Saturday, April 19, 2014

life drawing

do you suppose if i wrote nude in the subject line would i get more hits?

 above sketches are all one minute.

Friday, April 18, 2014

a few collages

Thursday, April 17, 2014

busy busy busy

i just started catching up on transferring iphone photos to my desktop. icloud is not interfacing with windows. can't our operating systems just get along?

my, i have seen a lot of art in the past month. about which more later.

today alone i visited three galleries, their shows focused more or less on collage.

at pavel zoubok in chelsea there's a show of wonderful work by artist/designer/illustrator ivan chermayeff. even if you don't recognize his name you've doubtless encountered his logos. even knowing his work for mobil, pbs, nbc, showtime, chase and on and on, his collages are a revelation.

the work of kristen morgin at zach feuer would be utterly charming if it was exactly what it appears to be: delicate constructions involving faded and water stained corrugated cardboard festooned with peeling price tags and cartoon stickers, rusty cans on piles of books, damaged toys and deteriorating comic books.

yet they are not what they seem: they are all unfired, painted clay and even the closest examination fails to convince. each is a small tour de force.

the current show at the sidney mishkin gallery at baruch college (i keep typing baruch collage) is an intimate look at the work of artist ray johnson. about this show i defer to the website hyperlinked above. the show is mounted with such love and attention to detail it shouldnt be missed.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

life drawing & a (parenthetical) bit about artexpo

last week i showed up, early as usual to secure my central spot at life drawing only to discover, after nobody else showed up, that it was spring break. i guess i dash out of class too early to hear what's up. twas ever thus.

this week i showed up, early as usual to secure my central spot and went to the cafeteria for a salad and to listen to the latest buddhism and modern pyschology lecture for my coursera course. only to discover, once the first model took his place, that the pad i had brought had only a few sheets left. what?

(i didn't bring my usual 12x18 pad because i spent the morning with friends at the edge of the city at artexpo at pier 94. don't ask. the upside, i finally got to meet the legendary seth apter.

yay. his was one of very few booths that offered visual poetry - thoughtful, beautifully realized pieces, amidst a cacophonous mashup of arbitrary color and lack of sense or artistic sensibility. another exception, the exquisite contemporary icons of jodi simmons painted in the traditional manner using 24k gold and egg tempera)

back at life drawing - i started sketching on the backs of pages already used but couldn't get over the fact that i would be running out of paper.

in the middle of the 20 one minute sketches i skedaddled out to dick blick  down the block for a new pad. i know, altogether, too much irrelevant info. back to the drawings...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

fast and furious

the one minute sketches
are my faves. no judgement,
no pressure, no expectations.
just happy to capture a gesture...

then comes the real challenge. when a model sits for five, ten or twenty minutes you're supposed to come up with something a bit more complete...

Saturday, March 15, 2014


i was frustrated at this week's life drawing session. nothing working. distracted by the beauty of the body of the young man, the flabby pallor of the older. looking at the workhours later i was surprised at how satisfied i was with aspects of the drawings. the young man's gestures in the one minute sketches, the girl's poses, the old guys hands...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the past few weeks...

i haven't just been lounging on the couch bingeing on house of cards (disappointing) and eating dark chocolate sea salt caramels from whole foods. no not at all. i watched other things too. and there was that semi-warm day when i sat in the sun...

i have seen several museum shows - the one i'll return to most frequently is the remarkable show of works by gauguin at MoMA. a paragraph from the website:

This exhibition focuses on Paul Gauguin’s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic. Comprising approximately 150 works, including some 120 works on paper and a critical selection of some 30 related paintings and sculptures, it is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at this overall body of work.

it's worth the trip from, well, anywhere and the new ipod audioguide allows you to send yourself a record of your visit including images and audio.

also at MoMA, robert heinecken: object matter an interesting (and nsfw) photography show of this artist/professor's work from the sixties that spoke to the art student i used to be back then and in that way was nostalgically satisfying.

candy jernigan is an artist i've long admired based solely on the work in 'evidence' the book of her work. i had never seen the work in person and this show at greene naftali gave me the opportunity and it was well worth it as the work itself combines exquisite drawing, raw feeling and humor.

i also attended a book making workshop at MoMA and attended a life drawing class.

oh and i did the laundry. i need credit for every little thing

Friday, February 21, 2014


im not happy with most of these.
still, aside from the laundry,
it's all i have to show for february 21, 2014.

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