Thrifting Art

This week began with just the right amount of calories on Sunday night.

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Fueled up, I went looking for art.

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Yesterday I walked south of Bedford Station towards Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  I stumbled upon a newly- opened junk store (that’s what it called itself).  I think my mother whose idea was for me to thrift, would seriously have a fright, if she knew where I’d gone…

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On the upper level, I was assaulted by art, art, art.

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I learnt that thrifting requires a strong stomach.  There was no escaping the years of neglect.

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In the East Village, I found another paint-by-numbers piece to add to my paint-by-numbers wall.

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Grouped together, they lift the couch, add cheer to a banal nook.

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Suddenly in 300 square feet, I now have, a living room!

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This morning, I went further north in Brooklyn.

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There were 2 stores I was curious about.

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I paused, paused, at a divine table.

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With only 2 arms, there’s a limit to how much I could schlep back.  So remaining focused on the art objective-

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We made our way back to Manhattan.

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A personal composing rule-

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Objects in space create an unspoken narrative when placed together.

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I hung it up in the living room, then changed my mind.  My other rule?  If you make a poor decision?  Stop and change.  Immediately.

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In 300 sq feet, I now not only have living quarters, I have hallways/corridors directing me away from the front door, into the private sanctuary of my home.

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Another rule : form must follow function.

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The other painting I carried back is French.

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All the hallmarks of early modern art can be found- the abstraction of detailing work, brush strokes indicating movement, the black outlining of figures, trees, a sense of an incomplete whole.

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  •  Affogato at Rossopomodoro, 118 Greenwich Avenue
  • Cure Thrift Shop, 111 East 12th Street
  •  Adaptations NY, 109 Franklin Street, Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

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