|Photography by Kenneth Swoger|
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Review : Sushe Felix
Sushe Felix is a talented landscape artist in Colorado. Her fractured landscapes resemble stained glass or cubist works like Braque. Animals play and flowers bloom in her playful scenes. The images glow with light. The sun’s rays or moon’s glow flood the shattered planes that compose the environments. The broken layers unfold and undulate, giving the images movement.
The paintings have been a staple of southwest and mountain landscape imagery for years. Along with partner Tracy Felix, who's landscapes have a more fluid and sculptural style, Sushe has kept regionalist landscape art alive. Her works tell stories of the land much as Thomas Hart Benton or Diego Rivera had. And they celebrate the sublimity of nature much like a Frederick Church or Thomas Cole. They depict a deep love and respect for the earth. They have a spiritual quality; paying tribute to nature.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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|Artwork by Ryan Quickfall|
The GO Show: REVIEW by John Coulter
On Friday night I went to a unique art exhibition at Union Garage, a Brooklyn space which hosts amazing events and sells motorcycle gear. While I’ve been to some of their motorcycle events, this is their first art exhibition I have attended. It was a group exhibition curated by Ryan Quickfall. Artists included Rachel Wolfson Smith, Ryan Quickfall, Steve Caballero, Patrick “Duffy” de Armos, and Christopher Moytt. I’m very impressed with whoever hung the show. Artwork was hung on brick and metal walls, personally, I know both can be challenging. The works were very cleanly displayed floating on wires across a variety of surfaces.
|Artwork by Patrick de Armas|
|Artwork by Rachel Wolfson Smith|
|Artwork by Patrick de Armas|
Curator, colorful illustrator and printmaker Ryan Quickfall displayed several screen-printed motorcycle scenes. His line work and colors are reminiscent of classic comics and posters such as Ghost Rider or Watchmen. The colors are perfectly soured, greens inky and pinks neon. The line-work is as meaty as an R. Crumb or an issue of Fist of the North Star. Patrick “Duffy” De Armas displayed mixed media collages with text. The work uses typography to convey a love of hotrods, motorcycles and the open road. Christopher Myott‘s funky illustrative oil paintings were enjoyable. The works have a very 1950’s modernist feel in line with Alice Neel. Bold lines and contrasting flat colors are utilized well. Rachel Wolfson Smith’s work brings a unique style and perspective to motorcycle art. Pastel colors and gestural marks capture fleeting moments in motion such as the stirring dust of the bike. The works have a very atmospheric quality similar to Frederick Church or Monet.
Famed skateboarder Steve Caballero, immortalized in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series for his extreme sports skills is a talented visual artist as well. His artwork has a laidback style like something you’d find at a tattoo parlor. Caballero also included several more elegant pieces of a blue Indian Larry Motorcycle and a colorful helmet, rendered more traditionally.
Keep up with Union Garage’s events by signing up for their mailing list. Follow the individual artists in the show, and as always check SharksEatMeat for all your daily art and culture news.
|Artwork by Steve Caballero|
|Artwork by Christopher Myott|
|Artwork by Ryan Quickfall|
Friday, March 16, 2018
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Review : Omega Shell
New York artist Paul Apart creates sound sculptures as well as jewelry that’s worth taking a look at. His body of work shows off his talents with many materials including metal work, electronics, woodworking, clay, and clear plastics. The forms the sculptures take are borrowed from nature. Sea shells, insects and other natural forms are inspirations for the shapes. The materials reflect this natural theme with rusty, earthy, and worn materials often being used.
Many of Paul’s sculptures including Omega Shell 3.5 and Nauti Shell overtly take the form of the golden ratio. Mathematics plays a great part in both nature and art. Music relies on relations of numbers and tempos. Pi and the golden ratio are crucial to mathematics and appear throughout nature and art. The golden ratio is in both nautilus shells and the way ferns grow and unfold. It’s also found in successfully composed art such as Seurat’s Parade de cirque. The design functions strongly in many of Paul’s works, unwinding with a calming rhythm.
Box Shell, features an electronic speaker at its center with a clean unwound sheet of metal emanating outwards. The speaker reverberates sound through the piece. The explorative audio sculptures smoothly blend sound and form into one object.
His jewelry and chainmail designs are clean and elegant, and the craftsmanship exquisite. For those looking for a smaller accessory or gift for a friend, this is a great route. Look for more of his work on SharksEatMeat.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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|Artwork by Nychos|
SCOPE: Sifting for treasure in the Warhol wormhole
SCOPE’s 2018 New York Art Fair was definitely worth the visit. Here SharksEatMeat will give you the rundown of their V.I.P. visit. Amongst the Warhol, Basquiat and Lichtenstein rip-offs were several diamonds in the rough. Abstract expressionism and pop art still seem to have a grip on the market some 70 years later but several emerging and international artists and galleries put forth outstanding work.
SCOPE is less grandiose than the Armory show, and far more inviting. While some artists had a binder on the floor, others had professionally painted booths, and as much as I hate to say it, at least paying attention to presentation makes an impression on buyers. That said, all gallerists were approachable and friendly and few seemed annoyingly eager to sell. The exhibition showcased emerging artists and some well-known blue-chip creators. I had to speed walk past a lot of dated pop-art but the trip was worth the leg work. Shout out to SharksEatMeat contributor Maya Hayuk who had work in the show.
|Artwork by Wolfgang Grasse|
I’d like to first mention a few remarkable pieces briefly, before dissecting in detail other important works. Wolfgang Grasse's work ‘South East Garden / Garden of Ultimate Love’ at Stephen Romano Gallery’s booth is of immense detail and intrigue. The work is rewarding to spend time with. As always Ron English’s work is phenomenal. His technique is masterful and the themes playful and witty. It was a pleasure to see one in person in Matthew Namour’s collection. Cubist Michele Utley-Voight had a solo booth with delightfully well-crafted work.
Upon entry the brightly colored work at Mirus Gallery’s booth lures you in. Mirus Gallery, along with Good Details and Public House of Art had some of the best booths of the year. Inspired by the street culture and the surreal, artists Nychos, Okuda and AEC Interesni Kazki are delightful. Their works are some of the most painterly and stylistically unique in the fair. While Nychos is now based on the west coast, their murals still grace many Brooklyn streets and are treasures in contrast to much of the other local street art. It was nice to see their work at SCOPE. Playful, intricate and technical, they are a champion of the alternative art world.
|Artwork by Shani Crowe|
Shani Crowe’s powerful hair portraits of models with delicate braids shame any of the sculptures at the exhibition. The photos are stark and the design highlights the form of the hair. Not only are the works the most unique photography in the exhibition, they are some of the best pieces in the entire show. Crowe is represented by Good Details Chicago who exhibit other talented artists and have an amazing website that you need to visit.
Jenny Boot’s photograph ‘Selina’ is impressive. Boot is represented by Public House of Art in Amsterdam, an online and pop up space. Their website is worth visiting for the savvy design and online content. In many ways Public House of Art stole the show with their giant photographs and hyper clean presentation. Every other booth at the fair was painted white, and yet this space was painted black - the frames of the works were black, the lights dim and the representatives darkly clad. Multiple sales on the first day makes sense as the works would look great in many New York public or private spaces. Boot’s photos themselves alternatively depict beauty models with creative displays of weapons. Two artists at SCOPE dealt directly with the hot topic of weapons and gun violence in America. Nicholas Hunt at Mugello Art’s booth, fires actual weapons into his work, creating unique 3D marks and stippling the form of abstract compositions. They allow you to reflectively think over the destructive force of the weapons.
|Artwork by Nicholas Hunt|
Karim Rashid’s works from ARTI.NYC including ‘Facet’ are worth mentioning. I’ve secretly always wanted to do a series of my own work incorporating lenticular effects so I was pulled into this space. The works are clean and high-quality. Although relying heavily on an effect the works don’t come off as gimmicky, but rather a pure form for the lenticular medium.
Few at the fair were from NYC galleries, with stand outs from Amsterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Montreal. You could say the West Coast dominated the show. The overarching trend of trash was unfortunate but there were real gems here. Some raw talent that had been refined just enough.
Support the aforementioned artists and galleries, and visit SCOPE next year, as it looks promising. Stay tuned to SharksEatMeat for more reviews like this, and follow our Instagram @sharks_eat_meat
|Artwork by Okuda|
Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Review : Salar Que Sangra
South American artist Elisa Garcia de la Huerta is a leading figure in the New York arts scene. Elisa is a co-leader of the collective !Go Push Pops! Works include, photography, multimedia installations, public posters and fiber art.
Elisa’s style is often neon and vibrant while retaining a softness. The photo Santa Sangre - Sacred Blood portrays a blood-stained figure relaxing in a field of wild flowers. The natural setting removes the physical and psychological structures of patriarchy. The scene is beautiful and seeks to undo the shame done to women. It is an image that mass media has spent decades hiding.
Elisa’s style is always calm and welcoming, never politically divisive like gender art of the past. The work does less to challenge or divide others, and more to invite viewers to see beauty in difference. All of Elisa’s work has a spiritual nature, as if some timeless feminine shaman was practicing healing through art and helping to expand beliefs around gender.
Elisa’s work is always assertive and engaging. Investigate more of their work on their website, and here on SharksEatMeat.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Review : HECHO EN BROOKLYN
After listening to Hecho en Brooklyn, you may feel that all other music is missing guiro. Speedy Latin drums seem to be a perfect match for hardcore punk licks. The infectious scratch now seems absent from classic songs by Motorhead or the Clash.
The group appeals to a variety of audiences as they blend heavy metal, Latin dance, and independent genres. Their work stands on the shoulders of genres from the past without belonging to any. The band makes international music from an older generation accessible and more palatable to another, while creating something entirely new. Each member brings a unique voice to the group creating an unparalleled line up.
Leopoldo de la Cruz glues disparate ideas together with his solid and foundational bass lines. The agile bass in merengue goes well with the aggressive tempo of punk and metal. Oscar Chulex provides a contemporary voice for the band. Chulex succeeds in taking on the challenge of blending eclectic styles while singing in bi-lingual tunes in an experimental genre.
Their tracks are filled with classic Carlos Santana style guitar progressions that are complex and tell a story. Hecho’s song La Tuerca is great to see live and their recording is clean while capturing the energy of their performances. A catchy, airy lead guitar builds over the gritty harmony. El Can, boasts a progressive, echoey synth that hovers over the upstroke guitar rhythm. This element clarifies the competing styles and gives the track a lot of depth.
At the end of the day Hecho provides great high energy rock and roll. If you live near Brooklyn, New York, consider yourself lucky and go see a show. If not, check them out online on SoundCloud and YouTube.