Marc and Andrew
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Beer and wine for everyone!
Andrew chatting away
Everyone crowding around the air conditioner
Andrew and Peter's book in the Ed. Varie library
T-shirt by Marc
Last night I waded through the steamy streets of Alphabet City to check out Between Two States, the new show at Ed. Varie, featuring work by OC friends Andrew Long and Marc Hundley. The place was packed and, if you can believe it, hotter than the streets outside. The collaborative installation explores a natural dialogue between Long's photography-based timber sculptures and Hundley's works on paper.
Hundley's work generally references the passing of time and everyday occurrences using appropriated text from literature or music that directly relates to feelings of personal experience. This time around, he pulled from Virginia Woolf to create palpable feelings of longing and nostalgia that connect beautifully to Long's abstracted portraits, which challenge conventional modes of viewing an image. Both sets of work have a very physical presence but they also intimate an inherent shyness.
Andrew and Marc chatted with everyone inside while enjoying the refreshments that truly refreshed us all. The show seemed to command its visitors to court one another, if not the work itself. It also left me reciting to myself the words of Virginia Woolf as I made my way home down Avenue C.
Between Two States is up at Ed. Varie until July 8, 2012
208 E 7th St., West Storefront
New York, NY 10009 MAP