Sunday, November 26, 2017

@ David & Schweitzer Contemporary NYC

For the last few weeks, at Bushwick's own David & Schweitzer Contemporary, during the big show of Daniel John Gadd and Elizabeth Murray, a single work of mine has been hanging out along with their work. Thanks to Michael David and Keith Schweitzer there has been some wonderful feedback about the painting coming my way. Looking forward to what the future brings.

05-20-2017
9.5 X 6 X 2"
Acrylic on Acrylic Yarn on Painted Wood Chassis



THANKS!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Glen Baldridge at Klaus Von Nichtssagend LES, NYC

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide...paintings are coming back in a new and fresh way. From the Clyfford Still laced works of Harold Ancart, to the work from the most recent to close at The Hole...Morgan Blair and more.

Today I went walking in the lower east side of Manhattan, I came across the Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery at 54 Ludlow St. Looking from the outside, dreary as it was with rain all day, I could see there was some very eye catching work. Another young painter has seen the new world of trippy paintings. Glen Baldridge has created a whole world for himself out of the haze of today's hallucinogenic world and into some tremendous painting. Incorporating a technique I immediately recognized as marbleizing, just on a grander scale than any I had witnessed before. Acrylic colors dancing playfully upon the wood paneled surface. Inside that playful surface is a small nugget of wisdom in the title of the painting. Baldridge adds in the title during the making of the work, so if you aren't quite looking, you will get lost in the colors and movement and miss the words that lie within.

This is my first exhibition of Baldridge’s work. If you know me, you know I wouldn’t have been into the overtly word related work of his previous exhibitions. But who’s to really say, i’ve had my mind changed again and again. The press release really helped me gain a foothold on his past and where his ideas come from. I’m not big on text based work, but in my view, these are not text based, I saw them immediately as paintings, no words were even in my mind as I was enjoying them. I knew they had a certain patterning in them but my mind didn’t come to words until after I had read the press release. I’m glad I didn’t know anything about the artist's work before the show. That way I had a totally fresh viewing experience. It’s not something you have much these days, unless you like me, enjoy just walking around and popping into every space you can find, just looking for that new and fresh work that gets your mind going.

A couple just came by and mentioned to each other how they felt the work reminded them of magic eye art from the 80-90's. Looking for that hidden picture that never comes. These paintings are so happy and playful that whomever takes one home will surely have so much to enjoy over the years.

All of this work is residential scale. If you need to know what that means. It means the work is not so huge you need 10 foot ceilings in your home to hang it. At the time of writing this... Ruin Us is my favorite of the group. There's always gonna be a favorite work in any exhibition you see. This is definitely an exhibition I would suggest to you.

And while you are there, be sure to pick up the press release for it. It's got some really nice information about the artist and his background.

Photos: Taken by me with my iphone 4. If you want better photos, hit that donate button here...


Running until December 17th.



Ruin Us
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2017
20 X 16"



I must add how interesting not only the front is, but also the sides of these paintings. Gives me a small bit of feeling how things looked in his studio as he was making these, the color falling off the panel and down the sides, the place where the paint truly does what IT wants to do, while the top is ordered by the implements Baldridge uses to create the swirls of color. 








This one really begins to show off the texture the work has, from it's peaks to it's valleys, you really see how thick the paint is upon these. 






This is where I really wanted to show off how the valleys forming in the white give the painting even more to dig into. The eye has so much fun looking at these, the mind trying to figure out what it going on, while the eye says to the mind, hey, let's just enjoy this visual imagery. It's so hard to write about something that is so visual. You just wanna look. So it's time that you do so. I'll do my best to keep the photos as enticing as possible for you the viewer at home.


Thanks Sam!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tester #3

Tester #3

"07-16-2017"
Acrylic and Coal Dust on Acrylic Yarn on Acrylic Painted Wood Chassis
9.5" X 6"

I began these out of a dream of a very small work of portable art that could be easily transported and easily viewed. A freestanding set of paintings all wrapped up into one work. I originally imagined they would be much smaller, but the day after the vision, I began making them larger, why, because I can. Also because I was wondering if I could, as I was stepping out on new ground for myself with these. I only made four, so far, but there is much more to come. I love the idea of a painting that can sit with you all the time and not just be a piece on a wall. Originally the vision was to see them sitting on a desk and being enjoyed from all 5 sides, since you have the 6th side for placement. None are signed, but they all come with a certificate of authenticity that includes photos of the front and back, which ever is which.

This particular one is a forest green wood chassis, yellow acrylic yarn, and black acrylic texture with coal dust mixed in. When the light hits the coal just right it glistens.

One of the things that gets me most about these works is the amount of visual data they give to the mind. It's peaks and valleys, it's ins and outs, it's interior and exterior all vying for attention of the sensitive observer at once.









Monday, October 16, 2017

Christopher Wilmarth @ Betty Cunningham/Tibor De Nagy Rivington Street, NYC

Sunday I went around to galleries around the lower east side. I made my way over to Betty Cunningham Gallery which I guess is now also called Tibor De Nagy.

Photos taken with my iphone4, if you wish for better pics. Please donate.

Open through October 29th, there is a tremendous Christopher Wilmarth exhibition of his sculptures and works on paper.

Walking in you are surrounded by tremendous work by the sculptor that apparently was getting ready to enjoy a lot of success when he took his own life. Can't gloss over that since it is a part of his legacy. But what really matters is the amazing work he left behind.

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Three sculptures, steel and glass lie on the ground, one is on the wall and the rest of the show is work on paper. Spending time with the work on paper, since I hadn't seen very much of it, you slowly gain the sense of how they connect to the sculpture. I always find it interesting to see just HOW the work was created, and thankfully Wilmarth left lots of clues in his drawings. From the pencil lines to the razor blade cuts, you gain the presence of the hand, and all it's mannerisms.



It's obviously the sculptures that he got known for. His uses of glass as a sculptural medium with steel was definitely what sat him apart from his peers. Some called him the Rothko of sculpture, since the glass being covered in parts, almost always frosted in one way or another. The work is full of visual interest for the viewer, you don't need to read about these, just looking you can see so much of his creations. I've a few colleagues that adore and knew Wilmarth. One of the videos I have made with Forrest Myers AKA Frosty has him talking about Wilmart in his studio.


I feel like I should say more, but in all honesty I don't wish to. His works need to be seen and enjoyed in person. only so much can be said before you get tired of reading about it. One of the reasons I like showing my own photos with these personal reviews.






I believe this piece in particular was my favorite. I really dug the placement of the glass and the balance of it, while heavy with steel, it's also light with the glass.




You've still got a bunch of time to get down there yourself. Spend some time, give each work a few minutes to really get down and work on your visual sense, I think you'll be happy you did.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Alex Gardner @ The Hole - Bowery - NYC

Sunday: 1:30 PM Temp 73 and humid.

Manhattan, NYC, The Hole Gallery 312 Bowery.

Building: Whitest building around for at least a block or two.

Photos: Taken by me with my iphone 4. If you want better photos, hit that donate button here...



Interior: Even more white, probably the brightest gallery in town. Alas...Wonderful place to view paintings.

Alex Gardner is having his first show at The Hole, Run by Kathy Grayson. It's become the go to place to see new artists around the NYC area. She is a big fan of painting and shows more of it than most galleries do.

The exhibition runs only through today, which is why it's a bit sad to write this so late in the timing of the exhibition.

It's a strange hallucinogenic world these pictures inhabit. The quality of the brush, the shading of the clothes and the non-world in which these creatures live, it's only the beginning for these people. The figures themselves are reminding me of the non faces of Mark Kostabi, these people without faces, really without just about any features which would let you know anything about them. They all inhabit some strange fantasy world where it would seem that personalities haven't been given, or maybe it's long after the humanity we know today, to where people no longer have their own personalities, their own thoughts, stuck in a world they can't leave. It seems as if each person in this world pretty much looks the same, one type of man and one type of woman. Really disheartening to think about such things. A world where life revolves solely around shapes and shadows, nothing left to do, except BE.






In the structure beneath the darkness, you see details of the hands and feet, there isn't much to the non-faces, as that is the way it's supposed to be in this non-world. One part of the humanoids that is very detailed is the hair. He obviously spent a lot of time working on each strand of hair in the picture. Giving the work an even stronger ability to talk to you.





Most of what you see from the artist are what I feel could be details of a larger world that Gardner has created. I can't help but wonder why there were no large scaled pictures that give more insight into what this pre-post-world looks like, outside of all these portraits.

My advice...keep your eyes on the details after that first viewing. Upon repeated viewings they reveal more of their layering. The color choices were quite exquisite along with the execution of the working, and the reworking of the picture continues to give more for the sensitive observer to enjoy.






I look forward to seeing where Gardner takes these paintings in the future, he's a great draftsman and I look forward to seeing his development of this world and the beings that inhabit it.



Check out the elegance and beauty with which the hand is rendered.

I only wish I could have seen this show a few weeks ago, and wrote, that way maybe someone reading this might just head down there and dig into these the way I was.


Thanks for reading.

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