Artist of the Day- Eleanor Ray (click on image to view individually)

Eleanor Ray makes small paintings. She makes beautiful paintings! The statement below from Painters Table speaks volumes. Ray’s work is on display in NYC to rave reviews.

Steele writes: "Any artist who undertakes the assignment of smaller works realizes immediately that every mark counts in an informational sense. Power is derived as much from what is left out as what is included. The character and design of mark-making as well as the assignment of real estate in a reduced format are all part of the ‘game’. Scale of execution is both intimate and magnified in the small format.”

The last image is a photo of her work on display to give you a sense of scale.

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (327 Broome Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan) through February 10.

 

Artist of the Day- JR (click on image to view individually)

I first became aware of JR through a film: Faces Places. This film made by JR and the filmmaker Agnes Varda is a lovely study in contrasts…and similarities. You can watch it on Netflix. It will explain the artist’s process far better than words!!!

The first image is described below.

This Overview shows a large picnic at US-Mexico border, spanning from Tecate, California, USA, to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The meal is being eaten atop “the eyes of a Dreamer,” a mural painted by French artist “JR” for the one-day-only installation in October 2017. The eyes depicted in the mural are those of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

 

Artist of the Day- Juan Munoz (click on the image to view individually)

This is one of my favorite artists. If I were very, very rich I would own ‘the last conversation’…first 2 images shown. For a long time it was installed outside the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A photo…even several, can’t give you the impact of being there…your eyes traveling from figure to figure…wondering what is going on? The figures are ¾ size…almost life size but not. Munoz was a Spanish artist. He died suddenly in 2001 from an aneurism. He was only 48 years old.

juanmunozestate.org


Artist of the Day- Sabine Moritz (click on image to view individually)

“We can’t look at this body of work without thinking about Moritz’s upbringing in East Germany. Born in a small town near the border in 1969, the artist grew up amid the anxiety, economic hardships, and isolation of the cold war regime.  She experienced first hand the atmosphere of threat, fear, and displacement like the figures and moments she captures in paint. Limbo is unspecific, unwilling to moor itself in a singular place or identity, and because of this it resonates on many levels. Old or new, the graphic images of war: suffering, fear, and loss, remain the same, and resonate just as powerfully.”

And…she is the wife of Gerhard Richter!

http://www.sabine-moritz.com/en/art/

 

Artist of the Day- Liza Lou (click on image to view individually)

These 2 full sized rooms were created over 5 years entirely with tiny glass beads placed one at a time on each surface. Completed in 1999 it caused quite a sensation. Since then she has moved to South Africa where there is a community of women who have a beading tradition. She works with these women and has found herself a part of this community. She is a wonderful writer and writes so thoughtfully about the lives of women. The quote below really resonated with me.

lizalou.com

 “I’ve been thinking lately about how much hatred there is toward women globally.  Around the world, violence against women is commonplace and even in the best of situations, we as women battle to make peace with ourselves, with our bodies, with our place in the world.  Hatred is hatred – it is an epidemic. We are hated and we turn that hatred onto ourselves.”

Artist of the Day- Julianne Kost- (click on image to view individually)

One of the problems with choosing work to present from photographers is that there is so much of it! As a painter I struggle to get a couple good pieces done a month…but a photographer can do that in 1 second.

Anyway…

Enough kvetching …

I’ve chosen a few images from Kost’s ‘what I dream’ series. These are beautiful, evocative pictures that sometimes feel like etchings or drypoint prints.

Artist of the Day- David Altmejd (click on image to view individually)

Altmejd fashions intricate sculptural environments that call to mind miniature stage sets, museum dioramas, architectural models, and reliquaries. “I am interested in complexity as a form,” he has remarked. To this end, he relies on intuition rather than intention when constructing his multimedia constellations. Mining the labyrinth of the unconscious, his work resists coherent narratives.

It’s a brave new world for artist’s materials! here are descriptions of materials for 2 of the pieces shown. Polyurethane foam, pink onyx, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, glass eyes, cast glass, acrylic paint, quartz, glass paint, Sharpie, rhinestone 

 Expanded polystyrene, epoxy dough, fiberglass, resin, epoxy gel, epoxy clay, synthetic hair, quartz, acrylic paint, glass eyes, steel, Sharpie, ballpoint pens, gold leaf, glass paint, artificial flower, lighter 

Artist of the Day- Kathy Liau (click on image to view individually)

Below is a poignant statement about immigrant families. I wish we could all embrace this statement. How difficult it is to even begin this process. Opening ourselves to the generosity needed to make our nation thrive.

“Phone calls at the same time every day, packing and unpacking luggages, eagerly waiting at Arrival and saying good-byes at Departure, getting into another long winding customs and border security line… These rituals are performed by many American Dream hopefuls, despite not knowing when or where the line ends. In my work, I look for patterns and repetitions in behaviors of the immigrant family. I want to understand the driving force behind making choices to uproot a family.  As families separate and migrate, I recognize the invariable loss and the struggle to justify and reconcile the distance in between.”

Artist of the Day- Sangram Majumbar (click on image to view individually)

I want to look at this work for a very long time. The more you look the more you see! What appears an abstraction is a figure searching through a satchel…the shadow of a tree at night on the sidewalk. Please allow some time to really look. I’ve included a link. You can watch him work…it’s short.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUCBfePWPa4

The quote below offers real insight into how artists work…well some artists. It certainly resonated with me.

 “In the studio I work on multiple canvases and I am always looking at what a painting that might be ‘hanging out’ in the corner is saying to something that I am working on. I like indirectly running into an idea, and often I leave a painting around in my studio for months in between stages before I know what it needs. It’s easy to always ‘talk and think that if I keep painting, it will work. But paintings do talk back, and it’s important to listen.”