This “Fab Five Favs” is all about the thrill of discovery!
In my successful attempt to catch the last day of Catherine Redmond’s “Painting on Paper and Canvas” February 16th, I discovered not just one artist that I feel in love with, but five artist each with their very own unique voice and expression.
This also happened to be my premiere visit to the campus named after Vaclav Vytlacil who was one of the forerunners of American modernism, and to Sparkill, New York. How refreshing it was to get out of the city and into the country to breathe some clean air, and celebrate artist with wine & hor d’ourves with Gary Lawrence Sussman, as our perfect Host, Instructor and Director for The League Residency at VYT
Catherine Redmond is a New York artist living and working in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan with her Border Collie, Molly. After an undergraduate education at Cornell University and Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, she spent five years at The Art Students League of New York. Since then Redmond has devoted herself to formal queries into the tensions and unexpected adhesions between the internal and the external psychic stage. “This is where it all plays out, all the dramas,” she acknowledges.
This image entitled “Cloud Cover” was chosen for the invitation and it was this image that drew me to the exhibit and out of all of the images I viewed, this one, all 14″ x 11″ inches was love at first sight. It was my “Happy Pill” on canvas. I have the invite on my office desk waiting to be framed. http://catherineredmond.com/
These next four young artist shared in Residency and were given individual space to freely focus on their craft as well as ample opportunity to engage with a supportive society of artists and League staff who embody the creative spirit.
The League Residency at Vyt fosters professional development for working artists. Hosting Open Studios, exhibitions and workshops, Vytlacil is an integral part of the Art Students League of New York’s enduring mission to train great artists.
· Frazer Salter, a sculptor from Edinburgh Scotland, says his new work relates to the topic of human augmentation, the ethical debates it raises in culture and the further development of the relationship between sculpture and the body. http://cargocollective.com/frazersalter https://www.facebook.com/frazer.salter
· Cameron Shojaei, Cameron is in his second month in residence at Vyt, building a body of highly-detailed and refined paintings. His subject concerns the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and the many challenges Western influence has posed to their cultures. He notes “The international beef industry is the worst by far—it is strange to imagine that a cow may finish what a conquistador did not.” http://cameronshojaei.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/cameron.shojaei
· Todd Stong, born in Trenton and raised in Philly, is an artist and writer working in watercolor, charcoal, oil, monotype, acrylic, pen and ink, poetry, and prose. He used to stress out over how to mesh it all together (because that’s what we’re supposed to do, right?) but recently he’s been finding the joy in letting things have their own special places. Slowly they find their way together, and it’s magical, but it’s all in good time. http://www.toddstong.com/ http://newurbanarts.org/mentors/todd-strong/
· Charmaine Ortiz, is a visual artist based out of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. She received the Combined Honors Fellowship earning her MFA in Painting and an MA in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has earned other merit awards including SCAD’s Encore Award as well as fellowships and residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has also presented her art historical research at Universities across North Carolina and Georgia. Her work was most recently accepted into The Drawing Center (NY) Viewing Program. http://www.charmaineortiz.com/#! https://www.facebook.com/charmaine.ortiz https://twitter.com/charmaine_ortiz
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UPCOMING EVENTS at VYT:
* OPEN STUDIOS: February 22, 2-4pm
* OPENING RECEPTION: Bill Behnken, March 8, 2-5pm
* WORKSHOP: Encaustic Monotype Printmaking with Deborah Winiarski, March 15-16, $330 Register: 212.247.4510