January 20, 2016

artist of the week: Jason Karolak


Jason Karolak

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1203), 2012, oil on canvas, 76 x 86 inches


Further looking and reading:
Jason Karolak
Beer with a Painter
McKenzie Fine Art


Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1301), 2013, oil on canvas, 85 x 75 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1317), 2013, oil on canvas over panel, 15 x 13 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1322), oil on canvas over panel, 15 x 13 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1326), 2013, oil on canvas, 78 x 88 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1327), 2013, oil on canvas, 57 x 50 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1433), 2014, oil on linen 16 x 14 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1434), 2014, oil on linen, 18 x 16 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1503), 2015, oil on linen, 88 x 78 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1510), 2015, oil on canvas, 46 x 40 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1512), 2015, oil on canvas, 57 x 50 inches




January 19, 2016

how often do you clean your studio?

spent two days last week cleaning out my studio. a necessary but enjoyable and meditative experience. happens only around once a year, and since I'm in between projects and it's still January, what better time.

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
put new oil paper on the floor

Samantha Palmeri, art studio

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
cut up new rags

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
scraped a ton of jars
Samantha Palmeri, art studio
assessed the dwindling paint supply

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
actually cleaned all my brushes

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
found stuff I've been looking for
Samantha Palmeri, art studio
like more blue tape


Samantha Palmeri, art studio

Samantha Palmeri, art studio
and now I can actually see the table again!

  I'm curious how often you all clean your spaces out.


January 14, 2016

Art and Poetry

Here's a follow up to last month's post A Safe Easy Way To regarding the writing/painting project I'm collaborating on. I now have what is the beginning, hopefully, of a suite of paintings to go with my friend Andy Berg's writing...


Samantha Palmeri painting

"Lien", 2016, oil on canvas, 40X40"

lien

“i’m fitting the fudge”
come out all ‘PH-uh-dj’
            [teeth and lip]

hole and holy-head
cave-woven afghan protection
unravel gaza-abolition

(…a sometimes silent night)

Read this like fumes
            arisen, a-raisin
            petal
            puncture
            wound

“Imagine life with out those toofs, compadre.”

[           I am a vision of she who brokers                    ]
[a—(impossibilityofsunshine)—wake                       ]
[…or put she a lien upon                                            ]
[           dem black-toothed nightmares of yerz           ]



Samantha Palmeri painting

"Spontaneous ralos", 2016, oil on canvas, 44X48"

spontaneous ralos
ssssssmuch todo without
lay me down,
ley mi dohwn, in the
sun in the shining branches
old telemetrical networking schematic
solar suoenatnops
vulgarities skinsnap
break through the ethereal gap

mother put-pot of tea
forkful a bitter sleep-fever-sweat
there’s sleep to be had down there
keep me awake, sleep to be had down there
show me the fun-sun




Samantha Palmeri painting

"Marketable kids", 2016, oil on canvas, 40X40"


The marketable kids on market street
sing “yeah-yeah”s
beef-eaters, every last                                                 one
she climbs an effortless waif
tree
he folds a filterless phone
plane
and drift…don’t they drift,
…along the gutter
            all they ever,               ever wanted was some
(uh),body

thumb-pointer-hole circle
world within widened-wizened old man
park bench projection-perspective
all he’ll ever want
now,                            is         some bod
-eee

And in march they’ve all been/hear the crack-potential
spring unwinding, dwindling, leaf-fuck           -stop.

“You put a period there,” they say, “and more “yeah-yeah”s.”
yeah………………yeah………………yeah




[all images copyrighted 2016 Samantha Palmeri]
[all poetry copyrighted 2016 Andy Berg]


 

January 12, 2016

artist of the week: Cordy Ryman

another Facebook friend and more great artwork by 
Cordy Ryman..

further looking and reading:  

Cordy Ryman
 Butor Bits Rouge, 2014 Acrylic, Enamel, Marker, and Mixed Media on Wood 12 x 12 x 2.5 in

Cordy Ryman
 ES Spiral Trim Maze (2013) acrylic and enamel on wood 48h x 48w x 2.5d in

Cordy Ryman
 Zed, 2014  Encaustic on Wood  5.8h x 3.5w x 2.3d in

Cordy Ryman
Butor Bits Vert, 2014 Acrylic, Enamel, Pen, and Mixed Media on Wood 12 x 12 x 2 in

Cordy Ryman
04 Cubed Leaner Trim, 2013, acrylic, enamel and hardware on plastic and wood, 24 x 23.5 x 2 inches

Cordy Ryman
13 Years, 2015, Acrylic, enamel, encaustic on wood, 26.5 x 24 x 3 in

Cordy Ryman
installation view, Chimera 45, 2015 at Zurcher Gallery

Cordy Ryman
installation view, Chimera 45, 2015 at Zurcher Gallery

Cordy Ryman
ES Trim Hatch and Coil, 2013, acrylic and enamel on wood, 35.5 x 35.5 x 3 inches

Cordy Ryman
Red Bench Tests, 2015, Acrylic on wood, 13 x 12.25 x 2.25 in

Cordy Ryman
Three Squared, 2015, Acrylic, enamel on wood, 25.5 x 25.5 x 4.5 in

Cordy Ryman
Yellow Clacker Caps, 2014, Acrylic, marker, mixed media on wood, 12 x 11 x 2 in




January 11, 2016

The Journey

untitled drawing, 2015, charcoal on paper, 22X30"



isn't everything and everyone a journey?
     every cell, every atom
moving from one place to another

my eyes follow

the tiles in the bathroom
outlined in grey
     cement lines that take me
from one little square to another
and another
and another
like an eternal question
     why am I never satisfied

because I'm always following
        a line
that never ends


perhaps this is why I don't paint trees

trees have a trunk, roots, and branches that end
their lines break off and turn into sky and grass
     too finite
     too decisive
they're an answer, not a question


do the lines in my paintings have answers?
they circle one another, over and under
I want to spend more time with them
     listening
but I'm too impatient
        too restless

"Save me from my desires", 2015, oil on canvas, 60X60"

viewers see this
they know things without knowing they know
   
because we all do
we're all connected this way
        this knowing without knowing
we're all connected by this journey
whether it's a line in a painting or cement around bathroom tiles
I see this everywhere, in everything
   

a journey by definition
never ends
once you arrive it becomes something else
     it becomes
a destination

I set goals like destinations but I could be more grateful
for the journey I guess

I would like to paint trees
I keep trying
I would like to be the tree
     with a clear beginning and end
        bending and changing with the seasons
           but always
always the same


 
[This excerpt was written during a wonderful writing workshop given by Maya Gottfried at the Shambhala Yoga Center in Beacon. Thanks Maya and Shannon for putting this together!]

January 7, 2016

artist of the week: Eric Sall

 
Eric Sall
"Seam Ripper" 2015 oil on canvas 73X73"
Eric Sall
"Full Phase" 2014 oil on canvas 78X96"



Further looking and reading:

Eric Sall 
Roswell Artist-in-Residence
Gorky's Granddaughter

Eric Sall
"Slab" 2012 oil on canvas 84X60"


Eric Sall
"Westward" 2012 oil on canvas 70X80"












































Eric Sall
"Peacebone" 2009 oil on canvas 84X78"

Eric Sall
"Eastern Northeastern" 2012 oil on canvas 78X96"

Eric Sall
"Rags to Rags" 2015 oil on canvas 66X50"

Eric Sall
"Tablet" 2012 oil on canvas 40X30"






January 5, 2016

artist of the week: Paul Behnke

Paul Behnke
"Snubbie" 2010 acrylic on canvas 42X42"
I just scanned through my whole year of facebook activity. I looked at a lot of artwork online as I'm sure you did too. Looking forward to which artists I'll be paying more attention to this year, I thought I'd share my list with you. I'll try to post one a week...

This week's artist is
Paul Behnke

Also check out these interviews with the artist at:
Figure/Ground
Studio Critical 
Gorky's Granddaughter

Paul Behnke
"No title" 2013 acrylic on canvas 18X18"
Paul Behnke
"Young Lochinvar" 2012-14 acrylic on canvas 50X48"

Paul Behnke
"Dark form" (for Alan Davie) 2014 acrylic on canvas 50X48"

Paul Behnke
"Mutineer" 2015 acrylic on canvas 58X60"






Paul Behnke
"Devil bat" 2015 acrylic on canvas 48X50"

Paul Behnke
"Lucifer" 2015 acrylic on canvas 50X48"



















January 4, 2016

My Art Studio

 The studio today looks like this:

Samantha Palmeri drawing
a room full of black and white drawings on new 22X30" watercolor paper

Samantha Palmeri drawing
figuring out where they want to go all on their own..


    
Samantha Palmeri
dirty hands
Samantha Palmeri art studio
I mean, cold, dirty hands. in 4 hrs. the temp. moved only 3 degrees: 57 to 60




Tomorrow the studio will look completely different, I guarantee it...