We’ve been neighbors with Art in General for some time now – and always appreciated the great energy that they bring to the neighborhood. Last Saturday, September 29, Art in General hosted their Annual Fall Party, and this year featured artist Shantell Martin alongside performance art duo Jennifer Cantron and Paul Outlaw. A relative unknown in NYC, Ms. Martin has enjoyed wide spread acclaim throughout her native U.K and has been a fixture in Tokyo where her projections often decorate the interior of the city’s trendiest nightclubs. Ms. Martin made the self-conscious choice to step away from that limelight “in order to challenge [herself] to start over.” In that same self-deprecating way, Ms. Martin dismissed any pretense about her drawing. Despite an impressive resume that includes Central St. Martins, she eschews art school adjectives like allegory or metaphor, bluntly describing her process as “just following my pen’s lead.” I’d say she’ll fit in just fine as a New Yorker.
The duo of Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw (recent winners of Creative Time’s sandcastle building competition), lubricated the crowd with their bartending banter performance art. Ms. Martin charmed revelers with her interactive body painting, regaling subjects with stories throughout the performance. Allegra LaViola, hosted the Fall Party. LaViola said of the event, “Art in General is a fantastic organization that dedicates itself to the needs of artists whose visions are unusual and unorthodox. In the spirit of Art in General’s approach, the party is a celebration of art, artists and is a free spirited and fun night of dancing, performance and revelry.”
Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. The organization was founded in 1981 by artists in the General Hardware building—hence the name “Art in General”.
The first exhibition took place in 1982 and in its 30 years, the organization has emerged as one of New York City’s leading nonprofit arts organizations.
Today, Art in General fulfills its mission in a variety of ways, including organizing and presenting of exhibitions, hosting a national and international artist residency program, and through regular public programs and events.
This was a project curated by Susi Kenna, an independent New York-based curator.