NYC was imploding with creativity and being in the presence of such fascinating contemporary artwork was inspiring.
We saw a lot of prodigious museums including The Metropolitan, MOMA, The New Museum, Whitney, and The Guggenheim but what really sparked my interest was the Chelsea Galleries. Chelsea, where we were staying in NY consisted of several streets full of warehouses made into galleries, showcasing contemporary artwork. It was all new so it captured me in a way that a Degas painting couldn't.
Elizabeth Peyton is definitely one of my favorite artists, and now: Hope Gangloff. Peyton does amazing watercolour portraits. Her artwork is something I keep in mind when I make my own watercolour portraits. After being introduced to the intense pen marks that make up Gangloff's portraits, I'm motivated to capture that same energy in my own art.
The trip consisted of mostly doing what we wanted on our own time. We had a lot of time to explore the city and do whatever we wanted. We explored China town, Little Italy, trekked to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, journeyed through Times Square and shopped on Fifth Avenue.
While eating at The Half King in Chelsea, we noticed that Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl) was eating in the booth behind us. I approached him with my napkin and pen while my friends hid in their seats and asked him for his autograph. It was exciting. I fought every urge to throw up, faint, and salivate in front of him. I succeeded. He signed my napkin. I was happy. I was on celebrity watch for the rest of the week but all else I saw was The Naked Cowboy, haha.
It was a fantastic trip but certainly exhausting. I'm glad to be back so I can catch up on all the work I missed. I can't believe there are only three weeks left in the semester! THREE WEEKS. It makes me so excited but I also want to vomit, haha. I have so much to do before Christmas break comes.
I better get ready for class!
Take care until next time!