Perhaps a pleasant afternoon stroll through Central Park and a quick visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art no longer appeals to you as it would your average out-of-towner seeing the city. I can’t blame you. Paying as you please at the Met is always a sweet perk but I can certainly go without the crowds. And on some days, I just need to be somewhere a bit less…’fine arty’? Somewhere showing art that makes me sincerely wonder, “What the heck is going on with that piece?” or disturb me enough to make my face twitch like I smelled something funky.
Perhaps I will feel nothing. But I want to be entertained. I want to stare at a smorgasbord of colors until my eyes bleed paint. I want to sit with the mess long enough to like it.
Sometimes, I visit a hip place and feel I have to dress for the occasion (or location, I should say). I visit it because I feel ‘hip place’ must mean I’ll find ‘cool art’, so I go, and prepare. Skinny jeans? Check. Urban kicks? Laced. Macbook in hand? Of course…
Sometime ago, I took the L to Morgan Avenue, in East Williamsburg, as hip as can be, hoping to catch some of PosterBoy‘s work at the Eastern District on Bogart Street. I caught little, it seemed, but the space was neat, and on that day, it was pretty empty, as I prefer. I figured I’d just stick around the area and soon I discovered the Ad Hoc Art gallery next door. Granted my “discovery” isn’t exactly much of a revelation for many in touch with an alternative art scene (and granted, it was too bright to miss), but it was a nice surprise for a newbie like me.
Ad Hoc Art dedicates itself to exposing creative work often overlooked by the New York City art scene. The space covers a wide spectrum, from pop surrealism to print-making, as well as covering a history of underground art like graffiti. Currently, Ad Hoc is featuring work by two pioneers of New York City graffiti art, John “Crash” Matos, and Chris “Daze” Ellis in a collaborative exhibit, Crash/Daze. The exhibit runs from May 15th until June 14, 2009. For more information on the exhibit and upcoming events at the Ad Hoc Art gallery, click here.
Needless to say, my time on Bogart Street in East Williamsburg was, colorful. The neighborhood was littered with characters sauntering by looking like works of art themselves, fitting for such a ‘hood.
But I really don’t mean to judge. I just watch. I can appreciate the area and how it teems with a seemingly restless artistic energy. So on days I’m desperate for some creative inspiration, or just eager for some interesting company along with my coffee, I’ll hop on the L to Morgan.