Saturday, December 25, 2010

Last minute, but not enteirly down to the wire

I've finished making everyone's christmas presents, and it's only 3am christmas day... not bad. I'll post pictures tomorrow, once everything has been unwrapped.

Friday, December 24, 2010

backs (so as to not give anything away.)

Here is the back of a shirt I dyed.
 
It was my first time batik(ing?), but I'm pretty excited about it. Of course I can't post a picture of the front yet, or someone won't be surprised tomorrow.

Also,  the backdrop layer for a painting I just finished.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Loot!


Some people are going to get Christmas presents, and it all starts here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

t'is the season

I head to Miami tomorrow, so excited to go home for the holidays. I generally hand make all the gifts I give, so it's going to be an intense week leading up to Christmas. I'll try to post as much as I can of my gift making, but I don't want to ruin any surprises.

Iphigenia

In Greek mythology there are many tellings of the same story, as authors and tellers added and removed events to suit their audience and message. Here ts a re-telling of the story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Done? Maybe could be?

So the exciting development of this painting is that I decided to give it a horizon line, it looked terrible and I realized I should have called it done yesterday. So though the painting may look very similar to yesterday's version, I assure you much has changed. Anyhow, I'm pretty thrilled with it now, and am going to let it sit a day or two before I declare it done/ do anything else to it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Almost done

I've got another days worth of work to do on this Joan of Arc painting, but I'm pretty excited about it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A few hints

An in progress photograph of the painting in my head.
A few hints, so you can imagine what it will eventually look like.
1. Joan of Arc
2. Very little of what you see now will still be visible
3. I am currently making about 40 moth stencils.
4. midnight blue.

Hopefully the finished product will look like what I've got in my head, we'll see.

Oh and I may not have mentioned, but I put my Joan of Arc paintings on my website!
http://www.geddeslevenson.com/Old%20Site/Paintings/Joan%20Of%20Arc/index.html

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Primed and Ready!

I am back in New York! As of about a week ago I have had this idea for a painting, but haven't had time with Art Basel and traveling to get it on a canvas. Which has been good in a way, because it has given the idea a chance to evolve a little, but which has been bad for my ability to sleep.

I was so excited about being back in New York and spending the day in my studio so that I could finally get a start on that painting.
Yep, that's what a start looks like. I always forget that it takes a whole day to stretch a new canvas and give it enough layers of gesso. Tomorrow then!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Art Basel: Days 4 & 5

Day 4:

I started out the day at Seven, a smaller venue, but there was still plenty to see. They had a wall of large photograph cut outs by Richard Galpin, but I liked the one I saw at Pulse better, so hold off for the picture. They also had quite a few pen drawings, this one by Dawn Clements was my favorite. It has a strong composition, and all the details and objects draw you into the surface of the drawing, making you want to travel through the collection of objects.
There were very few paintings (not counting the familiar faces like Avery or Raushcenberg ets...) that struck me as good; paintings where you could really just stand back and marvel. So I'd like to include this painting by David Scher, I only saw it as we were leaving seven so I didn't get much time to stop and enjoy, but it I think it's pretty brilliant. It manages to both feel like all those amazing impressionist paintings (a little Matisse and Van Gogh resemblance too perhaps). While drawing from all that history, it also breaks free of it and becomes it's own painting, with a fresh and elegant handling of paint.
Then I went to Pulse, which was overwhelmingly large, and filled with some good art. At least I think it was good. At this point I may have been zombie with a brain over-fed by paintings and photographs and sculptures and installations and...
Thankfully, I took all these pictures so I still remember some of what I saw. This tree with it's feather roots by Jorge Mayet is a little reminiscent of a couple of my swan performance drawings no?
 I also enjoyed the playful humor of the hermit crab shelters by Aki Inomata. They were presented at Pulse as a series of photographs, and I would love to see them in person. A side panel explained how they were inspired by the site of the former french embassy in Tokyo. That a swath of land in down town Tokyo could go from being French to Japanese, and eventually back to French again seemed reminiscent of a hermit crab picking a new shell. There are also some interesting questions of identity raised. The hermit crab's most visible feature is the shell it assumes, in this case a man made work of art.
 This photograph by Dionisio Gonz├ílez entitled Halong VI is from the photographs series on Halong bay featuring both real houseboats, and doctored futuristic ones. It reminded me of the photographs I had seen of Swoon's rafts the day before, and the skilled doctoring made it possible to imagine that this world of whimsy was real.
 Finally, the aforementioned Richard Galpin... collage? photograph? It is hard to define this work of art I suppose, but his process is fascinating. He takes a photograph of urban cityscapes, and with a scalpel, peels away most of the emulsion so that you are left with this new abstracted structure. The paradox of a process of creation by taking away from what is there gives deeper meaning to beautiful works of art.
By the end of day 4, I was experiencing an art induced headache, which I was only able to clear by a serendipitous camping trip in the Everglades.

When I made it back to civilization Sunday afternoon, I finally felt able to process new visual information. And decided to check out Ink on Miami Beach. Sadly I arrived at 3:00 just as the show was closing, and so, instead spent the day on the sand, beneath the sun, listening to the ocean. All in all, it was a fantastic Art Basel. It was almost more of an art Marathon than my 24 paintings in 24 hours the week before. Perhaps next year I should start a training regimen a few months ahead of time, start out with 3 museums a week and slowly build my endurance from there.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Art Basel: Day 3

I am so glad I finally got a picture of this horse-drawn hummer that has been driving around town during Art Basel.

I started out the day at the Rubell family collection, where I saw this Karal Kristalova sculpture. I first encountered her work will interning at the Paris branch of Emmanuel Perrotin. I've always loved the strong yet open ended symbolism of her sculptures. After the Rubell collection, I checked out the Miami branch of Emmanuel Perrotin, and even ran into my old boss who was in town for art basel.

After, I headed over to the Red Dot show, but only had 15 minutes before I headed across the street to Art Miami to meet a friend. Art Miami was HUGE, and had so much good art.

Below is an painting by Masatake Kouzaki. I enjoyed the whimsy in these images, and the lines/ details the artist uses in rendering them. Also the gold. Adding a little gold never hurts.

I must have spent 30 minutes talking to the woman at the Blue Leaf Gallery booth with the painting bellow. The artist is an Irish woman named Suzy O'Mullane. I'm impressed by the way she combines charcoal and paint, something I've been working at figuring out recently. Apparently in Ireland, wolves are figures of protection, and have a reputation as guardians.

Oh is that how that works? The mystery of centaur spinal configuration has been a life long puzzle to me.

After Art in Miami, we went to an opening on Miami Beach curated by a friend of my mothers. It was a collection of African art works, and each piece told a different story. Sadly I couldn't get any pictures, but it was inspiring and hopefully I'll get a chance to go back and see it again.

After the opening, my friend and I headed back to Wynwood to check out Fountain, an edgier show that I thoroughly enjoyed. So far all the satellite shows had this pristine gallery-like quality. Fountain was filled with performance art and installations. There was art floor to ceiling, much of it with an apocalyptic energy. Such as the painting below by "trustocorp"

Also these end of society paintings hung salon style on two neighboring walls. The works were unattributed, and I couldn't say if they are all by the same artist or not, but they worked very well as an overload of disaster messages.

One of my favorite things at the fountain show, aside from the energy and chaos was being introduced to the work of an artist named "Swoon". There were some drawings/paintings by her on a wall, and the gallerist showed me a book of her work. She made this series of rafts, they are so intricate and beautiful, and it made me want to move to New York and be her friend... oh wait, step one is already accomplished!

Art Basel is a wonderful thing!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Art Basel: Day 2

Wynwood!

I checked out Art Asia and Scope today, two satellite shows in the same building. They were so amazing, tons of fresh and inspiring new art. I may have even enjoyed it more than the official Art Basel show.

I particularly liked these two works by Shen Shaomin, and artist who recombines animal skeletons to make new creatures. He refuses bones and make impossible joints t create these piece that manage to be simultaneously whimsical and unsettling.
 This second sculpture was made from the skeletons of two Mallard Ducks. In China these ducks are a symbol for matrimony because they mate for life, and when one of the two dies the other stops eating until it starves. This sculpture is an ominous and playful exploration of what might happen if a mallard duck were unfaithful.
 The following is a drawing Casper Chan. I particularly like the luminosity in this work paired with how the artist uses the texture of the wood as a color. I am also a sucker for most things involving charcoal.



I also saw photography/ video show at the ID gallery in Winwood that featured my father's new work. There were 4 photographs he has taken in the past year road-tripping near Tennessee/ Georgia. They continue his exploration of subcultures. One viewer at the gallery was adamant that they couldn't be digital photographs because they had such a strong film quality to them.

Art Basel: Day 1

All art, all the time! That's Art Basel in Miami. Today I went to the opening, and had a mere 2 hours to explore a convention center full of art. There was so much to see, and I don't think I could say I even saw half of it!

For fellow Art Basel goers, because I forgot to take down gallery names, this is a sort of scavenger hunt, if you head to the show, see if you can get a good look at all of the following... and more

These feet were one of the first things I saw,  you know after the Rothko and so on. There were a couple similar sculptures, all by an artist named Diana Al-Hadid. They are all about life-size, and very gripping.

Perhaps it's just because I have good taste in art, but I LOVE Milton Avery his work absolutely takes my breath away with his simplicity of form and subtle color palette. Also because he is a genius.
 Don't his paintings just feel like poems?

I am nothing if not consistent, and much like my last trip to MOMA, I kept seeing paitnings that called to me, examining them more closely only to discover they were by Motherwell. Thank you Art Basel for your multiple Motherwells.

I have a long standing love affair with Cindy Sherman. Her use of alter egos is revolutionary and compelling. This picture spoke to me even more than any of her other works (and I've seen quite a few). Perhaps it's size reminds me of my epic mythological self-portraits, or perhaps It is her Medusa-like hair, but this photograph has an aura of epic-ness.
 Also the wall filled with these little moth-frog-people was really creepy and unsettling and amazing.

There were so many other things, which I wish I'd managed to look atlonger/ photograph/ see at all. If you go, there were some really amazing photographs, including classics by Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. There was a Diebenkorn, an artist whose work I've been wanting to see in person for a while. A beautiful Jenny Holzer tomb-type thing that was very unsettling, and haunting and beautiful. And so so so much more. Day 2 I'm hoping to hang around Wynwood and see some of the Satellite shows and galleries in that area.