In case you missed it, Dana Bell: A Delicate Balance, just closed at Louis V.E.S.P. in Williamsburg. I have been to several openings at the gallery, but this was by far not only the best exhibit I’ve seen there thus far, but also an amazing closing party. Let’s hear it for the new trend in closing parties! ::hipster crowd raises PBR and cheers:: I met Dana during her part time gig at The Roger Sister owned, local bar Daddy’s and loved discovering that she is a painter. The work in the show featured many 9″ x 13″ acrylic and flashe paintings that were hung at eye level spanning the circumference of the gallery. The silhouette poses mimic the female dominant “hysteria” often displayed in film from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.

A real treat of the closing party, was Yeah Yeah Yeah’s drummer Brian Chase, who performed African inspired beats, while latex glove clad performers re-created some of the poses found in celluloid and Dana’s paintings. The energy in the room was fantastic and the eclectic beat pounded as the performers moved in a calculated, robotic way. Unlike the hysteria found in the films, their movement related more directly to the still/frozen movement found in the paintings.

I saw several familiar faces at the opening including NYU alum Nickolaus Typaldos (center photo above) and Sam Consiglio, who was once guitarist for the band ADULT. Dana stood stage left during the performance and took photographs which are now on facebook.

Dana Bell: A Delicate Balance was on view at Louis V.E.S.P. from March 4th until March 24th, 2011. Keep her on your radar!

— Posted from my iPhone

More soon!