Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Arternative Facts

My paintings Crystal, Esteban, and John 5 will be featured in The Road Gallery's Arternative Facts show from March 16 to June 30, 2017:
Questions about what constitutes truth and fact are more pressing today than ever. In a post-reality world of fake news, spread pandemically by social media, accuracy and honesty are rare commodities. Getting to absolute truth has never been easy. Perception and reality are uncomfortable bedfellows. They don’t play nicely together. However, we are living in unprecedented times of unscrupulous misinformation, epitomized by those immortal words, alternative facts.

Ever since the Trump administration has taken office, we've been increasingly concerned about censorship, rights and freedoms. We’ve also been thinking about art’s place in the political arena and the impact art can and should have in society. At The Road Gallery we strongly believe in the power of art and artistic expression to provoke reaction, ask important questions, create dialogue and inform the debate. With this in mind, we our proud to present our Artnernative Facts show. We invited artists to submit work that:

- Portrays an alternative view of current realities.
- Portrays alternative perspectives on the current political landscape.
- Rethinks, reimagines and challenges commonly held beliefs and assumptions.

We were astounded by the responses from around the world. What quickly became clear is that artists want their voices to be heard and have a lot to say. There were some deeply personal responses, some deeply political responses and some deeply socially motivated responses. After carefully reviewing all the submissions, we have curated over 60 pieces from 19 artists. Most of the works are accompanied by information about the artist and an arternative fact - their insights about the piece. We encourage you to read these as they add a great deal of richness to the images.

10% of all sales (and 100% on some pieces) will be split across the following non-profit organizations: ACLU, Planned Parenthood and The International Rescue Committee.
I hope you'll get a chance to explore the featured artists' responses to the current political climate as well as The Road Gallery's awesome website.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tengo un sueño

In response to the current political climate, I've been experimenting with text-based art inspired by Barbara Kruger and Shirin Neshat.

The model Esteban is Mexican-American. I painted a 30 x 40 acrylic portrait of him (above), then digitally added a Spanish translation of an excerpt from Martin Luther King:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Tengo un sueño que un día esta nación se pondrá en pie y realizará el verdadero significado de su credo: “Sostenemos que estas verdades son evidentes por sí mismas: que todos los hombres han sido creados iguales”.

The concept of art as a form of protest is completely new to me - unnerving but also empowering. I hope that other artists will be inspired to explore it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

"Male Torso 12" at Metro Pictures

My postcard sized watercolor, Male Torso 12 (4" x 6"), will be on view at the Postcards from the Edge exhibit from January 13-15, 2017 in Chelsea. The exhibit will benefit Visual Aids, an organization that supports HIV+ artists.

From the site:
Postcards From the Edge offers a rare opportunity to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork from internationally renowned and emerging artists for only $85 each. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, over 1500 works are exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who's just making their debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love!
I hope that you can attend the preview this Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm , at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, NYC. The show will also be on view this Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15, 2017.
Postcards from the Edge 2017
Hosted by Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street
New York, NY, 10011
Preview Party: January 13, 2017 6-8pm
Benefit Sale: January 14-15, 2017

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mid-Year Exhibition at the National Academy

My painting "Elliott 2" (acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches) will be exhibited at the National Academy of Design through February 2, 2016.

The portrait combines grisaille and color applied in the expressionist manner, partly inspired by these paintings by Willem de Kooning, Frank Auerbach and Paul Wright.

The model Elliott Ortiz is a Venezuelan dancer and choreographer who is a resident artist at Art Space PS109, in New York City.

I hope that you can attend the opening reception tonight from 6:00-8:00 pm, or otherwise see the show if you are in the upper east side of Manhattan.

Mid-Year Exhibition
December 14, 2016 to February 2, 2017
National Academy of Design
5 East 89th Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Louis Ebarb at Heights Cafe, Brooklyn

My friend Louis Ebarb is exhibiting some paintings at the Heights Cafe in Brooklyn Heights.

Louis was born in Brooklyn, studied at Pratt Institute, and paints scenes of daily life in Brooklyn in a realist style inspired by the Ashcan School.

Louis has exhibited at the Surmrit Gallery, Jersey City NJ, Fraga Gallery, New Orleans, LA, the Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn NY, the Temple Gallery, Vails Gate, NY; the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition's Pier Shows I, II and III and the State University of New York's Victory Arts Gallery, Saint Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, The New York Mercantile Exchange, New York Law School and many other venues.

Here are a few of his oil paintings on display at the Heights Cafe.I do hope you can see this wonderful show if you are in the neighborhood.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

John 5

I recently completed a portrait, John 5, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

I've painted John a few times before: 1, 2, 3, 4. This painting turned out to be fairly realistic with a limited palette, though I did explore glitch and pixelation during my process.

Here are some progress shots over four 3-hour sessions:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dea 5

Here are some photos of Dea 5 installed in a collector's home in the Upper West Side, New York City. I have written about the painting previously, and it remains one of my favorite pieces.