On Saturday, 6 March 2010, I visited The Armory Show at Pier 94 for the first time. I was amazed by the number of people there and was comforted by the diversity of people, who seemed to move so fluidly within the space. Seeing pieces of work from galleries around the world was a bit overwhelming; however, in many instances, unless I looked at the signage, I would not know that there were different countries' galleries represented. Maybe this blurred sense of representation speaks to the idea that we all "read" artwork in our own "language," bringing to it our own sociocultural norms and understandings.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the piece above resonated with me. Upon a quick, initial image scan, it brought about a memory of what I learned about the orderly, highly structured 1950's bedroom decor. However, upon a slightly closer look, it is apparent that this scene is disrupted by what seems to be a destructive overlay of paint splattering. To me, this "damage" represents the possible disorderly life that may have existed in these bedrooms/lives. This piece offers me a reminder that things are not always what they seem to be. An insider's perspective is always different than an outsider's.