I am excited to have a work included in the 24th Annual Juried Exhibition at Bowery Gallery. The show was juried by painter Stephen Westfall and includes work by 38 artists. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, July 30th from 5-8 PM.
July 28 - August 15, 2015
Reception: Thursday, July 30 from 5-8 pm
Beginning July 28, the Bowery Gallery on 25th Street in Chelsea presents its national juried exhibition. Now in its 24th year, the exhibition has been curated in previous years by painters including William Bailey, Joan Snyder, Rackstraw Downes, and Janet Fish, and by the art critics Lance Esplund, David Cohen, and Jed Perl.
This year’s juror, Stephen Westfall, is an American painter and critic, and professor at Rutgers University. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. His writing on art has appeared in Art in America, the New York Times, ArtNews, and The New Criterion.
From hundreds of applicants this year, Mr. Westfall has chosen 42 works by 38 artists. Gallerygoers will find artists whose work they know as well as artists new to the New York scene. Mr. Westfall’s selections include work in acrylic, oil, mixed media, woodcut, and watercolor; the artists represented come from all around the United States. The work reflects the mix of tradition-conscious figuration and abstraction for which the Bowery Gallery is known.
The juried exhibition is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, and continues at the gallery through August 15. For information on Bowery and its artists and on this show, please call the gallery during those hours, and visit the gallery website, www.bowerygallery.org.
About the show—Stephen Westfall writes:
For over four decades the artists in the slowly changing collective of the Bowery Gallery has pursued painting in individual ways, letting their paths evolve in their studios unhurried or unbullied by trending ironies. The genres of still life, landscape, interiors, cityscapes, and post-Cubist abstraction are mined for the eternal verities of painting: wonder at colored earth becoming persuasive light, the transposition of figure and ground, the disclosure of character, the snatches of memory residing in the abstract, and even empathetic narrative. Often more than one of these recognitions are present in the same painting. It stands to reason that the applicants to the gallery's yearly juried exhibition would mirror the spectrum of the gallery's member artists, but with hundreds of works to chose from I had the opportunity to widen the spectrum a bit. There is a little more geometric abstraction, and pattern play that verges on Pop, for instance. And there's some figuration that is nearly Punk in its stylization. But I was also re-enchanted by how the architectures of still life or landscape painting serve as structures for hanging light and an artist's "touch" emanating from the painted mark. I have never tired at looking at terrific examples of the genres listed above because the recognitions they provide both praise the world between events (a site of experience we often overlook) and praise the power of painting to illuminate and provoke such recognitions. —Stephen Westfall, 2015
Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pleased to have a painting published in Edna, a publication by the Millay Colony for the Arts. The journal includes visual art as well as music and writing by Millay Colony for the Arts alumni.
An overdue post of photos from the opening reception from the Victory for Tyler Exhibition. Thank you to the Tyler Alumni Association, Crane Arts Building, Juror Anthony Elms, and Victory Brewing for a great event!
Photos provided by the Tyler Alumni Association. Photographer unknown. If you know who took the photos please let me know so I can credit them here!
I am happy to announce that I have been selected to participate in two upcoming juried exhibition opening this spring. Victory For Tyler, an alumni exhibition juried by Anthony Elms will be on view from April 1st to April 26th 2015 at the Crane Arts building at 1400 North American Street in Philadelphia. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 PM on April 11th. I will also be participating in an exhibition of small works at Louisiana State University. The exhibition, juried by Brooke Davis Anderson, will be on view from April 9th-June 10th, 2015.
Chroma, a national juried exhibition held at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA was on view from January 15th-February 14th and featured an eclectic selection of work selected by juror Lynda Schlosberg. Although no longer on view, the gallery did a great job documenting the show and additional images and information about the exhibition can be found on Gallery 263's website. Images from the opening reception are available here.
Participating artists: Chuck Choi, Sean Cleary, Jen Elena, Edison Haedo, Ken Hill, Jayson Keeling, Katherine Lukacher, Carol Mangan, Ferran Martin, Vanessa Nastro, Janet Oh, Jason Osborne, Anibal Padrino, R. M. Patts, Catherine Rockhold, Emily Sinclair, Lindsay Smith Gustave, Thomas Spoerndle, Jon Thies, Jeff Velazquez, Justin Waldstein, Joey Weiss, Brent Johnston, Charles Nunn, Daniel Oglander, Paul Steffens
Ken is a painter who currently lives in Ridgewood, NY and maintains a studio in Greenpoint.
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See two of my paintings and an artist statement published in conjunction with the 26th Tallahassee International Exhibition at the Florida State Museum of Fine Art.
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