Filed under: Los Angeles, Video | Tags: Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Iva Gueorguieva, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
We hope you have a chance to view new works by Iva Gueorguieva at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects this coming weekend, or through August 23rd. This show is not to be missed! Gueorguieva was the focus of our Spotlight in edition #91 of New American Paintings. She opened up about her process, the importance of cutting in her work, and how something as simple as sound informs the paintings she makes.
Back in 2011, she was also featured in our first New American Paintings video production, which we teamed up with blogger Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck fame to produce, who caught up with the Bulgarian-born artist recently while working in her studio. To get you excited to see the show, we’ve decided to post that video again to remind you of her amazing talents. Enjoy!
Filed under: Art World, NAP News | Tags: Alex Ebstein, and Matthew Smith, Brian Fee, Catherine Wagley, Ellen C. Caldwell, Ellen Caldwell, Erin Langner, Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Hallie Miller, Joey Veltkamp, Josh Reames, Nadiah Fellah, Paul Boshears
Even though we are looking forward to 2012, it’s still fun to look back. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our blog contributors for making our site a great place to find commentary on relevant contemporary painting. These very talented writers and videographers from all over the country include Ellen Caldwell, Brian Fee, Josh Reames, Erin Langner, Nadiah Fellah, Graham Kolbeins (Future Shipwreck), Hallie Miller, Catherine Wagley, Paul Boshears, Joey Veltkamp, Alex Ebstein, and Matthew Smith.
On that note, after the jump we list the top 10 most viewed posts by our contributors in 2011. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, please check them out now! And, it’s never too late to comment.
A story-telling booth in Oakland at which participants were invited to share their ‘99% Story’
Filed under: Art World, Los Angeles | Tags: Annie Lapin, Annual Prize, Evan J. Garza, Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, Reader's Choice
Annie Lapin. TOP: The Leaf/Body/Between Element Embodied (From the series: Distilled and Abstracted Elements of Idealized Landscape), 2011 | Oil on canvas over panel, 45 x 45 inches. BOTTOM: The Animate Diptych I, 2011 | Linen on panel, 2 elements: 33 x 31 inches and 31 x 23 1/2 inches. Images courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.
We make no qualms about how excited we get about Annie Lapin‘s work. Last year, she was the winner of both our first Reader’s Choice Poll and the inaugural NAP Annual Prize, selected by you, our very own readers, and a panel of prestigious curators. (As a result, you might have seen our video feature on the Los Angeles artist, shot by the man behind Future Shipwreck, our buddy Graham Kolbeins.)
Lapin’s current and much anticipated solo show for Honor Fraser in L.A. finds her at a pivotal point in her practice, where her interest in obfuscating figuration through a remarkable language of painterly abstraction has extended to chunky, fabric-heavy linen pieces and circular oil on panel works. While materially and spatially set apart from previous work, Lapin’s new series wholeheartedly reveal the explorative nature of her studio practice, weaving both mystery and meaning into the brushstrokes and fluid fields of paint that have become her trademark.
Pic after pic of new work, and installation shots, after the jump! Not to be missed.
—Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large
Filed under: Art World, Los Angeles, Noteworthy, Video | Tags: 91, Annie Lapin, Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based artist Annie Lapin has made a career out of taking something obvious and completely tearing it apart visually, and while her compositions might appear obscurely rendered, her talent is unmissable. The third in our New American Paintings/Video series with Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck focuses on the studio practice of Annie Lapin, the recent winner of both our inaugural Reader’s Choice Poll and our first NAP Annual Prize.
Featured in edition #91 of New American Paintings as a Noteworthy artist, Annie’s work will be featured in a forthcoming solo show at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles.
Filed under: Competitions, Sneak Peeks | Tags: 91, Andres Guerrero, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Iva Gueorguieva, Lawrence Rinder, Pacific Coast
Cover image: Erik Mark Sandberg, Youth With Zebra Tank | Oil, enamel, & silk-screen on panel, 48″ x 36″
For this year’s Pacific Coast edition of the New American Paintings, we’re including perspectives from some of the Bay Area’s finest, including selections by guest juror Lawrence R. Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA. Check out the complete list of selected artists here.
The Spotlight feature for this edition focuses on the incredible work of Bulgarian-born artist Iva Gueorguieva, whose large-scale paintings are making big waves not only on the West Coast but across the world. Previously included in New American Paintings and based in L.A., Gueorguieva’s work reveals the collage-making of her youth, the political turmoil she faced in Eastern Europe, and the importance of movement. (We recently teamed up with Graham Kolbeins at Future Shipwreck to produce a video about her work!)
We are thrilled to include a Q&A with San Francisco dealer (and artist) Andres Guerrero, who speaks to us about the challenges in opening up his new space, Guerrero Gallery, in the Mission, his thoughts on the influence of street art, and his fondness for West Coast multidisciplinary artists like Andrew Schoultz and Allison Schulnik, both previously included in the magazine.
New American Paintings is only as good as the perspectives included within it, and we’re fortunate not only to include the voices of talented art professionals, but to publish and promote the work of the artists they see as integral to the discussion of painting in the first place. —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large
(Don’t forget: Today is the last day to vote in the Reader’s Choice Poll! CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite Noteworthy artist of 2010!)
Filed under: Video | Tags: Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Iva Gueorguieva
The work of LA-based artist Iva Gueorguieva is an elegant and controlled form of chaos, evoking movement at every possible turn. Gueorguieva’s paintings and collages clamor with so many visible points of entry that, when standing in front of one, it’s impossible to focus on any one place. (She also makes some really great noises when describing her work.)
The focus of this month’s Spotlight feature in edition #91 of New American Paintings, currently on newsstands, Gueorguieva opens up about her process, the importance of cutting in her work, and how something as simple as sound informs the paintings she makes.
For our first New American Paintings video production, we teamed up with blogger Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck fame, who caught up with the Bulgarian-born artist recently while working in her studio. Enjoy! More videos coming soon! —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large
Filed under: Video | Tags: 91, Conrad Ruiz, Future Shipwreck, Graham Kolbeins, Pacific Coast
Featured in #91, the forthcoming Pacific Coast edition of New American Paintings, available on newsstands next month, the work of Conrad Ruiz doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither does he. Featuring a host of characters in mild to wild circumstances, Ruiz’s exciting work is one colorful and exuberant playground. Humor is as inherent to the work as the paint used to create it, and his compositions are often filled with subjects in oddly fantastic circumstances, like Obama riding a giant Corgy or smiling characters on the back of a great white shark.
Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck recently caught up with the California artist while he was working on a mammothly scaled painting which he claims is the largest watercolor on Earth. Be sure to pick up #91 on newsstands in December!