AGAINST THE GRAIN
210 Rivington Street, New York, NY
June 3rd – 25th, 2017
Oakland based graffiti artist GATS opened his debut New York City solo show at Spoke NYC this past Saturday. “Against the Grain” is GATS’ first exhibition with SPOKE, in which he is exhibiting found object assemblages featuring his signature mask imagery.
The “Death by Pebble” series
Drawing from the long held connection between graffiti and skate culture, GATS paints on vintage skate decks that bring the viewer back to earlier times. The artist’s graphic style translates so well to the skate boards that one could imagine they were there to begin with.
The two fire extinguisher pieces in the exhibition, entitled “Distinguisher” and “Eliminator” pay homage to the fire extinguisher as a tool for vandalism. While these pieces are not filled with paint their exteriors are beautifully adorned with not only the mask character but also the artists name in an ornate letter state.
Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money
Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money is a must read for any artist. Author Brainard Carey does an excellent job of offering realistic goals artists can set and reach by following the plans laid out in the book. Real world examples help to materialize each plan so that you begin to believe that success is achievable.
Throughout the book Carey serves as your teacher and cheerleader making the book an informative and inspirational read. Included are actionable plans on how to approach galleries, museums and biennials. No matter what stage of your career that you're in, you'll be sure to take something valuable away from this book.
Friday, January 13th
6:30 – 8:00 PM
G.B. Stuart Gallery
Carlisle Arts Learning Center
38 West Pomfret Street
Carlisle Arts Learning Center, located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania is a non profit gallery and arts space serving the Carlisle community since 1992. Text, Texture, Textile is a national juried exhibition celebrating the use of text as a design element or the use of texture or textile materials within the work.
When Language Meets Art is an international juried exhibition at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX. The exhibition explores the intersection of language and contemporary art. Juror Gary Sweeney explores language in his own art practice and has selected artwork from a wide range of artists who utilize text in their work. I’m pleased to say this is my first time exhibiting in Texas and am thrilled to have been included among so many great artists.
Michael Basinski and Ginny O’Brien
John Van Beekum
Linda Rae Coughlin
Cora Jane Glasser
Casey Arguelles Gregory
Melinda Green Harvey
Bachrun LoMele and Anna Dembska
Laurence and Myra Musgrove
Joyce Matula Welch
Karen Frimkess Wolff
Alessandro Gallo is an Italian artist currently residing in Helena, Montana. His anthropomorphic sculptures began in 2005 and have since been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and in the Venice Biennale.
Social Activist – Locust Swarm (2016)
For Some Reason is Gallo’s second solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Follow (2016) & I Don’t Want To Grow Up (2016)
Saturday, November 12th
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Art Lab Gallery
1000 Richmond Terrace Bldg. H
Staten Island, NY 10301
Knowledge Bennett is a self taught artist from Asbury Park, currently based in Lost Angeles. Drawing influence from 1960’s Pop Art, Knowledge creates large scale, hand pulled serigraphs on canvas. These pieces tackle modern issues of race and celebrity.
I met Knowledge years ago during his time as a gallerist in Asbury Park. He and his staff were exceptionally friendly, which can be a refreshing change. I stayed all evening and spoke about the work in the exhibition (the artist I’ve since forgotton), and the art world at large. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of following his career and watching him grow as an artist.
The Battle of Good and Evil (2016)
Bennett’s latest exhibition at Joseph Gross Gallery, Orange is the New Black draws a parallel to the the orange used in prison jumpsuits to address issues such as the mass incarceration of black males in the United States. The exhibition critiques the American government’s treatment of the black community throughout history. One piece entitled Serve & Protect vs. Seek & Destroy, features Daily News covers displaying articles about police brutality.
Serve & Protect vs. Seek & Destroy
On Saturday October 15th, I stopped into Bridge Art Gallery in Bayonne to attend an artist talk by painter Ted Papoulas. Bridge Art Gallery is located in an unassuming building in Bayonne, NJ and has a beautiful interior split between white gallery walls and exposed brick. “Sound Of All Things” is the second exhibition presented by gallery founders Cheryl and Chris Mack.
Gouache under paintings in progress
“Sound Of All Things” is an exhibition containing illustrations created for the children’s book of the same title, as well as gouache under paintings of some works currently in progress. The exhibition as well as the subsequent artist talk shed light into the artist’s practice and gave a greater context to the body of work as a whole.
Ted Papoulas “Coney Island Boardwalk Perspective”
Ted Papoulas is a New York native currently living in Montclair, NJ. He creates romantic snapshots of a Brooklyn from years past using gouache and acrylic and a love of his home town. The artist keeps a high attention to detail without sacrificing the essence of the moment captured.
Ted Papoulas “Arriving At Coney Island”
Starting with sketches, Papoulas created story boards for the book one paragraph at a time. The artist then moves forward creating photo collages out of vintage photos and staged photos of models in period clothing. These collages allow Papoulas to adjust the composition digitally before putting any paint down. Next the under painting is created in gouache and photos were sent to the publishing company for approval. Upon approval a final acrylic painting is made above the gouache.
Ted Papoulas “Coney Island Boardwalk And Beach”
The entire project took about two years and countless hours and the final paintings display this labor of love. Not often is a childen’s book illustrated with such care, its truly a testament to everyone involved with the project. If you can make it out to Bayonne before October 29th, the gallery is open from 12-7 PM from Wednesday to Saturday.
Sunday, October 16
2:00 – 9:00 PM
2nd Ridge Studio
11 Arrowhead Trail
2nd Ridge Studio, located in the Ramapo Mountains is hosting its first annual Open House Art Show.