Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 Fall Art Season Continues + Potatoes Oscar complete a Classic Breakfast

Artist Patrick Jackson's "Dirt Piles on Tables" just sold for $9,000, represented by Francois Ghebaly Gallery
at this year's Frieze Art Fair - London.

The Fall Season

Testing the water for this year's art season starts in London with This week-end's Art Fair will offer for sale $350m worth of art, slightly less than a year ago, and it will showcase 173 galleries from around the world. Matthew Slotover, co-founder of Frieze, said: “When the markets turned down in August we were worried.... This is about getting quality works through the door.” (Source: The Financial Times, London)

Jeff Grant, "Thin light"

LMAK Pojects: Jeff Grant's solo exhibition 
titled "Thin light".
In this exhibit the viewer is confronted with mark-making either through graphite lines on paper or stretched black string. A piano being tuned is in the air, bringing two dimensional space and three dimensional space together then filling all negative spaces with sound. (LMAKprojects has started a monthly screening and performance event in the gallery’s Lower East Side space, called the LMAKseries.)

139 Eldridge Street
(L.E.S.) between Broome and Delancey Streets
New York, NY 10002
212 255 9707

Greg Bogin
Leo Koenig Gallery
The New Normal.
October 21 - December 3, 2011

Today we are bombarded with informational and visual overload. The pace of the 20th century seems relatively slow against the backdrop of today's manic technological world. Every day we become more addicted to increased stimulation as the video screen becomes our constant companion. At all waking hours it is by our side, or in front of us, ready to engage our eyes, mind and hands.

Greg Bogin's work exist within the parameters of this sensory bombardment. Bogin integrates cheerful titles, bright colors and beautiful surfaces into his sculptural paintings, which appear to offer very little content in return. Using materials such as wood veneer and carpeting he evokes a feeling of home, but this is a false impression of reality. His underlying question requires thoughtful consideration: "Is our "New Manic Normal" a comfortable place to live?"

Leo Koenig, Inc.
545 West 23rd Street
NY,NY 10001

Brett Bigbee
Alexandre Gallery
Highly Detailed & Refined Realism
October 20th - December 17th, 2011

© Brett Bigbee 
Courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

The Alexander Gallery will present an overview of Brett Bigbee’s (b. 1954) paintings and drawings completed during the past ten years. Included are three large-scale figurative oil paintings, small-scale still-life paintings and related drawings, both developmental and fully realized.  His most recent painting, Abby (2005 – 2010), depicts a pre-teen girl clad in a brightly-colored flowered swimsuit emerging from a landscape of dirt and leafy groundcover. The exhibition will include loans from private and museum collections and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with text by John Yau. Yau writes:  “Working on a painting, often for years, Bigbee... is direct and elusive, relaxed and introspective, open to the world and yet separate from it.... Stillness and change lie at the heart of the artist’s portraits. The aching desire to slow down time is spelled out in carefully effaced brushstrokes, which literally and figuratively caress each surface and trace each contour.  Bigbee’s labor, an act of devotion, is essential to the meaning of his work.”  Bigbee’s paintings have an arresting psychological intensity and sensitivity. 

Will Barnet, 
The Figure (No. III), 1952, 
watercolor and ink on paper, 
 8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches
© Will Barnet, 
Courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York
Also currently up at the Alexander Gallery is a show of Will Barnet's "Abstract Indian Series" from the 1950's. Will Barnet turned 100 years old in May 2011. He continues to live and to work at his studio home in the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NYC. For more on Will Barnet:
Alexandre Gallery
Fuller Building, 13th Floor
41 East 57th Street
(at Madison Avenue)
NYC 10022

Elizabeth O'Reilly
October 13 - November 11, 2011

Elizabeth O'Reilly is at home in the abandoned precincts of the Gowanus Canal. These works provide an intimate view of Brooklyn, combining the dominance of man's industrially designed world with the energy of limited natural accents. The works exhibit lively brushwork, a focus on the geometric and a sense of place.

521 W. 26th St. B1
New York, NY 10001

Stefanie Gutheil Dreckige Katze
Mike Weiss Gallery

Stefanie Gutheil Party Downstairs / 2011 / Oil, fabric and foil on canvas / 110.3 x 157.5 inches

Stefanie Gutheil shines a flashlight into the corners of her mind, that might have best been kept a secret. 

Katzen-Kotzen-Schwänze / 2011
Oil, fabric and hair on canvas in gold frame with varnish, cast oil,
and polymer clay / 94.5 x 94.5 inches
Stefanie Gutheil / KINGOKONGO / 2011 / Oil, fabric, foil, latex mask and hair on canvas / 100.3 x 157.5 inches

Manfred Mohr
Bitforms Gallery
"Computer Graphics"

“Computer Graphics”, a re-creation of the solo exhibition by Manfred Mohr, from his first museum show which was a display of artworks entirely calculated and drawn by a digital (rather than analog) computer. (Paris, 1971) These few artworks set the digital art movement into motion.

Bitforms Gallery
529 West 20th St # 2
New York, NY 10011

& The Classic Breakfast

Oscar Martinez is the longest tenured employee of the Walt Disney Resorts Division. He went to work at Disneyland on December 29, 1956 and has been cooking there for the past 54 years, since 1967 at the Carnation Café inside the park. He still cooks and serves his classic breakfast five days a week.

- soft scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese
- bacon or sausage
- a fresh croissant
- cubes of fresh fruit
- "Potatoes Oscar"
Potatoes Oscar:

1 large white onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
2 pounds red potatoes, very thinly sliced
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until translucent; remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add remaining butter and potatoes and sauté until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Layer the potatoes then the onions repeat until you fill an ovenproof casserole dish; cover with foil and make small slits for ventilation. 
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender, remove foil and brown for 10 minutes in oven. Serve in squares, while still hot.
Serves 4 to 6

(Source:, posted on January 21st, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer)

Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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