Visiting an artist’s studio and
spending time in a solo show at a gallery are my two favorite ways to collect
art. I think that may be called “old school” these days, but these art viewing
experiences give me a full picture of an artist’s work and intention. With
little time to visit all of the galleries and studios I’d like, I fully
appreciate art fairs and the internet for providing an opportunity to see many
artists in one place at one time. I use art fairs and the internet to discover
new artists and to catch up with artists I have collected in the past. This
selection represents this; I have included some artists I am just now
discovering and some artists who have been on my radar and I’m anxious to
collect or re-collect. This selection also reflects my broad personal collecting
interests in both media and meaning. Enjoy!
Bovey Lee draws with a knife. In
this work, she exquisitely explores the tension between man and nature—how our
actions affect nature and how nature, in turn, affects us.
I am a big fan of Tom Fruin’s large
outdoor sculptures. He uses found plexiglass and steel to create “stained-glass”
structures. I get to see his Watertower sculpture every time I cross the
Manhattan Bridge. These smaller indoor sculptures using found drug bags are a
way for me to bring what I love about his public works closer to home.
Genuine, obsessive, beautifully
executed mark-making. The great unknown captured in the taken for granted; dark
matter in pen and ink.
Naomi Reis, Borrowed Landscape (Tropics of Africa, Asia and
the Amazon via Brooklyn II)
, 2014, at Mixed Greens
What appears to be a view into a
tropical rainforest is actually a staged, cropped-in view of botanical
conservatories in Brooklyn. Naomi Reis’s work pokes at our assumptions of real
and fake, natural and manufactured, native and foreign.
I love finding video work that can
be shown in personal space as well as gallery space. Ken Matsubara’s work
captures my interest with its everyday object quality and then hooks me with
the dreamlike and nostalgia-evoking videos.
I love the painterly precision in
Erwin Olaf’s work. I am transported out of the present and into the worlds he
creates, often making me feel like I am going back in time.
Nine months of discarded Starbucks
trash repurposed as art. An ugly reminder beautifully executed.
Faig Ahmed challenges my
assumptions of culture and craft by disassembling traditional Azerbaijani rugs
and then reconstructing them in a contemporary composition using the original