Friday, February 26, 2010
By grouping and cropping similar styles within my ongoing series of paintings on old book pages, a potential new series of large paintings has been born. After posting newly-created images online, multiple friends have commented on how I must be running out of space with all of this new work. They did not realize how small they all are in actual scale. Having always worked quite large, they just assumed these latest pieces were just as grand. What an interesting idea! Although they have a reference to collage with the same areas of translucency and opacity with text and pictures peeking through from underneath, I never envisioned them that way. I thought about how a bigger format would look, and I wasn't sure that they could stand alone as larger versions. By playing with certain pieces in Photoshop, I started to see new paintings emerge.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Some arthouse films get a lot of airtime when it comes to advertising. I have never heard of this one, but thanks to Netflix, it popped up on my list of suggested titles. And thankfully so. Our City Dreams is a documentary-style glimpse into the lives of five women artists who came from elsewhere, even across oceans, to pursue art careers in New York City (Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero). It is a monumental four-year undertaking by Chiara Clemente, herself a transplant living in NYC, and daughter of known painter and art royalty, Francesco Clemente.
Each of the women artists featured in this film is at a different point in her career, working in different disciplines. The film also delves into feminist undertones, and each of the subjects has a different feeling about what it means to be a woman artist. For one, this means everything, for another, it's almost irrelevant.
Monday, February 22, 2010
This past Saturday was a beautiful, cloudless sunny day and warmer than it's been for weeks. With the thought of taxes and other chores looming, I decided to procrastinate and succumb to my cabin fever. I ended up walking around Greenpoint and Williamsburg for hours while enjoying some fresh air (as fresh as it can be in Brooklyn) and one of my favorite activities: taking lots of photographs. Here are some of them.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Team Plaztik converted the front gallery into a carnival-like atmosphere as an appropriate way to experience Pufferella's hand-sewn panels. Josh's paintings (along with a performance for opening night) were featured in the back room. His fantastic creatures remind me of Basquiat combined with the famous monsters' cantina scene from the original Star Wars movie. I loved one so much, I actually bought it. I am now an official art collector!
The gallery is blessed with a spacious corner location not far from the subway, and an outdoor courtyard that makes for an irresistible party space. The folks at Factory Fresh really know how to draw a crowd in this fairly industrial area, although it is one teeming with artists. The openings are lively; a far cry from the sterile whitewashed walls of Chelsea, where one can experience an art opening the way it was meant to be enjoyed. But don't take my word for it. Go and check out the gallery for yourself!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
This day doesn't hold much significance for me personally in the romantic sense, although I hope to work on resolving that this year. My mom never forgets to send me a card and a little something to mark the day. Thanks, mom! I love you too. ♥
Saturday, February 13, 2010
My work was featured in two additional blogs this week:
Please click here to see the post on Creative Jar.
Please click here to see the post on Sugared Ink.
Thank you fellow Etsy friends!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Today, New York City is right in the midst of an enormous blizzard. It seems that no amount of salt and shoveling can keep up with the snow endlessly cascading out of the sky. It makes everything really beautiful and quiet. This unexpected day of relief from life's demands sure tastes sweeter as an adult. I'm taking full advantage of the unusually slow pace of today and enjoying it by making a hearty shepherd's pie, doing some painting, catching up on some reading, and doing an awful lot of looking out the windows!
Here are some new paintings from this past weekend. They are now available in my shop.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
This weekend, I am happily housebound by nasty winter weather and reflecting on one of my latest roadtrips. This past November, I rented a car and drove upstate to the Storm King Sculpture Park. It's located a little over an hour north of New York City in the Hudson Valley, and is a peaceful, meditative place settled on 500 acres of rolling fields. On nicer days, you can pack a lunch and spend the entire day looking at massive outdoor sculptures by prominent artists (Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy, and Mark di Suvero) while taking in a breath of fresh air. To us cramped New Yorkers, this is a place where you can run around freely, roll down the leaf-covered hills and dales (guilty), and hear the echo of crows calling to one another in the otherwise silent landscape. I've been to this wonderful outdoor sanctuary for the arts (and the soul) about three times. I often get carried away when I start taking photographs, especially of places as beautiful as this - here are some of my favorites.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Last week, I saw a quirky documentary about two senior citizen art collectors, Herb and Dorothy Vogel. This activity, typically reserved for the ultra-rich was accomplished by two people living on very modest budgets- Herb a postal clerk, and Dorothy, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn Heights. Herb, a self-taught art lover with a voracious appetite and a good eye, and Dorothy, his new wife. As a newlywed couple with a budding passion for the arts, they attempted painting and formal training in the arts, but eventually gave up the vision of being artists themselves because of their all-consuming appreciation for what other artists were creating. Over the years, they amassed a collection of about 4,782 works by some of the most significant minimal and conceptual artists from the last four decades.
As of 2009, the Vogels are still at it; attending gallery openings, buying art, and loving every minute of it. Proving yet again, that slow and steady wins the race. I'll certainly be looking for them at future art openings here in the city.