Jeffrey Deitch has two galleries in NYC, and the current shows are fun! Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America – By Land, Air and Sea is at the Grand Street location.
I went the day as they were just opening. A gallery employee was doing last minute touch up work, gluing purple carpet fibers onto the super fantastic displays in the storefront gallery.
“The paintings are created with unusual materials, crumbled styrofoam, nail polish and glitter enhance the oil paint. In some of the paintings, the materials pour over the edge. In Shilling’s imagination, the sculptures portray “the characters you meet along the way in The Hippest Trip.” She takes familiar images and objects and “makes them magical.” Alake Shilling does not just make paintings and sculptures: she creates her own artistic world.” (Jeffrey Deitch)
My husband went to this show with me, and we both were reminded of the Wuv Luvs that were “hot” back in the 90s. I admit to having never gotten rid of the one my kids had. It’s in the bottom corner of our front hall closet with another one of our more strange stuffed animals, because together they make me laugh. One of my kids, whose name will not be mentioned, thinks this pairing is really freaky.