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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Newark Based Glassroots Needs Your Help


GLASSROOTS, Newark's own magical non-profit glass hotshop, needs your help!  Last month a PSEG utiltity fire in front of our building caused damage to our equipment, and we're holding an online fundraising campaign to raise money for new equipment.  Our campaign on the Indiegogo website is HERE.  And if we get 30 new donors in the by August 10, an anonymous donor will give us an extra $2500!   Please consider making a gift - we have great perks for donors, and we'll appreciate every contribution.   And please, share this campaign with all your friends and on Facebook, and Twitter.  There are great sharing tools on the Indiegogo website.

At GlassRoots we use the power of glassmaking to engage and change the lives of underserved Newark youth. Time and time again we've seen a disengaged, trouble-bound young person transformed by the fascination of glass. If you want to find out more about what we do at GlassRoots, check out our website HERE.  Our students talk about what GlassRoots means to them HERE

GlassRoots is about kids, art, education, glass, business skills, and so much more. We appreciate your every contribution and your sharing of this wonderful organization! 

And don't forget - there are great gifts and perks for donors! Again, the fundraising website is HERE.  And we need 30 new donors to get $2500! Thank you so much!

Kathryn Markel
GlassRoots Board President

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Turn Up the Heat @ Margaret Thatcher projects

Kevin Finklea

Venske & Spänle (on left) and Cathy Choi

Installation view with Carlos Estrada-Vega, Heidi Spector, Venske & Spänle, and Omar Chacon

Cathy Choi, Evan Stoller, and Carlos Estrada-Vega

Carlos Estrada-Vega

Kevin Finklea

Cathy Choi

Richard Thatcher

Turn Up the Heat
Featuring: Omar Chacon, Cathy Choi, Carlos Estrada-Vega, Kevin Finklea, Rainer Gross, Vadim Katznelson, Venske & Spänle, Heidi Spector, William Steiger, Evan Stoller, Nan Swid, Richard Thatcher, and Bill Thompson
Through August 15, 2014
539 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Summer Garden @ Onishi Project

Installation view.

Osamu Kobayashi

Osamu Kobayashi

Osamu Kobayashi (detail of above left)

Shinji Murakami

Installation view with (from l to r) Osamu Kobayashi, Gail Stoicheff, and Shinji Murakami.

Summer Garden
featuring work by: Osamu Kobayshi, Shinji Murakami, and Gail Stoicheff
Through August 9, 2014
Onishi Project in collaboration w/ Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
521 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Eric Dever and Jodie Manasevit @ Berry Campbell

Eric Dever (left) and Jodie Manasevit

 Eric Dever

 Eric Dever

 Eric Dever

 Jodie Manasevit

 Jodie Manasevit

 Jodie Manasevit

Jodie Manasevit

Eric Dever and Jodie Manasevit 
Through August 9, 2014
530 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Garden @ Onishi Project

Osamu Kobayashi

Summer Garden
Osamu Kobayashi, Shinji Murakami, and Gail Stoicheff
Opening: Thursday, July 24th, 6-8 PM
July 24 - August 9, 2014
Onishi Project in collaboration w/ Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
521 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brenda Goodman @ John Davis Gallery

Look Out, 2014, oil on paper and wood, 10x10 in.

“About two years ago, I began a transition in my life that had a significant impact on these paintings. I felt the reality of having moved from New York City to the Catskill Mountains in a new way, realizing the impact it was having on my career as well as on my sense of identity as an artist. At the same time, being just a year away from turning 70, I was motivated to lose weight and improve my overall health. Consequently, my former 185 pound body became a thin 115 pounds. I felt healthier, more energized, more animated, and more confident. These changes have had a positive effect on this current body of work, which I began in late spring a year ago. My work has always reflected and expressed my internal life and, like myself, I feel the new paintings are bold, bright, animated, and confident.”

Brenda Goodman, 2014

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Family Style @ (Formally) Pocket Utopia

Curated by Julie Torres

Opening Reception: July 22, 6-8 PM
191 Henry Street
New York, NY 10002

Thursday, July 10, 2014

20 Questions: An Interview Series with Ithaca MoMA

Paul Behnke, Space 1999 H-HA, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 50x48 in.

Very happy to be included in Sean Montgomery's interview series for Ithaca MoMA's Tumblr.
You can check out the interview here  . . .

Justine Hill and Jeffrey Cortland Jones @ Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

 Justine Hill

Jeffrey Cortland Jones

Justine Hill: Pick and Place
Jeffrey Cortland Jones: Did I See You, See Me (In a New Light)
Through August 29, 2014
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
529 W 20th Street
Suite 6W
New York, NY 10011

*images of work by Jeffrey Cortland Jones courtesy of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

Debra Ramsay @ Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia

Debra Ramsay: Seeing Through: Time as Landscape
Through August 1, 2014
Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia
511 W 22nd Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eric Dever and Jodie Manasevit @ Berry Campbell

Jodie Manasevit

Eric Dever

Eric Dever and Jodie Manasevit
Opening: July 10, 6-8 PM
July 10 - August 9, 2014
Berry Campbell
530 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

*click here to view my studio visit with Jodie Manasevit from November 2013.