May 22, 2013
Paintings by Tasos Chonias
Beautiful paintings of room interiors, most likely artist studios as you can see from the scattered paint tubes, bottles of turpentine, paint brushes, and the pictures pasted on the walls as either sources of inspiration or the main subjects of the painting. The soft light coming through the window reminds me of Johannes Vermeer's paintings.
Pushpin Portraits by Eric Daigh
These works are very much in the tradition of portrait painting but created entirely out of pushpins. They resemble the paintings of Chuck Close which looks abstract from a short distance but become highly realistic from afar.
In my work I aim to explore themes of individuality and representation. My subjects are imprisoned, diluted, marginalized. Their escape, however, is imminent. Whether a symptom of corporate and social homogenization, or the four base pairs of DNA, we are products of just a small handful of variables. In five colors of plastic, you can be reproduced.
I enjoy very much making something digital with my hands. I enjoy making work that requires a physical proximity. I enjoy the fact that this work travels from the intangible, the binary, to the tactile, the singular. By invoking these mediums, I hope to generate a dialogue and sentiment that has something to do with the effort, repetition, focus, discipline, absurdity, and love that went into its making.
May 21, 2013
Reconstructing the View: Photos by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe
A collaborative project which involves combining modern day photos of the Grand Canyon taken by Klett and Wolfe with old postcards and 19th century images shot by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
Paintings by Patrick Kramer
Photorealistic paintings depicting various subject matter.
I came to realize that the appeal of representational painting since the advent of photography is due in a large part to the painting process. Although the image itself may come to resemble an ordinary photograph, a psychological intensity can be felt in the handmade work, as the artist’s laboriously slow method, intense concentration, and myriad of artistic decisions lie behind the creation of the image. In my work, I hope the viewer senses this tension between photography and the handmade — the instantaneous and the prolonged, the ubiquitous and the unique, the impartial and the personal.