Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Massimo Grimaldi at Team Gallery
While Upper Manhattan is still on the cobra hunt (yeek!) we've been squirming for weeks down in Soho regarding Team Gallery's latest exhibition by Italian artist Massimo Grimaldi involving two live snakes.
The snakes apparently served as "a barrier between the viewer and the artworks and imbuing the dynamics of spectatorship with a sense of the forbidden," but in the end its just a cheap trick. The ol' shock factor, staking claim to live-snakes-mimicking-line-and-gesture before someone else dares to do the same.
The work was about as mesmerizing as a screen saver, but still lured me inside with it's promises of pomp and vigor. And next up? New York's original shock star-- Ms. Marilyn Minter.