Thursday, November 29, 2012

Incognito Project Books Have Arrived!

They are finally in our hands and they are beautiful. Thank you Global, PSD for the wonderful work!
That's why we had to pay for a truck with lift gate and pallet jack. It's all becoming clear to me now. 
Ok, so it took Dan and Carly and the burly delivery guy to get the pallet up our driveway.
So pretty!
So exciting!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Converge, Where Classical and Contemporary Collide

There is a very exciting fine-art exhibition and sale happening this month in NYC at 25CPW Gallery, November 15-27, 2012. Our family business, Matter Deep Publishing had the privilege of publishing the catalog for the show, which is available at the gallery or online.

There is an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm that is open to the public, and many of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance. More info is available on the website for the show.

Through their unique skill and vision, these 30 exhibiting artists—and others like them—are breaking barriers between classical and contemporary art, redefining the rules of those respective worlds, and pointing the way toward the art of tomorrow.

~Allison Malafronte, curator

Allison is the former senior editor of American Artist magazine—is an arts writer, editor, columnist, and curator based in New York City and creator of the show.

You may see all the images on the Converge website but I wanted to share a few of my favorites here.
 I'm loving the fantastical quality of this Daniel Bilmes painting.
What's not to love about this Rachel Constantine self portrait. I've seen this painting in person and it is captivating.
 One of my favorite Alia El-Bermani paintings. I'm captured by the symbolic gesture of standing bare in a threshold
Beautiful and mysterious Diane Feissel. There is a soft and delicate quality to Diane's brushwork that makes me sigh.
Wonderful color and composition in this painting by Sandra Flood.
Super graphic quality to this Geoffrey Johnson piece.
Karen Kaapcke using a zinger spot of red in all these neutrals makes for a sparkling composition.
Michael Klein, wow.
Maria Kreyn's painting has it all, dynamic composition, juicy color, captured emotion.
When I found out Jeremy Mann used palette knives and brayers in his work, that explained much about the delectable paint surface. It looks good enough to eat
Adam Miller does the swirling drapery thing so well.
Oh so subtle palette from Gregory Mortensen.
Cool and warm color and pushed values make this piece from Tibor Nagy vibrant.
These shelves and Jordan Sokol are telling a story and I want to listen.

 You may find more about the show at Artists on Art.

Or in the November issue of American Artist Magazine.
Oh, how I wish I could be there in person, but alas, I will simply peruse my catalog, sip a glass of Pinot Grigio and imagine!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Incognito Project Exhibit

Whew! That was fun. I haven't gotten pictures from the photographer I hired to shoot the opening yet but I took a few pictures of the show before the opening so I'm sharing those.

I am definitely feeling the love. I shook hands, hugged necks, and heard very nice things from people excited about the project for four hours. It was awesome and honestly kind of a blur.  Thank you Birmingham, Alabama for making me feel welcome in my own hometown!
Art Folk Gallery is a gorgeous space and I was thrilled to exhibit this project there.
Wall quote:
“This form of play is her invitation to her friends, and her skill as a painter is devoted to communicating to them, and to us, her affection, both for the person as they are, and as they understand themselves.”
~Daniel Maidman, The Huffington Post (from The Very Serious Dress-Up Playtime of the Soul, Oct 12, 2012)
Wall quote:
“...these individuals are not merely playacting, nor are the identities they assume false. Rather, they are making a confession of sorts. They use costumes and props not to become someone they are not, but rather to enable the artist, and thereby the viewer, to see something that they are or want to be.  By going incognito, they give outward expression to their inner lives, revealing fantasies, fetishes, dreams and desires.”
~ Graham C. Boettcher, Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, ( from The Incognito Project book foreword)

The front sides of the free standing walls were hung with the paintings.

The back sides of the free standing walls were hung with large photos from the original event and enlarged sketch book pages where I had journaled ideas for The Incognito Project. The first entry was in 2008. 
I displayed a shelf holding various props that were used in the paintings. 

The space was so large that I had room to show a few extra recent paintings.
We had a Matter Deep Publishing table so people could see what the family has been up to for the past year and to sell advance copies of The Incognito Project books, which came in just in the nick of time. 
We did the drawing for the my painting, Daydreams, Some Other Self, at the end of the  evening and it was won by Fred Leggett, of Tampa, FL. Fred is a collector of limited edition art books and was a big supporter of The Incognito Project book Kickstarter. Congratulations Fred!

I want to thank my family, my patrons and friends for making this project happen. Thank you for supporting the kickstarter to fund the book, for coming to my show and for being all around awesome!

The last shipment of books will be here on Nov 26, then we'll mail out the rest in plenty of time for Christmas. If you'd like to purchase a book, $65, you may email me at

I'll do another post when I have pictures of the space filled with happy people. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Incognito Project Exhibit is Upon Us!

I can hardly believe the show is tomorrow!

The 5 year old in me wonders why there is no smell of cookies baking. I'm so excited, surely it's the day before Christmas.

It's been a busy week, varnishing, framing, hauling, shopping, cleaning and organizing. I am savoring every minute as this project comes to a close. 
My daughter cropping large pictures of the event that are included in the show. 
Three levels of shelves in the Mazda.

Hubby Dan hanging the show.

Yesterday our 80 advance copies of the book came in. Talk about close timing. I've never been so happy to see a FedEx guy in my life! All the parts of the project have come together.
The only thing left is the "Partying, partying, partying, yeah."

Which we actually started a little early when I previewed the show for a few VIP friends that are going to be out of town for the weekend.
The playful boys from "Let the Games Begin"
The model for "The Rake".
And "The Harpist" model. 
So if you're in the Birmingham, AL area tomorrow, Nov 3, 2012, 5-9 pm, stop by and see us!

 Art Folk Gallery, Young and Vann Building, 1731 1st Avenue North.


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