Artist of the Day- Meg Alexander

I think what she writes about her process pretty much says it all.

“ Looking is important. Getting lost in looking is important. Losing time in looking is important. The subject is looking. The subject is time. Time encoded in drawings is found time. New time. Time out of time. Distilled into art, it exists apart and is its own reality.”

 

Artist of the Day- M.Louise Stanley

Her work references art history and the state of the world. She uses humor to produce terror. Her work is busy and rich! Go to her website…www.mlouisestanley.com and read her titles!! Here’s a quote from the artist.

“ At an opening years ago a woman came up to me, drink in hand, and said, "these are not funny paintings, they remind me of junior high when I was miserable." She then dropped her glass at my feet and ran out of the gallery. I must have been doing something right!”

 

 

Artist of the Day- Joel Janowitz

Janowitz lives in Cambridge MA. He works in series. I’ve chosen paintings and prints from 3 of them. I think his work is very beautiful and compelling. If you like these, go to his website…joeljanowitz.com and see all of them. Give yourself some time to really look.

 

Artist of the Day- John Folsom

These soft, evocative paintings/photos are a bit of a conundrum for me. Would it not be just as easy to simply paint these landscapes…or simply digitally alter photographs he’s taken? I guess I’d have to see them in person to answer the questions. Below is further information about his process.

The process involved with creating Folsom's work has many stages. He first travels and documents the landscape with his digital camera and works with the image utilizing photographic software. Then the image is broken into a grid and each tile is printed individually being assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle adhered to a wooden support. Folsom then paints on the surface of the photographic paper using traditional oils and seals the piece with a wax medium.  

Artist of the Day- Eva Hesse

PBS’s American Masters is running an interesting series on 5 artists in September. I watched the first one the other night on Eva Hesse. It was full of interviews with her friends, artists and writers who provided insights into her methods and ideas. Hesse died of brain cancer at 38. She was driven and hard-working and much admired. Her use of found objects, new materials like fiberglass, latex and plastics and her frequent trips to Canal St. in Manhattan for materials like bolts and rope and machine parts was really ‘out there’ in the mid 1960’s.

Artist of the Day- Ron Porter

Porter’s surrealist oil paintings remind me a bit of Magritte’s. There’s the use of everyday objects in a new context and the surprise element as the eye adjusts and what seemed part of the background pops forward as the rear of a huge semi truck.

Artist of the Day- Virginia Scotchie

Artist Statement
The idea of taking from one object and connecting it to another through the dissection of parts and pieces is a foundation of my recent work in ceramic sculpture. Combined with this is my interest in the relation of whole forms to that of fragments.

The first image is an installation piece titled The Seven Deadly Sins.

Artist of the Day- Michael Stamm

Stamm is one of the artists I met at MacDowell in August. On a hot and humid day his studio was the only one air conditioned. And…he had 6 or 7 boxes of big, fat,  chunky pastels that were so luscious! I could have stayed all day!!!

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In Michael Stamm’s work…”The human figure seems more like a design element here than like an embodied presence. While other young gay painters often trade in erotic imagery, Stamm sublimates the libidinal drive in more cerebral activity, coding quotidian objects with queer history and imbuing them with the status of archetypes. The blood-red liquid and medicine dropper in B12, for instance, could be read as an allusion to the history of HIV/AIDS. With a proliferation of patterns, references, and visual effects, moderated by a uniform surface, Stamm produces paintings that, though restrained, are richly evocative. “

Artist of the Day- Cindy Ji Hye Kim

 This is from a New Yorker review…”Kim takes her cue from cartoons, confidently skewering gender relations in both real life and the media in ominous black-and-white scenes of implicit violence. “ Sometimes a crisp black and white, figurative piece of art is so refreshing…despite the subject matter!

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

Francoise Gilot was one of Picasso’s mistresses. She was 21 when she moved in with him. He was 61. After 2 children and 10 years she left him, the only woman to do so. She later married Jonas Salk and settled with him in the U.S. She wrote a great book about her time with the artist, Life With Picasso which I remember reading and really enjoying when I was in art school. Here is some of her work. The first 2 are recent, within the last couple years. She’s 96 and still working.

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

In this week’s New Yorker there’s a long article on Alex Katz.

I’ve not been a big fan of his…not because I don’t think he’s good. Maybe it’s just that the work is never very interesting to me. It doesn’t hold my attention. The surface is smooth. The colors are often bland. The compositions are straight forward. He is however, 91 years old and painting up a storm! He paints 7 days a week. He is still competitive and opinionated. So here are some recent landscapes that I rather like and a great photo of him with a painting of his wife...one of MANY!

 

 

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

Mary Lum is one of the artists I met at the MacDowell Colony on Medal Day. What a nice person. She told a quick story. She goes to Paris once a year, buys a journal at Muji and picks up detritus from the street to make art with. She says Paris is a great place for posters and once an event is over the paper is strewn about. She picks it up and puts it in her journal. One year she cut through the pages…so one page led to the next. She said it was totally random…that she was just interested in the serendipity. I’m not crazy for her work but I loved her. At one point I asked about 3 pieces lined up…how did they go together…? She said they didn’t…but she wished she could make them do so!

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

Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough is a wonderful event that few NH people even know about. It is our favorite day of the year…an opportunity to listen to Michael Chabon a novelist and Chair of the Board of MacDowell. Then there are the Medalists…this year the cartoonist Art Spiegelman and then the picnic lunch…this year under the tent due to rain…and then the best part of the day…visits with artists, writers, musicans and composers in their studios. Such an opportunity! So I will devote a few posts to those artists I had a chance to talk to.

 

 

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

She was co-founder of the Ogunquit Art Museum, the first woman appointed to the Massachusetts State Art Commission in 1929, was a co-founder of the Guild of Boston Artists in 1914 and of the Boston Society of Etchers in 1917. Fiske lived in Weston, Massachusetts and painted in Portsmouth, NH. She was a favored student and then the peer of several American Impressionists, including ­­Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury. Critics and peers alike identified her genius as residing in how she ‘sees,’ and this gift of ‘seeing’ made her more independent than many. This independence set her apart.

I love her use of color. It feels really bright for the period. The way she represents women…as though they are interesting people and not another lovely vista…so refreshing! I also find her vantage point surprising …how she looks down on a scene or up through a cemetery. She includes telephone poles! Most of these paintings were done in the 1920’s.