Kcirred Reswob: The Immortal Wile E.

By Debbi Kenote

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Kcirred Reswob, Untitled Sketchbook Page

Images that seem to be evoking specific narratives cover the walls of Kcirred Reswob’s studio as I sit across from him discussing his work. Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, a cow behind a fence, Seaworld, a littered landscape, among others. On the table, next to one of his cats, is a stack of sketchbooks. As Reswob describes growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania listening to Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and the other conservative classics, I begin to understand the genesis for much of the narrative I am seeing.

Through his explorations of the coyote, borders, humans, animals and their environments, discrete or cartoonish narratives appear that seem to also reflect a deeper socio-political sensibility. The result is a world that can at times seem both comically mundane and deeply prophetic. The common image of a barbed wire fence begins to seem like something I’ve never really looked at before. As Reswob and I discuss the coyote and his research into the attempted removal of it from parts of the midwestern United States, I begin to wonder why I, like countless other children, took pleasure in watching the many creative deaths of the immortal Wile E.  A simple act of looking, or re-looking at what we already know is there, transports Reswob’s narratives into symbols of humanity, that are both fascinating and disturbing.  Continue reading “Kcirred Reswob: The Immortal Wile E.”

Kcirred Reswob: The Immortal Wile E.

Days Later, I Reflect: NYC Armory Week

By Alyssa McClenaghan

As the 2017 Armory Week art fairs in NYC come to an end, I reflect on the hundreds and hundreds of pieces of work on view. It was a lot to digest, booth after booth, gallery after gallery, work that was polished, new, old, fresh, tired, bright, flashy, sculptural, political, humorous. You name it and it was at one of the many fairs. Overall the displays were impressive. Here’s my run down of some unforgettable work.

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Ancient Future: A Visual Poem in Three Stanzas, Film Still, Robert Hodge (Image Courtesy of Freight + Volume)

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Days Later, I Reflect: NYC Armory Week

Going Political: Highlights of SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017

By Alyssa McClenaghan

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                        Future Past News, Andrea Wolf & Karolina Ziulkoski. Photo Courtesy of the Artists.

It’s Armory Week in New York City. With many art fairs to see, Open House has been making the rounds. Here I focus on SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017, taking on the task of viewing the spaces of over 150 Curators and 350 artists. Taking place in the former Condé Nast Building in Times Square, politically charged work made a big dent in the fair this year. While there was plenty of the experimental, playful atmosphere that SPRING/BREAK has come to be known for, it was clear that there has been a shift from previous years. The current political climate brought an influx of profound, contemporary work to this year’s event, themed “Black Mirror“. With so much to take in, and an incredible line up of work this year, it was hard to pick just a few to talk about. Below is a peek into three wonderful curations from this year’s event. 

 

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Going Political: Highlights of SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017

5 On 5 – Highlights from Gowanus Open Studios 2016

5 Artists – 5 Questions

by Debbi Kenote and Til Will

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Crys Yin, More Or Less Grooming No. 4, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 30″

After spending some time in the studios of artists working in Bushwick, Open House turned to Gowanus this weekend to discover what’s bubbling up from the canal. Over 300 artists participated in Gowanus Open Studios 2016, and of them we picked 5 to tell us what’s what. Lace up folks, it time for 5-on-5.

  1. HOW DO YOU APPROACH  COLOR  IN YOUR WORK?
  2. IS THERE A PARTICULAR NARRATIVE AT PLAY IN YOUR CURRENT OR PAST PROJECTS?
  3. WHO / WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO MAKE YOUR WORK?
  4. DO YOU HAVE A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT YOU BOUNCE IDEAS OFF OF, OR DOES IT TEND TO BE MORE OF A SOLITARY APPROACH?
  5. THOUGHTS ON THE GOWANUS SCENE AT THE MOMENT?

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5 On 5 – Highlights from Gowanus Open Studios 2016

Dan Schein’s Mountain Men Mock the Macho

by Til Will

It’s the end of an aimless art hunt in Chelsea that I really didn’t intend to have. I kept hoping I’d find something meaningful on 24th st. There had to be something new.

After exhausting the block I had come to my last stop: Mike Weiss Gallery. There beamed the densest painting of the day; it was literally screaming.

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Dan Schein, Seer of Things, oil on canvas, 66 x 92 in.

Deep umbers and heavy greens were climbing off of the canvas. A face built of salmon colored smudges and flailing brown smears glared with a big ol’ eye. The mouth trembled as if to be in two places at once. I picture the dreadful author of this evil mark-making as a pure madman, emptying entire tubes of paint and slopping them around like playing with food. Continue reading “Dan Schein’s Mountain Men Mock the Macho”

Dan Schein’s Mountain Men Mock the Macho