David Byrne's Tight Spot + Social Media

I hit a few gallery openings last week--I was in the neighborhood shooting for a client and had caught glimpses of the installations, so I was curious.

The first two openings were at Pace Gallery. From Pace's website:

David Byrne's Tight Spot - A new outdoor installation by David Byrne combines sculptural and audio components in a large-scale inflated globe wedged between the newly opened second section of the High Line and Pace’s 510 West 25th Street gallery.

Social Media - An exhibition investigating the ways in which contemporary artists approach public platforms of communication and social networks through an aesthetic and conceptual lens and examining the cumulative effects of social media on our daily lives. The show features works by Christopher Baker, David Byrne, Jonathan Harris, Robert Heinecken, Miranda July, and Penelope Umbrico, among others. Social Media is organized by Pace/MacGill Gallery and presented in conjunction with The Pace Gallery and the School of Visual Art’s MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Department.

For me, while all the work was interesting and thought provoking, I particularly liked David Byrne's Tight Spot. Sure, its just a giant inflatable globe stuffed under the High Line, but that's the genius of it. Yes, there are deeper layers of meaning, but for me it works solely on a visual level as an installation piece and I don't need anything else. How could I not love another great example of how people are taking the High Line and making it part of their world?

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