Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Caught in the Studio

How funny is this photo I caught in the studio?!  I was trying to capture a painting I did a while ago of Nugget and when I moved the camera back the real wood floor and my painting of the same floor came into view along with my feet and her painted paws.  Love it...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Shows

I have gotten the good news that I have been accepted into two juried shows I applied to for the summer.  

The first is at Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY.  It was juried by Yvonne Jacquette (her painting below).  
It is open from June 19 to July 7. 
Washington Square View with Bobst Library at NYU II, 2010-11, Oil on canvas, 48 3/4 x 69 1/2 inches
The second show is at the Woodmere Art Museum right in Chestnut Hill.  It's a very interesting place, the collection is mainly Philadelphia painters and artists, so the show was open to artists in the Philadelphia area.
The juror is Alex Kanevsky (painting below) who teaches at PAFA (where I did my MFA).  I always liked his work but never got to know him because he teaches in the undergraduate program.  I applied to both of these shows because I was interested in the juror's work.  This one is open from July 28 to September 30.  

Fridge, Oil on Wood, 24 x 24

Monday, June 4, 2012

NY Shows

I went up to Chelsea last week for some gallery browsing.  Most of what was there, we decided, was mid-career artists with a name that did not deliver anything new to look at or think about.  But a few shows made the trip worthwhile.

1. Kathy Bradford at Edward Thorp 

2. Janice Nowinski at Bowery Gallery

3. Maira Kalman at Julie Saul

4. Chantal Joffe at Cheim and Read

5. Kathryn Lynch at Sears Peyton
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These were the few and far between artists I saw as making interesting work.  They all seemed to be making it for the personal joy and struggle of it.  For me they felt like shows where the artist was swept up in their practice, and showing it after that experience (which should be normal) -- but many of the shows that fell flat, seemed like the artist was too self conscious of making a show that felt cohesive or fit the gallery space or that critics would recognize.  I also get a lot of joy out of the fact that as I compiled this list I noticed that they were all women taking these risks and engaging in serious and daring practices.