Saturday, December 31, 2011

The 4 Month Suite - a collaboration

This past week I gave away a new series of printed canvases created from digital drawings, which was a collaborative work between my son and myself. This collaboration between Father and Son grew out of digital drawing  experiments done with, my son, Javier in the first few months of his life. Because of the nature of the collaboration, I suspended the "no print" aspect of my work.Work started in the beginning of November 2011, a few weeks before his 4th month of existence; which is also around the same time, by chance, of surrealist artist Roberto Matta’s birthday. As a numbers play, there were 4 drawings made.
 
The idea was to set up a system of creating drawings, and to use a specific method for Javier to create the work. The singular guideline was to use a Modernist palate and primary colors (Red, Blue, Yellow). Through the process, I learned  from Javier how the digital drawing software on the tablet could be manipulated. For example, If you pressed on two areas of the tablet almost simultaneously you could create lines without moving your finger across the area. To me this was a fascinating discovery in a conceptual sense, and within the larger scope of my work.

Javier would switch out of digital brushes and I would allow this chance happening. He would change the size of brushes, and I would let this go. The main element was that the colors and the size of the given area would be fixed. I hope to do many further collaborations with Javier. I can imagine him teaching me much more about Art and its production.

For more information or documentation please email here.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Favorite Artists of 20th and 21st century (so far)

I have had a number of conversations recently regarding my favorite Artists (notice I did not say Fine Artists). Here are some of these Artists/Creative entities/Creative groups of the musical, performance, visual, and beyond flavors of the 20th and 21st century which I have been influenced by. Like I have said time and time again, I am influenced by these artists, but I have no interest in following their paths, replicating their work, and/or ideas. I am excluding people/entities from my links section (who are obviously included). It seems I tend to like artists that evolve over time, ones who reject style/brand, and/or are interdisciplinary (without sacrificing quality). These Artists are in no participial order or hierarchy.

Flying Lotus Glenn Gould Sonny Kay Shawn Lobb Agnes Martin Marina Rosenfeld Marcel Duchamp Blake Rayne Gravity Lygia Clark Hans Haacke Mike Kelley Hélio Oiticica Spring Heel Jack Julie Ault Lygia Pape Bruce Nauman Robert Bringhurst Cildo Meireles Dischord Gordon Matta-Clark Vito Acconci Jesús Rafael Soto Sylvia Plimack Mangold Doug Wheeler Jan Zwicky DeWain Valentine Fluxus Sia Furler MaxYawney Jonathan Lasker Fred Sandback Eva Hesse Peter Halley Michael Asher Aphex Twin Yayoi Kusama Underworld Ray Johnson Piet Mondrian Robert Irwin Piero Manzoni Chris Burden Dan Flavin Maria Nordman Tony Bechara Kenneth Noland Craig Kauffman Peter Alexander Jim Henson Bricks Avalon Sol LeWitt Alice Becker-Ho Robert Barry Mel Bochner Mary Corse Rafael Bogarin John Cage Dorothea Rockburne Hans Hofmann Janet Cardiff Al Held Sam Francis Kevin Clash Michael Lark A Tribe Called Quest John Chamberlain Gerhard Richter Josef Albers Wooster Group Allan Kaprow Anni Albers Dan Graham Midnight Movies Craig Bonich Christopher McQuarrie Tetsuya Mizuguchi Guy Debord Anna Barranca Marz One Keita Takahashi Robert Ryman Richard Tuttle David Hammons Mark Wallinger José Damasceno Jason Pierce Tom Middleton Itsuko Hasegawa  Katie Nisa Richey Edwards Keith Sonnier Alan Moore Naoyuki Tomomatsu Yoshihiro Nishimura Associated Artists for Propaganda Research Melinda Gebbie James Dean Bradfield Nicky Wire Judy Dunaway Willoughby Sharp Krzysztof Kieślowski Situationist International Steve Reich Emily Dickinson Dean Motter Todd Miller John Coltrane Nicholas Wheelwright Ed "Johnson" Shepard Rhett Mataix Joan La Barbara David Mazzucchelli Buckminster Fuller EPMD Anne Tardos Terry Riley Bill Evans Beth Gibbons John Cage etc...

Ps. Happy Yule to all those celebrating!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Graphic for Jacqueline Humphries

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings and works about Fine Artists who work(ed), or are primarily working in the NYC area. This month I produced a graphic for NYC Fine Artist, Jacqueline Humphries.























For information and documentation of Jacqueline Humphries' work please go to her website.

She is also included in this recent book on abstract painting, and also this book on current painting.

Please note: As always, due to the process and thinking in my creation of this: I consider this Graphic Design, not Fine Art; hence the color.  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 4 people who contact me

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.
That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

Here is a recent quote about the drawing series:
"This is rad!" -Josh Berezin

So how do you get in on all this action? Just email me here, and please include your name and postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Parallel Panels, the limits of landmarks (3D) and maps (2D)

I have received a few questions about the intent and extent of the Parallel Panels series/body of work (and its history). I have created a linked list to answer these questions:

The middle area between concepts and percepts

Refusing the conservative tropes of minimalism, and/or conceptualism

The rhizome between landmarks and maps

Separate planes and separate experiences, gathered together

A hierarchy only created by our bodies and minds

There is no point of origin, only continuum

It is both navigation and point of reference

The lowest technological teleportation system ever

The extremes and moderates in place(s)

To question the limits of human perception and conception

The subtext, context, and beyond context in no text.

Maintaining movement in various dimensions

In sequences, never series.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Holidays

























Happy Holidays to all. Click on the image to see it larger. Please note: As always, due to the process and thinking in my creation of this: I consider this Graphic Design, not Fine Art; hence the color.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Linked phrases in many languages for Liam Gillick

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings and works about Fine Artists who work(ed), or are primarily working in the NYC area. This month I produced linked phrases/idioms in many languages for NYC Fine Artist, Liam Gillick.

Mae'r byd yn fach! De onde você é? 누워서 떡먹기.
Скажи 'изюм!' ตอนเซเว่นปิด. 讓世界停下我要下車!
Missä on vessa? З'їхав з глузду. ¿Cuánto cuesta?
ከኔ ጋር መደነስ ትፈልጋለህ።  য়!  أقف! حريق! اإلحقني!
Είσοδος, Εξοδος. Vietato Fumare. ཧ་གོ་མ་སོང་།.
Ukwazi ukukuthi futhi na?  Otevřeno, Zavřeno.
Je suis enchanté. კეთილ მგზავრობას გისურვებთ.
Не съм те виждал много време. Pardonu!
Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami. Škof v škaf skoči.
Pitumpú't pitóng putíng patíng. Bagai pungguk merindukan bulan.
ಹುಛುಛಗಿ ಪಲೆ ಬರ್ಥ ಎದೆ Zer moduz? Låt bli mig! Ej rör mig!
هاورکرافت من پر مارماهى است ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑑᓗᐊᖅᐱᐅᒃ?
Fa'amolemole.  Nighty night.  Wanawake Wanaume.
પોલીશ ને બોલાવો  Vorbàis Gott! ເຈົ້າປາກພາສາລາວໄດ້ບໍ່?
Buen prubechu.  Selamat Tahun Baru. तोहार का नाम ह?
Maopopo iaʻuʻole Quomodo dicas?

If some of the fonts are not displaying properly, for best results please use a current PC computer (not Mac) or install the fonts based on the languages given in the links.

For information and documentation of Liam Gillick's work please go to his website.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quotes - Fine Art. Part 2

I posted a collection of quotes over the summer. Since I got such a great response, I decided to post more that have been kicking around and gathered.

“Good art should elicit a response of 'Huh? Wow!' as opposed to 'Wow! Huh?'” 

“Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.” 

“Young artists of today need no longer say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer.” They are simply “artists.” All of life will be open to them.” 

“We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted.” 

“Only the man who says no is free” 
“The mental space left by the reduction of our needs is taken up by those talents – artistic, poetic and scientific – which multiply and take deep root. They become the true needs of society. They spring from a necessity to produce and not from a necessity to consume.” 

“The word 'art' interests me very much. If it comes from Sanskrit, as I've heard, it signifies 'making.” 

“Everything is expressed through relationships.” 

“If you look at the size of the art world in terms of the money that is being transacted compared to other parts of the 'consciousness industry,' it is minuscule. But if you look at what happens in this small sector, how it rubs off on the rest of it, it is astonishing.”  

“What gets an artist out of bed is the possibility of actually making something with infinite meaning.” 

“Theory is when you have ideas; ideology is when ideas have you.” 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One year anniversary for website/blog: Unlimited digital drawings this week

Again, I am giving away an unlimited batch of unique, digital drawings. This give-a-way will last for one week only (through next Sunday, November , 2011)

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing... and those who already own a large digital drawing, are entitled to a small or large drawing.

I have received many questions about the content (and the scope of context) for these drawings. I have a long held interest in the difference and similarities between maps and landmarks, in both a very abstract sense and a literal sense. I also have an interest in the speed and dynamics of how the drawings are delivered and the speed in which they are delivered through the internet and through the postal mail service. I  believe that the above listed interests are reflected in my digital drawings  The key to the drawings is is that they are unique, and are expressing multiple aesthetic sensibilities.

How do I get in on the drawing give-a-way? Email me here, and please include your name and postal address (for officiating certificate). As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, share, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New work: OffeRings from Corner-rings series

Here are two images, in 2 lighting states, of a recently completed work, OffeRings. This work is part of the Corner-rings series/body of work.

















 


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Contrapuntal poem for Judith Murray

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings and works about Fine Artists who work, or are primarily working in the NYC area. This month I made a linked polyphonic/contrapuntal poem, meant to be recited by 2 people (to be read aloud at the same time, full instructions at the bottom)  for NYC Fine Artist, Judith Murray.

The intimate along the right.
The flock of light gathers 

Like melisma: solid then liquid
Lay on the linen, over air

The square states context
Stretch and extend the flux  

Dialogues in various dialects
Variation of dimensions in proximity

First hard then soft
Last micro than macro

Flowing orchestration in the primaries
Stoppages in the sensation growing

Local stellar parallax to ground us
The architectural frame vibrates

A line that ties and bonds
A fragment of lattice

A never ending shift in our perception
The perception of a never ending shift

Converging form from many
Pieces of pieces to many

A current but not from water
The wave and air went

A difference or relationship
Neither symmetry nor asymmetry


Variants and commentary are inclusive
Percent and proportion are unique

Shapes in the movement 
Movement out of shapes

A breath still from silence
Always from its own speech

The fluid strokes unknown 
Stoking the states of a soul




Please note/directions:
The text in regular style is meant to be read by one speaker/musician and the text in italic is meant for a different one speaker/musician, both are to be spoken at the same time. This can also be achieved by recording one of the voices then playing back or recording both voices then playing.

The hyperlinks are to be examined afterward.

For information and documentation of Judith Murray's work please go to her website

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Answering Machine (Questions and Answers) - part 3.75

Following my last "The Answering Machine (Questions and Answers)" post I received a number of questions wanting clarification and further explanation.

Your early works are very conceptual (needing almost not to be physically produced), why did you abandon this?

I believe many early conceptual works were the basis for most, if not all, of the current marketing/advertising tropes (see: Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity). The Con(temporary) fine art world has a sort of trickle down method that gets out to society via collectors, gallerists, etc. I am against the creation of  "pure" conceptual work and thus marketing and some other business strategies (yes, this is hyperbole, I am writing to you from my own blog/website), that summarize, limit, and obtain for their own self congratulations/self promotional/interest use.

Some of your Fine Artist of the Month posts are unintelligible, confusing, and/or offensive to the Fine Artists you are trying honor.

The main goal of the Fine Artist of the Month (FAOTM) is to honor the Fine Artist (note: not the work of ) who I am usually extremely familiar with. I believe I am giving their work new dimension and extension. I want people to find out more of who they are and to those who are familiar, give them a new perspective or reading of their work. I try to pick a medium and style that helps extend their work. Most of the posts now have many hyperlinks to help clarify certain ideas, my suggestion is to click and read all of them. Some of these ideas and attributes might go against the given Fine Artist's core values. For the most part many of the Fine Artists have expressed their happiness and are grateful, I am still waiting on some to acknowledge the entries. I try not trophitize (if you examine/consider all the details) nor to limit their work, but this happens with any public admiration, critique, affection, writing about, etc...

Why don't you write or post everyday on your blog?  I love your writing, why don't you write more?

Like I have posted before and above I am not interested in "pure" marketing/interneting/consuming. I only have X amount of time in this world, just like you. I am interested in interacting with the world much like Glenn Gould did in the 2nd half off his life. I don't feel anyone (regardless of their profession) should be posting more than once a week, maybe even that is too much... maybe it should just be a really great post once a month... maybe once a year. All joking aside, I am much more interested in producing, than consuming (similar to Gabriel Tarde and Liam Gillick).

As for the second question, writing has come as a sort of necessary addition and extension of my own work. I remember reading in an interview in a Mike Kelley book that he started writing because most critics dumb-downed his work and understanding of the scope of the work. I also feel my writing is essential to publicly clarify the context, nature and scope of my work. I have little interest in writing much outside the context of this website (though I do, and about other topics as well). Please note I wish not to fetishize writing, or have my work rely solely on writing like other fine artists.

What's your deal with the color combination: red, green, and blue?

Great question, I find them to be our global current/(con)temporary colors, RGB colors have been my long time fascination, which I like to think of as the primary painting colors of our time, as opposed to the RYB colors of the 20th century Modernist/formalist fine art era. Though this color combination has been in use for the past few years, I am only trying to use this combination sparingly and exclusively for my more social interventions and installations.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New studio work: Our Common Future

Below is a photographic documented image of recently completed work, Our Common Future. I hope this work will make a public debut soon.




















Our Common Future, 2011 
Laser*, recycled cardboard*, recycled plastic bags, rechargeable batteries*, solar panels*, and an empty 1gallon household paint can*. Variable/scalable dimensions (installed here: 25' by 30' on the floor. 25' by 9' on the wall

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Answering Machine (Questions and Answers) - part 3

I keeping getting a number of really great questions. For some past questions and answers go here. I have some questions that will be answered when I have a double interview with my friend, and NYC Fine Artist, Brian Higbee. Below is part 3 of this on-going posting of answers:

The digital drawings go against your tactile or physical approach to Fine Artwork, right?

Yes and no, I love that when I send a digital drawing to someone that when they have the file open on the digital tablet, monitor, digital frame,etc... of their choice and it will create a source of heat, they can touch the screen and it will give them a heat sensation on their skin. This is something that you could get from any monitor, but I love the fact that it is the same or similar feeling I get from my digital tablet when I am creating the drawing.

I have seen your post about toxicity in Fine Artists Studios' and you mentioned sustainability. Sustainable ideas seems to be a major concern with your lasers and light work as well? Doesn't creating any physical Fine Artwork of any kind go against your Carbon Neutral ideals? Aren't you a conceptual artist, couldn't you just make your work more conceptual based?

Yes and no, I think in the future being carbon neutral with your work will be much easier. I don't believe in making false attempts at carbon neutrality nor to ideologically/physically isolate myself in order to have a false sustainable living situation. At this time I am focusing on making (a majority of my) work that scales and expands into an architectural space. I am interested in creating systems that are self reliant and do not need outside sources of power to maintain their energy. My definition of sustainable (which is very close to the universally accepted one) includes human sustainability, and prosperity. 

I am not a Conceptual Artist, I believe some of my work does need to be physically produced, and I believe in a layered Fine Art experience (which includes pure experience, pure concepts, among other things). Like I have said before, I think and create from a lineage of Conceptual Art and Systems Art (particularly open-systems and the early work of Hans Haacke)

Do you see your digital drawings as a lineage from 1960's Mail Art or Correspondence Art?

Yes, very much so. I really enjoy that history and work, especially the Mail - Correspondence Art ,of Ray Johnson and other Mail Fine Artists. Though I am not interested in a "tit-for-tat", exact exchange between Fine Artists (though they are who are mostly who ask me for the drawings). I am very much interested in just giving away the drawings, and making very specific rules about how they are presented. I enjoy that it works in many different art tropes: digital and conceptual art (the actual work) mail art (getting the certificate) and it works as internet art (getting the digital drawing). To me it shows what the 21st Century (Fine Art) may bring.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rumble Above The Clouds reminder

This is a reminder about the opening for the group show I am in on Thursday (tomorrow), Rumble Above The Clouds, I will be showing the new light installation. It also includes many great NYC Fine Artists.

Here is some info on the shows opening and hours:

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 29th, 7-9pm

Exhibition info:
The exhibition runs from
September 16th - October 27th
Corner of West 60th Street and Columbus in Manhattan

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rumble Above the Clouds exhibition - September-October 2011 - Part 2

In a previous post I discussed how I was invited to take part in the Rumble Above The Clouds group show which includes many NYC Fine Artists. I plan to show a new laser/light work. The show is located inside the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 60th and Columbus, in Manhattan/NYC. Again, no, this is not the church which the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man crushes, but it is relatively close by.

I was asked by a few of the organizers about the visibility, quality and strength of the laser for this installation. Here is my edited response:

The laser light is modest, subtle, and contemplative. It acts more as a constellation, not an exploding star. Something that should be pointed out to others, it is not a laser that will hurt you or one that is obvious, and just marking an area. It is a spiritual light/laser, not a military one. A far off, distant star cluster. A thousand candles, a mile away. It is a rumble, not a bolt of lightning.

Below is documented image of the installation.

The opening is next Thursday, September 29th from 7-9pm

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Free, unlimited digital drawing give-a-way to New York State residents in memorial of WTC.

In memory of September 11th, I am giving away an unlimited batch of unique, digital drawings to all those with a current New York address and/or those who lived in New York State on September 11, 2001. This give-a-way will last for one week only (through next Sunday, September 18, 2011)

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing... and those who already own a large digital drawing, are entitled to a small or large drawing.

Here is a recent quote about the drawing series:
"Galileo would be proud." -Rhett Mataix from the Brooklyn rock band, We Ride

Just email me here, and please include your name and New York postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, share, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Березин революция [Berezin Revolution]...

From 2006-2008 my studio and work was somewhat dormant. I thought about Fine Art a great deal, I drew many drawings, but worked on and completed very few major installations. One such work from the parallel panels series, Березин революция [Berezin Revolution] (Made out with the red giant too) 2006-2009, the title of the work was inspired by the owners of the work and a mathematician/physicist of the same name, but not particularly this revolution.

When discussing the work, one of the owner's mentioned how the the parallel panels body of work relates to an Eruv, a ritual enclosure that allows observant people to carry objects on the Jewish Sabbath. I find that the concept of the Eruv also relates to my older work, Future Concerns of Relative Space 1999-2001, which is also much about the space and context that surrounds the work as well as what happens with the object itself (and what goes on inside the work).

Here is video documentation of the installation:



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Detoxifying the studio

With my interest in all things sustainable (and how all things can be sustainable), I often have the discussion with others about keeping my studio toxin-free, or keeping it as low-toxic as possible. I grew up around the block from a Superfund site, which I believe is why I had intense respiratory problems as a child-young adult (including long term hospitalization). Therefore it is really necessary whenever I work with Oils, Acrylics, or household paint in my studio, that I have my small Austin Air-purifier always turned on. I usually use a large Austin Air-purifier for new materials (plastics, etc...) which are offgassing.

I often wonder if Fine Artists like Eva Hesse had this or had taken more precautions, would she still still be creating work today? To be sure Van Gogh died from toxic poisoning from paint.

I often tell Fine Artists that it isn't worth dying to make your work. Especially when you can use materials that are non-toxic, or where you can keep the toxicity to minimum contact.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Artist of the Month: A pixel and welcoming for Javier Knight



Last month my son, Javier Berezin Knight entered this world. I hope he will become an Artist (the humanistic, John Miller meaning of the term, Artist). This month, Javier is Artist of the month (Please note, I did not say Fine Artist, I am making an exception [a possible contradiction] this month). He has already taught me so much about this world, and has thoroughly changed my perspective on many things, including my own Fine Art production and process. Thank you very much to all of those who have already sent their very kind words, blessings, etc... to myself,  my wife, and to Javier.

Above the first paragraph is a tiny, singular pixel, graphic image (.gif). The pixel is an essential basic building block of all things on a screen, such as the one you are viewing this post/entry on. The pixel when in abundance with other pixels, can expand infinitely. Here this pixel represents the beautiful potential and infinite possibilities I wish for Javier's life. It is also just a pixel. If you would like a .pdf version of this singular pixel, please email me here.

Please note: I consider this my Graphic Design work, not Fine Art; hence the color.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Where does your Fine Art begin...

Where does your Fine Art begin, and where does your brand/propaganda/style end? Where does your brand/propaganda/style begin, and where does your Fine Art end?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 5 people who contact me.

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.
That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

Here is a recent quote about the drawing series:
"I am so excited by this... In large part because it has made me rethink the inherent nature of digital art." -Christopher X J. Jensen

So how do you get in on all this action? Just email me here, and please include your name and postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quotes - Fine Art, etc...

For my open studio in 2009 I sent a postal invite. It included some thoughts from myself and quotes that I feel are very relevant to today's current state of Fine Art. With some encouragement from friends, others; I am sharing the quotes from others again. I have included some other quotes as well that have been kicking around in my head recently as well.

“The frame is still with each change that fills it with  the attention. The attention is still with the frame that fills it with each change. Each change is still with the attention that fills it with the frame” -Maria Nordman

“Can you dance and think at the same time?” -Gil Scott Heron

“...Important perceptions, which go beyond common sense experience of ineffable states of consciousness, giving us access to the unfamiliar, the unknown, or those levels of knowing that cannot be translated into words. These are precisely the states of being least addressed by our culture at large.” -Melinda Wortz

“If you ask someone how their marriage is going and they say, “Sustainably,” it doesn’t have quite the same zing as “Flourishing!”  -William McDonough

“With the most primitive means the artist creates something which the most ingenious and efficient technology will never be able to create.” -Kasimir Malevich

“Perhaps the future role of the artist will be to act directly as the arbiter of qualities in our lives. Quality not as an add-on, as it is now, but as criteria in all matters of planning.” -Robert Irwin

“Let's say flotation suits me fine” -Swell

“The worst immorality is to give in, give up” -Andrea Dworkin

“Abreast with the Times” -Unknown Bulgarian (street? Fine?) Artist

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: A Chakra Mandala graphic for Vandana Jain

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings and workings about Fine Artists who work, or are primarily working in the NYC area. This month I made a graphic for Vandana Jain.
























Some notes for the graphic:
Perception vs. Logos
Soft Skills
Reorganization
Rebranding
Chakra
Mandala 
Upcycle

Please note: I consider this Graphic Design, not Fine Art; hence the color.

For a .pdf version of this, email me here

For more info on Vandana Jain's work, go here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt

I participated in a two-part exhibition in January-March 2011, An Exchange with Sol LeWitt. It was a very personally meaningful show, since I regard some of LeWitt's work to be the greatest that the 20th century had to offer. The work was an unreleased, documentation/proposal drawing for the light/laser work, The Reddest Shift [...diagonal masters], 2010.

The catalog for the exhibition was just released and the print version is on sale here. You can also download an electronic (.pdf) version here for free.

For more on the legendary Sol LeWitt go here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 6 people who contact me.

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.
That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

So how do you get in on all this action? Just email me here, and please include your name and postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Oceans and Parks - post show

Thanks to all who participated in the very intimate, esoteric, group fine art show that I curated, known on this journal/blog as: Oceans and Parks. Below are a few images of the works included. Stay tuned for other posts relevant to this show.




















Brian Higbee installing his work, "Tip of the Iceberg". Along with my work: J.ust Be.cause you Kn.ow 





















Brian Higbee's "Tip of the Iceberg". Along with my work: J.ust Be.cause you Kn.ow  





















J.ust Be.cause you Kn.ow, 2011
Solar panels, LED lights, lanterns* with fabric dye*





















J.ust Be.cause you Kn.ow, 2011
Solar panels, LED lights, lanterns* with fabric dye*

Friday, July 1, 2011

Reminder: Japan benefit/group show at AG Gallery

As stated in this week's official post, tonight, at AG Gallery benefit auction for Japan.

The fun starts at 6 today. If you can not make it tonight, don't worry,the show and bidding continues for the whole month of July.

Hope to see you tonight!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Japan benefit/group show at AG Gallery

I just found out that I will be in a silent auction/group show benefiting Japan. The show is at AG Galley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is opening this Friday, July 1st at 6pm.

I will be showing a very new work from the Corner-Rings series, SummeRings. Below is some documentation of the work.

The show continues until July 31st. For more information see:
http://www.aboutglamour.net/

As always, I hope you can make it (make it work, that is)!























SummeRings, 2010-2011
{first image: detail, second image: extreme detail, and
third image: low light detail}
Household paint*** and glow in the dark acrylic paint* on oak*

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reminder: ICED - Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art

I will be participating in the Fine Art group show: ICED at Staten Island's Snug Harbor - Newhouse Center.

I will be showing the light work: Future Proofing, which I created in 2009.

The reception is this Saturday, June 18 from 6-8pm and the show will be up through September 4th. 

For more information on the show check my previous post.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 7 people who contact me.

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.

That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in?
Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

So how do you get in on all this action? Just
email me here, and please include your name and postal address.
As stated in an
earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reminder: Oceans and Parks

As stated in previous posts (1, 2), I am curating and organizing a unique Fine Art exhibition. For those currently in the know: a reminder that the festivities start at 4pm on Saturday. For those that want to be in the know and to experience this please e-mail me (studio@benknight.net). I'd be excited and happy to share all information with you by that means.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

ICED - Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art: June 18 - September 4, 2011

I will be participating in the Fine Art group show: ICED at Staten Island's Snug Harbor - Newhouse Center. Many great artists who have some themes, and practices in common with mine will also be participating. Should be a great show, and if you have never been there before, I would highly recommend checking out the Chinese Scholar's Garden on the property.

I will be showing the light work: Future Proofing, which I created in 2009.

The reception is from 6-8pm Saturday, June 18 and the show will be up through September 4th.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art:
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Hope you can make it! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My part/play for Party for Playgrounds - Stating the States

Recently, I donated a drawing to the benefit silent auction, Party for Playgrounds, for children's playgrounds in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA. The auction will be held this coming Friday, June 3rd from 7-10pm. Sadly, I cannot make it to the auction due to other commitments. It will be a great event and, of course, the cause is of the utmost importance.

"Stating the States", the drawing in the auction, is one of only a few physical paper drawings I plan to produce this year. It uses a new technique I developed with acrylic glow in the dark paint. Below are a few images of it in various lighting states.






Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Painting Meticulous Chemistry: A linked poem for Allen Higbee

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings about Fine Artists who have worked, or are primarily working, in the NYC area. This month I write a "linked poem" for the late, Allen Higbee (RIP).

Painting Meticulous Chemistry

The building blocks of paint.

The folding of magazine photography.

To light stars of the canvased sky

To carve the foreign with respect.

There in the battlefields of time.

There in Lowery Field's space.

Touching the matter of Dramatics and Realism.

Touching the Mana of wood and paint.

This New Jersey.

This Man.

For more information please check out the new book edited by Brian Higbee:
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt - The Paintings and Sculptures of Allen Higbee 1971-2010

To all those who wrote in about the book having the wrong link, thanks again. It is linked correctly now.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 8 people who contact me.

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.

That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in?
Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

So how do you get in on all this action? Just
email me here, and please include your name and postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Oceans and Parks - new light work

I am in the process of producing a new light installation for the mysterious group show in Brooklyn. See below for documentation/images of studio experiments related to the show.






Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oceans and Parks

I am curating and organizing a unique Fine Art exhibition in June 2011, located in Brooklyn NY, US of A. I can not discuss any other details of the exhibition here. If you are interested in participating as a Fine Artist or experiencing this mysterious project, please e-mail me (studio@benknight.net). I'd be excited and happy to share all information with you by that means.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Like the infinite fabric of Carmen Hay Kolodzey

Each month I am adding to an on-going series of writings about Fine Artists working in NYC.

This month I write a Linked Poem, similar to the Linked Essay from last month. This time it is for Carmen Hay Kolodzey, a Fine Artist currently working in NYC.

Like the infinite fabric of Carmen Hay Kolodzey

Like every construction and unlike any deconstruction ever
Unlike Chihuly, like a true craftswoman, unlike the corporation

Unlike a purist, unlike a factory, like a Society's fabric
Like the 21st Century, unlike an extremist's hyperbole

Like a craft, a work of Fine Art
Like a studio in East Chelsea

Like paint on fabric, like fabric on paint
Like a gauge or satchel of the Avant-Garde 

Like the unseen qualities of life
Like the quilt of life


To find out more about Carmen Hay Kolodzey, please visit her site. Like always my suggestion is to see  work in its proper real-time, non-documented, Fine Art context.