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Pulse Art Fair 2013 IMPULSE

pulse2013-headerNew York City, NY – Tuesday, May 14, 2013

As an artist and part-time art writing “MEMBER OF THE PRESS,” when an event is designed specifically for us, I can’t not go.  The free forenoon food and booze don’t hurt either.  It was a bit rainy when I left that morning for the Pulse VIP and Collector & Press Preview brunch, and as usually I wasn’t prepared for the weather, but a little water rarely fucks with my disposition when morning mimosas are part of the game plan.

2Pulse is the first of the May fairs, which used to be part of the March Armory week, but now has joined aligned with Frieze, to make a second week of NYC art fairs in a month where formerly there wasn’t much going on. Upstairs is the more experimental section with solo shows called IMPUSE (much like Volta).  The press agent handed me my packet and flash drive and recommended I start upstairs. It’s also where the brunch is served, so I made my way to the stairs.

1Booze was on the first floor in the lobby so  I grabbed a drink and started towards the stairs,when I heard my name.  Cris Valbuena from ArtSnapper was coming down the stairs as I was starting to head up.

_0004_1I got my food and finally found an open seat, and then I noticed artist and curator Trong Nguyen waiting in line.

3The booth of located conveniently near the food.

_0003_2Creative Capital Special Project Artist: Franco Mondini-Ruiz.


5Artist Ambreen Butt presented by Carroll and Sons really hit three of this year’s Art fair art trends on the head. The first being the dollar bill. The second and third being this giant radial burst composed of tiny pink fingers. Making it not only a radial burst but a big picture assemblage as well.

6Flanked by the large dollar bill.

7Another depiction of money, this time it is a coin by Arturo Vega. Not so in your face in America as the dollar bill but along the same lines.

10I said hi to Benjamin Krause from Krause Gallery whom I met at Scope. Unlike at Scope they were presenting a minimalist solo show by artist David E. Peterson. One thing I love about solo booth is that you actually get a chance to meet the artists and talk to them directly about their work (or anything really).

8Some other things I dig about solo booths at art fairs are that the art doesn’t have to compete with other work by other artists in the same gallery. it feels more like a true representation of an artist’s work and feels like a fair and more like a real gallery opening.  Art fairs can tend to feel like an every man for himself salon style smorgasbord.

9You can even get yourself a tan.  Artists Lisa Lozano and Tora Lopez.

Denny Gallery curator Elizabeth Denny.

_0002_3Denny Gallery Artist Amanda Valdez.

Pulse IMPULSE ran the entirety of the fair from May 9 – 12

May 9 – 12, 2013
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street.
Chelsea, NYC

Written and Photographed by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

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Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

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