Invitation: Support me on Patreon and win this painting!

Back at the beginning of November 2017, I launched my Patreon page:

Introducing my New Patreon Page!

It’s off to a very good start, and for some time now, I’ve entertained the idea of raffling off some of my paintings to patrons.  But in order for that to be really fun and interesting and worthwhile, I need more patrons.  So, I’m making an offer: I will raffle off this painting to patrons if and when I get at least 10 active patrons on my Patreon page.  Your patronage can be at any level, so for just one dollar per month, you could have a chance to win this painting:

A quick sketch to check out the new painting setup, January 2016

Note that I already have, at this moment,   5 patrons, so we are almost half way there! Check out the video I have made promoting this raffle!

I envision doing more raffles in the future, perhaps on a quarterly basis.  So this is just to get the ball rolling.  There are, of course, many other rewards for patronage on Patreon, so check out my page to learn all about it!

Thanks and now I will get down to making more art.

December is coming …

… and that means Patreon patron rewards!

Earlier this month, I announced the launch of my Patreon Artist page. If you haven’t visited it yet, please stop by!

At the beginning of each month, I mail out patron rewards to all patrons pledging $5.00 or more.  For December, I will be choosing rewards from among the pencil and and ink artist trading card (ATC) sized work pictured below.

Abstract landscapes in pencil and ink.

If you are considering pledging your support, now is a good time to do it! If you pledge $5 or more before December 1, you will receive one or more small works on paper each month!  There are other rewards as well!  See the rewards descriptions for all of the details.  Visit my Patreon page to find out more!

You can also pledge just $1 per month! For just $1 you get access to all of my patron-only content, plus I’m cooking up some new ideas for 2018, including possibly doing artwork raffles for all patrons, regardless of pledge amount.

So if you, or someone you know, loves art and you want to support individual working artists, I hope you will consider pledging today.

Introducing my New Patreon Page!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see my work at the recent Gowanus Open Studios.

Since then, I’ve been extremely busy setting up and testing my new page on Patreon.com.  I’m now ready to officially invite you to come check it out, and help me keep making art!

What is Patreon?  Patreon is a relatively new platform that enables artists and creators of all sorts to obtain support from individual fans and patrons.  I first heard about Patreon from a creator of French language learning videos and podcasts (check him out! he’s great!), and was immediately intrigued.  Then, in March 2017 the New York Times published an interesting article focusing on the site: “How the Internet is Saving Culture, Not Killing It.”  I was then definitely interested!

Artists have always had patrons.  Making art in New York City is extremely expensive.  As many of you are aware, I had to give my studio at the end of 2015 for budgetary reasons.  Artist studio rents continue to go up, and many studios have left my immediate neighborhood.  What to do?

With all of this in mind, I have launched my Patreon page and I am asking for your support.  For as little as $1.00 per month, you can help me afford quality materials, eventually rent studio space outside of my home, and make more and better art!

Patreon is also a really nice, clean platform for sharing my process and new works with you.  And you can easily share with me your ideas and feedback!

Detail from “Lifeworld 43” in progress. You can observe the process and be among the first to see the finished work on my Patreon page.

Finally, there are rewards to patronage!  First of all, by pledging even just $1.00, you will have exclusive access to new online content — new works, detailed discussions (hopefully some videos) of my art-making process and some new content ideas that I haven’t even dreamed up yet!  And, I hope to institute raffles of my art to patrons in the new year.  If you pledge $5 or more, you will receive free art from me, as well as discounts on my works for sale.

If you have read this far (and even if you haven’t), I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.  I hope you will check out my Patreon page and consider offering your support.  Thank you!

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.

Artworks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus

I’m pleased to announce that, once again, I will be contributing to this year’s ArtWorks — a benefit for Arts Gowanus!

This year’s event happens Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7 – 10 pm at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215.  I will be there!

So join me in celebrating the arts and artists of Gowanus and take home a piece of original artwork from a local artist!  I’m donating my painting Lifeworld 10 (2013):

“Lifeworld 10,” oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013

Need I say that this is a rare and amazing opportunity to obtain one of my Lifeworld paintings at an amazing price?

By buying a ticket to the ArtWorks event you are buying a chance to “win” this fabulous painting along with 74 other great works made by artists working in Gowanus.  Plus you’ll support the critical mission of Arts Gowanus to promote, support and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in the Gowanus neighborhood. Here’s a link to some of the other artworks available.

In case the art isn’t appealing enough, don’t miss the food, drink and revelry.

Tickets are on sale now, $250 single, $300 for couple, which entitles you to one original work of art… Click here to buy tickets!

Ticket sales are limited, so act fast!

October Art News: Gowanus Swim goes Natural/Unnatural

October is here and there’s a lot of art going on!

I hope everyone knows about my art at the Ploughman in Park Slope; if you haven’t had a chance to visit, my paintings (including Lifeworld 12 pictured below) will be on display through October 28.  The Ploughman is located at 438 Seventh Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

"Lifeworld 12" mixed media on canvas, 20x20", 2013.
“Lifeworld 12″ mixed media on canvas, 20×20”, 2013.

Meanwhile back on the canal …

Gowanus Swim Society has both an exhibition of member art and an open party coming up during the weekend of Gowanus Open StudiosSaturday/Sunday, October 15-16.

First, the party: Once again this year, Gowanus Swim is hosting the official Gowanus Open Studios Saturday night after-party at Halyards Bar (406 3rd Ave at 6th Street, Brooklyn)! The party features an exhibition of video art curated by Joonyun Hwang and Keun Young Park of Brooklyn Art Cluster/Square Dot Plus Studios.

Natural/Unnatural happens Saturday, October 15!
Natural/Unnatural happens Saturday, October 15!

We’ll also have live music by the bands The Vajra Temple, Hair Club and June Submarine.

The videos will be screened during the day (1-6) with the party getting underway at 6pm.  The entire event is free and open to the public, with drink specials all night!  Join us!

Then, the exhibit: throughout the weekend of Gowanus Open Studios, see my work along with other members of Gowanus Swim Society at Square Dot Plus Studio (at Spaceworks Gowanus) 540 President Street, BB, Brooklyn (between 3rd and 4th Avenues). The show will be on exhibit both Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, from noon to 6pm each day.

I hope to see you during Gowanus Open Studios!

 

See my work during Art Slope!

I’m pleased to announce that my work is appearing at The Ploughman in Park Slope, Brooklyn as a part of Art Slope, a week-long arts festival in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  The Ploughman offers Artisanal Cheese / Charcuterie / Craft Beer and Beer on Tap.  It’s located at 438 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, between 14th and 15th Streets.

Featured at The Ploughman are four paintings from my Lifeworld series.  The paintings will be on display through October 28th.

Clockwise from upper left: Lifeworld 12, Lifeworld 27, Lifeworld 10 and Lifeworld 29.
Clockwise from upper left: Lifeworld 12, Lifeworld 27, Lifeworld 10 and Lifeworld 29.

Art Slope started September 17 and runs through September 25.  Read more about the event here.

In other news:

Are you a video or performance artist? Do you know someone who is?  Gowanus Swim Society has an open call for video and performance art.  The work will be displayed during this year’s Gowanus Open Studios (October 14-16).  But hurry! The deadline for submissions is this Thursday, September 22! Click here for the open call.

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

Breaking News: De-Natured, at the Old Stone House

Sorry for the last-minute announcement, but this all came together very quickly: I’m pleased to let you know that I will have work included in a show at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  The show opens TONIGHT (October 15), 6-8pm.

About the show:

Nature is often bent to man’s needs and wants. The Gowanus Canal was once a marshland and now has been channeled and distorted into the managed and controlled canal that it is today. Once messy and natural, it is now contained.

Similarly, the paintings, collages, and photographs in this exhibit all begin with nature-based subject matter. Through the art-making process, that subject or motif is interpreted, distorted, and adapted to become something else entirely. In some, the original image is completely hidden, sometimes it is still clear.

All of these artworks grapple with the role of nature in our man-made world.

Curated by Abby Subak, Director of Arts Gowanus.

The Old Stone House is at 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Lifeworld 21, oil on canvas, 20x20", 2014.
Lifeworld 21, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2014, by John Azelvandre

Gowanus Open Studios is almost here!

Happy October everyone!  Gowanus Open Studios takes over Brooklyn in less than 2 weeks (October 16-18) and I’m involved in several exciting events during that weekend.

The Studio Tour weekend starts Friday October 16 with Beat Nite Gowanus, a Norte Maar production.  I’m pleased that Gowanus Swim Society – the neighborhood artists collective I’m a part of – has been included in the Beat Nite Gowanus Gallery walk.  The event runs from 6-10 pm Friday night.  Come by Halyards Bar to get a preview of Gowanus Swim’s show Telestrations!  See all the details on the Beat Nite Gowanus website!

Gowanus Open Studios starts in earnest on Saturday, October 17.  Studios throughout the neighborhood will be open from 12 noon to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, October 18.  Find me in my studio at Brooklyn Art Space, at 168 7th Street, 3rd floor (that’s between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Brooklyn).

"Lifeworld 33", oil on canvas, 20x20in., 2015.
“Lifeworld 33”, oil on canvas, 20x20in., 2015.

On Saturday night Gowanus Swim Society hosts Telestrations, the official Gowanus Open Studios Saturday night party!  See more of my art along with work by all of the Swim Society plus specially curated video and performance and live bands!  The party runs from 6pm to 4am.  The party is at Halyards, 3rd Avenue and 6th Street (Brooklyn, of course).  All the details are on the Facebook event page.

"Transatlantic train to nowhere", mixed media, 20x20", 2015. Included in Gowanus Swim's show "Telestrations" at Halyards
“Transatlantic train to nowhere”, mixed media, 20×20″, 2015. Included in Gowanus Swim’s show “Telestrations” at Halyards

Whew! It will be a busy weekend!  I hope to see all of you somewhere along the way!