On Thursday, 16 June, there will be a a special performance by Eileen Kelly and Steve Gross in the The Persistent Nature of Urgency exhibition space. The gallery will be open from 6-8 p.m., with the performance beginning around 7. Location and details just below.
The Persistent Nature of Urgency, an exhibition of the Mayson Gallery, curated by Lowell Boyers and Jeff Quinn, opens on Tuesday, 7 June from 6-9 p.m. at 526 W. 26th St., 3rd floor, in New York. It's a show featuring works on paper, and I'll have a piece up from a series I've been working on. The show will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-6 through 18 June.
In the last few months I've been doing paintings on paper using acrylic and pencil. I begin with a loose drawing and work into it with fluid applications of paint using both brush and my hands. You can see more on the Paintings page.
Also pictured here are some views of White Night in progress in the studio. Here is the finished product.
WNYC's Studio 360 invited Nobel-prizewinning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, an art collector himself, to discuss how the brain processes and reacts to art. One of the more interesting phenomena that Kandel explains is that when viewing abstract paintings the brain uses what he calls a "top-down" mechanism to recruit personal experience, imagination, creativity, and responses to other works of art into the process. The result is a creative experience that viewers themselves undergo as they look at an abstract painting. I could have told them that without an fMRI machine, but kudos nonetheless.
“The painter can do no more than construct an image; he must wait for this image to come to life for other people. When it does, the work of art will have united these separate lives; it will no longer exist in only one of them like a stubborn dream or a persistent delirium...
I went to see Stuart Davis: In Full Swing at the Whitney Museum here in New York yesterday. I have always liked his paintings a very much when I've come across them, though he's not a painter I ever turn to for direction or inspiration. He doesn't get the attention he deserves generally; and there hasn't been a major exhibition of his work in this country in 25 years as far a search will tell you.