2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Have you met…Rahman Hak-Hagir?


ICE CREAM | VANILLIA, 2013 100 x 70 cm on acrylic limited, numbered, signed

Rahman Hak-Hagir, ICE CREAM | VANILLIA, 2013
100 x 70 cm on acrylic
limited, numbered, signed

PHOTOGRAPHER: ROMAN GAUGL

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Rahman Hak-Hagir.

Rahman Hak Hagir – The Execution of an Artist, 2013

Rahman Hak Hagir – The Execution of an Artist, 2013

PHOTOGRAPHER: HANNES ROTHSCHOPF

RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (born May 15, 1972) is an Austrian-born Vienna-based half-afghan conceptual and performance artist who began his career in 1990. Active for two decades in varied fields of art, his work is recently focussing on the conflicting priorities between individual and social environment.

THIS WAY, 2013 Equestrian Portrait, 100 x 70 cm on acrylic, limited, numbered, signed

Rahman Hak-Hagir, THIS WAY, 2013
Equestrian Portrait, 100 x 70 cm on acrylic, limited, numbered, signed.

Photographer: Nicole Monihart
Horse: Cheyenne
Horse Trainer: Charly Donninger
THE NEXT CIVIL WAR | THE NURSE, THE SHOEMAKER, THE WORKER, 2013 70 x 50 cm on alu-dubond, limited, numbered, signed

Rahman Hak-Hagir, THE NEXT CIVIL WAR | THE NURSE, THE SHOEMAKER, THE WORKER, 2013
70 x 50 cm on alu-dubond,
limited, numbered, signed

PHOTOGRAPHER: RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR
Other material relating to Rahman Hak-Hagir.

Artist website: rahmanhakhagir.com

Vimeo: Rahman Hak- Hagir

Youtube: Rahman Hak-Hagir – Litfaßsäule, 2013

Vienna Art Week: Rahman Hak-Hagir

DIRTBAGS: Rahman Hak-Hagir

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ahtcast interview.


Stephen B. MacInnis. PAIR exhibition at PROTO Gallery.

Stephen B. MacInnis. PAIR exhibition at PROTO Gallery.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Phillip J. Mellen for his podcast blog ahtcast. Phillip and I have been Facebook friends for awhile now, and this is the first time we have every spoken over the phone. I enjoyed the process and I really enjoyed talking with Phillip. ahtcast has many other artist interviews and I hope you take time and give them a listen. They are very informative.

About ahtcast.

Hello Listeners,
 Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: “aht” for “art”. It’s ahtcast.
 Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.
 The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
 I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening and stay tuned for some insights into the thoughts and processes of artists working today.

Sincerely,
Phillip J. Mellen

Have you met…Louise Blyton?


Sugarland Dry pigment on linen on board dimensions variable 2011

Louise Blyton, Sugarland
Dry pigment on linen on board
dimensions variable
2011

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Louise Blyton.

Louise Blyton, Sugarland Dry pigment on linen on board dimensions variable 2011

Louise Blyton, Sugarland
Dry pigment on linen on board
dimensions variable
2011

Louise Blyton is an Australian artist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

completed at a 2 month residency in New York. November and December 2013.

Louise Blyton, completed at a 2 month residency in New York. November and December 2013.

Statement

“I have long harboured a love of raw pigments; the amazing saturation of true colour, the intense matteness and the physicality they possess. Similarly, I am drawn to the tactile texture and historical significance of linen, which evokes in me a certain romance. Linen provided a substrate with a rawness and simplicity that partnered beautifully with raw pigments. Both materials have been chosen for their purity, which allows their innate aesthetic to resonate in the work. The reductive nature evident in these materials allows the simplicity of their form, colour and composition to become central, creating works that evoke a sense of quiet. More recently, I have incorporated three-dimensional forms and multiple surfaces into my work. This has brought a more interactive quality between the work and its environment, creating a discursive relationship between the viewer, the work and the subtleties of surrounding light and shadow. The installed pieces become stoic, meditative and silent; they are for reflection.” LB

completed at a 2 month residency in New York. November and December 2013.

Louise Blyton, completed at a 2 month residency in New York. November and December 2013.

Other material relating to Louise Blyton.

Artist website: louiseblyton.com.au

Artist Blog: louiseblyton.blogspot.com.au

Art Orbiter: Louise Blyton

ENP 5: Louise Blyton

Art Re-Source: Louise Blyton

Point B, Williamsburg: Louise Blyton

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Tradesville with Monica Lacey.


Monica Lacey

Monica Lacey

I recently had the pleasure of completing another trade, and this time with Monica Lacey of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I’m starting to put a nice little collection together.
Here’s the one I traded.

#1429

#1429

Have you met…Vincent Romaniello?


Acrylic paint and gesso on shaped cardboard with wood cradle (verso).   Top, "Eureka" 28.5x57 inches (image details) Center, "Get Back to Where You Once Belonged" 21x59.5 inches  Bottom, "I Remember When the Sun Broke" 37x32 inches

Acrylic paint and gesso on shaped cardboard with wood cradle (verso).
Top, “Eureka” 28.5×57 inches (image details)
Center, “Get Back to Where You Once Belonged” 21×59.5 inches
Bottom, “I Remember When the Sun Broke” 37×32 inches

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Vincent Romaniello.

"After Charline Doodle" 26x24 inches, black gesso on found cardboard (irregular shape).

“After Charline Doodle” 26×24 inches, black gesso on found cardboard (irregular shape).

Biography
“After working in San Francisco for 14 years for publications including The Bay Guardian and Metro
Magazine, Vincent moved to New York City where he concentrated his studies on painting at the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and
internationally including the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy;
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland OR; Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI.”

"Judas in Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell", charcoal and acrylic paint.

“Judas in Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell”, charcoal and acrylic paint.

Statement
“Experimentation is key to my practice. New directions in my work come from observation of the world around me, both the macro and micro. Reading, research and the use of new materials and methods usually follow.  For my work to be successful it must be unique and be a trigger for questions and further thought.” VR

Camper installation with video, paintings and found objects.

Camper installation with video, paintings and found objects.

Installation with Arthropods (hanging) and Big Heart foam insulation piece.

Installation with Arthropods (hanging) and Big Heart foam insulation piece.

Other material relating to Vincent Romaniello.

Artist Blog: vincent-romaniello.blogspot.ca

Romanblog 2: Vincent Romaniello

Youtube: Vincent Romaniello

ArtSlant: Vincent Romaniello

culturehall: Vincent Romaniello

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