Showing posts from January, 2011

International Print Center NY: For the love of pen, paper and pulp

So what is a print? Here, we're not really talking about a giclee - a scanned image pumped out of a computer and sold as a "fine art reproduction." You can think of a giclee as a high-class poster with prices ranging anywhere from $25 to $250 and more, and though it can be legitimately employed by artists - especially digital artists - as the medium of execution for their work, it can also be inflicted on unsuspecting buyers who think they are getting something "original".
Read this hilariously disturbing article about being an "Art Target" by Alan Bamberger.
According to the useful glossary on the IPCNY site: 
Technically, a print is any image that is transferred from a matrix. A matrix is a physical surface that can be manipulated to hold ink. Most, though not all, matrices are able to print the same image many times.

It's the hands-on process we're talking here. At Kate Holoka's new studio, I saw the young artist's investment in her own…

Matt Straub: I'm Hit, But I Think I Can Make It - at Lyons WierGallery

There Ain’t Time To Argue! Oil, spray paint, and enamel on canvas, 58 x 52 inches. This is my favorite. It's a huge work.

Right now, it couldn't be more politically incorrect for me to "like" this exhibition. Congresswomen Gabrielle Gifford lies breathing through a tube somewhere in Tucson, recovering from a point-blank gunshot wound to the head. Pro and anti-gun squabbles are loud and vocal. So is psychoanalysis, as authorities try to work out how to spot nutjobs before they crack. So, it's with great trepidation that I even dare to blog about it - although the vivid poster-like images caught my eye sitting in Lyon's Weir gallery caught my eye long before the tragic incident. 
Matt Straub hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he "spent his early years hitchhiking and hopping freight trains across the western states," according to Lyons Weir press release. He now lives in Brooklyn, NYC, but ahhhh, it's comforting to think that the artist has a swagg…