SPRING/BREAK Plans Mystical Second Outing, With NYFA and Paddle8, During Armory Week

Next month the curator-driven Armory Week fair the SPRING/BREAK Art Show will return to the old school at the corner of Mott and Prince streets in Little Italy for its second edition, this time partnering with online art platform Paddle8 and the New York Foundation for the Arts. The fair will run March 7-10, with previews on March 5, and a percentage of proceeds from sales going to the NYFA’s Emergency Relief Fund for artists affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Whereas last year’s inaugural edition had an apocalyptic theme, this year’s is “New Mysticism.” More than 20 curators will present new works by artists who worked in response to that thematic directive. “‘New Mysticism’ examines how digital semiotics, the Internet, and technology at large, along with the old relics of 20th Century visual culture together inform a new intuition (a perhaps ‘spiritualism’) via the formal outflow of today,” fair co-founders Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori said in a statement.

The fair will be accompanied by an online benefit auction managed by Paddle8 and benefiting the NYFA’s Sandy relief fund and Arts in the Armed Forces. The online art platform will also process all sales at the fair. In addition to its mystically inclined theme, the fair promises to transform the picturesque former school into “a center for artistic exploration” and  “‘Old New York-style’ inhabitation (as much as such a thing is possible),” so… bear that in mind.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo by the author.)