Monday, December 23, 2013

Visual Food for Thought week 4 - The Neapolitan and Baroque Crèche at the MET!

http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2011/christmas-tree
credit for photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sigh.... every year, my family and I pull down our little apartment friendly Christmas tree, with all the ornaments, old and new, that we have gathered over the past fifteen or so odd years. Beneath our little tree is a nativity scene that we've had for the past few christmas's, a lot like the one we used to have when I was younger. I'm sure many of you have a similar set up in your own homes. It's safe to say that none of us has a set a grand and fantastic as the annual Christmas tree and crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in NYC. 

The picture above can even begin to describe the atmosphere and beauty surrounding this historically rich composition. A lady by the name of Loretta Hines Howard started collecting baroque period crèche (nativity) figures in 1925, slowly building the most elaborate and regal set up for any nativity under a Christmas tree, at least here in the US. Set before medieval Spanish gates, angels in silk robes are posed delicately on the fringes of the tree, as the stage is filled with shepherds and sheep, as well as the traveling wise men, and many others. But, of course, at the center of the crèche is the infant Jesus Christ. 

If you are in the city this holiday season, the crèche will be exhibited until January 8th, and I highly recommend seeing it! Whether or not your interested in baroque art, this nativity will dazzle your eyes. 

So, Merry Christmas to everyone who's reading this post! I hope its given you some visual food for thought as you celebrate the holidays. What do you think of it? Please leave a comment, or a tweet or reply on twitter or facebook!

Even if you cant come in person to see the MET's nativity, here's a link to all the detailed pieces that are involved. They're pretty incredible!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rendez-vous with the "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

The way the line was forming, you'd think people were waiting to meet a rock star...and we were!

Picture this...it 5:10pm, and pitch black outside, with icy cold winds blowing through the streets of East side Manhattan. There I am, standing outside on a line of huddling people... in a skirt. Yeah, not the best choice on my part. In my own defense, I did not realize how many people would be on line for free admission. The Frick is currently offering free entry for extended hours starting at six on Fridays. Click here for more info. This is because of the generosity of Agnes Gund, who has provided funding for this opportunity. Also, every Sunday you can pay what you wish(which for me means a nickle) from 11:00-1pm.

There I was, freezing my butt off in a knee length skirt, for entry into the illustrious Frick museum/collection on 70th street and 5th Ave. There had better be a darn good reason for it!

Currently, the Frick is exhibiting one of the most renown pieces to come out of the Dutch Golden Age, the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer! The show, called Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis , is here in New York City on temporary loan. The beauty and richness of ALL these Dutch pieces will leave you spellbound as you walk through the ornate, velvety walled rooms of the Frick.

While I was waiting on line to see this hip chick and all her companion pieces (which most certainly hold there own in this exhibit!) I was amused by the variety of individuals that had come to see these paintings (all waiting in the cold for free entry mind you). There were women of all ages, some wearing fur coats, others rocking bicycle helmets. Foreigners with accents all the colors of the rainbow were on line as well! One thing was certain, we were all united by a tenacious appetite for the beloved dutch masters!

As you walked into the softly lit (and warm) building, you moved through an indoor Garden Court to come to what is called the "Oval room". The first thing you see as you enter is this Girl with a Pearl Earring, front and center. Surrounded by ropes, you can only get about four feet away from the painting, which is 17 ½ x 15 3/8 in. in size. Nonetheless, the depth of color and unique character of his brush strokes makes her a vibrantly encompassed subject. She seems to pop out of the frame, with an inner illumination in contrast to the velvet-black darkness of the background.

http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/670

I also saw so many breath taking Rembrandts, Turners,...and so many more! Here is a piece, entitled Simeon’s Song of Praise (1631) by Rembrandt van Rijn. This oil on Panel piece holds the beauty of a quintessentially dutch painting. The darkness framing the scene makes it both intimate and striking. The joy emanating from the piece is apparent, even before you read the title.




http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/145#sthash.SrogvagT.dpuf

Whether the subject is of biblical proportions, or a simple as Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch (1654), the attention to detail will never leave you regretting you waited for an hour in the freezing cold! There is a reason that Art Historians call them "masters".


http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/605#sthash.JSCIBx10.dpuf

I hope this post has whetted your appetites! Whether your in NYC or not, take some time to see something beautiful!

What do you think about these Dutch artists? Or do you prefer something more modern? Please leave your thougths by clicking on this posts title and scrolling down to the comments section that shows up!!
Photo credit: The Frick Collection at thefrick.org
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/mauritshuis/tickets#sthash.aVttFuku.dpuf

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Visual Food For Thought- Week 3 A Banksy NYC original



Banksy, a UK bred and based artist, was recently in the papers for his temporary residency in NYC this year. While I haven't had the privilege of seeing his work in person, I need not look far to find a virtual copy. Web places like Pinterest are FULL of Banksy pics taken by people all over the world to share with...the world!

This work above feels like an overall symbol of his work here in NYC. He was trying to get his fingers on the pulse and heartbeat of the city and make an interesting comment or two on it. He uses a mixture of stencil and free hand graffiti to create a realistic figure in a two dimensional situation. The "doctor" here is standing on a ledge checking the heartbeat of a I love NY poster. All in all, this isn't the normal graffiti you see on city streets.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Plethora of Prints- Part 2 recap of the Prints Fair at the Armory

Going through the Prints Fair at the Armory, a person can seems almost lambasted by the dense variety of colors, styles, and sizes of the work that was presented. While I saw so much, I want to highlight two more works which really caught my eye!

Starting off with an oldie but goodie, I saw a print by Henri Matisse that shows the power of lines. This minimal portrait, entitled Patitcha souriante (1947, 13 X 10 inches), captures the essence of the woman's features. Her oval face, the long delicate bridge of her nose, her full lips; all with the stroke of a brush over aquatint. This meant that Matisse could reprint the same quick portrait as many times as he wished, with the same painterly quality to her features. This certainly shows that sometimes less is more!


This piece, also a portrait of similar composition, is full of light and color! The deep reds of the candy that make up her outfit dance festively in contrast the the light pallor of her skin. All in all it seems somewhat surreal to me. This five color lithograph, entitled Earrings, is by Will Cotton, and is around 40 X 30 inches in person. Its also far more richer in color than my picture shows!

By the end of my time at the fair, I felt as if I had gone through a ten course meal, tasting many different flavors and textures as I went along. While there is so much art out in the world, it can also be said that many diamonds can be found if you just take the time to sift through it all. I certainly had a fun time doing so! 


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Visual Food For Thought- Week 2 Shepherdess Seated on a Rock (1856) by Jean-François Millet

As Thanksgiving comes rushing 'round the corner, I find myself thinking about all the things that make me happy. That's why I chose this shepherdess for this weeks VFFT post. Jean-François Millet  is one of my favorite artists. His work always speaks to me of hard work, faith, and contentment in places of hardship.
I may not be a shepherdess in 19th century France, but I know it is (and was) a hard and dirty job. Yet the kindness in this women's face really touched me the first time I saw this painting at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art). She is one of two Millet works I know to be exhibiting at the museum right now. The soft brush stroked that Millet used in making her shawl, apron, and skirt emphasizes the warmth and wooly texture of her clothing. The tall bushes behind her are like encompassing arms around her. Even the she look noble, with their heads bowed low to the ground.
It shows a kind moment in a hard place. I can not help but love it.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Plethora of Prints- Seen at the Park Avenue Armory Print Fair! Pt1

This Wednesday, the Park Avenue Armory debuted its annual Print Fair for 2013! Colors, shapes, styles, and techniques varied as far as the eye could see. While I had to pay ten dollars to enter (as a student), I have to say I enjoyed every minute of my time there. The best part is, now I get to share it with all of you, admissions price included!

PLEASE NOTE: All artwork displayed belongs to the artists mentioned! I was given permission by dealers to take the pictures used here. Please enjoy! 
 
The fair was set up in the large scale hall that makes up the center of the Armory. White walls partitioned the different dealers representing modern artists AND old master pieces alike. Shifting from one "booth" to the next, a viewer could find anything from Chick Close to Henri-Toulouse Lautrec!

Featured Artwork #1- Untitled (cityscape) by Nicole Lopez (2013, Intaglio print)



As a native New Yorker any work depicting an urban setting is bound to draw my attention. I was astounded by the incredible amount of detail that the artist put into each little building involved, and not just the large players in the background. The scale of the work (around 28 by 40 inches) leaves a lot of room for a rolling landscape. I love that her city isn't in a grid formation, like Manhattan. It makes it unique and alien to me. It makes me wonder, what city did she use for inspiration, if any?

It was nice to see a modern artist doing such extensive details in a realistic looking piece! Perhaps its because I'm more used to the abstract and crazy being more popular. Whatever the case, I didn't see any other print just like hers throughout the fair.

To show you how different prints can look, here is another artists work which showed up at the fair....
Featured Artwork #2- "Tracy" by Alex Katz (various printing methods, 2011)

These pictures can't begin to depict the rich color and texture to Katz's portraits! Her work is most definitely worth seeing in person. If you would like to see Katz's large scaled paintings, I know of three that are displayed at the MET. More artists and works in the next Plethora of Prints installment!

*For more info on the print fair, its location, how long it runs, and admissions prices, please click here.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Visual Food for Thought- Week 1, The Large Cat by Cornelis Viccher

http://dcdocent.tumblr.com/post/5839135966/cornelis-viccher-the-large-cat-1657-dutch

Starting this week, I will start posting VFFT posts, highlighting one piece that I would like to ruminate on. Whether it's thought provoking or just plain beautiful, take it as a mini museum visit to satisfy your art craving!

This week I would like to give pause for "The Large Cate" by Cornelis Viccher. This is an engraving (when an artist scoops out thin strips of metal from a plate to create lines, instead of etching them in with acid), which was made in the year 1657 by said Dutch artist. This means it was made during the time of the master artist Rembrandt van Rijn, and before the United States of America even existed!

What struck me about this piece is the warmth it gives of. I have just recently gotten into etching (another closely related form of printmaking), which is why I learned that EVERY LINE COUNTS. Whatever direction you make it in will either enhance or take away from the realism of your subject. This cat looks real enough to snuggle in your lap, so, bravo for Viccher! Although, I feel a little sorry for the mouse. It doesn't look like it has a chance getting past those soft paws of fury...

As for this cat, it currently resides in the National Art Gallery in Washington DC.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

When Modern Art is Magnificent! My experience at the MoMA

             What are some artists that come to mind when you think of "MODERN ART"? As a teenager in high school, I associated these words with artists like Andy Warhol (who's actually a "Pop Art"-ist) and Chuck Close. In fact, neither of them would be considered "Modern Artist". Learning about art history helped me understand how broad a phrase Modern Art truly is. Artists of various styles and backgrounds all make up this one era. Currently the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is hosting an exhibit called "American Marvels: Hopper to O'Keefe" , which showcases the beauty and diversity of modern art as it played out in the United States.

              One thing to realized is that "Modern Art" refers to work made between the years 1915 and 1950. This is something that I never knew, even as an artist. When you think 'modern', you think late 20- early 21st century, not something ending 63 years ago! I mention this only because the work displayed in this show is rich in historical narratives from the time period. One example is in Edward Hopper's etching called "American Landscape". Made in 1920, it shows the land in a way that was seen as typically American at the time.

An etching is when the artist cuts lines into a metal plate (through various techniques). Afterwards, ink is rubbed into the lines on the plate. Specially made paper is then made damp with water, and placed over the plate. It is then rolled under a heavy press, "printing" the image onto the paper. Depending on how the image was cut into the metal plate, a piece can be made numerous times over. This makes it more accessible to share with more viewers. I have always loved Hoppers paintings, and now I love his etchings too! 

Another artist I love who is quintessentially American is Georgia O'Keefe. I also learned about her in high school, but was never able to see her work in person. While they look abstract in nature, some are actually in depth close ups of objects such as flowers. Two of her works are show in this exhibit. Of the two my favorite was "An Orchid", which was pastel on paper mounter on board, and made in 1941.

While the MoMA hasn't always been my museum of choice, I give it five stars on this exhibition. It was full of beautiful pieces that truly made you think, and brought out the best side of Modern Art as a whole. Whoever the curators were, cheers!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Future of Art...shown in the "P.S. Art 2013" Exhibit

Brianna Harris and Kayla Medina (Age 9, Grade 4). Friends Forever, 2013. Acrylic on paper. School: P.S. 214, Bronx. Art Teacher: Qinqin Li

P.S. Art 2013 - Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids

Where: the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education 

When: June 11, 2013–August 25, 2013

         As a child I remember my very first encounter with the art world. Sitting in an overcrowded New York City classroom, I was introduced to oil pastels, collage, and mosaic through the eyes of a Teaching Artist named Roger Rothstien. At the age of nine, I never understood why my school took the time to bring in an artist. How was I to know the influence this experience would have on my life (hey, I'm now an artist!)? 

         Now, twelve years later, the NYC Department of Education is still at it, working with an organization to bring in professional artists, like Mr. R, to enrich the lives and learning experience of their pupils. Studio in a School, said organization, works with children ages Pre-K to Twelfth grade! Thanks to a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York, a culmination of young work has been professionally mounted and exhibited, showing the fruits of this ingenious program. These are the talents of tomorrow and definitely worth seeing. You never know, you might just see the early works of a new Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The NYC Impressionista finds Art in Jersey! Part 3- The West End Garage cont'd...

Featured Artist #2- Dennis Dowe
 As I continued through the West End Garage in Cape May, NJ, I found some of the coolest utilitarian (usable) art pieces. They were these incredible sculptural candles! 
 I fell in love with this one piece of his, a 3D replication of Gustav Klimt's painting, "The Kiss"! The color and detail of his work was breathtaking. I don't think I could ever make myself light one of these candles. The artistry is incredible.
 As I came to the end of the gallery space, I found a long hallway packed to the rafters with little, sectioned off stores. It held everything from old antiques, jewelery, fashion, even old paintings and artwork dating back to the early 1900s! All in all, you could spend a whole day at the West End Garage and no feel sorry for it. Every corner holds a delightful surprise. Its a vacation experience not to pass up if you find yourself in the Cape May area!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The NYC Impressionista find Art in Jersey! Part 2 The West End Garage

Walking into the town of Cape May, NJ, you wouldn't expect to find a hip art scene. Pastel houses line the streets, each giving off and air of Victorian gentility. As you get closer the the shore, the smell of salt mellows the atmosphere. Old Mansions turned B&B's, as well as modern hotels and motels, line Beach Avenue. All a guest has to do is cross the street to hit the busting boardwalk. A few yards of Dune grass is all that separates you from the actual beach. Bicyclists, young and old, ride along the walkway at all hours of the day. It's a small, all American town in south Jersey, with a few surprises up its sleeve!

Halfway through our vacation, my friend and I stumbled upon the West End Garage.
Being an artist myself, I couldn't help but be drawn in. Here in New York City, we tend to take for granted all the art that surrounds us. I wanted to see what was going on in the minds of artists outside of the realm of the metropolitan area. What was interesting them? Boy was I surprised!

Featured Artist #1- Linda Pendrak
The work I saw by this artist was inspired by personal scenes and situations, as well as her own take on some Master works, such as Edouard Manet's Un bar aux Folies Bergère. This painting was made around 1882, and was considered a culmination of the artist's work in his time, as well as by art historians today! It was interesting to see how she changed it around. The original piece by Manet is on the left...her interpretation on the right.

Pendrak also makes lovely miniatures, each a unique slice of Cape May to take home with you. When the chocolate fudge and salt water taffy is all gone, the painting will last!
Next post...candle sculptures by Dennis Dowe, another Cape May artist!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The NYC Impressionista finds Art in Jersey! Part 1

Last week I had the opportunity to take a long desired break from the big city and visit...the Jersey Shore. Not the loud, hot, and garish side of it; but rather a quiet, sweeter side. In a town called Cape May, I found a mix of surf shacks and Victorian B & B's, as well as ice cream parlors and antique shops. My best friend and I stayed for a week at a hotel right across the street from the beach/boardwalk. While it rained for about half our stay, there were enough off-beach activities to interest us when sun bathing was out of the question!

In a number of posts, I will share the beautiful, humorous, and COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED Artwork I found during my trip. Hopefully it will surprise, entertain, and inspire you as it did me.

A couple of days into our vacation, my friend and I decided to heed the advice of Langston Hughes and take the road less traveled. At the time, it seemed a good idea to walk all the way to Sunset Beach from where we were staying on Beach Ave. While my feet did NOT thank me for this, I was able to capture some unexpected artwork, out in the middle of nowhere.

Walking down the road, we had to laugh at a sign we saw. You can tell by the picture how deserted the road was. Not a car or turtle in sight!

A couple miles later, we came upon something straight out of Wonderland. A checkers game that grew straight out of the ground! I kept expecting the Hatter to come waltzing from behind the next tree.
A mile afterwards, we were startled to find ourselves in the Wizard of Oz...
Who would have thought that you could find such whimsical artwork on a suburban route in Jersey??? I'm glad we had a camera!

Next post... the West End Garage, a gallery for local artists... its like walking into Etsy!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Giveaway! Autographed Copy of Wendy Williams New Book!

Here is my way of sharing my experience at Tavern 29 with you, my readers! At the event, TV talk show host (and much more), Wendy Williams, delighted Mamarazzi guests with a sparkling Q&A session surrounding her life and her new book. "Ask Wendy" is a culmination of letters and emails to which the author responds in witty, to the point paragraphs. The author herself said that the book was inspired by her Ask Wendy experience on the radio earlier in her career. Whether or not the questions pertain to you, the book is still an interesting read, I guarantee it!

lick for more info on Wendy's new book!

I will be giving away a brand new SIGNED COPY of "Ask Wendy", which I received at the event!
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*Giveaway starts 6/7 and ends 7/20/13. US, 18+ Only. Thank you and good luck! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Art, Food, & Wendy Williams at Tavern 29

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to The Moms (mamarazzi) event, hosted at Tavern 29. Now while the guest, Wendy Williams, was both interesting and engaging to listen to I couldn't help but appreciate this venue as a perfect place to spend my afternoon, whether or not I had been invited. The small store front facade of the  restaurant is made of dark brown and tan. The staff were as nice as can be, giving us a smile and directing us up the stairs... to the roof!

As a New Yorker, I can tell you that one of the coolest places to be is hidden above eye view. On the rooftop gardens and terraces are hidden rustic red brick walls and big patches of open sky you can't take the time to notice as you rush along the sidewalk. At Tavern 29 they left the walls as they were, bare and red, with just a sprinkling of some artisticly placed german phrases and the name "Tavern 29"



Another interesting aspect of the rooftop was the rich, drippy interpretation of the German flag on its interior wood wall. I just had to take a picture.



I would definitely love to come back here again, whether for an evening under the stars or a party for a friend. The interior of the restaurant is both dark and cozy as well. As for the food, it was an edible masterpiece! Everything served was wonderful, from the Lox and cucumber brochette to the mini beef burgers. This place most definitely has so much to offer.

Next post... a GIVEAWAY!!! and more about Wendy Williams.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Anonymous Art Work in Manhattan

As I draw away from the poised and polished museum scene, I find the most under rated, interesting artwork along the streets of NYC. It makes me wish I had a mental digital camera, so I would never miss a chance to share it with someone else. While the artwork is not always beautiful, it always makes you stop and think. Who made this and why? Either way, as a viewer you can always come away with a deeper sense of the humanity you are a part of... if you look close enough.

While shopping for accessories down at 34th street last weekend (hey, jewelery is wearable art that I love!) I came across a delivery truck parked outside the Manhattan Mall. Everybody who has ever come from an urban setting is familiar with the element of graffiti. In all my life, though, I had never seen it done so impeccably. It was like a mural stretching along the sides and back of the truck!


While artwork like this naturally makes me cringe, I took the time to look it over before making any judgements. Lady liberty it covering her face with a gas mask so she won't inhale the fumes of the spray paint (which that work is made out of). The bottle is being held by a skull coming out of the mouth of an ancient Mayan dressed as a bird. Without even knowing the artist, I can tell he (or she) is very passionate about the message is this work. Everything is intentional.

Later on this week I went to SoHo (really lower Manhattan!) with my sister. Walking down the sidewalk I noticed this sculpture bolted in place in front of a vacant store. No name, no title, but still very beautiful. The metal has a textured design all over it. The wavy limbs seem to be dancing. I would call this piece, "The Ballet Dancer".  This was a nice surprise!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An Old Gem in an Urban Setting

In my own experience, I have found that no matter where you live, if you look hard enough, you can find something beautiful. Art, whether fine or crazy, always has a way of showing up where you least expect it. In this case, the place I found it was an old post office. I think it might have been a bank or something a long time ago (the building is at least a hundred years old). I was visiting a friend and had a letter to drop off, so I went to the Post Office near her house. Standing on the line (which never seemed to MOVE) I happened to look up and see this...



What a beautiful mural. It looked dark, like it was covered in years of dust. After I finally purchased my stamp at the teller, I took a closer look at it. It didn't make sense to me. why was the picture so dark?? It looked like someone put some black cellophane over it. It was then that something caught my eye. A signature!


Signed across the boat on the far left of the painting, it said "A. Lisinsky & I. A Block '42". No wonder the painting looked so worn. It was made in 1942! I couldn't believe it. This painting is 72 years old.

It was probably part of the New Deal Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) developed by President Roosevelt's administration! Wow. If only the USPS would clean it, it such a shame to see it uncared for. A piece of American history left to decay when it looks fine enough to be in a museum.

The painting has some very distinctive figures. One looks like George Washington himself (guy on the white horse).


Another is a beautifully depicted Native American Indian with ebony braided hair, wearing a red cloak. Its the first (and probably last) time I was ever happy to get stuck on a post office line.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Art You can Hold in Your Hand

Last Saturday I went to a beauty blogger event, which seems off the mark considering I'm an Impressionista, not a Fashionista right? Well that what I thought...until I walked through the door. I was able to find artwork, even at this event. Art that everybody can see, touch, AND own. I saw Love Jac- made in Brooklyn greeting cards!

Each card has a hand made message with a photo taken by the owners. They kindly offered us our pick of any of their cards. I had to go with the Ice cream truck, feel better, card. It is quintessentially urban, AND suburban. Who in this country hasn't been serenaded by the ice cream siren of summer? Its song is as sweet as the treat itself.

Please visit their shop and see all the sweet and crazy cards this Brooklyn based business purveys!

link:  http://lovejac.myshopify.com/collections/photo-mounted-greeting-cards

Here is their booth at the Getting Gorgeous Event!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Hunter College MFA show featured Artist Part 2

As the evening progressed, I found that artwork could be found not only in, but outside the studios...and in the hallways.

Leaving another interesting studio space, I took a moment to check my phone in the hall. Suddenly, I here a soft mechanical wurring sound behind me. hmmm... must be the air vents, right?
I turn around and almost run smack into THIS--
                                               So I jumped.
                                               A little.

After I got over the surprise, all I wanted to do was figure out what it was, and how it worked. A paper stuck on its head marked it as "Charlie Hobbs #509". As it turns out, Charlie isn't only the name of our friend here, but of the artist who made him (also Charles Hobbs). The artist himself told me how he was able to put visual sensors on "Charlies" feet to keep him from bumping into anything, or one, that came in his path. While visiting his studio, I found that the imagination and smarts behind Charlie #509 extended into the rest of the artists work. All the work I saw can be found at therealcharleshobbs.com

It is definitely worth looking at (particularly his ladder pieces).

As I was leaving the show, I ran into a dead end in the hallway and found something interest (see below)... a hand drawn...mural??? hmm...

 One thing is for certain, you will never know where artwork will show up!







So, what do you see in wall? What do you think about the artists shown? comment below!

A special thank you to all the artist at the MFA program for opening their doors! Its no easy feat!
I would like to also personally thank...
Maureen St. Vincent
Brandon Matthis
Brian Dulaney
Nick Doyle
and Charlie Hobbs

whose work I was able to enjoy. Look out for these artist in the future!!


The Hunter College MFA show featured Artists Part 1

This Friday I went to see the open house at the MFA building for Hunter College. This means that all the in house artists graciously opened the doors of their studios for the public to come and see. Through out the next couple of posts, I will exhibit the work of a couple of artists I was privileged to meet. ALL ARTWORK IS THE SOLE PROPERTY OF THE ARTIST MENTIONED WITH IT.

Oh, another thing I would like to mention is...don't be intimidated by the weird locations of art shows you find advertised. Yes, it was in a college MFA building. Yes, it was behind the Port Authority. But the work I saw their is from the most up and coming artists, unhindered by the guidelines and expectations of a professional museum or gallery space. Shows like this are jewels in the art world, and not to be missed!

So picture this...
I take a rickety elevator up to the fourth floor of the building, and the door opens into a wide, bright space. The entire floor is partitioned into small rooms, each housing the minds and materials of each artist. There are no security guards to offer information or to intimidate you, either way. You are allowed to wander free from room to room, at your own bidding. I go into one room, looking for a friend of mine. She's not there, so I am forced to be adventurous and look around. Going by one room, I see a Huge. Red. Neon. Sign. that reads "Steven" (Steve?). What on earth??

I go into the studio and completely forget the neon sign exists. I am attracted to the scent of wood emanating from the numerous sculptures around the space. It is the work of an artist named Nick Doyle.

And my favorite....


Here are some links to his work outside of the MFA scene, some that you saw in my shots, and some entirely different. What do you think about his work? Anybody?
 http://galerieprotege.com/artists/nick_doyle.htm
 http://arcade44.tv/art/tattoo-you-nick-doyle/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who woulda thunk? Art made out of Post-Its

As a native New Yorker, I'm pretty sure that if you look hard enough, you can find anything here. My latest impression of the art seen was observed in a pop-up store/gallery near Lafayette street (next to Chinatown). I was graciously invited to the Post-It event by another blogger, who happened to be a good friend of mine. At first, I wanted to give her a flat out no. Why did I need to go to this event? Sigh...its amazing what I could have missed out on. In this case, I learned that art can be found in the most unexpected places, and in the oddest materials you could imagine!

 This wall piece looks inspired by the "pop" art prints, like those from the 1950s, made by artist like Andy Warhol! All out of Post-it's.

The gentleman who was presenting these new over-sized post-its (pretty cool, huh?) told me that these drawings were made by NYC artists just for the event.  
This is perhaps the coolest work I saw, though. The artist, Robert Mann, developed 3D post it designs and placed them over a light box (usually used by photographers to see through negatives)! The effect is floral and marine-like at the same time. Absolutely beautiful!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

C'est très chic! ~ Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has breached the gap between fashion and art with this show! As an artist, I find it very interesting in how modern life reflects art, and art reflects modern life. In the time of the Impressionists (think Claude Monet, Eduoard Manet, Frederic Bazille, and so on) a writer and art critic named Charles Pierre Baudelaire called for "Painters of modern life". One way that many artists did this was by painting the modern Parisian scenes, with modern Parisian people, wearing, of course, modern Parisian clothing

This shows shows antique gown and suits that date back to the early 19th century. You can not imagine how tiny the women were at that time! No wonder they could create such extravagant looking gowns. Many of the dresses displayed can be seen worn by models in the paintings presented. It is an incredible way of bringing the viewer in touch with the human stories behind the work on the walls. The show closes in May, but I guarantee that its worth taking time to see  in the next couple of weeks! I saw older adults, teenagers, and little girls wearing barrets and Mary-janes walking around in the gallery. This show will interest and entertain almost anyone!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Travel that satisfies your craving for Art!



If you plan on traveling to any big city in the USA, here's a way to spice up your trip!

Find an interesting art gallery to go to, instead of visiting the mammoth museums (aka tourist traps). Trust me, you'll have a lot more fun entering a quiet gallery off the beaten path, without one hundred other people stepping on your toes or a terse security guard telling you, "step AWAY from the ropes ma'am!" Another plus to visiting low key galleries is the abundance of dining options. As a New Yorker, I can tell you that any eatery worth your time is at least four LOONNGGG avenues down from the fancy museums on 5th Avenue. At galleries in the neighborhoods of lower Manhattan, good food can be found outside the door!

Last week, I visited the Peter Freeman Gallery on Grand Street (see here) to see an amazing artist, Catherine Murphy! She is also a native New Yorker, and works out of Poughkeespsie, NY. Her work is like storybook realism, it so detailed!

                                              Snowflake 2010 by Catherine Murphy

The extra treat was that I was right next to Chinatown, where both Little Italy and incredible Chinese food reside.

All you need to do is look up a show that's running during your visit, and you can make a whole day out of exploring the art, food, and color of the New York Neighborhood it belongs to. Trust me, you won't regret it!

 




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