Friday, May 4, 2018

Super-Superfine: the art fair

Art, art, art!

This spring week the art fairs are blooming. Frieze, Art New York, The Other Fair and Superfine!

This is where you can find me! 459 West 14 Street. May 3-6, 2018, 12-7PM


It is fun to be exhibiting after a little break and meet fans and artists.

Alex Kuhn and Juan Miguel Marin

And to try the super fancy new sticker game



Friday, April 27, 2018

Join me at Superfine Art Fair on May 2-6 at 459 West 14th Street 

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Superfine! mission is to bring joy and excitement to the art of collecting art. Superfine! has emerged as an alternative to typical art fairs - a transparent, approachable environment for buying and selling art that maintains the highest curatorial standards in the industry while simultaneously opening up the market to new collectors and emerging gallery programs and artists.

Prefer something more social?
Don't miss:
 

Special Programs

Dim Sum Dinner Party | THURSDAY 5.3 8PM-12AM
  • Multiple courses of modernized dim sum
  • Sommelier-presented saké flight, paired to each course
  • Dinner talk by art advisor Sebastien Laboureau
"Young" Collectors: Ice Cream + Cocktail Social | FRIDAY 5.4 8PM-11PM
  • Unlimited artisanal ice cream + toppings
  • 2 complimentary craft cocktails
  • ARTstagram challenge (winner gets $500 art spree!)
Girls' Night Out (For Art!) | SATURDAY 5.5 8PM-11PM
  • 2 complimentary craft cocktails
  • Performance art and spoken word celebrating female artists + arts professionals
  • Portion of proceeds support Lower Eastside Girls Club initiatives for young female artists in NYC
Private Directors' Tours
  • Modern Minimalist Masters | FRIDAY 5.4 11AM-12PM
  • Queens of Contemporary Art | SATURDAY 5.5 11AM-12PM
  • It Goes Above the Couch! | SUNDAY 5.6 11AM-12PM

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 


Lost

 Head stand

Daydream

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 Baqué

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.