This show closed February 9th at Derek Eller Gallery in New York. Happy to have seen it. These are just a few images I took while I was there. See all images of the works in the show here.
My first stop was at UNTITLED for the Anna Plesset show A Still Life, January 13-February 24.
Plesset is a 2011 MFA graduate from RISD and this is her first solo show in New York. Pretty exciting!
In the space of the entry and first room Plesset displayed framed photocopied pages from a text on Lilla Cabot Perry, a reference to a focus and point of departure for this show.
From the press release:
Like a minimalist tableau, A Still Life is a staging of the studio as a site for recovery and discovery in
which the perception of familiar objects slowly changes as the limitations of material and reality
I was most impressed by her two paintings on dry wall that featured these trompe l’oeil recreations of would-be photographic source images taped to the wall, complete with smudges and splatters of paint.
Plesset suspended the reality and fiction distinction for a pair of charming older couples while I was there. One lady, first in disbelief, then amazed called her friend over to see the illusion of painted painter’s tape on the piece South Wall: Section 2. When they couldn’t find one of the pieces listed on the list of works they called the gallerist in. Outlet, painted directly on the wall and complete with painted dead spider, is the one that eluded them. I have to admit it was nice being in the space with them to see their true wonder and excitement and finding out of things.
and at eye level, a peep-hole sized self portrait of the artist.
Thank you Anna Plesset for a playful, curious, and intelligent show.
Because what goes together better, right?
Non-profit gallery and project space Cleopatra’s had the first of 4 Sunday evening opening receptions for the show “Painting and Flowers”, a show that features the paintings of Nolan Simon alongside a new interpretation of flower arrangement by a different artist each week.
Last Sunday Simon’s paintings were paired with artist Carissa Rodriguez who asked Ikebana master artist to arrange this week’s “flowers” part of the show.
I was there to see this beauty come together.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. It is highly disciplined and considers the shapes and forms of not just the blooms but the stems, the leaves, and spaces in between and around. Awareness and consideration of the arrangement as a whole composition while focused on the specific materials has a relationship to painting in a way that yes, sounds quaint enough, but reveals some interesting overlap.
And three of Simon’s paintings from this week:
If you find yourself in NYC, or better yet, the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, on January 27th or February 3rd or 10th, stop in and see the weekly pairing.
This place is amazing! I didn’t know what to expect and still I am in awe of all the colors and products that I want to use (and learn to use). Really, there is more than I can handle at this point so I’ll be heading back on the third Saturday of this month for one of their free demonstration classes – so cool, they offer this every month. It’s a great space, supremely organized, with a nice book selection at the front and all the powdered pigments you could ever want or need along both sides.
and as you exit, some farewell advice from Kremer himself.