Review of recent solo show

Read Alan Singer’s review of my show, The Disillusionment of Dreams on his blog: The Visual Artworker.

installation shot

installation shot

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Thanks for coming to the opening!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening reception on Friday, it was a great time! If you are in town and have not seen the show yet, it is up through the end of the month…

News on the way!

I have been working hard in the studio but have not been active with updates, more to come. Here are 4 paintings in progress…

 

More detail shots on Instagram

Fall Exhibitions

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The Opposite of Concrete at Main Street Arts

I have been in the studio quite frequently over the past several months preparing for a few upcoming exhibitions, two opening this month and one in October. First, at Main Street Arts (Clifton Springs, NY) in The Opposite of Concrete: An exhibition of abstract painting and photography. I have 6 pieces in this show and I had the pleasure of choosing the other artists and curating the show as well. There are 48 total pieces by Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Sarah Sutton, Patricia Wilder, and Myself. It opens Saturday, September 6 with a reception from 4 to 7pm.

The second fall exhibition is at Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego (Oswego, NY) in The Continuing View, which is an exhibition looking at historic and contemporary landscapes side by side. It will feature work from regional contemporary artists as well as pieces from the college’s collection. That show opens on September 5 with a reception on Friday, September 19.

In October, I will be in the next group show with the Arena Art Group at Gallery r in Rochester. This exhibition will feature work in a variety of media by Arena Art Group members. The show opens on Friday, October 3 with a reception from 6 to 9pm.

More shows and certainly more new work on the horizon. If you’re on Instagram, follow me to see more from the studio.

From the Studio.

In the summer of 2011, I started experimenting with making paintings on drawing paper and it allowed me to alter my approach to making a painting. I have almost always worked exclusively on canvas, using acrylic paint, ink, drawing media, and a large quantity of water. This allowed me to get a misty transparency and the ability to achieve the foreboding, ominous, atmospheric image that I was searching for.

Working on drawing paper limited the amount of water I was able to use and this ultimately had a great effect on the work. I was still able to achieve similar outcomes but with a slight shift in the execution. I found this very interesting… Early this year, I began to work on stretched canvas once again and I was thrilled to be able to work on something that was 100% more resilient than the drawing paper. The paintings are still in progress but I have come to a stand still. So, I will go back to working on drawing paper for a little while and see if I can resolve the issues I am having. Perhaps, I will paint on paper for a while, perhaps not.

Above is an image of my blank paper, waiting for activity. This will be my largest painting on paper so far, measuring around 46″x30″. Stay tuned…