Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her second solo show at Freight + Volume, Jennifer Coates presents a series of seemingly playful landscapes that conjure three early abstractionists: Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and Wassily Kandinsky. The subject matter is a departure from her last exhibitions, which featured expanded images of junk food, painted with exuberant … read more… “Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times”

Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA

Jennifer Coates paints food–fast food, junk food–anything easy to make and portable. On the occasion of “Carb Load,” her compelling solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (her alma mater), Coates met with EJ Hauser, another PAFA alumna, to discuss painting, food, gratification, entoptic phenomenon, geometric hallucinations, and more. EJ Hauser: Hello, … read more… “Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA”

Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more

In the early 1990s, Rikrit Tiravanija began organizing exhibitions around cooking Thai food. A practitioner of what ultimately came to be known as Relational Aesthetics, Tiravanija was interested in the social interaction that revolved around cooking and eating. Today, artists are more likely to be thinking about our complex relationship with food itself–how we produce … read more… “Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more”

Meet the 2018 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Awardees

Today the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program announced the seventeen talented (and lucky) artists who have been selected to to receive rent-free studio space in DUMBO during 2018-19. They received a record number of applicants–1600–which were reviewed by S-W Studio Program alumni Heeseop Yoon ‘06, Gilbert Hsiao ‘12, Ben La Rocco ‘05, and Rachel Beach ’13. After the initial selection, jury members … read more… “Meet the 2018 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Awardees”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here is a selected list of painting shows I’m heading out to see this week. For a more comprehensive, all-media listing, check out The List on artcritical and ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions and then display the gallery locations on a neighborhood map. I’ll be adding more to this list before the end … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 2018”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / There is no lack of painting shows to check out in the NYC galleries this month, but I hope you have better weather than I did when I took my Parsons students to a few shows in Chelsea the other day. As my optimistic sister who likes to garden tells me each year: April showers bring May flowers…and so … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018”

Images: Carrie Moyer at Mary Boone

Contributed by Sharon Butler / What you can’t see clearly in online images of Carrie Moyer’s new paintings, on view at Mary Boone (in conjunction with DC Moore) through April 21, is the remarkable fusion of flat, opaque abstract form with a masterful illusion of three-dimensionality. Moyer’s masked shapes, paint pours, and drop shadows, applied with varying degrees of transparency, … read more… “Images: Carrie Moyer at Mary Boone”

Rachelle Krieger: Skirmishes between invisible forces

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  In “Of Earth and Sky,” on view at Susan Eley Fine Art, Rachelle Krieger presents a new series of elegant abstract paintings in which winding brushstrokes float throughout tightly-cropped square spaces. Although they have the feel of landscape, they are fundamentally abstract, leanly imparting that impression with shape and line. For contemporary American … read more… “Rachelle Krieger: Skirmishes between invisible forces”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In case readers want to check out some painting shows but aren’t interested in racing around to the art fairs (or paying the entry fees), here are some gallery shows worth checking out this month. More comprehensive, all-media listings, are available at The List on artcritical and ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions and then display the … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018”

Your November 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. … read more… “Your November Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski”