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It was a great show. Artexpo was an incredible experience. It was also overwhelming, inspiring, and tiring. I was one of 135 artists; I had over 80 friends show up; and nothing broke. I also sold two pieces.

I couldn’t have done this without my honey Marie (on the right), and my dear friends who helped run the booth; Meryl (on the left), Joan and Rob. Now comes the time to deliver the work, run down all of the leads and thank everyone who showed up.

By far, the most inspiring part of attending the show were th artists I met. Not only were they talented but they all made me feel welcome and were only to happy to share their insights with me. To name a few:

– Anita Varadaraj
– Cameron Neilson
– Jeremy Bortz
– Jodi Simmons
– Julianne Snyder
– Mia Gjerdrum Helgesen
– Seth Apter

 

 

I have been busy preparing for my first one-man show up in Earlville, New York. Hosted at the Earlville Opera House, the show will begin on 10 August and will run for six weeks. I am not sure which is more intimidating, how big the gallery is or that it will be my first one- man show. The show in Sea Cliff had 21 pieces and I hope to have 30 to 40 pieces in this one. It will be a lot of work and just the logistics of getting all of my work there will be an issue. I am grateful to Marie, again, for planning all of the details—from renting a van to cataloging my work. Just keeping track of all of my work, now approaching 80 pieces, is a complex task. Also, my thanks to Patti and Chris from the Opera House who have been most helpful. I am really looking forward to the show.

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A couple of weeks ago I stopped into a little gallery on the Lower East Side (9th Street and Avenue A) with my nephew. I decided to send the gallery a pdf file of 20+ Foundlings and a little note inquiring on their submission policy. I do this from time to time and don’t usually get a response. Not getting a response can get depressing but not trying in the first place is worse (getting a form rejection letter is somewhere in the middle).

It turns out that they were having a group show and had a space for one more artist. Turns out that the gallery owner’s wife stopped into the retail store in Port Washington were she saw the six Foundlings I have on display. Turns out that she was bugging her husband (Christopher, the gallery owner) that he has to check out the art that was there. That’s when my e-mail showed up. It’s just amazing how things work. Where connections exist that you just don’t see. The gallery is called the Dorian Grey Gallery and I was invited to the group show. The work is only up for two weeks but I have four Foundlings that were accepted into the show (and one of them is in the front window!). I have now officially broken into the Manhattan gallery scene. I transport my Foundlings in boxes so those are my boxes and not a reflection of the Dorian Grey Gallery,… just my delivery style.

ImageThis is a very special Foundling to me. The brass numbers were taken from my boyhood home before it was sold, torn down and subsequently turned into a new house.

I wanted to make a personal Foundling with the numbers but laying out the numbers, 248-37, the way they were when they were attached to the front door, kept looking like an illustration of my old home. By stacking the numbers on top of each other they collapse together, not unlike a memory. The depth of the actual experience is gone but the impression lasts. The textured tile was also taken from the dining room where my father would hang his art. To my surprise and completely by accident, one of the picture hooks, just to the right of the numbers is still in the tile. The art that used to hang on it is gone but the memory of the art is still very real. Hanging beneath is the key to the front door. There are times when I need to close the door to this, leaving only the key exposed, as sometimes the memory can get too raw.

I am excited to be asked by Wit & Whim to have some of my pieces exhibited in a show they are having in April. Laurie, the owner, is a very big fan of my work. I can tell as she is so complimentary of my Foundlings and even purchased one. I am pleased that another Foundling has found a new home.

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Funny the way the world works. I befriended an incredibly talented jewelry designer named Kathleen DiResta at a group show in the Box Gallery. Over the years she has (patiently) made my jewelry designs that I have dreamt up for Marie, including an engagement ring.

Recently she moved to a shop in Sea Cliff, New York where she has more room to work; room to teach classes and with a gallery in front. She has offered me a show and my work will be on display for two months. I will have about 20 pieces, evenly split between hanging and standing pieces.

I look forward to showing there as Sea Cliff has special meaning for me. I took classical painting classes at the Stevenson Academy of Painting and for over a dozen years. I illustrated the covers to an audio magazine, “The Absolute Sound”, that was also based out of this beautiful little seaside town. The Victorian Homes have a special place in my heart.

This piece is called Chrysalis. It is one of the pieces that will be in a small group show that I am having in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The opening will be on 18 November and I believe that I will be one of four artists exhibiting. I am not sure how to hang the show or what resources will be available but I guess that this is all a learning process. I hope to have anywhere from eight to 15 pieces. It does seem that when I do get a group of Foundlings together, they create a real presence. I am really looking forward to seeing it.

Seems like I will be going to New Orleans,… often. In addition to getting two works into the Garden District Gallery, I was invited to show a piece at the West Baton Rouge Museum. They were seeking works inspired by the events of 9/11, and this piece, entitled “In Memory” was accepted. In describing the inspiration, I wrote:

It starts with an idea. In and of itself, an idea, like a knife, can cut to hurt or cut to heal. In this work, the orb is the idea. Separate and apart, it is framed as an ideal and yet, framed and apart, it is imprisoned as an idea that has lost all it’s connection to the real world.

To this day, the 9/11 attacks are still largely incomprehensible to me. As such, this work is less about the literal representation of the loss on that day and more about the struggle to understand what happened. I  personally did not lose any friends or family on that day but suffered a loss, as we all did, none the less. Perhaps we will never truly know why it was thought that all of the killing would change the world but, in the end, how could all of the killing not change the world?

As such, in the aftermath of any tragedy, it is important that we never forget. That we remember. In the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

“In Memory”, is my attempt to remember this event. It was a painful day and a stark reminder of the power of ideas. Ideas that bring about incredible beauty and unbearable pain.

This tragedy unfolded, for most of the world, from afar. The sole, ghost-like image, is that person in all of us, watching and struggling to try to understand an idea.

I am pleased to have been asked to submit two Foundlings to the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans. Their show, “Seeing Music”, will be held at the gallery, 1332 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-891-3032. The show will run from 17 May to 5 July, 2011. The opening is Friday, 20 May and Marie and I will be attending. I am really looking forward to it. The two Foundlings are Glasnost and Gabriel and I hope that I packed them well enough to travel safely. This too is a kind of art.

Both Foundlings were damaged in shipping. I am learning another important lesson. Aesthetics is important, engineering is important but these will have to ship all over the country. I will need to keep that in mind.