Monthly Archives: March 2013

Crossing a Major Threshold: Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art Inc.

Jason Karolak, Painting, SAIC

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 86 x 76″

Jason Karolak, Painting, SAIC

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 90 x 79″

Jason Karolak 3 Jason Karolak 4 Jason Karolak 5

I met Jason Karolak at Pratt Institute in the mid-90’s when he was an undergraduate painter
and I was taking part-time classes
about three years
after I received
my BA.

I didn’t know him well, but hung with him just long enough so when he came up to me at a SAIC alumni function at the Sculpture Center this past February,
I had a vague recollection of his undergraduate paintings that were big and grand
and filled with many unanswered questions
and hard-won struggles.

He told me he recently graduated from SAIC with a MFA in painting and that he had a solo show at McKenzie Fine Art.
When I went to the show, I was impressed with not only how far he had come from his undergraduate days,
but also with how much I related to his quiet, methodical thinking that is evident in his mark making
and in how he handles going from a smaller to a larger scale. I also admired his skill with color,
which is something that is beyond my present ability to produce.

In addition, he has crossed a major threshold that stops many MFA recipients: He has managed to continue making work after graduation
and to have a professional show in New York City.
This, in itself, is a profound accomplishment.
I hope he continues to continue.

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Walking through The Armory Show 2013

THE ARMORY SHOW 1913: MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS Participants: Marilyn Kushner, Francis Naumann, Gail Stavitsky Moderator: Robert StorrTHE ARMORY SHOW 1913: MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS. Participants: Marilyn Kushner, Francis Naumann, Gail Stavitsky. Moderator: Robert Storr

Florian Schmidt at Galerie Andreas HuberFlorian Schmidt at Galerie Andreas Huber

Andisheh Avini at Marianne Boesky GalleryAndisheh Avini at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Lawrence Weiner at Lisson GalleryLawrence Weiner at Lisson Gallery

Bill Viola at Kukje Gallery, Seoul/ Tina Kim Gallery, New YorkBill Viola at Kukje Gallery, Seoul/ Tina Kim Gallery, New York

Thaddeus Holownia (Anatomy Lesson, Moose) at Corkin Gallery Thaddeus Holownia (Anatomy Lesson, Moose) at Corkin GalleryThaddeus Holownia (Anatomy Lesson, Moose) at Corkin Gallery

Anne Koskinen at Galerie AnhavaAnne Koskinen at Galerie Anhava

Susan Hefuna at Rhona Hoffman GallerySusan Hefuna at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Cary Leibowitz at Invisible-ExportsCary Leibowitz at Invisible-Exports

Daniel Rozin at bitforms Daniel Rozin at bitforms Daniel Rozin at bitformsDaniel Rozin at bitforms

Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Paul Chan, Molly Nesbit, Jan ÅmanPOSTERITY WILL HAVE A WORD TO SAY. Participants: Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Paul Chan, Molly Nesbit. Moderator: Jan Åman

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Gutai is in New York!!!

Takesada Matsutani, Samuel Nigro, performance

Takesada Matsutani performing at Galerie Richard, New York, NY, on February 7th 2013

Gutai: Splendid Playground is up at The Guggenheim Museum until May 8th.
It is a show that gives homage to Gutai, a Japanese postwar art movement
that resonates deeply within me.

I came to art well after college and my first impulse was to use my body as a geometric tool to understand materials, spaces and ideas: I broke stones with hammers,
burned them with acetylene torches … carried them, threw them, painted them and drew them. I was bringing my experiences as a wrestler and martial artist
to the world of art making, and I felt a strong impulse to allow material to behave as it would naturally under the weight of a tool
or by the articulation of a process. So, when I discovered that the Gutai did something similar – they embrace actions
that bring out the natural qualities of materials, rather than impose form, ideology and trickery on to it –
I was stunned at the overlap.

I also took note how many Gutai artists engaged their whole bodies
with the materials at hand, which opened up clarity
for an earlier performance I did where
I dug a hole for
24 hours.

So, when I heard one of the preeminent Gutai artists, Takesada Matsutani, was going to perform at Galerie Richard, 514 West 24th Street, New York, NY,
I jumped at the chance to go.

Weeks later, I discovered a Facebook friend, Taney Roniger, was also at the performance
and wrote a great essay and blog post that I encourage you to read.

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armory weekend in new york city

Samuel Nigro, Horizon Lines, Drawing

Samuel Nigro, Ink on Paper, 9 x 12″, 2013

and there are events on top of events … as a reminder: the daily drawings I post are the same ones on the splash page of my website….

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