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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am

A gigantic show opened on Monday at the see.me gallery.

Seven hundred and fifty paintings and photos all neatly tucked into the sparse, white-walled 1,000-square-foot Jackson Avenue location.

Seems a little cramped, but not the case here. The organization shows its treasure trove of works in “The Story of the Creative” by looping them on about 10 flat- screen televisions throughout the gallery.

Artists like Jonathan Grassi, whose tickling photo from the series “Don’t” was chosen for the show, like the format, which allows them to skip the framing and printing costs.

Grassi began documenting adults acting like children — being tickled, rolling down hills, piling on top of each other — about 10 years ago.

“You can’t tickle someone that you don’t know,” said Grassi, a member of the online see.me community for about 6 months. “There is a trust involved and you have to be close to capture that, which makes it interesting, but a little creepy.”

“They’re childlike activities that look strange as an adult,” he said.

See.me, formerly known as Artists Wanted, is a social network for creative types who want to put their artworks out there. For the current show, the organization picked about 1 percent of the works displayed on the site, outreach coordinator Annie Laurie Malarkey said.

“The show is a way to engage users more,” Malarkey said. “It can be hard to book a gallery show for artists.”

The large show created that opportunity.

The photographs of photos and furniture and paintings show everything from wakeboarders landing a flip to graffiti, snow-covered trees and sculptural paintings made out of circuit boards.

Photographer Maria Fitzsimons exhibited her photo “Red Bag” from the series “From the Hip” that captures images from the perspective of a child by shooting all pictures, as the title suggests, from the hip.

Her project started two years ago when she began taking photos with her 6-year-old cousin.

“I loved seeing his world,” Fitzsimons said of the moment that launched her project.

“Red Bag” shows an older man in autumn light winding his way through the arches of an Astoria apartment complex off Crescent Street, carrying the titular object.

“It makes you wonder, ‘What is he doing?’” she said.

See.me artists come from about 100 different countries and range from the young to the older — and many of them attended the opening held on the Lower East Side on July 25.

Not all 2,000-plus people who attended could have fit in the LIC gallery, and even with the larger space, it reached capacity 30 minutes after the doors opened.

A testament to the popularity of the social network — and maybe also to an open bar.

‘The Story of the Creative’

When: through Sept. 10, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:See.me gallery, 26-19 Jackson Ave., LIC

Tickets: Free, www.see.me

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1 comment:

  • vinyl justice posted at 11:38 am on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    vinyl justice Posts: 0

    It's lovely to have read this article. I was unable to attend the opening night as I live in Scotland & also have mobility challenges &it is also prime prices for flights this time of year. So amazed to be involved in this wonderfully exciting exhibition though.Pity I could not have the met others involved at the opening night as there are so many peoples work there which is stunning, inspiring & uplifting.....there will have been an awful lot of amazing people there. I hope they all had an amazing night & continue to add to their See.me profiles. See.me is a marvellous site, a place for creative's of all types to easy share their work & to inspire & support each other. Exciting stuff!