Category archives: Mixed Media

  • Bushwick Open Studios wrapped up a while back and this year featured a lot of wild installations, fantastical sculptures, and a return to painting. While I was there, I stopped in Pablo Garcia Lopez's studio where I saw his work that mixed all of the three. A couple of weeks later, I went back to sit down with him and talk about his practice and transformation into an artist.Garcia Lopez did not begin working professionally as an artist until recently - his background is actually in neuroscience. He holds a PhD and still teaches classes. One of his published papers on Santiago Ramon y Cajal, known to many in the field as the father of modern neuroscience, plays heavily into his artistic practice. Cajal moved away from the accepted comparison of the mind to machines, and rather pursued the idea of comparing the mind to nature, specifically plants. Cajal said, "The cerebral cortex is similar to a garden filled with innumerable trees, the pyramidal cells, that can multiply their branches thanks to an intelligent cultivation, sending their roots deeper and producing more exquisite flowers and fruits every day." Writing in the 19th century, his words come into play much later in the silk sculptural installations by Garcia Lopez.After learning of his background and interest in this matter, I was immensely curious as to how exactly it manifests in the artist's religiously charged works. He explained that his use of silk relates to the individual fibers of the brain, and [...]
  • “Bound and Unbound” which is currently on right now at the Brooklyn Museum is the first ever retrospective of artist Judith Scott. The show is curated by Catherine J. Morris of the Sackler Gallery and Matthew Higgs director of White Columns Gallery. Drawing from her seventeen-year art making practice, the show features over forty sculptures and drawings that span Scott’s career. Many of the works in the show are objects that have been wrapped with various pieces of yarn, fabric and other materials that Scott worked with. The bundled package-like-sculptures sit on low display structures throughout the two rooms of the gallery’s space.Born in 1943, with Down Syndrome, Judith Scott would go onto become an internationally recognized fibers artist. Scott spent the first thirty-five years of her life living in a institution geared towards individuals with disabilities. In 1987, she was introduced to the through her twin sister and legal guardian, Joyce Scott which helped to put her on a creative path. The CGAC was founded in 1974 in Oakland, California by artist Florence Ludnis-Katz and her husband psychologists Elias Katz. CGAC is still active today and offers art based programs and residencies to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The time that Scott spent at CGAC would not only greatly change the way in which she would be able to communicate but also allowed her to grow as a person and artist. Scott was also famously featured on the cover of academic writer a[...]
  • Jane Dell was born in New York City and began her study of fine art at the high school of Music and Art, and continued at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts and received her BFA from Pratt Institute.She studied textile and fabric arts at Parsons School of Design, created a hand-painted silk business, and exclusively sold work at The Show of Hands gallery in New York.Her current work focuses on painting, collage and mixed media, and has exhibited widely in the Northeast and L.A. She has recently exhibited in Dumbo, Lower Eastside and SoHo, NY. Many of her paintings are in private collections, and recently the Hudson County Community College acquired one of her paintings for their extensive art collection. She had solo shows at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley Art Alliance Gallery, NY. She was honored the Jersey City “Curators Choice Exhibition 2013” for best portfolio juried by artist/curator Judith Page. In addition, Jane was accepted to the New York Drawing Center Viewing Program in 2012, and was awarded “Best in Show”, at the NJ Arts Guild, juried by the contemporary art curator of the El Museo del Barrio Museum in New York, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.To add to these achievements Jane has been featured in January 2013 “Inside Jersey” magazine and a number of her large paintings are added to the permanent collection of NYLO Hotels, Inc., located on 77th Street near Broadway, NYC.
  • My current series of mixed media collages on Mylar and acrylic/collage paintings on canvas are an expressionistic and dreamlike journey of images inspired by the continuing damage and threat to our environment by humans. The series fuses an expressive style with various paint mediums and photo/collage elements. The primary subject is animals; endangered, or extinct, fantastical human forms, and contemporary debris that exist within a landscape of imagined chaos. Very often the scene is constructed from the subjects’ point of view, as if the animals and fantastical forms are telling the story. All told the work presents an original and curious universe, a cautionary place that’s disturbing, but perhaps hopeful. It is a world of imaginary dystopia where familiar elements are combined to create an artistically luscious unease.