I love the intimacy of the Aqua Art venue: two floors surrounding an inner courtyard, with small-scale works, for the most part, and plenty of natural light. I typically visit there after the sensory overload of ABMB, a welcome, er, palette cleanser. Image from Aqua Art website
While most of the fairs are operated by promoters, Aqua is owned and run by artists, Seattle-based Jaq Chartier and Dirk Park, who started it seven years ago as way to give Northwest galleries more visibility. Aqua Art, so named because of its location in the Aqua Hotel, was so well received that after just one year it became established in the Miami lineup. From my point of view Aqua was a harbinger of alternative options for Miami. The dealer-owned and -run Seven, which we'll visit next, is one such option.
(I'm not so keen on the promoter-run fairs that show unrepresented artists, such as Fountain and Pool. The vetting process is not stringent, from what I can see, and indeed one of those venues, Pool, was closed down by the city because of permit issues. The artists, many of whom had planned to stay overnight in their exhibition rooms, were tossed on the street with nowhere to show and nowhere to go. Read about that here.)
But it was all good at Aqua. Here's some of what I saw: .
Arriving early, I watched Miles Conrad, director of the Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, adjust my paintings after installation. (There are more pics from the gallery later in the post)
At McKenzie Fine Art, New York: A salon-hung wall of Don Voisine paintings
A closer view of the large center painting below .
At the Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York: Per Adolfson
At Pentimenti, Philadelphia: Jackie Tileston painting, Cecilia Biagini wood-shim sculpture
At Littlejohn Contemporary, New York: Annette Davideck
At McKenzie Fine Art, New York: Gary Petersen geometries
At Boltax Gallery, New York: Pilar Olaverri abstraction, about 10 x 12 inches
At William Baczek Gallery, Northampton, Mass.: Jaq Chartier
At Alida Anderson Art Projects, Washington, D.C.: Sandra Ramos
At Toomey Tourell, San Francisco: Gregg Renfrow abstractions
Below: a peek into Toomey Tourell from the balcony
At Triple Base, San Francisco: Bryson Gill
At Season Gallery, Seattle: Sharon Butler
At Beth Urdang, Boston: Resa Blatman
At Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson: From left, Jessica Drenk, Eun Kyung-Suh, Robert Moya, Ruth Hiller; foreground, Cameron Luft
Below: closer view of Hiller's biomorphic painting
Two more views from Conrad Wilde: From left, my two Silk Road paintings, Cameron Luft sculpture (on wall and in foreground), Emily Silver watercolors, Jessica Drenk , Carrie Seid
Below: A peek into the closet, which is set up for viewing: John Dempcy paintings, David A. Clark installation of prints on (non-meant-to-be-worn) t-shirt forms. My favorite message: Buy Art
At gallery unidentified: James Sterling Pitt
Installation of three below
At Galleri Urbane, Marfa and Dalla: Jason Willaford
At Steve Turner Contemporary, San Francisco: Gabrielle Ferrer handcolored pages from the book, The Navajo Blanket. (This is the second time in as many months that I've seen an artist use this 35-year-old volume in service to their artmaking)
Single page detail below
At Littlejohn Contemporary, New York: Valerie Hammond prints
At the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, the MFA program of Georgia State University, Atlanta: Bethany Collins chalk-on-slate drawings
Closeup view below
At Soil Gallery, Seattle: Ellen Zeigler drawing
At Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon: Ritsuko Ozeki etching
At Prole Drift, Seattle: Jenny Heishman vessels printed with various basket weaves. Love these!
At Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco: Christian Machack sculpture with chair caning matrix
At Alida Anderson Art Projects., D.C.: Tim Tate sculpture, Dreams of Flying, with blown and cast glass and video
At Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Vallery, California: Jody Alexander
There are always great installations in the closets of hotel fairs. I spotted these small scuptures, with exposed book spines, on the top shelf
At Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco: Shawn Smith sculpture
At What Is Is Projects, Oak Park, Illinois: Tom Burtonwood wall
Next Up: Seven, a collective of seven commercial galleries showing in a Wynwood warehouse
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Looking for my coverage of the Miami Art fairs? Click the pic to access a full list of this year's posts (or click onto "Art Fairs" under the header for eight years' worth of reports). Here, Cary Smith, David Deutch and Todd Chilton at Feature, Inc., at NADA
"Chromatic Reasoning" at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson
The December opening has been postponed while the new gallery space is being finished. Click pic for details (to come). Here, "Chromatic Geometry 15"
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In the Studio
After a few false starts with the title, this series of 25 graphite-on-paper drawing is officially "Diamond Lattice." This is is #22, 2012, with micaceous pigment and cold wax, 30 x 22 inches. Click pic to see more work from the series
Recent: Buddy of Work
Henry Samelson asks artists to show two images: their primary work and a peripheral or related project. The connections are interesting. My own "buddies" are posted now. Click pic to link
Now: Adler & Co. Gallery
An ever-changing installation of paintings from my "Silk Road" series is up now at Adler & Co. Gallery, 77 Geary Street, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Adler & Co. Gallery
Recent: "Rolling in the Deep" at Kenise Barnes Fine Art
For her summer show, Kenise Barnes selected four painters who conjure physical or metaphorical depth via the medium of encaustic: Christine Aaron, Cecile Chong, Lorraine Glessner and myself. Above: my "Coming Up For Air" visible through the front window. Click pic for a link to my walk-through. A link to D. Dominick Lombardi's HuffPo review is below
Clickherefor D. Dominick Lombardi's review of "Rolling in the Deep" on the Huffington Post.
"Textility," curated by Mary Birmingham and myself for the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit (where Birmingham is the chief curator), looked at contemporary painting, sculpture and work on paper in which textile elements were referenced or employed. The exhibition is over, but you can see this exhibition on line. Click on the links below to read and see more.
Click pic to access review. Then click on page images to enlarge them for legibility
Thank You, Ivan
Ivan Karp, legendary art dealer, 1926-2012. Photo by Melanie Eve Barocas. Click pick for my tribute to Ivan, where your comments are welcome
New Digital Prints
Above, "Silk Trail 386." Below: "Silk Trail 339." Both 2012, unique digital prints on 11 x 8.5 inch archival Epson paper. Click either image to see more and find out where they are available
Miami Nice from Artcritical
December 2, 2011: “ . . . stand-out exhibits at Aqua included . . . the funky abstractionist stable of Conrad Wilde Gallery of Tucson, Arizona, amongst them the sensual encaustic monochromes of Joanne Mattera and the biomorphic reliefs of Ruth Hiller."--David Cohen, artcritical.com. Click pic for entire review. Above: John Dempcy, Hiller, Mattera
Miles Conrad, director of Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, and me at the Aqua Art Fair. Photo: artcritical.com
Boston Globe Style Watch
November 13, 2011: Four of my small paintings are in this Cambridge apartment, which was the subject of a Style Watch feature. Click the pic to enlarge the image and read the story. Thanks to Arden Gallery, Boston, for representing me in Massachusetts (and beyond)
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My work is chromatically resonant, physically tangible, and compositionally reductive. I call it lush minimalism. But don't call me an "encaustic artist." While encaustic on panel is my primary means of expression, I approach artmaking in other mediums--acrylic on canvas, gouache on paper--in exactly the same way.
THE FIRST CONTEMPORARY BOOK ON ENCAUSTIC PAINTING. AND STILL THE BEST
My book, The Art of Encaustic Painting, was published by Watson-Guptill in 2001. It's the first commercially published book on contemporary encaustic. There are three sections: history, with images of the famed Greco-Egyptian Fayum portraits; a gallery of contemporary painting and sculpture (including the work of Jasper Johns, Kay WalkingStick, Heather Hutchison, Johannes Girardoni and myself), and technical information, including an interview with Michael Duffy, a conservator at the Museum of Modern Art.