I'm pleased to announce that my work will be featured in "New Artists to Watch", an upcoming exhibition at the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. The other artists to be featured in this show are Ferdinand Rosa, Terri Hallman, and Anthony Liggins. Please mark your calendars now to save the date!!! I'll be working hard in my new studio on some incredible new pieces to share with you! Thanks so much for your continued support!
I'm taking a quick break from moving into my new art studio so I can catch everyone up on my news & tidbits... and do a little more sharing... as promised.
View from Park Avenue Hyatt at Grand Central Station
Earlier this month I had the great fortune to spend three incredible days in NYC. I know it comes as a huge shock to almost everyone, but besides a half day trip for a meeting years ago, this was pretty much my first time in New York. I know! I know! An artist who hasn't been to NYC!? It seems preposterous. Believe me, I've had quite a few tongue lashings about it. My artwork is all over New York... but I've been waiting for the right time to get there myself... and thankfully that opportunity finally arrived...
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
I'm happy to say that it was perfect. And exhilarating. NOW I know why everyone falls in love with New York. I am now its newest, biggest fan and can't wait to go back again!
View from the Rainbow Room
From the moment I arrived, the energy and pace of the city immediately lifted my spirits. The friendly nature of those I was meeting and the ease of getting around the city certainly helped too.
Empire State Building
I wasted no time exploring the neighborhoods, feasting at delicious restaurants, shopping, stopping by a few galleries, and wandering through Central Park...
....watching the marathon, and of course hitting the museums and a few tourist spots.
My days filled quickly. The highlight by far was attending a live taping of SNL (thank you soooooo very much, Judy!!), which was hosted by Ben Affleck and a guest appearance was made by Senator John McCain just before the elections. AND they actually let me in to the SNL after party as well. What a blast!!! It was truly the most fun I've had in well... a long, long time!
After party pic with Fred Armisen
I also had the pleasure of meeting and being photographed by Cameron Krone... an incredible artist whose work I'm a huge fan of and I've blogged-bragged about before. . .
Photo shoot with Cameron Krone
All in all a huge success... and I can't wait to go back later in December with friends and again for the future book release party. It probably wouldn't take much convincing to get me to move to New York at some point... we'll see how things go!
I'll post more news soon about some VERY exciting events & other things to note .... just as soon as I finish moving into the new studio!
Not a minute was wasted during my short time in Chicago to attend the successful book release party for 'Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture'at Sonotheque Thursday night. The club was sleek, sexy, modern and full of guests enjoying the live performances, DJ sets & visuals from the book flashing on the video screens 'til the wee morning hours. Meeting new people, signing the book, and visiting and sharing countless libations with my dear Chi-town friends again was more than enough to make the short, but sweet trip completely worth it. I'd like to extend my thanks to the folks at Front Forty Press for all of their hard work... I'm honored to be a part of this collective endeavor and look forward to seeing you at the future book release parties/happenings coming up in NYC & L.A... as well as the related exhibition scheduled at the Hyde Park Art Center in July, 2009!
Thanks so much to all of you who were able to come out to help us celebrate... and to those of you who have ordered your copy of this incredible book online... thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
This Thursday night I'll be in Chicago at Sonotheque to help Front Forty Press and friends celebrate the release of 'Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture'! I can't wait to see my dear Chi-town pals again and hope those of you in the area can come out and join us for this stirring night of entertainment and socializing!! (If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book online, please follow this link.) On behalf of Front Forty and the other artists involved, thank you all so much for your incredible support!
Book Release Party for Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture
Friday night Soho Myriad hosted PINKer, the 2nd annual art sale, silent auction, and cocktail party benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I had a wonderful time with all of you who were able to attend and would like to extend my thanks for your support of such a worthy cause! (Especially to my new collectors who bid on and purchased "By Moonlight"! Thank you!!)
I was proud to have part of the"Mizu" series as well as a selection of paintings from the "Enchantment" series included in the most recent exhibition at the Fay Gold Gallery opening on Wednesday night.
Thanks so much to those of you able to come out and show your support! I encourage anyone who didn't have the opportunity to see this show to stop by the gallery before the January 2nd. (Milo Lockett's prolific body of work, Rhythms of Argentina fills the gallery and is one show not to be missed!!)
I thought this video was great. Things are so busy and moving so quickly for me that I've had a hard time keeping everyone up to date with all the wonderful news via blogging/posting. I've been encouraged by a few friends to give "Twitter" a try... so, I may see if it's "all that" or just one more distraction from the studio. Hmm....
Newcity review of "Signs of the Apocalypse / Rapture"
Read the review by Jason Foumberg of Newcity Art below:
You can tell that we’re comfortable with the end of times when the subject gets its own coffee-table book. Front Forty Press has curated, designed and published a hardcover tome featuring artwork from over sixty artists and including two music CDs. The book is divided into the destruction of the world—Apocalypse—and the ethereal bliss that comes after—Rapture. Doomsday is depicted in horror vacui illustrations where debris swells into suffocating masses in work by Andrew Schoultz, Todd Arsenault, Mark Chariker and Joe Vaux, and dystopic landscapes pictured by Jean-Pierre Roy, David Opdyke, Lora Fosberg and Suzy Poling. Rapture, on the other hand, is characterized by Julie Mehretu’s ambient colorscapes, Bill Viola’s weightless dreams, and Doug & Mike Starn’s patchwork vision of Buddha. The Apocalypse CD contains tracks of sustained ambient noise, whereas Rapture is, by comparison, a harmonic savior.
The first essay in the book, by artist Christopher Bucklow, explains the apocalypse as a religious event, but it’s telling that in his introduction, the book’s publisher Doug Fogelson writes, “With the future ever upon us we are at a shameful state of affairs. There are so many real concerns facing humanity right now”—yet the exact date of “right now” is never given. The end of times is a fear adaptable to any time in human history; it is, in essence, timeless. Fogelson is hopeful, though. By getting acquainted with the “signs” of the end, he says, we’ll be able to tune in to the problems, and possibly the solutions.
Still, the broad array of artwork collected in the book is a feast for the eyes. I asked Fogelson if there’s anything odd about enjoying the look of such dark subject matter. “There’s a lot of beauty in the chaos,” he replied. With co-curator Ryanne Baynham, Fogelson created the collector’s edition for the end of times. Sonotheque will host a release party for the book on November 20, and a related exhibition is scheduled at the Hyde Park Art Center in July, 2009. $65 from Front Forty Press.