Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From the airport to PULSE Miami 2016

     Like the title says, I went straight from Miami Airport to Pulse and, to keep it real...I was hoping to make the VIP brunch, which I barely did. Scavenged a croissant. Which was cool, I got there at the end, but PULSE folks - - no coat check?? So I had to schlep my (thankfully wheeled) suitcase through the show with me. Be that as it may, the vibe and enthusiasm made that inconvenience fade as I wheeled through the beautiful people (and were there ever, it looked like a casting call), sunshine (Pulse is in a tent on Miami beach) and art with that first-fair-of-the-trip anticipation and excitement.


 Hard to tell from the photo, but this large mandala by Ye Hongxing at Art Lexing (China) was made of stickers, along with painting and mixed media.

     Anna Iris Luneman worked with photographer Deni Darzacq to create these digitally manipulated images, layered with spots of thick plastic? resin? and other materials placed on the canvas. De Soto Gallery, Venice CA.

     "54 Tiny Tests" an unusual piece by Jaq Chartier at William Baczek Fine Arts in Northhampton, Mass., is made with acrylic, inks, dyes, stains and spray paint on wood, and coated with resin (more on resin in a later post). Sorry for the slightly blurred image.

     This lovely large still life of oysters stood out because of its simplicity, size, color, and it reminded me of a Wayne Thiebaud cake painting stylistically. And it got me in the mood for some oysters.


"Zen Park" by Robert Minervini at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA .

There was some pop silliness at Pulse as in this big, like 4x6' or 5x7', painting of Hulk Hogan by Nic Rad at Victori + Mo from Brooklyn. Fun, but it was one of those moments when you wonder who'd buy this? Well, the Hulkster does live in Florida so maybe...

     One of the nice things about art fairs, which are really glorified trade shows, is the booth set-up frequently allows you to actually chat with the gallery director/curator/owner or staff. Patricia Sweetow from Oakland CA was quite friendly and enthusiastic about these pieces by Cornelia Schulz. The artist, who if memory serves, Ms. Sweetow said was now in her 80s, makes her own odd shaped canvases, usually working small to medium. What also caught my eye was the impasto (thick layers of paint) which is not easy to pull off successfully, and Schulz is quite adept at it. This series was one of those "quieter" ones amongst the eye candy that give one pause. Took the photo on an angle to capture the depth of the paint application.

Part of a booth installation by Bradley Wood at Sim Smith Gallery, London.

and as you leave the fair:

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