Just a few doors in from the heart of hipster Williamsburg, we stepped into a crazy scene in Pierogi gallery. In the front room we met Jim Torok, who was just finished hanging his incredible hyper-detailed portraits of his friends and neighbors, which were mind-blowing enough even before we found out that he also made the pictures in the back, of primitive clowns from someone’s dream. Then a film crew from Conde Nast Traveler arrived, and that’s how we ended up upstairs, in the apartment that gallery director Joe Amrhein shares with his wife, Susan Swenson, looking at their personal collection that starts rights over their bed with his own giant painting of a phrase by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge translated into many languages.

 I loved how he explained that a lot of translations came from artists in the gallery, who come from so many parts of the world. I also loved when he described the one quality that unites all the work as “obsessive”!I’m curious what you think about the stuff we saw– the Dewantron, those butterfly hair clips, the fungus among us. And what about that crazy landscape behind the glass?

5 comments

  1. ^-^ I love the clowns!! and the butterfly clips! lol seeing those two art…actually reminded me of how muchh i used to be scared of clowns and how much i loved those butterfly clips in my hair lol. Awesomee video, great! song =]

  2. I loved that Joe's approach to showing artist's work was about building relationships, and Jim's nervousness before his show made the whole experience of meeting an artist extremely real–sometimes we forget that there are people behind the art. Thanks, Mr. O and Nibor for the opportunity to meet the artist as well as experience the art!

  3. MR. O AND NIBORS' TREAT ON THURSDAY LEFT ME QUITE SPEECHLESS …. AS USUAL . THE MANY DIFFERENT ARTISTS WE SAW REMINDED ME HOW MANY ANGLES THE WORLD CAN BE VIEWED FROM . THESE ADVENTURES ALWAYS ILLUSTRATE MORE WINDOWS TO GAZE INTO AND DOORS TO WALK THROUGH . CAN'T WAIT FOR OUR NEXT TREK ( BROAD SMILE ) …….. – MOISE J

  4. NIIBBOORRRRRRR…..i missed the clowns but everything u have done for me is amazing. i appreciate every second with you and you helped create a new life style for me. thanks for everything. " cant see art on an empty stomach" nibor<3

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