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.
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):
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.
I’ve recently started up again with some explorations in digital pinhole photography. How this works is: you take a digital SLR, take off the lens and replace it with a modified body cap that serves as the ‘pinhole.’ (I don’t recall where I purchased the pinhole cap, but if you Google ‘digital pinhole – Nikon‘ you’ll probably find it quickly). Your camera needs to be sophisticated enough to have all manual settings — and most importantly, the ability to manually hold the shutter open — it’s called ‘bulb’ on my Nikon.
Shooting pinhole is a very different experience, and I imagine it is closer to what the earliest photographers experienced. It requires patience and a great deal of practice.
One difficulty is that I can’t really get a good view through the viewfinder of what the shot is going to be. It takes some practice to aim the camera body in the right direction. Since the shutter needs to be open for a good 5, 10, 15, 20 seconds or more, one needs to be really immobile (a tripod or monopod helps).
Digital pinhole also suffers from the problem of dust on the sensor: something that wouldn’t normally happen with film pinhole technology, since each frame of film is virgin. The digital ‘film’, i.e., the sensor, is hardly a virgin, as it gets used over and over again, and my Nikon is pretty filthy at this point. Photoshop is a huge help at this juncture!
Shooting this way is a [potentially] meditative experience. In a recent outing, I came up with a number of really interesting shots that I can then liberally work with in Lightroom and Photoshop — it really brings photography closer to painting — and for me, provides fascinating subject matter for oil paintings I want to realize. (See Lifeworld series). So this pinhole outing is a form of visual research.
Below are a series of abstract detail shots that were all created from the full image shown above.
This week’s featured painting is an odd one I created way back in 2009. “Osage chiasm” (that’s chiasm not chasm) is 20″H by 16″W, and is acrylic on canvas. The piece is essentially a stylized portrait of one of my favorite trees: a very old Osage orange that lives on the Nethermead in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. This painting has been in my living room for the past several years, and I look at it every day. The photo doesn’t quite do it justice: the colors are weird and don’t reproduce well. In the real life the blues of the sky are considerably more vivid.
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.
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.
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’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.
Art Slope started September 17 and runs through September 25. Read more about the event here.
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.
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“.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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.
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).
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.
Whew! It will be a busy weekend! I hope to see all of you somewhere along the way!