It’s been fun and exciting exchanging emails with people at Aureus Contemporary
for the past weeks setting up details for Art Chicago. It all started when I spotted
really nice paintings by Karim Hamid at BOOOOOOOM. I was taken by them
enough to contact the artist to tell him how much I enjoyed. Karim kindly invited
me to come see them in person at one of the art fairs in NYC last month. I checked
out some of his latest pieces there and we enjoyed chatting.One of Karim’s paintings
Shortly after that, I got an email from the director of Aureus Contemporary,
Andreas Kuefer, asking me to team up for Art Chicago next month. So there we go.
Aureus Contemporary will have a 850 sf booth and it’ll put emphasis on three
artists, Karim Hamid, Sara Carter, and myself. There will be six pieces of mine on
view. And you get to see more from Karim also.
Here is some info about Art Chicago taken from its site:
A few years ago I had a great experience in working with people at the
Swarthmore College, PA for their gallery show. At the opening I met one of the
art professors, Michael Cothren, who was working on a college art text book
called “ART A Brief History”. He was very generous in complimenting my work
and I had a lot of fun talking to him. A few weeks later, he emailed me saying that
he was thinking about putting my work in the upcoming edition of the text book.
Of course I didn’t have any problem with it…An image from the Swarthmore College show. The full photo set can be seen at “PHOTOS” at the main part of the site.
So I’ve been wondering if that will actually happen. And last week, the book
came in the mail. In it, I do see a picture of my work and very nice descriptions of
the work by professor Cothren.Amazon‘s got it.
It’s really exciting to reach out to people learning about art and to take
a part in more fun in their lives. As I wrote a few month ago, I myself
got into art through community college education.
Well, I know, it’s sort of weird and surreal. Last time I felt like this
was when my wife decided to go out with me ten years ago. I was like,
“wow, cute woman like that actually wants to be with me?”. Good
things do actually happen sometimes.
Images from Salomon Contemporary Warehouse exhibition (East Hampton, NY)
which ran from Oct. 11 to Nov. 30, 2009, have been added to the site. The set has
total of 28 images and it comes in two parts. To see them, go to
the main part of the site and click “PHOTOS”. Hope you enjoy! Here are a few of
them from the set. You can see bigger pictures at the site.
Ten years after moving to East Hampton, I am about to have my first solo
show in the area. My connection to East Hampton is merely coincidental.
I invited myself over to live with my then girl friend (now my wife), a writer,
Evan Harris, in 1999. We met at one of the artist residencies (McDowell
Colony) in 1998. After the residency was over, Evan decided to move
back to her home town, which was East Hampton, from New York City.
I moved from Union City, New Jersey where I lived in one of the sweat
shop buildings illegally (oh, the good old days…).
Ten years can be a while. We now live in a semi-country setting with
two dogs and a vegetable garden. We have produced two small children
(five and three year old boys). And we have made many friends in the
area. This is our home that I feel to belong. So having a show here is a
very special event.
The show will be at Salomon Contemporary Warehouse. The opening
is on Sunday 11 October 2009, 4 to 7 PM. The show will be up though
Sunday 15 November. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 and
The exhibition at Berkshire Community College is up. I selected five pieces for
the Koussevitzky Art Gallery which is a narrow, sort of a cave like space
located next to the theater in the arts building. The plan below shows the
unusual space (sorry for the small fonts. The whole space is about 10 x 33 feet
Before I actually getting to the gallery, I tried laying out the pieces in my head
aided by the pictures and the plan supplied by the gallery. When I got there, I
was quite confident in hanging and I actually put the pieces right up where I
planed in my head. After the long day of driving and hanging the show, the
gallery director, Benigna Chilla, generously treated me with her cooking (sauted
shrimps and clams in creamy sauce with little accents with lemon and rosemary
served over rice. Yes, it was good.). I got to hear her talk about organizing
a show of Cuban artists among other intriguing stories. It was very cool evening.
Next day I went back to document the show and it was all too clear that the
installation was not working too well. I spent extra a few hours making sure that
the flow among the pieces are well coordinated. I wanted to have a solid feeling
of the show defined by the characters of the pieces speaking in harmony. After
spending all morning struggling, I finally got it right. It was one of the toughest
show to hang, but at the end, it turned out as one of my favorites.
Here are some of the images in smaller versions. The complete photo set with larger
photos will be added at the “PHOTOS” section of the main part of the site later.
I hope you enjoy.
Images from Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown,
MA exhibition from this May/June have been added to the PHOTOS section.
To see them, go to main part of my site, click PHOTOS at the top bar and look
for “FAWC May 29-June 16, 2009”. Here are some of them in smaller sizes.
My show in Pittsfield, MA opens next week. According to a friend sculptor
Paul Bowen who’s had a couple of shows there, the space is “small but quite
elegant”. I’m looking forward to installing the show Monday. There will be
five pieces in the show and I will do a slide talk on the last day of the show.
Here are images on the show announcement.