"Paradise Garage and
You’re Not In Kansas Anymore"
Melody Weir Gallery
Written and Photographed
by Danielle McClure
Artist Peter Tunney
Close Your Eyes, Click Your Heels,
and Get Down to Melody Weir
Gallery in Chelsea has teamed up with pariah artist
Peter Tunney for "Paradise Garage," a
delicious exhibit of the artist’s new works.
The outside gallery show features dozens of Tunney’s
colorfully funky, graffiti-style works on steel
Fed-Ex crates, stockade fence, vintage license plates,
a picnic tabletop, and even an old dictionary.
Painted prose and optimistic proverbs dominate works
including the Fence of Love + Tolerance as well
as in the artist’s experimentation with the
hood of a car that reads: There Are No Accident’s
In The Universe. Tunney is one of several
artists who will participate in the New York Kabbalah
Center’s Spirituality for Kids summer project,
in which twenty inner city children will be taught
painting, writing, and sculpture.
"You’re Not in Kansas
by Vadis Turner
Say goodbye to your colorless
corn pone ways, Dorothy, and step inside the main
gallery at Melody Weir. It’s like stepping
into the land of Oz. In the quirky group show "You’re
Not in Kansas Anymore," artists including Emiliano
Maggi, Mr. Means, Vadis Turner, and Melody Weir,
among others, offer vibrant, silly works. Turner’s
brilliantly outrageous table installation The Tea
Party flirts with fantasy by depicting Alice’s
sweet and messy abandoned tea party. Mr. Means contributes
to the show with a hilarious ensemble of C-prints
featuring stuffed animals, bunnies, and even sexy
clowns. Melody Weir exhibits an amusing and jaw-dropping
collection of Pez dispensers in Pez Thriller. And
Emiliano Maggi’s cool, summer-friendly installation
Rock Stars Series features a string of outstanding
graphite-on-paper renderings of Mick Jagger, Keith
Richards, and Bob Dylan hanging above a pair of
lawn chairs, a beach ball, and a cooler.
Melody Weir Gallery is located
at 507 W 24th. For more information, call 212.367.9093.