— Drawing on the Utopic

Apt. 38

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.