July 20, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: unreadiness_#336

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:19 PM

July 11, 2019

The Walk at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents The Walk: Paintings by Ray Sumser.

Ray Sumser’s latest body of work is a rapturous experiential account of the California landscape. Painted in bursts in the artist’s Larkspur studio, The Walk consists of 47 oil paintings informed by the hills of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Mount Tamalpais State Park.

In these works, the artist furthers his exploration of the agency of the brushstroke while affirming his abiding interest in the gestural mark as a vessel of information.

In earlier iterations of these concerns, Sumser personified his brushstrokes into recognizable comic characters. Together these marks in the form of cartoon personas comprised teeming visual encyclopedias of the popular animation landscape. This fractal compositional strategy – where scrutiny of the minute yields expansive returns – subsequently evolved into more abstract assemblages of brushstrokes that evoked emergent body parts – many graced with eyes staring back at the viewer as if to draw equivalence between the seer and the seen.

In The Walk, Sumser vastly expands the carrying capacity of his brushstrokes.

Working in concert with one another to cohere into a legible macro vista, each stroke is independently redolent of the experience of moving through the landscape.

Sumser’s brushstrokes now operate as a transcription of an observer’s immersive experience, each reveling in the landscape’s particular vantages, character, form, fellow beings and sun-suffused atmosphere – all while simultaneously transmitting the charged moment of creation in the painter’s studio life.

The artist puts it this way:

“Perspective changes constantly. A landscape appears one way and is altogether different in closer relief. Never static, it moves with color and emotion, light and rhythm. The landscape accommodates and shapes the imagination with an abundance of information all pointing to beauty.”

The Walk is on view through August 16 at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, July 12, 7-9 pm.

Posted by Mark Roth at 10:22 PM

July 01, 2019

Saturn Devouring a Picture of Saturn Devouring His Children @ TBG

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Saturn Devouring a Picture of Saturn Devouring His Children, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20” x 20”

Featured in Tactical Stream #5: "Free" - an exhibit at TBG that considers the externalized, concealed costs supporting unsustainable resource extraction and privilege.

The Opening is Monday July 1, 7-9 pm. The exhibit runs through July 7 at TBG, 616 East 9th St. NYC.

Posted by Mark Roth at 01:00 AM

May and June's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Mark Roth at 12:55 AM

June 27, 2019

Tumbleweeds: copybook_#207

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:14 AM

June 24, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: witness_#335

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:03 AM

June 22, 2019

Speleothems: Sargent_#57

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:15 AM

June 18, 2019

Tumbleweeds: lingered_#206

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:00 AM

June 14, 2019

Speleothems: clamour_#56

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:43 PM

June 11, 2019

Tumbleweeds: benches_#205

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:57 AM

June 08, 2019

Apu at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Apu: Photographs by Alejandro Cortes.

Documentary filmmaker Alejandro Cortes’ new series of photographs emerge from a recent shaman-assisted pilgrimage to Peru. Shot on 35mm film, the resultant body of work stands as a love letter to our planet and the people whose lives are dedicated to its protection.

Cortes states:

"My artistic career is fueled by a constant need to understand and explore the human condition through my lens. For this series, I embarked on a journey through Peru, looking to connect with Pachamama (Mother Nature) and the Inka culture. In the process, I met a shaman named Kucho, whom I followed on a mystical journey to the Apu Machu Picchu. During this experience, I was reminded that wisdom hides in nature, and beauty in simplicity.”

Apu runs through July 11 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

Posted by Mark Roth at 10:04 AM

June 04, 2019

Speleothems: rattle_#55

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 05:15 PM

June 01, 2019

Tumbleweeds: asunder_#204

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:51 AM

May 29, 2019

Speleothems: lumberroom_#54

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:21 AM

May 28, 2019

Tumbleweeds: struck_#203

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:33 AM

May 26, 2019

Speleothems: corridor_#53

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 04:03 PM

May 18, 2019

Tumbleweeds: stick_#202

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:58 AM

May 03, 2019

From The Palette of Awe at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents From the Palette of Awe: Collages by Daniel De Raey.

Daniel De Raey’s ongoing series, The Spanish Papers finds its originating moment when the artist was unexpectedly delivered to the Romanesque galleries of the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya. In the presence of Medieval masterpieces drawn from chapels throughout the Catalonian countyside he became rapt. It wasn’t the religious intent, formal composition or representational sophistication that held his fascination, rather it was the details – small passages and chips of paint, minute confluences of color and texture. He spent an afternoon fully absorbed, taking hundreds of photos of such details.

It was an event that had no precedent in De Raey’s experience and one that would not be repeated until years later when he finally revisited the images from that singular afternoon and began to make collages from the resultant prints.

As he constructed the collages he was astonished to realize it was impossible to make a mistake in terms of color composition. Color-wise any component from any photograph could compellingly co-exist with any other. Again he was rapt.

This prompts the tantalizing question: What is the through-line connecting the Romanesque artists, De Raey’s transfixed afternoon in Barcelona, and the present collages?

After long contemplation the artist concluded that it is the experience of awe. Because De Raey wasn’t invested in the cultural content or stylistic intent of the art objects - but instead focused on the hand of its makers and the wear of the world upon the works - he tapped into the unfiltered earnest reveries of the original craftspeople. Thereby unwittingly verifying that awe is tangible and transmittable across the centuries.

A long time resident of the East Village, Daniel De Raey is a photographer, mixed media collage artist and an active member of The Art Students League of New York,. A work from The Spanish Papers was awarded best in show at the League's 2018 Concours show. Another work from the series earned the artist a 2018 merit scholarship at the League.

From the Palette of Awe runs through June 7 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

Posted by Mark Roth at 11:11 AM

May 01, 2019

March and April's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Mark Roth at 11:36 AM

April 29, 2019

Tumbleweeds: sidling_#201

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:29 PM

April 26, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: grandmother_#334

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:04 AM