Once upon a time I met a beautiful Polish girl with killer blonde locks who had a penchant for photo negatives, her golden dog and art in most forms. She used to come to New York on the weekends and work at a museum in Connecticut during the weeks. After traveling to Poland, Berlin, Russia and more places I can't remember she decided to meet up with her partner in Paris and make a go of this business of collaboration, empowerment and curation in the art world. They call themselves HALFSLANT
. They've done things like set up a residency for artists in Poland - which you can see here
And this week they'll play a huge role in the first everÂ CHIC ART FAIR
; collaborating on the exhibit: "The Commercial Center Sans Commerce: Before the Shops, the Dreamers."
The CHIC ART FAIR itself is an idea from two women named CĂ©cile Griesmar and Sandrine Bisognin. The two ladies wanted to "specifically center their interest around the work of young artists in order to help a new 'discourse' emerge."
Upon entering the Commercial Center, the 24H Pharmacy is always open but with only one thing available: a huge pink Cotton-Swab by artist David Miguel (Art Business CD/Christophe Delavault) which represents the idea of hygienic relief on a massive scale.
What is a high end boutique in a place where you cannot spend any money? Dan Wilcox, Elena Damiano, Misti Boettiger and troupe of actors explore this in their improvisational performance, A Votre Service, where performers greet shoppers with the dream object that only the employees can see in The Dream Object Boutique [Lâ€™Objet RĂŞvĂ©].
In addition to these two displays of enchantment there will be many more pieces of whimsy to experience.
CHIC ART FAIR
takes place from October 22-25 at the Cite de la Mode et du Design in Paris, France.