Three years ago I started this blog to showcase artists who do fantastic work and who I felt were underrepresented. I wanted to show work that deserved to be seen. I chose artwork from several different social media outlets, though mostly from Facebook. Through this venture I got to know other artists; kindred spirits who were working primarily in abstraction and who were from all over the world as well as in my backyard.
One of those people I met was the artist Susan Carr. She was doing work I was intensely drawn to. Over numerous conversations I let her in on the secret that ArtOrbiter.com was my blog. Eventually I asked her to curate the blog for a week, then several times afterwards.
Now she and Betty Carrol Fuller have curated an exhibit, using social media and online connections between artists as the theme. I’m incredibly proud of being included in this exhibit and I can say with all honesty that it is by far the best large group show I have ever been in. Many of the artist included I’ve gotten to know through social media. Some of them I know in person, others only by their work.
I normally wouldn’t post about a show I’m in, but the quality of the work was exceptional throughout. So here’s a selection of work from the Lost Cat exhibit at The Cape Cod Museum of Art through January 17th, 2016.
As Betty Carol Fuller said in the introduction to the show, “Making art is like looking for a lost cat.”
Lost Cat at The Cape Cod Museum of Art: a selection
Andre van der Wende
Ayn S. Choi
Betty Caroll Fuller
Betty Carol Fuller
James Austin Murray
Carole Anne Danner
Michael Ricardo Andrew
Damien Hoar de Galvan
Susan Rostow Jung
The summer is over at least in the art world. So back to the grind as they say. More posts are on their way from social media directly from artists.
Below are reviews of gallery openings on Thursday, September 6th. I was only able to make it from 27th Street to 23rd Street. So much I didn’t see that I really wanted to. Here is a selection of work that was mostly worth making a note on. I might be honest/harsh but I’m not going to post a show that I think is just bad.
This is an artist centric blog but I chose to post these by the gallery names. There are two reasons for this. 1) These artists have representation and it’s easier to find this work using the galleries names. 2) Though some artists have animosity to the gallery system, it’s the system we have and most of those folks running galleries do it for the love of it. They’re also providing the artists with an invaluable service.
Gallery Reviews will be monthly.
I almost didn’t visit this show because of the title ‘An illustrated guide for aliens.’ I find this gallery’s shows hit and miss. Walking down the hall I felt like I was walking into another miss. But after spending time in the main part of the gallery, I was glad I got past my assumptions. The artist Marc Seguin, is not only a solid and capable painter he pushes himself past those qualities. There’s nothing like an artist who has technical skills and is willing to risk looking like he doesn’t. In this case it makes for an engaging show and one of the best I’ve seen at this gallery.
Kwang-Young Chun makes large constructions that seem to have more cultural relevance than can be easily appreciated by an American audience. That said they’re kind of hard not to appreciate purely on a technical aesthetic level. They’re good, are they great? I can’t say. The most impressive piece was the eight foot diameter ball. That alone is worth a look.
Melanie Daniel’s solo show is a competent display of painting. Some are outright good works. I wonder what’s going on in others. There’s a sense of not being fully flushed out, or maybe this is intentional. Worth a look.
Another group show with some decent painting. Again I left wanting to like it more than I could. Maybe it was the sparse examples of work or maybe the work was just not terrific. I couldn’t tell if I’d have found what I was looking for if there were more work from each artist. Yet when you’ve got a small space, you work with what you have. I almost always find it worth walking into Tria, they have a good eye.
This group show was unusual for this gallery. It had a clear nautical theme and that seems less hip than what I’ve come to expect from this space. Mie Olise’s paintings were incredibly adept and a pleasure to stand in front of.
This show is another with hits and misses. It felt as if the artist either just gave the gallery what was lying about the studio or, that the artist is older and this was a poorly put together retrospective. Either way there were some artworks that do shine.
This gallery has the feel of a half serious gallery, but I’ve seen some good shows here. Often like this one they’re inconsistent. Steven MacIver is playing with paint and line and hits some brilliant notes along the way. By far the best in the show were the always gimmicky black light paintings. Yet these really did have something terrific about them. The other work felt more like something that might have been done in the early 1960’s. The sculpture just felt unoriginal and riding a wave of string art that’s been popular the last couple of year.