2014: A year in review

2014 has been a good year, although I pretty much felt like I was shot out of a cannon right from the beginning.

Even before I’ve started to put up the window dressing and what-not in this shiny new blog space, I want to give you an overview of the very exciting year that just flew by. So let’s take a look at the Year In Review, starting with:

January: we had a surprisingly long and cold winter in 2014, and it inspired several paintings, such as:

Winter Landscape
Winter Landscape, oil on canvas, 20Wx24H”, 2014

In February I joined the Facebook bandwagon, and started a Page for my Art.

Probably the biggest artistic commitment of 2014 was the Gowanus Swim Society, a new artists collective formed in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  In March, we did a little neighborhood photoshoot (I was the photographer, except in this picture below, where I handed the camera off to the incomparable Fisk). Yes, it was a bit chilly that day, and yes, that shirt was none too flattering on me.

GSS at the Gowanus Canal, March 2014
GSS at the Gowanus Canal, March 2014

April brought quite a few things at once! Gowanus Swim Society (GSS) had it’s first group show, a pop-up at Trestle Gallery‘s project space. Then later in the month, I exhibited 10 paintings in a two-person show at Midoma in Manhattan.  That carried through to Memorial Day.

Members of GSS at our Spring Pop-Up at Trestle's project space.
Members of GSS at our Spring Pop-Up at Trestle’s project space.

Perhaps we were a wee bit intoxicated when this photo was taken.

Paintings by John Azelvandre appeared at Midoma in NYC, April-May 2014
Paintings by John Azelvandre appeared at Midoma in NYC, April-May 2014
Another view of the Midoma show.
Another view of the Midoma show.

June arrived, and the Swimmers scoped out Governors Island and began work on our big installation for the Governor’s Island Art Fair.

Gowanus Swimmers investigating the space at Governors Island
Gowanus Swimmers investigating the space at Governors Island

In July, I started work on my short series of circular paintings (see all the results here) for the GSS-Governors Island installation.  I also showed my painting Magnolia at the Brooklyn Art Space/Trestle Gallery Summer Salon.

View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12" diameter
View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12″ diameter
Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12x12", 2014 at Trestle Gallery, July 2014.
Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12×12″, 2014 at Trestle Gallery, July 2014.

July also saw the sale of several paintings, including this one:

Lifeworld 14, oil on canvas, 20x20", 2013
Lifeworld 14, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013

August was all about getting ready for Governor’s Island and everything came together in September! See all the photos of Gowanus Swim Society’s installation Submerged on my flickr.

Submerged, by the Gowanus Swim Society, Governors Island Art Fair 2014
Submerged, by the Gowanus Swim Society, Governors Island Art Fair 2014

In October I participated in my eighth Gowanus Open Studios.  After that, what I really needed was a rest, but instead —

November brought watercolors, planning, and Ello!

Untitled watercolor, November 2014
Untitled watercolor, November 2014

To close up the year, I completed Number 31 in the Lifeworld series (more about that series very soon), got to work on this new blog and plans for 2015!

Lifeworld 31, oil on canvas, 20x20", 2014
Lifeworld 31, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2014

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)