Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tree Fairy

I just finished this piece today called Tree Fairy (click photo for a larger view) which is a mini image that I have created for two different benefits that I am participating in. It will be in an edition of 5 and the image size is 6 x 4 inches.

The first benefit that I was invited to participate in is the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's annual Blank Canvas Benefit: For Art's Sake on December 8, 2007. Several of the coordinators are collectors/big fans of my work and they discovered my work at a juried group show at the Art Center in 2006, so this is the second year I am participating. Proceeds from the event support all aspects of the Art Center including education, outreach and exhibitions programming.

The second benefit is the Visual AIDS 10th annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit and I found out about it from Michael Werner's blog who is a cool photographer working in Germany who saw my work maybe a year ago on Artist's Space registry and contacted me. Don't you just love the web??!!

Anyway, here's the scoop on the annual Postcards From the Edge benefit.... "it is a show and sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists. Recognized as one of the most exciting and affordable ways to build a collection of internationally renowned as well as emerging artists, all works are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The works are signed on the back and exhibited so the artists' signatures cannot be seen. While buyers receive a list of all participating artists, they don't know who created which piece until purchased. Collectors may pick a piece by their favorite, famous artist or a work by someone they don't know yet. Their purchase of original works of art supports the important work of Visual AIDS."

The deadline for artist's is November 9 and this year the event will take place at the James Cohan Gallery in New York on Saturday & Sunday Dec 1-2, 2007 with a preview party Friday night November 30. It's for a great cause and you just never know who might see or buy your piece!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fun Photo Shoot!

I had a fun photo shoot today with some girls for my paintings. You'll have to wait until the paintings are done to see the imagery but I am excited because I have lots of new ideas. Although, I still have so many ideas from my previous photo shoots that I have enough source material to last me a long time.

In fact, I have recently started working on more than one painting at a time which is a new way of working for me. Which so far seems to be going well...

Friday, October 19, 2007

Bay Area Annual Exhibition

I have 2 photographs in the Sanchez Art Center's 2007 Bay Area Annual that opened today. It was juried by René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California (previously curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco).

"American Girl" and "Queen of the Hill" in the larger size format can been seen from Oct. 19 - Nov. 17. I couldn't make the opening this evening but I do hope to attend the Juror's talk on Sunday, November 11, from 2-4 pm.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New York, New York

I had a great trip to New York!
Here are some highlights:

Neo Rauch at the Met -- Amazing work. Below his large piece on the back wall is framed by Alex Katz and Chuck Close in the foreground --what a treat. Rauch's exhibition "Para" was in a room directly to the left with lower ceilings so the big painting (116 x 164 inches) was shown in this room.

A few notable shows from a day visiting Chelsea galleries include:

Jules de Balincourt @ Zach Feuer
I love his paintings but I'm not quite sure why he needed to include a bad sculptural installation piece --that seems to be a trendy thing to do these days--but I find it quite a bore.

Julie Heffernan @ PPOW
Crazily decadent lush paintings --gorgeous!

Julie Blackmon @ Claire Oliver
Digitally composed images of children & household scenes.

Natalie Frank @ Mitchell-Innes & Nash
I'd never heard of her so this show was a nice surprise. She's a young (b. 1980) figurative painter.

Chelsea Art Museum

There was a rather busy so-so show at the Chelsea Art Museum titled "The Incomplete" but they had a lot of work by Ridley Howard and Karen Kilimnick which was fun to see.

Other Art related activities:

Out to Williamsburg in Brooklyn to visit Jack the Pelican Presents who started showing my work earlier this year.

MOMA of course, although I was disappointed that the contemporary galleries were shut for installation but I did enjoy seeing the "New Photography 2007" exhibition in addition to their amazing modern art collection which is always stunning to see.

And if you happen to be walking around 23rd St & 5th Ave check out William Wegman's video installation in Madison Square Park --it's quite funny!

And of course my show opening at domogallery in Summit, NJ. The show looks great and I got to meet a number of collectors that have bought my work which was wonderful. My friend and I spaced on taking photos during the opening but here's one from just before....

I ended my busy week with a relaxing trip to my friend's weekend house in the Poconos --which was a treat and I also had a chance to take some photographs.

Oh, and let me mention that we frequented 8th Street Wine Cellar in Greenwich Village during the week. My friend's husband recently opened this intimate bar which also has lots of yummy small plates --think cheese, pate, meat plates, salad etc and even super yummy pistachio ice cream to finish!