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Mapping our Foreclosures, One Quilt at a Time: Kathryn Clark by New American Paintings
February 16, 2012, 8:15 am
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Kathryn Clark’s (NAP#97) sewn pieces draw on an established quilting aesthetic and tradition.  Visually, they evoke memories of my grandma’s quilts, patch working, and hand-sewn labors of love.  Thematically, they record and capture a history.


Kathryn Clark | Modesto Foreclosure Quilt, 2011. 16″ x 42″ Tea stained voile, linen, cotton and embroidery thread.

Clark builds upon and tweaks this quilting tradition though.  Quilts have always captured a history, personal narrative, or story in more ways than one, whether memorializing a person with scraps of clothing, or depicting monumental events in one’s life, or by capturing a family’s history in cloth.  Clark’s cloths tell a similar story, but they do so by freezing a moment forever in time.  Mapping foreclosed neighborhoods and cities, Clark’s “Foreclosure Map Quilts” quite literally preserve a changing landscape and document the current economy using remnants, found cloth, and fibers as the conservatorial glue.  Her quilts are rich, contextually, historically, and visually. – Ellen C. Caldwell, LA Contributor

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Pacific Coast Issue #97 Sneak Peak! by New American Paintings

The 2011 Pacific Coast Issue, #97, is now hitting newsstands across the US. It is expected to ship to subscribers in the next 1 to 2 weeks, so keep an eye out. The juror for this much-anticipated issue was Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

In her essay, Ellegood notes that, “Painting is a surface for imagination. This is abundantly evident in the submissions I reviewed for this edition of New American Paintings. While the works presented in the following pages are notably eclectic, one striking correspondence among the artists is their belief that painting can offer us insights into our world…” — View a list of all featured artists and see a few more sneak peaks after the jump!

You can pre-order the issue by calling 617-778-5265. 

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John McAllister at James Fuentes Gallery by New American Paintings

In his fourth solo exhibition at James Fuentes Gallery on the Lower East Side, John McAllister (on Curator Anne Ellegood’s list of recommended painters, as seen in NAP #97) presents a series of medium and larger scale paintings that touch on Modernism, Fauvism, Zen, and interior design.  The works in Damned Sparkling Pomp vibrate with lush color, swatches of pattern and abbreviated paintings of paintings, a la Matisse.  These flattened interior scenes emphasize the push and pull of the material and flat picture plane, suggesting depth within the foremost layer in flattened space.  Within the larger painting, the suggested paintings are often askew, slightly disturbing the evenness and balance of the outer borders.  Unlike Matisse’s Red Studio (1911), which depicts paintings arranged in a flattened, red artist’s studio, McAllister has painted his paintings into cropped views of luxurious domestic walls, an element in an overall design and color scheme.  Mixing a reverence for painting’s history with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the realities of being a contemporary painter, McAllister’s works are fresh and nostalgic, if not also a little breathtaking. – Alex Ebstein, Baltimore Contributor

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Damned Sparkling Pomp at James Fuentes LLC installation view
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Curator Watch List: Anne Ellegood by New American Paintings

We are currently putting together the Pacific Coast issue (NAP #97). Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, did a terrific job selected 40 artists from over 1,000 that applied to the competition. You’ll have to wait to find out who she selected from the region. But, when we asked her what other painters she would recommend to our readers, she names quite a few. So, check them out after the jump! And look for the Pacific Coast issue on the newsstands in December.


Dianna Molzan | Untitled, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 94 1/2” x 152 3/4”

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Pacific Coast Competition Deadline: June 30 by openstudiospress

Robert Minervini, L. A. (sell me something else) | Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 68 inches. Featured in edition #91 of New American Paintings.

Just more than two weeks are left for artists to apply to our annual Pacific Coast competition, one of our most anticipated and highly sought-after books of the year. Jurying the submissions this year is none other than Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. We’re thrilled to have Anne as our Pacific Coast juror for the 2011 competition, and we’re excited to see the work from each of the artists who apply.

The Pacific Coast competition is open to artists living in AK, CA, HI, OR, and WA, and the deadline to apply is Thursday June 30, which is just around the corner, so get cracking.

Artists can now apply online! Simply visit our competition page and follow the instructions. It’s easier than ever to apply. But do it by June 30!




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