Saturday, March 8, 2014
Converge Gallery booth with my works on board and canvas 12:05, top, and Breathless, bottom. Visible: Works by Anthony Cervino (left), sculptures by Chad Andrews, and (right) book sculptures by Ekaterina Panikanova More here: http://www.convergegallery.com/
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Musée Magazine published a few works of mine in their "Fantasy" issue (No. 108), this winter, featuring several emerging artists. The three pieces were all collage works on paper including Immaculate Perception, Days Like These and A Perfect Friend, the latter two images of books of collages of the same name. I was asked about the relationship of photography to my work but that text was not published. My response was directed more towards current work but it applies to these works as well as they implicate and recycle photography in different ways.
On Photography & Collage
I’m not a photographer. But some years ago I developed some double exposures from a cheap plastic camera – the images I discovered were accidents – the film did not advance as it should have. I’d printed out a contact sheet, and had a half dozen produced large and in color. Prior to that I’d taken a photograph of my niece. She was a baby, sitting on the kitchen floor playing with bowls and spoons. I printed the photo and then cut out her silhouette, which flattened all her features. Some thought the “baby” was a “thalidomide” baby. That silhouette formed the basis of a collage series that spanned nearly 10 years – I used the silhouette as a kind of light to illuminate other images and surfaces; it shaped ideas, and gave a supra-impression of a full range of ideas, extending even to mosaics and sculpture.
Other works, however, are extremely direct and employ only a handful of elements. I seek out photographs of objects or people that have, with their vintage printing and papers, a faraway, often nostalgic feel. I’ve come to view photography as something – anything actually – that has been reproduced mechanically using optics and printing technology. And I’ve no issues with reprinting images using my own store of vintage papers – some virgin some already printed.
Prints for the Immaculate Perception (the girl in the lemon tree) work are still available via Keep Calm Gallery in London, UK. Click here to see them: Immaculate Perception Keep Calm.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
New York, NY (March 6, 2014) - Converge Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the prestigious SCOPE New York Art Show. The gallery has curated an exceptional collection of new work by Chad Andrews, Anthony Cervino, Lawrence Charles Miller, Ekaterina Panikanova, Matthew Rose and Trey Speegle.
About the Artists
Chad Andrews is a contemporary artist whose work is informed by change, transformation and intellectual movement. Andrews routinely works with the processes of printmaking, the techniques of which imply a mental and physical presence that belie his fluid theme of transformation. As a result, a stealth gravitas is implanted in his work. Importantly, this element places Chad Andrews body of work in the twenty first-century dialectic.
Born out of memory, introspection and intuition Anthony Cervino’s sculptures are startling in their emphatic physicality. This contrast of mind and form are further exasperated by the presence and sometimes absence of the maker’s hand and his omnivorous use of materials. In the past he has used wood, steel, found objects, cast bronze, and aluminum. Cervino begins each project open to all possibilities. His work is conceptual, personal, and universal.
Lawrence Charles Miller seems to make pictures that imply their own fiction. So, in a sense, these are pictures within and about pictures. The human figure appears to be the given in equations of signs, symbols and odd bits of nature’s shorthand. There is a strain of humor in Miller’s work that ponders a thicket of chaos.
All contemporary artists skate on the surface of humanity’s impossibly deep history. Ekaterina Panikanova uses civilization’s trajectory as a medium. She incorporates direct evidence of mankind’s gradual awakening and accumulated knowledge into her own poetic vision. Here, information becomes a sort of spiritual, intellectual landscape. Panikanova’s work is informed by civilization’s constant ponderings. Nature stands indifferently in its center. Ekaterina Panikanova was born in Russia and lives and works in Rome.
Trey Speegle lives and works in New York City, dividing his time between his Meatpacking District studio in Manhattan and a converted barn in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. When Michael O’Donoghue, (former head writer at Saturday Night Live) died in 1994 Speegle inherited his friend’s 200-piece collection of vintage paint-by-number paintings. These images eventually began to seep into the word art that Speegle was making at the time. The hybrid of language and the straightforward clarity of the paint-by-numbers resonated mysteriously.
About CONVERGE GALLERY
Founded 2011 Converge Gallery has received recognition in the art world for its ambitious program. While the gallery is based in Williamsport, PA it also mounts exhibitions in New York City and at international art fairs. Director Casey Gleghorn visits artists’ studios in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and internationally. Converge Gallery shows the work of notable emerging and mid-career artists.
140 West Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701
Scope Event Information
Converge Gallery at Booth B03
SCOPE New York
312 West 33rd Street
New York, 10001
First View and Press Preview:
Thurs | March 6 | 3pm – 6pm
Fri | March 7 | 11am – 8pm
Sat | March 8 | 11am – 8pm
Sun | March 9 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
1998 Lemon Wax Fuck Off Box with hole and lemon for FLUXBOX / FLUXFEST, curated by Keith A. Buchholz. Exhibition at the Joan Flasch Artistbook Library Gallery, School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Reception on Feb. 20, 2014 in conjunction with FLUXFEST 2014.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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