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Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today’s Realism is Anything But Conservative

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 social issues that are at the heart of today’s liberal politics — including women’s rights, LGBT issues, racial equality and secular identity — are animating a wide swath of representational paintings. Many are not overtly political, but instead they focus on human dynamics and situations with an emphasis on the power of empathy. Rather than focusing on life’s hardships, like the Social Realism of the early 20th century, today’s Progressive Realists are interest in human identity in the context of social and political constructs. To put it another way, realists have taken on many of the view and projects that have pre-occupied Postmodernists, but do so using time-honored methods and media.
— John Seed, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today’s Realism is Anything But Conservative

Other artists featured in this article include Brad Kunkle, Aleah Chapin, Erin AndersonMilan HrnjazovicSteve LinbergDiana CorvelleKyle HackettJean-Paul Mallozzi, and Matt Ballou.  

Click HERE to read the article in it's entirety. 

The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century

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I am pleased to announce that I am part of The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century, a two-part collaborative group exhibition curated by Victoria Selbach and organized by PoetsArtists Magazine and Sirona Fine Art

The Artist’s Gaze: Seeing Women in the Twenty-first Century focuses on those who seek to capture the reality and complexity of the women they choose to see, says Curator Victoria Selbach. The female form can be compelling appropriated as a talisman, simply an object of beauty, a call to desire, an icon of popular culture, a visage to portray a fetish in the artists personal fantasy, a character in a larger narrative, a stand in weighted with mythological symbolism and allegory, or a plaything for creative virtuosity.
— from the Press Release

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: info@sironafineart.com

I will be in attendance for the opening and hope, if you're in South Florida, to see you there. 

Juxtapoz Magazine

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!

Manifesto Magazine

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.

Manifesto #14: The Dark Horse's Issue. "Close Quarters," page 1.

Manifesto #14: The Dark Horse's Issue. "Close Quarters," page 2.