This artist is high!

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Call it high art!

Abstract artist Crit Streed has literally put herself on a pedestal — OK, a converted hunting stand — where, nine feet in the air, she draws on a scroll all day, every day.

Streed started her piece, “A Survey of Drawing,” in a DUMBO gallery on Jan. 7, and it’s already 20 feet long.

The Iowan draws from 11 am to 6 pm — with a break for lunch at the local Peas and Pickles or Foragers — and sits up high so that her audience doesn’t focus on the drawing process.

It’s conceptual art, true, but a lot more tame than the participatory piece that remains the art world’s standard — Vito Acconci’s groundbreaking 1971 piece “Seedbed,” which featured Acconci masturbating in a private room underneath his fans.

But Streed distanced herself from the Acconci artwork, saying that her performance has nothing to do with the art.

“It’s not about someone watching me actually drawing,” said Streed, who has shown her work from Portugal to Kansas City. “It’s about the results of the drawing.”

That said, she admitted she was curious how having an audience present would affect her work.

“I wanted to see what would happen if I put myself in the public sphere,” Streed said. “I don’t plan these drawings, they just reveal themselves.”

Crit Streed’s “Contemporary Humanism” at A.I.R. Gallery [111 Front St., between Washington and Adams streets, (212) 255-6651], now through Feb. 1. For info,

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Kat Griefen, A.I.R. Gallery Director from DUMBO says:
Crit Streed's drawings are part of "Contemporary Humanism," a group exhibition of work by A.I.R. Gallery's National Artists curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.

Founded in 1972, A.I.R. was the first all women's gallery in the United States. After over thirty five years in Manhattan, A.I.R. opened its new space at 111 Front Street in DUMBO in October 2008.

A.I.R.'s National Artists are a group of twenty exceptional mid-career women artists from all across the country working in a variety or mediums and materials.

For more information about the exhibition or to request a
pamphlet with the curator's essay please contact 212 255 6651 or
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:48 pm
Kat Griefen from DUMBO says:
"Contemporary Humanism," includes work by:

Carol Boram-Hays, Judy Cooper, Lisa Cooperman, Leigh Craven, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Barbara Grinell, Jan Johnson, Linda Kuehne, Jeanette May, Gladys Tietz Mercier, Nancy Morrow, Katsura Okada, Mimi Oritsky, Joan Ryan, Marie Sivak, Crit Streed, Meg Walker and Taryn Wells
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:59 pm
mose from penn. says:
is she a machine??? how can a person draw such engaging forms that seem at first glance to be concieved by computer, upon further inspection are sublime and hold the introspection,humanity, and warmth that fills me without being able to label it
Aug. 24, 2009, 12:32 pm

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