mnemonic vistas

Ecueil, 2012, 150x200cm, oil, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas by Eva Neilsen

Ecueil, 150x200cm, oil, acrylic, silkscreen on canvas by Eva Neilsen

As I was skimming Art Press Magazine, I was instantly captivated by the works of Eva Neilsen, a Paris-based artist, combining silkscreen and painting. Neilsen constructs layered images which invoke memories, play on the passage of time and existence. Desolate expanses disclose transient residues of human activity. Subtle washes of color create a shadowy sense of space.  Graphic elements of unique silkscreen prints in contrasting black and white tones compose a psychological topography. These places and structures are strangely familiar, yet peculiar.  Je suis profondément ému….

elles / ils


Conversation Piece, 2006, Etching w/chine colle, 5.5″ x 4.5″ by Ben Beres

It goes something like this: Sharon Arnold curates an all women show called Elles, exploring the female perspective in art- It was a big success. She then curates a second show, inviting only men to exhibit, called Ils Disent (masculine form meaning “they say”) – welcoming the male view of women in art. Artist, Ben Beres creates an etching of a grid of cartoon breasts each with a name under it of various female artists in the area, some of which he knows and others that he googled. It creates a stir, and the print gets taken down out of the show, due to censorship issues. This has been an interesting story to follow and watch unfold. Bravo for bringing print and feminist discourse into the spotlight.

Mamelles (detail), etching w/chin colle, 9"x12" by Ben Beres

Mamelles (detail), etching w/chine colle, 9″x12″ by Ben Beres

Fuhgitfulness, 2012, Mixed media collage on canvas,
120 x 198 inches by Mark Bradford

Calm before tomorrow’s storm. Caught a glimpse of Mark Bradford’s work at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in Chelsea. Large scale mixed-media paintings – using a very interesting layering technique and subtractive method. A very physical approach to image-making, with collage elements, stencils, cuts, gouging, and what appears to be sanding of the surface to expose hidden hues. Elements of text become abstracted, panels look weathered and yet glisten with hints of silver and neon. Yes, I’ll take this one for my living room, please.

raw pull


A mixed media monoprint workshop with Catherine Bebout nudged me to operate outside of my comfort zone. I’m so inspired by the richness and depth in her work, particularly the “Mapping the Body Series.”  After a 4 day workshop,  experimenting with color and layering using large collograph plates, stencils and polystyrene, I pulled this. And for now, it’s just right.

Karl Holmqvist’s neon homage to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl @ MOMA

As I did laundry tonight, one of my neighbors sang. He had to share with me his story about singing in church and how powerful it was today, and how moved he was. And so, I imagine myself here, at the Church of Saint Riquier in Northern France, listening to his song, and gazing up at these gorgeous paper sculptures made by Peter Gentenaar of the Netherlands.

Bazooka Hulk, 2011, Etching
7 x 7 in. by Tony Fitzpatrick

Went down to New Orleans to attend the SGC International Print Conference. What a tremendous turnout! Extraordinary works on display and an assortment of visionary artists to engage with; all with contagious energy for print! The city of New Orleans itself, is a wonder, dotted with colorful characters, and together, they propel a magical scene which values and perpetuates the arts; be it jazz, poetry, visual arts, food and the like. One evening during an art crawl, I discovered the prints of Tony Fitzpatrick at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. His pieces are tiny nuggets of goodness, which demand your attention and then quickly suck you into his twisted hilarious world. His style reminds me of high school doodles – a medley of teenage angst, silliness and imagination. Using the old four color pen, remember that?



Untitled, Found paper, soot, string, 4.7 x 7 in, by James Castle

On the daily commute, I saw lots of people with ash crosses on their foreheads for Ash Wednesday. It got me thinking about James Castle, a deaf, illiterate, self-taught artist who barely ever left his home. His communication skills were limited and few in his family could understand him. His assemblages, drawings and book pieces describe his perception of the world around him. He mixed stove soot with spit on the ends of sharpened sticks to draw. There is something about the unprocessed passion delivered in the works of James Castle which remind us about the nature of art making.  <<James Castle exhibition in Paris with Marcel Storr>>

UNTITLED (Large newspaper book of drawings), post-1932 Drawn in soot and spit on found paper bound by the artist with found string 20 1/2 hand-drawn pages 17 x 11.5 inches, by James Castle

feathery chick


It’s easy to get lost wandering through the array of spectacular work on Kate MccGwire’s website. From feathers to bones to gunpowder, she infuses magic into her mesmerizing pieces.

Sluice 2009, a pigeon feather installation by Kate MccGwire



"boycotting the original content" by Valerie Buess

Truly awe inspiring artist books and paper sculpture by Swiss artist, Valerie Buess.

Riverbend, Collograph by May Babcock

Subtle and sketchy swatches of terrain by May Babcock explore the psychology of place. Refreshing approaches to print and papermaking.



Lissajous curves art from code by Keith Peters



new years resolution: transcend your marks



Founded in 2010, The Confetti Museum collects your unique confetti bits! Send them to Austria today! Happy New Year!

fight or flight


Fantastic installation and sculptural wonders by Alexandre Jolly.

Escadrille 50 s, installation @ White box, Le Grütli, Genève 2008 by Alexandre Jolly.

bon dia


1 of 10 prints from the Bon Dia! series, 2011, stenciled monotypes, 8"x8"

Inspired by the patterns and colors of wandering around Morocco and Spain, I created a portfolio of 10 stenciled monotype prints. I was awarded an artist residency at Can Serrat, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, where this collection of work was created. I highly recommend this location for international artists of many disciplines to engage their work. The surroundings, personalities, and cuisine are all magical!

what I see





20111125-180637.jpg Here I am.

20111118-225936.jpg beautiful light at our riad, dar moula, in fes.



2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier

Gorgeous installation of collected wish flowers….look up and dream!

new work


Gangly, 2011, Copper, Flax, Iron and Polyester thread, 64"x9"x8"

A couple of my new handmade paper pieces are in a group show @ Woolpunk Studios in Jersey City. Check it out!

busy weekend!


Fri, Sat and Sun have been jam packed with amazing arts events! This weekend is Jersey City Artists Studio Tours. Selections from the 2010 GRAF X-change are on exhibit at the Grassroots Community Space. A visit to the NY Art Book Fair @ MOMA PS1 was intoxicating and stimulating. An impressive collection of books and fantastic network of artists / book nerds of the cool variety. I spent most of my time at the Open House and Print Exhibition at Manhattan Graphics Center. We have managed to move the print shop from downtown to midtown in one month! After all the hard work, this weekend it is time to celebrate! The new shop looks great and it was refreshing to see many new faces.

Litho area at the new MGC printshop; Faculty Exhibition 2011



My Eviscera installation is included in “Remembrance of Things Past,” a juried show featuring the works of 50 New Jersey artists. On view September 8th, 2011 to February 15th 2012 at Gallery 14 Maple, part of the Arts Council of Morris. Opening reception on September 8th from 6-8pm. An impressive array of art, exhibited in a “green” building and located in a charming town. Not to be missed!

I was mentioned in a write up in Morristown Green! Read it here.



What does one do while hiding indoors from a hurricane? Dip wire forms into flax! Hang them to dry in the shower! My army of gangly monsters is growing…

group show


Mixed Greens 2010, Chlorophyll Monotype and Paper Lithograph, 8"x10"

My work is included in a group show at Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana. On view August 19-October 1st, 2011.



wire dipped in abaca pulp, 2011

I’ve been experimenting with paper pulp. Made a bunch of specimens this weekend. Building an army.



Started making a family of kozo rotaries.

handmade kozo rotary, 14"x14"x5"

My time at WSW was incredibly productive and restorative. The community of artists, instructors, staff and interns were all insightful and warm. Amazing things go on at WSW! I was honored to have Kirstin Demer, a handpapermaker and bookbinder, as my instructor. I learned how to make paper from abaca, flax and thai kozo. Exploring different techniques of working with paper pulp to create and manipulate form was a completely new addition to my skill set.  Using basket reed to construct the form/armature, I wove a sort of basket or what could possibly be a lampshade. I dipped it a couple times into the flax pulp which when dry, builds up a sort of skin-like web between the reed and open spaces also adding to the strength of the form. I then pulled sheets of paper and covered various sections. Light passing through this piece produces wonderful patterns. This is a pic of the first one I made in the preliminary stage.

basket skeleton made of reed dipped in flax pulp, approx 16"x16"x12"

lap of luxury


The site was full last night but tonight I am the last tent standin.




This week I am preparing for my escape into the woods. I was awarded a class scholarship at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate NY.  So I will spend a week living in a tent and biking back and forth to my Sculptural Papermaking class!! Should be a good time unless I get eaten by wild animals.



line into form


Vena, 2010, Copper plate etching, 22.5"x 22.5" Edition of 10

This is one of my prints from the Eviscera exhibit. My biggest copper plate piece yet…it was so fun to create this form. No expectations, free hand drawing and being in the moment.



Scientist and Printmaker, Janet Yagoda Shagam creates finely detailed prints with hints of the natural world, emotional turbulence and layers of process. She frequently uses multiple plates and techniques in combination to create an image. “Weathering” is a fundamental theme which she explores quite literally and conceptually. Simply extraordinary!

"Won Ton Dreams at the Tiki Lounge" multimedia print 3-plate etching (spit bite, aquatint, & softground) & monotype 11.5"x12" by Janet Yagoda Shagam

La Calaca Press and Expressions Graphics invite you to participate in the first LA CALACA PRESS International Print Exchange and Exhibition. This exchange is open to printmakers from the USA and abroad. Submit 15 hand-pulled prints, each 9″x7″ by September 15. Find out more.



A Strange Form of Life, 2010, 26” x 40”, coffee and ink on paper by Ben Butler

Stunning works by Ben Butler – drawings, prints and sculpture – I love his aesthetic.

altered books


Altered book by Brian Dettmer

The sickest assortment of altered books I’ve ever seen!@ Brian Dettmer has a solo show on view in Chelsea at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art thru June 11th.

Celebrate the first annual SKULL APPRECIATION DAY on June 4th 2011!!! Buy this rad limited edition silk screened poster for 10 bux!

I’m luvin these lover skullies 🙂 Awww.



Gorgeous elephant ear obsessions by Sue Abramson…some recent work on view thru July 24th 2011 at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburg, PA.

Toned Gelatin Silver and Lumen Photogram by Sue Abramson



Denise Bibro Fine Art has a show coming up I’ve got to check out!

Exquisite Interruption opens June 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Featuring the abstract works of Don Kimes. Years ago, Kimes’ home had a flood, destroying a lifetime of work and photographs. He scanned these remains and printed them onto canvas or paper, then reworked the surface with layers of paint. The resulting images have a translucent and nostalgic quality, resembling a chemigram.

Don Kimes, Some Yellow for Hans, 2011, Acrylic and ink painting on digital ghost on canvas, 31 1/2"x38"

Vacancy, altered toaster, H 10" x W 12" x D 8" by Robert Wechsler

charming works by Robert Wechsler! one of my favorites! also check out the altered iron and musical mouse cage!



I once heard an old man in a wheelchair yell “Take me Home where I belong!” I have stolen this phrase from him and continue to use it often. That’s how I feel most of the time. When I spotted this painting by Jeremy Geddes– It seemed to say the same thing.

A Perfect Vacuum, Oil on Board, 50cm x 88cm by Jeremy Geddes.



i am obsessed with this song. i love this friggin song. im gonna play it again now.

Art House Co-op (now located in Brooklyn) is having another Sketchbook Project series of exhibitions all over the country! $25 gets you a book and return it by Jan 31st 2012 to have your work seen by the masses! Read more about it here…

must see!


i love everything about this show, i have visited several times. its almost over…

Untitled, Intaglio by Vanessa Cornell











ArtSpace in Canada has a sweet print exchange and exhibition opportunity – Deadline is August 1st! Check out the details.

Art Benefit!


Join us Saturday, April 9th for GAME SHOW FEVER!!! A fundraiser for Art House Productions and Pop-UP Art in Jersey City, NJ. Lots of fun, games and wacky outfits! General Audience tickets are $10, or be a contestant for $25 and play to win some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses! I will be one of the lovely sequined hostesses! So come on down!

Location: 1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City

Live Show Taping at 8pm sharp

A typographic experiment of the A-Holes.
by Alberto Garcia.
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Limited Edition of 50
Signed & Numbered
11×24 in

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Screen printed on French Durotone Butcher Extra Blue paper.

Buy a limited edition print on Etsy!

Also, check out this site where artists and designers swap pieces! A beautiful and witty array of prints.

Three, monoprint by Linda Lyons

RSVP for this print exchange! Oregon Ink Spot’s annual print exchange is coming up! Send in an edition of 15 hand-pulled prints, each 5″x7″ and you will receive 13 prints from various artists. Deadline is May 6th 2011.
View prospectus.

Call for entries at Washington Printmakers Gallery
National Small Works Exhibition. Submissions must be no larger than 170 square inches (HxW). Early bird deadline April 15th 2011.

Today was the de-installation of Greg Letson’s work at Windows on Columbus. This marks the end of my one year term as guest curator of this venue.  I organized 4 large-scale solo shows of local artists work, planned 3 opening receptions and was featured in an article in the Jersey Journal. Its been an honor and a pleasure working with artists Megan Klim, Laurie Riccadonna, Daniel Brusky and Greg Letson.