Taking Control: Two Opportunities That I Know Of

I'm not a fan of vanity galleries, those money pits that take your cash and offer little in return. But artist-run galleries understand the balance between opportunity and cost. Let me share two current offerings from venues where artists are in control. 

Ceres Gallery, a Chelsea co-op that normally focuses on the work of women artists, is offering what it's calling Exposure, open to artists of all genders.

Here's how the gallery is billing the event: "10 simultaneous exhibitions each week for five weeks with space available for both two- and three-dimensional work. Each artist will be able to fully avail themselves of approximately 12-17 running feet of wall space with 10+ foot ceilings or approximately 80-100 square feet of floor space."

While I'm not pushing anyone in this direction, I will note that it's in Chelsea, in a much-visited gallery building (The Painting Center, another artist-run gallery, is in the building). The price is reasonable ($275 for your portion of the space) and any money from sales is yours. Stefany Benson, an artist, is the gallery manager. If you're thinking about something like this, come prepared with great work and promote the hell out if it: website, blog, postcards, Facebook. And take advantage of being in Manhattan and all it has to offer.

Projects Gallery, run by the artist Frank Hyder and his partner, Helen Hyder, who is the gallery director, have two locations: Philadelphia and Miami. The Miami gallery, located in Wynwood Lofts in the Wynwood section of the city (where the galleries are), is a short drive away from the tents that hold Art Miami, Context, Miami Projects, and the private collections. The Hyders have announced a Call to Artists for what it's calling Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux. The price is $60 to enter, but the first 100 entrant are guaranteed a spot on the wall.

Here's how the gallery is billing it: "Artists from around the world are invited to a call-to-artists process that guarantees a spot on the wall for the first one hundred applicants.  This truly democratic process will result in hundreds of works being submitted and chosen.  Creating a grid comprised of 12" x 12" individual spaces with works of all styles and media, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, Projects Gallery provides artists an opportunity to be part of the Art Basel Miami art fair events."

Again, I'm not pushing it, but it's a square foot of visibility in Miami, not only during fair week but for well over a month (late November- early January). And again, I'd say, promote the hell out of it if you do it. 
(Disclaimer: I show with the gallery at Aqua Art.)

Should you commit to opportunities like this? It's your call. I've been to both venues. I know they're legit. If you want visibility in a city where you may not have had it before, check it out. And if you get in, promote, promote, promote.

Last word: I'm a believer in artists taking control of their careers. If you know of other artist-run opportunities, or if you are an artist who runs a gallery or project space that is inclusive of other artists, feel free to note the who/what/where in the Comments section. Include a URL.


Tooting My Horn in This Post . . .

. . . because I have work on exhibition right now in

a couple of venues:  a solo at the Conrad Wilde 

Gallery in Tucson through October 25, along with 

group show there; and a group show, Doppler 

Effect, at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey 

through January 18. 

Chromatic Reasoning, my solo exhbition at Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, is up through October 25 (maybe longer). Concurrent with the solo is the four-artist group show, Relative Geometries, in which I have work along with Annelle Livingston, Robert Moya and Nancy Natale. I attended the opening last weekend and took a number of installation shots, three of which are below:

View of both galleries

Chromatic Geometry 1, 2013, encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches

My solo
The group show 

At the Visual Art Center of New Jersey one of my paintings is included in the splendid group show, Doppler Effect. The exhibition, curated by Mary Birmingham, has assembled 46 artworks that explore the illusion of difference between two-and three-dimensional space. Scroll down (or click here) for a well-illustrated walk-through of the exhibition. Here's a peek:  

Installation view: Guido Winkler

Below: Chromatic Geometry 21, 2014, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches
Photo: Kathy Cantwell

Click here to read the catalog

I'll be back soon with a roundup of exhibitions in New York City


A Walk Through "Doppler Shift"

Doppler Shiftcurated by Mary Birmingham for the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, explores shifting perceptions of color and space. The work is largely geometric in form, the geometry allowing for what Birmingham calls "spatial ambiguities" based on angle of viewing, distance, and light. 

Visitors Molly Heron and Cora Jane Glasser standing before Similar Motions by Gilbert Hsaio
JM photo

With two enormous windows in its large main gallery, the museum offers plenty of opportunity for these kinds of shifts.  And in its smaller seven-sided Eisenberg Gallery, the lowered ceiling and angle of the walls offer yet more opportunities for shifts in perception.

The term Doppler Shift is, says Birmingham, "the apparent change in the frequency of emitted waves relative to an observer." You've probably heard it with regard to weather forecasting, where radar bounceback from rain, snow and hail allows meteorologists to determine the placement and intensity of approaching precipitation. I like to think of this exhibition, then, as a kind of visual weather report for a particular kind of painting and sculpture. ( Disclaimer: I have one piece in the show, but I'm one of 26 artists in an exhibition with a total of 46 artworks.)

Two wall drawings: Rob de Oude, left, and Iemke van Dijk
Guido Winkler photo

The exhibition, which had its opening the last Sunday in September, is up through January 18, 2015. Many of the artists were in attendance--some from the West Coast and as faraway as Germany and the Netherlands--and the images you see in this post were shot by a number of them: Steven Baris, Brent Hallard, Rob de Oude, Debra Ramsay, Guido Winkler and myself, all credited, and I've pulled a few images from the VACNJ website as well.

The group photographic effort mirrors the gestation of this exhibition, as Thomas Micchelli describes in his essay. In brief,  painter Mel Prest created a suitcase exhibition, which she brought to Amsterdam and traveled throughout Europe in 2013. The following year, artists Rob de Oude and Enrico Gomez showed an iteration of the exhibition at their Brooklyn gallery, Parallel Art Space. Debra Ramsay brought Birmingham to see the show. With Prest's blessing, Birmingham reinvented and expanded the concept as Doppler Shift. (This is when you realize that it really does take a village.)

I'm keeping my comments brief in favor of the visual walk-through, but you can read two splendid essays in the catalog, viewable online, by curator Birmingham and the artist/writer Thomas Micchelli. The catalog will also provide more information about the artworks that I can include here.

Installation views
Above: looking into the gallery from the main entrance
Below:  From the opposite end of the long space
Guido Winkler photos

Mary Birmingham, left, addressing the visitors at the opening
We're going to begin our tour of the exhibition with work out of the range of this photo

Edgar Diehl, Weisbaden, Germany; Jupiter Landung IV, 2014
Closer view below
JM photos

Diehl's painting is to the left of the window you see here. Now we'll proceed clockwise around the gallery. On the wall behind Mary Birmingham: Karen Schifano, Enrico Gomez, Don Voisine, Steven Baris, Brent Hallard
Brent Hallard photo

Karen Schifano, New York City;  Pent Up House, 2014
Guido Winkler photo

Enrico Gomez, Don Voisine
Guido Winkler photo

Enrico Gomez, Jersey City, New Jersey; Hope Break Beat II, 2014
VACNJ photo

Baris, Hallard
Brent Hallard photo

Steven Baris, Philadelphia; Stations of the Cube #4, 2014
Steven Baris photo

Brent Hallard, San Francisco; Rim, 2014
VACNJ photo

Three by Kevin Finklea; Joanne Mattera
Brent Hallard photo

Kevin Finklea, Philadelphia; Parakeet for Palermo, group 2, 2010, Dolores Street, 1963, 2011
Guido Winkler photo

Another view of Finklea and Mattera, with Jose Heerkens and Rob de Oude
Brent Hallard photo

Joanne Mattera, New York City, Chromatic Geometry 21, 2014
VACNJ photo

Jose Heerkens, Zeeland, Netherlands; Travelin' Light, 2013-P21, 2013
Guido Winkler photo

Rob de Oude, New York City; Proximities and Parameters, 2014
VACNJ photo

This image, which opens the post, is a painted installation on the back wall of the gallery
Gilbert Hsaio, New York City; Similar Motions
JM photo

One cube with two views to orient it within the gallery
Gay Outlaw, San Francisco; Camo Cube
JM photos

We're back at the entrance to the gallery, this time working counterclockise
Foreground: Patricia Zarate, New York City; Sliding Up, 2014
Brent Hallard photo

Gilbert Hsaio, Lucky Strike, 2013
Brent Hallard photo

Continuing down the wall counterclockwise: Henriette van 't Hoog, Nancy White, Gabrielle Evertz, Richard Bottwin, Don Voisine
Brent Hallard photo

Shifting the perspective: White, van 't Hoog
JM photo

Nancy White, Redwood City, California; #48, 2012
VACNJ photo

Henriette van 't Hoog, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Triangle 1, 2012
JM photo

Stepping back to look at Zarate, Hsaio, Van 't Hoog, White, and view Gabrielle Evertz and Richard Bottwin
Guido Winkler photo

Gabrielle Evertz, New York City; Messenger Spectrum, Door to the East Series, 2013
JM photo

Richard Bottwin, New York City; two views of Yellow Facade, 2013
JM photos

Don Voisine, New York City; Wrench, 2014
VACNJ  photo

Orienting you down the wall from Voisine (and giving you a full view of the gallery's long wall): Guido Winkler, Ruth van Veenan, Gracia Khouw
Guido Winkler photo

Upper left corner: Gracia Khouw, Amsterdam; Closed Circuit Series/ CC3 (yellow/black), 2013
JM photo

Ruth van Veenan, Haarlem, Netherlands; Untitled, 2012
VACNJ photo

Guide Winkler, Leiden, Netherlands; One of the endless possibilities of seeing a particular rectangle a little different XII, 2011
JM photo

. . . . . . . . . .

Now we exit the large gallery and enter with Birmingham calls "the strolling galleries."  

Lemke van Dijk,  Leiden, Netherlands; Uutitled Wall Drawing, 2014
Guido Winkler photo

Turning the corner to Rob de Oude wall drawing, Double Take #9, on the left . . .
JM photo

. . .  and Lone Star video stills below by Sarah Klein and David Kwan, San Francisco
with detail following

Detail of Lone Star
JM photos

Shifting perspective, we walk back through the strolling gallery to view de Oude's framed drawings. above and below
JM photo above

Rob de Oude photo

. . . . .

We now find ourselves back at the glass door of the large gallery we exited moments ago. We're not going back in. Instead, to our right we're going to enter the Eisenberg where the exhibition continues.

On the outer wall of the Eisenberg Gallery: Albert Roksam, Leiden, Netherlands, Four vanishing points in a square #3, 2014

Here, about a 240-degree view of the Eisenberg Gallery. Click to enlarge
JM photo

Another panorama with, from left: Stephen Maine, Patricia Zarate, Gay Outlaw, two Brent Hallards bracketing two Debra Ramsays; right wall: Steven Baris, Debra Ramsay, Mel Prest
Guido Winkler photo

Stephen Maine, New York City; HP13-0909, 2013
Detail below

Patricia Zarate, Sweet Spot; Gay Outlaw, Untitled (Cube Study after Donald Judd), 2005; Brent Hallard, Green Candy, 2011
JM photo

Another view of Zarate, Outlaw, Hallard
Brent Hallard photo

Hallard; Debra Ramsay, New York City; Two Equal Lovers with Yellow Green and Two Equal Lovers with Yellow Green 2, both 2013
Brent Hallard photo

Ramsay,van 't Hoog, Hallard
Brent Hallard photo

Van 't Hoog, Core IV, 2012; Hallard, Baris
JM photo

Brent Hallard, Orange Candy,  2011
Brent Hallard photo

Steven Baris, Debra Ramsay, Mel Prest
Debra Ramsay photo

Steven Baris, Somewhere Beyond or Behind D4, 2011
VACNJ photo

Debra Ramsay, The Effects of a fold on a Pink line, 2013
VACNJ photo

Mel Prest, Vielen Danke Schoen, 2013
VACNJ photo

Detail below
JM photo

Prest, Finklea, White
Brent Hallard photo

Kevin Finklea, Pelikan for Palermo #8, 2014
VACNJ photo

Nancy White, #61, 2013
JM photo

Albert Roskam, Two vanishing points on 2 opposing diagonal lines #1, 2014
VACNJ photo

Also in the Eisenberg Gallery: A video program of time-based art running simultaneously with Doppler Shift, curated by Sarah Klein and produced by David Kwan
Guido Winkler photo

. . . . . . . .

Wait, there's more! In the upstrair Studio X, Gary Petersen created what is essentially a walk-in painting on the gallery's five walls. With shifting planes and ambiguous space, Tilting Points effectively counterpoints the premise of Doppler Shift and vice versa.

Outside the gallery . . .

and just inside the door

Corner view . . .

. . . and a panorama that shows you 360 degrees of the installation. Cllick to enlarge

JM photos

Additional events will take place during the riun of the show. Click here to find out