Intentionally odd art takes over 14th Street

Charley Friedman’s performance “Adenoid’s Adenoid” between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (Photos by Ed Woodham)

By Sabina Mollot

This year’s Art in Odd Places festival, an outdoor exhibit of performances and installations, took place along the length of 14th Street from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15. For those who missed it — or just didn’t get a chance to see everything — the art this year took a lot of cues from nature and health-related topics as well as other issues near the hearts of the 60-plus participants. This was in keeping with the theme of “sense.”

Linda Mary Montano was a nursing home patient aided by healthcare workers. Lulu Lolo blessed immigrants on the street as Mother Cabrini. Clarivel Ruiz provided blessings through rose water and dance. Antonia Perez gave out plastic flowers she made out of grocery bags.

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Some installations were aimed at starting dialogue like Matt Lau’s Stonewall Gnosis Issue Spot. Others just succeeded at attracting eyeballs  like Enrique Figueredo’s elaborate carvings on construction wall plywood, Naomi Lawrence’s oversized crocheted flowers displayed on a chain fence and Charley Friedman’s “Adenoid’s Adenoid.” (The artist was dressed in green felt from head to toe while selling useless items.)

As always, AiOP aimed to provide a free experience to view art, in particular for individuals who might not be the type to visit a gallery. Additionally, none of the art is ever for sale. The event’s founder is teaching artist Ed Woodham. Curators are Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Jodi Waynberg.

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