Well, not living in the subway myself, but hopefully my artwork will. I was recently selected as a finalist by the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts and Design division to submit a design for one of five subway stations in Queens on the N line. I am attending a meeting on Tuesday to learn more about their RFP (request for proposal) requirements and my final design is due by Oct. 31. The MTA proposed budget for each station is around $150,000 for the creation, fabrication, and installation of the work. Send good vibes my way because I really want to GET this commission!
I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City. We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street. “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1). Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.
Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2) I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental. My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard. “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3) I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.
What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?
(1) www.sculpture-center.org, (2) www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.
Last Thursday night, it was a whooping 8 degree Fahrenheit in New York City. But that didn’t stop the art lovers from turning out to attend the Atlantic Gallery’s “Over the Bridge” exhibition in Chelsea. I was fortunate to have two paintings in this show, along with 38 other Long Island City artists. The wine was flowing, the crowd was enthusiastic and the art was excellent. I’ve included photographs of that night “before” and “during” the opening to show you the crush. There is still plenty of time to see the exhibition on display until January 17th at Atlantic Gallery, Suite 540, 548 West 28th Street, New York City.
A painting of mine has recently found itself a new home in a newly renovate suite in the New York Plaza Hotel. Thanks to an invitation by Nancy Sweeney, owner of Art Advisory Service in Colorado, I was able to submit a painting for consideration to the Plaza Hotel design team. I was so excited that I delivered the painting without first taking a photograph of it. Fortunately, Nancy just send me a photo taken by the framer so I could share it with you. The elegant gold frame they used is beautiful. Be sure to let me know if you ever stay in the Plaza suite with my painting. I’d love to know what room it’s in.
“The Plaza”, Watercolor on paper, 14″ x 14″ image size.
If you are anywhere near Scarsdale, New York this summer, I have a treat for you. The Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery is taking this summer as an opportunity to showcase fresh ideas from their gallery artists and introduce you to fresh new artists. The “fresh new artists” is where I come in. You can see my painting “Circle Invasion” in the show plus some great work by my studio neighbor Marjorie Van Cura, also well as others.
Back on April 6, 2014, I posted some small paintings I did of the New School building in New York City. I can’t seem to get enough of this building. So here I go again with another larger, abstract version of it. I’m just living with the painting for now, waiting for it to tell me if it’s finished or not. Let me know what you think. Stop or keep going? Suggestions? Thank you in advance for your input.
“New School Refractions”, Acrylic on Panel, 24″ x 30″.