Saturday, March 11, 2017
20 Eyes in My Head, curated by Chris Bors and Nicolas Touron @ SPRING/BREAK Art Show
Excited to have work at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in "20 Eyes in My Head" curated by Chris Bors and Nicolas Touron, Floor 23, Room 48. The show includes great work by Gustavo Prado, Michael Pybus, Janice Sloane, Xavier Deshoulieres, Noah Becker, Nina Bovasso, Nils Karsten, Chris Bors and Nicolas Touron.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Studio Views - KASE Paintings
I've been cooking up new work for the last year experimenting with new materials and techniques. A new body of work separate from my hard edge paintings of the last few years but along similar lines. A totally different process as a means or approach to abstract painting. Unlike my hard edge paintings that are made on stretched canvas over wood panel, these new pieces are straight up stretched canvas. The application of paint is done in a combination of color washes and graffiti marks that are then completely removed using graffiti remover with additional paint colors layer on top.
The removal of the paint is aggressive so at times I end up with traces of the strainer visible on the surface from the pressure on the canvas. I also add spots of paint spatter and or collage bits of paint skins onto the surface. Each piece has it's own custom frame that function as an additional contextualizing element separate to the function of a traditional frame which is meant to aethetisize a work of art. The frames are raw wood with visible holes and or wood patches, rubbed with floor wax or stained with graffiti Krink ink, spray primers, car bondo, etc.
It's taken a while to figure this work out conceptually but now I'm at the stage that I feel confortable with where it's headed. It's all steam ahead for 2017, I'm excited!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Flat File Show, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY
I have these two work on paper studies from 2014 in the "Flat File Show" at Matteawan Gallery. The exhibition consists of all works on paper by a group of outstanding artists that include: Christopher Albert, Gabe Brown, Marieken Cochius, Susan English, Valerie Hegarty, Thomas Huber, Katelin Kirby, Greg Slick, Wendy Small, S. Gayle Stevens, Krista Svalbonas, Dominick Talvacchio, Kazumi Tanaka, August Ventimiglia, Susan Walsh, and Eleanor White.
The show runs from Nov 8th though December 18, 2016.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Lichtundfire’s “Raid Envy” Group Show Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
*All Photos courtesy of Lichtundfire Gallery.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
Note: A quote from a book that I just finished reading.
"With Graffiti we encounter yet another form of heterogeneity within the field of representation, one that relates to the invasive nature of this type of mark, its criminal character, so to speak, the fact that it is defined by being a violation by the marker of a space that belongs not to him but to another. Thus, no matter what the iconic character of the configuration, the graffiti mark is, like a photograph, always structured indexically, as the trace of the marker's passage, a trace that is therefore always a signature, a sign whose signified always reads, "Kilroy was here; I was here."
-Rosalind J. Krauss (Perpetual Inventory)
Studio View 2016
Looking forward to the New Year! Many things are happening in the studio, none that I've shared on social media yet. I'm working on a number of other work that still incorporate the tags but are vastly different that the cross over pieces of the last couple of years. These involve the use of grids and monochromes with just hints of the tags visible. I plan on showcasing these pieces along side my evolving Hard Edge paintings.
Monday, October 19, 2015
This is an art installation piece I made for the new Sugarhill Children's Museum exhibition titled "Txt: art, language, media". It consists of baseball caps made from book pages on the history of the Harlem Renaissance. Each hand stitched to form the baseball caps. The wall mounted caps have images of the neighborhood as it looked in the early part of the century.
Monday, July 27, 2015
These are installation views of my work in the exhibition Cut N' Mix curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado at El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition is on view through October 17, 2015.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Cut N' Mix: Contemporary Collage at El Museo del Barrio, 2015
On view July 22, 2015 – October 17, 2015
Excited to have these six pieces included in the exhibition "Cut N' Paste: Contemporary Collage" curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado at El Museo del Barrio. "This exhibition explores the work of artists experimenting with collage and collage techniques in ways that expand the gestures of cutting paper and mixing various mediums together. It takes as its point of departure some of the concepts from Dick Hebdidge’s series of essays collectively titled Cut N Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music, published in 1980. In this text, Hebdidge explored the variations of Caribbean reggae and dancehall and other related styles of music as emblematic markers of Caribbean ideas of nationhood, belonging, and the making of culture."
Participating Artists: Elia Alba, Jesse Amado, Blanka Amezkua, Javier Barrera, Maria Berrio, Cecilia Biagini, Michael Paul Britto, José Camacho, Karlos Carcamo, Nat Castañeda, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Matias Cuevas, Rafael Ferrer, Roger Gaitan, Carolina Gomez, Javier Ramirez/NADIE, Carlos Gutierrez Solana, Hector Madera, Glendalys Medina, Alex Nuñez, Catalina Parra, Carlos Rigau, Hernan Rivera Luque, Linda Vallejo, Rafael Vega and Eduardo Velázquez.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Excavate, 2015 Bent Microphone stands, mic, mirrors, concrete, flake stone, grass seeds.
Recently I had the opportunity to make only my second outdoor sculpture. It's in an exhibition titled "Excavate" at the Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, New York. I decided to title the piece after the show since it's made as a site specific piece for the location. I'm very happy with the way the piece turned out. It's lead me to have ideas for future pieces. Century house is part of the Old Jane Mine on the Snyder Estate. It's an old mine that produced most of the cement in New York such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. The show will be up for about 3 months.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I recently had the chance to install work at 85 Market Street in Newark for a project titled, "Activate Market Street". Organized by Gallery Aferro and curated by artist Jo-El Lopez. This exhibition gave me the opportunity to bring together various work under one theme.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Hard-Edge Painting #151, 2015 Latex and spray enamel on canvas over wood panel.
New work in the studio. Working on a series of black and white pieces all 40" x 30". Decided to focus on black and white. I was feeling that color was getting in the way and making things too busy. Going back to basics allows me the opportunity to work out other elements of the paintings. Such as the interaction between the ground, transparent, and opaque layers of paint.
Starting with a white ground, I tape off a 1" boarder which I then roll with solid color. After that I apply a layer of white and spray paint the tag twice. Rotating the painting so that each tag occupies one half of the painting. I sand the entire area with a rotatory sander and build up the surface with transparent and opaque areas of paint.
This part of the process is intuitive. In the past I've used photoshop to figure things out but for this work I just use a piece of white board to block out what I'm seeing so that I can decide white parts of the tag I'd like to keep. The last part is adding the 1/4 inch black boarder. So far I've made three paintings and will start another 40" x 30 and a slightly larger piece that measures 48" x 38".
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador - Claire Breukel, Mario Cader-Frech, Simon Vega
So happy to be included in Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador. The first art catalog devoted to the contemporary art scene of El Salvador and its diaspora. The catalog was the brainchild of art patron and collector Mario Cader-Frech with assistance from MARTE Contemporary curator Claire Breukel and artist Simon Vega. It contains many contributions from many art world professionals and collectors. Love the full spread picture of one of my vinyl record sculptures from 2009. Having left ES when I was five years old this has a special significance for me and my family.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador Book, 2014
Presented as part of Art Basel Miami's "Conversations" series. Moderated by Sam Keller with Mario Cader-Frech, Simon Vega, Tom Healy and Claire Breukel. December 5th, 4-5pm. Honored to have work in this book along with a host of other amazing Salvadoran artists!
Cover Art: Ronald Moran
Saturday, October 18, 2014
While organizing my files the other day I came across an old article in ARTnews Magazine featuring the painter David Reed. I was one of his studio assistants back then, along with artists, Tony Shore, Eddie Chu and Emily. Dean Daderko, now curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston was his office assistant as was artist Andrea Geyer.
I enjoyed those day working in his studio. It gave me a good perspective on the practical aspects of art making and a realistic portrayal of being an artist. How time flies by! The ARTnews article includes a picture of David Reed in his studio with me in the background.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Hard-Edge Painting #143 @ Hanson Fitness, SoHo.
This past week I installed this work, along with two smaller paintings, at Hanson Fitness in SoHo. Harry Hanson the name behind Hanson Fitness owns a series of upscale fitness training studios in NYC with a host of celebrity and high-profile clientele. He's an enthusiastic supporter of my work and the visual arts in general so I'm excited to have work on view at his personal training studio. It was great talking to him about my working process and his personal experience with art and contemporary artists like Sean Scully. I always appreciate someone passionate about art.
Hanson Fitness: http://www.hansonfitness.com/Home_Page.html
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Exhibition "10" at MARTE Contemporary (Museo de Arte de El Salvador), 2014
Photo's courtesy of Walterio Iraheta.
These are some installation images of my piece at MARTE Contemporary. It's documentation of my ongoing site specific intervention shown at Hionas Gallery from 2012. I wish I could have done the actual piece in El Salvador but acquiring a low rider is a lot more difficult. It's a great exhibition organized by Chief curator Claire Breukel, programs manager Lucas Arevalo, with support from Mario Cader-Frech.
The exhibition includes work by: Ronald Morán, Simón Vega, Walterio Iraheta, Mayra Barraza, Irvin Morazan, Danny Zavaleta, Luis Paredes, Rafael Díaz, Ernesto Bautista, "Crack" Rodriguez, Mauricio Kabistán, Beatriz Cortez, Patricia Domínguez, Mauricio Esquivel, Eduardo Navas, Natalia Dominguez, Alexia Mirando, Abigail Reyes, and Melissa Guevara.
Link to MARTE C - https://martecontemporary.squarespace.com/new-page/
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Hard-Edge Painting #2018
Hard-Edge Painting #2016
Two recent paintings made for the NADA Art Fair in New York this past year. I edited them out from the installation but they are favorites of mine.