Friday, January 28, 2011

Robin Williams' ' Rescue Party' at the P.P.O.W Gallery

Robin Williams'  first solo show, 'rescue party' opened yesterday at the P.P.O.W Gallery. The texture in her work always strikes me,especially when she paints balloons, which you can see here. This Show runs until the 26th of February at: 
P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10011

Through a series of eleven paintings, Williams reveals a surreal world inhabited by adolescents of ambiguous gender that are on the brink of discovery or revelation. Each painting has a distinct narrative but with no specific conclusion. There is a sense of pause in each work which heightens the sense of the impending chance for change. Williams is able to achieve this surreal timelessness through her painting techniques. While at once employing traditional painting methods, she is also experimental and intuitive. Her use of color, light, texture and composition are all used to explore painting as a medium and to link this to the conceptual content within each work. 
(left to right)- 'Flower Cap' 48x48- oil on linen 2010 and 'The Tired Prince'- oil on canvas 2010
See the rest of the series and  press release here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The discovered photography of Vivian Maier

A friend of mine passed me this blog the other day and ever since I have had it open in my browser, going from work to sneeking peeks at the photography from Vivian, taken during the 1950's to 1990's...The story about this unknown talent is truly remarkable. I encourage you to take some time out of your day and have a look at her photographs. They are incredible and moving photos taken of life in Chicago.

Her photos were discovered not long ago by one Lucky person through an antiques auction, "Vivian's work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film."

I warn you, if you like black and white photography will love this!

Go to the Blog dedicated to her work:

The Artwork of Craww

The artwork of Craww is nothing of the usual. Its incredibly moody, gorgeously painted,
emotional, sexy and something you will not forget. At London Miles we have had the pleasure of being able to work with him in the UK and will be showing some of his work at the gallery in the coming months.

"Graphic designer and artist, Craww plies his trade from the fair city of SheffieldCraww likes ambiguity. Pretty things in dark places, nasty things masquerading in beauty, hidden stories and happy accidents. He likes skulls, tattoos, crows and melancholic girls with big hands. Painting traditionally, or combining Photoshop with pencil, paint, and way too much spilt ink, he aims to bring his stream of consciousness droodlings to life with a mix of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos."

He currently has some stunning limited edition prints available through his website, go over and have a look at his website and keep your eyes out for his work at London Miles.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scott C.'s ' Great Showdowns' at Gallery 1988

 I quickly became obsessed with this blog when Scott first started it early last year, with the intention of 'chronicling some of the greatest confrontations in FILM HISTORY'. Many of the most famous and dramatic moments in film undergo the Scott C. treatment to become humorous, witty, nostalgic and whimsical little paintings. Its so cool to see such celebrated popular, even cult film characters adopt that trademark wobbly-lined physique that Scott C.'s own characters are so well known for. This would be so fun to see!
200 pieces  from the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series will be on show at Gallery 1988. The exhibition opens on February the 4th  
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038 

A Gentle Kind of Cruelty- Ray Ceasar's upcoming exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery.

I just saw these preview shots on Hi-Fructose from Ray Ceasar's new show entitled 'A Gentle Kind of Cruelty'. I think this show will be stunning! I especially love the piece below, which seems to be inspired by Fragonard's 'The Swing'. 
    Ray is a London born, Toronto bred artist, whose inspiration has been noted as being a concoction of having worked  for 17 years in the art department of a hospital for sick children and being exposed such imagery as child abuse, animal testing and premature infants, his deep interest in model figures and dressing models and visions that derive from his condition of sleep paralysis, especially early visions of his late mother which manifested 'galleries of work which were to be [his] own'.
  Ray's work invites you into environments both peaceful and unnerving, inhabited by exquisitely dressed characters of porcelain skin and demure features. Often we the viewers are left to decide whether they are angelic or just cold blooded.

The exhibition opens this Friday the 22nd of January at the Jonathan Levine Gallery and runs till February the 19th 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Brett Amory's first ever UK Solo Show!

    The Outsiders ( The Lazarides Gallery) will begin 2011 with Brett Amory's first ever UK solo show!
    His work was featured in The Next Generation group show at London Miles last June, so i assure you that it is well worth seeing his work in person. I think he beautifully captures those normal day-to-day street scenes many of us are so accustomed to seeing with real expression and with brush strokes that are so swift  they almost set the pieces in motion.   
    The exhibition entitled ' Intentional Abstractions' comprises of a collection of paintings based on a Amory's 'Waiting' series, which focuses on travelers waiting on undergrounds, subways and platforms. The project began in 2001, and as it progressed the subjects ceased to be exclusively travelers, with the emphasis shifting to anonymous figures within the urban landscape.
       A selection of Amory's work depicts the urban individual's yearning for presence and
the seeming impossibility of attaining it. The paintings portray commuters in transit
immersed in a quiet, even hopeful state or alternately plagued by the anguish of unfulfilled anticipation.
You can see an online preview of the work Here, and read the entire press release Here.
Also, Look Here for  Brett Amory's website!
The show is on from January 14th till the 12th of February
The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, W1D 4DG