Mathelier and Mathelier Art Show

by Sanctified Brother

Mathelier & Mathelier
An Art Series by Brothers Voodo Fe’ & Patrick Mathelier

211 N 11th St
(between Driggs Ave & Roebling St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(646) 397-9463

I rarely leave the home office because that’s where I work and play: I blog, consult, write, edit, and create from the comfort of an iMac, MacBook, and iPad. There’s no need to leave, especially since everything is a webcam or online order away. Nevertheless, I took an invitation from an old friend to go to an art show across town in North Williamsburg, not too far from Vinnie’s Pizza (where I get a great slice of vegan pizza).

Voodo Fe’ and his brother Patrick were exhibiting their work to a receptive audience of enthusiastic well-wishers and curious passersby. It was a scene to be seen: the sparse, stark white walls were punctuated with textured, husky, paintings made from crude canvasses and found items, slathered with impasto acrylics with deeply saturated colors and layered with newspaper and varnish. Some of the more attention-grabbing pieces used found items and bullets, and there was even a hint of the ubiquitous beer cap art that Voodo Fe’ is known for.

The fellowship was great. There was an eclectic mix of styles and personalities—brothers and sisters from every genre and profession mixed and mingled with their attractive denims and linens, pumps and espadrilles, baldies and locks, slang and King’s English. This was a great opportunity to engage in real social networking, not the pseudo-voyeuristic stalk-and-snoop that folks do on Facebook. I shook hands with people who were really interested in what I had to say and I was genuinely interested in hearing more about the band the dude played in, or how the sister with the green eye shadow styled her look, and how the other dude got to know Voodo.

There’s going to be a lot of art this summer in New York City and I want to get out there and experience some more. It sure beats “Favoriting” a picture on Flickr.