Mixing Contemporary Art with Antiques

PhotoNOLAHenry, an antiques shop in Hudson, NY, is presenting the works of a series of artists as part of the promotion, “Art among the Goods.” Photographer David Halliday (left) is the first of several who are participating. His work, including still lives, portraits and abstracts, will be interspersed among the inventory at the store.

HUDSON – For the next few months, an eclectic antique shop in Hudson will have the work of area artists on view amongst the objects. Henry, at 348 Warren Street, is announcing a new promotion beginning the first of February. Called “Art among the Goods,” the shop will include pieces of contemporary art in the assortment of early textiles, furnishings and accessories that have traditionally been for sale.

David Halliday, the first artist to be showcased, is a [mostly] classical photographer represented by local gallerist, Carrie Haddad. A Durham, NY native, he attributes his High School introduction to the arts to have been extremely influential in his pursuit of photography. Other than a ten-year hiatus as a chef in New York City, Halliday has been documenting his vision with an assortment of cameras ever since.

The store, owned and operated by the artist Nancy Shaver since 1999, is an extension of her own art practice. It is a place to find the bizarre and the mundane - objects of all kinds – from horse and boat weights to hand-crafted lamps to naïve hand-thrown pottery from the 1950s. Shaver, whose own assemblages were recently displayed at the National Gallery in Washington D. C. as well as the LA Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), makes a habit of including the work of her contemporaries in her self-curated shows. That thought process led her to consider adding works in the antiques shop.

“I find the juxtaposition of others’ works allows me to see my merchandise through fresh eyes,” she explains. “For example, David’s abstract photos (actually closely cropped details from graphic signs), work particularly well with decorative architectural pieces of 19th century cast iron.” Another of Halliday’s photographs depicting an armoire crammed with clothing, is hung next to an equally riotous hooked rug and above a rendition of 18th century toile wallpaper.

“These photos occupied a space in my home,” says Halliday. “Yet weaving them into Nancy’s store created an unexpected symbiosis. There’s a kinship that’s occurred that I didn’t think even existed. It feels like it all moves together very nicely.”

Henry is located at 348 Warren Street in Hudson. The store is open Fridays through Sundays from noon until 7pm. Halliday’s works will be on display until the end of February. For more information, call the store at 518.828.2354.

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