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February and The Renaissance

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I was lucky enough to be asked to be a part of a group show called ‘The Renaissance Showcase‘ a few months ago, and this post comes about ten days since the show went up. It felt amazing, after nine months of inactivity on my part, not only to be working again, but also to feel sought after. I have consistently shown two to three times a year since graduation. This has happened with no pursuit on my own part, but rather, because others have found me and asked me to participate. Obviously I am fortunate, and feel thankful, but it is now obvious that I need to be pursuing my creative work seriously if I am ever to aspire to better venues and shows, and not to rely on the kindness and good graces of others.

Nine months out of the studio is a long time, but 2010 was a difficult year, filled with unpleasant surprises. Probably the greatest was breaking my right forearm. The initial healing process was to be expected, but it seems every now and again the injury finds new ways to hinder me. I believe it also became something of an excuse for me to not work or think in a creative way.

I feel I was very close to losing sight entirely of my art and its importance to my person.

I am hoping this blog can become more of a constant companion for me, those who care abut the work, and the muses I am lucky enough to cross paths with.

My art career has to be my own. I cannot go through life as a weekend warrior painter.

Having A Blast In Williamsburg

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Thanks to everyone for coming, the evening was a resounding success!

Credits for all images to Jennifer Fredholm.

Humanity. I love you.

Yes, the news is true.

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Myself and two other talented artists, the lovely Mary Benyo and Elise Gaffey, will be having a group show this next Thursday, october 1st.

The space is called Cameo, I’ve been there several times before, and tend to enjoy the musical performances here. In order to get to the space, you’ve got to crawl through to the back of the Lovin’ Cup cafe–just act like a VIP who’s done it all before. You’ll be rewarded by arriving in one of the newest, hippest art spaces this side of the East River! Also, part of the good news is aural, because following the opening, you’ll all be able to enjoy the music of The Albertans (who I’ve seen before) and Mon Khmer (new to me, I’ll admit).

Come one and all, and enjoy an evening of art, music, and celebration! Be sure to get here before the lights turn down though, and remember, it’s kind of a one-night deal!

Press release:

CAMEO ART GALLERY presents “Humanity, I Love You”, a group show assembled by emerging Brooklyn-based artists Mary Benyo, Elise Gaffey, and Jack Walsh. Inspired by an e.e. cummings poem of the same name, this exhibit provides a simple and elegant chance for the artists to investigate their own preoccupancies with, and observations of, human nature in a multidisciplinary space. Human identity is a familiar problem for artists to confront, the exploration of personal burdens we all live with on a daily basis.  Being human means living in a state of constant contradiction and disparity of behavior. Control is out of our reach, whether it is the surrounding world, or our own subconscious. This breadth of work is presented as a continuation of that conversation: a dialogue of ideas.

Mary Benyo uses oil paint to weave visceral memory-scapes evoking atmospheres both imagined and concrete. Impressions of colors and patterns blend to create scenes that slip in and out of focus. The visual experiences that live in puddles or the subconscious’ ability to remember a moment provide endless inspiration.
Mary Benyo graduated from Pratt Institute in 2007 with BFA in Arts Education.

Elise Gaffey is a visual storyteller finding inspiration in subtly outrageous and playful works of collage, employing paint, vintage paper and ephemera.  Her work investigates the nuances of feminity, gender and sexuality as she systematically neuters taboos with aggressive glee.  Small works in watercolor and graphite create a matrix of illusion and disillusion through expressionist motifs.
Elise Gaffey is a self-taught artist currently studying at the Art Students League of NY.

Jack Walsh’s vast conceptual landscapes are empty industrial wastelands, obsessed with the culture responsible for creating them. Identity is represented with holes where faces should be, enforcing the quiet tension found in the work. In a world where globalization has become responsible for human hot-spots, he finds contemplation in the ignorable spaces of in-between.
Jack Walsh graduated from Pratt Institute in 2007 with a BFA in Painting.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 1st, 7-9pm. Gallery Hours: By appointment thereafter. 718-302-1180

5 Dollar Store

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Hey, if you’re in Chicago, don’t forget to see this show featuring my work, themed as a “convenience store” for art. A lucky thing for a recession!

Links:

http://5buckstore.blogspot.com/

http://flavorpill.com/chicago/events/2009/4/10/5-dollar-store

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=73476372742

The $5 Store – A convenience store themed art show, wherein all of the “products” are handcrafted to resemble or re-interpret typical convenience store products. Set in a convenience store setting.


HOME MADE BOOZE, CIGS, DIAPERS, MOUSE TRAPS, GOLDEN GIRLS MEMORABILIA AND MORE.

People are encouraged to view the works, most of which can be purchased for around $5.

Live music by LOS HERSHEY SQUIRTS @ 11

Stay tuned for me to publish my works from the show, along with photos, after the event.