Artworks 2018 is coming May 10!

I’m pleased to announce that once again I have been asked to participate in the Arts Gowanus benefit, ArtWorks. On May 10th, 75 works by local artists will be shown during an exciting evening at Shapeshifter Lab. The event will be a combination of art exhibition, chance to mingle with local artists, yummy food and drink and best of all everyone will go home with an original artwork.

Tickets are limited so please go to the link below and get your ticket now. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the fantastic work of Arts Gowanus. 
To preview some of the artworks you can choose from, go here: https://www.artsgowanus.org/artworks-2018/
I’ll be at the event; will I see you there?

This year’s event will be at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Gowanus, Brooklyn, May 10, 7-10pm.

Res botanica #10 (Goldenthread), oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013.

I have also made a video describing the event and my painting!  Please hop on over to my Patreon page to view it!

Something very last minute — My art during Gowanus Open Studios

Hello everyone!  I had not planned to show any work during this year’s Gowanus Open Studios (happening this weekend, October 20-22), but a last minute opportunity presented itself.

Abby Subak, Director of Arts Gowanus, reached out to artists who formerly had studios in Gowanus, and asked us to participate as “Gowanus Emeritus Artists” in the “Silent Auction & Garden Party: One Piece Per Artist GOS 2017” show at 313 Butler Gallery.

So — my piece, “View from beneath the surface #1” will be included in the show.   The event, a silent auction, happens Saturday night, October 21 from 5-9 at 313 Butler Gallery, at 313 Butler Street in Brooklyn, New York.  The art remains up through November 13.

“View from beneath the surface 1,” oil on canvas, 12″ diameter, 2014.

The full event description can be found on Facebook, here.

Art Works 2016 – a Benefit for Arts Gowanus

I’m pleased to announce that I will be contributing to this year’s Art Works — a benefit for Arts Gowanus!  The mission of Arts Gowanus is to promote, support and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in the Gowanus neighborhood.

The Art Works event is Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7 to 10pm at the Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street in Brooklyn.

I’m contributing my painting “Magnolia,” pictured below, to the event.  This painting can be yours when you buy a ticket to the event.  Tickets are available now at this link!  I hope to see you at the event.

"Magnolia," oil on canvas, 12x12", 2014
“Magnolia,” oil on canvas, 12×12″, 2014

Gowanus Open Studios: A personal retrospective

Gowanus Open Studios is mere days away (you’re coming, right? – Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17, 12-6pm — details here)! Looking back, I’m amazed to see that this year’s tour will be the NINTH that I have participated in.  Yes, that’s a “9”!

So, in celebration of this big number 9, I thought I’d offer to you a little photo-retrospective of my past nine years in Gowanus.

It all started in in 2007, when I begin renting studio space in a cool place then known as “Brooklyn Artists Gym“.

Lifeform (polyptych), acrylic on canvas, 2003-2007.
Lifeform (polyptych), acrylic on canvas, 2003-2007.

That year I was bound and determined to complete an ambitious polyptych I had conceived and started way back in 2003.

In 2008, I continued the general theme with a new polyptych:

Me with new work at AGAST 2008.
Me with new work at AGAST 2008.  Damn, I look young in this photo!

By the way, back then, the studio tour was known as A.G.A.S.T., which means … what the hell did it mean?  Anyway, fun times and boy do I look young in this photograph!

2009 began a shift in my work toward single-canvas pieces, and the beginnings of an evolution in style:

AGAST in 2009. Individual canvases and lots of small work.
AGAST in 2009. Individual canvases and lots of small work.

During 2007-2009, I worked and displayed in BAG’s communal space.

Starting in 2010, I began working in the semi-private studio space you’ll find me in this year:

The studio tour set-up in 2010 -- my very own permanent (semi-private) space!
The studio tour set-up in 2010 — my very own permanent (semi-private) space!

At some point along the way, Brooklyn Artists Gym became Brooklyn Art Space, and A.G.A.S.T. became Gowanus Open Studios.  Exactly when, I’m not remembering — the years are starting to run together.  Here’s 2011:

Gowanus Open Studios in 2011. That year saw the start of the "Manomayakaya" series.
Gowanus Open Studios in 2011. That year saw the start of the “Manomayakaya” series.

2012

Open studios in 2012: Reach triptych, Manomayakaya #2 and Lifeworlds 1-4.
Open studios in 2012: Reach triptych, Manomayakaya #2, Lifeworlds 1-4 and lots of other good stuff.

2013

Open Studios in 2013.
Open Studios in 2013.

2014

Lifeworlds and Paysage planétaire (Colden) on display during GOS 2014.
Lifeworlds and Paysage planétaire (Colden) on display during GOS 2014.
Le Poulpe (the Octopus) escaped from the Gowanus Swim Society exhibition on Governor's Island and resurfaced during GOS 2014.
Le Poulpe (the Octopus) escaped from the Gowanus Swim Society exhibition on Governor’s Island and resurfaced during GOS 2014.

So there you have it!  I hope you’ll come out for this year’s Gowanus Open Studios!  This weekend, October 17-18, in Gowanus, Brooklyn!

Hello world! (and welcome to the Eye of the Artist)

Welcome to my new blog, “Eye of the Artist | John Azelvandre Art Notes“.  This blog succeeds and essentially replaces my old blogger blog “Hominy Grits,” which had served me so well for over 11 years.  There were certain limitations with that blog and the best solution for me is a new start for a new year!

I want to make this new start and refocus and re-energize my blogging activities solely on the arts, and particularly on my own art.  Additionally, I’ll be offering occasional observations on particular art happenings and events I come across, on artistic inspiration, and so forth.

This blog is a new work in progress! It’s pretty bare bones at the moment.  Stay tuned for more interesting developments.  Happy New Year!

Lifeworld 28 - detail
Lifeworld 28, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2014 (detail)