Beyond the Armory: PULSE and Bridge

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The Bridge and PULSE art fairs, traditionally held in Miami and London, are in town this week just south of the Armory show. (PULSE at West Houston and the West Side Highway and Bridge on 12th Avenue between 27 and 28th Sts). PULSE was conceived to bridge the gap between established and alternative art fairs and Bridge, making its debut in New York this year, is known for its emerging, independent take on contemporary art.

In its third year in New York, PULSE has expanded the number of galleries exhibiting and offers a very interesting program with performances like Mary Coble´s “Blood Script,” in which derogatory words are tattooed onto her skin without ink and later printed in watercolor paper pressed over the incisions. The performance took place yesterday afternoon at the fair.

Known for her performance doing the hula-hoop with a piece of barbed wire, Sigalit Landau´s body sculpture at Anita Beckers is shocking. Another must see at PULSE are Loretta Lux´s photographs at Yossi Milo.

Leo Villareal´s software structures with illuminating colored lights are displayed at Conner Contemporary Art from Washington D.C. Over at Virgil de Voldère Gallery, Shin Chieh Huang´s experimental organic “living environments” captured our attention.

Nina Menocal from Mexico is displaying the works of Jose Bedia and Angel Delgado. From Spain, check out Galeria Espacio Líquido and portraits by Jaime Sunico at Galería Senda.

Asian artists strengthened their presence this year at PULSE, but especially at Bridge, which this year is focusing in Asia. Held at The Waterfront building, popularly known as “The Tunnel,” once home to the famous Tunnel nightclub, Bridge is making a good impact in its first edition in New York. Paintings and installations of Latin American artists Hisae Ikenaga, Alexis Duque and Hugo Lugo can be seen at Praxis International Art and Alfredo Ginoccio. Other Spanish Galleries exhibiting are Galeria Sicart, Jorge Alcolea and C-5.

Images: Jaime Sunico, Jose Bedia and Angel Delgado and Magnan Proyects at PULSE.