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Angel Otero

By Riad Miah / June 28, 2019

Angel Otero refers to his paintings as oil paint skins. With a better understanding of his process, one soon realizes he employs an array of procedures resembling that of printmaking, sculpture, tapestry weaving, collage, and other artistic methods. The works of art encompass more than the standard of traditional painting. In a walk-through conversation with…

Looking At Art

By Riad Miah / June 21, 2019

In the world of social media and the internet, one can see hundreds if not thousands of works of art online. We sift through hundreds of years’ worth of art through clicks and swipes, but in the end, are we really seeing and understanding how and what they are communicating? When we look at a…

Cameron Welch – One River School
2019 Emerging Art Award

By Riad Miah / May 23, 2019

At the beginning of May, for those of us who teach, we being the final weeks of the academic semester. We bid farewell to the BFA and MFA candidates who are about to embark on one of the toughest and most gratifying assignment: life as artists. Elsewhere in the art world commercial galleries and professional…

Artist Spotlight – Nora Griffin

By Riad Miah / April 3, 2019

A few months ago, Nora Griffin’s solo show, titled “Chartreuse,” opened at Fierman Gallery in the Lower East Side. I caught a glimpse of images of the work in digital form. The thing that intrigued me most was the shift in the new work, which seemed to have a looser quality and more painterly gestural…

Teaching Best Practices

By Riad Miah / March 29, 2019
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In the world of jobs that an artist can occupy while maintaining a steady career and studio practice, teaching is one of the best possibilities of employment. Educating is by far one of the most positive and enriching experiences an individual can have, in addition to the focused, self-employed role. As a professor of art,…

Moments and Places That Could Have Been, But Indeed Are – Andrew Fish

By Riad Miah / January 24, 2019

What does it mean to take a walk with someone? Is it a time when crucial work takes place, a moment when ideas are shared and discoveries are realized? Maybe it is just a venue for banter and for interpersonal steam to be released. An accompanied walk is also the moment of transition from one…

Inside the Wasp’s Nest – The Work of Julia von Eichel

By Riad Miah / January 10, 2019

When a Vespula vulgaris—the common wasp—builds a nest, it usually selects an accessible, yet hidden, site. The female does the majority of the work in the assembling process. The Vespidae, which belong to the Hymenoptera order, constructs their nests with wooden materials. The queen begins the process by chewing wood or bark, breaking it down…

John Descarfino- Pressing the Space of the Middle

By Riad Miah / December 12, 2018

“Spiritually I am wherever my spirit allows me to be, and that is not necessarily in the future.” – Willem de Kooning In Arnold van Gennep’s book Les rites de passage (The Rites of Passage, 1909) he writes about the three phases and the journey that was observed in cultures, from an anthropologist perspective. He…

Painting on Paper as a Form of Drawing

By Riad Miah / December 8, 2018

What are the benefits of working on paper? Can painting on paper be a kind of drawing? Working on paper has a certain liberation to it, one does not have to be precious with it. Working on paper allows me to work through a process. The thought process reveals itself differently. Because of the casualness…

Trudy Benson- Moving Forward by Looking into The Past

By Riad Miah / October 30, 2018

“The grid declares the space of art to be once autonomous and autotelic.”[1]– Rosalind Krauss Part of the job of an artist is to pay attention to both contemporary artists and know the history from which they have developed. This was the case of when I first became familiar with the work of Trudy Benson.…