Filed under: Miami, Review | Tags: 100, 101/exhibit, Chase Westfall, Erin Langner, Miami
The gray season of the Pacific Northwest has arrived in full force, impelling many of us who inhabit this dark corner of the country to seek a dose of color and a break from the monotony in more inviting environs. Last weekend, I found myself in the relaxed milieu of a Miami between fairs, where Chase Westfall’s (NAP #100) first solo show at 101/exhibit induced a change of pace more lasting than the bright skies I have since left behind. Flooded with patterns of diamonds that overlay realist subjects ranging from animal carcasses to rose bushes, the complicated webs woven by the artist refuse monotony more and more, with every second look. – Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor reporting from Miami
Chase Westfall | Rainbow, 2012, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in, Image courtesy of 101/exhibit and the artist
Filed under: Interview, Q&A | Tags: 100, Ellen C. Caldwell, Kevin Arnold
Kevin Arnold’s (NAP #100) multi-paneled canvases are refreshing and humorous. Creating art that is all about the object and its very own objecticity, if you will, Arnold paints canvases as physical placeholders and stand-ins for the very objects he depicts. Canvases become vinyl pillows, packing cardboard boxes, folding chairs and tables.
But besides the visual artifice he creates on the surface plane, he moves far beyond by stacking and arranging the canvases so that they encroach physically into and onto three-dimensional space, much as the object itself would. Canvases of vinyl pillowcases are stacked just as a pile of pillows might be; canvases of stacked folding chairs and a table are propped against adjoining walls, much as the actual objects would be in the corner of a storage room; and canvases of cardboard boxes are heaped in haphazard columns, topped by a canvas “EXIT” sign that even towers above the totems of boxes.
Arnold’s trompe l’oeil, or “trick of the eye,” toys with the mind and is immediately satisfying and intellectually quite smart. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor
Filed under: Sneak Peeks | Tags: 100, Ben Steele, Brian Steele, Caomin Xie, Charles Ritchie, Chase Westfall, Christian Bradley West, Christina Pettersson, Cosme Herrera, Dawn Black, Eleanor Aldrich, Enid Blechman, Eric Finzi, Felipe P. Goncalves, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Jeffrey Deane Hall, Jennifer L. Schultz, John Zoller, Joseph Peragine, Judith Rushin, Karen Ann Myers, Kate Demong, Kevin Arnold, Kevin Muente, Krla Wozniak, Laura Judkis, Marie Lauer, Mark Martinez, Michael Brodeur, Mike Wasol, NAP, Nora Sturges, Patrick DeGuira, Philip Hinge, Ron Buffington, Ron Laboray, Sarah Emerson, Seana Reilly, sneak peek, Sonya Clark, South, Trisha Presnell, Will Penny, Zachary Thornton
In about two weeks the South issue of New American Paintings, our 100th, will be hitting newsstands around the country and arriving in the mailboxes of our subscribers. It is a special issue for us, as Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher, mentions in his Editor’s Note. He describes the first issue and how it came to be, as well as the great accomplishments to date.
The juror for #100 was Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. He sums up the issue well by stating that, “These artists…have much to say, in a variety of voices and from differing vantage points that reflect the multiplicity of approaches and pluralistic nature of contemporary art. They represent a cross-section of what the South has to offer, and I congratulate them all.”
A full list of participating artists, as well as a few more pictures of the issue, is after the jump!
To pre-order the issue for the newsstand rate of $20, please call 617-778-5265 x0. Better yet, subscribe today!