I have no association to the gallery itself. It is just that one of the two artists exhibiting at the opening of said gallery is my cousin, David Joseph.
David has been photographing "abandoned" coffee cups throughout New York City for the last few years. I've been lucky enough to see the work as it has progressed. The title image is one of my favourites.
By trade, you would say that David is an architectural photographer - and a damn good one too - but he has some incredible fine art shots as well. And I'm not just saying that has a family member and friend.
While it is not a part of this show, he has a shot of carrots from the Chelsea Market that I just love. But I have few favourites in his coffee series too.
It should surprise no one who reads me for a while that while David and I had been separated for a few decades, the last 6+ years or so have found extremely odd similarities in our nature, behaviour and humour. Family and DNA are funny things.
One of those is coffee - or the lack of desire for it.
Neither of us drink it. Both of us love the smell, but we just don't partake. So I wouldn't call the show subject matter 'ironic', but the certain disjointedness from the subject matter is interesting.
The abandoned coffee cup subject matter has become a Baader-Meinhof thing for me. Now I see them everywhere.
A few weeks ago, while in NYC, I saw one stuck in a tree while eating in Bryant Park. I meant to grab a shot of it, but I was busy having lunch with my sister and well - I saw something shiny and got distracted.
But they are everywhere. Maybe not as interesting of shots as David has captured, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
My big regret is that I cannot be at the gallery opening tomorrow. But if you're in the NYC area, you should make a date and go. The show runs through November 21st.
For my Boston peeps, the show will be moving to your area in Spring 2016. I will be attending that opening - so be forewarned.
And for the record, the artist associated with the title is pure coincidence. I wish I could have been that clever and planned it out that way.
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