Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monique Janssen-Belitz

Border Issues, mixed media on paper, 2010

 Journey of the Dead, mixed media on paper on canvas, 24" by 36", 2010

The Border Crossed Me, closed, artist book, mixed media, 2010

The Border Crossed Me, Desert, artist book, mixed media, 2010

The Border Crossed Me, Migrants, artist book, mixed media, 2010

Altar of Hope, mixed media on paper on canvas, 30" by 40", 2010

Although I do not personally identify with New Mexico's history, having moved from the Netherlands to grow up in Germany, and moving to the US as an adult, it is the history I see inscribed and belonging to the land. As a transient observer trying to integrate different cultural backgrounds, I am interested in bringing to light our common humanity, making history visible, and confronting my contemporaries with the past so that their insights might inform the present. The memories I use are vicarious, acquired intellectually and shaped by contemporary politics. Yet they are deeply felt on a human level, based on parallel personal experiences of migration, hardship and loss within a different context. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Amanda B. Friedman

I hope this blog posting finds you well. 
Please check out a fun video I made 
this winter here on my website. 
And, below are three of my drawings. 
Thanks Mike and Daniel! 
I wish I could join you out west for the opening. 
But happy summer! It is already hot hot hot on the east coast! -abf

Once I Found a Penny
Cut paper, colored pencil and crayon on paper
20" x 24"

Stacking Shapes
Paper, linoleum cut print, gauche, pastel and paper on paper
28" x 18"

Hummingbird man 
Poster edition

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Natalie Purkey

Pencil on paper

Pencil on paper

D.A. Bishop

Bug Control
42" x 80"
Acrylic on panel

D.A. Bishop was born in rural Virginia and has lived in many places along the Eastern Seaboard before settling in Sonoma County, California.

Bishop is primarily self-taught. He discovered, after a brief period at the Atlanta School of Art, that life experience was more enticing than a structured art education.

Thus began various careers as a billboard painter, a graphic artist for a theatre company, and an itinerant limner.

Sonoma County
24" x 28"
Acrylic on panel

Terry Berlier

Things Fall Apart
Dimensions vary
Pen and colored pencil on paper

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and often focuses around everyday objects, the environment, ideas of nonplace/place and queer practice.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally (Europe, Australia, Middle East) including Barcelona, Venice, Girona, Meinz, Tel Aviv, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. She recently received the Kala Art Institute fellowship and residency for 2009-10 in Berkeley, CA. In 2008-9 she received the Visions from the New California Residency at the Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco through the Alliance of Artists Communities. She has received grants from California Council for Humanities California Stories Fund, City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant, and the City of Davis Art Contract. She was a fellowship recipient for a residency at the Millay Colony for Artists in New York in 2004.

In 2003 she received an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994. Berlier has taught at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and California College of the Arts. She currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

The Line You See Is Not The Only Thing
Dimensions vary
A collaboration with Valerie George created for FemArt 2007 at the Monstra D’art De Dones de Ca la Dona in Barcelona, Spain.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Cake is a New York based street artist

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2010 July/ Graphomania Drawing Show / Portland, OR
2010 June 25th / Death Warmed Over / Fresthetic / Brooklyn, NY
2010 Eames Inspiration Collection / Cheryl Hazan Gallery / New York, NY
2010 Eames Inspiration / Barney’s New York Windows on Madison Ave / New York, NY
2010 Springy, Spring, Spring / presented by Gawker Artist and H.O.W. Journal /New York, NY
2010 Street Art New York / Factory Fresh Gallery / Brooklyn, NY
2010 Convergence / The Marketplace Gallery / Albany, NY
2009 Artburn presented by El Celso / Wynwood District / Miami, FL
2009 Fresh Produce / Anno Domini Gallery / San Jose, CA
2009 Underground Up / Presented by Art in General/ 3 Person Show with Chris Stain and Cern/
New York, NY
2009 Go Get Your Shinebox / Brooklynite Gallery / Brooklyn, NY
2009 Papergirl # 4 / Berlin, Germany
2009 Conscious Cycle at Figment / Governors Island, NY
2009 The Great Outdoors / Artbreak Gallery / Brooklyn, NY
2009 Work to Do / 112 Greene Street Studio / NY, NY
2009 Street Crush / Alphabeta / Brooklyn, NY
Press & Publications
2010 High Fructose Magazine "Eames Inspiration"
2010 Harrington, Steve and Rojo, Jaime. “Street Art New York”. Prestel USA.
2009 The Street Spot “Studio Visit: Cake”
2009 The Street Spot: Art in General and Then Some
2009 Unurth Cake NYC
2009 Unurth Cake, NYC Mom & Popism
2009 Untitled- Street art in the Counter Culture "5 Minutes with Cake


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thom Smith

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Thom Smith is an artist from Brooklyn, New York currently residing and working in Tokyo, Japan.  He studied art in NYC at The Cooper Union (class of 2002). His work is primarily in the form of drawing with a graphic style favoring brush and ink, collage, and various forms of printmaking. Often times, the work finds itself in book format and his current body of work has taken on a narrative quality as well.

In the past couple years a new body of work has emerged in the form of printmaking. When the project began, it found great influence in medieval woodcuts and pre-renaissance stained glass. His interest lies mostly in the bold graphic quality of the images and the 2-D stacking of information. These mostly religious images were created in a time before the rules of perspective were understood yet strived to depict intricate stories to a mostly illiterate audience. This non-verbal telling of stories is central to his print series. 

In his initial visit to Japan, Thom acquired a few books about yokai (spirits of Japanese folklore in the form of preternatural creatures) and has been obsessed ever since. The nihonga style has greatly informed his most recent prints which mix this early manga illustration style with a more primitive medieval style.

The print series has been dubbed Death In The Afterlife, The title refers to the spiritual journey at play in the images and is about cycles of death. Within the prints, different religions and cultures are explored and often intermingle to form a greater spiritual understanding. As these different mythologies are employed a composite myth emerges and the story is told. The cast of characters expands with each image and the viewer comes to learn of each character’s role.

In an effort to fill the story gaps between each print, Thom has begun a serial zine. The resulting drawings tell the story in a more complete manner, although it is still obfuscated by the disuse of language. The style used draws more on his manga influence and is much looser than the prints, employing a more expressive brushy kind of mark making.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Carl Klimt

 middlelines not underlines

Carl Klimt is an artist living and working in Portland, OR

            Being trapped between one’s desire for certain moments to remain unchanged and the impossibility of permanence creates unease. The actions and reactions I’m specifically interested in originate from somewhere deep within my subconscious. In Gestalt theory “the operational principle of the brain is parallel, and analog with self organizing tendencies”. As I understand it, we begin to know our deepest selves by observing our wordless decisions.
            The work with sawdust is in part about creating a physical unease by building tenuous structures. They were compressed with my weight and remain held together with nothing but gravity and the integrity of the interlocking fibers. Despite these sculptures being fragile enough to fall apart with a gentle nudge, they remain stable if untouched. They are a temporary record of a gesture, which use the language of architecture in the form of corners, walls, and pillars, to speak to internal psychological spaces.
            My process is based in gleaning from everyday observations. To a carpenter sawdust is trash but to me it is conceptually rich artistic material. A table saw produces a small gap between the two sides of the wood it cuts. What remains is the sawdust. It is a byproduct of the physical creation of negative space. Commonplace actions and materials become starting points for abstraction to ultimately begin describing my sense of place.

hugging myself              ( performance, dur: 2 hrs )

(photocredit: Michael Welsh)

   if houseplants could be begoldened       (gold foil on houseplant,  2010)

zucchinitoothbrush              (zucchini, toothbrush, twine,  2010)
 -sawdust box                                   (sawdust, 13"x13"x8") 2010

-i can't remember, everything          (sawdust, 4'x4'x4') 2006

Amy Fung-yi Lee

I'm currently an MFA student in Combined Media at Hunter College. I work primarily in video, performance, drawing, installation and sculpture.

(Top) Mosquito, 2009. Ink, colored pencil, marker and mixed media on paper. (Bottom) Horse, 2009. Ink, acrylic and colored pencil on paper.

(Top) 2009. Ink, colored pencil and paper on paper. (Bottom) 2009. Ink, colored pencil and marker on paper.

Video still from Here I eat six popsicles, 2006. Color, sound. In this piece I eat six popsicles in six flavors: red, purple, green, yellow, brown, then white. I add layers of clothing that match the popsicles I eat. It takes me about 32 minutes to eat six popsicles.

2010. Graphite, ink, colored pencil and mixed media on paper.


Christian Dietkus


Born in 1983, Oakland California, United States
Lives and works New York, NY


2005 BFA, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City


2010                        Cyclops: Second Guest Projects, New York, NY 
2010                        Graphomania, Portland, OR
2010                        Hell No, Group Exhibition at Convent of Saint Cecilia, New York, NY
2006                        Art Star, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2005                        Young Painters, Dinaburg Arts, New York, NY
2005                        No Nouns Aloud: Drawing as a Verb, Columbia University, New York, NY
2005                        FlUX: Group show at Table 50,  New York, NY


Michael S. Vivo Memorial Prize for outstanding fourth year student, New York, NY
Fred. A. Lane Prize for outstanding third year student New York, NY
Rotary Club Scholarship, California


Filomena Borecka

Filomena Borecká lives, works and exhibits mainly in France. She has also created works in Prague and New York, and each place and its particular vibrations leaves its traces in her work. Filomena has three parallel threads of work, which complement and interact with one another: performance, sound sculptures, and drawings. These last ones are like seismographs, which not only record the states of the artist’s soul but attentively listen in on and lead a continuous dialogue with their surroundings. Her body of work thus contains within itself not only the imprint of places (New York City, 2003, Transmigration Paris–Prague, 2003–2004, Transmigration New York, 2003) and nature (the Méristèmes project) but also people the artist has met. They have played a role in her work, for example, in records of their sleep, which Filomena used in her spatial sound installation Spouts; in the last months people had the opportunity to donate (record) their breath to the artist for a new multimedia project titled Phrenos. Breath is precisely what connects and links us all to what we cannot escape, neither in space nor in time. We divide ourselves randomly according to air, whatever our relationships may be. And this is exactly what Filomena also explores in her latest drawings, which have evocative titles such as Attraction, Connection, Views, Diffusion, Inner Escape, Unexpected Impact …. She first attempted to record interpersonal relationships and communication within them with a black pencil on paper, then with colored pencils on paper, and today with pencil, ink and colored pencils on canvas and on gallery walls. These drawings are a logical continuation in the artist’s body of work, in which every drawing, every object, every painting exists in and of itself as an independent work but at the same time is part of a greater whole – a body of work which maintains an exceptional unity. In her new works, Filomena Borecká isn’t searching at all costs for originality or a new concept, but on the contrary she preserves an integrity that is today quite rare. And that is mainly because the inspiration and necessity to create art derive from the artist herself. Anna Pravdová, Prague 

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Daniel Herr

"Waiting for Elliott to See"
oil stick, collage, charcoal on panel
24 x 18 inches

oil, collage on panel
24 x 18 inches

"Isn't it Spring?"
oil on canvas
84 x 108 inches

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Matt Jones participating in Graphomania with WBF Studies

Happy to contribute two WBF Studies (each "WBF Study, 2010 / Sharpie ink on yellow lined paper / 7 x 5") to Graphomania.  Some helpful links related to the works (leading up to a solo exhibition at Ramiken Crucible in NYC at the end of October):