Structure: To balance the sometimes spontaneous nature of an art practice, structure in certain forms is necessary to create a framework under which to work. From the physical studio/daily routines to organizing thought patterns, structure helps to implement a plan of action. Daily structures such as sleeping, eating and exercising patterns can help to inform an art practice as much as reading theory in relation to the ideas of the work. Structures are also evident in certain art traditions of materials or ways of working, such as an oil on canvas painting tradition. While structure may exist in material conventions for some makers, others may rely on conceptual structures which allow ideas to dictate materials. Those makers must rely on organizing the thoughts of their practice into a coherent system to work from.
Wow! So excited about the Trestle Art Benefit at Trestle Gallery this coming Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016. Very honored to be honored along with Heather Bhandari. Tickets at http://www.trestlegallery.org/tab. Two out of the seven works on were graciously framed and donated by https://www.facebook.com/pages/Squid-Frames/791071307676729
The 28th Annual Arts Faculty Exhibition at the Milton J. Weil Art Gallery at the 92Y from December 5 - January 10, 2017 from 5 - 6:45PM. On display is "Expansion II" acrylic on panel, 34 x 24 inches, 2015. This is all about tidal energy. PM me with any questions. https://www.92y.org/About-Us/Facilities/Gallery-Exhibits
PPP: Painters Painting on Paper
May 27th - June 19th
opening reception May 27th, 6-9 pm
Our group exhibition features works on paper by a dozen painters many working in painterly ways. All the artists in group also make works on canvas, often larger but pursue their goals, kick up their heels, flesh out ideas or warm up, on paper. Paper offers a direct, simple and un precious surface, an easy traveling companion, a malleable and noble material. Some work in diarist ways, others slather and scrape. Still others map out in painted or drawn line or carefully plan and juxtapose. These works on paper demonstrate the often dance-like playfulness of our featured painter-artists.
Included in the exhibition:
Harriet Bellows, Mark Joshua Epstein, Yifat Gat, Jenny Hankwitz, Mara Held, Julian Jackson, Matt Kleberg, Paul Pagk, Terri Rolland, Melissa Staiger, Andra Samelson, Jeanne Tremel
Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan are Artists-in-Residence in April-May and are showing their works in "free play" at Trestle Projects, May 20-June 10.
"free play" was created to showcase how project spaces can facilitate an exploration of the creative process by allowing the gallery space to be used as a studio; the resulting output is then negotiated into a coherent gallery experience and exhibition.
Maria Hupfield creates handmade wearable art worn in her live performances. The viewer sees industrial gray felt and gets an optical hit of bright prismatic colored surveyor tape, satin ribbon, and repurposed metal cone-jingles worn by Native American women dancers today. Hupfield states: "My creations function as tools; jingles track body rhythms and modified industrial felt items are both shield and screen. These sculptures are carried on the body, recall everyday contemporary life, and reflect upon sight, and sound, often using the unexpected to shift experiences."
She is presenting new woven and stitched works. The bright satiny strands are sewn onto the soft felt and the outcome is a luxurious contrast. The eye bounces from one to the other striations with negative and positive contrasts on the surface.
Jason Lujan's dynamic patterns and arrangements are mastered on muted surfaces such as newsprint or plywood, and found materials, where he applies spray-paint or pigments using silkscreen and masking. His patterns are a reference to language, and are part of a process to imbuing contemporary Native American culture with an international sense of place. He states, "I use conventional painting and sculpture methods with common and ready-made materials, often combining Eastern and Western visualities; I want people to view my work and consider multiple meanings regarding cultural assumptions."
He will be presenting work with patterning in black paint on wood and paper along with a series of collected and appropriated objects. The works are bold, hard edged and meticulous.
Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield also work as Native Art Department International, a collaborative project focusing on international art contents, while functioning as emancipation from identity-based artwork. They are dedicated to the practice of responsible methodologies with indigenous knowledge across native, immigrant, and settler accomplices based in community building.
Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
Trestle Projects located at 400 Third Ave in Brooklyn is open on Saturday from 1-4pm. To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 917-923-8096.