Saturday, December 8, 2018

Y.ES Contemporary Art Loan Program

Y.ES Contemporary Art Loan Program Program. Photos courtesy of Y.ES 

Had the privilege to speak a little about my work during a curators breakfast hosted by Y.ES during Art Basel Miami Beach. The Y.ES Contemporary Art Loan Program includes work from The Mario Cader-Frech Art Collection. Spaces represented included Tate Modern, New Museum, MoCA LA, The Andy Warhol Museum, SCAD, The Oaklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Wolfsonian - FIU, The Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum, Florida Atlantic University Galleries, Christies, Coachella, Shin Gallery, White Cube, Commonwealth and Council. Independent curators Nazy Nazhand, Alejandro de Villota,  and Ombretta Agro Andruff. Many thanks to curator Claire Breukel and collector Mario Cader-Frech for the invitation! 

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Concrete Movement I-VI

A Concrete Movement I - VI

Detail view of one of six colored vinyl record sculptures for an exhibition at Florida Atlantic University in February 2019. The exhibition "Black Mirror" is curated by Claire Breukel from the Mario Cader-Frech Collection, part of the YES Contemporary Art Loan Program. The loan program makes ambitious contemporary artwork by El Salvador's most celebrated artists more easily available for exhibition. More details to come soon....

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Excited to be includes in this exhibition. Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6, 4-6 pm. Curated by Marc Straus, Marc Straus Gallery and Paola Morsiani, Brodsky Center at Rutgers University.


Natalia Arbelaez
Michael Barraco
Michael Brown
Gary Burnley
Peter Bynum
Eric Gottesman
Carole Kunstadt
Barry Mason
Nancy Nikkal
Lotte Petricone
Stephen Schaum
Pamela J. Wallace
Mansheng Wang
Jayoung Yoon

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

El Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)

Diálogos en el Arte salvadoreño at El Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE). Images courtesy of Walterio Iraheta.

Excited to have a few of my microphone and vinyl record sculptures on view at El Museo de Arte de El Salvador. Curated by Salvadoran based artist Simón Vega and Rafael Alas Vásquez. The exhibition is in the Grand Sala of the museum and will be on view until 2022! Check out the link for more info on the exhibition.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chillin at the Spring Break Art Show

Spring Break Art Show

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

In the studio for 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

Matteawan Gallery

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

Raid Envy @ Lichtundfire

Lichtundfire’s “Raid Envy” Group Show Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi

With Works by Todd Bartel, Ross Caudill, Karlos Carcamo, Augustus Goertz, Bodo Korsig, D. Dominick Lombardi, Mary Ann Strandell and Joan Waltemath

*All Photos courtesy of Lichtundfire Gallery.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lichtundfire Gallery

Lichtundfire’s “Raid Envy” Group Show Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi

With Works by Todd Bartel, Ross Caudill, Karlos Carcamo, Augustus Goertz, Bodo Korsig, D. Dominick Lombardi, Mary Ann Strandell and Joan Waltemath

Monday, January 4, 2016

Perpetual Inventory

Happy New Year!

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 2016

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

Sugarhill Children's Museum

The Sweet Life, 2015 - Sugarhill Children's Museum

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

El Museo del Barrio

Cut N' Mix: Contemporary Collage at El Museo del Barrio, New York, 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 at El Museo del Barrio

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

Century House Historical Society

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

Activate Market Street

Installation Views : Activate Market Street, Newark, NJ

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

Studio Work

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

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

Art Basel Miami Beach

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