UNDERLINE GALLERY: How are the paintings in “Color Unbound” made?
KEVIN FEY: The paintings are made from an industrial two-part resin. A small amount of pure pigment is suspended in the resin and the mixture is poured directly onto the surface of the canvas. After the resin hits the canvas it is moved and heated, the heated portions flow more easily than the room temperature portions so a dynamic fluid surface is achieved. By controlling this resin and working with the nature of the stretched canvas surface the resulting image is an extremely high fidelity fade, with the distinctions in tone coming not from a darker color but from a greater physical concentration of material.
UNDERLINE:How did you arrive at this technique?
FEY: The current technique was developed out of my desire to create formless beauty in paintings. It’s been my focus for years to create paintings with as few elements as necessary. Initial works in this style focused on the tension between various materials, the beauty of their insolubility. These works were partially successful but still allowed for a direct understanding; if you understood the process you understood the painting. The works in the “Color Unbound” series hide all the struggle of their creation. You must address the color and the fade directly without even a record of its creation to guide you.
Caroll Taveras' Upcoming Photo Studio Project in ELLE Magazine
On May 1 she will set up her portrait studio at Underline Gallery in Manhattan and is inviting people to have a laugh and smile for the camera.
The project is titled “Let Yourself Go!” and Taveras aims to explore what it takes to “let oneself go and laugh uncontrollably.” We asked Taveras about this fascinating project and how she plans to help her subjects let their guards down.
ELLE: How did the idea for this project come about?
Caroll Taveras: I have been working on my Photo Studio project since 2008, and last year Underline Gallery approached me about doing the project as part of their curated show at the Norwood arts club. I wanted to explore a different approach with the project—something that represented spring and all the feelings and emotions tied to this time of year. This installation will be part photo studio—creating an environment for laughter and letting oneself go.
ELLE: How do you get someone to open up and laugh while taking their picture?
CT: That will be the challenge. I’m sure it will be very personal for each person. But there are a few things we’ve discovered that induce laughter across the board. You will have to come down and see for yourself.
ELLE: Why do you choose portraits to be the focus of your artistic expression?
CT: Portraits are just one form of my artistic expression. I also shoot narratives, objects, and landscapes. I love big open spaces as much as I love people, and I often juxtapose the two in collage format. I’m really interested in telling stories. And what tells a story better than a person’s face?
ELLE: What do you think of our generation’s obsession with profile photos?
CT: Everyone is trying to present a certain image of themselves. This image serves as a brand in many ways. With the power to change your image and your brand so constantly, obsession is inevitable.
ELLE: And do you think your art contributes to that or not.
CT: When someone takes his or her own picture, that image is quite self-controlled. It represents a very narcissistic perspective. When you let someone else take your picture, you’re giving them permission to present their perspective of you to the world. It’s a fascinating exercise in art, culture, and the exploration of self in the community.
ELLE: Why is it better to have your picture taken in a portrait style, by a photographer, rather than taking your own photo?
CT: There is something that happens when you sit in front of the camera, especially in front of a 4 x 5 view camera. It’s a very intimate moment between photographer and subject. If you surrender to that moment, you will see a different side to yourself in your image. It’s quite interesting. Some people usually say that they feel like I’m looking right through them from behind my camera.
ELLE: Why do you think it’s so difficult for someone to “let themselves go” when posing for a picture?
CT: I don’t think it’s difficult to let yourself go when posing for a photo. But I do think it may be difficult for some people to let themselves go and laugh uncontrollably—particularly in front of the camera. When was the last time you laughed so much that you felt great? That’s the moment I want to capture with this project.
ELLE: And do you think it’s a factor that has always been part of human nature or do you think people are more self aware now than the past?
CT: I think people are both more self aware and self-conscious. We are certainly questioning more. However, with so much access to media and technology, and so much emphasis on beauty, we are also becoming self-conscious and self-absorbed. The latter can be confusing and problematic.
If you want to partake in the “Let Yourself Go!” click here to book an appointment with Caroll Taveras.
Filigree: one of the most traditional Mexican artisanships having fallen into oblivion. The video below shows the technique Amandina designers have been using for more than three years, from the grounds where it is originally from - Yucatan Mexico.
Can you seal any deal with a text message? How we talk now depends on frequency of contact, methods of communication & indication of familiarity. Those who are seen as powerful often are perceived as having an impossibly overfull email inbox, and those in close proximity are often trained in the skill of deflecting. Currently among the most memorable interactions (ones which others refer to when they see you,) are funny tweets & replies to others’ tweets.
Take for example the popularity of instagram- a social sharing platform, which is almost purely visual. It arguably cemented the popularity of the iphone, or at least downplays the phone’s shortcomings, notably the user-difficulty writing with the nuisance of autocorrect & fat-finger mistakes. It turns out we don’t mind apologizing for communicating ineffectively, and when we must choose, we vote for pretty pictures created by us.
“Do you know who I am?” by Coral Silverman (2009) Gouache on paper
With the quick-capture-and-share functionality, and the socially rewarding experience of our instagram ego-feed, we are now on creating a surplus of show-and-tells & constantly re-contextualizing our forgettable encounters: often without any regard for usage permission or originality. Rarely, if ever, is there any forethought or creative skill applied to this medium rendering it strictly humorous or worse, meaningless.
Let’s face it: the photographer is no longer an expert on shadow and light, obsessed manipulator of color and focus, or an adventurous seeker of unique subjects and vistas. S/he is now a comrade in a social sharing system, which appears to be democratic in its voting-style but by contrast is “social-ist” in its null attachment of value or copyright protection for original artwork.
The problem is, we don’t really know what we’re saying, or even who said it first.
“Painters should strive to succeed in creating great works, that is those that can please noble lords and the rich — because these make the fortunes of masters — and not other people, who cannot buy pictures of great value. So the painter’s mind must always aim at the sublime, the heroic and for perfection.”—Giambattista Tiepolo, 1762
gold·en [gohl-duhn] Show IPA adjective 1. bright, metallic, or lustrous like gold; of the color of gold; yellow: golden hair. 2. made or consisting of gold: golden earrings. 3. exceptionally valuable, advantageous, or fine: a golden opportunity. 4. having glowing vitality; radiant: golden youth. 5. full of happiness, prosperity, or vigor: golden hours; a golden era of exploration.
Between wanting to get a taste of the last drops of champagne, shoving against each other to get a view of the smaller artworks, and grabbing for gold coins only to find that they were merely filled with chocolate… last night’s exhibition opening worked some of our guests into a fit of frenzy. It just goes to show you the power of gold and what it does to people.
We got a rush from all the sweet friends of ours who came to support the exhibition: MINE: Take What’s Yours.
Everything counts in large amounts.
Guests were curiously compelled to reach out and touch the fur and metallic leather used in Collages by Caroll Taveras
The mesmerizing glittered paintings by Ellie Pyle clearly cast a hypnotic spell over Jonathan Kutzin.
5:45 PM installation view of Christian Balzano’s artwork: deceptively tranquil. Only an hour later, a bidding war emerged between a group of collectors, as though the value of gold was just about to surge.
Cat Chow installing her latest artwork. The disco bling style had us longing to visit the glamour-days of Studio 54.
This holiday season UNDERLINE has hand-picked some favorite pieces that are unique for everyone on your list. “The collection includes a range of artists from around the world who are influenced by classic techniques and ideas, but approach their craft in a very contemporary way,” says gallery director Casey Burry. Visit us in person or onlinefor prints, original artwork, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Also on view (through December 23) are a selection of works on paper by celebrated artists Jonathan Lasker, Yigal Ozeri, David Salle, and others, offered at prices well below their estimated value.
This season, give a truly original gift to the art lover, artist, or collector in your life.
1. Backgammon and Checkers Set by Fredericks & Mae. $320. Featured in this week’s NY Magazine’s holiday gift picks, this handmade game set — checkerboard on one side, backgammon set on the other — is only one of creative duo’s elegant designs currently available in our shop. Check online or in store for dominos, tassels, and other treasures.
2. Moonstone Brooch (Stud Earrings and Necklace also available) by Robin Mollicone. $275. Artist Robin Mollicone designs jewelry from precious stones, leather, antique glass beads, gold, and more, each crafted with meticulous detail and accented with neon wisps of color. “Robin’s jewelry is quite collectible,” says Pratt Institute Fashion Chair and art curator Jennifer Minniti.
3. “Contamination I” by Peter Halley. $150. Celebrated artist Peter Halley’s iconic pop-inspired images are recognized as masterpieces of geometric abstraction. Have your own for less than one third of the estimated value.
4. White Thorn Beaker by Ikuko Iwamoto. $190. Award-winning Britain-based Japanese artist Ikuko Iwamoto constructs artful, yet highly functional, ceramics, inspired by the microscopic patterns of the natural world. Like this textured beaker, her cups and jugs —also available at Underline— act as decorative additions to any kitchen or dining room.
5. Rings by Abby Goodman. $95. Artist Abby Goodman creates quirky and creative jewelry and artworks at a range of prices. These silver character rings are also available in other shapes and designs, including cats, pigs, and other creatures.
6. “Show Girls” and “Daedalus and Icarus” by Inka Essenhigh. $350. New York-based Inka Essenhigh is an internationally renowned artist, whose work has been characterized as “Pop Surrealism.” Her colorful, dream-like prints, “Show Girls” and “Daedelus and Icarus,” currently on view as part of “100: Plus or Minus,” are available at Underline for only a fraction of their value.
7. Necklaces by Susan Cianciolo. $35. Designer Susan Cianciolo is a veteran of the fashion world and a pioneer of the DIY revolution, known for her use of unconventional materials. Visit our online store for her hand-painted RUN t-shirts, or stop by the gallery to see more of her unique jewelry designs in our gift shop.
8. Flash RosenGLOBES by Flash Rosenberg. $50. New York Public Library Fellow and artist Flash Rosenberg’s wacky holiday ornaments feature brightly-colored original artworks, with comical images and text throughout. These season-appropriate sculptures are perfect decorations for a less traditional Christmas tree or window display.
9. “Installation” by Hilda Daniel. $75. Artist Hilda Daniel creates highly conceptual pieces inspired by her noteworthy video and artist installations, such as this image of one of her kinetic sculptures. This small-scale photo engraving is sure to delight the photographer, artist, or art lover on your list.
10. Handira. $200-$1200. From the collection of textile artist and expert Ismail Mouamid, these Moroccan wedding blankets, or handira, are hand woven of wool and sequins, and date back 10 to 40 years. Known for their symbolic significance in marriage ceremonies and their glittering sequin surfaces, these blankets, wall hangings, pillowcases, and rugs will add decoration, warmth, and style to any home interior.
UNDERLINE is a proud co-sponsor of the holiday market at the Starrett-Lehigh Building (601 W. 26th St. Chelsea), organized by New York Women Social Entrepreneurs. The fair will showcase a selection of work by the Gallery’s female artists who are dedicated to sustainable practices and approaches to artmaking.
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for “GIMME SHELTER,” a three-part experimental puppet performance by artist Hayley McCulloch. Last night’s show featured the skits “Andy Warhol Interviews Sid Vicious,” “Charlie Chaplin on the Late Show with David Letterman,” and “A Conversation with Mick and Keith,” performed using McCulloch’s handmade “Pop Star Finger Puppets” and sets. Thanks to your generous donations, we successfully raised considerable funds for the American Red Cross’s continuing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
We are giving shelter in the aftermath of the storm at UNDERLINE GALLERY, with a special experimental performance by Hayley McCulloch, featuring her Pop Star Finger Puppets. Lifting spirits from the flattening effects of the Hurricane Sandy, the entertainment line up includes:
Andy Warhol interviews Sid Vicious
Charlie Chaplin on the Late Show with David Letterman
A conversation with the Mick and Keith.
THIS EVENING WILL ALSO SERVE AS A DROP OFF POINT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF GOODS.
PROCEEDS FROM SUGGESTED $10 ENTRANCE WILL GO TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS. DONATIONS ACCEPTED.
COME AND GET POWERED UP THROUGH ART AND SOCIALIZATION.
Come to the refugee performance camp at the Gallery for a special experimental performance by Hayley McCulloch and her Pop Star Finger Puppets. Entertainment includes: Andy Warhol interviews Sid Vicious + Charlie Chaplin on the Late Show with David Letterman. (Donations for Hurricane Sandy victims will be accepted. Proceeds from the $10 suggested donation will go to support organizations).
Shira Schwarz on Site November 10*, 1-6pm
Using the gallery space as a studio, SOUK artist Shira Schwarz will work on current projects, involving her unique blend of installation, sculpture, and painting.
A Bizarre Bazaar: Featuring Music by NEW WORLD COLLECTIVE November 14, 6:30-10pm
The Uncanny Salon presents a night of music and culinary delights at the UNDERLINE Souk. Stop by for a surprising unfolding of events. $10 Suggested Donation for Musicians.
Using her colorful figurative “Pop Star Finger Puppets,” artist Hayley McCulloch will present a multimedia puppet show about The Rolling Stones’ travels in Morocco. Through live audio recordings, video clips, and comic dialogue, McCulloch will lead the audience on a tour of the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll culture around this wondrous moment in music history. (Space is limited: Reserve yours at email@example.com).
Delve into the unknown with Underline Gallery’s Eto Otitigbe. Eto talks to Paradigm Magazine
about his process, negotiating his many identities - Nigerian, American, engineer, artist, DJ- and how all of those selves create work that is relatable and political. “Culture is a by-product of struggle…” says Otitigbe.