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Robert Frost: The Figure A Poem Makes

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John Hoyland, Survivor Man 17.08.08, acrylic on cotton duck, 152 x 140 cm.



Abstraction is an old story with the philosophers, but it has been like a new toy in the hands of the artists of our day.  Why can't we have any one quality of poetry we choose by itself?  We can have in thought.  Then it will go hard if we can't in practice.  Our lives for it.


Granted no one but a humanist much cares how sound a poem is if it is only a sound.  The sound is the gold in the ore.  Then we will have the sound out alone and dispense with the inessential.  We do till we make the discovery that the object in writing poetry is to make all poems sound as different as possible from each other, and the resources for that of vowels, consonants, punctuation, syntax, words, sentences, meter are not enough.  We need the help of context-meaning-subject matter.  That is the greatest help towards variety.  All that can be done with words is soon told.  So also with meters - particularly in our language wh…

Freewheeling: Deborah Brown @ The Active Space

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From the press release:
In Freewheeling, Deborah Brown exhibits paintings of car salvage lots, cement factories, and detritus at the end of the industrial age. The subject matter is familiar territory for Brown, who has depicted the landscape of Brooklyn’s Bushwick for several years. The new work enters the domain of fantasy, leaving literal interpretation in favor of a Bushwick of the imagination. Carcases of flattened and stacked cars resemble ziggurats from the ancient world. Cement trucks buried in heaps of sand masquarade as amphora; cement tanks become abandoned rocket ships. The palette is high key and odd; the light source, eerie. Through their lush paint handling and loopy lexicon of images, the paintings celebrate the power of a place to inspire the imagination.
















Deborah Brown: Freewheeling until July 1, 2012 The Active Space 566 Johnson Avenue (entrance on Stewart) Brooklyn, NY 11237

Inaugural Show @ Ethan Pettit Contemporary Art

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Gili Levy
Rafael Fuchs
Images from the Inaugural Show at Ethan Pettit Contemporary Art.
Richard Humann
Roger Egert
Alicia Papanek (on left) and The Nose, a 1991 blueprint assembled by the Williamsburg artist community. It shows an areal view of the waterfront. The Nose was a periodical poster- magazine.
Detail of The Nose
Henry G. Sanchez
Mari Oshima
Alkemikal Soshu
Installation view
Installation view
Inaugural Show Alicia Papanek, Alkemikal Soshu, Eva Schicker, Rafael Fuchs, Gili Levy, Mari Oshima, Jan Holthoff, Konstantin Lange, Robert Egert, Henry G. Sanchez, and Richard Humann Until June 30, 2012
Ethan Pettit Contemporary Art
119 Ingraham Street #312
Brooklyn, NY 11237

There Are No Giants Upstairs @ Theodore:Art

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Mel Bernstine
Gary Petersen and Harriet Korman
Steven Charles
Mel Bernstine
Gary Petersen
Steven Charles
Mel Bernstine
Installation view.
Harriet Korman
Installation view.
Gary Petersen
Harriet Korman
Chris Baker
Andrew Seto
Installation view.
Harriet Korman
There Are No Giants Upstairs
Chris Baker, Mel Bernstine, Steven Charles, Harriet Korman, Gary Petersen, and Andrew Seto
June 16 - July 29, 2012
THEODORE:Art
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237

A Studio Visit With Sharon Butler

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Recently I stopped by the Bushwick studio of Sharon Butler just as she was preparing for her next solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Butler's paintings seem to hold fast to the strictures of Minimalism but a closer inspection reveals a sensitiveness to form, a subtle use of color, and the importance of drawing sometimes found missing from that genre. That is not to say that Butler's work lacks discipline. Indeed, a mental and technical exactness are displayed as an idea is explored with a deft layering of forms and line that shows the maker's mind at work. This rigor is very often contrasted with the impulsive way the work is presented- often on un-stretched linen, pinned to the wall, or with supporting stretchers partially exposed. The result is painting that often combines the frankness and intellect of the Conceptual, with the fragility, pictorial inventiveness, and longing of the Modern.















Sharon Butler's work will soon be on view at Real Art Ways in Hartfor…