An excerpt from “NADA’s Country Affair,” written by Alice Gregory on October 21, 2009 for IDIOM. http://idiommag.com/2009/10/nada-at-county-affair/
Six consecutive vacant storefronts at 395 Flatbush Extension in Downtown Brooklyn housed the New Art Dealers Alliance’s (NADA) Country Affair, a witty, metropolitan take on the autumnal festivals traditional in rural communities this time of year. Typical fair festivities – caricatures, bobbing for apples, fortune telling – were given urbane interpretations.
For $1, Leidy Churchman offered me an apple to dip in black, latex paint in lieu of caramel. I was told that the apple would shrink as it rotted and the paint would wrinkle up accordingly. I pictured a shrunken head and happily toted the relic around for the rest of the afternoon, twirling it dry on a skewer until it was velvety and matte. When I went across the street for a Pastrami on Rye at Junior’s, an old Polish woman sitting next to me asked what it was. “An apple dipped in paint,” I chirped. She furrowed her brow: “But why? What are you going to do with it? You should probably throw it in the garbage.” Probably.
On my way back in, I grabbed a handful of candy corn from Dana Gentile’s handmade card stand, got my “Watteau Cards” read, browsed a pop-up junk shop curated by Jeffrey Tranchell, and had my portrait drawn by Liz Hirsch and water-colored in by Joshua Smith.
Given the time, I could have had a penny professionally cleaned and polished or participated in constructing an alien landscape from tin foil. Given guts, I could have surrendered myself over to Jennifer Sullivan who was offering free avant-garde makeovers, “sponsored by Bumble & Bumble,” which wins the award for snarkiest quip of the day.