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Paul Kolker Presents: Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures!

Ishidot Shade
All Photos By Gail

I first discovered the decidedly psychedelic work of enigmatic Artist Paul Kolker when Geoffrey and I stumbled upon a previous exhibit, Halftones and Ishidots and just fell in love. I certainly would have taken more/better photos of Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures if I hadn’t already been wasted from all the free wine and beers consumed up to that point on that particular evening’s art crawl. In fact, I had a cold beer firmly clutched in my free hand the entire time I was shooting this art. So, good for me. Continue reading Paul Kolker Presents: Shade Paintings…The New Moving Pictures!

Hektad Loves You

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box
All Photos By Gail

The street artist known as Hektad has left this message of love for all NYers in the form of a colorfully painted alternative weekly distribution box located on the western traffic island at the intersection of Houston and Bowery (where I stood to photograph the Ron English Mural currently on display).

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box

Please Don’t Steal It, OK?

Paul Kolker’s Halftones and Ishidots…The New Abstract!

Paul Kolker Signage
All Photos By Gail

At his eponymous gallery on West 25th Street, painter/sculptor Paul Kolker has launched his return to both abstract painting and light sculpture with his yearlong series entitled The New Abstract!. This is an exhibit that we literally stumbled onto during our May 1st art crawl, and what a cool find it turned out to be!

Paul Kolker: Ishidots Circulare Blanc, OP.1, 2014,
Ishidots Circulare Blanc, OP.1, 2014

Paul Kolker is known for his light sculptures and also his paintings and prints incorporating rectilinear grids of dots, halftone phases and curvilinear patterns of multivariate dots; the latter which he calls Ishidots in attribution to Shinobu Ishihara. When you first enter the downstairs gallery space, you’ll pass through a corridor lined with these circular, dot-field paintings that reminded me of those Color Blindness tests. I liked them immediately.

Ishidots Circulare Noir, OP.1, 2014,
Ishidots Circulare Noir, OP.1, 2014

In both paintings the dots are painted in the same hues; but those on the black ground appear more saturated and emboldened, “like bright stars in a black night sky.”

Paul Kolker Light Sculpture

In this cool sculpture, curved mirrors reflect, distort and thereby abstract light into infinity.

Big Dot Painting

Here’s a really big one! The perfect background for a selfie!

Mylar Ballons on the Ceiling

In the same room as the Big Dots painting, this Factory-esque Silver Mylar Balloon Sculpture covers an area of the ceiling.

Paul Kolker Art

The group of paintings above and below are each on a wall that features four paintings in total. But I was shooting with a big clumsy iPad and to get a wide angle you practically have to back up to New Jersey, so you’ll have to visit the exhibit in person to see what I had to crop out. Trust me, it will be worth it.

Paul Kolker Art

Paul Kolker: Halftones and Ishidots…The New Abstract! is on Exhibit Through July 3rd, 2014 at the Paul Kolker Collection, Located at 511 West 25th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Polka Dot House

Polka Dot House
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When I look at this home’s splendid Polka Dot paint job, what comes to mind is the question, “Does Damien Hirst Live There?”

Thanks to Web Urbanist For The Tip!