In lieu of brush strokes by the thousands, organisms by the thousands form the contours of the natural world in Mia Rosenthal’s American Landscapes, her first solo outing with Gallery Joe. In the show, which consists primarily of reinterpreted 19th-century paintings from the Hudson River School, Rosenthal converts the pastoral landscapes into images built on whimsical line drawings of units of individual species of flora and fauna. Divided by phylum and kingdom into taxonomic constellations, the organisms are drawn alongside their colloquial names — southern flying squirrel, river otter, duckweed, red fox, southern bog, box turtle – and depicted in ... More » »
Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette at Gallery Joe continues Marilyn Holsing’s fascination with the notorious French queen. The exhibition generally avoids presenting an overly sympathetic view of the royal, who may or may not be deserving of her disgraced reputation. Instead, in the imagined scenes, young Marie’s identity serves as a jumping off point for the artist. Meticulously detailed, Holsing’s works on paper resemble tapestries from a distance, complete with toile illustrations.
It’s probably every artist’s dream to deliver a surprise to a skeptical art institution and come away with kudos and love. Astrid Bowlby’s Snag at the Michener Museum, a jaunty 3D
Rob Matthews has always explored dualities in his subject matter — good and evil, faith and doubt, death and life, transgression and forgiveness. Right now there’s a duality in his studio practice as well. Two bodies of work at Gallery Joe (one in ink and chalk and the other in graphite) are both in the service of the subject — chaos and its aftermath. Somewhere in the future, the artist says he hopes to weave the two methods together, perhaps using animation — or in large mural-sized works that he wants to do, stitching the whole together out of some ... More » »
Printmaking was once the realm of the inky fingered. But today a lot of printing takes place on digital printers, where the ink is in cartridges and the only dirty fingers belong to those who service the machines. Gallery Joe‘s two new Philagrafika-related shows, “Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate” and “Big Ditty” are full of ink jet prints and other manifestations of works run through a computer. Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate
We ran into a lot of folks at the art fairs last week. Some we knew, others were artists and gallerists we were meeting for the first time. Either way, the art fairs are chat fests with conversations about art, sales and the exhilaration of being at the fair. Talk is the glue that holds the memory of the fair together this year. Other years it was the art. Here’s a brief report from Pulse, Volta and the Armory.
This week’s Weekly has my review of shows at Gallery 339 and Gallery Joe. More photos at flickr drawings and photos. “8×10 and Under” at Gallery 339 proves that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to art. While large photos may enfold you in their world and give you a quick hit of satisfaction, tiny images pay back viewers by forcing them to study the pieces and create stronger, more lasting relationships.
Charles Ritchie. Night Studio with Diffenbachia, 1985. watercolor and graphite on Fabriano paper, 4 7/8 x 4 7/8″ Charles Ritchie‘s second solo show at Gallery Joe is a museum-quality exhibit, a 30-year retrospective with a catalog, a glass vitrine in the vault showing the artist’s working sketchbooks and 43 works of exquisite beauty, each a washy night-time scene of the artist’s studio or his neighborhood. It’s a depopulated world with the stillness of the midnight hour filtered through the house’s windows. In fact the windows are major players here lending their glassy mystery to catch both the interior scenes as ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Alex Gorlizki’s and Kate Moran’s exhibits at Gallery Joe. Below is the copy with some pictures. Alexander GorlizkiRest in Motion, 2008AG – 3402Opaque water colour on paper8.5 x 10.75 inches Alex Gorlizki, a sculptor by training, has worked with fabricators of all stripes. His new collaborative works on paper at Gallery Joe demonstrate the London-born New York artist is a new kind of radical transglobal collaborationist. His works made with Indian miniaturists in Jaipur, India, begin with a drawing or idea and end with that idea fleshed out with miniaturist patterning and backgrounds ... More » »
Rachel Perry Welty, Friends & Family, video on DVD, 8 minutes, edition of 25 Not meaning to slight the various other wonderful work at Gallery Joe, I had to lead with the video! This has to be a first in the history of this jewel of a gallery that usually limits its shows to intense drawings. The video, by Rachel Perry Welty, is excellent and hilarious–I stood for all 8 minutes, not wanting to miss a word. But you know how it is when you get a message on a phone machine, and some of the words come through a ... More » »« Previous Page — Next Page »