This little installation I did for Windows on Main St this year has been up since mid-Sept, but I hadn't posted it here yet. (Awkwardly includes me snapping the photo.) Picture the record player spinning. It did for a week or so until the motor burned out. It's in the window of Hudson Valley Vinyl at 267 Main. Essentially I decided to feature the painting I'd done for the Big Broadcast CD cover, hung by yellow chains and accompanied by this vintage record player painted yellow, with these ideas in mind:
1) To honor the BB program and its creator Rich Conaty, and others who are also passionate about sharing music and supporting artists. He got this music out into the world via WFUV, week after week for years.
2) The site-specificity, needless to say, in this record shop window. The cityscape depicted is based on my street in Newburgh, across the river from Beacon, more local interaction.
3) This year's WOMS theme is 'Art As Cultural Currency'. "The persistent drum of artists working here and their collective hum have been instrumental to creating intangible as well as economic value in Beacon, NY. As the economic landscape of this city changes, this BeaconArts project is a means to raise awareness of the vital but sometimes invisible role artists play." I reflect back onto my (growing and changing) community what I get from it, which is ideally inspiration, support, and a way to sustain myself. In turn I can contribute my creativity, energy, and part of what I make from selling work, since that income goes to local businesses as well as helping me run my gallery.
I'm excited to announce I will be exhibiting my work at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, November 9-12. Visit their site for info and buy tickets here- it’s open to the public Fri, Sat and Sun- or contact me and I will comp you a free ticket. This is my first art fair. It will be a fun event, with 120 exhibiting artists both local and international. I have many paintings and prints ready, but I am also finishing more new pieces in the next 2 weeks. I will share some here, on my Saatchi Art page and my Instagram.
My Orange Crush was featured in this recent email from The Other Art Fair:
A friend came by yesterday and took this photo of me. It has been a while since I had a photo of myself with some paintings so I wanted to share it. Open Studios is good for seeing what new pieces look like next to each other, thinking of how they connect, or how they don't. Looking at this pic I was pleased; I felt I had gotten somewhere.
I had been talking to visitors about the new paintings I had made after my trip to Las Vegas this summer, including this big Holiday Motel, and another of the Lucky Cuss Motel sign. It was a short but intensely inspiring trip, and I returned with many photos and a vivid impression of color and light and heat. A guy said he came in because he glimpsed this painting from the street and he wanted to show me the photo he'd just taken of the same sign on his own Vegas visit. So, Las Vegas was a topic of enjoyable conversation several times over the weekend. Today I was sad and furious over the violence that ripped through that city last night. There is so much happening to be sad about; there are many useful actions we can take, but the feelings of despair, rage, and powerlessness loom so large.
I have had these thoughts for months but have found no effective way to articulate them, so I disappear into colorful paintings of places and objects, which seem to reflect an alternate reality, an escape into a frozen moment of memory or imagining. In the despair, such art feels useless. On a better day, there is space for whatever emptiness it fills.