robert Langdon presented a very clever and memory inducing video instillation of the infamous 70's Karen Black thriller movie Trilogy of Terror - fantastic!! Five gorgeous encoustic portraits by California artist Jhina Alverado graced center stage, Local artists from Guerilla Galleries created a police line up and mugshot station where guests were photographed and processed, instead of the pieces arranged by numbers, there were fingerprint cards identifying the artists, medium and price. All in all a very clever and successful show. Looking forward to ATONEMENT, APRIL 1ST.