The precedents for Matthew Langley’s handsome abstractions include Gene Davis’s stripes and Barnett Newman’s color fields punctuated by the thin vertical absences he called “zips.” Like Newman, the Alexandria-bred Langley usually divides his territory with white zips, but he sometimes employs black or dark gray ones. These are less emphatic than white lines but suit Langley’s palette. Most of the hues in Langley’s show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, “Gravity,” are cool and restrained. They evoke water and forest, evening shadow and winter sunshine.
What is inspiration? Where does it come from? For J.T. Kirkland it was a fortuitous trip to Musee D’Orsay on a hot day in Paris. Kirkland, who was studying and later received his degree in Economics, recalls this visit as his “ah ha” or “got it” moment. He remembers being absorbed by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist works of Van Gogh and Monet. From this moment on J.T. was hooked, purchasing a sketchbook and exploring any museum he could find in Europe. He dove right into the art world headfirst.
BLANK SPACE is proud to present Randall Stoltzfus' recent collaboration with Berdorf Goodman. Designed as a nature themed exhibit with a luxurious twist, The Enchanted Forest on 7 is adorned with the finest horn furniture and chandeliers, incredibly detailed textiles and artwork everywhere you turn.
“The Next Chapter: Works by Five Chautauqua School of Art Alumni” features two generations of summer School of Art participants. It is an excellent exhibition that will make VACI supporters proud for having had a hand in cultivating these strong talents. Martin Mazorra, Randall Stoltzfus and Ann Toebbe studied at Chautauqua during the early 1990s and each has maintained an active professional studio and busy exhibition schedule over the past 20 years. Ali Miller and Bobby Tso studied at the Institution during the early 2000s. Miller recently received an MFA and is teaching painting at Chautauqua this season. Tso is currently working on a master’s degree.
Currently living and working in Brooklyn, sculptor Seung Mo Park creates ethereal portraits cut from layers of stainless steel and wire mesh. We first featured the Korean artist on our blog in 2012, where we gave you a first look at his unbelievable works that explore concepts of tangibility and the illusion of existence. Take a look at Park’s most recent works to date after the jump!
At first glance, Korean artist Kyu-Hak Lee‘s mixed media mosaics come off as fairly straightforward recreations of iconic works of art. But upon closer inspection, there’s more depth to Lee’s works than expected. Using a specific technique — rolling strips of magazine and newspaper pages around small bits of wood — Lee replicates brushstrokes, patterns, and colors to create a commentary on consumerism and worth.
This just in: It is our honor to exclusively debut Cara Delevingne as the face of the first-ever international I'm Not a Trophy campaign, a global initiative to bring awareness to the malicious acts of trophy hunting and poaching of endangered species.
As you might now, these are issues close to Delevingne's heart in light of the killing of Cecil the Lion last summer. Following the tragedy, the supermodel even auctioned off her TAG Heur watch to raise money for wildcru.org.
As far as her how her involvement with I'm Not a Trophy campaign came about, it was all thanks to one of her supermodel pals who introduced her to the campaign's photographer Arno Elias.
Flowers are regarded as symbols of the delicate, feminine and ephemeral, which is the reason they are so common in various (not just visual!) arts. However, it’s not all about the fragility – Antoinette Wysocki, an expressionistic painter from Washington D.C., takes a different view – she depicts flowers and similar organic shapes as explosions of colors. They appear overwhelming, chaotic and almost aggressive in their vividness. Wysocki is reshaping the nature of delicate patterns by using mixed media on organic materials and this technique has a strong connection with her imagery.
BLANK SPACE's represented artist Antoinett Wysocki's recent painting "Midsummer's Milk" is featured in Westchester Magazine. The painting including other objects were purchased specificially for this room. This dining room is part of a new traditional center hall built in Armonk, Westchester county in New York.
I was born in 1978 in Lexington, KY, and my childhood environment didn’t value art, at least beyond the traditional macaroni necklace in elementary school art class. Through my sophomore year of college I was focused on sports, muscle cars, and girls. I actively hated art. I thought it was stupid and served absolutely no purpose at all.
In a decision that still surprises me today, during my junior year at Centre College I chose to study abroad in Strasbourg, France. Early in the semester our group traveled to Paris for a weekend. It was an incredibly hot day and in an effort to find cooler temperatures we ducked inside an interesting building. As we cooled off we began to notice that the building, and the objects it housed, was incredibly special. We had stumbled into the Musee d’Orsay. --- by Editor In Their Own Words, Visual Arts
After successful exhibitions in New York, London, Dubai, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, Antoinette Wysocki will debut her solo Wallflower works at the all-new BLANK SPACE gallery. Focusing on her meditations around nature and its inherent language, and pulling inspiration from her early years just starting out as an artist, Wysocki reveals the enchanting intricacies of nature’s ongoing symphony of colors and harmonies.
In a press release for the upcoming show, Wysocki says, “Like a single flower demands our attention, the process within these pieces tell a similar story that await to be picked and adorned.” On exhibit from July 23 through August 28, Wysocki’s romanticized paintings feature a plethora of mediums: acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and gauche. Her work – past and current – pays homage to the pop-culture world surrounding her as well as classical paintings belonging to decades past.
BLANK SPACE is all about showcasing conceptual and fine artists. We currently work with 12 talents, including two hailing from Korea. The goal is to promote cross-cultural interaction and leverage the gallery space as a locus of creativity, artistic incubator and platform for emerging players. We also show at fairs like Art New York, Art Miami, Context etc. and reckon that working with a diverse range of artists is mutually reinforcing and synergistic. Artists like Seung Mo Park, who makes insanely cool installations and sculptures out of steel mesh; Suzy Taekyung Kim, who paints optically jarring compositions; and Randall Stoltzfus, who fabricates fractal-like murals and paints trippy imagery, are just a few of our intrepid artists.
Farsad Labbauf, an Iranian artist living and working in the New York area. Best known for his linear figurative paintings. The origins of Labbauf's work lie in Figurative Expressionism, a style he practiced for more than two decades, leading to the creation of his linear figurative painting style. His paintings have been featured in more than sixty group shows across the globe, including Saatchi Gallery in London and Ex Aurum Museum in Pescara, Italy, in addition to solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Tehran and Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art. Labbauf's work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Salsali Museum, Dubai, Saatchi Gallery in London, Carsten de Boer Art Collection, Amsterdam and Museum of Contemporary Art in Esfahan.
Text from the artist site.
A new exhibition opened at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts December 20: Wired and Wrapped: Sculpture by Seungmo Park. It's the second of three contemporary shows the KIA is presenting this season by artists from China, Korea, and Japan.
A rising presence on the international art scene, Park is a Korean sculptor whose work takes two approaches: ephemeral and object-based, each with extreme detail. His Maya series features large-scale, dreamy portraits and landscapes, created via meticulously cut layers of wire mesh. Photographic in detail, the images disappear from any but a direct angle, appearing simply as hanging sheets of gray screens. (Pictured is Maya 7624).
Sister fairs to Art Miami (covered here), CONTEXT and Aqua are the upscale fair’s more youthful counterparts with their focus on emerging artists and low brow cult icons. The two smaller fairs took place during Miami Art Week, which ended this past Sunday, with CONTEXT in an exhibition tent in Midtown and Aqua at a retro hotel (with each room serving as a gallery booth) in Miami Beach.
Take a look at some highlights from CONTEXT and Aqua below.
The 45-year-old artist also pioneered a technique for creating photo-realistic negatives from snipped, clipped and shaped stainless-steel mesh. The multi-layered portraits and landscapes appear — when viewed from the wrong angle or too close — to be little more than twisted, jagged wires and mesh. A step back and the images begin to appear. Two steps and they become clearer. Three and the illusion of depth flows from them. Park calls the technique MAYA. The technique emerged four or five years ago while he was experimenting, Park said.
Among the fresh faces at Art Basel in Miami Beach this year are Elizabeth Dee, cofounder and president of the Independent fair in New York, as well as several members of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), who are graduating from the organization’s event at the Deauville Beach Resort to the convention center. “The vacancies are enabling us to bring on some great new galleries,” says NADA Art Fair director Heather Hubbs, who also notes that due to economic recovery, she has seen “a surprising number of quality galleries open in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect” over the past couple of years. This year the NADA show attracts a strong crowd of young art world insiders, with a range of exhibitors from places likes Romania and Estonia to Milwaukee and Kansas City.
BLANK SPACE is pleased to announce that our representing artist Suzy Taekyung Kim is commissioned by NYC Department of Education and NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) for Public Art for Public Schools Program (PAPS) in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. This commission is expected to be completed in 2016.
In an innovative, multi-faceted virtual platform, this exhibition provides the viewers an opportunity to explore dynamics of Kirkland's artworks and examine them up-close without any temporal and physical set boundaries, simultaneously featuring and utilizing cutting-edge visualization technology.
The cultural calendar is quite busy this time of year in NYC, but there’s one exhibition at Blank Space gallery in Chelsea which you really should set aside some time to check out. From artist Antoinette Wysocki is Neoclassic, an exhibition representing some of her most intriguing work to date, and an excellent showcase of her ability to effectively incorporate a variety of media into powerful compositions. With her profile continually rising, this showing is an ideal opportunity to experience her work in an intimate setting. And while Neoclassic will be on display until October 4th, you’ll be best served by heading out to the opening reception this Thursday night, September 12th, from 6-8pm.