Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Julia Haw @ The Thompson Center

The Last Meal, 2013, oil stick on raw linen, 36x48 in.

Julia Haw: The Western Veil
through August 15, 2014
Thompson Center
100 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Signal Over Noise / Don't Split the Focus @ Pictorem Gallery

Andrew Seto, Rigor Mortis, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30x40 cm.

Lawrence Philp: Paintings and Painterly Constructions

Lawrence Philp makes abstract paintings and mixed media constructions. The work is painterly and expressive and the compositions seem to evolve according to Philp's process and his reactions to that process.
Philp's work was recently included in exhibitions at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery in Daytona Beach, FL.  Recently, he exhibited paintings in I Kan Do Dat, a group exhibition featuring 80-90 artists at three gallery spaces in Chelsea and Brooklyn with Philps' work being displayed at the Skylight Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant. The exhibitions were curated by Danny Simmons, Oshun Layne, and Che Baraka.
Lawrence Philp lives and works in Palm Coast, FL.

From the Artist's Statement:

I am currently making two kinds of work. I make mixed media constructions and mixed media paintings. The mixed media paintings on canvas use a variety of paint application layers either brushed or poured onto the substrate. My initial work in this manner found me editing some of the paintings with painted cardboard relief surfaces as well as painted paper mache relief surfaces, paint skins, paint scraped onto the surface with homemade cardboard scrapers, plastic Bondo scrapers or anything that I had that would allow me to pull paint across the surface.  My painted surfaces are brushed poured, taped or have collage applications. I have added additional elements such as soaked newspaper, brushed, rolled and/or poured painted surface, grated paint skins, combed paint surfaces as well as reworked sections of old paintings cut up and used as collage elements.

I am making mixed media constructions. The mixed media constructions are for me one answer as to how I make my work. The building aspect of the mixed media work takes me out of a comfort zone vis a vis, making paintings on a flat substrate. I have used a scroll saw to cut relief shapes out of wood, the cut out wood surfaces are primed and sanded and filled when necessary and then painted as well as glued down dimensionally.

I am using these ways of working to enliven my painting surfaces. In the past my painting practice involved making flat paintings with brushes on paper and on canvas; paintings which were comprised of overlapping planes and broken color, painted ornamentation along with disparate elements including fractilization of the paintings planes, shape manipulation and shape invention. Some of the current painting outcomes are leading me to something else that I have not been able to put my finger on. I am looking forward to further discoveries.

I work on one painting at a time. I work on a painting wall that has more than one painting in a variety of drying conditions, repainting conditions or layering conditions. I like to keep my painting wall active. My painting wall has many paintings that I am working on and looking at. My paintings develop on the painting wall until the individual paintings have used up all of the compositional resonances and influences from each other. I sometimes then will just use an editing color to neutralize the work on one or two paintings on the wall and start again. I start a painting put it down and start another.  Working in this manner allows me to put things down, remove them, borrow something from another painting and make something unexpected. There is nothing like working on five, six, or ten paintings during a work period for me.
I have written this artist statement to provide a narrative for the photos of work on my painting wall. I am using this as a way of mapping out and describing what I do in my work. The dimensions for the paintings are 8 x 10”, 12 x 12”, 14 x 16” and 16 x 20”. 


*All images courtesy of Lawrence Philp.
Some works shown may be in process.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Heavylightweight @ Tiger Strikes Asteroid

lightness of color and action // gravitas of conviction and tradition // curated by Douglas Witmer
Featuring work by: Karen Baumeister, Michael Brennan, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Daniel Levine, and Warren Rohrer
Opening: May 2, 6-10 PM
May 2 - June 1, 2014
Tiger Strikes Asteroid
319A N 11th Street
Suite 2H
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Big, Fat, and Juicy @ Pelham Art Center

Deborah Zlotsky

Big, Fat, and Juicy
Curated by Alexi Rutsch-Brock
with work by Emily Noelle Lambert, Dorothy Robinson, Josette Urso and Deborah Zlotsky
Opening May 2, 6 - 8 PM
May 2 - June 28, 2014
155 Fifth Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

Matthew Neil Gehring @ Islip Art Museum

Matthew Neil Gehring: Color Space Edges
Opening: May 4, 1-4 PM
April 13 - June 1, 2014
Islip Art Museum
50 Irish Ln.
East Islip, NY 11730

Top Drawer: Works on Paper @ Imogen Holloway Gallery

. . . . also exhibiting are: Robert Otto Epstein, Amy Talluto, and Jose Pita.

Jason Karolak and Andy Vogt @ c2c Project Space

Andy Vogt and Jason Karolak

Jason Karolak and Andy Vogt
curated by Kirk Stoller
Opening: May 3 from 6-9 PM.
May 3 - June 8, 2014
c2c Project Space
1695 18th Street, #413
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fran Shalom and Molly Herman @ The Painting Center

Fran Shalom

Molly Herman

Fran Shalom: Just This in the Main Gallery
Molly Herman: Lingua Franca in the Project Room
Opening: April 24, 6-8 PM
April 22 - May 17, 2014
547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio View (APR 22, 2014) and Just Another Painter Entry

The painter Terry Green was generous enough to include me in his new blog series Color, Paint, and Painting
Please check out my entry here on Green's Just Another Painter blog.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Emily Berger, Claire Seidl, and Mark Wethli @ The Painting Center

 Claire Seidl

 Emily Berger

 Mark Wethli

Emily Berger and Claire Seidl: vis-à-vis
and in the Project Room- New Work by Mark Wethli
March 25 - April 19, 2014
547 W 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

Clayton Colvin and Tegene Kunbi @ Margaret Thatcher Projects

Clayton Colvin: Put Down Your Stars
and In the Project Room - Tegene Kunbi: Melting Pot
through April 26, 2014
539 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011