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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Harmony Hammond

Inside the Artist’s Studio is an-ongoing series exploring issues  on contemporary art through direct encounters with the artists themselves.   The Monochrome Reconsidered – Harmony Hammond and I had just turned onto the interstate leading out of Santa Fe to Galisteo where she maintains her home and studio when traffic assumed the sluggish pace caused by rubbernecking motorists. As if from a slow moving escalator, we then had our chance to gaze at the limp body of a smallish black dog in the center of the left lane, its curvy plush form like a thick brushstroke dolloped on a gleaming linen canvas. A larger mongrel dog frantically circled its companion’s corpse, its terrified eyes searching to comprehend … [Read more...]

Urbanature – Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Introduction and Additional Exhibition Artists: Urbanature, An Introduction, Merion Estes, Roland Reiss and Elizabeth Bryant,Don Suggs and Karen Carson, Linda Stark and Nancy Evans,Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson – ROSS RUDEL Once a year at the summer solstice, Ross Rudel runs naked through Griffith Park late at night. Feeling the warm air, the brush of shrubbery almost erotically touch the skin, reverting to animal instincts as one uses all the senses to safely move through the darkened, potentially dangerous space, affirming our … [Read more...]

Urbanature – Linda Stark and Nancy Evans

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Introduction and Additional Exhibition Artists: Urbanature, An Introduction, Merion Estes, Roland Reiss and Elizabeth Bryant,Don Suggs and Karen Carson, Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot, Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson – LINDA STARK Large urban parks are where most city dwellers go to “experience nature”, but Linda Stark’s series of Black Widow paintings inspired by the presence of black widows around her urban studio, reveal a more intimate, near erotic, encounter with the natural world. The spider’s trademark red hourglass shape has been … [Read more...]

Urbanature – Don Suggs and Karen Carson

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Introduction and Additional Exhibition Artists: Urbanature, An Introduction, Merion Estes, Roland Reiss and Elizabeth Bryant, Linda Stark and Nancy Evans, Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot, Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson – DON SUGGS The breadth and complexity of Don Suggs’ studio work was apparent in his 2007 survey exhibition entitled One Man Group Show, a showcasing of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and combinations thereof, from as early as 1969 to the present. Although generalizing Suggs’ interests is difficult, what … [Read more...]

Urbanature – Merion Estes, Roland Reiss and Elizabeth Bryant

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Introduction and Additional Exhibition Artists: Urbanature, An Introduction, Don Suggs and Karen Carson, Linda Stark and Nancy Evans, Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot, Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson – MERION ESTES Merion Estes’ paintings of the last decade have explored the intersection of nature and culture through multi-layered collages of vibrant printed fabrics, found photographs, and expressive painting techniques in a “maximal visual overload.” Overlaying machine replicated natural images cut from fabrics and cheap art … [Read more...]

Urbanature, An Introduction

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Exhibition Artists Include: Merion Estes, Roland Reiss, and Elizabeth Bryant, Don Suggs and Karen Carson, Linda Stark and Nancy Evans, Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot, Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson Landscape painting and photography have always been, as Malcolm Andrews termed it,  “the barometer of anxieties over the balance of power between nature and culture.” A landscape is a mediated view of nature, one that has been aesthetically processed, a product of human control over wildness and natural chaos. This pictorial approach always maintains … [Read more...]

Triumph of the Shill

A Decade of Negative Thinking by Mira Schor,  A Book Review The idea is essentially repulsive, of a society held together only by the relations and  feelings arising out of pecuniary interest.  –John Stuart Mill In 2006  a number of notable art critics were solicited to articulate the state and purposes of contemporary art criticism in a little compendium entitled Critical Mess. If any consensus was reached in these diverse essays, it was that the practice itself is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Among the reasons put forth were the entertainment-envy of spectacle driven artworks in which exegis is superfluous, the loss of a single Modernist mainstream trajectory that demanded debate, nuanced reflection, and art … [Read more...]

Now It Is Dark

The Photographs of Mark Ruwedel at Gallery Luisotti, May 22-August 14, 2010 – The 20th Century evidenced an era of supersized ruins. Two epic wars, scores of civil conflicts, revolutions and fundamentalist jihads produced ruination on a scale never before experienced. The photographs, artwork, newsfilms and few extant ruins remain the crucial means of reminding successive generations of the irrationality that foments such destruction, but also of the constant examination necessary as antidote to devastation. Ruination has fascinated artists since the Enlightenment and Romanticism perfected ruin gazing as an art form. The labyrinthine imagined prisons of Piranesi and his endless allee's of crumbling Roman … [Read more...]