Thursday, September 29, 2005

Art Meets Commerce in DUMBO

Opening tonight at the Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art gallery in DUMBO (through Nov. 5) is an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by Wouter Deruytter, who has spent four years shooting large-scale billboards around town. The photographs don't just capture the intersection of high art and commerce, but in fact ARE the intersection of high art and commerce. (They also depict jaded New Yorkers ignoring these outsized billboards at will.)

On a side note, the DUMBO gallery collective at 111 Front Street, Second Floor where the Wessel + O'Connor gallery is, has rather organically become a center for photography. I was going to write about it awhile back for the Times, but alas, I just couldn’t come up with anything new to say about DUMBO, even though the gallery collective itself is definitely worthy of ink.