Monday, August 31, 2009

Featuring Pamela Jorden

Pamela Jorden is a Los Angeles-based abstract painter. On predominantly dark grounds, she layers a variety of washes, strokes and forms to create strange and moving compositions. Earlier this year, Pamela had her third solo show with Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Recently she participated in a group show titled An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the Unemployed at WPA, Los Angeles, CA. WPA is an art space organized by artists. As an artist member of WPA, Pamela plans to curate a show there in February. Maybe another trip to L.A. will be in order by then!

moon, 2009, oil on linen, 16x20

the knife, 2009, oil on linen, 38x33

untitled, 2009, monotype, 30x22.5

untitled, 2009, monotype, 22.5x30

untitled, 2009, oil on linen, 40x40

the knife, 2008, oil on linen, 36x32

untitled, 2008, oil on linen, 23x30

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Featuring Jay Lizo

Jay Lizo is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Lately his work is focused on culturally pointed text while maintaining a visually complex composition. Jay's practice is open in scope and includes paintings, collages and wall installations, just to name a few. In 2008, Jay had a solo show at Sea/Space Gallery, L.A., CA titled Lovely Ladies, and in 2006, a show titled Spectacle of Power at Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis. Recently he was included in For Fame and Love at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, and the Venice ArtWalk, Venice, CA.

Portrait or Guy Debord

Bank of Fire

In N Out Machine

Portrait of Bruce Nauman

Think About My Tired Feet

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Featuring: Mary Addison Hackett

Mary Addison Hackett is a Los Angeles based painter. Using a variety of tools and techniques, Hackett creates abstract paintings that explode from the center out to the edges. No two painitngs are the same and it's clear she is continually pushing what the meadium can do. Hackett had her debue show with Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA titled I forget now what all this is about in 2008 which was reviewed my Christopher Knight of the LA Times. She will have her second show with Kristi Engle Gallery in 2010 and I hope to be in town to see it!

The Accidental Channeling of Max Ernst, 2009
oil on canvas

Surfing, 2009
oil on canvas

Blast, 2009
oil on linen

Sugar Mountain, 2008
oil, spraypaint on canvas
16” x 14”

Speed Trap, 2008
oil, spraypaint on canvas
14” x 16”

Wayfarer, 2008
oil, spraypaint on canvas
36” x 36”

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Featuring: Chris Coffin

Chris Coffin is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in photography, video, installation, performance, and drawing. Being raised by the ocean, yet living in the city, the work is informed by his background as a lifeguard, swimmer and surfer. Coffin's direct physical encounters with both urban and ocean environments provides the work with varying perspectives of their differences and similarities.

Water Drawing (installation), Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, 2008
dimensions variable

For his Water Drawing project, Coffin drew on the resources of the fishing community to construct a ‘water sculpture’. Existing of rope tying together 100 lobster pot buoys, Coffin fashioned a floating strand measuring over 300 feet long and swam a quarter mile out into the ocean with his water sculpture in tow. For the swimmer, the 45 minute performance was a test of strength, endurance, improvisation, and interaction, but for the viewer, the floating sculpture yielded a dynamic series of drawings on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

Coffin is currently showing in My Long Island, on view until September 6 at the Islip Museum, and was recently reviewed by the New York Times.

Water Drawing, 13 min DVD, Newport, Rhode Island, 2001
100 lobster buoys, nylon rope, swimmer, currents, wind, waves, dimensions variable

Buoy Portraits, 2001-present
digital c-print, face mounted to plexiglass, 8" x 10"

Hanna, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, 2008
marker on wall, dimensions variable

Islands and Coastlines (Nantucket), 2009
graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"

Home (Grow), 2008
digital c-print, face mounted to plexiglass, 15" x 60"

Home (Industrial Organic Grid), 2008
digital c-print, face mounted to plexiglass, 15" x 60"

Hurricanes, 2003
graphite on library card, 3" x 5"