Chelsea Part 2

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When I saw these paintings by William Villalongo, I immediately thought of Nina and her explorations into medical art.  An African-American artist based in Brooklyn, he says his goal is to “orchestrate a conversation between history and art”.

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The Sepia Eye Gallery had a number of interesting works, but I was really taken with Neal Oshima, a Japanese-American photographer who has lived in Manila for 40 years.  His photograms of traditional Philippine garments are really stunning.

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This was one gallery where the woman (and they were almost all women) minding the store was both friendly and helpful.

Another photographer featured here was Indian artist Vivan Sundaram.  He has done a lot of work in many media, which often includes social commentary.  A wonderful sense of the absurd shows through in these photos which have been drawn and written on.  I was not surprised to read that he has been influenced by Dada and the Surrealists.

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The Luise Ross Gallery has a wonderful show of works by Leo Rabkin, whose work I was not familiar with, although he is both a well-known artist (president of the American Abstract Artists group in the 1960s and 70s), and also, along with his wife Dorothea, a well-known collector of folk art.  He just died earlier this year.

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He used found objects in his own art, and did many boxes, including this one with nails that also reminded me of Nina and her nail sculpture.

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I also liked this painted collage.

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Tucked in the back of the gallery was some work by Gaileen Aiken, a self-taught artist from Vermont.  I loved these large jointed paper dolls.

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And the sketchbooks were delightful.

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Gregory Hayes, another Brooklyn based artist, is showing pointillistic mandalas at the Nancy Margolis Gallery.

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And at the Joanne Artman Gallery I discovered another interesting artist that is evidently somewhat well-known.  America Martin definitely shows a graffiti influence, and had a lot of paintings of boxers on display.  She claims Henry Moore as a big inspiration, but she really reminds me more of Fernand Leger.

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I looked at lots and lots of other work in other galleries, but this is what I liked best.  It certainly gives me plenty of new ideas.

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17 responses to “Chelsea Part 2”

  1. Jodi says :

    Wow! So much to LOVE here! How about that art journal??!!! and the collages – and the paintings – Fabulous! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. Teresa Robeson says :

    Thanks for the tour of the galleries! It was wonderfully and enlightening! I especially love the art made with found objects.

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  3. kirkistan says :

    Kerfe, thanks for sharing these. The images are chock full of ideas.

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  4. Sharon Mann says :

    Thank you Kerfe for sharing your inspirational gallery tour. It certainly got my creative juices flowing.

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  5. jessevanwagner says :

    Wow
    Really cool stuff. Such variety.
    I love the energy from the abstract painted collages.

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  6. Sand Salt Moon says :

    The digital images of art are great, but it’s the tactile, up-close-and-personal you capture here and in real life that is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Kerfe.

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  7. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Thanks for sharing. So much inspiration!! I think the garment photos may be my favorite!

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  8. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Congrats to your Mets, Kerfe!

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