The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to announce the annual Studio Artist exhibition, a showcase of the diverse community of artists working and creating at NARS year round. Aglae Bassen’s painting lends the exhibition its title and thematic principle. The question of how to orient and locate oneself in relation to space, the other, natural and social phenomena is foregrounded in many of the works. The studio, one’s painting practice and processes, and art as self-expression and “bearing witness” are positions to be explored and staked out. The very light of Sunset Park temporally locates Ioana Manolache’s work in her studio, even as they don’t refer to anything but the conditions of their making and the status of painting. Gus Wheeler’s paintings of fans and their placement in the gallery are meant to disorient and dislocate with their overwhelming familiarity. On the other end, global warming and environmental crises locate Elena Soterakis’ paintings in the here and now. There may not be a map or instructions for our way out of the dystopic future they depict.
This episode of 2MF features a conversation with artist Ioana Manolache following a meeting and workshop at Wendy's Subway on April 16th, 2016. Manolache speaks with Maria Stabio and Sonya Derman about growing up in Romania and how its religious and cultural traditions connect to her painting practice. The three also discuss the difference between ritual and habit, alchemy and transubstantiation.
Artist presentation in the context of 2MF, a curated series of monthly community meetings facilitated by selected NYC artists. Centering around content relevant to the facilitating artist, these meetings are partially structured and partially improvised. All meetings are free and open to the public.
The New American Paintings publication selects and features 240 artists per year from 5000 applicants, and further selects 12 artists as Noteworthy. I've had the honor to be one of those 12 finalists. Now, there is a Reader's Choice poll that will select one artist to be awarded $1,000 and be featured again in this respected publication as prize. Can I count on your vote?