Monthly Archives: May 2013

James Little at June Kelly Gallery

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I went to June Kelly Gallery last evening for the opening of James Little‘s new show, Never Say Never.  James has become a good friend over the years. I first met him in 2009 when working on supplementing a corporate art collection for a  client in Oklahoma City.  I actually discovered James online, via a website called Geoform.  His work was so vibrant and striking that it really stood out to me. We scheduled a studio visit and the rest is history. When we saw his work in person it had a whole other dimension of texture and color that is impossible to represent by photography.

The thing that initially drew me to James’s work is his masterful use of color. I chose to post this new work by James (above) first because it shows a new direction for the artist (a good thing) while also maintaining his ability to make the eye vibrate and play on geometry through the juxtaposition of color. It’s particularly difficult to photograph because the colors are  more subtle and the texture isn’t visible, but in person it’s absolutely stunning.

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I wore my new Marni dress to the opening thinking James would appreciate the play of patterns – turns out he dressed up for the occasion too – check out that suit!

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James and me in front of my two favorite new pieces of his.

Karen Wilkin wrote a very eloquent piece on James. I like how she described his new direction, “A meticulous craftsman, he makes his own materials, which may account for the intense hues and sensual surfaces that dispute – in a beneficial way – with his severe, measured compositions. One generalizes about Little at one’s peril, however; a recent group of square canvases with quadripartite divisions ring changes on encounters between diagonal elements and a range of delicate grays. But these works, too, make the same demands on us that his full-throttle color paintings do: to pay attention and allow his inventive orchestrations of geometry and chroma to delight our eyes and stir our emotions and intellect.”  – excerpt taken from James Little: Recent Work by Karen Wilkin, Jan 2013

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Greta Magnusson Grossman @ R20

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I stopped by R 20th Century on my way home from work for the opening of the Greta Magnusson Grossman show A Car and Some Shorts.  I feel so lucky to have seen some wonderful original pieces in the past year by some of my very favorite furniture designers. I saw a Finn Juhl retrospective in October in Copenhagen at the Designmuseum Danmark, just saw the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou in Paris, tonight I saw GMG’s show, and very much looking forward to seeing An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, a show at the MoMA on Le Corbusier opening on June 15.

The Greta Magnusson Grossman show has some original drawings and also original furniture (for sale of course, if you’re willing to part with many thousands of $$). It’s on display through June 29.R20-GretaGrossman GretaGrossmanPortrait GretaGrossman3 GretaGrossman2 GretaGrossman1

2 Favorite things = Berlin + UVA

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I saw these photos posted on United Visual Artists’ Facebook page of a show they did in Berlin as part of the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground exhibition.

It’s called Vanishing Point, aptly named because it looks like the spatial actualization of the perspective construction diagrams you can find in the seminal work (one that any decent architecture student has on her shelf) by Robert Gill, Basic Perspective.

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I recently had the privilege of working with Matt and Ben from UVA on a project that may or may not come to fruition. We’ll hopefully collaborate someday.

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I love UVA because they keep finding new ways to work with light and it’s not just about the LED.  In this particular instance it’s about using light to define space and in their other work there is a craftsmanship and materiality that’s missing in the work of a lot of other artists using the same medium right now.