Saturday, September 27, 2008

Squeaky Clean Part 2

My first art sale in the Big Apple!
Meg, Mika and Toks.
Nicole, Gloria and Nilda.

Roland and Anne.
Kev and Michelle.

No sooner had I arrived in NY from Baltimore I was already getting ready for my first solo show here at home. The postcards I made arrived on time and looked awesome. Then I get the word the show needs to be postponed a week. Some unforeseen circumstances arose and the Chelsea Wine Vault was closed the planned night of my show.

It worked out just as well because the 12th was a rainy mess. The 19th was a perfect late summer evening so the trade off was worth it.

The paintings looked awesome against the brick wall. The wine flowed and the event was a success! Besides Matt, Anne and Roland from my last class at SVA showed up. Gloria, Nilda, Nicole and Mika journeyed all the way from the Bronx. Michelle and Kevin, two of my dearest friends and greatest living photographers made it. Toks and Meghan showed up fashionably late.
The painting of the two ducklings sold immediately. I still have to find out to whom.

After the reception we managed to find a place that could accomodate 10 of us on short notice for celebratory drinks. If you ever want to spend 15 bucks on a margarita, go to Los Dados. Three kinds of tequila mixed with frozen blackberry puree and the bonus... a lime half turned inside out filled with some funky smoky tequila that one is supposed to drink as a shot. In my old age I have become a cheap date and really appreciate cocktails like this one.

I especially enjoyed a night of enjoying the company of such good friends.

Painting Charm City Red

all the velvet ducks in a row.
L to R: Karl, Susan, Me
Tara greets people as they arrive.

My first show in Baltimore was amazing. My art looked amazing on the walls of Saints & Sinners. Jim did a fantastic job of displaying all 23 pieces. I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off to get snacks and libations and barely got everything set up when the first guests arrived.

First on the scene was Karl Kriemelmeyer. I hadn't seen Karl in over a decade [I am going back down to see his facemelting psychedelic band Astronomy Dominatrix play in DC @ the Velvet Lounge October 29th, so should you]. Susan Mumford and Kim McDaniel both showed up next. I worked with Karl, Susan and Kim at the Nightclub 930 in the mid-late 80's. Sandie, Geoff and Shawn from PassionFish Gallery in Hampden showed up. That was an honor. They have one of the coolest art spaces in Baltimore. Cory Floyd, one of my oldest friends made it as did Franke, another dear friend from way back. As the night progressed the crowd got bigger and the beers got smaller. We all moved around the corner for food and drinks at Duda's Tavern. Softshell crab sandwiches, sweet potato fries and cold beer to end a really hot and steamy day.

The next day I spent the afternoon watching and learning from the best as Jim inked 4 very different pieces on 4 very different people. Hurricane Hannah brushed past the city. We got soaked and a few branches came down but no storm surges or major damage.

Sunday was a welcome break from the oppressive humidity. I spent the day in DC visiting friends and relaxing before the return to NY. A detour through Wilmington, Delaware yielded a major score at a Salvation Army. I found an enormous landscape already framed for $20. It's been a long time since I've found a decent abandoned masterpiece to rework. I'll be posting the make-over results very soon.

Thanks to all who made it despite Friday rush hour traffic and the impending storm.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Squeaky Clean: what ever happened to those orange pieces of wood with the blue dots?



10 acrylic paintings on wood are now showing at the Chelsea Wine Vault in the Chelsea Market on 9th Ave West between 15th and 16th streets in NYC. My good friend Matt Barteluce has been too kind to let me show my work there for the month of September. The reception will be Friday September 12th from 6-8pm. With a little overlap there will be a free wine tasting from 4-7 that afternoon featuring wines from Italy. All the more reason to go.

This series of 10 paintings are studies of vintage rubber bath toys from the 1950's and 60's. I collect these odd little critters and thought it was high time to give them props. I really like the way the grain and various imperfection of each wood piece enhances the image that is superimposed. I was asked to do a 'clean' show in the sense of not illustrating anything too controversial. Not everything I do has boobies, monkeys, robots or robot monkey boobies and this little exhibit clearly shows I am able to make a cohesive collection of weird little critters that will please the entire family.

Hence this show is titled Squeaky Clean.

Each painting is selling for the amazingly reasonable price of $125. Paintings can be purchased at the Wine Vault or through my Paypal account.