The Drawings of Barry Nemett: Moving Air Vapor

By John O'Connor / July 25, 2018
Barry Nemett One River School

At best, when I’m drawing clouds, I feel like I’m moving air vapor around, not just moving my pencil. – Barry Nemett on his work “View from Montecastello” I first met Barry when we both taught together several years ago. We had many conversations over the course of the semester and have since gotten to…

On the Works of Benjamin Reiss

By Jesse Greenberg / July 21, 2018

Benjamin Reiss’s work is intense and fun. Generally, his work looks like a schematic come to life, or a cross section and a “how it works” diagram. Machines interiors are treated like guts or dreamscapes. Items and objects of symbolism taken from larger societal narratives, as well as personal connections stack, float, flow, mutate, and…

The Video Art of Theodore Sefcik

By Jesse Greenberg / July 10, 2018

Theodore Sefcik’s What Comes Through – Trailer Watching Theodore Sefcik’s eerily naturalistic videos often seems like we are spying on an artificial intelligence. As it learns and corrects itself in front of our eyes, crudely, yet sufficiently animated simulations come across as struggling animals and human figures. But more so than often, basic shapes or…

Cynthia Carlson – Bending the Grid with Wit

By Melissa Brown / June 28, 2018

Cynthia Carlson was one of the star players in the Pattern and Decoration movement in New York City during the 1970s. For the un-initiated, the “P&D” movement was a reaction to the abstract schools in art of the 1960s – minimalism, late abstract expressionism, conceptual art, schools the P&D artists felt tended towards austerity, seriousness,…

Artist Profile: Alicia Adamervoich

By Catherine Haggarty / June 25, 2018

Alicia Adamerovich is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA in Graphic Design from Penn State in 2013.  Alicia’s drawings and paintings reference beauty and function in peculiar ways that constantly peak my attention. I first came across Alicia’s work this spring in the New York City Crit Club, which I…

Matt Kleberg’s Drawings

By John O'Connor / June 21, 2018

Matt makes intensely engaging paintings that grapple with the relationship between architectural spatiality and painterly flatness. Their color, gradations, and undulating, isometric patterns reveal shallow spaces that appear to both open and close simultaneously. Subtle shifts in the color and direction of his oil stick stripes and marks can make a wall seem to be…

Ortega y Gasset Projects Celebrates its Five-Year Anniversary

By Catherine Haggarty / May 25, 2018

On June 2, Ortega y Gasset Projects will celebrate its five-year anniversary! I will be celebrating my three-year anniversary as a Co-Director and couldn’t be more excited and proud to be a part of this organization. Ortega y Gasset was founded in 2013 in Bushwick and in 2015, moved to The Old American Can Factory.…

Part 2: Interview with Chris Arabadjis

By John O'Connor / May 23, 2018

When I was writing my last essay on Chris’s works, we talked at length over email and his answers to my questions were really insightful. Chris also visited my Experimental Drawing class and the students loved him. Below is an edited version of our interview.   John – What was your work like at Pratt…

The Art Journey of Jay Gaskill

By Matt Ross / May 19, 2018

There is something about most contemporary artists that I just love – they’re simply driven to make art.  They can’t get out of the way of this primal need and I find it fascinating.  Jay Gaskill is a painter that fits this mold. I want to tell you a little more about Jay, how we…

Artist Feature: Will Hutnick

By Catherine Haggarty / May 16, 2018

Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, New York. Hutnick’s painting and curating life seems to be non-stop and the energy his paintings imbue are a direct and electric result. Will is relentless in his pursuit of making work and creating opportunities for others – this, along with unparalleled interpersonal skills and…