David Byrne's Tight Spot
The Pace Gallery/The High Line
Thursday, September 15
Better than: A designer pop-up shop.
In just about any other context, David Byrne's Tight Spot would be breathtaking. Installed under the High Line tracks on 25th Street, just west of 10th Avenue, it is hard to imagine a more universal and malleable symbol than Byrne's giant inflatable globe. Squashed and straining between train-track support beams in a space recently taken over by the Pace Gallery empire, Byrne's exaggerated Earth is rather impressive and elegant as is. But during its unveiling last night, its reach seemed slightly less than global, despite the subject matter, and almost devoid of emotion.
On the first notably autumnal evening of the year, Tight Spot seemed to play with the idea that every last space of the city must be filled with people and galleries and pop-up shops and faux-speakeasies masquerading as taco stands where noise-pop bands might play acoustically during fashion industry events and, like, global culture. And with a table of Pellegrino at the ready and the Chelsea art world circus spilling out onto the sidewalk amid just another Thursday splattered with openings, conceptual food trucks lining the block, Byrne's piece and the gallery crowd seemed to do more than simply symbolize the overcrowding and info-noise. Less than a hundred yards away, Pace opened a group show, Social Media, featuring a few of Byrne's fake iPhone apps. A giant Twitter feed scrolled up the gallery wall nearest the street. And a few feet beyond that, another gallery and another opening, this one showing contemporary abstract expressionist Melissa Meyer. The space under the High Line seemed more suited for art openings than art.More »