So this is show number two, "HEY FACE". This show opens at Satsko (245 Eldridge St, between Houston & Stanton) on Wednesday May 6th. "Hey Face" is a more intimate solo showing of brand new works on paper. "HEY FACE" explores portraiture of new friends, and friends I have a long distance relationship with. Where the work featured in "KNCTRNL" has a more somber tone, "HEY FACE" celebrates the possibility and whimsy meeting someone for the very first time (or seeing someone again for the first time in years). "HEY FACE" runs from 05.06.09 - 06.05.09. I can't wait to share this new work with you.
Here's to seeing each other again for the very first time,
So I have two shows coming up very very soon. The first is "KNCTRNL" (pronounced Nocturnal) and it is this friday May 1st. Join me at 70 Wooster street this friday from 8 - 10 for a wonderful group show curated by the fantastic Caroline Taylor. I'll have one large painting and a plethora of watercolors to feast your eyes on.
Here's the curatorial rundown for the show.
"KNCTRNL Presented by Leonard Tourne Gallery – Curated by Caroline Taylor
Truth about identity is formulated through interpretation of experience permitted in the limitation of time. Visual manifestations of identity are any combination of metaphorical, metaphysical, literal and formal. Austin Power, Ahmet Civelek, Andrea Fernandez and Julian Gonzalez realize in their work independent versions of identity through the scope of four different mediums. Austin Power’s portraits, Ahmet Civelek’s formal abstractions, Andrea Fernandez’s photographs, and Julian Gonzalez’s screen prints each present in KNCTRNL a unique vision of identity in contemporary culture.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Austin Power relocated north to pursue his BFA in fine arts at Parsons. Through his portraits, Power captures the fleeting human identity present in a brief introduction to another person, often omitting specific facial features. Realizing the entire figure is not the goal of Power’s portraiture. In quotation of the artist, “It is unimportant and untruthful to paint a whole person. Though truth itself has many versions, many people see one action and from it come many interpretations.”
Focusing on the parallel universe alive at night, Andrea Fernandez shows reality in the artificial urban streetscape. Photographic documentation in various cities throughout the world bridge together to form a cohesive body of work presenting commonalities shared globally. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Fernandez is currently based out of New York City.
The tension inherent in extreme oppositions expresses identity in Ahmet Civelek’s paintings. The relationship of geometric perfection and spontaneous chance build a literal, visual dichotomy. The notion of perfection combined with the act of destruction build the conceptual basis of the work. Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey with a background in the Turkish practice of marbling, Civelek will complete his BFA in painting at Pratt Institute in May 2009.
Columbian designer and illustrator Julian González explores the parallels and separations between perception and interpretation. Leaving the resolution to the viewer, New York based González visually stages the question of whether or not “less is more.” While obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from The School of Visual Arts, González developed particular fascinations with typography, printmaking, aestheticism and the Westerns of Sergio Leone." -Caroline Taylor
This is an old drawing I found from when I lived in Paris. I've been working hard this week on a project for PandaPanther, so today you get an older drawing. I promise to make it up if you give me this freebie while you enjoy this tribute to my love Helene. Speaking of the one and only Helene Verin, you can pre-order her new outstanding book Beth Levine Shoes from Amazon.com by clicking that link. -Austin