— Drawing on the Utopic

As the saying goes…”Life’s no picnic.”  But it was a real treat when Aimee Lusty brought over chili and cornbread to have a look at the art and to catch up on our various activities.  Although Aimee usually goes to artists’ studios, interviewing artists, for me, not being an exclusive studio artist, she made several stops; first at Apartment 38, then over to Morgan Lehman Gallery and then over to Brooklyn to the perch.

The stories on Aimee’s site Picnic, are accompanied by beautiful photographs and detailed artistic investigations on each artist.  Her visit with me marks her 12th studio lunch.  Check out them all!  I particularly enjoyed Picnic #4 – Caroline Paquita whom served lentils and art-matching beets!


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Since Apartment 38 is a different type of art viewing space, I thought I would focus on the visitor, a particular visitor, artist Jody Isaacson.  Here the audience became what was viewed.

In Jody’s work, wax is often integrated with different structural forms such as cabinets, scrolls and wood.   Hand-dipped candles hang from the ceiling, together with wood-cut prints or exquisitely constructed paper dresses, pictured below.

An exhibition of Isaacson’s work in 2015 at the venerable Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington was accompanied by this thoughtful essay – http://www.gregkucera.com/isaacson-essays.htm.  Below images from that show:

Detail above: Jody Isaacson – LOS NICHOS: THE ART OF LOSING ISN’T HARD TO MASTER, 2015, wax pendulum installation Greg Kucera Gallery.

Each wax pendulum above includes the name of someone Jody has known and lost, some with biographical notations or wax seals, all suspended and unlit witnesses to lives lived.  This is a finely crafted, wordless obituary.

Jody traveled to visit with us from upstate New York, where she makes work, swims, hikes and manages the estate of artist David Byrd.  Here is an interview with David Byrd – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VafTXJVa1hs. To quote David, “You get ideas from anyplace, anytime.”

In many ways both of these artists, Jody and David, came to visit Apartment 38, that’s this story.  “Everything we do relates to other people,” David Byrd

Our next visitor will be Aimee Lusty, which will also filp the script a bit since she will be visiting the “gallery” and not my studio.  Aimee has a project called Picnic where she converses with artists in their studios and brings lunch.  I’m looking forward to our lunch date.

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I’ve started a salon in my apartment, called Apt. 38, so that I can have a place to curate, talk and make community.  The first show is up.  Here are some pictures of the art in a domestic setting.  I am hoping for beautiful things to transpire from here.

Above the mirror, with me reflected and relating, are Andrew Schwartz‘s small paintings. These are paintings done in series, and are a reverie of painting, they call to one another and are tightly sequenced.  We take in the scale of the canvas, see below.

Along with Andrew Schwartz‘s painting surrounding the mirror, there’s a reflected glowing and fuzzy image of Sean Morgan‘s sculpture (which is also reflected in the TV screen) that’s placed in front of a small lamp on an end table across the living room.  Sean Morgan’s “Plant” is made from styrofoam painted light blue with carpet padding and is unsuspectingly fragile.

Moving toward the window, to the left of the mirror and pictured in the photograph above is a framed Sharon Louden drawing.  Louden’s hand-drawn rectangles are like colored veils.  Line and color combine as multiple forms coalesce into the realm of spiritual harmony detached from the strife and ugliness of contemporary life.  Louden’s work might be interpreted as a victory emerging from a prolonged struggle, for looking at it requires work to intuit the extreme effort that went into it’s making.

Another view of Louden’s drawing, with the Venetian blinds, reveal the density and multiplicity of layers and provide us with the informational background for her sculptures, linked…here.  Everyone should be so lucky to live with one of these works on paper.

Pictured here on the other side of the living room, is a frontal view of Sean Morgan‘s “Plant” and it’s painted surface.  Like Louden’s drawing, Morgan’s sculpture is multi-layered.  Perhaps Morgan’s sculpture, with it’s hardware store-sourced materials is more grounded than Louden’s drawing with it’s waves of spiritual power, but Morgan is nonetheless just as intriguing.

On this wall above Sean Morgan, is a painting by Yevgeniya Baras.  An excellent review of her work can be perused…here in Art in America.  This particular piece is thick with paint and bulging in parts and looks like it is about to take flight off the wall!  Each of Baras‘s paintings is the story of paint and how paint has it’s way with the painter.

Travis Fairclough‘s two works on paper are stacked above.  Off to the left and high up is Rhia Hurt’s small soft sculptural wall piece (which we will get to in a moment).  Collaged and painted on rough handmade Indian paper, Travis Fairclough makes a shape out of paper and paints a shape. Fairclough plays with the rich texture of the paper and presents a meditation on color and form.

Above, Rhia Hurt‘s sculpture of dyed and painted fabric is conveniently paired with a crack in the wall which could be a line drawing!  All seems very organic here, like the salon itself.  I live here, show art here and muse on.  Raw material is the inspiration for Hurt’s work.  A recent interview with Hurt tells her story – here.

Above – Eleanor King‘s “Tonight’s the Night,” a red, white and blue text piece extraordinaire…The blue is electric and the letters intertwine and warp like the current news of the day.  I met Eleanor King through A.I.R. gallery’s Fellowship Program.

Above, a mapped painting by Loren Munk.  Copied one from his gallery’s website (they said it better than I could): The artist Loren Munk is known for his cubistic paintings that combine urban imagery with exhaustive historic research, complex systems of thinking and painterly finesse. Since his SoHo debut in 1981, Munk has overseen an international career that includes exhibitions throughout the United States as well as Brazil, France and Germany. Most recently, Munk has been producing a series of paintings that tackle the subject of art itself through a historical and diagrammatic lens. In addition to his studio work, Munk is also a writer and curator. In his role as the Uber-chronicler of the New York art scene, Munk is known by his alias, James Kalm. Through his famed online video program, The Kalm Report, Munk tours artist’s studios, gallery exhibits and art world events throughout New York City.

I am a big Loren Munk/James Kalm fan.

Last but not least and in the honor spot above the couch, hangs a painting by Michele Mirisola.  In many ways Michele Mirisola (whom I have written about before here) was the inspiration to start an art salon. We worked together at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects which is like a salon with it’s intimate setting and a couch!

What better place to hang a painting at home than above the couch?  The salon starts and ends here (although there’s a lot more art at Apt. 38).  I am focusing on the living room.

Mirisola’s painting is inventive, delicate as well as bold and it ties everything together.  From here, Apt. 38 can call a gathering, look at art, converse and come together and see what happens.

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Please submit your finest, and let me juror and choose the best.  For this  – Ground Floor Gallery’s 5th Annual Art Exhibition in Nashville, TN.

All artists will receive at least one image on the gallery’s page and a link to their website and/or contact info.

The “Best of Show” of work chosen will receives a solo exhibition.  The deadline to apply is February 28th. Notification for inclusion is early March. Work must be delivered by the 20th of March, ready to hang. Exhibition opens April 1st coinciding with Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.

We are using that hashtag -#MakeAmericaArtAgain.


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Hi.  This is a picture of Julie Torres, holding her portrait painted by Brenda Zlamany.  Julie, an artist and curator, has organized the first show of the year at Trestle Gallery’s new space in Brooklyn. The show itled “INTRODUCTIONS 2017,” includes painting and sculpture from 40 artists and is a “surprising sense of excitement…”  I think those of us that know Julie, call it “Julie magic.”

The Participating Artists:
Luke AhernJulie AlexanderNatessa AminApril BachtelFrid BranhamMark BrosseauPhilippa BrownMalina Busch
Susan CarrDonna ClearyJulie CombalSue DanielsonDiane EnglanderLea FalesRobin GreenJay HendrickJesse Hickman
Jennifer KirkpatrickSusan KleinBarbara LaubeMadison LaValleeDanielle LawrenceLynda LitchfieldRosie Lopeman
Adam LovitzCynthia MasonAnne-Marie McIntyreJamie PowellAnjuli RathodAnn ReichlinJulia Schwartz,               Christina TenagliaJill VasileffKelly WormanPier WrightCay YoonRebecca Young,Maria KondratievAlexandra Rubinstein,
Claudia Tienan

Julie connects kindred makers, thinkers and organizers.  She is an ineffable force, gifting us this exhibition.  Below are some images, all are found here and in person at this address:

restle gallery
850 3rd ave (btw 30th and 31st st), suite 411
brooklyn, ny 11232

Trestle Gallery
monday, wednesday, friday 1:30 – 6:30pm
& by appointment – I will show you around.

subway- D,N, R to 25th or 36th B37 to 3ave/29st

The wall text.

Installation view through the gallery door.

Barbara Laube.

Adam Lovitz.

Diane Englander

Susan Carr.

Lynda Litchfield.

top bottom and left – Maria Knodratiev, Claudia Tienan, Jill Vasileff

Julie Alexander.

Rosie Lopeman.

This exhibition was an open call and Julie said “The quality of work submitted for Introductions 2017 was overwhelming, wonderful and daunting. Faced with an embarrassment of riches representing the current state of art-making in Brooklyn and across our global social network, it’s exciting to show mostly artists who were previously unfamiliar to me. Distinct threads surfaced throughout the bountiful submissions… tactile objects, sculptural painting, textural “things.”

“The work seemed to gather itself into a cohesive narrative without much meddling from me. I feel confident that viewers will sense this collective gathering too, though I am sorry to leave so many great artists out of the mix. A huge thank you to all of the talented artists who submitted, and of course to Trestle Gallery.”  – Julie Torres, Guest Curator

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Here’s my mom, Kay on my public art piece, Plaza Perch, sitting in the cold and taking it in, bravely as she has done for 84 years.  We all just got to take it in.  My mom is such a good artist, here’s her blog, sumiekay.

And here’s a playlist,  https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0xT9UxliUWTs21q8l3GPQ5 which I am grateful for, seriously, from Kimberly Drew, cultural producer extraordinaire.  She is a voice for now, thank you.

Sing along for the better!!


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Guttenberg Arts has a small gallery and from July 10th through August 1, 2016 Jeffrey Meris’ exhibition titled “They Coming,” presents an investigation into the economy of migration, real estate, bodies, space and identity.  Through the use of constructed, found, ready-made and assembled objects, Meris alludes to a certain level of geopolitical permeability.  “They Coming” is heavily shaped by Meris’ upbringing as a migrant from Haiti, living in the Bahamas, where ‘they coming’ was more often a derogatory slur to both indict the peasant-like status of Hiatian migrants and also reinforce the sub-humanness of that community.  ‘They’ assumes an ambiguous identity fluxing between the luxury tourist, the alien or the immigration officer.  “Coming from where, going to where?,” asks Meris.

Jeffrey Meris, currently an Artist in Residence, at Guttenberg Arts.  Below are several images from the exhibition.

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Installation View 1, of Jeffrey Meris “They Coming,” at the gallery at Guttenberg Arts.

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Above, Detention II, Steel sponge, clothespins, 2016

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Blowout, 2016 Stoneware ceramic, synthetic hair, hair Curlers

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Blowout with Untitled, where the artist has cast his feet in and attached them to a suitcase handle, both 2016


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Domestic Foreign, 2016 Suitcase, burlap, electrical tape, tie straps

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Detention I, 2016 Sponge, Tie Staps

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Foreign Domestic, 2016 Shipping pallet, laundry bags, conch shell

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Pocket Utopia Salon met up in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn the other night on Meadow Street in the studio of emerging artist Michele Mirisola.  Figurative motif share interior spaces and play around with textiles and some pleasant teasing ambiguities.  The below paintings are on their way to Beefhaus in Dallas, Texas.  Show opens March 5th 7pm.

Of One’s Own: paintings by Michele Mirisola –

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Easel shadowed between paintings.

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Painting resting on the floor.

drawing 22 feb 2016

And on the carpet.



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“You’re job as an artist is to try to a pay attention to where you are at the moment.”

Lawrence Weiner @ 7:59 http://outofsync.dk/gallery/art-is-about-showing/

Love this interview.

Today’s drawing below.drawing 22 feb 2016



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Cy twombly in front of his peony blossom paintings.

Palm trees cut out like paper.


The comfy niches.

Deltona, Florida.




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