Sunny days! and snapshots in words and images of the AAA Show in New York

Just drove back from Exeter where I dropped off my drawings for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and serendipitously bumped into Laurie Steen, a very good artist  who was doing the same thing.    I stopped at Lyme on the way back for a walk along the front with Gigi and an ice-cream.  Gigi hasn’t appeared in my blog for a while so I though I would give her a mention! I was going to clarify the dog walking/icecream eating thing but if it isn’t obvious just enjoy the alternative visual possibilities!

Back to art though.  Following on from my mention of the American Abstract Artists show in New York I asked Don Voisinc to send me some images because I was having trouble sourcing them off websites.

Debutant Twist  Don Voisine.  2009.  Oil on wood 72 x 18 ins

One of the special things about the OK Harris space are the random bits of beautiful architectural detail.  Also installation shots sans people really do allow the work to speak for itself.  There is a lovely interaction here between the architecture of Don Voisine’s vertical painting and the verticality of the pillar.

Above and below

Left:  Don Voisine, Debutante Twist 2009
oil on wood, 72″ x 18″

Right:  Victor Kord, Avon VI 2009
acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″

There is a mouthwatering selection of abstract art in this show.  One thing that comes across really strongly in these digital images is the care with which the show was hung.  The Opening Reception was so packed with people and it was a really hot evening, the way that different works bounced ideas off each other or communicated was not apparent. Colours, lines, tones often flowed across the surface of the space making for a coherent show which ‘read’ well.

Below are a few of my favourites, there are more on the website, URL in the side toolbar.

Merrill Wagner, Wave 2009
rust preventative paint on steel, 41.25″ x 60.25″

Steve Karlik, True Orange 2010
acrylic, enamel on wood panel, 20″ x 32″ x 2.5″

Having just spent a week in Maine where I started making drawings about the clapboards on  the houses,  Merrill Wagner’s painting was bound to catch my eye.  The destabilising sloped edge resonated with other parts of my work too.

Julian Jackson, Will O The Wisp 2009
oil on panel, 56″ x 48″

I photographed this limpid painting by Julian Jackson at the opening but my photo didn’t do it justice, although this has possibly a little too much light bouncing off the centre of it. However it is much easier to see the colour and the way the shapes melt into each other.

Mon Levinson, Open Sided Diamond-Two 2011
cast acrylic, enamel and light 43″ x 43″ x 10.5″ (unlit)

This was a fascinating piece, every angle offered a different perspective and it caught the light and seemed to play with it.

Mark Williams, Split Diptych-Correspondence (1033) 2010
acrylic on canvas, 14″ x 21″

Alice Adams, Frame With No Corners 1967
aluminum, bx cable, 20.75″ x 20.75″ x 3″

Daniel G. Hill, Blue Plate 4737, 2010
archival pigment print Edition size: 3 with 2 AP’s, Image size: 16×24 in Paper size: 21″ x 29″

Vito Giacalone, Untitled (Shirley 2) 1992
acrylic, alkyd, enamel on canvas, 22″ x 24″

Quietness seems to be a word which offers an appropriate response to  these four subtle works. However far from disappearing into the specially painted walls,  each individual piece demands  attention from the viewer whilst remaining in harmony with its neighbour. Installation shot below

American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary

OK Harris Works of Art

May 21 – July 15, 2011

OK Harris Works of Art
383 West Broadway
(between Spring and Broome Streets)
New York, NY 10012
212-431-6300

Curated by OK Harris Works of Art

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