Monday, October 26, 2015

Richard Smith: Kite Paintings @ Flowers Gallery

Mask, 1983, acrylic on canvas

Inside Knowledge, 1981, acrylic on canvas

Thin Painting, 1980, acrylic on canvas

 Blue Side, 1975, pastel and acrylic on paper

 Major Battle, 1984, acrylic on canvas

 Sealed With a Kiss, 1980, acrylic on canvas

 Diary, 1975, screenprint on seven sheets w/punched hole additions, string and pole

Window II, 1978, acrylic on canvas


*all images © Flowers Gallery / Richard Smith

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Occo Socko! @ Stout Projects

Installation view of Occo Socko! showing work by (l to r) Paul Behnke, Matthew Neil Gehring and sculptor, Rebecca Murtaugh (foreground).

 Matthew Neil Gehring

 Rebecca Murtaugh

 Paul Behnke

 Paul Behnke and Rebecca Murtaugh

 A Diptych by Matthew Neil Gehring: Electrolytes, 2015

 Matthew Neil Gehring

 Infernal Blue Boy, 2015 by Paul Behnke

 Rebecca Murtaugh's Aperture: Tempo Teal and Gladiolus, 2015

Occo Socko!
with work by Rebecca Murtaugh, Matthew Neil Gehring and Paul Behnke
On view through November 13, 2015
Stout Projects

All photos courtesy of Stout Projects © 2015-2016

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nick Miller @ Wexford County Council

Nick Miller, From Cogan's Shed, 2004, oil on linen, 183 x 214 cm.

From the Press Release:

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to host an exhibition of work by renowned and celebrated Irish based painter Nick Miller. The exhibition in the County Buildings will present a selection of Miller’s larger scale landscape works from 2004 to 2013 from both the acclaimed Truckscapes and Yard series, including a number of works not seen in Ireland before.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In Process: Frame by Karl Bielik

Bielik's studio in east London with Frame in its final state.

London based painter, Karl Bielik, joins us for a second time to give a look at the development of one of his large scale compositions. 
Here he documents twenty two stages in the evolution of this complicated, gestural piece in which myriad toned down grays and high contrast blacks and whites depict a somber but erratic field of mark and form.
As usual with Bielik's work, in its finished state, Frame leaves the viewer confronted by a complex and brutal elegance.

Frame was recently included in The B&W Project Publication and another piece (Night) was featured in the physical exhibition at the Sluice Art Fair 16-18th October at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, curated by Yifat Gat.
The book, organized by Yifat Gat and designed by Studio Vincent Verdeille, can be ordered in hardcover and softcover editions here.

Bielik's work has also been seen recently in: Abstract Strategies, curated by Jan Holthoff, in Rotterdam at Mirta Demare International Visual Art, From England with Love at Boecker Contemporary, curated by Sabine Tress in Heidelburg, Germany and The London Open 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery.

Karl Bielik also helms the recording project, Lark.

Now: Frame by Karl Bielik in process . . . . 























Final State: Karl Bielik, Frame, 2015, oil on canvas, 175 x 160 cm.

View Bielik's first In Process outing here.

All photos courtesy of the artist.

Matthew Wong @ the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Studio Visit w/ Debra Drexler

Debra Drexler is an abstract painter based simultaneously in Brooklyn and Hawaii.
She holds the position of Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Her latest co-curatorial outing, New New York: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century, is currently on view at The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa through December 4th.

Drexler's next solo effort, River's Edge, goes on view at the Van Der Plas Gallery, located on the Lower East Side, from October 23 - November 15.

From the Press Rlease:

Debra Drexler maintains studios in both New York and Oahu, and her work is informed by her unique bi-coastal experience. In her luminous, large-scale abstract paintings, she brings the transcendent experience of the Hawaiian landscape to a New York audience. Her juxtaposition of high chroma blues, violets, yellows and pinks create a spatial opening, leading the viewer to a poesis of expansive experience. Through her New York based studio and curatorial practices, she is also deeply engaged in critical conversation surrounding new abstraction. She states “Abstraction takes us to a state of timelessness that is primal in its humanity, disconnecting us momentarily from the mediated “now” of our electronic devices, and connecting us to a “now” that gives us a glimpse of the infinite. While our insistent digital projections can take us away from both our animal and spiritual nature, abstract painting reminds us again of what it means to be human. The corporality of the paint mirrors the flesh of the body and transports us into the timeless.” Drexler's radiant paintings take us to the River's Edge, where we can enter the painting and flow into the sublime. Debra Drexler has had 28 solo exhibits and over 100 group exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Hawai’i, Australia, Berlin and across the states. She has recently exhibited in group shows at Van Der Plas Gallery, including the three-person “Red, Yellow, Orange” (2014), and “Rites of Spring”(2015). Her museum solo exhibits include Honolulu Museum and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Recent New York solo exhibits include: White Box’s Annex, Blue Mountain Gallery, HP Garcia Gallery and Java Studios Gallery. In addition, Drexler has exhibited in group shows in New York including: The Drawing Center, Denise Bibro Gallery, Exit Art, Art Finance Partners, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, and Sideshow Gallery. She has been reviewed in Artweek, New York Arts Magazine, and New Art Examiner and numerous newspapers. Debra Drexler is also a Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Hawai’i. In October, 2015 she co-curating with Liam Davis “New, New York” at the University of Hawai’i Gallery, a survey examining the resurgence of contemporary abstract painting featuring the work of 30 internationally recognized New York artists. She has also curated exhibits in New York including The Lab Gallery of Rogersmith Arts and at Van Der Plas Gallery.





 Debra Drexler in her studio in Brooklyn, 2015