I apprenticed for four years with a wonderful artist, Seymour Leichman. One of Seymour's first decrees to me, his apprentice and art student, was this: "A work of art should be an announcement, a performance, similar to one by a great actor on the stage; it should speak clearly and grandly, it should exude quality and strength of purpose."
Today I show you two announcements, both with clarity and purpose. My first announcement is yesterday's drawing. It is a head-on classical composition. I enjoy its insistent compositional motion which forces the viewer to wander left, right, up and down; this is grand classicism, reminiscent of Pablo Picasso's best work (e.g., "Guernica").
My second announcement is a reproduction of the postcard for my upcoming exhibitions this Spring and Summer (see below).
2019 Spring & Summer Exhibitions – Announcement Postcard
The One Brooklyn Bridge Park exhibition of thirteen paintings and thirteen drawings is up and running! (Thank you ChaShaMa!) Please visit. Here are images of the show. Remember, the gallery is open only during Fridays and Weekends. Below I post the front of the announcement postcard again, as reminder of gallery's hours and location (facing Brooklyn Bridge Park).
I am getting ready for my solo exhibit at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. I have had to conquer a few problems to be ready. The major problem is shown in this studio photograph. Three of my most recent, and most important, paintings required mounting on wood panel. No one I know has done this, i.e., mounted large canvases like mine on wood panel. I had to ask a lot of questions and invent the mechanism. Basically it is plywood with 1x2 inch wood bars as reinforcement. The plywood was sealed with multiple coats of shellac, then I glued the canvas with wheat paste to the panel. This is an archival method of mounting the canvas: it will not damage the canvas and the canvas can be removed without damage. Mounting was neither quick or easy. The three works that required such mounting are seen in this photo. Why did I mount them, rather than stretch them in the traditional manner? Because I painted these canvases on the wall you can see on the right in the photo. I paint on canvas while tacked to wall. In these three canvases I painted too close to the their edges to stretch them using traditional wood stretching frames. I like the result. Now I need to retouch all of them around their edges. The other ten canvases in the exhibition have been stretched in the traditional manner. Thank you to Chashama for supporting this upcoming exhibit from March 16 through April 8, 2018. If you go to the Chashama Current Events Calendar you will see this event's announcement and the description of the exhibition.
It is unlike me to be absent from art-making. This blog's last post was nearly two weeks ago. My time has been swept away by preparation for an exhibit of my paintings and drawings, opening March 16 at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (for details view the reproduction of the postcard announcement, above).
The Artist Reception is 5 - 7 pm on Saturday, April 7.
There will be 13 paintings and 12 drawings in this exhibit. One Brooklyn Bridge Park is a splendid exhibition space, a 2000 square foot store front facing the park and waterfront between Piers 5 & 6.
Very soon I will post a Photo Gallery of all paintings and drawings in the show.
As it says on the postcard, this exhibition is made possible by support from ChaShaMa.
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