I recently sent off a piece to Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia as a part of their founding members show. A group of art friends and I started Grizzly Grizzly a number of years ago to showcase compelling artists from around the world. We decided to keep ourselves removed from showing our own work so that we could focus on the curatorial process and remove our egos from the common vanity gallery collective.
We wanted to do something unconventional and unlike other art venues in the Philadelphia area. It was a real push for me to celebrate artists so different from my own work. I think that was the most rewarding experience. We gathered a diverse group of members to push ourselves in unique directions that a typical gallery would not. It was a way for us to view the art we wanted to see and champion.
I left the collective back in 2010 when I moved to Austin, TX. I miss putting on shows with Grizzly Grizzly, we had a great time and it was a fulfilling experience. Its makes me so happy to see the space thriving. Thanks to the current members for inviting us to show and for all of their hard work continuing to grow what we began!
Read the show’s review by Knight Arts, and of my piece. “Galbraith”: http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/to-all-the-girls-ive-loved-before-grizzly-grizzly
Sketch From Alaska
Come by Studio 31 @ the Torpedo Factory between July 10th and August 10 to see some new work!! This month I’ll be making new woodcuts and encaustics.
Diego Gutierrez Map of the New World, c. 1562
Here is a snap shot of my work up at Lane Palmisano’s and Michele Hoben’s studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Recent and some past work will be up for viewing throughout the month of May. The Torpedo Factory (TFAC) is an amazing art center in Northern Virginia. (Alexandria).
“Calore” – Lane Palmisano
Lane has been making increasingly significant oil paintings for as long as I can remember. Recent pieces involve her traditional impressionistic expertise breaking down into abstract and contemporary landscapes. Spatial relationships emerge and disintegrate both in the final image and throughout the painting process where Lane applies and scrapes paint with a variety of tools. Color is constantly put to the test in the paintings. The pieces currently hanging in her space showcase a variety of palettes; from transparent earth tones, to impasto pinks and yellow-greens. The paintings all explore a sense of distance between her often explosive brush strokes and imagined horizons. The recent work I like the best has a real breakdown of what that horizon line is defined as: A range of marks that are at once built with hard edges and areas that subtly play into a disappearing act.
“By The Paddocks” – Michele Hoben
The studio is also shared by Michele Hoben. She is exhibiting and producing paintings that incorporate mixed media and collage. The pieces seem to center on abstract environments that incorporate conceptual fences and response to landscape and feelings of containment. The fence is often at first concealed by what the viewer might believe to be a series of well placed marks and lines. Viewing evolves where the lines enter the foreground and your eye seeks to look through them. The lines at once hold your attention and frame the painting into sections of color and light. It is this subtle play between positive and negative spaces that begins to create movement in the works. The pieces also have a range of painting applications dealing with transparency, saturation and opacity.
At the TFAC studio space Lane and Michele’s works exist in a dialogue about boldness and subtleness of color, descriptions of space, and a unique combination of calculated and free mark making.