ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 Hiroshi Sugimoto - Tripoli Gallery - August 27th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto.&nbsp;<em>Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes&nbsp;</em>will be on view at 30a Jobs Lane from August 27 through October 21, with a public reception on Wednesday, August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. This marks Sugimoto&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at Tripoli Gallery.</p> <p><em>Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes</em>&nbsp;brings together Sugimoto&rsquo;s iconic seascapes, on loan from important collections and on view for the first time in Southampton since&nbsp;<em>Time Exposed</em>, his 1994-95 solo exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. Among works on view are&nbsp;<em>Mediterranean Sea, Crete</em>&nbsp;(1990);<em>Yellow Sea, Cheju</em>&nbsp;(1992);&nbsp;<em>Lake Superior, Cascade River</em>(1995-2003); and&nbsp;<em>Tyrrhenian Sea</em>&nbsp;(1990), as well as his 2011&nbsp;<em>Five Elements</em>&nbsp;sculpture, made from optical quality glass and based on the form of a thirteenth-century Japanese Buddhist&nbsp;<em>stupa</em>&nbsp;reliquary. A unique seascape photograph is preserved within the glass sphere of the 6-inch high pagoda; honoring and revering the element from which all life stems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sugimoto began his series of seascapes in 1980, traveling to remote oceans, seas and lakes around the world. Using his preferred late-19th-century/early-20th&nbsp;century big box camera with black-and-white sheet film, he achieves high technical results with gradations and tonalities that make each photograph distinct and impeccably rich in detail. Perched on high cliffs, Sugimoto is able to look across the water and capture its vastness and mystery in a minimalist composition that relies solely on the water, the atmosphere, and the horizon line that precisely bisects his frame.</p> <p>&ldquo;My first view of the ocean came as an awakening,&rdquo; Sugimoto writes, recalling his earliest and most vivid recollection of the sea, &ldquo;I spied it from a Tokaido Line train, the seascape passing from left to right. It must have been autumn, because the sky had such vast, eye-opening clarity. We were riding high on a cliff, and the sea flickered far below like frames of a motion picture, only to disappear behind the rocks. The horizon line where the azure sea met the brilliant sky was razor sharp, like a samurai sword&rsquo;s blade. Captivated by this startling yet oddly familiar scene, I felt I was gazing on a primordial landscape.&rdquo; (&ldquo;The Times of My Youth: Images from Memory,&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>Hiroshi Sugimoto</em>, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2005)</p> <p>Hiroshi Sugimoto&nbsp;was born in Tokyo in 1948 and has lived and worked in New York City since 1974. He has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Toyko, among others. A major 30-year survey of his work opened at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2005 and travelled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Sugimoto has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates and awards including the Praemium Imperale Award in 2009 and 2010, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and the 15th Annual Infinity Award for Art, International Center of Photography, New York, in 1999. Sugimoto's work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; MACBA, Barcelona; and Tate Gallery, London.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:41:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Miriam Cabello, Kaitlin Flack, Ellen Llewellyn, Lavely Miller, Gustavo Rincon Moreno, Tia-Maria Soroskie, Carmen Torruella Quander - DACIA GALLERY - August 29th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><strong>Katie Flack:&nbsp;</strong>Is an artist based in Greenville, South Carolina and a recent graduate from Clemson University in SC. Her main focus of work is landscape and figure painting. Much of her inspiration comes from photography, that she introduces in her paintings from landscape to figure paintings. She is an aspiring artist beginning her career through studying and painting on a regular basis. She is developing her artistic career by attending an artist residency in New York City and exhibiting with Dacia Gallery.</p> <p><strong>Miriam Cabello:</strong>&nbsp;Is a multi-award winning artist, curator and educator she has exhibited internationally and nationally. Highlights include: the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence Italy; being the first Australian awarded at the international Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards, for &ldquo;The Pugilist Passion&ndash;Black Jesus&rdquo; and; official Vatican selection as a solo exhibitor during the World Youth Day &rsquo;08 festival. Most recently she exhibited at the National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis and DUMBO Arts Festival Brooklyn, NYC. In 2012 she was appointed cultural curator and educator at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Ceremony, Camden Council. Miriam nurtures a profound interest in social, political issues and education. Her works predominately address highly charged themes endowed with a particular narrative. &ldquo;My professional practice explores poignant global themes to initiate dialogue on cross-cultural exchange and leverage allegory to communicate social awareness.&rdquo; The United States Sports Academy selected Miriam Cabello as their 2014 Sports Artist of the Year.</p> <p><strong>Ellen Llewellyn:</strong>&nbsp;A Boston artist, shows her work throughout the United States. In 2011 she was accepted into The National Juried Competition at the First Street Gallery in New York City, judged by Paul Resika. As well as the Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2012, she was accepted into the Painting Only show at the Pacific Art League's Main Gallery in Palo Alto, California, judged by Eric Zener. In addition, she was accepted into the Goldilocks Show in Austin, Texas, and into The National Juried Competition at The Academy of Fine Arts, Virginia. In 2013, Ellen was nominated for "Best Fine Artist of the Year" by the Boston Harbor Picayune. She has exhibited her work in California, New York, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. Ellen has been accepted into three consecutive editions of Studio Visit Magazine. In January 2014, she was included in a Pop-Up exhibition at the First Street Gallery in New York City. This past summer, Ellen had a solo exhibition at The Larkin Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will also be taking part in a group exhibition this fall.</p> <p><strong>Lavely Miller:</strong>&nbsp;Was born in 1980 on Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from James Madison University, as well as a master&rsquo;s and doctoral level degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Virginia. She had her first solo exhibition at age 17, has maintained regular independent showings of her work across the country, and participated in countless group shows in the US and abroad. Her work can be found in the public collections of the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Maria McVarish Architectural Library in San Francisco, the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington DC, the Delancey Street Museum in Philadelphia and many others. Miller&rsquo;s paintings are held in the private collections of Jock Sturges (noted photographer), Kate Bornstein (author and gender theorist), Linda Suzuki (playwrite) and others throughout the US, Germany, France and Greece. She has received numerous awards for her work including a top prize at 2012&rsquo;s Art Basel, fellowships and residencies &ndash; most recently at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has been published in interviews, publications and art textbooks throughout the world. Her most recent work and full-length interview can be found in the latest issue of &ldquo;Straw Dogs&rdquo; &ndash; a Greek art magazine published in Cyprus.</p> <p><strong>Gustavo Rincon Moreno:</strong>&nbsp;Born in Cali, Colombia 1969. Lives and works in Brasilia, Brazil. Although he has been a figurative painter for many years, his current work are contemporary paintings, sculptures and installations, mixing sometimes more than two languages in the same work, to construct poetic drops that takes the observer into deep reflections between his self and his environment. The human figure is occasionally present in his work, even stylized, deconstructed or fused with the background. His essays compose dramatic abstract landscapes, equalized by organic or geometrical empty spaces, frequently surrounded by narrow synthetic polymer lines applied directly from the extruder gun, creating first planes of concrete abstract graphical elements. In Morenu's abstract expressionist work there are influences from the work of Germans, Americans French and Latino painters and especially from artist of the CoBrA group. Those artists are Gerhard Richter, Jasper Johns, Basquiat, Guayasamin, Obregon, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn and the French Pierre Soulages. Moreno&rsquo;s artistic education began in a technical high school in architectonical design and metal smiting and continued to Masters classes and workshops with the Colombian masters Alejandro Obregon, Gim Amaral, Leonel Gongora and Maria Paz Jaramillo.He is currently studying fine arts at the Dulcina de Moraes Art College in Brasilia, Brazil. Morenu&rsquo;s work has been exhibited between 2011 and 2014 in Brazil, Ecuador, Europe and USA and his works are part of important public and private collections in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, France and United States.</p> <p><strong>Tia-Maria Soroskie:&nbsp;</strong>Is a Canadian drawing and installation artist who creates work based on the female body and how the female body occupies space; explores, deconstructs and reconstructs the female gender; and examines gender implications regarding expectations, as well as issues of domesticity and femininity. Tia-Maria received a Master&rsquo;s of Fine Arts diploma in 2005 at Washington State University wherein she received the Outstanding Woman in Graduate Studies Award (Honorable Mention). She has developed programs of study for learners of all ages, and has held positions as Drawing Area Coordinator, and Instructor of Record of Drawing and Classical Figure Drawing courses in the Department of Fine Arts at Washington State University. She has a professional and progressive exhibition record that includes a solo exhibition in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada at the&nbsp;<em>Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art</em>, a group show at the<em>Woman Made Gallery&nbsp;</em>in Chicago Illinois, and more recently, group shows in Sibiu, Romania and in New York City, New York through&nbsp;<em>Dacia Gallery</em>. Tia-Maria has been awarded a research-based residency abroad and will be an Artist-In-Residence in October 2014 at&nbsp;<em>DRAWinterational</em>&nbsp;in Caylus, France.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:08:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - August 29th 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM <p>This exhibition will comprise two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum's permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings will be exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:52:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - InterArt Gallery - September 1st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:33:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Ralph Fasanella - American Folk Art Museum - September 2nd 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM <p>Ralph Fasanella (1914&ndash;1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially minded paintings. This exhibition celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the artist&rsquo;s birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years. Fasanella was born in the Bronx and grew up in working-class neighborhoods of New York; he became a tireless advocate for laborers&rsquo; rights, first as a union organizer and later as a painter.<br /><br />This major exhibition includes a selection of artworks from the American Folk Art Museum&rsquo;s collection, which holds more than one hundred paintings and drawings by the artist. The Estate of Ralph Fasanella gifted many of these objects to the museum over the years, in addition to the artist&rsquo;s notebooks, sketches, correspondence, personal records, photographs, publications, and films, which were donated in 2009 and 2013.<br /><br /><em>Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Tania and Tom Evans, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. American Folk Art Fund, and Paula and Peter Lunder. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum&rsquo;s traveling exhibition program,<em>Treasures to Go.</em></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:39:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Adam Shecter - Eleven Rivington (Chrystie Street) - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Eleven Rivington is pleased to present its third solo exhibition by NY artist Adam Shecter, on view at its 195 Chrystie Street location from September 2 &ndash; October 5, 2014.&nbsp; The exhibition, titled New Year, features a 26-minute panoramic animation that runs the length of the entire gallery space. New Year combines hand drawn imagery, 3D animation, and digital video with an original soundtrack by the artist. Actor Sean Maher (Firefly, Green Arrow, Much Ado About Nothing) provides narration.</p> <p>New Year is a visually rich depiction of city life that fuses science fiction with the domestic. Through omniscient narration, Shecter's hybrid of personal journal and animated science fiction follows the lives of a gay married couple, a melancholy astronaut, and two wild dogs living in a reality not quite our own. The combination of fantasy and realism connects to the work's exploration of false memory, the vivid recollection of events that may or may not have occurred. In doing so, Shecter has created landscapes and characters that populate a city like New York, but in an unspecified reality and time. &nbsp;</p> <p>New Year employs an experimental narrative technique, pairing twelve continuously scrolling sequences with meditative panoramas in an ultra-wide aspect ratio. Like a graphic novel, the film employs a variety of styles, creating visual and narrative counterpoint between atmospheric sequences, sci-fi set pieces, and observations of daily life.</p> <p>Adam Shecter was born in Dallas, TX in 1976 and currently lives and works in New York.&nbsp; Shecter was educated at McGill University, Montreal and Bank Street College of Education, NY; he attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006.&nbsp; He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow in Film and Video, and was selected for the Drawing Center&rsquo;s inaugural Open Sessions Program. He has had solo exhibitions and screenings at St. Ann&rsquo;s Warehouse Experimental Puppet Lab, Brooklyn; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany; and Konstforeningen Aura, Sweden, among others.&nbsp; Shecter was included in the 2012 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art, NY.&nbsp; His work has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out magazine, among others.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:57:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Douglas Melini - Eleven Rivington (Rivington Street) - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Eleven Rivington is delighted to present the new work of New York artist Douglas Melini at its 11 Rivington Street location, on view from September 2 &ndash; October 5, 2014.&nbsp; The exhibition will feature recent acrylic and oil abstract paintings in artist-made frames.</p> <p>Investigating the construction of his previous canvases, Douglas Melini takes a different approach to this new body of intimately scaled works. &nbsp;Concealed are the formally realized hardedge geometric spaces from his previous paintings and in place is a more organic accumulation of fluid marks. &nbsp;While traces of a grid system from the earlier works remain present, they serve as the ground for the act of a new painting, allowing diminutive triangles to co-mingle with accumulated brushstrokes and minute daubs of densely applied paint.</p> <p>Melini begins each canvas with several days of paint and color mixing, and then proceeds to construct a grid underpainting.&nbsp; During this time, the frame for the work is painted and prepared. &nbsp;After the ground and support are completed, the artist spends one full day from morning until evening executing a single painting, often without any breaks.&nbsp; Melini&rsquo;s practice is intuitive, and he employs palette knives and small brushes to create his marks. &nbsp;At the end of the day, the painting is deemed complete, with no further adjustments made. A single realized activity is completed, transforming the physical undertaking of one day&rsquo;s work into an aesthetic experience.&nbsp; The process is akin to On Kawara&rsquo;s date paintings, where the objective of each work records the act of the day; in Melini's case, the record of the workday manifests itself as a densely painted image rather than an unassuming date.&nbsp; The portrait size scale of these new paintings further captures the intimacy of the recorded act. &nbsp;</p> <p>Melini has used a framing device as a support for his work for the last several years. &nbsp;He views the frame as integral to the functionality of the work and is interested in both its formal as well as cultural significance. &nbsp;The structure of the frame and its color are both considered as part of the overall painting from the earliest stages of the work. &nbsp;Melini states: "The frame in my work functions in multiple ways.&nbsp; It suggests that the painting can be perceived as an interior, a space of depth. It also sets the painting off as an object, encouraging the viewer to read the work in many different ways.&rdquo;</p> <p>Douglas Melini (born 1972) was educated at CalArts, LA and University of Maryland, College Park; he currently lives and works in New York.&nbsp; Melini&rsquo;s previous solo exhibitions include Feature Inc., NY; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; and a <em>White Room</em> at White Columns, NY.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:02:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list PS3* - Y Gallery - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:19:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Marie-Dolma Chophel, Lennart Rieder - 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>532 Gallery is pleased to present new works by Marie-Dolma Chophel and Lennart Rieder.</p> <p>Marie-Dolma Chophel&rsquo;s works are inspired by topography and integrate 3D structures with organic forms and colors to form an abstract landscape of imaginary places. &nbsp;She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Sup&eacute;rieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, France. &nbsp;Her work has been shown in the U.S., including recent exhibitions at the Fleming Museum and at the Dorsky Museum, in London and Hong Kong at the Rossi &amp; Rossi Gallery. She lives and works in New York and Paris.</p> <p>Lennart Rieder&rsquo;s work is process oriented. &nbsp;He touches on classic motifs and references in painting, placing them&nbsp;in a contemporary context. &nbsp;He is a graduate of Kunst Hochschule Kassel, Germany, where he studied with Professor Johannes Spehr. &nbsp;His work has been shown at Parcours d&rsquo;Artistes, Brussels; MFA ,Documenta Halle, Kassel; Coup de Ville, Sint Niklaas, Belgium; Strzelski Gallery, Stuttgart; Stellwerk Kassel, Kunstverein Familie&nbsp;Montez, Frankfurt; Habsburger Kunstverein, Hamburg among others. He lives in Kassel, Germany.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:06:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Markus Linnenbrink - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works from German born, Brooklyn based artist, Markus Linnenbrink.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">EVERYBODYWILLBEDANCINGIFWE&rsquo;REDOINGITRIGHT will open on 4 September and remain on view through 4 October 2014.&nbsp; A public reception for the artist will be held on 4 September from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.&nbsp; A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Daniel Schreiber accompanies the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Markus Linnenbrink blends a myriad of pigments with epoxy resin to create his magnificent array of colors. The artist builds his paintings in layers on wooden panels. While the artist decides where colors begin at the top of the composition, the linear stripes are created by gravity, which pulls the paint down over photographs or watercolor backgrounds. His sculptural paintings involve stratas of colored resin, creating surfaces that are then drilled into, revealing clusters of archaeological-like craters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Linnenbrink&rsquo;s approach to painting extends beyond a two-dimensional picture plane. His layered sculptures arrive in many forms: as the rectangular INTHEWORLDTODAY(PIMPMYRIDE), which was deliberately built and manipulated, and then as the more organically assembled AMGONE, a collection of paint material that simply drips off the works during the painting process into a form created by the weight of the material. AMGONE is the product of three years of studio work and shows a memory of all the different colors used and layered on top of each other during this period of time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this exhibition, Markus Linnenbrink has also created a site-specific painting installation, covering the walls, the floor, and the ceiling of one of the gallery rooms. The colors drip and splatter over one another, fully surrounding and immersing the viewer into a painting made out of iridescent stripes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Markus Linnenbrink was born in Germany in 1961.&nbsp; He attended Gesamthochschule in Kassel as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Recent exhibitions include &ldquo;Off The Walls!&rdquo; Kunsthalle N&uuml;ernberg, Germany; &ldquo;PIMPMYRIDE&rdquo;, a permanent wall painting for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; &ldquo;day after day it appears&rdquo; Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA; &ldquo;so here&rsquo;s what you gonna do,&rdquo; Taubert Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His work is included in the permanent collections of The Hague Ministry of Culture, the Hague, Netherlands; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; the Herzliya Museum of Art in Israel and the West Collection, Oaks, PA, among others.</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:49:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Brian Calvin - Anton Kern Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For his fourth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Brian Calvin presents a group of paintings of faces, closely cropped or just of mouths and lips, as well as figures posing, some reflecting in a mirror. Calvin&rsquo;s severe framing, along with his carefully scaled compositions, creates a narrowing and fixing of focus. It shapes a sense of proximity and personality, infusing the work with strength of character and a jarring presence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Calvin, who has gained a reputation as the painter of &ldquo;pausing-as-anactivity,&rdquo; as over the last few years concentrated on painting isolated heads and faces. He has activated and intensified certain&nbsp; areas of the face while leaving others relatively calm. The focal point of intensity migrated from the eyes to the mouth. &ldquo;I started isolating or focusing on the lips,&rdquo; he explains, &ldquo;as a way of altering the context of the faces. When the viewer is confronted with <em>Lisp </em>or <em>Eternal Lips</em>, it changes the reception of the faces.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With minimal modeling of the facial features and backgrounds &ndash; almost touching onto a sense of Japanese allegorical flatness &ndash; the canvas is divided into clear shapes of sunlight-drenched colors, giving weight to the eyes and lips, revealing brushstrokes mainly for their chromatic values and occasionally for expressive accents. Eyelids are heavy under rainbows of eye shadow; irises sparkle and bounce back sky-blue, turquoise or sun-yellow reflections. It&rsquo;s the mouths though, the glossy lips, inviting and longing, slightly split open and revealing beguiling gapped-teeth, or an orange, oblong-shaped tongue, that are the most arresting in these new works. They seem to address the viewer, demanding his or her attention, requesting an immediate sensory response.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In a triptych depicting the actor Matt Dillon, right after the peak of his <em>Tiger Beat </em>moment, posing next to the artist himself and his wife Siobhan, the trio copies each other&rsquo;s attitudes and stance. Similar to the face close-ups, the viewer eventually looses sight of the recognizable (a pair of lips, a well known actor) and progresses into reading the painting as reverberating between just being paint and the works&rsquo; suggested probability and verisimilitude. Despite their non-naturalism, Calvin&rsquo;s paintings become intensely believable. Calvin, the painter of the contemplative life, of paintings in which the figure appears as the non-figurative, makes the act of looking the inherent narrative. This certainly demands more of the viewer since the paintings refuse to offer any additional narrative structure, but then a reward is offered, a glimpse at unrelenting beauty, tenderness, and the timeless splendor of truth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Calvin&rsquo;s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions in U.S. and European galleries, and was included in such group shows as <em>California Landscape Into Abstraction: Works From The Orange County Museum Of Art</em>, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; <em>We the People</em>, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project, New York, NY; <em>Dystopia</em>, CAPC Muse&eacute; d&rsquo;art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; <em>Electric Mud</em>, Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston (2009), <em>If Everybody Had an Ocean</em>, Tate St Ives in association with CAPC Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (2007/2008), <em>After Cezanne</em>, LA MOCA, Los Angeles (2007), the <em>California Biennial</em>, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2004) and <em>Dear Painter, paint me..., </em>at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, (2003). Calvin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">* A new monograph <em>Brian Calvin </em>published by Black Dog Publishing, UK, will accompany the exhibition.</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:00:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Eric Wesley - Bortolami Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bortolami is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles-based artist Eric Wesley, on view from&nbsp;4 September to 4 October 2014. Please join us for an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, 4 September, from&nbsp;6 to 8 pm.<br /> <br /> An artist who often thematizes various rubrics of success and failure, Eric Wesley&rsquo;s newest works are large trompe-l'&oelig;il paintings that depict &ldquo;Daily Progress Status Reports.&rdquo; Each DPS is a blank form for assigning and evaluating the efficiency of a workday; broken up by the hours of the day (from&nbsp;10:00 am and 6:00 pm), it has space for delegating an assignment for each hour and a box to note whether or not these tasks have been finished satisfactorily. Wesley&rsquo;s paintings show these DPS worksheets after they have been &ldquo;completed&rdquo;: scribbled on, evaluated, crumpled up, stained, faded and folded. His painstaking painting technique contrasts extravagantly with the apathy and ennui which the marks on each form convey, making the exhibition a droll meditation on artistic labor and the constant demand to be productive.<br /> <br /> Eric Wesley (born 1973, Los Angeles) has had solo exhibitions in galleries internationally as well as at the MOCA, Los Angeles and Foundation Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. In 2015, he will have a large-scale exhibition at 365 Mission Road in Los Angeles. Wesley has participated in group shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Fundaci&oacute;n/Colecci&oacute;n, Jumex, Mexico; Museo d&rsquo;Arte, Benevento, Italy; The Prague Biennial in 2007; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; P.S.1, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is one of the founders of the Mountain School of Arts.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:40:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Scott King - Bortolami Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bortolami is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Totem Motif</em>, an&nbsp;exhibition of recent work by Scott King which originated&nbsp;this past May&nbsp;at Between Bridges, Berlin, and will be recreated at Bortolami. The first variant of the exhibition featured four works that interrogate the utility of public sculpture&mdash;with all of the romanticism, optimism, and naivete that it can entail. This iteration of&nbsp;<em>Totem Motif&nbsp;</em>will include a new sculpture,&nbsp;<em>Infinite Monument</em>, which exists in several sections, infinitely expandable and infinitely monumental.<br /> <br /> Scott King was born in Goole, East Yorkshire, England, 1969. He lives and works in London. In the 1990s he worked as Art Director of&nbsp;<em>i-D</em>&nbsp;magazine and later as Creative Director of&nbsp;<em>Sleazenation</em>&nbsp;magazine. As a graphic designer&nbsp;he has collaborated with such iconic figures as Malcolm McLaren, the Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark and Suicide. King&rsquo;s work has been exhibited worldwide as such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Barbican, London.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:44:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Nagib Nahas - Bowery Gallery - September 4th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="pressrelease">For his second solo exhibition at Bowery Gallery, Nagib Nahas will present a group of paintings that is a continuation of the series of streetscapes and residential landscapes displayed in his previous show at the gallery. Most of the works are of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, NY where the artist resides.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p class="pressrelease">The artist writes: "The formal process of these paintings is guided by the representation of certain aspects of a setting's appearance as perceived from a specific vantage. The design is meant to render the order of the setting's arrangement, and the color, or tone, to denote the quality of its light and atmosphere. The aim is to arrive at a correspondence between the painted image and its reference: to establish a relationship between a pictorial statement and a transient state of physical appearance."</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:56:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Jennifer Wynne Reeves - BravinLee Programs - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>BravinLee programs is both pleased and saddened to open its season with Place, a selection of paintings, photographs and drawings by Jennifer Wynne Reeves.</p> <p>Jennifer Reeves life was cut too short when she succumbed to brain cancer on June 22nd at the age of 51. Reeves is known for creating a body of paintings, drawings and photographs that speak to and confront formalist and humanist dilemmas. But beyond her reputation and achievements in the art world, Reeves enjoyed a considerable fan-base as a result of her astonishing Facebook presence where she chronicled and interwove her art and diaristic prose, living her life out loud, inviting her followers to take pieces of her and receive inspiration.</p> <p>For better or worse Reeves was a painter's painter. While she achieved a great measure of commercial success in her too abbreviated life, Reeves was best known and respected by artists who recognized her powerful skills of blending painterly style and manipulating materials in an alarmingly appealing way, avoiding the pitfalls that push abstraction against representation. Reeves was able to mine life's deeper underlying enigmatic and elusive narratives and emotions by the taming of opposites. Combining color-field, minimalism, narrative painting, process art and expressionism, Reeves rejected low thread count, muted, mock solemnity.</p> <p>In addition to her paintings, it will feature her hand-painted set-up photographs in which she set placed sculptural forms evocative of the figure against the backdrop of actual landscape space.<br />The exhibition is an invitation to have a conversation about Reeves legacy and we hope that in time, it will lead to a museum survey to explore her art and writing.</p> <p>Reeves enjoyed solo exhibitions at Art &amp; Public in Geneva, Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome, The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, and Max Protetch and Ramis Barquet in NYC. Her most recent solo show was at BravinLee programs in 2013. Reeves was also celebrated for her writing. She produced a graphic novel, The Anyway Ember in 2008 and Soul Bolt a book of her set-up photography and prose in 2012. In 2012 she was selected as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.</p> <p>There will be a celebration of the life of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Saturday September 6th, 11am St. Mark's Church in the Bowery 131 East 10th Street, NYC</p> <p><strong>Upcoming:</strong><br />October-November: Halley Zien New Work and Douglas Beube in the artist book vitrine<br />Early December: BravinLee at The Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach December 3-7, 2014<br />December- January: Sculpture viewing including a new Tony Cragg cast bronze<br />January-February: Jeffrey Beebe</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:20:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Shirley Steele - Ceres Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>In these mixed-media paintings, gestural paint strokes and computer animation combine to explore a central tension of the information age, the human/machine relationship. Paint and programming join in a playful and reflective dialogue between hand and computer, between the irrational and the rational.</p> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:28:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list