CONTEXT New York, a glimpse

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The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York took place May 3 – 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair was held at Pier 94 in Manhattan.  CONTEXT New York is a leading alternative fair of contemporary art. I got an opportunity to see CONTEXT Art Miami during Art Basel this past December and it was fun to see lots of new art and some old favorites at the New York version.  The fair focused on mid-career and emergent artists shown by sixty participating galleries displaying some wonderful examples of contemporary art. I got to walk the show with my husband, daughter, son, and his girlfriend.  I always love seeing what pieces attract their attention and comments.  These were some of our favorites.

 

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Visit hundreds of Open Studios, including mine!

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Hundreds of open artists’ studios, dozens of art exhibits, live dance, music, and performance art will be happening during the LIC Arts Open 2016 from May 18 – 22. At Reis Studios (where my studio is located), there are 200 artists in my building plus many other artists in nearby studio buildings participating in the LIC Arts Open Studios.   If you collect art, it’s an easy way to see a wonderful variety of art to add or start your own art collection.  I will be demonstrating my collage printmaking techniques during this weekend, May 21 & 21 from 12-6 pm, making free one-of-a-kind cards for all interested visitors.  Come by and get one.  Or just stop by to say “hi”!  I’m in studio #225.
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Reis Studios, an International Community of Established and Emerging Artists, is located just blocks from P.S.1 and one stop from Manhattan.  Here’s how to get to  Reis Studios #225, 43-01 22nd Street, Long Island City. 11101

In the Realm of Dreams

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Please celebrate with me the opening reception of “In the Realm of Dreams”, a two women exhibition at the Front Street Gallery this Friday, May 13 from 6-9pm.
“In the Realm of Dreams” features the 4th annual Front Street Gallery juried group show winners. Kathy Ferguson & Tanya Kukucka. Kathy and Tanya were winners of our group show, “Blue,” and both artists credit the dream-state as a direct source of their works.
“Kathy Ferguson is mixed media artist from New York City. Like dreams and the imagination, her artwork is multi-layered. “In the magical interlude between sleep and awakening, my paintings are conceived.” Hand printed paper is the base for her landscapes; paint continues to build the basic framework. “Each addition informs the next, while I build, destroy, erase and repaint, layers peek through exposing glimpses of these earlier strata. The work may evolve beyond, but it is the dream that sustains me until I reach my new world.”
“In the Realm of Dreams”, opening Friday the 13th of May, 6-9pm, at Front Street Gallery, and runs from May 13 – July 8. http://www.frontstreetgallery.org.

“Arming” myself for a good time

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The “Armory” art fairs were held in New York City this weekend with both the Park Armory on the Upper East Side and the Armory Show on Piers 92 & 94.  “Armed” with an open mind to see the newest ideas in contemporary art, I headed over to the piers to check out the Armory Show.

Now in its 22nd year, The Armory Show is billed as “New York’s premier international art fair, showcasing over 200 galleries from around the world. The Armory Show combines access to high quality modern and contemporary art with a commitment to spotlighting new and emerging voices in the visual arts.” I gave myself both Friday and Saturday to see the shows as there was just too much to see in one day.  I found myself particularly drawn to the selections in the Modern Show (Pier 92) this year and even purchased a couple paintings by Darren Waterston from the DC Moore Gallery (see above).  I’ve shared some of my favorites from the Modern and the Contemporary Armory Shows below.

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Janaina Tschape, mixed media

Hard to believe, but I’d never heard of Janaina Tschäpe before the fair, though she’s been creating art for almost two decades.  Apparently I’m the only one as a long standing collector bought her work while I was standing there admiring it!

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John Grillo, oil on canvas

A beautiful example of John Grillo’s (who passed away in 2014 at the age of 97) colorful work.

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Julian Martin

Australian artist Julian Martin was having a good day as 14 of his 18 paintings on exhibit had already found new homes early on during the fair.

Gabriel de la Mora

Gabriel de la Mora

From a distance, I thought this work of Gabriel de la Mora‘s (this photo is half of a mirrored diptych) was created from carved wood panels. However, it was actually created from the soles of tennis shoes!  I love all the different patterns.

“Art On Paper” Exhibition in NYC

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Tomas Vu, mixed media on wood panel

It was a big art week in New York City.  Ok, there is generally dozens of art exhibitions every week in the Big Apple, but this week featured some of the biggest art fairs of the year with the Armory Show at Pier 92/94 and the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side.  Additionally, one show you might not know is the “Art on Paper” art fair down on Pier 36.  I headed down to the Lower East Side to check it out.  As an artist who uses collage paper in her work, I have a special love for art created on paper and/or with paper.  This exhibition didn’t disappoint.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this year’s show.

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Thomas McNickel, oil on paper

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Mersuka Dopazo and Teresa Calderon, mixed media on canvas

Henry Jackson, mixed media on paper

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Riitta Klint, Collaged Yupo paper

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Rex Ray, Lithograph of 18 colors

Checking out the street art in Berlin

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I just returned from almost a week in Berlin, Germany.  Having never been to Berlin before, I was really interested in viewing the street art scene I had heard so much about. Much of Berlin’s street art scene started at the East Side Gallery, a mile-long section of the Berlin Wall painted in 1990 by over 100 artists from across the globe. But the street art didn’t stop there and has spread all over Berlin onto hundreds of other walls and surfaces.  Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorites.  Sadly, taggers (those non-artists that choose to scrawl their initials on any and every surface) have defaced much of the street art by tagging over the top of it.  Of course, many people think that the nature of street art is its impermanence and that layering one person’s work over another’s is part of the process.  Personally, I don’t consider that art…or at least not good art.  Sadly, the last picture is also a common site in Berlin.  Which side of the argument do you fall on?

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Berlin Wall “Escape”

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A common sight in Berlin

Finished Commissioned Painting

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Almost two months ago, I started a painting commission and I wanted to share the process with you.  After getting approval on the basic composition from some simple sketches, I worked up two small studies with very different color directions.

 

The client picked the orange study but he wanted more orange, less red on the bottom, wasn’t fond of some of the black, and eliminated any ink “doodles”.  Armed with a better idea of my client’s taste, I began work on a larger canvas.  Here are several stages the painting went through along the way, incorporating the changes and preferences of the client’s each time.  As my process incorporates many layers of paint and hand-printed collage paper, adding more layers only enhanced the final painting by adding depth, texture, and complexity.

 

Though the final painting loosely resembles the original study, it took on a life of its own through the collaborative process to its finish.  It was really fun to work together to create a painting we are both happy with.

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Visiting Art Basel Miami for the first time

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I spent last week in Miami Beach visiting eight of the almost two dozen art fairs showing work during Art Basel Miami. The US show of Art Basel, which began in 2002, takes place each December and marks the winter reunion for the international art world. This one show featured over 275 galleries from thirty-one countries, attracting seventy-five thousand collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts.  Strangely enough, I didn’t actually make it to the Art Basel exhibition, where artwork prices ranged in the 6 figures and up, but instead checked out eight other art fairs more in my price range.  I found the event  crowded, vibrant, and stocked to the brim with great (and not so great artwork).  If you love contemporary art, this was the place to be!

Joined by my friends at Art Advisory Service, a firm that specializes in developing customized art collections for individuals and luxury hotels, who knew the ins and outs of the massive fair and thankfully let me tag along.  We started at 9 am each day for a quick breakfast, and then off to troll the art fairs sometimes not finishing until 10 pm when the fair “police” would kick us out.  Here’s a photo of some of the fair maps which got heavy use as I was constantly lost inside the bigger fairs.  I visited these fairs:  Miami Project + Art on Paper, Context, Art Miami, Aqua, Untitled, NADA, Pulse Miami, and Scope Miami. Tomorrow I’ll post some of my favorite pieces I saw during the fair.

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How to paint a commission

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How does an artist go about painting a commissioned painting?  Every artist is different but I’d like to share how I go about it.  I recently got a commission from a collector of mine and I thought I would share the process with you over several blog posts.

To start, I needed an idea of which type of painting style of mine he liked best, the painting size he had in mind, and the color palette he envisioned.  He also sent me photographs of the other artworks in his home that would be within sight of the painting I was creating.

I started by sketching out some rough compositional ideas in small thumbnails (3″ x 3″).  Next, I picked my favorite composition and transferred the same sketch onto a couple sheets of Bristol board.  Then I painted two small studies with different color palettes based on the colors the collector was interested in.  You can see how I went dark and dramatic in one painting, and hot and bright in the other.  These are very small studies (6″ x 6″) and they are just to get some early feedback on preferences, likes and dislikes before moving forward onto the next phase.  Then I emailed the sketches to the client who gave me some valuable input to move forward with.  Check back and you’ll see which sketch he liked best when I post the next phase.