1.31.2012

Connecting the Dots

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While Gagosian's gone all steroidal for the spots of a certain British artist, I wanted to see who else was working within the visual idiom of discs and dots.

What I found will come as no suprise to anyone who gets out to the galleries regularly. There's a huge range of interesting work that is spot on without being hyped.

David Headley, History of Polka Dots #6, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 65 inches
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Julian Jackson, Galaxy, 2003, painted stones on boulder, dimensions variable
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Elizabeth Riley, Circle Wall, 2010, inkjet prints of circular video stills on roll paper, video projector and live video, 118 x 161 x 36 inches
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Jessica Snow, Dot..dot..dot.., 2011, acrylic on panel, 18 x 24 inches
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Gwyneth Leech, Cup of the Day #99, 2011, colored india ink on upcycled white paper cup, installation at the Flatiron Prow Space, New York City, up through February 18
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Lisa Dahl, News House: Port St. Lucie, Florida (July 30), 2009, acrylic on archival print, 8 x 10 inches
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Mark Wethli, Chant, 2010, acrylic on wood panel, 20 x 15 inches
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Julie Gross, #170, 2011, gouache on paper, 18 x 18 inches
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Jill Vasileff, Pink Hum, 2011, acrylic on tree branches, 18 x 18 inches but dimensions variable
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Jon Coffelt, Fire Engine Red Cosmos on Bird on Egg Blue Field, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 2011
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Julie Miller, o (21), ink on paper, 13.5 x 5.75 inches; courtesy of Steven Zevitas Gallery
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Chris Twomey, CheeriOpus #7, Birds Nest Mutation (peach), 2003, print, 26 x 26 inches
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Nobu Fukui, Fading into History, 2010, mixed media on panel, 48 x 48 inches; courtesy of the Stephen Haller Gallery, New York City
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Amy Cheng, Topkapi, 2011, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches
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Rachael Wren, Specimen, 2011, oil on linen, 20 x 20 inches
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Larry Schulte, Circles, 2007, unique screen print, 11.5 x 6 inches
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Diane Ayott,  Dizzy, 2009, mixed media on paper, 22 x 15 inches
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Laura Moriarty, Untitled, 2012, encaustic, 5 x 7 x 1.5 inches
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John Dempcy, Ex Vivo 41, acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 inches; courtesy of  Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson

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Alan Shields, Handle with Care #2, 1989, acrylic and thread on canvas, 70.75 x 70.5 inches; photographed at the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011
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Poul Gernes, Untitled (tic tac toe painting), 1966-67, enamel on masonite, 48 x 48 inches; via the website of  Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen



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Mira Schor, detail from series, Funnyish, 1997, ink on rice paper.

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.Lori Ellison, Untitled, 2002, ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches; at McKenzie Fine Art, New York City, through February 11



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Anonymous artist, Tantra Painting, 2002, Rajasathan, unspecified paint on found paper, 14 x 10 inches; at Feature Inc., New York City, through February 12.
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Ruth Hiller, ♑, 2012, encaustic on panel, 24 x 12 inches
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Leslie Wayne, Love in the Afternoon #110, 2004, oil on panel, 6 x 4.5 inches


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Martin Bromirski, Untitled, 2006; acrylic, cut paper, and sand on canvas, 8 x 16 inches
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Andrew Masullo, 5153, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches; courtesy of Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston.

Joanne Mattera, Cera 34, 2000, encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches; courtesy of Arden Gallery, Boston.
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Marc Salz, Playtime, 2009, oil on gessoed ragboard, 18 x 16 inches


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John Tallman, Untitled, acrylic on plaster, 6 x 4 inches


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Fran Shalom, Untitled, 2010, oil on wood
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Fred Gutzeit, LM SigNature,  2011, acrylic on paper on foam core,
15 x 12 inches
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Lisa Zukowski, In Suspension, 2009, monotype, 13 x 10 inches
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Gregory Wright, Visceral Response, 2010; encaustic, pigment, oil, shellac on birch, 40 x 36 inches
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Jane Guthridge, Warm Earth, 2008, monotype, 9 x 28 inches
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Sarah Hinckley, Everyone's Got the Change, 2010, oil on linen,
24 x 18 inches
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Nancy Olivier, Protective Coloration, 2006, acrylic on wood, 8 x 6 inches
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Elise Rugolo, Levitate, 2010, mixed media, 6 x 6 inches..
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.Altoon Sultan, #42, 2011, egg tempera and hand-dyed wool on linen, 12.25 x 15 inches.



.Peg Grady, Circle Game, 2011, beet juice and thread on parchment, 12 x 12 inches
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Susan Schwalb, Phase X, 1984; silverpoint, acrylic, fire, smoke on clay-coated paper, 36 x 24

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.Cherie Mittenthal, Zero, 2011, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches
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Gudrun Mertes Frady, Random Moves, ink on layered mylar, 19 x 24 inches
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Ravenna Taylor, Sussurus, 2010, sumi ink, 11.5 x 14.5 inches


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Toby Sisson, Untitled, 2010; encaustic, ol and charcoal, 22 x 22 

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Paul Rinaldi, 8, 2011-12, encaustic on panel, 10.2 x
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Dennis Meier,  Untitled, 2004, ink on paper, 12 x 15 cms. (app. 5 x 6 inches)
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Terry Ward, screen grab from a Facebook conversation about this post
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Nancy Natale, More Subliminal Thinking, 2009, mixed media construction, 20 x 16 inches

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..Barbara J. Carter, Straightening, 2011, acrylic on newsprint on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
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J. T. Kirkland, Synapse, hand-drilled holes in poplar, 23 x 23 x 1.5 inches
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Fanne Fernow, Monkey Mind, encaustic and paper, 20 x 40 inches
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Grace DeGennaro, Weaving Study (Indigo), 2011, watercolor on Okawara paper, 26 x 16 inches
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Mary Judge, Untitled, 2008, relief print on metal plates on handmade paper, 48 x 48 inches

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Oriane Stender, Untitled thread drawing (Eye), 2011, thread on photo, 8.5 x 11inches
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Thanks to everyone who sent in images. Your participation was much appreciated. There were many more images than I could possibly fit into this post (Blogger goes a little crazy when I try to put in more than 50 images). Perhaps next time . . . 


31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dang! How did I miss the conversation in which you were asking for submissions?

These are fabulous, btw.

Mindy N said...

I love this- the concept that you came up with, Joanne, and all the work you have shared. It is sickening when one artist's work is hyped and commercialized to the hilt, especially around "dots".I also think that this has an impact on the way that way that artists are viewed by the public. Your way of addressing this by sharing the work of other artists using dots (and we know it could have been thousands!) is brilliant. I hope tons of people see this post and will share it.

Nancy Natale said...

OMG, what a fabulous post! All the work looks great. Thanks so much for doing this, Joanne! Dots rule - in a good way!

Ravenna Taylor said...

Joanne, I'm so glad you put out the call, it is a wonderful compilation -- and I'm happy to be a part of it! You have some great ideas for shows, it seems -- would love to see you doing more curating! Thanks for all that you do.

ska said...

the comment box and I dont get along- I dont seem aboe to "read" the word verif., b ut I will try again. This was fabulous, Joanne. Dots dont usually do much for me image-wise, and some were just boring, but others, especially Nancy Natale's, were inventive and exciting- stirred the creative juices and reminded me that once upon a time I used dots to make images. Thanks for so many versions of what an artist can do with a simple theme. Susanne

Larry Schulte said...

What fun! Thank you.

Bascha Mon said...

Joanne, You provide an incredible service to all of us who read your blog. it was amazing to me how many of the wonderful examples were by artists whose names I did not know. Obviously critical attention is too limited usually and so many are overlooked. I never saw your call for submissions, but then, have not done work with dots (with stripes, yes, not dots). There is some wonderful work here. Thanks again.

JonCoffelt said...

Thank you dear one!
I appreciate being amongst all these artists who work with the dot.

Jon Coffelt

Susan Schwalb said...

Every one of the images you posted i more interest than you know who.

Bevie Bev said...

"Spot on"...really?!! Joanne this post is amazing. There is so much talented artist out there that it is a downright shame that others get attention. Thanks for keeping it real. Word.

Peggradyart said...

This online exhibit is just the antidote to the overdone publicity over one artist's work. Thank you, Joanne, for adding your sly wit to the dialogue...it is very much needed and appreciated! And, thanks for including me amidst these wonderful artists!

Elizabeth Gilfilen said...

Awesome...can I add my friend Suzanna Fields?
Check out these intense works: http://www.suzannafields.com/work/paintings/5834563

Gabrielle Jones said...

Thanks you so much for the time and effort in collating all this. Some real beauties here, from artists I don't know. A big "Thanks"

UNTITLED said...

Mali Morris is a great Brit artist making paintings with dots.

http://www.malimorris.co.uk/paintings2009_2010/index.html

tackad said...

OH WOW ! Thank you.
Knew some of the names and several in your list have been my favorites. Will research the others. Inspirational!
I too, do dots and years ago I wondered if any other artists did the same. (very naive question) As I found these artists it prompted me to start a Blog. Please come visit where you'll find many more artists who use dots in their paintings or do abstract pointillism.
tackad.blogspot.com
When you do visit, the January 19th Post has a video of Damien explaining his dots and at the bottom of the post I've asked a question about the difference between dots and spots; I welcome your comments.

A special note - you really must visit the link to J.T.Kirkland's Fracture paintings - please enlarge the images. Just amazing.
jtkirkland.com/section/177509_Fracture.html

jrushin said...

This was fun and I'm seeing spots. If you want to see some work that refers to the absence of dots, go here! www.swallowawindchime.com

Gwyneth Leech said...

Great post! Thank you so much for including one of my cups and for such a wealth of other iterations. Really spot on.

Daniel said...

This is really great. Thanks for writing Connecting the Dots. There's really more to "dots" than meets the eye.I hope more people will learn to appreciate this kind of art.

Oriane Stender said...

I love how Mary Judge's piece morphs into mine at the end. Excellent segue! Thanks!

harold hollingsworth said...

lot of dots there, fun to see the range!

Daniel said...

I really enjoyed the paintings posted on this site. Is there some way I can buy this kind of art online? Is there a site that sells them?

Susan Schwalb said...

Thanks for including my image, I didn't see on my first look through. Hope to see you during the March art fairs.

Kirstin said...

This is really great. Thank you for this!

Mary said...

Thanks Oriane, ditto, what wealthy of richness, thks JoM! Mary

kim@kimmatthewsart.com said...

Nice to see my pal Julie Miller represented here. Thanks, Joanne!

Francesca Pera said...

Joanne — Nice to connect with your FB posts and your blog. Dots and more dots with digital imagery here: www.francescapera.com

Jenny said...

http://tinydrawings.blogspot.com/2010/04/042310.html

JP Mullaney said...

Your generous gift to your readers and to the artists is much appreciated. I linked to this post in my culture blog, The Daily Glean. http://dailyglean.salebooks.com/2012/02/spot-on.html

art said...

unique, unreal, fantastic and original dots

barata said...

this is fantastic! i love your artwork and your blog!

barata said...

Very well concieved and even usefull blog,i myself have been "victim" of many vanity galleries attempts,evem been selected to the very bad and tremendously expensive Florence bienal!
congratulations for your work and your blog