Author: John Azelvandre

  • My Arts Gowanus Artist’s Profile is now live!

    Now that Fall is arriving, we’re starting to get ready for Gowanus Open Studios, October 21-22. I’ve completed my artist’s profile for the event, which will also serve as a permanent directory listing for the upcoming year. More news about Open Studios coming soon, but in the meantime — Check out my new Arts Gowanus…

  • How I Spent My Summer

    How I Spent My Summer

    It’s interesting how often events and project don’t quite roll out as I imagine they will. These past nine months have been a perfect example of that. I always begin the year plotting a course, imagining what projects I’d like to finish, continue or start, what new creative possibilities I should pursue. Back in January,…

  • Upcoming: The Arts Gowanus Patterns Gala!

    I’m pleased to announce that I have contributed a painting to this year’s Arts Gowanus Patterns Gala! What is the Patterns Gala, you may ask? From the folks at Arts Gowanus: Arts Gowanus is excited to present our second annual Patterns Gala! This event will be held outdoors at The Old Stone House on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 6:00 –…

  • Studio Notes: Moku hanga progress!

    Studio Notes: Moku hanga progress!

    Last spring I mentioned that I was rekindling a relief printmaking practice — specifically, Japanese woodblock (“Moku hanga“), and I have indeed been spending a lot of time on this over the past year or so. Printmaking is very process-oriented, and it can take a long time (at least for me) to get finished results.…

  • [Re-]Introducing Manomayakaya #3 – “Let it pervade everywhere”

    [Re-]Introducing Manomayakaya #3 – “Let it pervade everywhere”

    Important Update, May 1, 2023: After thoughtful consideration, Arts Gowanus has decided to pull the plug on our Artsy gallery, referenced in the post below. The Artsy site will be up just until May 15, after which time the links below will no longer work. Welcome to March 2023! Somehow, 10 years has elapsed since…

  • February Art News: works for sale!

    February Art News: works for sale!

    Check out my updated Artsy page for new works for sale!

  • Gowanus Open Studios! and New Work

    Gowanus Open Studios! and New Work

    Hello everyone, wow I can’t believe it’s already October! And October means it’s time for this year’s Gowanus Open Studios, October 15-16. I did my first Gowanus Open Studios in 2007, and each time I’ve done it I’ve enjoyed showing my work, seeing the work of my neighbors and meeting all of the interesting art-lovers…

  • An Exhibition, and Other Spring News

    Good afternoon friends, Spring is popping here in Brooklyn and there’s lots going on! Opening this weekend! Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal I’m pleased to be included in this multi-site exhibition organized by ArtsGowanus and the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH). Opening April 9th and 10th, the exhibition features over 200 artists considering…

  • True Refuge – a photography project

    True Refuge – a photography project

    I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely fall weather we’ve been having. Last week I had a chance to spend some quality time at Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills, and time to spend engaged in contemplation and photography, taking in the beautiful grounds there. A collection of twelve photographs expressing the impermanence of life…

  • Common Grave Complete, and Gowanus Open Studios!

    Common Grave Complete, and Gowanus Open Studios!

    Happy Friday everyone! Well, the big weekend is nearly here! If you’ve been following along on these pages, you know that Gowanus Open Studios is happening tomorrow (Saturday, October 16) and Sunday (October 17). It’s been a busy, busy couple of weeks getting ready. I’ve moved into my new studio, unpacked, hung art on the…

  • Lifeworlds Update, and Gowanus Open Studios this Weekend!

    Lifeworlds Update, and Gowanus Open Studios this Weekend!

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks settling into my new studio space on 18th Street in Brooklyn and getting ready for this weekend’s Open Studio tour. I’ll have several recent works on view during the studio tour, among them several recent Lifeworld paintings. So, I’ve been looking at my writing about this long-term project,…

  • Common Grave: A Painting Project – continued

    Common Grave: A Painting Project – continued

    Part II: The Composition and the Process As I mentioned in my previous post, a ‘cult of devotion’ developed around the skulls and bones found in the Fontanelle cemetery. It is very much a religious, or at least ‘cultic’ site. And why not? Why shouldn’t all these remains, representing the lives of real human beings,…