Thursday, July 2, 2020

Art in the Time of Pandemic: Best Foot Forward, Part 1

In the Corona series:
The Corona Sidestep: A Virtual Exhibition
Art in the Time of Pandemic, Part 1
Art in the time of Pandemic, Part 2
Art in the Time of Pandemic, Part 3  
Art in the Time of Pandemic: Best Foot Forward, Part 2
All art (c) 2020 the individual artists  

Mark Wethli
Goin' Back, flashe on paper, 5 x 12 inches
(All work in this post is 2020, created during the pandemic period from March to the present)

We’ve passed the 100-day mark of this pandemic, with no end in sight. Artists, as always, continue to work. Some, fearful of taking the subway, set up workspaces at home. The more intrepid put on face masks and walked to their studios or hopped on Citibikes and made the trek through nearly traffic-free New York City streets. (The commute is less hazardous outside the city, as most artists have cars or work in studios at home.) 

As I scrolled through Facebook I noticed that artists were posting many images of modestly sized works. Is small the New Normal? Certainly as we cocoon for safety, everything in our world pulls in and scales down. Wanting to see more, I asked my Facebook friends to send images of current work 12 inches or under, hence the title. 

I received so many jpegs--over 300, of works in all expressions and mediums--that I've made this a two-part series. Get comfy. There's a lot to see. And more to come.

Kevin Finklea, Violet, acrylic on wood, 8 x 2 x 1/2 inches

Mary Judge
Studies on a Square, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Gabriele Evertz
Onward, acrylic on paper, 12 x 12 inches 

Geoffrey Todd Smith
Newman on Numan, gouache and ink on paper, 12 x 10 inches

Patricia Fabricant
061420, left, and 060727, both gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Pamela Marks
Erupt, acrylic on book page, 9 x 7 inches

Lloyd Martin
From the Everywhen series, 12 x 9 inches

Lorenza Sannai
Besides; acrylic, embroidery, andmarker, 11 x 8 inches

Kathy Cantwell
Quanta 1, encaustic on panel, 12 x 9 inches

Jeffrey Hirst
Destination, encaustic on wood, 6 x 6 inches

Lucio Pozzi
Urgent, acrylic on plywood, 12 x 12 inches

Steven Alexander
Untitled, oil and acrylic on paper, 10 x 8 inches

Berri Kramer
Mottanai #7, acrylic and corrugated cardboard, 8 x 8 inches

Karen Freedman
Qualia 3491, digital print, 12 x 12 inches

Clare Asch
Clear Water Diamond, watercolor on Arches, 10 x 10 inches

Susan Schwalb
Variations #5, silver/aluminumpoint and purple gesso on Arches Hot press, 12 x 12 inches

Emily Berger
Above and below: Each Untitled, ink on watercolor paper, 12 x 8.25 inches

Jodie Manasevet
Mirage, oil stick on paper, 9 x 6.5 inches

Cary Smith
Hudder Ting, oil on linen, 10 x 10 inches

Nobu Fukui
Hidden, mixed media on canvas, 9 x 12 inches

Side view, left: Title always comes from the text of the newspaper that underlies his work

Suzan Shutan
Wave 1; acrylic, cut foam, and tar paper, 12 x 12 inches

Andrew Werth
Center of Narrative Gravity #56, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Tracey Physioc Brockett
Fugue State, acrylic on paper, 12 x 11 inches

Hilary Goldblatt
Mellow, Yellow, acrylic on Yupo, 8 x 8 inches

Alyse Rosner
Untitled Study, mixed media on watercolor paper, 8 x 10 inches

Brooke Nixon
Garden Dream, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Deborah Peeples
Flow Down, encaustic on panel., 8 x 8 inches

Fran Shalom
Untitled, oil on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Lisa Petker-Mintz
Stormy Day, acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 inches

Joanne Freeman
Summer Collage, gouache on handmade paper, 9 x 6 inches

Sonita Singwi
Untitled, acrylic on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Laura Newman
Aerial, ink and acrylic on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Margaret Neill
Switchback, watercolor on paper, 6.75 x 12 inches

Altoon Sultan  
Arc, painted porcelain, 9 x 10.75 inches

Deanna Sirlin
Moving Forward, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Marcy Rosenblat
Sequester Series #1, gouache on paper, 12 x 12 inches

Maureen McQuillan
Untitled, ink and acrylic polymers on panel, 10 x 10 inches

Nancy Manter  
Above: When it Pours #10
Below: Stay in Place, each f
lashe on Yupo, 12 x 9 inches

Anne Russinof
Lean In, Corel Painter digital drawing (for giclee printing), 10 x 8 inches

Cat Crotchett
Found, encaustic on panel, 8 x 8 inches

Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 497, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Jeff Juhlin
Throb, acrylic on panel, 8 x 6 inches

Allison B. Cooke
Luogo Blu, acrylic and mixed media, 12 x 12 inches

Sarah Walker
Peeps, acrylic on panel, 9 x 12 inches

Suejin Jo
Fleurs du Mal, oil and acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Paula Overbay
Joue #6, acrylic on paper, 7.5 x 10 inches

Andra Samelson
Basl Room, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Elyse Abrams
Being There, acrylic on panel, 12-inch diameter

Antonio Puri
Tantra 94, beads and acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Mary Schiliro
Dip Drip Snip, acrylic on Mylar, 12 x 8 inches

Susan E. Squires
Response, encaustic and oil stick on paper, 9 x 9 inches

Louise Blyton
Circular Souls, acrylic on linen, 8 x 8 inches

Judith Braun
Drawing While Listening #6, graphite on paper, 12 x 12 inches

Deanna Lee and Lee Kellner
Untitled, ink on paper, 10.5 x 12 inches

Pat Spainhour
Orb, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Dee Shapiro
No No Not Yet, ink and cut paper on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Barbara Lubliner
Welcome, paper relief with paint, pencil, nuts and bolts, zipper, 8 x 6 x 3 inches

Deborah Kapoor
The Fragile Flesh; hydrangea petals, beads, thread, fiber, antique hat pin, antique frame, acrylic medium, 7.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches

Nina Meledandri
Bones, handmade paper (cotton and abaca), razor clam shells, metallic thread, 10 x 10 inches

Sharon Butler
Above: March 5, 2020
Below: May 18, 2020,  both oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Yoella Razili
Small Pink Construction, acrylic on wood, 6.75 x 8.75 x 1.5 inches

Lynda Ray
Stitch 2, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Steven Baris
Toppling A1, oil on panel, 9 x 8.25 inches

Joan Mellon 
Above: Blue Line, wood and acrylic paint, 8.25 x 12 x 1.50 inches
Below: Wood, Paper, Tape; cradled wood panel, parchment paper, artist tape; 8 x 11 x 1.74 inches

Munira Naqui
Untitled; encaustic, charcoal, and graphite on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Michelangelo Russo and Jennifer Jabu
Grigio, encaustic on cardboard, 8 x 8 inches

K. Lisa Schiff
Bright Field 1 and Bright Field 2, each watercolor on paper, 3 x 2.5 inches

Louise Noel 
Tissage (Weaving), pigment stick on Yupo, 12 x 9 inches

Elizabeth Condon
Yellow Check, watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches

Darla Bjork
Lock Down/Locked Up, oil stick on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Anna Wagner-Ott
Nesting; cotton bed sheets, thread, and acrylic paint on canvas stretcher, 12 x 12 inches

Claire Seidl
Small Picture, ink and graphite on paper, 9.5 x 9 inches

Barbara Laube
Rise Up 2, watercolor, 9 x 12 inches

Diane Ayott
Ache, acrylic on panel, 5.25 x 5 inches

Cheryl McClure
Seclusion 4, oil on paper, 10 x 10 inches

Dorothy Cochran 
The Blues #2, encaustic monotype. 12 x 9 inches

Melissa Rubin
Housebound, encaustic monotype on masa paper, 12 x 8 inches

Michele Thrane
InterActions #4, cut encaustic monotypes and cold wax on paper,  8 x 10 inches

Princess Simpson Rashid
Black Manta, acrylic, 5 x 5 inches

Ellen Soffer
Little Yellow 2, gouache on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Julie Shapiro
Boxed in Blue, mixed media, 8 x 8 inches
Below: Studio wall with Boxed in Blue, middle right

Coming shortly: Part 2

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  1. This was nourishment for my soul. Each piece had special qualities. Thanks for putting together and including me, Joanne.

  2. Nice curation and pacing of images! Thanks for including me.

  3. Great curation Joanne. Thanks for all you do!

  4. It looks wonderful, Joanne - beautifully curated! Thank you!

  5. Great curation! Thank you for introducing me to some beautiful work. It's inspiring!

  6. Thanks for yet another great curated show.... I really enjoyed this, Joanne.

  7. OMG, the sequencing of this post!!! and so many new people to explore, honored to be here

  8. Joanne, marvelous selection of work! It is clear artists are creating thoughtful and beautiful works under dire conditions. Brava!

  9. Totally enjoyed scrolling down and being surprised by the quality of the artworks.

  10. Thank you Joanne, what an excellent transition from one piece to the next linked by color or form.

  11. So enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to what comes next. Thank you Joanne

  12. Just a great collection! Are you still looking for more to apply?

  13. Loved this show and your curating! But how does a gal get to be your friend on Facebook? I've tried a couple of times.....sigh...

  14. Wonderful exhibition, truly enjoyed scrolling and being engulfed by the work. I shared this post to my college's website and hope our students and followers enjoy perusing this exhibit as much as I did.

  15. Really interesting exhibition, Joanne. Thanks so much.

  16. Beautiful work—I now have about 25 artists to look up...exciting!