Nancy Baker: Delicate construction

Contributed by Sharon Arnold / In her solo show “No Regrets,” Brooklyn-based mixed-media installation artist Nancy Baker winningly advances her trademark style of accretion, integrating text, found objects, glitter, paint, and ink into large-scale installation and wall sculpture.  When you walk into the light-filled space in Bushwick’s Odetta Gallery, your eye is immediately drawn to … read more… “Nancy Baker: Delicate construction”

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Laura Blacklow on painterly photo processes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On the occasion of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) sponsored Photography Show that is taking place on Pier 94 in NYC this weekend, I spoke with Laura Blacklow, a Boston-based artist (and once a teacher of mine) who works with alternative photo processes. Exploring the experimental precinct where painting and photography intersect, Blacklow has recently released the fifth edition … read more… “Laura Blacklow on painterly photo processes”

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Mike Cloud: Angst and hope

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Mike Cloud’s seductively playful and complex exhibition, “Quilt paintings,” on view at Thomas Erben through the March 31, features disassembled children’s clothes – not those that his kids have outgrown, but new outfits, some with price tags still attached. The seams are removed, and the pieces are organized into loose … read more… “Mike Cloud: Angst and hope”

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Softly singing “Songs for Sabotage”

Contributed by Sharon Butler / “Songs for Sabotage,” the 2018 iteration of the New Museum Triennial, curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Francesca Altamura of the New Museum, and Alex Gartenfeld of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, features elegantly installed, dimly-lit work by an international group of artists. Many of them have interdisciplinary practices comprising performance, installation, and more, … read more… “Softly singing “Songs for Sabotage””

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Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I  just read a piece by Rachel Corbett in artnet News about Mitchell Algus, a dealer who manages a small second-floor space on the corner of Delancy and Norfolk on the Lower East Side. He’s been mounting shows in different spaces for more than 25 years, all the while holding down … read more… “Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018”

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Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam: About a painting

Brad Killam and his wife, artist-writer-educator-curator Michelle Grabner, transcribed the following conversation they had about Airport (2015), one of the terrific small-scale paintings that is included in Killam’s solo at Geary Contemporary. The exhibition, on view through March 17, includes both paintings and sculptures, each focused on the specific materiality of the chosen medium. The paintings revel in color, surface, and brushwork, while the … read more… “Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam: About a painting”

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Robin Lowe’s exquisitely eerie paintings

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It goes almost without saying that paintings of people need to bring more to the table than faithful visual representations of what the people look like. But what, exactly? There is of course a range of options as to the kinds of enhancements a painter can incorporate. Natural environment, social milieu, and personal activity are some … read more… “Robin Lowe’s exquisitely eerie paintings”

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Undergraduate Sketchbook: Katie Fuller

“The sketchbook practice is always something I return to when painting or any other more physical work seems too daunting. The intimacy is healing. It’s a safe space where I can fool around with unresolved ideas that no one ever has to see. My sketchbook also acts as a storage place for scraps I don’t want to lose and for studies … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: Katie Fuller”

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Laura Owens: So much fun

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Laura Owens’s mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum features more than 60 paintings, many large-scale and hung salon-style, from the mid-1990s until today. The work is all over the map, but Owens’s primary interest lies in fusing craft, doodling, sentimental greeting card and children’s book illustration, narrative, pop culture, and digital prints into a big happy mess. In the … read more… “Laura Owens: So much fun”

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On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Offices were once equipped with typewriters, copy machines, and paperclips, and, of course, contained the files that organized and stored “paperwork.” Leslie Brack’s new paintings of well-worn metal file cabinet drawers, on view at Cathouse Proper’s new space in Carroll Gardens, evoke this forgotten past, in which information, rather than existing online forever, could … read more… “On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper”

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