July 2, 2015

Is the east end of Connecticut the new Hamptons?

Finally someone is giving Mystic the love. Troy McMullen reports in the NYPost that the Connecticut shoreline, particularly the stretch between New Haven and Rhode Island, may be the new Hamptons. An easy drive from Manhattan and Brooklyn and accessible via Amtrak and Shoreline East, towns such as Guilford, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Mystic and Stonington offer a cheaper and less crowded alternative to the east end of Long Island.

[Image at top: Mystic, CT]

June 30, 2015

June 30: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows, openings, and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / June 30, 2015 / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Images have been selected by Two Coats of Paint.

NOTE: Many venues are on special summer hours. Please inquire before going out of your way. Sadly, this is the last list for the summer--NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE is now on summer hiatus. Have a wonderful July & August!

[Image at top: Ruth Root @ Andrew Kreps]

June 27, 2015

VERNACULAR: A painterly conversation about abstraction

By Janet Goleas / Shared from the Hamptons Art Hub / The four artists included in "Vernacular"—Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Andrew Seto and Joyce Robins—at Bushwick’s Theodore:Art, approach abstraction with a shared sense of humility, materiality and ambiguity. Speaking in distinct but related painterly tongues, the works on view connect familiar idioms—minimalism, cubism, precisionism—with a wabi-sabi aesthetic. The conversation among these accomplished artists is smart and refreshing.

[Image: Andrew Seto, Biscuits, 2015, oil on canvas, 9 3/4 x 8 inches. ]

June 26, 2015

Blast of color: Mink and Dolnick at OUTLET

"An avalanche of color has no force," Matisse wrote in 1945. "Color attains its full expression only when it is organized, when it corresponds to the emotional intensity of the artist." At OUTLET this month, Jason Andrew presents the impressive work of Lucy Mink and Judith Dolnick, painters who seem to live for color, and since I have been exploring color in some of my new projects and paintings, I decided to ask them about their relationship to what is probably the most elusive and complex element in painting.

[Image at top: Lucy Mink, Vacation, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches.]

June 24, 2015

And Many More: PAFA presents at 33 Orchard

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / MFA exhibitions are notoriously hit-or-miss, not least because it’s difficult to pull together a group show from graduates who may not be following aesthetic avenues that are sufficiently kindred to ensure the coherence that a freely curated show can have. Both strong institutional guidance and a rich pool of MFA students are required. The Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts apparently has both, and, as program chair Clint Jukkala suggests in his catalogue introduction, these features have enriched “the fluidity and the cross-pollination that occurs when a group of artists work closely together over time.” PAFA’s MFA show “And Many More,” sagely juried by PAFA curator Jodi Throckmorton and up at 33 Orchard on the Lower East Side, presents an admirably balanced blend of relatively mature but still evolving work--traditional, conceptual, and video-based--by nine 2015 graduates.

[Image: Morgan Hobbs, Your Request is Being Processed, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 44 inches.]

June 19, 2015

Your June Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment and holds a dual Associates Degree in Breath Dancing for Painters and Creative Shock Control from the Online Academy of Spiritual Transit. She is devoted to helping painters live out their truth on the surface of their choosing.

 [Image via Four Muddy Paws]

June 17, 2015

2015 Residency Awards announced at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

Seventeen talented artists have been awarded rent-free studio space at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO thanks to the generosity of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. The jurors this year, Diana Al-Hadid, Phong Bui, Michael Berryhill, Carl Fudge, and Beverly McIver, made the selection from over 1000 applicants. Obviously, with that many applications, we could use more free studio space in the city. The residency period begins in September and runs through August 2016. Welcome to the neighborhood. I'm at 55 Washington--please stop by and say hello.

 Here is the artist info included in the press release:

Yevgeniya Baras, Brooklyn, NY – Yevgeniya Baras’s small, intimate paintings are constructed slowly over time. The dense abstractions of saturated, nuanced color cover her canvases front and back in layers of thick and reworked paint. In addition to her studio practice, Baras is cofounder of Regina Rex Gallery. Baras emigrated from Russia to Philadelphia in 1993 and has been primarily living in the US since. She received her BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maria Berrio, New York, NY – Maria Berrio's large collaged works, comprised of diversely sourced patterned papers and images, depict re-appropriated stories that blur biographical memory with South American folklore, resulting in surrealist narratives. Berrio was born in Bogota, Columbia and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA at Parsons School of Design and MFA in Painting at the School for Visual Arts.  (Image at top of post)

Julia Bland, Brooklyn, NY – Julia Bland creates large-scale textile works. Bland weaves intricate patterns with her loom, adding and subtracting elements by cutting, gluing, sewing, and tying back together. The resulting modern-day tapestries disrupt prevailing distinctions between art and craft. Bland received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University.

Mike Cloud, Brooklyn, NY – Mike Cloud is known for his hybrid artworks made of diverse materials: fabric and clothes sewn into quilts, cut-up photography books, and plastic, alongside conventional art materials: stretchers, canvas, paper, and oil paint. The resulting works are unwieldy constructions in complex shapes, featuring both text and symbolic and historical references, including the Star of David and the Confederate flag. Cloud received his BFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago and MFA from Yale University.

Cesar Cornejo, Tampa, FL – Cesar Cornejo's work explores the relationship between art, architecture, and society, to create sculptures, site-specific installations, and drawings that portray contrasting aspects of society, recomposing them in new settings that challenge our perception of reality. His work has been greatly influenced by his experience living and working in Japan, London, New York and Peru. Cornejo received his MA and PhD in Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and a Bachelor and professional title in architecture from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru.

Michael Dixon, Albion, MI – Through his painting, Michael Dixon explores the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both "white" and "black" racial and cultural identities, focusing on the unique "in between" space encounter by bi-racial people in the United States and globally. Dixon received his MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chris Domenick, Queens, NY – Chris Domenick creates drawings, sculpture, installations, and performance with materials and gestures informed by quotidian American public spaces, suburban culture, and everyday objects. Domenick often alters the exhibition space, evoking a broad range of architectural signifiers to challenge the meanings of his artworks and accompanying found objects as they appear in customized contexts and environments. Domenick received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College.

Austin English, Brooklyn, NY – Austin English—whose books include Christina and Charles, The Disgusting Room, and the Ignatz-Award nominated The Life Problem—creates drawings, paintings, and comics. English works primarily in graphite and colored pencil to create narrative and representational drawings, sometimes layering his work with texture, collage, and patterning. English received his BA from New School University and attended Kungl Konsthögskolan Royal Institue of Art, Professional Project Program.

Steffani Jemison, Brooklyn, NY – In her work across a variety of media, Steffani Jemison explores ideas of improvisation, repetition, and the fugitive in black history and vernacular culture. She also organizes social and archival projects, including a recent collaboration with Jamal Cyrus Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the politics of early 20th century African American periodicals. Jemison received her BA from Columbia University and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aliza Nisenbaum, Brooklyn, NY – In her paintings, Aliza Nisenbaum depicts flowers, textual material, household décor, and predominantly indigenous Mexicans and Latin Americans. Recent portraits focus on undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America who have come to the U.S. for work. While the dominant narrative surrounding undocumented immigrants is that they have no visibility, through her painting Nisenbaum brings them into the public sphere. She says, “Giving something or someone your attention can be a political act.” Nisenbaum received her BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nisenbaum is a new faculty member at Columbia University.

Norm Paris, Brooklyn, NY – Norm Paris creates sculptures, drawings, and mixed-media works that explore the relationship between objects, iconography, mythology, and language. Inspired by the changing industrial landscape, he is interested in objects for their permanence relative to the ephemerality of biological life. Paris received his BFA from RISD and MFA from the Yale University.

Kara Rooney, Brooklyn, NY – In her artwork, Kara Rooney explores language and awareness, using a variety of media including painting, sculpture, performance, drawing, photography, and installation. She is interested in how the spoken and written word, along with images, allow us to communicate with other, form identity, and affect our sense of collective consciousness. Rooney received her BA from Bates College and MFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Victoria Roth, Queens, NY – Victoria Roth creates large abstract paintings through an athletic and physically demanding process that relies on movement, repetition, erasure, and readjustment. This process also informs her black and white drawings. Both bodies of work portray ambiguous environments and organic shapes that remain just beyond recognition. Roth received her BA from Brown University and MFA from Columbia University.

Jessica Segall, Brooklyn, NY – Jessica Segal investigates the link between creativity and survival, engaging current cultural attitudes towards adaptation. Her multidisciplinary practice spans video, performance, sculpture and drawing. Combining ecology, science, and art history, she presents acts of endurance and tools for survival in a precarious time. Segal received her BA from Bard College and MFA from Columbia University.

Tomas Vu, New York, NY – Tomas Vu is a multimedia artist whose primary media are painting, printmaking, and installation art. Collaging layers of silkscreen, painting, drawing, and laser-engraved images, Vu creates fantastical scenes depicting cycles of destruction, decay, and rebirth, as he explores the capacity of nature and mankind for both violence and compassion. He was born in 1963 in Saigon, Vietnam and moved to El Paso, Texas at the age of ten. Vu received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and MFA from Yale University. Vu is a faculty member at Columbia University.

Nat Ward, Brooklyn, NY – Nat Ward works with image series connected by a specific subject or place and sprawling multi-image installations with images sourced from an expansive personal archive. In both instances, Ward uses both black and white and color photography to create an engrossing and emotionally evocative experience. Ward received his MFA from Columbia University.

Zachary Wollard, Brooklyn, NY – Poet-turned-painter Zachary Wollard employs an aleatoric approach to both subject matter and composition, without any planning or systemic approaches to generating imagery. The quasi-narrative themes explored in his work range broadly from ecology to biological evolution to politics to art history, which is instrumental to his practice. Wollard received his BA from Columbia University.

Note: The program’s Artists Advisory Committee members are Phong Bui, Cynthia Carlson, Chuck Close, Matthew Deleget, Tara Donovan, Janet Fish, Mark Greenwold, Beverly McIver, Philip Pearlstein, Irving Sandler, Harriet Shorr, and Robert Storr.


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Joan Nelson: Lost and found

Joan Nelson's delicate landscape paintings feature images that seem familiar: spindly trees, sparkling waterfalls, vivid blue skies. Indeed, for three decades she has borrowed details from the majestic landscapes of painters such as Albrecht Altdorfer, Albert Bierstadt, and Edward Hicks. In this recent series of paintings, on view at Adams and Ollman through July 11, Nelson references an Oregon road trip she took several years ago. Inadvertently getting lost, Nelson found herself driving through the Columbia River Gorge, the rolling hills of Mount Hood, and the foothills of the Three Sisters mountain range. She was so taken by the views that she didn't turn back.

[Image at top: Joan Nelson, Untitled, 2014, ink, spray enamel, beeswax on panel, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches.]

June 14, 2015

Two Coats of Paint Artist Residency Program kicks off this week

Before I returned to NYC after a nearly ten-year hiatus teaching at Eastern Connecticut State University, Austin Thomas generously invited me to do a one-week residency at the original Bushwick Pocket Utopia in January 2009. The experience, which led to a longer residency the following summer, changed the way I thought about my work, expanded my community, and led to numerous exhibition opportunities. Over the years, I have participated in other DIY artist residency programs, including Peter Dudek's Bascom Lodge project, Helen Chellin's Red Cinder Creativity Center, and Simon Draper's Habitat for Artists. With these experiences in mind, I've recently introduced a modest artist residency program at Two Coats HQ in DUMBO. The residency program's goal is simply to provide a space where artists not based in the NYC area can have studio visits with curators, other artists, and gallerists.

My first resident artist, Erin Wiersma (pictured at top), arrived yesterday from Kansas, where she is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. In the next week, Wiersma has many studio visits lined up, before she hops on a plane and heads to another residency in France. If you run into her around town, please give her a warm welcome!

Erin Wiersma

Related posts:
Erin Wiersma: What’s left of our lives (2014)



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June 12, 2015

Chantal Joffe's Limbo

Guest Contributor Katelynn Mills / Chantal Joffe’s self-portraits look back at us with a deadpan stare. Often they avoid eye contact altogether. But there’s something about Joffe's paintings one cannot pin down. Her latest show, "Night Self-Portraits" at Cheim & Read, presents a kind of Joffe limbo. Honest yet deceptive, beautiful yet ugly: for all the nakedness here, Joffe remains mysterious.

[Image: Naked Self-Portrait Turned Away, 2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Images courtesy of Cheim & Read.]

June 11, 2015

A selection from Bushwick Open Studios, 2015

Guest contributor Allison Hale / Both days provided an excellent view into the studio spaces and the community of artists living and working in Bushwick. On Saturday I went to 1717 Troutman, a building packed with young and emerging artists. Julia Bland was the definite highlight. Bland creates wall-assembled pieces imbued with textile design. At the NEWD Art Fair I went to a panel called “Market is the Medium-‘Making it’ in the NYC Art World” organized by POWArts. Although the panel wasn't necessarily prescriptive, the panelists shared their experiences navigating the art world and dealing with the market forces that continue pushing artists further from the city. I left NEWD and stopped by Jen Shepard's studio in the 1896 Building. I was struck by the play between surfaces of Shepard’s wall mounted sculptures and two-dimensional work. Over in Morgantown, I checked out the "Home Improvement," the Rock Street sculpture show curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller.

On Sunday, I walked from my Ridgewood apartment/studio to some of the Queens exhibitions. Era VI VII VI, a space that usually functions as an art studio, had a pop-up show featuring evocative work by Alina Tenser. The most encouraging visit of the weekend, though was at the Reservoir Art Space. Omari Douglin, who recently moved into a studio here after graduating from Cooper Union, had a number of new paintings in his studio and more stretchers on the way.

[Image at top: Omari Douglin @ Reservoir Art Space]

June 9, 2015

A randomly selective Bushwick Open Studios crawl, 2015

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Bushwick has become such a fertile and active art community that it can be hard to distinguish extraordinary happenings from the day-to-day thrum of the place. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to be jaded about Bushwick Open Studios for a number of reasons – in particular, the immense range of work the event presents and the party atmosphere its unpretentious informality and abandon generate, intense and playful in roughly equal measure. Here are brief descriptions of notable work I found over the course of just two hours on Sunday afternoon, venue-hopping inside an area of roughly twelve square blocks. Had I had a few more hours, this post would have been dauntingly long.

[Image at top: Bob Szantyr; Red, Yellow, And Bluer Than This Much Blue; 2014;
oil on paper, tacks, urethane plastic; 12 x 10 x 8 inches. This image is from his website.]

June 8, 2015

Joshua Sevits: Ten Images

Guest contributor Joshua Sevits / After paying what seemed like highway robbery for admission to the Armory Show and a bizarro salmon sandwich with coffee (black), I found some amazing paintings that are definitely worth sharing. Better late than never, right? For the ten pieces I selected, the unifying factor seems to be mystification. Sometimes a sense of confusion appears vital to the artists' intent, but not always.

1. When I arrived, finding Leopard Skin Tights (image at top) by Toy Machine skateboard company founder Ed Templeton was a welcome surprise. Templeton’s caricatures of misfits and lowlifes always make me smile and are especially enjoyable when he focuses his attention on small naughty things like fingernails, trashy make-up, plastic bags and cigarettes. At Roberts & Tilton.

June 7, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries and digital distraction

Digital screens, halftone dot patterns, emoticons, and other typographic symbols comprise the imagery in Jacqueline Humphries's new series of large-scale paintings on view at Greene Naftali through June 20. Once considered a Provisional painter, Humphries's new work is anything but contingent. Slick and resolved, the enormous canvases are layered with stencils and screen prints so as to create the densely comprehensive patterns that we have come to associate with digitized information.

[Image at top: Jacqueline Humphries, Xx, 2014, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches.]

June 5, 2015

Bushwick Open Studios: Outliers

This year Bushwick Open Studios features the usual mega-studio buildings, gallery exhibitions, and an upstart art fair, all worthy of exploration. But some viewers might favor the more adventurous approach of selecting smaller locations with fewer artists. Here are a few recommendations for visitors who are more interested in outliers--artists whose studios aren't in the main locations, who probably won't see as much foot traffic, and who will thus be able devote special attention to visitors curious about their work.

Jasper Goodrich
1002 Bushwick Ave, Apt. 1A
"I began by casting pictures in iron. Now I am sculpting pictures. This has led me to explorations in painting, drawing, and printmaking. I am now applying the conceptual techniques of casting to photography." Image above: Jasper Goodrich, Half Picture: Wicker/Charcoal, cast iron, paint, charcoal, 21 x 17 inches.

Tree House
Bohemian Grove, 64 Grove Street
"A forest. Sounds, paintings, constructions, and performances throughout the weekend.  Featuring work by Jen Plaskowitz, Rebecca Richards, Cameron Stuart, Lily Chambers, Bradley Bailey, Dan Goldberg, Dean Cercone, Colin Griffin, Forrest Gray, Stewart Losee, Matt Maichel, and Mike D. Sound and performance dance in the forest at this stop on the Map of Dreams.  Live painting and Tarot reading on site."

 Kerry Law

Sandra Koponen

Artists at 63 Woodward Avenue
Kerry Law (painting)
Nick Van Zanten (sculpture)
Sandra Koponen (painting)

Grace Moon, Portrait Project
210 Cook Street, # 311
"Every year I shoot free portrait photos for anyone who visits my studio. The photos are posted for folks to use for whatever they want and some of the photos become paintings. You can view previous #BOS photo shoots here."

Wendy Klemperer
181 Varet Street
"Sculpture garden outdoors, large studio indoors. Sculptures and work on paper by Wendy Klemperer with additional work by Michael Ballou and Marina Litvinskaya"

Ayane Kurai
95 Starr Street

I am a human first
I happen to be a painter and japanese born
To display life,
and to develop a Big heart
are the most important techniques and goals for me.
I believe
that my paintings follow me and grow
with me
…just because
painting is the voice of my soul.

 Ethan Boisvert

Ethan Boisvert
Neighborhood Liquor Store @ 679 Knickerbocker Ave.

"I will be showing new work at the Neighborhood Liquor Store on Knickerbocker. Saturday and Sunday will be subject to change."

Note to all the artists who participated in Bushwick Open Studios, but didn't add images or links to their studio websites on their BOS profile pages: You've missed a fantastic opportunity to reach out to the larger community. I hope you get it together next year!


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