Sydney Albertini at FIAF Gallery

Last week I attended the opening of Sydney Albertini’s exhibit éphémère at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Gallery. I’ve been to a few shows in the space, and it’s always interesting to see how the artists make use of the small size of the gallery. Albertini created a narrative on the walls, one of movement that was delicate and beautiful.

I did not see the first part, but read in the exhibit text that this was the second half of a series. The walls of the gallery were painted the blue of a robin’s egg, making the vivid, but sparse, colors of Albertini’s paintings really stand out. The painting installation was of a girl jumping and dancing in a colorful dress, moving from one tacked up piece of paper to the next. Usually I really hate when pieces are thumb-tacked to gallery walls, but it worked with the jagged edges of the paper and ephemeral quality of the art.

It looked like Albertini had painted the whole series on one long piece of paper and sliced it up into sections. It seems that a piece like this would have to be sold together, as the dynamic quality of it would be lost if you just had one “frame” from the painting motion. Although I did love how some (like the one I’m checking out above) had feet or arms emerging from the neighboring paintings.

Overall, it’s really one of the better small shows I’ve seen in a while, due to how it plays with a limiting space and really makes it an engaging viewing experience. It’s up until March 12, so check it out if you are in NYC.

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