Monday, June 27, 2011

"reCovered" at frosch&portmann

Jessie Henson

I am thrilled to participate in a summer group show based on collage at frosch&portmann in New York City. It's a five person show and we're all cut and pasting the body, reshifting identity.

Garrett Pruter

From the PR ~

frosch&portmann is pleased to present “reCovered”, a group exhibition with Rafael Grassi, Jessie Henson, Eva Lake, Thomas Lowe and Garrett Pruter.

Opening reception: Thursday, June 30 from 6 - 8PM

53 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
Summer hours: Wed - Sat, Noon - 6PM
June 30 - August 21, 2011

"reCovered" brings together artists working with materials originally not intended for painting, gluing or cutting: Magazines, family photographs, shooting practice targets. The artists in the exhibition recombine and reinterpret their original found material and thus create a whole new imagery — a recovered picture.

The works in the show play with the disappearance and fragmentation of the human figure; heads are covered with paint, faces pasted over, whole bodies cut out.

Thomas Lowe

Eva Lake

Rafael Grassi

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Appendix Project Space on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

On June 28th my guests on Art Focus will be from Appendix Project Space – Joshua Pavlacky, Travis Fitzgerald and Zack Davis. The upcoming show at Appendix is Neverland by Daniel J. Glendening and Michael Welsch.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Paige Prendergast on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

This coming Tuesday Paige Prendergast, director of Breeze Block, will be my guest on Art Focus. Their current show is Concrete and Steel, a multimedia exhibition of urban geometry, features the work of Nick Makanna, Joe Chambers and Kit Crenshaw.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Don Voisine and Gilbert Hsiao

We’ve had this conversation before here. Some slag Facebook, but one thing it is giving me is a powerful introduction to a big network of a special breed: those who work towards a reductive view. Maybe there are other types of artists making their networks, but this one has really come to my attention. I’m meeting them from all over the world.

While on my way to the Don Voisine exhibition at McKenzie Fine Art (image above), I ran into the artist in the lobby. I recognize him through the network. I had previously received my first small dose of his excellence at a group show of abstraction at PNCA not that long ago called M5 which was curated by Jeff Jahn. Nice show bringing Minus Space and artists from the Pacific NW together; I stared at the jewel-like Voisine the longest (though to be fair I have seen Francis Celentano a lot and it’s always a joy). I knew if I had a chance, I would want to see many. The exhibition did not disappoint. He marries matt and shiny blacks in spare shapes, mostly crosses, with juicy color bands.

In the back room was a Gilbert Hsiao (see below), who I have worshipped from afar (yes, again on but not restricted to FB). His work positively vibrates. I was also lucky enough to meet Valerie McKenzie, who was very welcoming - and revealed that she was planning an op-ish, eyeball-seering exhibition which includes his work. (It’s called Sound and Vision and opens on the 23rd). My fun didn’t end then however. Gilbert Hsiao walked in as if on cue. A truly star-studded day.

PS: There’s a fine exhibition at OK Harris which includes a Voisine, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Abstract Artists.

PSS: Check out the gorgeous piece of Voisine plus an interview featured in Hyperallergic.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Anonymous Woman No. 27

The last time I was in the Met I spend time in the period rooms. I used to find a lot of Romance in period rooms – an interior experience in more than one way. I still do, but in a different way. Environments become more significant the more I work with the Anonymous Woman. She’s no more than d├ęcor, something to look at, something to occupy, like the pretty cage she’s in. As I placed her in this British room, she also looks like she’s rising from a billboard, bridging 18th c. beauty into the late 20th.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


During the April visit to NYC I lost my camera so I am back to shooting with my old 35mm. My mom gave me the camera in 1987 and it's all I ever used until the past few years. Maybe the loss is a blessing in disguise as it takes a much better picture. The above is today's peonies and below, Japanese Iris, all from the garden.

John Graeter on KBOO

Listen to the interview here.

John Graeter has organized all kinds of art extravaganzas around town, being sometimes hard to pin down. Now he’s opening a gallery! He’ll be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tom Cramer and Jeff Jahn on KBOO

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Tomorrow Tom Cramer will guest host on Art Focus. He and Jeff Jahn will present The Architecture Show.