Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LIC - The Gantry

LIC Gantry II
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

Had a nice time during the LIC Arts Open Week-end. Saw several shows and visited some artist studios. Several friends from childhood joined me for brunch on Sunday at the Crescent Grill where I have 5 paintings on view in a group exhibition as well as several LIC-themed pillows. The pillows are almost all sold.

We went to see group exhibits in 2 old warehouse buildings, The Factory and the Falchi Buildings. Here we are standing in front of a deconstructed school bus sculpture, a fitting backdrop as we were in grade school together. In addition, I visited the Edison Price Lighting Gallery on Friday and was very impressed with their new gallery space. Among the studios I visited were those of Donna Levinstone, Elinore Schnurr, Zoe Morsette and Chi, all wonderful artists.

In all honesty, this 5-day event is a sprawling affair with way too many events and spaces to attend and visit. You really had to pick and choose. I saw some fine work, but I also saw some awful stuff. There is a lot of bad art being made today and one really has to sift through the junk to find those rare gems.

I'm posting this new study of the Long Island City Gantry today in honor of this past week's events in the neighborhood. Seriously thinking about working this one up into a larger painting.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LIC Arts Open 2015

LIC manhole cover pillow

The Long Island City Arts Open is upon us next week and I will be participating this year in a group exhibition, STARS OF LONG ISLAND CITY, at the Dougherty Gallery at Crescent Grill. Opening Reception is Thursday, May 14, 6-8 pm. Located at 38-40 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY. crescent grill.com

In addition to the paintings, I have created several LIC-themed pillows which will be available as well.

For a full festival guide listing, here is a link

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Citicorp building in LIC on the market

LIC 1889-1989
Oil on canvas
48x36 inches

Just read that the Citicorp building in Long Island City, constructed in the late 1980's is up for sale (see article). It is currently the tallest building in Queens, but might not be for long. I painted this while the building was under construction. An older brick building in the foreground was constructed in 1889 and I decided to tackle this subject to show how a neighborhood had changed over a century. Many of the places I've painted have disappeared, but in this case, it looks like ownership will change hands with the tower still stands in the ever changing neighborhood that is Long Island City.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Diego's Place IV

Diego's Place IV
Oil on canvas
9x12 inches

This is a recent painting of a rooftop view in Long Island City, looking toward the ever-changing Manhattan - and Queens - skyline. A commissioned piece, it was a challenge and I think I've caught the feeling of being up high and looking over the once thriving industrial landscape.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A window show in the Village

On a rainy Friday my exhibit in the Greenwich Gallery Frame Shop was installed. Paul, the organizer of the window shows, did a great job. I selected 12 smaller scaled paintings depicting various neighborhoods around town. This is a new venture for the frame shop and this is the inaugural show. My thoughts about doing this is that I believe many more people will see my work as they pass by then would see it in a gallery setting. You never know and as an artist, you learn to try different approaches to getting the work out there.

Updated info as of 4/20/15: The owner of the frame shop decided to take down the exhibit after 16 days (not the agreed upon month), before the scheduled run was completed. He was unhappy that no sales resulted in that short period of time and decided not to continue with the window show program, choosing instead to display other work. Both Paul, the organizer, and I were surprised and angry and only found out about this turn of events when Paul passed by yesterday and noticed the work had been taken down. I wonder when the owner was going to notify us. This utter lack of respect for artists and their art was the most extreme example we'd ever witnessed. I went over last night to collect my paintings, tell the owner in no uncertain terms what I thought of his actions and decided to chalk this incident up to yet another experience in the life of a working artist.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hyperallergic's Curating for the Cure…

Madison Reflections I
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

Today I was very pleasantly surprised to see my work reproduced in an Hyperallergic's article about the power of art in medical facilities. I have been working with the art curator for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for several months. She has selected a number of my paintings to be placed in various facilities, some on loan and some that were purchased outright. In their Brooklyn Infusion Center, a show is on view with the theme of reflections. I have done a few paintings with that theme over the years, and this painting is one of the pieces on view. Several weeks ago one of the oncology nurses working in that facility purchased a painting. That sale had a very special meaning to me. Twenty years ago I too spent time in a chemo infusion suite and know first-hand how wonderful those oncology nurses can be.

Here is a link to the article.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A New York pillow

New York Themed Pillow
Machine pieced
16 x 16 inches

Something a little different today. In addition to being a painter of the urban landscape, I've recently taken up the art of quilting. I've been learning a lot and it is a wonderful new artistic adventure.

The Empire Quilt Guild of which I am a member, will be holding a large show the week-end of March 28-29, 2015 at FIT and I will have a quilt on display. In addition, I've made a number of pillows which will be for sale in the Member's Boutique. Of course I made a few with a New York City theme and this is just one example. I'm really looking forward to seeing the exhibit and I'm prepared to be inspired by what people are doing with needle, thread, fabric and machine these days.

If you would like more information on the Empire Quilters Urban Inspirations show, here is the link.