There is a rather frustrating sentiment in contemporary art that realism equates to "antiquated" or "conservative" or worst yet, "derivative." John Seed, writer, curator, and professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California, tends to disagree. He recently penned an article in The Huffington Post entitled, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative, that challenges those prejudiced notions and showcases a group of artists that use realism to push conceptual, thematic and social frontiers. I am honored to be one of those artists featured in the article.
The Artist's Gaze features work by over 40 artists including: Aleah Chapin, Alison Lambert, Alyssa Monks, Bernardo Torrens, Brian Booth Craig, Cesar Santos, Christian Johnson, Cindy Bernhard, Daliah Lina Ammar, Daniel Maidman, Delita Martin, Dorielle Caimi, Erica Elan Ciganek, Erin Anderson, Hollis Dunlap, Jaime Valero, Jason Bard Yarmosky, Jeff Faerber, Jennifer Balkan, Judith Peck, Krista Smith, Lauren Levato Coyne, Maria Kreyn, Mark Horst, Marshall Jones, Mary Beth McKenzie, Matthew Cherry, Melinda Whitmore, Mia Bergeron, Michelle Doll, Nadine Robbins, Nick Ward, Park Hyun Jin, Patrick Earl Hammie, Reuben Negron, Richard Thomas Scott, Ryan Shultz, Stephen Early, Stephen Wright, Susannah Martin, Tim Okamura, Victoria Selbach, Wesley Wofford, and Will Kurtz.
The entire exhibition is published in PoetsArtists #61: The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century, and includes writing by Steven Alan Bennett, Janice Bond, George Henoch Shechtman, Carter Jckson-Brown, Deanna Elaine Piowaty, Tim Smith, and Howard Tullman. PoetsArtists #61 is available in digital download and in print.
Sirona Fine Art will host the exhibition in Hallandale Beach, Florida from Saturday, February 21st to Sunday, March 15, 2015. The opening reception takes place from 6-9pm on Saturday, February 21st and includes complimentary cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. To attend, please rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be in attendance for the opening and hope, if you're in South Florida, to see you there.
An article from the good people at Boum! Bang! popped up on my Twitter feed earlier this week. It's an insightful and considerate piece about my work they published in January, 2014. It's in French so bust out your dictionaries (or use Google Translate) to give it a go. Click the link below to read the article.
I want to extend my undying thanks to Hannah Stouffer and the rest of the Juxtapoz team for their continued support of my work. I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this feature earlier today. It had always been a dream of mine to see my work featured by Juxtapoz and with Tuesday's entry I believe my work has now graced their site 6 times in the past few years. I can't tell you how honored that makes me feel. Cheers!
I'm pleased to share that the German art and design blog, iGNANT, featured some of my work today. The pieces are from The Embrace, a subset of Dirty Dirty Love, my ongoing exploration of sexuality and identity. How fitting that this series resurfaces on Valentine's Day. Share it with your loved ones.
I'm happy to announce that my interview with Gili Karev for Manifesto Magazine has arrived! Manifesto is a high-end art, fashion and culture magazine out of Hong Kong, China and can be found at international newsstands, bookstores and major retailers such as Bookazine, Dymocks, great Food Hall, HMV, Page One, and PARKnSHOP. For those that can't find a copy near you, I've posted low-resolution scans of the article below. Click on the images to enlarge or download a PDF version HERE.