Recently the Crest Hardware Art Show opened with a celebration that extended from the store itself to a full day of festivities at nearby Macri Park. Despite it being a bit of a dreary and rainy day, people strolled through the park and enjoyed great music played by various bands: from Twin Shadow and In Cadeo, to Wizardry and Brian Bonz. DJs kept the crowd afloat between gigs and the entire day was spent tapping and swaying whilst browsing through art & design provided by Artists & Fleas and feasting on BBQ from Papacitos. Highlights after the jump.
Hipsters, children, latex clad fans gathered around the stage and rocked to the beats.
The good fellows at Papacitos take grilling very seriously.
Rusty and intimidating animals protect the park from pesky intruders.
The celebration continued at the store where people packed between aisles and spilled out into the garden center, admiring the coyly placed artworks such as these M.C. Hammer-esque brushes by Mr. Imagination. Majority of the works are for sale and prices range from $149.95 to $15,000.
Rachel Beach‘s wood constructions linger between painting and sculpture, their unique cut shapes heightening a sometimes bland perspective on abstraction. Their trompe l’oeil effects create illusionistic tints spurred by colored finishes, offering a trippy play on space and perception.
Broken Crow‘s stencil based artwork (previously included in the Great Outdoors show at Artbreak Gallery) is a cascade of wild animals and hunting imagery staged on an urban staple, the rusty old door. The vivid and minimal use of color accentuates each figure, its crimson orange allowing for a nostalgic energy that is part dream, part history lesson.
Andre Kutscherauer is a 3D artist specializing in photo realistic design visualizations.This image titled self-illumination depicts a personified light bulb and the all white, clear and metallic scheme makes for a futuristic and clean-cut imagery that is pristinely rendered.
KinKillerie are two sisters who use hardware to outfit the ladies (and adventurous gentlemen) with these vibrant and edgy accessories. My favorite are the bright red faucet necklace chains.
Beth Livensperger‘s paintings depict everyday objects and the unextraordindary spaces that house them, resonating in a thoughtful and meditative calm. There is a sense of silenced determination that is mysterious, as if we’re looking at the remnants of a past.
A bouquet of rusty springs and faucets by Denise Fontaine-Pincince take a quirky twist on still lifes.
The Crest Hardware Art Show includes up to 190 artworks and will be installed at the store until July 18th. 558 Metropolitan Ave.