Monday, February 26, 2018

The month of drawing

Balloon Pop

As if I didn't know it, the drawing month was a great challenge and I have now several sketches that will become drawings. I have not made 100 (yet), but that has not diminished the great  satisfaction I have from creating these and also sharing them.

Meet my drawings in person on May 2-6, 2018 at Superfine Art Fair 


 Head stand


Triennial: Songs for Sabotage and Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic

These two exhibitions have very little to do with each other except that I happen to see them in the same week.

Haroon Gunn-Salle, Senzenina, 2018

One of the strongest pieces in the exhibition at the New Museum and definitely impressive is by South African artist Harron Gunn-Salle. Ready to jump headless and hand-less men all in black are forever in tension. 

 Anupam Roy’s “Surfaces of the Irreal” (2018)

The next image is by Anupam Roy, who talks about violence in India. This contradictory depiction of death/love and black/red creates my favorite push/pull of beauty and horror.

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At the other side of town Folk Art Museum hosts an exhibition by outsider artists, including some of my favorites like Henry Darger. 

Henry Darger

A sheer volume of the text he has written is mind boggling. This is a part of his illustrations that depict girl/boy who are fighting for their lives in the never-ending battles.

Malcolm McKesson 
Something about the atmosphere created with this circular and dynamic technique made me stop and loo a the figures again. So much to read in as to the relationship between them, the place, the sounds. The pen marks are almost chaotic and yet the figures are in their almost dormant positions among the falling apart world.

Josep BaquƩ

Should I say that this is my favorite? Even with the cartoon like imagery I find these fascinating.We have Bruegel and Bosch in bright colors ready to be added to the scenes of the hell and purgatory. Maybe it is the absence of the background that makes so much more appealing. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

100 artworks in a month

From January 20 through February 20, 2018 I will create 100 artworks on paper and post about them here. The idea behind this project is manifold. One is to move forward with creation and have a deadline that often can propel us forward with more intensity. Other reasons are to develop a stronger concept and share it with you. I would love to hear your feedback. Please send me a note. Comment on Instagram, or FB.

Each piece comes with a story and this is an additional challenge for me since I prefer to live in the realm of the visual and avoid discussing my pieces. The compromise I found is that the writing will actually be a fiction. This part might not be as coherent, but I hope to improve as I brave forward.

I will post more details about the theme and other restrictions I plan to impose for the medium. Looking forward to sharing with you this project and hear your comments.

Ink on paper, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018

Julia Phillips and Christina Quarles at The Studio Museum in Harlem

If you didn't have a chance to see Fictions exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem it is still open for couple more days. Representing emerging artists from all parts of the country it is as diverse thematically. My attention was caught by the painting of Christina Quarles "A Part of Apart". The dismembered bodies are intertwined and seemingly codependent on each other. The relationship is build within a multidimensional space that is broken by the detailed floral design. The variety of line adds to the visual confusion. So much to explore!

A Part Apart by Christina Quarles

On the upper floor is an exhibition by the resident artists. This print by Julia Phillips reminded me of several other pieces made with nylon. Stretched and modified almost to abstraction the material manifests almost like in an animalistic form. Yet the eye shifts back and forth to the recognizable part of the clothing typically worn by women. Playful and dark it is in my favorite category of push and pull.

Expanded by Julia Phillips

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A visit to Chelsea and Christie's

This week I was intrigued by the art by Misha Kahn at Friedman Benda. The animalistic forms are rooted in earth. They are layered with organic and synthetic materials creating the feeling of outer space. This is probably what appealed to me in the first place - the push and pull of the familiar and other.

Misha Kahn Midden Heap

Bosco Sodi Caryatides

Nearby in Paul Kasmin Gallery Bosco Sodi installed these clay cubes. The simplicity of the structure complements the painterly surface. Something about their size or the warmth of colors makes one comfortable. The textured surface asks to be touched and the gaps between the cubes pose the question about their weight. Here is the structure that is heavy and levitates at the same time.

Louise Bourgeois Cove 1988

Luckily I also got to see this piece at Christie's. If you ever wonder how artist's ideas come together here is an excellent example as it is a hybrid of several other sculptures put together. It is more complex from this combination which makes it even more interesting in my eyes.

The three possible ancestors are:

 Janus Fleui 1968

Cumul 1968

 Welcoming Hands 1996

What do you think?

Leslie Jimenez Upton Windows

Leslie Jimenez exhibited several prints and this thread line artwork along with Pepe Coronado at the Uptown exhibition. She created the volume and almost sculptural feeling putting the thread through several pieces of velum. Abstracting the windows from their setting transformed into personages of its own will. Plus the use of craft material adds to the dialogue of what is art versus craft.
Beautiful workmanship.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wasser Marsch, ein Arbeitstitel

I am very happy to be a part of the exhibition Wasser Marsch, ein Arbeitstitel 
at Reinart gallery, in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. 

This is a collaboration done during this summer with Tass and inspired by the magical air of Lure, France and the artists who have been very generous to share their time and artwork with me.

Join the vernissage to enjoy the artwork of:
Alexander Wolf, Frank Gabriel, Jens Titus Freitag,
Uwe Battenberg, Tass, Bernhard Hehgi, Dominik Leuenberger, Patrik Butler

Friday, September 29, 2017

If you are a fan of Bourgeois as much as I am, the visit to the MoMA exhibit An Unfolding Portrait is a must.
As any retrospective exhibit it is informative to see the connections between her earlier and later works and the circular themes we go through as artists. This exhibition is diverse in medium and covers a life-span of her works from drawings to sculptures.

This signature work of a spider, an important element in her life, also features the cell with remnants of tapestries and small, almost unnoticeable objects like keys inside. This large speciment is reflected on the wall with a smaller version.

This second spider seats high up on the wall of the atrium 
and ignores us as we shot at it with our photo lenses

Around the spider cell you will find the series of etchings from her later years. The one on the left plays with the masculine/feminine as one and yet still full of confrontational attitude. 

There are also artwork like this one that I would not have recognized to be by Bourgeois. The colors are hers but the theme and the style seem to be quite different.

From a series of unfinished work of etchings.

"Once a man was telling a story,
it was very good story too,
and it made him happy, but he
told is so fast, that nobody understood it."

Additionally dont miss the opportunity to explore online the huge collection of prints she has donated to the museum