Monday, December 19, 2005

Joanne Mattera in Miami



Artist, writer and teacher Joanne Mattera took the trip down to the recent Art Basel Miami Beach and shares her experiences with us. Besides her written account of each of the venues, big and small, she provides links to many of the artists and galleries that had work that appealed to her. I find it more believable when you actually know the person who has written about something like this. Shown above, a photo of Joanne's work at the Marcia Wood Gallery.

Artist, writer and educator Chris Ashley has published JOANNE GOES TO MIAMI on his blog, Look, See.

I have met Joanne a few times and this coming May we will be showing together for the second time in a group show called Order(ed) at Gallery Siano in Philadelphia, curated by artist and writer (are we seeing a pattern here?) Julie Karabenick. More on that when the opening gets closer.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Jon Manteau, Part 2, video



A subject many artists and others in the art world avoid is one that Jon and I think is important to talk about, selling art. How can serious artists be expected to continue to buy materials, rent studios, ship their work and the countless other costs associated with being an artist without making sales?

Teaching is one way some would respond. Jon does that too, he is an adjunct professor at Temple University. We met at a local diner where he talks about the ups and downs of teaching.

Another thing critical to artists is having an opportunity to exhibit their work. We taped the opening reception of the the Wind Challenge 2 Exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial, where Jon showed two very large paintings and a number of smaller works on paper and panel.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Jon Manteau, Part 1, video



Brash, truthful, and engaging are words that describe both the paintings and the personality of Jon Manteau. His recent 8x12 foot paintings prove this on a huge scale. The studio is king size to accommodate the oversized tools and countless gallons of paint he needs to create these captivating works. Instead of using the traditional brush or palette knife, Jon has designed and built a jumbo trough to feed paint onto the six wooded panels that make up his support. He needs help to maneuver this monstrous painting tool, and we watch as Jon and friend Andrew Geller apply an inch thick stream of house paint over the previously painted areas. The result is thick layers of color that stretch from the earth to the sky.

Above, "My wedding ring is in the belly of a bluefish", 8x12', house paint on cabinet grade plywood, 2005, by Jon Manteau.

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