Monday, March 28, 2011

Scott Ashley ... neon with thought

In my recent series of sculptures I have taken common everyday objects and transformed them in a way that expresses the psychological, emotional and perceptual attachments we have with the objects that surround us. In some of the works I have made a direct modification that denies the original use of the item rendering it non-functional; asking the viewer to re-evaluate it in its new state. In other works, additions have been made that reflect our own dysfunctions that we often project onto the objects and situations of our daily lives. By re-contextualizing these familiar items the viewer is asked not to rely upon pre-determined definitions but is challenged to use their own personal experience to redefine the object and its meaning.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Red Dot & Korean Art Fair

Well, I must say the space was interesting and it was laid out well ... but the art was less exciting, more to the "decorative" than "fine art" side of things at Red Dot - a little bit of a mess and the dealers were very unhappy.
There was art to see and enjoy: Painter James Kenedy with surface library

The Korean Art Show was on the other half of the space:
Great piece in the entry (or exit) from Sang-hee Park - painted in vibrant colors and unique technique - Korea Now, NY gallery

never seen before ... sculptural mops! by Hyung-sub Shin
shown with Keumsan gallery

SCOPE NY 2011 - armory arts week

Typically Scope is high on the list …
the crowd was very quiet - the show was worth every minute of it!!!

is the largest and most global art fair in the world featuring emerging contemporary art with 7 markets worldwide. It is our goal and passion to present the most innovative galleries, artists and curators while networking them with our Patrons through a unique program of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality exhibitions, collector tours, screenings, and special events.

First site when entering the fair (above) note the skulls continue)…

Great ceramic work at the Mindy Solomon gallery by Sunkoo Yuh

SunKoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. He received his MFA from Alfred University. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors. In 2005-03 he was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, the Oakland Museum of Art, CA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

A fun and colorful live installation – artists wanted (above)
new to me … a Detroit gallery and graffiti artist:
Tristan Eaton with Contra projects – WOW an amazing large scale piece (below)

Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from billboards to dumpsters in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and New York. Eaton designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Designer Toys ‘. As a creative leader in the world of advertising, Eaton regularly consults such brands as Hasbro, Pepsi and Nike on many creative projects that span the globe and cross all mediums.

Jordan Eagles - paints with blood! The color and dimension of these works are amazing!
For over a decade, Jordan Eagles has been using and preserving blood in his multi-dimensional works as a method to explore themes of regeneration and the metaphysical connections between body, spirit and nature. Eagles permanently preserves the blood on clear and white Plexiglas within layers of resin, suspending the organic medium's fluid forms under the resin's glass-like surface. His work is a dynamic wash of burgundy, crimson, ruby's - commingling with near blacks, and rust colors forming a rich vibrant surface that glows with energy. Now mixing his medium with copper, Jordan creates an effect that is not unlike erupting molten lava – a sparkling geology of vibrant colors and seemingly prehistoric textures that range from fiery orange to deep crimson – revealing as much about life as about death.

You have to look close and careful – some of the treasures are small!
Tadeshi Moriyama
at bonelli – Tadashi Moriyama was born and raised in Japan. He attended Tyler School of Art (BA 2003) and University of Pennsylvania (MFA 2006) He has exhibited in Japan, Ireland, Italy, and across the United States.

PULSE NY - Armory Arts week!

PULSE serves as the junction between central and satellite art fairs. Its exhibitors consist of a select group of leading and pioneering international galleries that present works by premier contemporary artists with those of emerging and undiscovered talents. A central component of the fair is its program of commissioned cultural projects that link its audience to all aspects of the visual and performing arts.

my top two favorites were both fiber / thread work:

The Motherboard Series is an extension of my earlier Sampler Series. While the concepts of these two series are directly connected (the female conflict of the domestic woman vs. the woman of sexual desire), the execution has been taken one step further in scale and narrative.

Within my series of Motherboards, the line has been distorted between the types of websites that housed the original content. Though some of the figures were remediated from pornography sites, others were appropriated from sites that display famous works of art and fashion websites. By blurring the line between these female icons the viewer is invited to distinguish between them without context.

JEREMY DEAN – with Creative Thriftshop. Jeremy Dean has built a reputation for exploring the American dream and human progress through art. Deconstructing and re-contextualizing iconic symbols of power and wealth, his work addresses social, political, economic and cultural issues. His work spans the spectrum of film, animation, drawing, interactive sculpture, and installation.

Upstairs at IMPULSE: and emerging part of the fair
Andres Basurto with Antena Estudio. Broken bottle sculptures … skulls