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!

Upcoming: Gowanus Open Studios and a Call for Submissions!

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Wow, it’s already mid-September and Gowanus Open Studios is just around the corner, happening on October 16-18!  What makes this year’s Open Studios even more fabulous is an exhibition of art, video and performance at Halyards Bar on the weekend of the tour.  Our neighborhood artists’ collective, Gowanus Swim Society has put out a call for submissions.

Here are the details:

Emerging and mid-career video and performance artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in our October 17th exhibition and showcase, Telestrations, presented in partnership with Arts Gowanus and Gowanus Open Studios. We are looking for work that broadly addresses the themes of translation, communication and play. What does it mean to be misinterpreted? Misconstrued? Can it ever be a good or funny thing? All submissions will be considered by our Guest Curator Alex Sloane of MoMA PS1.

About Gowanus Swim Society: Established in January 2014, Gowanus Swim Society is a collective, guild, skillshare, crit group and social club. Comprised of a ten Gowanus based artists who meet regularly and provide a forum for sharing information and artist resources we have exhibited together throughout New York City. For the first time ever, we are presenting the general public with an opportunity to join us.

About Gowanus Open Studios: Now in its 19th year, Gowanus Open Studios is an annual open studio event in which over 300 artists open their studios to the general public for the third weekend in October. Artist studios and other sites will be open from noon-6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Evening events are scheduled Friday through Sunday. Gowanus Open Studios 2015: October 17-18th About the Curator: Alex Sloane is a Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1, NY where she focuses on the Sunday Sessions performance series, a weekly presentation of performance, moving images, dance, music, and discursive programs that embrace live arts as an integral aspect of contemporary practice. In addition to Sunday Sessions she assisted most recently in the organization of the exhibitions like Anne Imhof: Deal (2015) Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) among others. Prior to joining PS1 in 2011, she was co-founder of the Lower East Side artist-run project space 1:1. She received her BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2011.

If you are an artist working performance and/or video, please check out our Call for Art!

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

Announcing ArtWorks, a benefit for Arts Gowanus

Final Arts Gowanus: artworks
As many of you are aware, my studio is located in the Brooklyn Industrial neighborhood Gowanus, named after the infamous creek/canal called Gowanus (once upon a time it was a salt marsh estuary/creek, but it has been a rather filthy industrial canal for at least the past 150 years).  We have a vibrant community of artists in Gowanus, with many arts events happening each year, including the annual Gowanus Open Studios studio tour, in which I have participated every year since 2007.

Arts Gowanus is our local arts advocacy organization that puts together the studio tour.   Their mission is to support artists and the arts in the Gowanus neighborhood and to create a sustainable artistic community here. In addition to the neighborhood-wide Gowanus Open Studios, Arts Gowanus offers workshops to support artists, and they have built an incredible community of artists through their networking events.

In order to make all this happen, Arts Gowanus needs our support! Hence the benefit event, Artworks, happening Thursday, May 28 7 to 10 pm.  Here’s what’s going to happen, in brief:

The event: 50 pieces of art are offered for 50 ticket holders.  Each ticket holder will walk away with a piece of art.  You can buy a ticket (only $200.00) here: ArtWorks Eventbrite page

If you are unable to make the event, but would like to support Arts Gowanus anyhow, you can also make a donation here: (same eventbrite page for buying tickets: but notice 3rd option to make a donation.)

I am donating my piece “View from beneath the surface 2” (pictured below).  It can be yours for the $200.00 ticket price!  You may remember that this piece was in the Gowanus Swim Society installation on Governor’s Island last fall.

View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12" diameter
View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12″ diameter

To read more about the event, visit the Arts Gowanus website.  There is also a Facebook event!

I will be there Thursday, May 28 (7-10) and I hope to see you then!

New Etsy listings are up tonight!

I’ve added several pieces to my “Figureworks” collection in my Etsy store: works featuring the human form.

First up is an interesting painting I created mid-2010 (it seems like yesterday) titled “Lovesick Android.” Lovesick Android was composed with acrylic paint on wood panel.  The gold and silver acrylic paints really stand out in an interesting way from the deep purple ground.  This unusual metallic look inspired the Android part of the title; as for “lovesick,” it just seemed to fit his overall demeanor.

"Lovesick Android", acrylic on panel, 10Hx8W", 2010.
“Lovesick Android”, acrylic on panel, 10Hx8W”, 2010.

 

Red” is a watercolor I created a few years ago.  I’ve been meaning to get this into the Etsy store for quite some time.

 

"Red", Watercolor on paper, 6x6", 2011.
“Red”, Watercolor on paper, 6×6″, 2011.

Dirty Little Drawing number 1” was created especially for the Dirty Little Drawings show at Leslie-Loman that I wrote about last month.  I’m in the process of putting up all of the remaining Dirty Little Drawings up on my Etsy store.  Stay tuned for future announcements!

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This weekend: Dirty Little Drawings!

As I shared the other week, I am going to have several pieces in the Dirty Little Drawings show and sale this weekend.

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Here are all the details:

What: Dirty Little Drawings is an exhibit and sale of erotic art featuring the male form. Each piece is on sale for $60. You can build or start your art collection while supporting living artists in New York and the Leslie-Loman Museum.

Where: Leslie-Loman Museum Project Space, 127B Prince Street, between Wooster and West Broadway, basement level (Soho, New York City, Prince Street stop on the R-train)

When: The opening reception is this Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8. A big turnout is expected. If you’re like me and not super-fond of crowds, you might like to come Saturday or Sunday. The show/sale will be open from noon to 6 on both Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.


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So stop by!

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Upcoming: Dirty Little Drawings at Leslie-Lohman, NYC

I’m participating in an exhibition and sale of erotic works on paper at the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Prince Street Project Space March 27-29.  In the words of the organizers:

The Dirty Little Drawings exhibit and sale offers viewers the opportunity to become instant art collectors, with a dizzying array of original erotic art works by over fifty artists of the Leslie-Lohman Erotic Drawing Studio.

I’ll have fifteen pieces in the show, all watercolors, depicting the beauty of the male form.  Each will be on sale for just $60!

Here’s a (small) sampling of what I’m contributing:

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The show takes place Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 at  127-B Prince Street in Soho, New York City.  The best way to find out more about the event is to visit the Facebook Event page.  You can learn more about the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art by visiting their website.

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The newly redesigned website is now live!

I’ve been very busy over the last couple of weeks with a complete redesign of my website.  I decided to get back to basics and code the site myself.  Admittedly this was a chore, but I think the results were worth the effort.

My principal concern with this iteration of the website was to make it fully responsive.  Responsive Design is the current buzzword in web design, and with HTML5 it’s never been easier.  “Responsive” means that the site adapts to whatever technology the viewer is using: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop.  So check the site out on your phone!  And it looks really great on an iPad!

smartphone display.
smartphone display.

Websites are always a work in progress.  This one’s no different.  I’ll probably keep tinkering with it. (But not without a little break so I can actually get some painting done!).  The new site is pretty simple, straightforward and without bells and whistles. Future iterations may include more javascript features or other tweaks to facilitate the display of the artwork.

Tablet display
Tablet display

I’ve put fewer pieces of work on the site while referring the viewer to this blog, my flickr account and other venues where my work appears.

The full-size desktop/laptop display features two columns
The full-size desktop/laptop display features two columns

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the website and let me know what you think!

Upcoming: Winter Salon at Trestle Gallery/Brooklyn Art Space

The Brooklyn Art Space Winter Member Salon happens this Friday, February 13 from 7 to 9pm at Trestle Gallery’s 168 7th Street location in Gowanus, Brooklyn. (See the Trestle website for directions.)

My painting “Lifeworld 31,” completed in December, 2014, will be included in the show and I’ll be there in person to answer any questions about the painting.  Since my studio is right next door, I can also show what else I’ve been up to.

So stop by; it should be fun!

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

Postcards from the Edge — this Weekend!

Visual Aids’ 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit art sale happens this weekend. I’ve donated a postcard-sized watercolor painting to this great cause. I’ll be at the preview party Friday night (they let the artists in at 6pm, but VIP ticket holders can come at 5). The benefit sale is open to the public Saturday, January 31 from 10 to 6 and Sunday, February 1 from 10 to 4. All this happens at Luhring-Augustine Gallery at 531 W. 24th Street. Check out the Visual Aids website for all the details.

The event promises to be quite impressive.  There are over 1600 original works of art, all postcard-sized, in the Exhibit benefit.  Each piece of art is for sale for $85.

Untitled watercolor, 4x6", 2013.
Untitled watercolor, 4×6″, 2013.

My contribution is a part of a series of abstract watercolors I completed in 2013.

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)