Thursday, August 21, 2008

Translations / Transitions

I am looking forward to an Artist's Reception tomorrow at Zephyr Gallery. Deborah Thomas is one of my favorite local artists, the image is one of her pieces that I happen to own. Granted its probably the smallest size she actually sells, but it's one of my favorite things.

I learned about her through the first LVAA Art Auction I worked. The colors were so strong and vibrant and the lines were so passionate, the work was undeniable. I was immediately drawn to her as an artist. Her work could be classified as abstract landscapes. At that point her work had this very interesting box within the paintings, which I later found out was a representation of a photograph. The box was placed as if the photograph was being held up to the actual landscape which continued beyond the paper. I was initially drawn to that box. To me, it was an expression of emotion that cannot be contained.

Alas, her newer work has lost the box, which she feels is liberating. Good for her. Her palate has also mellowed and has gotten deeper. Her passion is still expressed through her brush work and I cannot wait to see what she's been up to lately.

If you go - The Zepher gallery is located at 610 East Market Street and is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Deborah Thomas and Mitch Eckert exhibit will be up from August 22nd - September 27th.

The First Friday gallery hop will be on September 5.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Basquiat at KMAC

KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) will be showing the film Basquiat on Tuesday, September 8 at 8pm. Tickets are only $5 and free for museum members.

I saw this film perhaps a decade ago, and it still resonates with me. It's about a young artist who gains the attention on Andy Warhol during his "factory"days.

Jean-Michel Basquiat struggled as an artist, attempting to sell his small postcard sized pieces on the streets of New York with little success. His encounter with Warhol changed every thing. Not only did Andy purchase every postcard the young artist had with him that day, he also brought the seemingly flea bitten cur into his fold where Jean-Michel found acceptance, adoration and fame. These elements were a bit too much for him and led to his destruction, but his work lives on. Sotheby's says the current auction record for a Basquiat work stands at $14.6m.

If you haven't, see this film!

Friday, August 8, 2008

We had such a great time in Carmel Valley I didn't want to come home. Everything was so idyllic. Coming back to 95 sweaty degrees with humidity making the heat index 115 just about killed me after being in an average of 75 degrees with lovely breezes and amazing ocean views.

We were lucky enough to get a convertible. If you ever go to California in the summer, upgrade to a convertible, it made our trip even more amazing.

The mountains and the ocean were more than my spirit could absorb. Mother Nature has out done herself in Carmel. She is showing her stuff and making sure she is noticed.