A Printmakers “Second Skin” – VM Barquin

1/30/19 STOP! Take a second look at the muted hues, scribbles, and grafitti like text. It’s just the beginning.   VICTORIA M. BARQUIN is a printmaker based out of Chicago who’s work is insightful in its texture and political in it’s universal analysis. In a recent exhibition called TILE FACTORY monotype prints like the ones […]

Grateful Rejection

Submitting my paintings to juried shows comes with some hesitation at the inevitable possibility of “rejection”.  For a long time I let this aspect of being an artist limit me. The fear set in and aspects of suffocating “perfectionism” ensued. Now I see it as part of the process and an opportunity to learn. My […]

Grounds For Sculpture

There are so many ways to interpret this title “Grounds For Sculpture”.  What I like about it is that it brings up a lot of questions and gives me a framework of consideration and perspective.   Some of the questions that I find arising are the following:  How do I interpret “Grounds”? Do we need grounds […]

Women Impressionists

Last week I visited a show called “Coastal Impressions” Painters of the Jersey Shore 1880 -1940.  It’s a small show with a lot of spirit.  The 120 select works of art tell a story of significance and value that in my opinion should not to be missed. Each room had a breath taking collection of […]

Matisse at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has an outstanding exhibit running until March 17 of Matisse.  I had been wanting to take myself to see it and finally did last Saturday. As I got myself together and got on the train I wondered what I would experience.  Having prepared myself with a sketchbook […]

Behind the Narrative

Yesterday I came across this wonderful series being presented online by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s called 82nd & Fifth.  One hundred curators will talk for two minutes about a work of art that impacted how they see the world. It’s quite amazing! I’ve watched three of the mini episodes so far and each […]

A Globalized Aesthetic

Last night I attended an exhibit called “World Sampler” at Artworks in Trenton, NJ. It was a group exhibit with a variety of works of art that spoke to an emerging “globalized aesthetic”.  It also touched on the idea that “we live in a world that is constantly changing and becoming conceptually smaller and more […]