Monday, February 25, 2019

Exhibition Walkthrough: Brenda Goodman and John Yau at Sikkema Jenkins

Painter, Brenda Goodman and poet and art writer John Yau discuss a detail in the work.
photo: Denise Sfraga

Last Saturday, February 16th Sikkema Jenkins hosted an exhibition walkthrough with Brenda Goodman & John Yau on the occasion of Goodman's solo exhibition: In a Lighter Place. 

From the Press Release:
Since 2011, Goodman has transformed and synthesized aspects of her earlier work, as well as inspiration from such movements as Surrealism, Expressionism, and Symbolism, and artists as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch, Alfred Kubin and Philip Guston, into something recognizably hers. At the same time, the torment pulsing through Goodman’s work seems to have loosened its grip on the artist.

In the event that you were unable to make it out to the talk you can view the exchange in the link provided in the caption of the image posted immediately below . . . 

Yau's review of the exhibition, In a Lighter Place on Hyperallergic.

*All images accompanying this post ©Denise Sfraga

Click here to view the conversation on vimeo.

Goodman discusses one of the incredibly painted smaller works in the exhibition.
Photo: Denise Sfraga

John Yau and Brenda Goodman discuss her new work.
Photo: Denise Sfraga

A view of the crown in attendance.
Photo: Denise Sfraga

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wherefore Art at Village West Gallery

Joan Mellon, To Build a Dream On, oil on wood panel, 8 x 10 in.

"Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires . . . . "
Shakespeare, Macbeth (Act I, Scene 4).

A Group show inspired William Shakespeare

Wherefore Art
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6-9 pm.
February 25 - May 5, 2019
Village West Gallery
331 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Woodcuts and Poetry: Origin of Oranges

Painter, James Erikson has put together a limited edition artist's book entitled "Origin of Oranges."
The elegant accordion style design contains collages and woodcuts, by Erikson, digitally scanned, reproduced and accompanied by poems by Daniel Hales, Amy Thatcher, Robin Stout and AJay McLaughlin.

James Erikson, Origin of Oranges #1, 2015, Woodcut

Who Waits Who Runs by Robin Stout

You say
I am too happy
to be a poet.

You, you ubiquitous
Floating in and out,
in and out
of my poems
like clouds in a blue,
blue sky.

You say
my pain
is more frightened
lamb than wounded
That I am low
on ink.

And, besides
I don't dress

That's what you know.

I am the guy on Atlantic
Avenue with apricot
hair. I am
the swollen
river, the fifteen-
dollar sandwich.

I am the woman
in head-to-toe
black on a coral

I am the car
in traffic.

I am the dog
who waits
who runs
behind you
and sinks
yellow teeth
into the meatiest
part of your

©2019 Robin Stout

A featured woodcut: James Erikson, Origin of Oranges #2, 2015, Woodcut, Gouache and Watercolor.

Pages featuring Who Waits Who Runs by Robin Stout

All images from the book Origin of Oranges ©2016 James Erikson

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Becky Yazdan at The One River School

Becky Yazdan, Scream, 48x42 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2018

Becky Yazdan in the studio.

Unhinged: A Solo Show of Recent Work by Becky Yazdan
On view through April, 2019
The One River School
49 N. Dean Street, Englewood, NJ

Between the Threads by Unnati Singh, at the Hindustan Times PALATE Festival

Recently ARTS 4 All presented Unnati Singh's site specific installation, Between the Threads, at the Hindustan Times PALATE Festival at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai.

Posted here is a photo essay of the installation that gives an idea of the scale and incredible complexity of the work.

From the Press Release:

Between The Threads:

Unnati Singh  constructed this installation with objects that seem lost and discarded. She weaves a web with white cotton thread used in sacred rituals .Two old sewing machine stands create the centre stage for a human body as the core piece , woven and stretched in between.

Everyday objects become unfamiliar. The woven threads make the familiar unfamiliar. A deep sense of fragility can be articulated by this feeling of being stretched or pulled by the unknown.

This work  metaphorically speaks of the human condition. It speaks of the ironic plight of a common man who is no less than a puppet . 

Unnati Singh is a multi-multidisciplinary artist born in Rajasthan. Currently  living  and working between Mumbai , Delhi and Goa .She studied Textile and Economics.
Unnati has been  exhibiting nationally and internationally over two decades.  

The artist examines a portion of her work at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Some Work by Bill Saylor

Split Flow, 2017, oil, flashe, spray paint, oil stick, charcoal, collage on canvas, 90 x 62 in.

Sleepy with the Heat, oil, spraypaint and ink on canvas, 48 x 40 in.

Saylor in his studio.
Photographer unkown.

A collection of paintings by Bill Saylor (Born: Philadelphia, PA, 1960).
Images of work from the web: © Magenta Plains and the artist.

Holon, 2017, oil, flashe. spray paint, oil stick, graphite and charcoal on canvas, 120 x 96 in.

Helio, 2018, oil, flashe, oil stick, spray paint on canvas, 84 x 63 in.

Astro Morph, 2016, oil, flashe, spray paint on canvas, 72 x 48 in.