Last Wednesday night I found myself strolling down the street with a novelist that I had met at a gallery opening earlier that evening. We were chit-chatting about the other openings happening in the area and trying to figure out which one we were going to head to next. As we were debating whether or not to call it a night, we stumbled upon a group standing outside of a well lit space, chatting and sipping on drinks. I turned to the Novelist with bright eyes and asked him if he wanted to join the party. He shrugged and we stumbled into what I would later find out to be, The Modern Love Club.
The Modern Love Club is a matchmaking agency that is just as quirky and adorable as its’ owner, Amy Van Doran. During the day, they specialize in helping powerful men and women come together for a lifetime of happiness, empowerment, and support. In the evening, they operate as a gallery; providing emerging artists with the opportunity to show their work. Amy, an artist herself, loves to lend a helping hand to those who are trying to launch their careers in the creative industry.
This particular evening, they were showing a New York based artist; Jason Akira Somma. Jason specializes in manipulated photography and video performances. In his photography he uses a mix of physical and digital manipulation to produce some truly breathtaking images. His videos are no less impressive as he adds a layer of surrealism to his performance pieces.
As I chatted with Amy about Jason’s work, she began to enthusiastically tell me that her and Jason had met in the subway while she was on her way to see his art show in another part of Manhattan. As I listened to her story, I began to reflect on the concept of art, and how it has been used for thousands of years to bring people together. It is important to step back from time to time and remember that art’s purpose is greater than being a tool to capitalistic gains. It is about uniting people through emotion, physical space, and the testing of boundaries. It is a physical manifestation of the emotions that cloud our everyday lives. Amy and Jason are a great example of two people who love what they do, coming together to connect, collaborate, and create.