Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Form and Facture @ Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery







I am very happy to have work included in this upcoming exhibition curated by Karen Levitov.

Form and Facture:
New Painting and Sculpture from New York

Rachel Beach   Paul Behnke   Matthew Neil Gehring   Osamu Kobayashi   Rebecca Murtaugh   
Fran O'Neill

curated by Karen Levitov
Opening: Saturday, November 1, 7 -9 PM
November 1 - December 13, 2014

Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Writing as a Hostile Act: Joan Didion

Portrait of Joan Didion ©1972 Julian Wasser




Also applies to painting . . . . 


INT:  You have said that writing is a hostile act; I have always wanted to ask you why.

JDIt's hostile in that you're trying to make somebody see something the way you see it, trying to impose your idea, your picture. It's hostile to try to wrench around someone else's mind that way. Quite often you want to tell somebody your dream, your nightmare. Well, nobody wants to hear about someone else's dream, good or bad; nobody wants to walk around with it. The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream.

 

From "The Paris Review"/The Art of Fiction/Number 71/



London Calling @ Look & Listen

Andrew Seto, Rigor Mortis, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40x30 cm.




London Calling

works selected by Erin Lawlor

Andrew Bick   Katrina Blannin   Dragica Carlin   Clem Crosby   Vincent Hawkins   Erin Lawlor   Caterina Lewis   Katie Pratt   Andrew Seto

Opening: September 20, 6:00 PM
public talk w/ Erin Lawlor: 5:30 PM

La ville de Saint Chamas
13250 France




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Save the Date: Upcoming Painting Shows

 EC, Defeating Silence, 2014, household paint, acrylic, oil, and collage on canvas, 102x104 cm.


As Wide As A Door Is Open: Material Images
Dominic Beattie   Stephen Buckley   John Bunker   EC   Christopher McSherry
Opening: Friday, September 5th, 6 - 9 PM
September 5 - October 11, 2014
15 Clerkenwell Close
London EC1R 0AA





Deborah Zlotsky, Senetto, 2014, oil on canvas, 48x48 in.


Deborah Zlotsky: It happened, but not to you
Opening: Friday, September 12, 6 - 8 PM
September 11 - October 11, 2014
529 W 20th Street, 6W
New York, NY 10011





 Todd Bienvenu, Backseat, 2013, oil on canvas, 47x37.5 in.


Todd Bienvenu: Borrowing Tomorrow's Fun
Opening: Friday, September 5, 6 - 9 PM
September 5 - September 30, 2014
56 Bogart St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206





Georgina Pollard, 2014, Yesn' no, acrylic house paint, 88x88 cm.


Georgina Pollard: Through Line III
Opening: Wednesday, August 27, 6 -8 PM
August 27 - September 20, 2014
191 Wislon St., Newtown
Sydney, Australia




*Images courtesy of the artists/galleries.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Studio Visit with Robert Otto Epstein






Robert Otto Epstein in his studio, Maplewood, NJ 2014




I recently had the opportunity to visit the Maplewood, NJ studio of painter Robert Otto Epstein.

Epstein's colorful and meticulous grid-based work draws from a variety of surprising sources and often employs color placement strategies related to chance or more formal systems devised by the artist.

In Epstein's case, however, the conceptual elements and source material can be seen as a means to an end that enhances the work but does not encompass it. The finished paintings move beyond their sources and become something all together different. Many times transcendent, the compositions and colors seem in flux and flow along the channels of their boundaries seeming at first abstract, then a mandala or landscape and then a ball player all within the borders of the same piece.

Epstein is very active in the Bushwick art scene and recently his work has been featured in  exhibits at Mulherin + Pollard (NY), the Frank Juarez Gallery (WI) , and Life on Mars (NY) and in the one person exhibit Row By Roe at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY.















Monday, August 4, 2014

Brenda Goodman @ John Davis Gallery

Bite Me, 2014

 Installation view w/ Painted Pony, 2013

 Installation view w/ Knot, 2013

 Installation view w/ Knot, 2013



Last Saturday I took a drive up to Hudson, NY to meet with Brenda Goodman and view her current show of new paintings at John Davis Gallery.
A resident of New York's Bowery for just over thirty years, the Detroit native now lives and works in Pine Hill, NY.
The work featured in Brenda Goodman is a tour de force weaving together figurative elements and abstraction into a seamless cloth. The result is equal parts personal narrative, metaphor and formal, hard won, painterly elements. 
Stunning and pictorially inventive, this new body of work joins Goodman's previous efforts in setting her apart from her contemporaries as a painter willing to do the hard, long work of mining the private and public spaces she inhabits. She then translates these into a unique and powerful visual language.
Brenda Goodman is on view in Hudson until August 10. More of Goodman's work can be seen this summer in Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2 curated by Todd Levin at Marianne Boesky Gallery until August 8th and in Life on Mars Gallery's Summer Invitational through August 10th.



Ah, Her Red Hair, 2014

Brenda Goodman at the John Davis Gallery w/ Knot (2013) 
Look Out, 2014

Zap, 2014

Brush, 2013

Talkin at Me, 2014

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Guardian, 2013

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Installation view




Brenda Goodman
Through August 10, 2014
362 1/2 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sandra Blow @ The Exchange

Swimmer, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 274.4x365.8 cm.




From the press release:

By the 1950s Sandra Blow was one of the pioneering abstract painters who introduced a new expressive informality to British art. Later, in response to the optimistic climate of the late 1960s, her palette lightened, and, for most of the rest of her career, easily manipulated collage materials such as torn paper or brightly coloured canvas cut-outs featured in her often large-scale pictures. The Matisse-inspired decorative manner of her middle and late periods was a seamless collaboration between the constructed and the freely painted.
The exhibition at The Exchange will feature at least nine of her large-scale works from the latter 1980s onwards. These paintings are extraordinarily ambitious in scale, even in comparison to works by her contemporaries such as Roger Hilton and Terry Frost, and reflect a confident mastery of the materials she used.  Many of the works combine painting with collage, and in some there is evidence of painted paper and fabric fragments having been applied and removed and reapplied as the work evolved.  These paintings provide an insight into the experimental processes Blow employed and show how she transferred techniques developed on smaller scale works on paper to vast canvases. Due to the size of these works they are not regularly exhibited and so this exhibition is a not-to-be missed opportunity to view a significant selection of these rarely seen pieces.
In addition to the large-scale works at The Exchange, the lower gallery at Newlyn will present works on paper by Sandra Blow and ephemera from her St Ives studio. This will include a selection of Blow’s smaller works, some of which are now in private collections and rarely exhibited. The works will be shown alongside ephemera from her Bullans Court studio, such as the hessian and torn, coloured paper she used to create her collage and mixed media pieces.



Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006)
Through October 4, 2014
Princes Street
Penzance 
TR18 TNL