Tuesday, August 31, 2010
These are 3 of the lamest graffiti works I've seen. Blogs were the source for the images and there were many better choices to go with when I checked out the blog sites. For those that live in or visited either NYC, LA, or London you know they have way better works than what there 3 pics shown here. Why only 3 to begin with anyway? There are several other countries around the world that have a thriving graffiti scene that would allow this post to at least feature a top 10. This article could have been way better.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Friday, August 27, 2010
The photographs of city lights were beautiful and simple on their own. However, the "connect the dots" aspect of the work made it seem immature. The result just looked like an extended glares from street lights. James' created the lines by drawing on a glass clamped to the camera lens. Interesting technique.
Even though the end results weren't moving, as a New Yorker, the purpose of this series of works is not lost on me.
|(c) James Holland "Would You Asterism"|
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Can you imagine capturing that feeling in a painting? Matt Klos is capable of doing just that.
When moving his family into a house that had already been part of the family's, the option was presented to toss anything that wasn't needed. Most items that weren't being used were moved to the basement which has enough room to serve as a studio for Matt.
The initial glance at the postcard promoting the exhibit first struck me as stuff that he painted. Stuff put in a basement or garage somewhere. Instead, there was an experience awaiting me once I entered the gallery.
My brain wasn't trying to figure out context or try to make sense of what it was seeing. Looking at the work was an experience that brought my mind to a place where no thinking was needed.
|"Treasure Chest" (c) Matt Klos http://www.mattklos.com|
The viewer wasn't just looking at a painting of something but rather experiencing it (I know right...how many times am I going to say that). How did he do that? I think it was because he was painting things that had a personal meaning to him. It wasn't just stuff. If the objects could speak, they would have a story to tell. Each has a past and had a purpose. Matt is skillful enough to capture that essence in his work. Very well done.
Check out the work on Matt's website http://www.mattklos.com to see more of his intimate work.
Matt Klos' "Keeping Things" exhibit on view until August 21st, is at the Prince Street Gallery located at 520 West 25th street, 4th floor.
Friday, August 13, 2010
|For this and other pics from the opening reception, visit:||http://ccnyc-events.blogspot.com/2010/08/eyecon-cept-nyc-great-success-amazing.html|
Josama's painting technique can be described as 'rough around the edges' where a fair amount of dry brushing creates a cray-pas look and feel. It is quite interesting and shows how versatile oil paints are. With this technique Josama uses, he enhances the feeling of the streets.
In the world Josama created for the viewers, he makes it more enjoyable place to be...well maybe not so much. In bodegas, subways, on building stoops and street corners, Josama includes the imaginary characters children in these environments escape to via their television.
In one painting, there are Care Bears passed out in a subway car. In another Mickey Mouse looks to be falling down the stairs after drinking too much. A shoot out in front of a store involves Bugs Bunny in another painting of Josama's. Then Tom from "Tom and Jerry" is wielding a knife above the head of Pink Panther.
Seeing his work was certainly an experience. His work is fun, disturbing, rough, affordable and certainly memoriable. Check it out if you can either by visiting the gallery or visiting his website (http://ripjosama.com).
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Overall, I saw work that certainly had me questioning
What can be considered "art"??
I feel that as an artist
I 'should' be able to connect with other people's creations.
Though there will always be people that don't get it, love it, or don't care for it. That experience between the outside world and your creation is another aspect of art.