Jung Ho Lee: Entropy’s Painter

by Siba Kumar Das

Jung Ho Lee, Self Portrait, 2018, acrylic on linen, 76" x 51"
Jung Ho Lee, Self Portrait, 2018, acrylic on linen, 76″ x 51″

New York City is constantly pushing the world of art to reboot itself. To see how a young Korean-American artist is contributing to this ceaseless reinvention in a promising way, go to 69 Eldridge Street in Lower Manhattan and there, in a popup display space exemplifying cultural entrepreneurship, you will encounter sixteen paintings that will give you a memorable viewing experience. 

Nurtured by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then by Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Jung Ho Lee is an artist drawn to multiple genres – sculpture, painting, collage, and photography. Continue reading “Jung Ho Lee: Entropy’s Painter”

Emmanuel Monzon: Urban Sprawl Emptiness

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

Emmanuel Monzon, Urban Sprawl 167

Solitude surrounds the guest when entering Emmanuel Monzon’s exhibition at Robert Kananaj Gallery in Toronto. All the photographs seem similar at first glance in their quiet compositions and monochrome colours. Taking a closer look, one recognizes their nuances – and becomes mesmerised by their magical beauty. They radiate an ephemeral, almost surreal tension that captivates the viewer.

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Lost Gazes: Iris Häussler’s Wax Works From the 1990s

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

Iris Häussler, Schwester, Sister, 1998, fabric, wax, 12x16 inches
Iris Häussler, Schwester (Sister), 1998, fabric, wax, 12 x 16 inches

Humans have always wanted to save their memories. From the beginning of history, they carved them into stones, wrote them on parchments, made millions of photographs or selfies. Iris Häussler buried the items that hold her memories in wax – literally. You might think: a nice try, but it won’t hold, it’ll melt – but you’re wrong. Continue reading “Lost Gazes: Iris Häussler’s Wax Works From the 1990s”

Water Works

by D. Dominick Lombardi

Martin Weinstein, Venice, Afternoon Traffic, 2 Days (2017), acrylic on multiple acrylic sheets, 11 x 17 inches
Martin Weinstein, Venice, Afternoon Traffic, 2 Days (2017), acrylic on multiple acrylic sheets, 11 x 17 inches

It’s no secret that water has its own unique attraction. Some of our best memories of youth often center around water, especially in moments when the summer’s oppressive heat is quelled by a dip in a cold lake, stream or pool where games and adventures, big and small, take place. Continue reading “Water Works”

Pick a Number Between 1 and 99

The Artwork that Led to the Publication of a Magazine

by Steve Rockwell

Steve Rockwell, Pick a Number between 1 and 99 (detail), 1987, ink on printed bond paper, 42.5 inches x 12 feet 10 inches
Steve Rockwell, Pick a Number between 1 and 99 (detail), 1987, ink on printed bond paper, 42.5 inches x 12 feet 10 inches

I had dropped out of the art scene already in 1972. When I came up with the idea for Pick a Number Between 1 and 99 in 1987, my contact with people I had known from art school and the early studio days had all but ceased. To quote Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, professionally I was essentially “…a complete unknown.” Distanced from my past efforts, my future presented a blank slate. The situation was at once liberating, yet tinged by a sense of urgency.

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Ron Milewicz: Circumstances

by D. Dominick Lombardi

Ron Milewicz, Sun and Oak, 2019
Ron Milewicz, Sun and Oak, 2019, oil on panel 24 x 18 inches, all images courtesy of John Davis Gallery

The current offering at John Davis Gallery is the ideal combination of excellent art and a carefully prepared and perfectly installed exhibition. As a result, Ron Milewicz strikingly beautiful landscapes immediately capture and hold your attention as you enter the space. Opposite the entrance of the gallery hangs the most spiritual work in the show, Sun and Oak (2019). Continue reading “Ron Milewicz: Circumstances”

Leah Oates: Photographic Monuments to the Ephemeral in Nature

by Steve Rockwell

Leah Oates, Don Valley 2 # 15, 2018-2019

Earlier in February photographer Leah Oates opened her Transitory Space # 9 exhibition at Black Cat Artspace, a small storefront gallery near Dundas and Roncesvalles in Toronto. Now a resident of the city, Leah Oates had founded and run Station Independent Projects, a Lower East Side gallery in New York City. Her recent work centers on Toronto’s Cedarvale Ravine and Don Valley, the ninth in the Transitory Space group of works. Continue reading “Leah Oates: Photographic Monuments to the Ephemeral in Nature”

Four Outstanding Exhibitions at the Dorsky

by D. Dominick Lombardi

Angela Dufresne, Kerry Downey, 2016
Angela Dufresne, Kerry Downey, 2016, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art stands as a consistent reminder that a regional museum can play a major role in the presentation and understanding of Contemporary Art, as well as offering a showplace for antiquity and Modern Art. Currently, the museum features four outstanding exhibitions that are presented thoughtfully and with a very high level of professionalism.

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