Every year, hundreds of art galleries move their wares to Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River to show off all the best stuff in one place. It's called the Armory Show, in tribute to the 1913 art show that introduced America to European avant-garde painters like Picasso and Matisse. 100 years later, the contemporary avant-garde is more wired, armed with neon tubes, algorithms, and engineering. There's a lot of beautiful and weird art on display at the show — in particular, a sewing machine printing out Google results, one pinhole at a time — but here's what caught our eye.
Photography by Dante D'Orazio
Behind the broken window, the screen shows overlapping scenes powered by a Mac mini.
Watermarking as art, courtesy of the art-world's most prominent Warhol acolyte.
This cloud of lights creates shadow figures by turning off bulbs, working as a kind of makeshift monitor.
This LED array was another monitor-hack, showing a figure walking, stumbling, and finally crawling from left to right.
A conceptual piece projected onto the side of Rockefeller Center.
This early film exhibit projects a silent film onto a hovering balloon.
A column of vintage cameras, held together by Miffy glue.
HD projection-mapping onto a fiberglass form, and easily the creepiest thing we saw all day.
These mathematical curves are rendered entirely with pins and string.
The name says it all, really.
This 20s-era sewing machine pokes holes in a ribbon according to the Google results for the search, "I am a 1920s Singer Sewing Machine how do I work."
The famous artist and designer weighed in with her usual combination of sans-serif aphorisms and collage.
These are not actually performance artists. They're just working.
In a show full of fluorescent lights, this was a highlight.
A less geometric take on fluorescent sculpture.
One of a series of sculptures based on optical illusions.
A series of manipulated mirrors.
The crowd was well-dressed.
This Sao Paolo gallery specializes in geometric studies.
Spock playing baseball; what more do you need?
Fun with geometry and metal.
Genuinely just a bunch of power tools sitting on concrete blocks.
The Contemporary side of the show holds the work of over 100 galleries.