GLIMPSE: Enigmatic Visions at William Bennett Gallery

I am happy to announce that my work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at William Bennett Gallery in NYC (SoHo). “GLIMPSE: Enigmatic Visions” opens October 13 from 6-9pm – if you are in the city, please stop in and say hi!

http://williambennettgallery.com/exhibitions/upcomingexhibition.php

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Cultural Corridor Exhibition


The Labor of Fantasy and the Boy Delivered from Fathoms, 2010
Oil, Acrylic, Gouache, Charcoal, Gold Leaf on Synthetic Fabric, 36″ x 130″

The 5th installment of the annual Cultural Corridor exhibition opens this Saturday, June 5th with a reception from 6-8PM at the Storefront Artist Project.

On view till June 27th will be art works by: Jessica Hess, Michael Oatman, Holly Lynton, Joshua Field, Jennifer Reeves, David Ricci and Lisa Desrosiers.

The exhibition was co-curated by Susan Cross (Curator, MassMoca) and Peter Dudek (Program Coordinator, Bascom Lodge).

Selections from the Cultural Corridor V
June 5 – 27
Hours: Sat & Sun: 12-5

Storefront Artist Project
124 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA
413-442-7201

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Campion on Poetry

A poem (or a painting) needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore; it’s to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out. It is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept mystery.

– from Jane Campion’s film about Fanny Brawne and poet John Keats

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Emerging Artists Auction featured in Daily Candy

“I am naturally drawn to drawings with fine lines and abstract qualities, and I love collage. This has all of those elements, plus I enjoy the uneven edge and the cutout areas. The time travel aspects of the piece are incredible.”Daniel Cooney, DCFA

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Vellum Drawings

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Berkshire Fringe Festival

I was recently invited to create work for the Berkshire Fringe Festival’s fifth anniversary as part of “SCORED!”, a series of six theatre, dance, animation, and film projects. Each project was to respond to an original 7-minute sound composition by Peter Wise. I made three paintings for the festival which related to the movements of the sound piece.

The festival has grown quite a bit in both reputation and popularity. Friday the festival was featured in the New York Times.

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Art Fairs 2009, New York

2009 found NYC without the hotel art fairs of previous years (not enough participants) and so, this year’s shows were an unexpected mix of familiar and not so familiar faces from NYC and SF, and galleries from Europe and South America.

Our first stop was BridgeArtFair in Chelsea, as we had a few galleries we wanted to see in the neighborhood as well. I’m not sure if it is a reflection of the economy or the last minute shuffle in the absence of the hotel fairs, but Bridge had the feel of a street art fair where the bar is set low and anything goes. Adding to sense that Bridge was not the venue of choice, was the fact that there was no line to get in. The venue was a straight shot from one end to the other and the presentation felt anemic and last minute. We found ourselves wondering if that was all there was to see when we reached the end of the corridor. Happily, it gave us more time to go straight uptown to the Lincoln Center where SCOPE was being held.


In contrast to our first stop, SCOPE was great. There were lines to get in and the work was surprisingly high quality. A number of my favorite galleries were represented including ada gallery, David B Smith, Jonathan Levine, Lincart and Shooting Gallery to name a few.  As always, David B. Smith out of Denver had some great work on view including a wall of smaller works by Gregory Euclid (who we recently saw at MASS MoCA) and a beautiful little gouache painting by Oliver Vernon.


Siren Song by Oliver Vernon

Next we went to Volta (the ugly kid sister of the Armory Show) which had a strange energy seemingly fueled by a desire to be “cooler” than thou. Silly sights included a topless woman directing patrons as they rummaged through a pile of yarn looking for $500 necklaces (by Surasi Kusolwong), an installation that consisted mostly of pieces of cardboard crudely lettered with magic marker and plants that one was instructed to direct negative thoughts towards. None of this was particularly compelling. Volta was also the site of a number of examples of the “flavor of the month” which right now seems to be either macramé (guns, hammocks, etc), neon text in various configurations and china (military, peasant worker or tweaked silk paintings).


Alejandro Diaz


The next day, we happily set aside a fair amount of time for PULSE, which was seemingly the largest of the fairs that we attended and as high a quality as SCOPE. There was a queue at the ticket counter in advance of the noon opening and people seemed excited about the show (especially given that it was the Sunday morning after the dreaded daylight savings time change). We watched a bit of little league soccer while waiting to get in. One of the highlights from the show was a series of gorgeous drawings at Morgan Lehman Gallery by Eric Beltz (and I spotted a really great little painting by Andrew Schoultz behind the desk).


By This Axe I Rule by Eric Beltz

Pollution Hole Explosion by Andrew Schoultz

Other gallery highlights include Richard Heller Gallery out of Santa Monica with works by Edward del Rosario, Mixed Greens Gallery of NYC with Alessandra Exposito’s painted skulls and P.P.O.W. with a lovely little set by Dottie Attie and finally, the incomparable Julie Heffernan at Catherine Clark Gallery.


Edward del Rosario

Self Portrait as Big World by Julie Heffernan

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New work for February

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