The sixth version of SPRING/BREAK Art Show outgrew its former location at the James A. Farley Post Office and currently occupies the 22nd and 23rd floor of the former Conde Nast building at 4 Times Square. The labyrinth of 150+ curated office spaces contain the freshest, most cutting edge work of emerging and mid-career artists and independent curators. I must confess that this is my favorite Armory Week satellite fair. This year’s theme, Black Mirror, exhibits, “autobiographical artworks that engage, defy or uphold the idea that art should ‘hide the artist’.”

The volume of works, exhibited in a hive-like office structure, can become overwhelming. I would suggest more than one visit in order to fully take everything in. The problem is that there is so much worth stopping for and experiencing, making a rushed lap impossible.

Ambre Kelly + Andrew Gori
AZIKIWE MOHAMMED: Further Explorations into Contemporary Blackness (2355)

Azikiwe Mohammed follows the previous year’s immersive performance playing the role of New Davonhaime’s thrift shop owner with Further Explorations into Contemporary Blackness.

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Chris Bors and Nicolas Touron
20 Eyes in My Head (2348)

20 Eyes in My Head features, “artworks with a magnified and abstracted reality takes it’s name from a Misfits song about a space creature with 20 eyes,”.

Chris Bors Fuck Kanye West 2017 Acrylic on canvas 20" x 16" image courtesy of Chris Bors

Chris Bors
Fuck Kanye West
2017
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 16″
image courtesy of Chris Bors


Michael Pybus PWFG 1 2017 Acrylic, permanent pigmented ink, UV blacklight paint and glitter medium on canvas, 24" x 24"

Michael Pybus
PWFG 1
2017
Acrylic, permanent pigmented ink, UV blacklight paint and glitter medium on canvas,
24″ x 24″

Carol Bove, Selected Work from the Avi Whort Collection
Guy Richards Smit: A Mountain of Skulls and Not One I Recognize (2357)

Guy Richards-Smit returns from 2016’s The Grossmalermn Show! with a selection of watercolors and canvasses. The darkly humorous projections upon the remains in a mass grave can be described as “an oddly affecting meditation on mortality, history and unbelievable human suffering.”

Guy Richards-Smit A Mountain of Skulls and Not One I Recognize

Guy Richards-Smit
A Mountain of Skulls and Not One I Recognize

Coco Dolle
Milk and Night (2354)

I have chosen the number of 13 artists as an element of discomfort, the ill-fated number evoking ideas of sin, curse, rebellion and lawlessness.

The thirteen artists include twelve women and one “gentle-tokenman.”

The fair opened Tuesday February 28 with a performance by Ventiko and Davis Henry Nobody Jr. is scheduled to perform Self-Portrait as A Buffet Table 3:30pm Saturday, March 3.

a live situational and surreal tableau where the artist offers multiple body parts within an edible food display. Engaging the viewer into a festival of visceral actions, this performance reads as a reflection of our obsessive consumption of media, stories and political dramas.

David Henry Nobody Jr. Hamburger Helper 2016 archival injet prints on photo paper 16”x16” David Henry Nobody Jr. Plastic Surgery Disaster 2016 archival injet prints on photo paper 16”x16” David Henry Nobody Jr. The Duality of Stereo Reality 2016 archival injet prints on photo paper 16”x16” David Henry Nobody Jr. Schizophrenic salad 2017 archival injet prints on photo paper 16”x16”

David Henry Nobody Jr.
Hamburger Helper
2016
archival injet prints on photo paper
16”x16”
David Henry Nobody Jr.
Plastic Surgery Disaster
2016
archival injet prints on photo paper
16”x16”
David Henry Nobody Jr.
The Duality of Stereo Reality
2016
archival injet prints on photo paper
16”x16”
David Henry Nobody Jr.
Schizophrenic salad
2017
archival injet prints on photo paper
16”x16”


Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow Am I Pretty Now? 2015 archival inkjet print 22”x16”

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Am I Pretty Now?
2015
archival inkjet print
22”x16”


ANGE Free as a Bird 2016 inkjet print 20'x16"

ANGE
Free as a Bird
2016
inkjet print
20’x16″


Rebecca Goyette Puritan Bondage Souvenir 2010 hand-built ceramic sculpture 16"x20"

Rebecca Goyette
Puritan Bondage Souvenir
2010
hand-built ceramic sculpture
16″x20″


Marie Tomanova Fish 2016 archival pigment ink print

Marie Tomanova
Fish
2016
archival pigment ink print


ANGE Anarchy to Patriarchy 2016 archival anklet print 20"x16"

ANGE
Anarchy to Patriarchy
2016
archival anklet print
20″x16″

Ketta Ioannidou
Karma Chameleon (2373)

Karma Chameleon resonates with a nation closing its borders with recent travel bans and immigration sweeps with the work of five women born outside of the US.

Ketta Ioannidou Whoa Camouflage 2017 oil on canvas 55x43in (140x110cm)

Ketta Ioannidou
Whoa Camouflage
2017
oil on canvas
55x43in (140x110cm)


Daniela Kostova Suspended, 2016-2017, Site-specific installation Photographic print on adhesive vinyl, styrene, wood, tire, other found objects Dimensions variable

Daniela Kostova
Suspended,
2016-2017,
Site-specific installation Photographic print on adhesive vinyl, styrene, wood, tire, other found objects
Dimensions variable

Suzanne Kim
Cate Giordano: TV Guide (2206)

Giordano returns with another immersive environment filled with uncanny representations of the artist’s memory. The schemata encourage the viewer’s mind to fill in the spaces, unfolding a scene of  working-class American life represented in paper-maché, cardboard, etc. The setting resembles a stage set in which objects have been constructed with unfinished backs, a reminder of the artifice of the environment. The small televion sets were the most affordable objects in the collection and were almost sold out within the first two hours of the opening night.

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Mariah Kittens
Reflected Perceptions (2346)

Filip Kostic and Evan Hembacher’s virtual reality installation builds off of the familiar, generic office environment, subverting expectation through the manipulation of common artifacts of the cubicle lifestyle.

Filip Kostic and Evan Hembacher Untitled VR

Filip Kostic and Evan Hembacher
Untitled VR


Filip Kostic Empathy

Filip Kostic
Empathy