Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Spring update and news

Two of my pieces are up right now in Gallery Joe's Bye Bye Old City show in Philadelphia...It's a short exhibition, but it's beautiful, and it shows many of the incredible artists that Gallery Joe has supported over the years. The show closes on May 16th, and the gallery will be sorely missed in Old City. They've been wonderful to work with, and I especially love being in this show because they hung two of my favorite pieces.

A Promise is a Promise.
(This is an etching I made with the wonderful help of James Stroud at Center Street Studio.)

You can also check out several of my newer pieces in the flat files at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. I'm delighted to be included, and you can see a few pieces online at Pierogi as well.

I've also seen a ton of great art lately. Some of the best of it was done by my friends Anda Dubinskis and Dino Pellicia, who have a show up at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. It's the most unlikely space for contemporary art ever, and also a very difficult space for work: it's got beautiful stained glass windows and serious architecture and looks, frankly, like it would eat most contemporary art for lunch. But not theirs. Dino's underwater whirlpools in the baptismal font are incredible, and Anda's drawings are amazing. I'm waiting for someone to find and promote Anda's drawings into the stratosphere: they're gorgeous, but they need to be seen in person: they're huge, and the scale doesn't translate online. 

I wish I had more time to blog, because I saw some fantastic exhibitions in Philadelphia recently. Drawn with Spirit, the Fraktur show at the Philadelphia Museum's Perleman building was a revelation, and equally amazing, although different, is Judith Tannenbaum's exhibition Framing Fraktur at the Philadelphia Central Library. That show is a knockout, and again, it's in a space that can be tricky for art. 

I also can't get over the Peter Blume show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. I saw it the day before it closed because I happened to catch a really great talk about the precursors to the Chicago Imagists given by the curator, Robert Cozzolino. I didn't think I was terribly interested, but I was sooo wrong. Holy crow! Peter Blum, people! 

I'm also so pleased to be included in this amazing project: Artists In the World

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Birds of Rome, and also Eggs

I'm back from Rome and have just posted two huge new pieces on the website. If you'd like to check them out click the titles below. Rome was beautiful, amazing and wonderful of course, but I love Philadelphia, too, it turns out. I forgot.

This one is Birds of Rome.

This one is Eggs and Worries.

I'm pleased to report that Gallery Joe showed two of my tiny drawings in their recent group exhibition, Joy. It was a lovely show full of some really great artists, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. You can also see lots of the small work I made last year in the flat files at Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn. They have Given All This and Still, Still, from my last post, as well as these new ones I didn't have time to post before I left the states. Stop by and see them if you are in Brooklyn!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Lots of new work- and ciao ciao!

I have been working hard in the studio for months trying to meet a deadline: I was asked to make a whole bunch of small work in six months- but I only had four months. So I worked like a fool, and I made twelve new pieces. And then the gallery had to postpone the appointment- which turns out to be great, since I felt like I hit a new stride right at the end of the four months with these two pieces, and now I have more time to make things at a slower pace, which I like. If you click these images you can see details on the website, and there are links that will take you to the rest of my new work.

Given All This, Ink and watercolor on paper, 30"x22", 2014

Still, Still, Ink and watercolor on paper, 30"x22", 2014

I really want to write about the text in this piece, because there are lots of funny details, but I have to pack. I'm going to Rome! I love Rome. A curator I know said that there was a long tradition of artists going to Rome and having their heads explode- it's true. The city is full of exuberant Baroque art, and the standard for exuberance is radically different in an old quaker city and an ancient catholic one. Being surrounded by Berminis, Borrominis, Michaelangelo, and Caravaggio- and all their thousands of imitators, all of whom were also amazing- changed my art forever. To say I'm looking forward to it is a massive understatement.

So this blog update is necessarily tiny- but there is lots of new work on the website, and in four months there will be work from Rome..

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Atlas moth! Peacock spider!

I'm stopping the huge piece I'm working on to make some small pieces- I can't stop thinking about an atlas moth that just hatched this weekend in the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The volunteer working the room this weekend told me that atlas moths get up to a foot across and come out of their cocoon without mouths, which means they only live for three days. "Some people wonder what is the use, three days," she said, "but they serve as food for other animals."

This phrase is ringing in my ears. I'm going back to draw the moth and talk to the full time butterfly guy today- Atlas moths are incredibly interesting creatures. It turns out they live for about two weeks as mouthless moths, sustained by the fat of their caterpillar lives. They eat lime, guava, willow, cinnamon, poplar, avocado and tea... They are full of implications. Even their caterpillarhood is exciting. You can see their video here...

And in the wormhole that is youtube videos of bugs, I found out about the Peacock Spider, who drove me to blog despite the fact that I want to get to work. Because you have to see this guy.

It's a courtship dance.