For more than two centuries, New York has served as a magnet for artists. painters come from all over the world to try to establish themselves here.
This was the case for a young man from New Orleans named Logan Sylve, but what makes his current exhibition at The Chase Contemporary art gallery in SoHo so interesting is the fact that visitors can see him working after looking at his paintings. And it’s a free attraction.
His paintings demand your full attention and force you to face them head-on. There is nothing discreet about Logan Sylve’s work.
“I was about three years old when I started, explained to me the artist, and I had the support of my parents so I never stopped.”
In elementary school, his teachers complained that Logan wasn’t paying attention because he was too busy drawing.
“Drawing on the desks. I used to draw on the books, and sometimes that caused problems,” Sylve said.
He was inspired by comics from an early age and turned to street art before turning to large canvases and finding a home for his work at Chase Contemporary.
“The gallery really likes the presence of the artist so that we can explain the works to people if need be,” Sylve said.
The gallery owners have taken this to the next level by having the artists they exhibit work upstairs in the basement while their exhibitions are running.
“There’s a warmth that comes with having access to this artist,” said one of the partners, Isabel Sullivan, “and you don’t have to be a buyer or be wealthy to meet them. “
Everyone is welcome to come and meet them for free.
I concluded by asking Logan what he took away from all this as an artist.
“I meet some really fascinating people. I think that was the biggest benefit. Spending time here, I meet people I would never have come into contact with,” Sylve said.
This is what real estate agents call added value.
“It’s as if the curtain was drawn,” says Isabel. “It’s something natural and human.”
For more on how to see Sylve’s art and the artist at work, visit Chase Contemporary website.
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