a few photos of my booth at The Other Art Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center this weekend, and some of the newest paintings. Last night’s private view party was lots of fun, looking forward to a busy (and long) weekend. Come visit! Tickets available at door, or go on their site and use my complimentary ticket code TOAFCOMP. Open today (Fri) til 9pm, Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-6.
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 (first come first serve). 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.
I now have a profile on Saatchi Art, www.saatchiart.com/ericahauser.
What's that? "Saatchi Art is the world's leading online art gallery, established with the goal of helping people all over the world connect with art and artists they love. We offer an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography in a wide range of prices, and provide artists worldwide with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work."
I am gradually uploading images of artworks for sale, there are 12 now and I will continue to add more. I still have my Etsy shop. But I am excited to have an additional respected venue for collectors to view and purchase my work.
Here is a new 12"x16" painting, Orange Crush, that I just put up.
I'm going to have to play catch-up again with my posts because I neglected to update for much of the summer, even though there was sufficient news to share. Never too late to re-form new habits, and I am feeling newly motivated to try to keep up. It will be useful if I can manage to display my Instagram feed somewhere on my site, as I've seen others do. At least that gets refreshed more often. In the meantime, there is at least the IG link in header.
Eight paintings of varying vintages (from 2010 to about four days ago) are up now at North River Roasters in Poughkeepsie NY. It's located in the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, a beautifully renovated mixed-use historic brick building, at 8 North Cherry Street. They're open from 8am to 4pm Mon-Fri, closed Wed, Sat and Sun I think. Good locally-roasted coffee. This is a pop-up exhibition curated by Arts Mid-Hudson. Through October. Presumably better in person than these photos indicate.
Drawing series of motel signs in Las Vegas. 6"x8" ink on paper. These and others are up in my Etsy shop. Some of them are also the basis for larger paintings I'm working on. I've painted Holiday Motel several times already.
I am trying to amass money for a specific and exciting career opportunity that has been offered me. I will announce it presently. In the meantime I'm refreshing the stock in my shop and studio.
I will be participating in this year's Newburgh Open Studios. My own studio is in my apartment on Liberty St, so I will be sharing a bright street-level space with several other artists around the corner at the Ann St Studios on... Ann St! Address is 104 1/2, next to Ann St Gallery.
NOS takes place on Sat September 30 and Sun October 1, 12-6pm each day.
Maps available starting at 10am both days at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand St.
Updates and info on the NOS Facebook page and www.newburghopenstudios.org.
"Like flashes of memory, the architecture, advertising and automobiles that populate Erica Hauser’s paintings recall the aesthetics and cultural icons of the American mid-twentieth century. Hauser works from her own photographs as well as from collected source material, distilling the essential elements into sharply-focused descriptions of an indistinct past. And while citizens of the 1950’s were eager for a future of technological growth, space travel and global communication, it is with some nostalgia that we who have achieved such things reflect upon the features of a bygone era."
From Memento, curated by the Albany Airport’s Arts and Culture Program, on view at Albany Int'l Airport through Feb 7, 2018.
I have 11 paintings in a new exhibition, 'Memento', in the Concourse A Gallery at Albany International Airport. Part of the Albany Arts and Culture Program and curated by Kathy Greenwood, the show opened July 14 and will be on view through February 7, 2018.
It is beyond the security checkpoint, so to view, one must either book a flight, or request a badge and escort upon arrival by contacting the AACP office there at 518.242.2241.
About the show:
This exhibition features five artists whose work reflects a pictorial affection for unplugged play, relics of American identity, iconic childhood toys, and remnants of the pre-internet classroom. Some artifacts hold deeply personal memories, like Jacinta Bunnell’s archive of her family’s meticulously hand-gridded and inscribed game records that form the basis of her series 13. Others appeal to a more shared response, as surely Jennifer Maher Coleman’s iconic toy paintings trip many of us back to some youth-defining birthday or playtime from long ago. And what did we play with before the X-Box 360? Board games, often. In Cindy Hoose and Jacinta Bunnell’s collaboration, Your Turn, Dear, a collection of vintage game boards catalyzed an artistic exchange of productive co-conspiracy rather than gritty competition. Pivoting from play, Stevan Jennis’ paintings recall the essentials of classroom learning from a time before the World Wide Web: maps and charts, founding fathers, wooden rulers and film cameras. Erica Hauser’s precise, graphic renderings of retro signs, architectural fragments and dreamy mid-century cars cross archetypes of a certain American era with a flat geometry that ultimately keeps them in the palpable - but unattainable - past.