Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Be looking out for this one.
In Sook Kim
ya can't see the detail, but there is a lot of naughty things going on in these cellular rooms.
Kim is represented by Richard Levy Gallery
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
What a week Miami was.
Aqua Wynwood was amazing. The building was subdivided into what seemed like little galleries, perfect walls, concrete walls and little newts scurrying around the floor and walls. This was the best kept secret fair that was supposed to not be a secret.
Julia's work flew off the wall. As expected, she drew a great response. Nathan Baker, who's amazing "detergent" and "Ashes" greeted people as they entered the "back" area stopped traffic. Margot Quan Knight, Lori Nix and Etsuko Ichikawa all showed well. Cara Ober was gobbled up by a Swiss collector.
RSG introduced two new artists at the fair. Shen Wei, from NY captures people in intimate settings, people he hardly knows, granted closeness and trust in his handling of a private moment. What emerges is a quiet nobility, a voyeuristic pleasure into the lives of strangers. The subjects may not be the most attractive people to photograph, but they are real. Real to Wei, real to themselves and in relation, real to us.
Ryoko Suzuki, towered over the aisle with a seductive "you should be ashamed of yourself" attitude in her #5 Anikora-Seifuku image. Standing 7.5' tall, placed on the edge of the booth, it dominated the corner. Jane Corkin from Toronto went mad with excitement. She brought several people back to see it and then asked if she could have an exhibition of Ryoko's series in her Toronto Gallery. Ryoko, rocks. If you have not seen the work, click on her link.
Visiting Miami were Nathan Baker, Lawrence Gipe, Shen Wei and Etsuko Ichikawa. Much appreciation to my drop dead beautiful art fair assistant, Cheri' Landry who put up with my shit for 6 days without bitch slapping me (except when I let a collector walk on a $15,000 sale cause I didn't give him a big discount). Money ain't everything sweety!
Cheri rocks, and she somehow kept the booth stocked with a steady stream of single young males (oh how exciting...not). Can it boys..she has a boyfriend, who cutely leaves singing messages on her voicemail.
Oh, we had celeb sightings too. Steve Martin came to the booth and looked over Lu Zhang. Mandy Moore supposedly came by, still don't know who she is. And a guy who looked like Michael Stipe, straw hat, white shirt gave Nathan Baker's work a hard look.
High points to the week...
Seeing old friends from LA day's long since passed. Watching naked men taunt security guards in the Raleigh pool. Waiting 30 minutes for Larry Gipe to bring us a glass of $20 wine, also at the Raleigh. Running into an old art fair friend and getting a mad crush on her. Bear hugging Bennett Roberts. Having Caprice Horn scowl at me. Meeting a million collectors. Meeting a million curators. Meeting a million single young guys who were hovering around my assistant.
Resisting buying a Joel Peter Witkin, and buying Lawrence Gipe instead. Discovering Cuban coffee. That stuff is like moonshine.
Now, on to NY.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Margot Quan Knight
December 15th—January 18
How do we experience the passage of time?
While physics may accurately describe a universal space-time,
our human experiences seem to defy uniform time on a daily basis:
each of us has lived a moment that seemed to last forever
or hours that passed by in a heartbeat.
Please join in at a reception for the artist
December 15th 6pm-8pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The Randall Scott Gallery will be exhibiting at the Aqua Wynwood art fair!
Nathan Baker|Julia Fullerton-Batten|Lawrence Gipe
Etsuko Ichikawa|Alejandra Laviada|Lori Nix
Cara Ober|Dane Picard|Elena Volkova|Sarah Wilmer
Ryoko Suzuki and Shen Wei
December 4th- 9th
Booth # 29
42 NE 25th Street, Miami Wynwood District
For more info, visit aquaart.com
Running October 27th- December 8th.
The camera, originally used to capture and document reality, has evolved into a tool which aids in the physical manifestation of imagination. In her latest series, "The City," Lori Nix fabricates environments based off elements found in a city that has eroded with time. The viewer may mistake these scenes as reality until they realize that what they're seeing is slightly too amazing to be true. Nix's attention to detail is provocative and obsessive. In "Museum of Art," a colony of bees has reclaimed the museum as their hive haven. Amongst the framed paintings, an encased Gothic Virgin and Child, and statue resembling Michael Angelo's David, golden honey drips from a beehive perched in a barrel vault. Flowers and vines, emerging from cracks in the floor, are seen climbing up podiums and Corinthian columns, while bees fly under spacious domed ceilings.
The detail is incredible! How does Nix do this? Well, she meticulously creates intricate miniature dioramas by hand with basic materials such as plaster, cardboard, Styrofoam, mixed with the occasional fur, plants, cat whiskers and found objects. She builds all scenes, which take from 4 months to a year or two, for a single photograph that is taken from one preconceived angle. The 8x10 camera is used to capture the surreal scene on film where the illusion comes to life. Nix then dismantles the process and begins a new.
See more at www.lorinix.net
Come see her latest series at RSG while you have the chance. It's too good to be true :)
-Nadia from RSG
Friday, August 17, 2007
Bridge London (October 10-14) during the Frieze Festival
Aqua Wynwood Miami (December 6-9) during Art Basel Miami.
Come join the madness, we will be showing the work of:
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Thematically, the exhibition is about sub-text. Those of you that have followed the past 8 months of gallery exhibitions may have seen that I look for artists who are rich in sub-text. I never want to know everything about a body of work, I love the mystery, I search to uncover the hidden meanings and multiple understandings (if that makes sense). I am all about sub-text and I chose five people who's work sucked me in.
I hope you enjoy this show as much as I will.
artists reception will be on
August 11th 6pm-9pm
you can preview the work here
Friday, July 6, 2007
Performance artist Kata Mejia will bring her new work "HEALING" to Washington DC on August 1-4th.
The performance will take place in the BodySmith parking lot located at 1622 14th Street NW (between Corcoran and R Streets). BodySmith is generously donating the outdoor space for the exhibition. RSG will construct a stage for Mejia to present Healing (see below).
Performances will be from 6pm-7pm nightly.
HEALING was presented at NY's Lab Gallery in June and stopped traffic as people gathered to watch the performance through the gallery's windows.
The DC stage will face out onto 14th Street and is open for all to watch.
We hope to see you at one if not all of the performances!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Here is a bit about Healing...
This performance commemorates the first anniversary of the death of the artist’s little brother, who was kidnapped and murdered in Colombia by the FARC terrorist guerrillas.
PERFORMANCES WILL BE EVERY NIGHT AT 6PM
Kata will bring a performance (as yet undecided) to RSG, August 1st-4th. Make sure you get on the mailing list for announcements. This is not to be missed.
If you can't wait, we will be running her video reel covering several previous performances on Saturday night during the Hamada Reception. Or Stop by anytime and ask to see one.
Come see the show, come by on Saturday night and meet him. Have a beer, and just loose yourself in the texture of his surface.
Here is a bit about him....
Hiroyuki Hamada’s 2-D and 3-dimensional work is about communicating, the construction of a language in line, form, color, materials and alteration, sometimes savage, sometimes methodical. It’s a language written over years of doubt, elation, self-abuse, clarity, misunderstanding and happiness.
As a teenager, Hamada was displaced from his suburban Chiba, Japan roots to West Virginia, where his Father worked in the steel industry. He went from being an ordinary, bored kid in a majority to being the minority Asian guy, with little English skills in a remote part of the US. Teenage rebellion and introspection led him to, creating art. He sought refuge in the exploration of imagery. He found communication in line, tone and shape, turning frustration, anger, confusion and desperation into the abstract.
Hamada graduated from the University of Maryland MFA program in 1995 and set off to New York to take a studio. Over the years, he experimented with materials that took him off a 2-dimensional canvas to create the sculptural, 3-dimensional paintings he produces today. Like struggling to find the perfect word, Hamada was constructing painted sentences/objects with layer upon layer of misunderstanding, eventually finding cohesion and a unique voice. His materials, burlap, plaster, oil, enamels, solvents, wax, wood, resin, tar and staples became about finding the solution to what his mind and his eyes were seeing. A process that may take 2-3 years to complete, Hamada carefully explores the surface and how he manipulates it through the drilling of holes and the etching of what could be hundreds of circles.
That's right, he graduated at the U of Maryland.
I hope to see you there.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This week Antony Micallef
Those of you who may know me know that I adore this painter. He is a nice guy who in the past year has exploded on the art scene in London. His work is highly original. It drops just the right bit of information necessary to be covered in paint, or charcoal, or crayon, or pencil. His images float in a sea of white negative space that is alive with tension.
Antony, based in London, is an illustrator by trade and a painter in reality. His imagery chock full of media references in the way of corporate logos, marries itself to the bodies of babies, children and horrifically disfigured persons with angels wings. Corporate identity is overshadowing individualism in the form of dismemberment and substitution. Antony by no means is a fan of corporate anything.
I tried, and am still trying to get Antony into RSG. He is represented, worldwide by LAZ in London, the same dealer who reps Banksy. Antony told me he is comfortable to not show anywhere else in the world. "My work sells out before the show opens, why would I".
Let's hope he changes his mind.
This just in. I just got an e-mail from Antony, He is having his first major exhibition in LA sometime in September. It is run through his London dealer, the same dealer who reps Banksy. Expect a huge event!
Friday, June 15, 2007
First I signed multi-faceted artist/writer/curator Cara Ober. Cara is now my new best friend. Not only is she a wicked smarty-pants, but she is dialed in to everything and it seems everyone. First thing she did after signing was to send me countless e-mails of people I "had" to look at. I have the tendency to listen to what my artists tell me, and she has a great eye. You will find Elena Volkova and Isabel Manalo on my exhibiting list. Isabel has two paintings in the hallway leading into the space and Elena, whew! Elena set a gallery record for having spent the shortest amount of time on the wall before she was bought by a collector (2 hours). You can see Elena's new "Airscape" in the next show opening on June 23rd.
So. back to Baltimore. The show closing tomorrow "industrials" features Michael Sandstrom and Jackson Martin. Both of them are going to impact the region for years to come and both are in Baltimore. Michael, although off to Berlin on a Fulbright will come back in a year with new insights and Jackson...I am grinning ear to ear as I write this...you keep looking for him here. His ideas and the way he marries the natural and the man made is both provocative and down right cool.
The main reason we see such an amazing collection of artists in B-More is, well, MICA. That, and tons of warehouse space at cheap prices, offer optimal conditions for working. That and a fun nightlife, hell, if it was not for the nasty commute, I'd be there.
So it leads me to my B-more trip this week.
Last week at Anonymous III I saw a painting that I absolutely loved. Tar on Wood panel. A fine line of intricate shapes and designs. I knew it would be sold and it was. I went back after it was closed, jotted down her name and started my search. The next day, I found her, took a look at her website, sent her an e-mail and told her it was a necessity that I meet her ASAP cause the hairs on the back of my head were telling me she is the real deal.
I met Lu Zhang on Tuesday in her way cool apartment in the center of Downtown Baltimore where I was greeted by a 4'x8' work on paper that blew me away. And there was sweet, petite Lu, about as wonderful to talk to as can possibly be. We talked for 2 hours and I look forward to spending some more time talking. You may have read Rachel Beckman's article on the Anonymous III show in thursday's post, she mentions Lu's piece.
Baltimore. Who would have guessed it. I thought it was just a place with a cool Aquarium.