Originally posted October 23, 2018
2018 has been an outstanding year for me. My artwork was displayed at the Decumanus Gallery in Croatia, Provincetown Art Museum, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Patchogue Arts Council Gallery, East End Arts, Main Street Petite Gallery, and the Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State Collage. My artwork was also featured on the cover of Dan’s Paper. I currently have work up LI Biennial exhibition at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington until November 11, 2018. Also, folks should look out for three public installations of mine that will be installed shortly in Patchogue and Huntington and a third article to be published in SchoolArts Magazine.
East End Arts Gallery
Originally Posted August 8, 2016
It’s really been a fun and exciting summer exhibition season. East End Arts Gallery did something experimental for their National Juried show this year. The theme was The Gallerist, The Artist, The Critic, & The Kid. So in a nutshell, four different jurors selected four different exhibits from the same pool of 730 entries.
The Gallerist: Peter Marcelle
Director, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY; and Owner, Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton, NY
The Artist: Eric Ernst
Internationally renowned artist and columnist
The Critic: Joyce Beckenstein
Art historian, arts writer, contributing editor to Sculpture magazine, and a contributor to the New York Times, Woman’s Art Journal, and other professional arts publications
The Kid: Celina Jones, 12-year-old from East Hampton, NY, chosen by lottery
Peter Marcelle selected my piece Joel
Eric Ernst also selected two of pieces - Falling Jillian, received an Honorable Mention
and Ascend was also selected
Originally posted on August 8, 2016
I cannot say enough about Dan Welden. He is a warm and generous man. It's been a privilege to be able to complete a few solarplate etchings under his watchful eye. It’s been truly invigorating to create solarplate etchings from work that I completed using traditional and digital methods. I was able to output my mixed media digital creations onto acetate paper that was later used to etch my image onto a plate for printing. There was a similar excitement I felt waiting for the print to come out the other side of the press that I used to experience while waiting for an image to appear in the darkroom. I can’t wait to make some more prints in the future with Dan.
I also have to mention that I am now an extremely proud owner of a Dan Welden original that is on display in my studio. It’s turned out to be a great inspiration as I’ve turned my attention recently to creating some abstracts. The image Amelia I created using this method was also displayed at East End Arts Gallery during the Contemporary Portrait exhibition and it received an Honorable Mention. Very Cool.
Originally posted on April 26, 2016
Back in January I was part of a 4 person show at the Main Street Gallery in Huntington. Like I said, trying to catch up. The other artists included in the show were digital artist Alan Richards, sculptor Andrea Davide, and painter Ginger Balizer-Hendler. The exhibition demonstrated how traditional techniques and concepts are being combined with digital platforms and evolving techiniques. The artwork I included in the show focused on my interpretive portraits. All but one of the images I selected for the show exude color and pattern while the individuals themselves have been given my semi- surrealist touch. To my surprise the lone black and white piece I included was a favorite amongst the attendees at the opening. In regards to my own work and that of my new friend Alan Richards, whose work showed next to mine, I’m grateful that the artistic community is finally beginning to deem digital pieces of artwork just as important as traditional forms of art. It’s a huge turn around even within the last five years. I’ve experienced artistic prejudice so many times in the past because of the medium I have chosen to work in. Most recently an art invitation I recieved specfiically states "no giclee prints". Why send me the invite? Do they not understand what I do and that's one of the ways I output my work. Geez! Getting back to the opening, I was moved by how many people were curious about my process and influences at this particular exhibition. I was touched to see in attendance at the opening my mom who had had brain surgery the week prior, her friend Joan, Nora and Drew, Jim, Amy, Allen with a bad cold, Gil, my fellow art teacher Kristen Singer, former art student Kean Ferin who served and brought the wine for the event (yeah awesome kid), another former art student of mine Gabrellia Ferrara, who is now working in the textile design industry and the list goes on. I only had time briefly at the end of the night to grab some pics. The gallery was packed. Everyone had a great time and the party continued well after. Can't wait for the next time!
Originally posted on April 26, 2016
For any artist it would be worth it to take a day to ride the NYC subway in search of great art. I lived in NYC for several years and during that time I shamefully did not take the time to slow down and look at my surroundings when using the subway. That oversight was corrected a few weeks ago while bumming around NYC with some friends checking out a few of the many artworks the subway has to offer. Don’t overlook Penn Station and delve deeper when you hit Grand Central Station, where you can also find New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal. I know what you are thinking, but worth checking out. If you need more you can go to the New York Transit Museum located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. These are just a few snaps I took while on my subway art safari. Many more stops to visit in the future.
While you are jaunting about the city in search of subway art also check out St. Peter’s Church. You’ll be enlightened by Vignelli’s imaginative reinvention of a church’s interior, plus you’ll find the work of Louise Nevelson in the Chapel Of The Good Shepherd upstairs at Saint Peter’s Church.
Posted on April 3, 2016
Just posting some pictures from the invitation only opening of the Rumney Guggenheim in Brooklyn back on October 8th. I was lucky enough to get an invite after becoming friendly with artist BOXHEAD. I met her by accident at a gallery opening in Amsterdam that included her work and 3 other artists. She let me know she would be in New York and was open to anyone who could help her paint the 4-story building directly next to the Rumney Guggenheim gallery as part of the inaugural opening of the gallery. The day before I was supposed to go help her paint I broke my ankle in two places. I was super deluxe model pissed, since I had been looking forward to helping 2 months prior to the ankle incident. I did rally with the help of my awesome fella to make the opening though. We had a great time in spite of my inability to walk or stand. The bank has been restored beautifully and it was awesome to get to see the work of Swoon in addition to BOXHEAD's awesome art!