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The Creative Process: Before and After

June 9th, 2014

I’m generally a neat and orderly person, but I guess the act of painting doesn’t always find me keeping the paints in their original order.

picture of acrylic paint tubes


Marguerite Day and Adie Russell: Charm & Strange

June 6th, 2014

Projekt722, an artist-run exhibition space located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is opening a new exhibition this Saturday, June 7th, titled “Charm & Strange,” featuring work by Marguerite Day (below left) and Adie Russell (below right).

Curator Fred Fleisher writes: “The thoroughness of their investigation is like exploring at a particle level (“Charm” and “Strange” are two quark “flavors”), but in their art, as in particle physics, it is not definitive answers at which they arrive, but a multitude of simultaneously occurring possibilities.” For more on Marguerite Day, check out her website here. To learn more about Adie Russell, check out her website here. If you’re in the area, swing by for the opening reception, which takes place from 6-9pm tomorrow night.

exhibition at Projekt722 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Images from Italy in the early 1990’s

June 6th, 2014

Check out our feed at Instagram which includes a number of photos from a trip to Italy in the early 1990’s. A couple favorites are the shadow of Michelangelo’s David, below left, in Florence, and an example of “scratchiti” as seen in Rome, below right.

Michelangelo's David sculpture shadow and an example of scratchiti


Accidental reflections in a Jay West painting

June 5th, 2014

This painting by Jay West, titled “Sailor’s Last Voyage,” caught my attention at the recent Scope Art Fair. But I didn’t realize how prominent the reflections on the glossy surface would be captured in my photograph until I got home and saw it on the computer. Scroll down to see a video about Jay West, and in the video you can actually see him working on this exact same painting!

Jay West painting at the Scope Art Fair, 2014


Thinking of Victor Vasarely on Fifth Avenue

June 5th, 2014

As I was walking up Fifth Avenue recently in the early evening, I noticed this particular store window, and it wasn’t the objects in the window that caught my attention, but rather than black and white geometric art on either side of the window. It reminded me of Victor Vasarely, in particular his black and white work from the 1950’s. Scroll down to see two examples of Vasarely’s work from this time period.

store window design on Fifth Avenue reminds me of Victor Vasarely

black and white paintings by Victor Vasarely from the 1950's


The Opposite of Slender Man: Leonardo’s Slim Man

June 3rd, 2014

The horrific crime in Wisconsin where the pre-teen girls were supposedly inspired by “Slender Man” was my first exposure to this fictional character. The Slender Man character in stories is commonly said to stalk, abduct, or traumatize people, particularly children.

Maybe we should encourage kids to get interested in “Slim Man,” a creation by Leonardo da Vinci around 1490, pictured below. He had first created his character called “Vitruvian Man”, but his friends made fun of him for drawing a naked guy, so he followed up with “Slim Man,” who was said to commonly inspire kids to make art.

A Slender Man version of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man


A mattress and a shoe in the art gallery

June 3rd, 2014

I don’t think I would have ever come up with the idea of a mattress as an art object, but Mike Kelley has done just that with his piece “Orphic Mattress” from 1989, below left. I really like the pattern and colors of the felt, and while it makes sense to have “mattress art” on the floor, I think it would look pretty cool hanging from the wall too.

Below right we have “Bergwerk II,” 1987, by Martin Kippenberger, which consists of a “shoe, foam rubber, particle board, metal plate, carpet, and mixed media,” according to the gallery checklist. But what does it mean? “Bergwerk” is German for “mine,” and this piece has a boot placed on top of a carpet, beneath which sat a metal plate and under that the two layers of foam have a “mine shaft” carved through them, at the bottom of which is a batch of pasta, which must be the “mixed media” that the checklist references. Now does it all make sense? I didn’t think so.

Both pieces are included in an exhibition titled “No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989” at the David Zwirner Gallery, up through June 14th.

art from No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989 at David Zwirner


Renaissance art + New Jersey = ???

June 2nd, 2014

At left we have a Renaissance painting by Piero della Francesca, and in the middle we have a map of the state of New Jersey. Illustrator Wesley Bedrosian has taken the two and created his own mash-up version, below right. (Seen at the exhibition “Made in New Jersey” at Gallery 51 in Montclair)

renaissance art mixed with NJ equals Wesley Bedrosian's image


Art for the Man Cave

June 2nd, 2014

I received what I found to be a humorous e-mail from Artspace today, with suggestions of “art for the man cave” as Father’s Day gifts. That idea in and of itself is not so bad, but when their tagline says “a selection of works that go down smoothly with some Sinatra and the smell of leather,” that cracks me up. I can’t imagine there’s too many guys under a certain age who hang out in their basement listening to Sinatra … don’t get me wrong, I like Frank Sinatra’s music in certain circumstances – “It Had To Be You” was the “first dance” song at my wedding – but I don’t “chill” with the sounds of Frank in my man cave.

Anyway, let’s take a look at some of their “man-cave-worthy” art works. The first row includes pieces that I would enjoy having, and the second row is my selection of “scratch-my-head … huh?” choices.

art for the Man Cave, gift suggestions for Father's Day


Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, June 13 – 15, 2014

June 2nd, 2014

The organization Americans for the Arts is holding their 2014 Annual Convention in Nashville this year, from June 13 – 15. The convention is meant as an opportunity to exchange ideas that are innovative, inspirational, and sometimes controversial. Bringing together field leaders, networks, and peer groups helps achieve the common mission of advancing the arts in America.

This year’s Convention includes three conferences (on Public Art and Placemaking, Arts Education and Advocacy, and Arts Leadership), three hand-picked keynotes, more than 30 specialized breakouts, and a fantastic reception at the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information, click on the image below.

2014 Annual Convention for Americans for the Arts


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