Monday, March 31, 2008

All's fair

top four: Views of works from the Bridgette Mayer Gallery at Red Dot this past Friday.
bottom: Allen Bently, Bridgette Mayer, me, and Ivan Stojakovic.

This was my first experience attending one of the smaller hotel fairs. The first thing I noticed is that three or more in a room is a crowd, excepting the larger suites. The limitations on what can be shown are apparent-you won't find any of the apartment-sized installations that are standards at the much larger Armory show, which was also took place this weekend, along with 6 or 7 others. Because of time constraints (I had to work both Saturday and Sunday) there was little time to get to see any of the fairs outside of Red Dot and a quick trip up to MoMA.

What I liked about going around Red Dot was the chance to see a lot of painting and other 2D works. Not only that, but you can walk into a room, turn around and literally have your nose two inches from someone's work you've only seen in magazine articles or books. Being able to examine works this close up is a treat. On the other hand, having various works so close together can be disconcerting and a slight detriment to some works that benefit from more space around them.

Then again, as we well know, the fairs aren't about optimal exhibiting and viewing of works, it's about the money and lots of it. From what I understand, prices for exhibitors at Red Dot paid at least $10,000 to be in the fair. That's not even including transportation of works, lighting, and any number of other incidentals. I'm sure the figures for the bigger fairs are much, much higher. That's the price that has to be paid if a gallery wants to get their artists good exposure to a big audience with lots of money to purchase art. Not to mention the possible contacts with curators, museum people, and future collectors. It's a real high-stakes crap-shoot and with today's economic climate, I'm willing to bet that there was a lot of money lost this weekend. Then again, my limited understanding about how money and art interact at fairs could make my guessing way off-base.

Art fairs might seem like big, three-ring circuses at times, but they are a fact of artistic life these days. There's no getting around that if you're affiliated with a gallery, you'll want your gallerist to be doing all they can to get your work out there and art fairs are another tool to do that. All of your success might not hinge on your work appearing in a fair, to think so would be incredibly naive, but they can have an effect on name and work recognition for the artists and galleries. Like the internet, art fairs are another tool in the artist's arsenal.

Monday, March 24, 2008


Oddment (n.): something left over; remnant

I've been trying to figure out what to do about the solidified remnants of acrylic paints and acrylic mediums that accumulate when left out, or when lids are not tightened and air gets to the contents *ahem*. Usually its when I'm in the midst of a painting session that I discover a certain color I haven't used in a while has gone hard. Once acrylics solidify, they are next to impossible to use. I'll continue with another color or mix up a new version of the one I wanted and toss the original container to the side.

I don't know what it is, but I love peeling and prying dried paint out of jars and cups. I guess it's a reminder of the joys of peeling glue off of my hands as a kid. I don't particularly like it when I open a container and find that a favorite color has bitten the dust, but it happens.

I like the results that a little air and time can have on acrylic paints and mediums. I've taken to saving wispy thin, translucent skins of polymer medium and chunks of vibrant colors in a studio bucket. I've not known what to do with it all until recently. I thought it might be interesting to set the dried color chunks up in still-life arrangements and photograph them.

I did a few last week and more are on the way:

left- Oddment: Red
right-Oddment: Red(close)

left-Oddment: White right- Oddment: Clear

Oddment: Peak

Saturday, March 22, 2008


So, hey, my jewelry-making wife has opened an Etsy shop (psst...that's the name of her shop above-it means 'be happy' in the Pitta Pitta language of one of the aboriginal peoples of Queensland, Australia). She makes a variety of unique necklaces, pendants,  and bracelets with silver, copper, brass, various beads, and gemstones like ocean jasper, mookaite and jade.. Perfect pieces for birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or 'just because'...

Go check out her stuff and tell her I sent you...

Friday, March 14, 2008

in progress

Some new things happening in the studio. All are in progress- 24" x 24", acrylic on panel.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

bubbling up

Studio table top with new things in progress. Working on some mixed-media collages with old photos on paper. In addition to my painting, I've been in the mood to satisfy my other urges in an effort to see where they might lead.

In this case, I'm making use of old photos that have just been sitting around my apartment for the past few years. They're mostly blurry, out of focus shots that I'm not attached to for any sentimental reasons, so why not give them a second life?

There's a lot going on in my head art-wise and it's taking a few different approaches to my materials to accommodate it all. I'll find out what's on the other side of the rabbit hole when I get there...

Photo with notes here

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Red Dot New York!

Bridgette Mayer will be participating in the Red Dot-New York Art Fair at the end of March (March 27-30, 2008) in the Park South Hotel, 122 East 28th Street (between Park and Lexington).

I'll have some new and recent works on display, so if you're in the New York area at the end of the month, stop by. I'm planning on going up, but will probably only be able to hang out for part of one day, possibly Thursday or Friday, Marck 27th or 28th, of that week, depending on my schedule and time.

More info:

RED DOT is open to the public March 27 - 30, 2008 at the Park South Hotel, 122 E. 28th Street between Park and Lexington.


Thursday, March 27, 11am - 8pm
Friday, March 28, 11am - 8pm
Saturday, March 29, 11am - 8pm
Sunday, March 30, 11am - 7pm

Tickets may be purchased at the door, general admission is $12.


Subway: 6 Train to 28th Street Station at Park Avenue.
Driving: parking garage located directly across the street from the hotel entrance.


Romaniello-Transforming Materials into Meaning, part 1

Vincent Romaiello-Transforming Materials Into Meaning, part 1

In his newest video, Vincent Romaniello talks a little about his working processes and inspiration for the works in his solo exhibition, Deep, currently on view at the Rittenhouse Satellite Gallery of the Philadelphia Art Alliance through May 18th, 2008.

There's a higher quality Quicktime version
on Vincent's blog

Monday, March 03, 2008

'Considerable' opens today

(photos courtesy of Jeffrey Cortland Jones)

Considerable, the show I mentioned a while ago opened today at the University of Dayton and features works by myself, Jeffrey Cortland Jones (exhibition organizer/curator), Chris Ashley, John Tallman, Douglas Witmer, Paige Williams, and more. I'm pretty excited to be in this show since I'm in a lot of good artistic company and it's always good to see my work out in the world in a place it's never been before.

Btw, it's the small, square painting with the purplish 'netting' at the top and reddish semi-circles along the side and bottom.

March 3-April 4, 2008
Studio O.Artstreet.University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469