Artist Cayce Zavaglia is a master of illusion. From afar, her portraits look like hyperrealistic paintings. Get up close, however, and you’ll discover they’re actually constructed from yarn—thousands of tiny knotted, layered strands of it.
Zavaglia never expected to take up embroidery. In fact, she shied away from it during art school, where “fiber was kind of like the art world’s ‘f-word,’” she told Artsy. While working on both her BFA and MFA, she focused on figurative painting, looking to the great portraitists who came before her, like Lucian Freud and Elizabeth Peyton.
"I can't do portraits of people that I'm not connected to. I think there's something about doing people that I know intimately, that puts something in the portrait that I can't put into words ... or I don't want to put into words, because I want to keep it private. But making the portrait, says everything that I can't say with words."
Artist Dylan Martinez combines several glassblowing and sculpting techniques to form hyperrealistic plastic bags from molten glass. Through these works, Martinez creates scenarios that obscure the viewer’s interpretation of reality and illusion. His curiosity in this subject matter is sparked by the fact that he was born red-green colorblind. This has presented Martinez an alternative way of seeing, and encourages his fascination with obscuring common perception in his glass-blown works.
Over the past two decades, Fahamu Pecou has used his work explore, examine, and embrace the power and presence of black masculinity in a country that alternately marginalises, fetishises, and vilifies countless lives.
Whether creating large-scale figurative paintings that embrace the performative aspects of gender and race, or placing his work on the cover of major magazines, Pecou firmly asserts the importance of defining one’s self-worth while simultaneously questioning the assumptions present in the packaging of existing archetypes. The result is a multi-layered body of work that re-members the black experience across time and space.
Pecou speaks about what it takes to challenge the status quo, claim your space, and transform the narrative to empower, inspire, and elevate.
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present the works of Anthony Adcock, Michael Boroniec, James Gortner, Mary Henderson, Stephanie Hirsch, Jae Yong Kim, Valeri Larko, David Lyle, Dylan Martinez, Joshua Meyer, Cobi Moules, Fahamu Pecou, James Rieck and Cayce Zavaglia at Art Miami, 2017. For it's 28th edition, the fair will open its new location at 1 Herald Plaza, NE 14th Street on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. The fair will take place December 5 - December 10th from 11am - 8pm, daily with a VIP Preview on December 5th.
For more information please visit the Art Miami website.
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“Valeri Larko: End Game” at Lyons Wier Gallery
Larko’s upcoming solo show features landscapes she painted on location at an abandoned golf center in the North Bronx. When she painted her first work there in fall 2013, she pushed her painting gear under the fence and squeezed through a break in the locked gate. She was only able to complete one small work before a detective caught her in the act of trespassing and “strongly suggested that she not return.” However, she did return repeatedly and has captured in detail the once vibrant family entertainment center that now contains crumbling old structures and which nature is gradually reclaiming.
Location: Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 West 24th Street
Lyons Wier Gallery will be featuring a solo presentation with ceramic artist Michael Boroneic at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. SOFA is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA has continuously run since 1994. What distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks.
Interview of James Rieck by Yasemin Vargi for exhibition "Rapture."
Los Angeles based artist James Rieck's newest body of paintings mines that euphoric moment of awareness when emotions are born. Rieck combines imagery of highly sexualized historical masterpieces that are on public display along with models extrapolated from 1950’s and 60’s commercial magazines. Charged with ambiguity and boldness, the paintings capture a private moment of awareness and desire.
James Gortner "Developing the Conceptual Framework of Your Art" at The Art Students League, NY. Monday, Nov 27th - Friday, Dec 1st, 6:00 to 9:30pm
Using critiques and group exercises, this workshop will introduce students to unlocking potentially compelling theoretical or conceptual elements inside their artwork and art practice. We will be talking about some archetypal ways contemporary artists make their art more conceptual. We will overview identity based art practices, innovative process based art practices, and art historical context based practices. Among other artists, we will case study our very own ASL alumni, Ai Wei Wei, Jackson Pollock, William De Kooning, and Robert Rauschenberg. Exploration of how these makers of art were able to break through and make work that compelled the art world to listen.