In my previous article I discussed BWAC‘s Summer Show in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Today I review APW Gallery‘s Something Different Group Exhibition in Long Island City, Queens. Again in the interest of full disclosure my wife has work in both shows. If you only have time to visit one of the two go to Red Hook and see the BWAC show. In APW’s favor the work in Something Different is quite affordable. One artist is offering hand painted light switch plates for $25. The quality of the works is mixed, the styles diverse, and most prices range from the mid two figures to the low four figures. If you’re on a limited budget but have nonetheless decided that it’s time to graduate from art posters to original works you might find something you like and can afford here.
On the other hand the presentation reminds me of the Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan which I reviewed last May: the gallery owners crowd as many works into the…space allotted such that there is little or no negative space. This horrendous presentation does not do justice to the work and hurts the eyes of the…viewers. See the photograph in the upper right corner of this web page. At the front desk visitors receive a list of the 291 artists’ names and their assigned numbers. Beneath each work is the artist’s number and the price of the work. There is no mention of the medium or dimensions of the work. Another drawback is APW’s location. Unlike BWAC’s Red Hook waterfront location the industrial block on which APW is located is not a destination by itself. It will take most visitors no more than 15-20 minutes to see the exhibition (plus no more than five to ten minutes to see Magic Secrets of the Stone Mind & the Plastic Soul, APW’s other exhibition), and there is no other attraction to justify a trip there. When Shoshana and I visited APW in the late afternoon on Saturday we were the only visitors. We got back on the BQE for two exits and had an early dinner atDelhi Palace in Jackson Heights. APW is located at 48-18 Van Dam Street, Long Island City, Queens. If the traffic cooperates it’s an easy drive: it’s the last exit from the west bound Long Island Expressway before the Midtown Tunnel. By public transportation take the 7 train to the 33rd Street Stop in Queens and walk several blocks. The show continues on weekends from noon to 6:00 PM until August 23rd. Admission is free.