My new artwork at Space Gallery

I am showing new work at Space Gallery April 13 through May 19 and I would love to have you come check it out  – it includes one of the largest pieces I have worked on to date.  Please do swing by and check out the show at any time that works for you or contact me and I will walk you through it when it’s convenient.I am continuing the burn series with multiple layers of paper, burning imagery through each layer. I love to explore the interplay of light and shadow and the manipulation of the viewer’s eye to explore movement and depth.
Additionally, I have started 2 new series – the first is a group of photopolymer etchings I did this past year that allow me to explore the pyrographs while introducing color. The second series is a group of deconstructed pieces that I have then reassembled.
These new works are fun for me and I hope that you will like them.

Installation shot at Space Gallery; Marlene's sculpture in foreground.

detail image of pyrograph, courtesy of the artist

Untitled, pyrograph mounted on panel 63″ square, image courtesy of the artist.

This piece is 20 layers of burns stacked together; I love the spaces where you can see all the way through it and also the shadows it casts. It can be hung vertically, but I chose to showcase it horizontally in the show.

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Geographic Wave, National Geographic magazines, binder clips, push pins, dimensions variable, 2009-2011. IMage: Courtesy of Hong Seon Jang and David B. Smith.

Springtime in Washington

It almost goes without saying, but my favorite show in DC right now is Doug Aitken’s projected video on the outside of the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden. “SONG 1” uses powerful video projectors to cast the video around the entire museum and allows visitors to see the first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema. I got to see it on a warm starry night but have a feeling I would have like it in the rain or even in snow – it really is wonderful. If you are in Washington before May 13th, make sure you spend half an hour to check it out one evening.

The rest of the trip also had a lot of great art – here are my top 10:

  1. Doug Aitken “SONG 1” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  2. “Circle of Animals Zodiac Heads” by Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  3. “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” at the Phillips Collection
  4. “Home is a Foreign Place”, a suite of 6 of the woodcuts by Zarina Hashmi at Burton Marinkovich
  5. “Domestic Exchange” by Wilmer Wilson IV at Conner Contemporary
  6. “Suprasensorial” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  7. In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio at the National Portrait Gallery
  8. The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders at the National Portrait Gallery 
  9. Paintings by Kathy Beynette at Gallery Plan B
  10. “Pilgrimage” by Annie Leibovitz at Smithsonian American Art Museum

My Top 10 in Miami (January 2012)

Can the city’s galleries become anchors to an art scene that draws attention throughout the year? The city has truly developed into one of the great cosmopolitan cities, but the international, art-buying, jet-setters know when to be there.  I guess I am wondering if the gallery scene will rise to the level of the fairs it hosts – can it? How do galleries even produce shows for the rest of the year.

A couple of months ago my partner & I headed down to Miami and I took a couple days to check out some of the art scene. I love to feel the energy that drives a growing art scene – but this time I left feeling a little empty. Maybe it was just me… I mean there are more galleries, right? The scene must be growing, but it kind of seems like a lot of what I found was specifically designed to attract the international art-fair developers.

Kawaii Universe? An entire warehouse of rainbow-colored stickers of cupcakes and sushi?

Walls on Wynwood? A couple years ago I took so many photos of the walls painted throughout the city – I was all over it . This time, I was just over it – it seemed so calculated and event-driven, lacking heart and spontanaeity.

A lot of the work I saw seemed to be screaming “Pick Me! Pick Me!” It is kind of like a pageant – if the work can be loud enough and colorful enough, maybe it will get noticed when the fairs come to town.  I guess it’s not a bad marketing strategy and if I lived there, I would probably do the same thing. It’s just that the thoughtfully curated, well-developed shows were few and far between. Even some of my favorite spaces seemed to fall short with exhibits lacking programmatic coherence.

With all of that said, there is still a lot to look at and I know I only got to see a little bit – my top 10:

  1. Robert Fischer’s “Quarry” at Charest-Weinberg
  2. Romulo Aguerre “The Forms of Light” at Sammer Gallery
  3. Richard Höglund, “Hysterical.Sublime..” at Gallery Diet
  4. Karina PeisaJovich, “The eyes, sometimes” at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery
  5. Nick Gentry & Josafat Miranda at Robert Fontaine Gallery
  6. Roman Vitali, “It Also Snows Inside” at now contemporary art
  7. JeanPaul Mollozzi at Bakehouse Art Complex
  8. Victor Sydorenko, ” The Levitation Series” at Black Square Gallery
  9. Mira Lehr “209 Ignition” at Kelley Roy Gallery
  10. Consuelo Castañeda, “Homage to Gego” at Hardcore Art Contemporary Space