SKAVO Gallery

Skavo Gallery on Lincoln Place

Just as plants can grow in small crevices and thrive, so can art. A small gallery popped up on Lincoln Place just west of Nostrand Avenue called SKAVO, named after the two women who run the place – Elizabeth Vogt and Susan Skakel. During the month of June, they put on a show of five artists in two rooms on the ground floor of the building and then there was an installation in the backyard. The show was called “Infinity in a Small Room.” I went to the gallery one evening and met the two curators as well as one of the artists. The installation in the backyard was a hammock that had been decorated. Unfortunately a sudden thunderstorm had ruin the decorations. Susan Skakel has a sister Kate Skakel who does beautiful paper cut outs, all white in the shape of shells. She picks up on the beauty of nature and creates in a repetitive way, using what is found at the beach, formed by evolution and the rigors of living in the sea. Her largest work in the show was sold to decorate a beach house, which seemed quite appropriate. The artist I met was Vernon O'Meally. He had done a series of still-lifes, carefully painting groups of objects place in a meaningful juxtaposition, but the old form has been updated to include lines of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. As with the old form the objects suggest a busy life that goes on elsewhere. Someone had to shoot the rabbit, someone had to pick the flowers and place them in a vase. So too in the modern version, someone had to buy the cocaine and put it in lines, and no doubt afterwards, someone will snort it. The paintings make an original and ironic use of the genre. Two other artists were shown as well, Marcus Leslie Singleton and Jean-Francois Le Minh. The owners said they hoped to put on another show in September. We will have to keep an eye open to see if the small plant survives and flourishes in Brooklyn.

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Robbie Klein