Sunday, July 5, 2020

Art in the Time of Pandemic: Best Foot Forward, Part 2

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 1
All art (c) 2020 the individual artists  

The optimist says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The artist’s way of dealing with that surfeit of citrus is to paint them. Those of us who are inspired by other sources or inclined to non-objective abstraction just paint. It’s what we do. Nancy Natale, whose work appears in this collection, puts it this way, “Life and art are still thriving.” In Part 2 of this series, focused on work 12 inches or under made during these past few months, we see just how true that is. We will continue to get through this pandemic one brushstroke at a time.

Inset: Yvette Cohen
Social Distancing Lemons #1, turmeric and assam tea on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Camilla Fallon
Above: Asparagus and Lemon
Below: Grapefruit and Tangerine, both pastel on Sennelier paper, 6 x 9 inches

Mary Addison Hackett
Above: Still Counting (Oranges)
Below: Still Counting (Oleander), both watercolor and gouache on Arches, 10 x 8.25 inches

Petey Brown
Park Slope, gouache on Arches, 12 x 9 inches

Helen Dannelly
Looking Out the Window, acrylic on paper, 7 x 10 inches

Ian MacLeod
Drawing 5-21, ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Frank Hyder
Social Distance, watercolor, 9 x 12 inches

Susanne Arnold
Telemachus, mixed mediums, 7.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Alexandra Rutsch Brock
Muladhara, collage, 12 x 8 inches

Dan Addington
Light of Day; plaster, pencil, oil, gold leaf on found book, 9 x 6 inches (two views)

"During the two-and-a-half month period of home shelter, it became apparent that even the smallest activities, like taking walks with the family around the neighborhood, was a big deal. We became upstart birders, learning different calls, searching obsessively for cardinals, carrying cameras. Before long we were putting up feeders in the back yard. These birds, humble in size but potent in meaning, are perfect subjects for the small paintings on books that continued to develop in the studio . . . This scarlet-headed finch, a committed visitor to that new feeder, is now our Pandemic Patron Saint."

Resa Blatman
Solitary Bird, oil and graphite on Mylar, 10 x 8 inches

Lynda Fay Braun
In the Details, pigment ink on antique lithography paper, 8 x 12 inches

Milisa Galazzi
Visual Quilt Grid 6.18.20, iphoto and screen shots, size varies on device

"During this Covid time, I am walking a lot in my neighborhood and working on drawings in my studio. I am taking iphone photos of both activities, recording the looking and the making . . . Some very interesting visual conversations between the two spaces are happening on my devices. These Visual Quilt Grids currently sit on my Instagram and Facebook feeds. I have experimented with printing them out at 6 x 6 inches on photo paper. "

Linda Stillman
Nature Notes: 3 x 3 (Fringe Tree);  leaves, ink, acrylic on panels, 4 x 4.5 inches

Lily Prince
American Beauty (Georgia's Mountain, Abiquiu), ink and acrylic on paper mounted on wood, 12 x 12 inches

Linda Cordner
Scape 116, encaustic on panel, 4 x 6 inches

Ruth La Gue
Marsh, acrylic, 8 x 8 inches

Sarah Hinckley
Above: I Watch Them Bloom (4)
Below: I Watch Them Bloom (7), both watercolor on Fabriano, 12 x 9 inches

Debra Claffey
Vetch; oil, encaustic, monotupe collage on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Nancy Azara
Above: Four Leaves, 9 x 12 inches
Below: Black Leaf with Blue, 12 x 11.5 inches

Heather Bentz
Dreaming of a Different Landscape; acrylic, gesso, thread on linen; 11.75 x 5 inches

Gregory Wright
Rebound 52, mixed mediums on  panel, 12 x 6 inches

Susan Paladino
Garden Above, encaustic on panel, 8 x 8 inches

Rachel Brumer
Little Library II, fiber, thread, wax and acrylic; 10 x 12 x 6 inches

Annette Kearney
Going with the Flow; acrylic, gouache, paper, Mylar on panel; 7 x 10 x 3 inches

Stephanie Roberts-Camello
Not Forgotten, encaustic over old letter, 6 x 6 x 3.5 inches

Deborah T. Colter
Pretended Not to Notice, mixed mediums on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Josette Urso
Gold Spun 1; watercolor, ink, pencil and paper collage on gold-leaf-edged rag board; 3.5 x 5.5 inches

Holly Miller
Above: Kind of Blue
Below: Thank, both watercolor, thread and plastic bag on paper, 4 x 6 inches

Larry Schulte
Biology of Smelling, collage and stitching on book page, 12 x 9 inches

Leslie Giuliani
Blockman  (Cool), embroidery and applique on encaustiflex, 10 x 8 inches

Lisa Barthelson
aii 5, Family Debris; monoprint, mixed-media printed collage, and thread on BFK Rives, 8i x 8 inches

David Raymond
Left: Glimmer, 9.5 x 8.5 inches
Right: Festiclam, 11 x 8.5 inches, both ink on paper

Susan Lasch Krevitt
Rolling 1, cardboard and encaustic, 9 x 8 x 5 inches

Marjorie Kaye
Habitat, gouache on plywood and putty,  9.5 x 12 x 3.5 inches

Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Falling Down #4, cheese cloth, encaustic, polyurethane foam, 4 x 5.25 x 4.25 inches 

William Conger
At Night, scratchboard, 4 x 5 inches

Tamar Zinn
April Drawing 42, charcoal on paper, 8.25 x 6 inches image area
Studio view below

Jeff Kellar
Here; resin, clay, and pigment on aluminum composite panel, 3.3 x 7 inches

Donna Ruff
Above: Untitled 4
Below: Untitled 5, both smi ink on graph paper with hole punches, 11 x 8.5 inches 

Joe Fiorello
Seven, cut paper, 7 x 7 inches

Winston Lee Mascarenhas
Isolation 1, graphite and embroidery on Yupo, 12 x 9 inches

Karen Schifano
Left and right: Untitled, both gouache on paper, 6 x 4 inches

Laura Duerwald
Telemark 2020; acrylic, graphite, paper, cold wax on canvas over panel, 12 x 9 inches

Rebecca Crowell
Deep Time #1, walnut ink and powdered pigmant on paper, 9 x 7 inches

Ravenna Taylor 
Toehold, painted collage (folded, stitched, pierced), 7 x 6 inches

Sandra Quinn
Seeking Shelter 6, ink on paper, 11 x 10 inches

JoAnne Lobotsky
Taking a Walk, ink and acrylic on acrylic paper, 12 x 9 inches

Elise Rugolo
Dark Energy, encaustic with transfer on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Nola Zirin
Secret Meeting, oil and acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Lisa Pressman
From the Inside, oil, 12 x 12 inches

Joan Stuart Ross
Virus Series: Stuart's Eye, ink and collage on paper, 10 x 10 inches

Nancy Natale
A Certain Darkness; paper, tarpaper, ink, gesso, coffee, encaustic, tacks, 12 x 12 inches

Beverly Rautenberg
[My] Sacred Space #4, enamel on panel, 8 x 8 inches

Adrienne Moumin
Benign Neglect, cut paper collage, 6.5 x 5 inches

George Shaw
Mitstein Series 1, mixed materials and paint, 12 x 12 inches
Angle view below

James Kendall Higgins
0040.2020 La Jolla Fields, graphite and resin polymer, 12 x 12 x 2.5 inches

Betsy Meyer-Donadio
MA2, mixed-media collage and paint on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Rosaire Appel
Corona Panic Score, ink on vintage music sheet, 12 x 9 inches

Jeff Schaller
Kool Kat, acrylic, 6 x 6 inches

The Grim Reality

Whether representational or abstract, most of the work in this collection represents each artist's body of work, independent of the virus and political unrest raging around us. A few artists, however, have expanded their oeuvre to reflect out current situation.

Pamela Winegard
Above: Social Distance
Below: Skin Tone, both gouache on Bristol board, 8 x 8 inches

Jessica Nissen
Pandemic Painting 4, acrylic and gouache on paper, 7.45 x 9. 6 inches

Nancy Charak
Bighorn Fire Series; watercolor, ink, graphite, Prismacolor sgraffito on clayboard; 8 x 8 inches

Christine Aaron
We the People: Day 1250 in the (T)Rump Administration; daily burnt drawings in a Gray's Anatomy textbook, 10 x 12 inches open; ongoing

Karen Revis
Bulletproof Vest for Toddler Boys Size 2T-4T, monoprint on Rives BFG, 8 x 10 inches
Detail Below

Peg Grady
Hug, thread on linen, 6 x 6 inches

Beyond the Pandemic

Whether or not it was their intention, these artists take us beyond the reach of a microscopic virus, giving us a view--or suggestion--of the heavens.

Catherine Nash
Waning, encaustic and mica in vintage drill bit box, 11.25 x 4 x 2 inches

Ellen Hackl Fagan
Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue; ink, pigment, acrylic on found paving stone, 4.25 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches

Laelia Mitchell
5.2.20, photograph, 8 x 8 inches

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  1. again another terrific group of images, showing the world may be f..ked but artist still make sense

  2. Another great post ,the world may be F..ked but artist still make a lot of sense

  3. The show has a lot of very strong art.

  4. Loved every piece. Thank you Joanne for putting them together and to all the artists who created them.

  5. Thank you for putting this together! Great to see!

  6. Thanks for your curatorial brilliance, Joanne. Very inspirational!

  7. Great selection once again Joanne! Really happy to be amongst them. Such fabulous makers out there.

  8. Great Show. Thank you.

  9. Thank you Joanne. Seeing other people's work takes me out of my world in a really good way.

  10. Wow, another fantastic blog post, the flow, the diversity and the joy in seeing so much exceptional work presented so brilliantly....thanks I needed that!

  11. Thanks for including me in this terrific collection of captivating work!

  12. Thanks once more for your generous efforts. This is a lovely curation and I am very grateful to be included.

  13. It has really brightened my day to be able to see all the works you have shown us in these posts, Joanne. Thank you.

  14. Such a fabulous post and so wonderful to know that people are working no matter what and no matter how!