We met the people we are subletting from, got the key and the tour, and finally set our bags down. Then we rested only a bit before walking to Greenwich to have lunch at Mary's Fish Camp.
It was crowded as hell in that tiny place with loud music and hipster types running around and stuffed into a window row of tables. The server pulled out the table so I could sit down, then pulled out the chair so mindy could sit. There we sat elbow to elbow with 2 girls who seemed like imported new locals and an old couple of tourists. Mindy had a lobster roll and shoe string fries and I ate the oyster po boy and slaw. The lobster was super succulent and the fries were delicious. The po boy had a bit too much tobasco, but was wonderful nonetheless. We then hucked our way back to Bowery to check out the New Museum to see Carsten Holler's "experience."
Hahaha how fun! We knew a bit of what to expect from this show as we've read quite a bit about it. It is an art play land! They sawed through 2 floors of the space to install a slide that takes you from the 4th floor to the second, there is a mirror carousel, a psycho tank, and other playable pieces.
I found Holler's idea of interactive art quite akin to my own. He is a minimalist and that aesthetic helps his audience "experience" the work by not being confronted by something other than a proverbial play land. I am not a minimalist but the interactive nature of "play" achieves the same type of audience reaction. Something I think I learned from Holler's piece is that "play" is an aesthetic and interacting with one's audience can be achieved whether you are present or not. You can really get a sense of someone's personality and psychology by playing with the stupid little things he/she creates. And these days the most notable thing about art seems to be the person who makes it. The presence of absence, in that sense, is notable in that you can really interact with something/someone that is really missing. what a unique vision and an awesomely entertaining show. The show comes down on the 22nd, and I'm so thankful I got to play.