Art on the Internet.

I'll be the first to admit that there is a lot about artwork that is meant to be viewed online that I need to learn more about. Thank goodness for New Museum. They're having a series of shows, "New Museum's First Look: New Art Online Series", yeah.  They are showing 7 years of paperrad.org (on their website of course) and suddenly all my questions about why young artists had annoying colored sites with enough flashing vibrancy to give someone with epilepsy a seizure is explained! Hurrah.  All sarcasm aside I really am looking forward to seeing what New Museum is eating up and why. I love learning. 

This is an online only exhibition. This exhibition about the multi faceted and ever changing interface of paperrad.org seems like a good start. I liked most of the description except this, "Visitors were only able to track the identities of participating members through deep research, which lent the site a mysterious and open feel, as if Paper Rad could be as small as one person or as large as a thriving subculture." There is a good chance that I'm in the dark - so forgive this comment if that's the case- but I hardly think that interface lent the site to a open feel.  I think the majority of people would feel the opposite, unless you were part of the small genre of people who can get past the color rape of your eyes and navigate through. I'm sure it's very rewarding with practice, and can only imagine the joy of finding and knowing your way around. The art world is exclusive as it is, and this small genre of tech savvy artists - even more exclusive.

On the bright side, I did some exploring on  http://rhizome.org/ which I had previously known little about. I'll be spending a lot of my time in the next few weeks really checking out and catching up on a lot of art that I haven't seen.  I'll probably feel differently about Paper Rad's interface after more exploring.

OKAY. This video is awesome... 


Mark Bradford @ SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO.

Mark Bradford has made some amazing paintings. I don't say that lightly, I could stare at them for a long time. I had read this review online which encouraged me to take a look. 

An individual painting could be made of every inch of these large works. Made of colored paper and paint, it was phenomenal to see how Bradford used the material to create shape and rhythm. There is an effortless sense of urbanity in these works through their color and decay of paper.  Thomas Micchelli wrote that the paintings, "are as tough as the street and just as resistant to simple answers or unearned beauty." I can't disagree. There is a presence and solidness to the work that cannot be contested, they work, and they work well.  There is nothing simple about the construction and meaning of the paintings.  It's difficult to justify using a word like beauty, and if these works are beautiful, it is in a way completely separate from past definitions of the word. 


Brooklyn Art Space/Postcards

I applied for a recent graduate residency at Brooklyn Art Space a couple months ago, and just a few days ago I was notified that I had been chosen to become a resident! I went down to the space to take a look.

The residency offers space to make your work, which is much needed, a locker, storage for paintings, artist talks, and crits. I'm looking forward to being a part of an art community again. Being in the studio working with your peers was one of my favorite parts of art school. 

There is an attached gallery to the art space as well. I will be able to participate in a few group shows. The residency lasts for 6 months starting January 1st. I couldn't imagine a better way to bring in the new year - making work in a new studio space. 

Oh and wouldn't you know it?? My postcards came. No delay this time! Feel free to reach out to my gmail (Natalie.Lomeli@gmail.com) if you would like me to pop one in the mail for you. 


Daniel Turner @ The Journal Gallery

The Journal Gallery just opened their new space on 106 North 1st Street in Brooklyn. Apparently the last space was very small, this space was huge.

Daniel Turner

The tables in this show reminded Fisk and I of Science class, albeit much cleaner and refined. The grime and dirt create an interesting opposition to the long clean planes of the tables. The openness of the space gave you plenty of room to see the works in different capacities, as well - the lay out of the space was well done, it easily moved you around.  The chemical rust like spill on the ground lends itself to the nature of similar spills through out life. Ideas of street oils, rusty grime on old buildings and fences, chemical spills. The general feeling of decay against the crisp white walls and open space emphasized the deeper hues in varying chemicals. The artist statement had a few descriptions of elements from the periodic table, possible definitions of the materials before our eyes. 


The Miniature Gallery @ Art 101

Art 101 had a miniature artworks gallery that I just adored. How could tiny pieces of art not be admired? Works must be less than 6 inches on either side to be included. The gallery is just as seriously curated as any other, works hung in Salon style, and closet door to let you in. 

 A painting of an air vent. Clever. 

This last painting was my favorite. If I had $350 dollars to spend, I would have easily bought it. It's just this happy little walrus, on the beach or enjoying the ambiguous sea snail shapes in the air. What a tiny treasure. I wish I had the names of each of the artists I'm featuring, but I didn't feel like annoying the attendant that much. I'll probably return just to visit the miniature works of art.  I wonder what kind of miniature works of art I would make, or my friends would make. I bet it would be a cool miniature show, and we could try to put it in a miniature gallery, and then we could shrink ourselves into miniatures and drink miniature wine. I'm getting carried away, what I mean to say is that I liked it. 


Doug Parry (A Comedy of Terrors) @ Art 101

I spend a lot of time with Fisk in Williamsburg and it occurred to me that I hadn't really explored too many art galleries there. So I google mapped a couple and Fisk and I investigated.

A Comedy of Terrors

This show was titled "A Comedy of Terrors" by Doug Parry. I like to go blind into shows and discover ideas and aesthetics before text, but this titled couldn't be ignored. It felt incredibly dramatic. So I kept reading the artist statement.  Parry spends about a thousand words telling us what his experience was like working on this body of paintings. This series began as allegorical still life, before Parry realizes that painting is a joke, before he realizes that he is now painting ironically, before he realizes that his completed body of work is ironic in a serious way. I wish I could feel guilty about describing the work in one run on sentence, but I dont. The work fails to activate any triggers that might lead your mind into understanding something allegorical about the work. Oh yea, and don't hope to find any real explanation of what allegories might be happening in the paintings, because there was no more information about what allegories Parry might have been referring to.  As always, I'd love to have a conversation with the artist about what it is that he's doing, I'm sure that would clear a lot of this up. 



I'm so pleased to have an opportunity to show my latest body of work. I'll be featuring the series of watercolors I just finished as well as three brand new paintings.  Brenda Taylor has been ever so gracious as to give me another short solo show. Everyone is, of course, invited. 

I can describe this body of work as being more fluid, emotive, as well as creepy. I can only hope the opening is as successful as the last was - I had an amazing time talking to all my friends about the work that I made. 



I haven't posted much lately. Not because there is nothing to post about, but because there is too much to post about. Sandy devastated a lot of people, displacing many from their homes. The Ace Hotel saw it first hand, and we gave it our all to accommodate this city. I'm doing some assistant work for a gallery in Chelsea, and I was the first to go to the gallery after the storm. Luckily nothing was damaged, it seems the art world should make it through. 

On a happier note, I just voted for Obama! I could go on a hundred rants about why Obama is a better man. I wont, because I just voted for him. So there. 

A painting by Jayson Musson!

ALRIGHT. Now time for painting for a bit. It's cold but beautiful outside.