Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Young Dudes, oil on canvas 18x18x1.2" by Kenney Mencher

 Young Dudes, oil on canvas 18x18x1.2" by Kenney Mencher

This is being auctioned on Ebay. Bidding starts at $700 and the bidding ends 9/29/2022 https://www.ebay.com/itm/275479515808


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

If my art is good enough, is there any way for me to have it displayed in some art gallery in New York, without having to actually go there? It's all digital at this point.

I was sent this question this morning and I thought it might be nice to share it with you here.

If my art is good enough, is there any way for me to have it displayed in some art gallery in New York, without having to actually go there? It's all digital at this point. 

I don’t think it would work. (Of course there are exceptions to every rule.) I think that you could self represent. I’ll explain first why you should self represent then I’ll explain why and how galleries might not be a good fit.

I want to start by saying that if your work is as good as you say it is you could probably make money through the print on demand business using Etsy.com combined with Printful.com to sell your prints and it would be a “passive income” model. You would have to do marketing and if you need help with that I offer a free course.

https://www.udemy.com/user/kenneymencher/

Art galleries have a set of logical and also emotional rules around who they choose to be in their galleries and often this revolves more around the established reputation of an artist rather than the qualities of the work itself. It’s really hard to get a gallery to even open up a package or an email and look at your work without being “connected” or socially active within the community. Even then it’s super hard for artists to get considered.

One of the best complete explanations or how the art world works and how to get connected to a gallery are provided in an eight part series by an organization called the Contemporary Art Issue. Here’s one of the most important videos to answer your question. (You should watch the eight part series because I think that it is fairly accurate although I also think that they believe in the established gallery system and I think it’s defunct.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxWBdkI2WV0&t=538s

I am unhappy with how galleries work and the money I’ve made with galleries. Keep in mind I’ve even had museum shows and shown in commercial galleries. Here’s a link to a blog post that explains why I now mainly sell work just on the web rather than using galleries.

https://www.kenneymencher.com/2022/09/why-i-havent-been-working-with.html

Monday, September 26, 2022

You Should Take a Personal Day, oil on canvas 18x18x1.5" by Kenney Mencher

You Should Take a Personal Day, oil on canvas 18x18x1.5" by Kenney Mencher is on Ebay one day auction. Starting bid is $700 ends Tuesday 9/27/2022

 

Friday, September 23, 2022

 



Meshed Realism: Extended thru Fri Oct 7th 2022
Raul Baltazar
Rachid Bouhamidi, 
Nilay Lawson
Aaron Norfolk 


Join us for an Artist Talk: Sunday Oct 2, 3pm

Closing Fri Oct 7, 7-10 pm.



Curated by Rachid Bouhamidi

August 26th through Oct 7th 2022


gallery hours Sat + Sun 2 to 6 pm and by appt.

Nilay Lawson, Left On Read 6x7ft, ink and gesso on canvas 2022 $2000 , Ink and gesso on canvas 2022
Aaron Norfolk, Untitled – oil on panel, 20”x 16” – 2021
Raul Baltazar, Stations of the Cross, acrylic on canvas16x20" 2022
Rachid Bouhamidi, The Quartz Egg , oil on canvas 48x48" 2022
"LAST Projects is pleased to present "Meshed Realism", an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Raul Baltazar, Aaron Norfolk, Nilay Lawson and Rachid Bouhamidi opening Friday, August 26th.

The German art critic Franz Roh identified a tendency away from free form expressionism in the works of artists who had lived through the mass slaughter of the first world war, notably of artists Otto Dix and Max Beckmann of the 1920s Weimar Republic. The sense that some powerful, poetic quality emanated from a probing investigation of mundane reality was a driving force that motivated the creative output of a large, disparate group of artists in the years before the Nazi dictatorship abruptly ended it. For the Verists of the Neue Sachlickheit (New Objectivity as it was called), the turmoil and incalculable suffering in the years following the conclusion of the war and a shifting ontological disposition necessitated a more deeply penetrating and heightened rendering of objective forms which meant for artists such as Dix and Georg Grosz an often satirical and caricatural hyperrealism.
This "Magischer Realismus" (magical realism) resonated in works of literature and the plastic arts for generations and is now finding new breath in the works of contemporary artists.

As with those artists from one hundred years before, the works of these four artists propose a kind of magical realism, obsessive in character, steeped in mythical symbols and rooted in but departing from the verisimilitude of ordinary physical reality."

Rachid Bouhamidi

Los Angeles artist Nilay Lawson's (b. 1980) paintings take shape with an intensive studio practice using only ink on canvas. Deeply psychological in content, Lawson bridges together imagination, observation, cultural ties and socio/political themes past and present.

Boston based painter Aaron Norfolk (b. 1973) creates works derived from perception and imagination whose portraits push pictorial possibilities as he searches for a singular, personal geometry.
Rachid Bouhamidi (b. 1981) meshes an essentially representational language of painting with the aesthetic design elements from Morocco such as Islamic zellige (mosaic tile) patterns as well as a formalism related to early 20th century modern painting.

Raul Baltazar (b.1972, Los Angeles) is an artist who works through aesthetic notions given in Mesoamerican and Western culture. Baltazar often mixes performance, video, photography, drawing, painting, murals, and community-based projects, to create new relations for the decolonial art object.
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Professor, 9x12 inches graphite on cotton paper by Kenney Mencher


Professor,  9x12 inches graphite on cotton paper by Kenney Mencher 

Occasionally I like to make a drawing just because I find the subject to be a bit of a "character." This "professor" struck me as being almost like a stock character out of commedia dell'arte or a 1940's film with his bald pate, monocle, handlebar mustache and amused face.

I often make drawings for fun but sometimes I use my drawings as studies for watercolors and oil paintings. Drawings allow me to work out things like composition, subject matter and shading. Often I get to experiment when making a drawing with elements like mark making and cross hatching.

This drawing is made on a very high quality paper called Rives BFK. Rives BFK paper is mouldmade in France and has a smooth, absorbent surface. Rives Papers, made of 100% cotton, are acid free, soft-sized, and buffered.

Here's a bit more about the artist, Kenney Mencher.

These are the sites that are authorized to sell my art and where you can find me.

https://www.kenney-mencher.net/
http://www.kenney-mencher.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kmencher
https://www.instagram.com/kenneymencher/
https://www.facebook.com/Kenney.Mencher
http://www.youtube.com/user/kmencher

 

Patrick Angus. Hanky Panky. 1990.1.20. Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 54 inches. 1990. Founders' Gift
Gay male adult movie theater scene at the historic Gaiety Theatre in New York City.
Image description: A group of men, some partially clothed, watch an erotic movie in a dark theater.
Next Wednesday, the 28th from 6pm to 8pm, the John Burton Harter Foundation will host a conversation at the Leslie-Lohman to celebrate the release of A Tale of Two Cities: Patrick Angus in New York and J.B. Harter in new Orleans, an illustrated catalog showcasing the works of these two gay artists. Both Angus and Harter, who are featured in the Leslie-Lohman’s collection, worked during the throes of the AIDS epidemic and both kept their work largely secret, never exhibiting or receiving institutional support because of the work’s explicitly homosexual matter. J.B. Harter was a friend of the Leslie-Lohman’s founders, and an integral part of the Museum’s early community. Their work illuminates the everyday vibrance of gay community, even in the midst of intense stigma and marginalization, and presents an opportunity to engage with the Leslie-Lohman’s collections, which are not regularly accessible to the general public. 

The evening’s conversation will include Executive Director of Visual AIDSEsther McGowan; Guatemala-born, NYC-based visual and performance artist Gio Black Peter; and Corey Serrant, Associate Director at Eric Firestone Gallery. Curator Dan Cameron will moderate the event. Complimentary copies of the catalog, with an essay by curator and art historian David S. Rubin, will be gifted to all attendees.

Image Description: A gif scrolls through images from the opening night of INDECENCIA. Various people and groups are pictured socializing and looking at the art in the museum. 
Finally, thank you to those who joined us for the opening of INDECENCIA. As the curator, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles shared during a walk through tour of the exhibition, queerness and discussions of sexuality are typically avoided in hegemonic latinidad, so we were deeply pleased that the opening of a show focusing on queerness and bodies from a group of queer/raro* Latin American artists was such a generative space of connection, conversation, and celebration. The show is on view until January 8th, 2023.
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences. Through annual exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, artist fellowships, and a journal, LLMA forefronts the interrelationship of art and social justice for LGBTQIA+ communities in NYC and beyond. Our collection includes over 25,000 objects spanning 4 centuries of queer art.
 
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Thank you to Kartell for their contribution.
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