It’s always a treat to walk after school and visit galleries with my daughter. It’s a great bonding moment while also fulfilling our artistic souls. We had the pleasure of visiting two West Chelsea galleries and I am so excited to highlight these specific artists and installations.
His work is as much about visual experience as it is about emotional experience.
The Brazilian born, Miami based artist has a unique knack for taking the simplest, most familiar objects and symbols and exposing the complex, sometimes mystifying meanings embedded within them.
In Robierb’s world a bullet can be beautiful, a butterfly can be dangerous, and a hundred-dollar bill becomes emotional currency.
Find out more about Rubem Robierb and his exhibits here.
Our second visit was to the Gagosian. When the Gagosian features an artist you know its’ going to be pretty spectacular.
My daughter and I found the “Mary Weatherford: I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By,” installation to be one of the most inspiring and uplifting exhibits we’ve seen. Read more about the story of these amazing watercolor pieces, text courtesy of artnet News.
Any time an artist signs with Gagosian, it’s a big deal. But for 55-year-old Mary Weatherford, the most exciting thing about joining the world’s biggest gallery just might have been the chance to show in the dealer’s New York flagship, a converted parking garage on 24th Street with clerestory windows just below the ceiling that let in the perfect amount of natural light.
“I wanted to make a show for this architecture,” the artist admitted….Weatherford is based in Los Angeles, and it was a drive at dusk in Bakersfield that inspired her to begin adding neon lights on the surface of her abstract paintings, but presenting these works in New York seems like a natural fit.
“New York has always been about light to me,” Weatherford added, citing the neon signs shaped like a hanger in the dry cleaner window as an example.
Weatherford’s paintings are deceptively effortless looking—bright blooms of color spread across the canvas in sweeping arcs.
There’s also a huge element of surprise involved: Depending on how much water she uses, the paintings are essentially invisible to the artist as she is working, only emerging after the canvas has dried. “Because the water reflects, I can’t really see what’s going to happen. It’s a quite a mystery,” Weatherford explained.
Weatherford found that animals emerged as something of a recurring theme in this show.Cock Robin is a reference to the old British children’s rhyme “Who Killed Cock Robin?” … In the painting, the bird’s red breast is pierced with the white neon, as if the sparrow has just loosed his “little bow and arrow.”
She introduced neon into her paintings in 2012, and it was an immediate revelation—at once a bold new direction for her work and a natural extension of two decades of exploring ways to disrupt the surface of the canvas with elements such as seashells, sequins, and sponges.
Read more about Mary Weatherford and her work, and stop by the exhibit soon – running until October 15!