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José Parlá’s In Media Res at Bryce Woklowitz Gallery

In Medias Res Concrete Wall DetailIn Media Res Concrete Walls
All Photos By Gail

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is currently hosting In Medias Res, the second solo exhibition of Brooklyn based artist José Parlá. The exhibition features new paintings, sculptures and a large-scale mural installation.

In Medias Res Concrete Wall Detail
Detail from Concrete Wall, Above

In Medias Res Front View

In Medias Res White and Pink Canvas

In Medias Res is a chronicle of Parlá’s life, beginning with his childhood and including his extensive travels around the world. Through choreographed, painterly works, the artist creates impressions of life-altering moments that have impacted his art making process.

In Medias Res Large Work

The artist’s distinctive method of conceptual and abstract storytelling unfolds and insists on its own vivid layers. The material densities of the works infuse the imagery with a sense of visual narration.

In Medias Res Pink Canvas

Parlá’s paintings exist somewhere between transcription and revelation – the accumulation of words, signs and markings evolve into a complex and unpredictable symphony. Time is very much at stake, and each image is an effort to demarcate the passing of time.

In Medias Res Detail

In Medias Res by José Parlá will be on Exhibit through October 18th, 2014 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Located at 505 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

In Medias Res Signage

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Stuart Davis, Odol

Odol
Photo By Gail

Long before Andy Warhol and other Pop artists mined the world of trademark brands, Stuart Davis (1892 – 1964) incorporated imagery from logos, commercial signage and modern packaging into his paintings. The artist created the above work in 1924 – during the Golden Age of Advertising – as a sleek, streamlined ode to a bottle of mouthwash.

Odol is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Nick Cave Rescue at Jack Shainman

Poodle
All Photos By Gail

Do you enjoy the work of artist Nick Cave? I sure do. I especially like his very fun Sound Suits, but I also enjoy that he can change it up while maintaining his very distinctive design aesthetic. Nick Cave!

Detail With Owl
Detail from Above Work

On view now at Jack Shainmans’s West 24th Street space is Cave’s body of work entitled Rescue. The series includes sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens.

Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.

In the Rescues, Cave focuses each piece on a single canine that has quite literally been rescued from destruction, very much like an adopted pet. These dogs become the benevolent guardians of their self-contained worlds, focusing the spotlight on the forgotten and discarded.

Doberman

A Doberman lounges on a gold sofa while a small dog fiercely guards a wishbone on a shoeshine table.

Wall Collages

Wall Collage Detail with Daisy
Wall Bas Relief Detail

The armatures that envelop these animals correspond with large-scale wall based bas reliefs dripping with crystals, beads, small ceramic birds and metal flowers.

Wooden Pedestal Shrine

The vast amount of detail in these works is astounding. You could spend hours in discovery, examining each piece. Very cool!

Wooden Pedestal Shrine Detail
Detail From Above Work

Rescue by Nick Cave will be on Exhibit through October 11th, 2014 at the Jack Shainman Gallery, Located at 524 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Wall Collage

Nick Cave Rescue Signage

Altered States Group Show at C24 Gallery

Martin Durazo Painting on Mirror
Painted Mirror By Martin Durazo (All Photos By Gail)

Altered States at C24 Gallery is an exhibition featuring the work of two Los Angeles based artists, Martin Durazo and Ryan Perez. The title of the exhibition refers to creating an altered state of reality through a narrative visualized by light, line, dimension and color. As you can see, these artists deal specifically with each of these qualities in their respective paintings.

Martin Durazo Painting

Martin Durazo paints on both canvases and mirrors using fluorescent colors and bold brush strokes. The artist explains, “I find it fascinating that these colors are in vogue fashion-wise. I also feel that they have a relationship to punk and new wave music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, my coming–of-age years.” Mine too, Martin!

Martin Durazo Painting on Mirror
Here’s another painted Mirror. I really like this one.

Durazo’s use of neon paint and metallic suggests both a hyper reality and black light illumination. Transcendental in nature, the works presented in Altered States are a part of a continuing body of work that explores the spiritual aspects of lurid and elicit behavior. The visual result is colorful and instantly attractive – it’s audacious and at times flashy, yet always loaded with complex symbolism and stratified references.

Martin Durazo Painting

Martin Durazo with Lady

I met the lady pictured above at the opening reception on September 11th, and her dress reminded me so much of the colors in Martin Durazo’s paintings that I asked if she would pose with them. Also, I was a teeny, tiny bit drunk.

Ryan Perez Installation View

Above is partial installation shot a selection of Ryan Perez’s works that you see as soon as you enter the gallery. His work integrates computer generated and hand painted elements in artist frames, which are configured to trick the eye of the viewer, merging the real and digital world.

Ryan Perez Pink and Green

In describing his work, Perez writes, “As an image-maker, I can’t help but contemplate how the majority of the visual world we experience is constructed through a series of identity systems via graphic design…” Interesting, and so true!

I really enjoyed this exhibit, and the people at C24 are always very nice, so I recommend you add Altered States to your list of shows to check out over the next few weeks.

Altered States Runs Through October 25th, 2014 at C24 Gallery, Located at 514 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Randy Polumbo Presents Tunnel of Love

Randy Polombo Street Blossom
All Photos By Gail

Randy Polumbo’s delightful Love Stream Trailer installation at Steven Kasher Gallery was one of our favorite exhibits of 2112, so what a special surprise it was to stumble upon Randy’s latest work in the midst of our very ambitious September 11th Art Crawl!

Randy Polombo Traffic Signal
Traffic Signal

Polumbo’s pop up installation, Tunnel of Love currently resides in the space at 511 West 27th Street formerly occupied by the Paul Kasmin Shop (which is moving locations). That narrow storefront has been transformed into a reflective-surfaced  silver space whose walls and contents tend to disorient in the same manner as a carnival fun house attraction, and that is exactly the appeal. The Tunnel of Love  pulls you off of the street and immediately immerses you in a fantasy world where everything is source of wonder. People were literally freaking out in this place.

Green Bulbs

On display are several few Polumbo’s signature blown glass floral lamp sculptures, some of which look more phallic than others.

Flower Bulbs with Silver Cushions

At the rear of the “Tunnel” are stacked silver fabric cushions that we also saw inside the Love Steam, where you can rest your feet and enjoy the visuals! Also, Selfies!

Ceiling Installation
Ceiling Installation

Randy Polumbo was at the installation on the night I stopped by (the exhibition had just opened the previous evening) and let me tell you, he is handsome like a movie star. I had the chance to talk to him about how much I enjoyed the Love Stream Trailer, and he was very nice and seemed genuinely appreciative that I already knew his art. What a cool guy!

Randy Polombo Crystal Handbag
Illuminated Crystal Handbag Video Installation

Randy Polumbo’s Tunnel of Love Installation will be up at 511 West 27th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues) Until October 25th, 2014. The space is open late (until 8 PM ) On Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find Out More About the Art of Randy Polumbo at Polumbo Dot Com.

Flower Bulb Light

Gary Panter’s Dream Town at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

Fog By Gary Panter
Fog By Gary Panter (All Photos By Gail)

Fredericks & Freiser Gallery is hosting Dream Town, an exhibition of new paintings by Gary Panter for just a few more days! I didn’t get around to seeing this show until last weekend, and just noticed that it closes this coming Saturday, so I wanted to get this post up so you can run over and see it because it is really special.

Dream Town confirms Panter’s continued interest in the play of figuration residing in fields of abstraction. The seventeen paintings on canvas are united in process and theme, and display a wide array of painterly effects, contrasting flat acrylic color fields, transparent washes and expressive gestures.

Stellar Z and Ultima Lucha
Stellar Z (Left) and Ultima Lucha (Right)

In Dream Town, Panter presents a boiled-down treatment of post-war abstraction coupled with pop culture archetypes such as heroes, villains, monsters and wrestlers.

Lost World
Lost World

Intense color is everywhere and provides a contrast to the primal nature of the figures. Yet, as we have come to expect from Gary Panter, something very strange is going on.

The Bridge
The Bridge

Not only does the equation of figure, color, and abstraction stand as historically sensitive and wittily absurd, it embodies the uncanny disconnect between our stories and ourselves.

July By Gary Panter
July

Dream Town By Gary Panter Will be on Exhibit only through Saturday September 27th at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Located at 536 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Animal World
Animal World

Gary Panter Signage

Fred Wilson, Sculptures, Paintings and Installations 2004 – 2014 at Pace Gallery

Fred Wilson Don't Flags Painting Grid
The People, 27 Flag Grid By Fred Wilson, 2010 (All Photos By Gail)

It’s funny how I am always ‘just discovering’ artists that have been around for decades, and then once I see their work, I start seeing it all over. It happens all the time. For example, I was just vacationing in Boston last month and paid a visit to that city’s really fantastic Museum of Fine Arts, which everybody should visit. In the contemporary art wing at the MFA, I became enchanted with this work by Fred Wilson called Lago’s Mirror, which is a huge, ornate wall mirror made up of layers of black glass. It was so totally my thing and I stared at it for about ten minutes. Art!

Fred Wilson Chandelier
Chandelier Sculpture

So, it was very fortuitous that I ran into a couple of my neighbors during my September 11th Art Crawl and they raved about an exhibit that wasn’t even on my list for the evening “over at Pace” – which they insisted I absolutely had to check out. This exhibit turned out to be Fred Wilson’s Sculptures, Paintings and Installations 2004 – 2014 — a fantastic retrospective to see in Pace’s cavernous 25th Street space. Also: free wine!

Fred Wilson Black Rain
Black Glass Drips Sculpture

Here’s a little background from the exhibit’s Press Release. Since the beginning of his career, Fred Wilson has created a diverse range of work that challenges assumptions of history, culture and race. Pace’s exhibit features works from the past ten years, including several that have never been exhibited. A catalogue featuring an essay by Doro Globus accompanies the exhibition and also gives further insight to the work and its deeper meaning. I’m going to include some of that essay here because I think it adds value for anyone who is going to see this exhibit maybe not knowing anything about Wilson up front.

Fred Wilson Paintings and Black Rain

As Globus writes, “Wilson’s appropriation is wide-reaching. Simultaneously working with the decorative arts and national symbols, he breaks down the supposed structures in place and offers up an alternative view of nearly everything he touches. He even treats the seemingly simplest forms – a mirror or a flag – in the same manner as an entire museum collection; clearly showing the relevance and import of his work outside such institutions.”

Please enjoy some of my photos from the show!

Fred Wilson Bird Painting

This exhibition features Wilson’s complete Flag Series, which has never been exhibited in its entirety. His newest work featuring Flag images, Black Birds (above) and Black All Stars (Below) isolate bird and star iconography from the flag of Africa another “black identified” countries, rendering these symbols onto a canvas surface exactly where they would be positioned on their respective flags.

Fred Wilson Stars Painting
Black All Stars

Fred Wilson Don't Tread on Me
Don’t (2010)

In Don’t, Wilson superimposes various flags from our nation’s history on top of one another. Clearly visible are the phrases “Don’t Tread on Me” from the Gadsen flag, the X from the Confederate flag, the horizontal band from the Black Liberation flag and the Stars and Stripes from the American flag. I love the 3-D look of this painting!

Fred Wilson Flag Paintings
M (2010) One of Four Vertical Groupings of 8 Flags Featured in This Exhibit

Fred Wilson Africa Painting
Africa!

Fred Wilson Black Mirror

There are also two new black venetian glass mirrors in the exhibit, which were definitely the talking points of the evening. Go see this exhibit to find out what these mirrors are all about!

Fred Wilson Black Mirror

I learned a a lot about Fred Wilson at the Pace exhibit and I like his work even better now. Fred Wilson!

Fred Wilson’s Sculptures, Paintings and Installations 2004 – 2014 will be on Exhibit Through October 18th, 2014 at Pace Gallery, Located at 534 West 26th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.