A Pressing Conference by Macon Reed & Psychic Pharmacy by Howard Hurst  at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, March 6-12, 2018.

A Pressing Conference by Macon Reed

HELEN TOOMER PRESENTS:
A Pressing Conference by Macon Reed & Psychic Pharmacy by Howard Hurst
SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Tuesday March 6 - Monday March 12, 2018
4 Times Square, entrance at 144 W 43rd Street, NYC 

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A Pressing Conference By Macon Reed, presented by Helen Toomer | SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 4 Times Square, Entrance 144 W 43rd Street, NYC | Tuesday March 6 - Monday 12, 2018 | 22nd Floor, Room 2221 Performances daily at 1pm and 4pm

A Pressing Conference is an immersive installation, participatory project, and resource guide for those interested in resisting and responding to the current political crisis. We are living in a time of fear, isolation, and misinformation- all increasing at lightning speed- and yet there is a rising energy for resistance and alliances between strangers are being formed locally and globally.

Authoritarian states throughout history often begin their consolidation of power by discrediting the press, spreading propaganda that leaves people unsure about what is real, and creating distrust. Bringing together performance artists, organizers, historians, and others - A Pressing Conference is a vibrant platform focused on providing truth in a world of fake news.

The installation is based off the official White House's James S. Brady Press Briefing Room- a podium, presidential backdrop, flags, columns, microphones and seating chart. However, viewers will find a space of brightly saturated color, irregularly shaped forms, subtle shifts in size and form, and curious materiality to allow an other-worldly shift in the role of the space in question.

Performances will take place daily at 1pm and 4pm. The public is also invited to step up to the podium to share visions of what news briefings might sound like from their perspective. We encourage visitors to share their thoughts and photos on social media, by including #apressingconference in the caption.

Macon Reed, A Pressing Conference, silkscreen print, edition of 100, for $100 each.

This installation is part of an ongoing project which will include further performances and interactions, with the aim these will be filmed and streamed on a dedicated website with additional resistance materials for further conversation, outreach, and action. Performance artists, historians, musicians, organizers, teachers, and a wide array of other voices will be amplified as this project is activated across various platforms and community locations. SPRING/BREAK is a perfect place for A Pressing Conference, as it's a connective, supportive and promotive platform in which the project's impact will surely be maximized.

Macon Reed's artworks can be viewed here and are available for acquisition online until April 30th.

Thank you to everyone who participated in A Pressing Conference by Macon Reed and posted images and videos here - #apressingconference 

For further information, please email Helen Toomer hello@helentoomer.com              

 

To view all 100  Psychic Pharmacy  drawings -  click here . 

To view all 100 Psychic Pharmacy drawings - click here

Psychic Pharmacy   drawings are only $150 each.

Psychic Pharmacy drawings are only $150 each.

Psychic Pharmacy By Howard Hurst, Presented by Helen Toomer | SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 4 Times Square, Entrance 144 W 43rd Street, NYC | Tuesday March 6 - Monday 12, 2018 | 22nd Floor, Room 2207                                                            Head Performance Artist: Megan M. Garwood                                                     Other performers include: Ben Spielberg, James Stevens and David Trumpf

The history of the United States is colored by the the acquisition of personal wealth. No time embodies this spirit more than the gold rush. Tens of thousands of hopeful strangers swarmed across the Rockies in search of unclaimed natural resources. The majority of those who made this journey ended up impoverished and stranded. Businesses like saloons, outfitters and brothels that sprung up to feed upon the ambitions of others became a ubiquitous part of the history of the American West. No symbol better embodies this instinct to feed off of the desire of others than the snake oil salesman. This roving huckster became a cultural folk hero, a symbol of unabated entrepreneurial ambition. Using a mixture of faux science and mumbo jumbo, the snake oil salesman would pull into a town and put on a mesmerizing carnival show, conjuring unknowable secrets from far away and promising miraculous results. This traveling salesman is the predecessor to a long line of confidence men promising a quick fix for a better, healthier life. The diet pill, the pyramid scheme, faux new age healing, the salvation of the all knowing cult leader, or the spiritual satisfaction that is supposed to accompany the ownership of an astronomically expensive painting; we live in a society that perpetuates the need to find physical and spiritual refuge in traditions that are unfamiliar or clouded in mystique.

Psychic Pharmacy is a roadside apothecary that draws on America’s love affair with both the conman and the obsession with self help. An immersive installation that draws on the aesthetic of new age healing serves as both a showroom and diagnostic workspace. A psychic pharmaceutical technician inhabits the space and offers free procedures to all visitors. After their consultation, visitors may acquire one of 100 “prognosis” drawings that identify the psychic ailments that they could be suffering from. Rooted in a playful cartoon style, the artist’s drawings underline and make light of the idiosyncrasies and sadness of modern day life. Using his DIY aesthetic, artist Howard Hurst has created a visual universe which highlights the naked ambition that fuels American healthcare and the various shadowy figures that exploit our fears and insecurities.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Psychic Pharmacy by Howard Hurst and posted images and videos here -  #psychicpharmacy 

Psychic Pharmacy artworks can be viewed here and are available for acquisition online until April 30th.

For further information, please email Helen Toomer hello@helentoomer.com            

Psychic Pharmacy   by Howard Hurst at SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Pictured: Howard Hurst & Head Performance artists Megan M Garwood, photo by David Trumpf

Psychic Pharmacy by Howard Hurst at SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Pictured: Howard Hurst & Head Performance artists Megan M Garwood, photo by David Trumpf

SPRING/BREAK Art Show: Tuesday, March 6 - Monday, March 12, 2018
4 Times Square, entrance at 140 W 43rd Street, New York

SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week. This year's theme is STRANGER COMES TO TOWNwww.springbreakartfair.com | @springbreakartshow | #springbreakartshow


Young Arts Alumni booth, 'SEARCHING' at PULSE Miami Beach, December 7-10, 2017 

YoungArts Alumni booth PULSE Miami Beach 2017 curated by Helen Toomer, photograph courtesy of Jason Koerner

YoungArts Alumni booth PULSE Miami Beach 2017 curated by Helen Toomer, photograph courtesy of Jason Koerner

SEARCHING is the overarching theme that brings together the works of 15 YoungArts alumni for PULSE Miami Beach, December 7-10, 2017, curated by Helen Toomer. Toomer states that the current political climate in the United States and abroad brings forward a poignant search for something. Searching for answers, for validation, for strength. Searching for sense and reason and self.

‘’I chose these artworks because they are bound together by a feeling of longing or searching for something.There’s a nostalgia in the portraits and landscapes, a feeling of contemplation. But layered in each subject, there is hope.’

The theme ties both into the work and with Miami Art Week itself, where thousands of people will be searching for the next “hot” artist or “exclusive” party, but are ultimately looking for meaningful connections. So please come and visit the booth, view the works, sit down with us and learn more about the ever-important work that YoungArts does to support artists and their creative voices.

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