Thursday, April 28, 2011

SVA BFA Senior Show

Thank you to all who came and showed face at my open studios on Monday night. It was a really fun night, so much so that all 8 bottles of my three buck chuck were imbibed before the night was through. Good effort, everyone! All of the work was very impressive, I will have more pictures coming soon, but for now, here are the highlights of my studio specifically. Take a look at what you missed if you couldn't make it.

Sorry for the glare, people, we were responsible for our own lighting.
It did look very nice at the opening, but it was not lit for photo taking.
You get the general idea.

These are six prints of digital photos taken by yours truly,
at that amazing MUSE concert, at Nassau Coliseum in October.
20' matted frames surround a 5'x3.5' print. I'm a fan :-D

These are the same two, along with others,
featured in the Apostle Studio show in November.

This is the layout of of studio (bear in mind, everybody, this is the same space that I painted and worked in all term long. I had a week to turn it from a studio into a gallery. Two coats of the wrong color white paint and three track lights later, and viola!)

I realize that compared to that of my neighbors, my name was obnoxiously huge. That is because, folks, all of the modestly sized letters were purchased, leaving only the big ones at the art supply store near the school. But you know what? That kind of worked out, because it had a connection with my work, the small and large letters next to each other were easily relatable to the small photos and large paintings.

A Word From the Artist:

Without going into so much as a thesis or even a statement, I would like to briefly explain my work. I chose the two extreme mediums of large oil paintings and small digital prints to explore the spectrum of being a spectator.
With an entire laser show shrunk down to mere inches, you feel like you can hold it in your hand, and look at it the way kids look at ladybugs up close, examining it carefully, in a way you never would or could before.
The large paintings, of intimate and random scenes of cables on stage, are equally fascinating, in the way that when seeing a performance, it is not usually where your eye is drawn, and it is in this neglected space, which is contrarily completely visible on stage, that I find beauty.
Trying not to state the obvious too much, light plays an enormous part of this subject. Contemporary colored lights, only able to be seen since the invention of LED, fuel the work, which would not exist without it. Also, painting things already under a spotlight command the eye to draw shapes and forms out of the surrounding darkness. A new age, musical, chiaroscuro.

Hope everyone had as good a time as I did!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SVA Open Studios 2011

5-9pm, Monday, April 25th
355 West 16th Street
(between 8th and 9th aves)

I hope those of you who are around can make it to my senior show, we've all been working very hard toward this night. The fruit of our long labors will be on display, free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and it is always a blast, if I do say so myself. Good times are to be had, people! The only catch is- you gotta come!

Here is a small tidbit of what you'll see.
Reminiscent of this post from a while ago, I've put it to good use.

The fine print: Here is a link to the School of Visual Arts Website about this show. To get to the studios you can take the A,C,E or L train to 14th street, 8th avenue. Walk two block north to 16th and walk west to 355. The building has huge flags, you cannot miss it.

This building.

A small detail of one of my paintings.
You'll have to attend to see the whole thing!

Don't forget check back soon for photos of the event!

See you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Color Block Party!

Mark Rothko

Narcisco Rodriguez/BCBG 2010

Now that Spring has truly, officially, really,actually happened, colors have exploded all over the city. Like, the way a bird who eats uncooked rice explodes, or an equally gruesome fate of an exceptionally festive and over-stuffed pinata on Cinco De Mayo. All over the place I'm seeing more and more otherwise normal people walking around like this:

Which reminds me of this:

Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black, 1921

Piet Mondrian: Hero of primary colors and color blocking in general, if you ask me. He was color blocking when all these models were far far from coming into existence. Not much of a looker, I heard he owned some awesome records and wooed ladies that way. You can't paint something like Broadway Boogie Woogie (not shown) without them. Everyone do the twist!

Apparently, one can over-do this color block trend.

And I may not be too far off here, but don't these look a bit like...

Give them all 6-inch heels and expensive handbags,
and they could walk all over SoHo, running over little old me
AND all my grey and black clothes.

Paul Klee, Flora on the Sand, 1927

He was really onto something...

A little restaint, please? Thank you. I love the neutrals. But I don't really love that the second weather hits about 60 degrees every young lady is immediately tan? Where do they go? Did the groundhog that popped up 2 months ago see my white legs and retreat? Is that why winter lasted so long? let hope not, people. Lets hope not. (I'm sorry).

The beautiful patchy paintings seen above and below the row of waifs, are those by Paul Klee. A huge influence of abstract and color field/theory painting, a professor at Bauhaus, and there is a lovely restaurant named after him in Manhattan. Ha!

Paul Klee, Ancient Sounds, 1925

It was only after I saw these paintings that I fully understood that pain-in-the-ass-assignment all of us had to do either freshman or sophomore year, to mix every color and gradate them on a canvas/board? Took literally FOREVER? Well, its so we could all appreciate colors that are not out-of-the-tube all the time. Like Klee's, thanks bro.

I will use any excuse to bring up my fondness of Mark Rothko, or really good blush.
Klee wasn't the only one inspiring future palettes of overly done up women...

Go out there and wear all the crazy stuff you own. Remember when you couldn't mix stripes with spots? Plaid and Argyle? Vodka and Tequila? It's 2011. If these fast paced times and media saturation has taught us anything, its that you can dress like a crazy person, who escaped from Pandora's closet, got lost in a field of magic mushrooms along the way, and as long as you smell decent while doing it, you are awesome. Simply fabulous. Seizure inducing paintings and clothing are just the tip of the iceberg of this glorious warm weather ahead of us, I'm sure.

Lite Bright, anyone?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Turban Outfitters

Henri Matisse, Laurette with Turban and Yellow Jacket, 1917

Turbans are in trend. Yes, I am late on the subject and they are most likely on their way out of the fashion scene since premiering in the first Sex and the City movie several summers ago, (2007, if I am correct?) but the look is timeless if you ask me. Nothing says classic like a big head wrap. Classic, as in, around Before Common Era. Like fur. Fur was worn by the very first upright primates in order to stay warm, allowing us to evolve into neanderthals, and later on, prosperous turban-cultivating people. Hmm... I wonder if Furbans will ever happen? Maybe next Fall/Winter we will see some. Although I can already picture it, and it looks like a Furby, sans creepy secret language and moving eyes. I give you: Turbans through the ages.

Van Eyck, Man with Turban (possible self-portrait), 1433

Not unlike my most recent wardrobe addition
that came via pony express to me today:

I picked red because of the brunette model.
Most underrated hair color out there.

Jacques-Louis David, Portrait of a Girl in a Turban, 1797

One of my favorite Neoclassical painters, without going too much into the greatness that is Jacques-Louis; he was the only artist Napolean Bonaparte allowed to depict his likeness, causing many a scandal for the satirical cartoonists of that time in Europe. He is also responsible for one of my all time favorite classical paintings, (and one of the most famous) which I was lucky enough to see in person when it was on loan to the Met a few years ago,
The Death of Marat, 1793

Its actually pretty interesting if you want to check out the whole history of the piece.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie, middle name Fabulous, Bradshaw.

Let's not forget the late, great Elizabeth Taylor. One of her many, many accomplishments, is making pulling off a turban appear effortless.

Nude with Green Turban, 1917
Sorry for the vulgarity of this one, if you're prude, that is, but I absolutely love

Prada runway show at Fashion Week 2007/2008, not sure which year.

Man Ray, Violin d'Ingres, 1924
No, not Man Ray the villain on Spongebob. If you are unfamiliar with this
most influential and groundbreaking artist do not hesitate to find out more.

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665

Vermeer is the Meryl Streep of interior painters. He is perfection.
His few, but breathtaking works are unsurpassed
by any artist since his time. You can see some yourself
at the Frick. They are gorgeous.

Turbans on the runways this S/S 2011 Fashion Week.
Not out of style yet! Rock'em while you can!

Monday, April 4, 2011


All artists are tortured.

Most often, by themselves.

We all get a little crazy from time to time.

Some, more often than not.

A retrospective of mania.