Monday, January 28, 2019

"Sketchbook Vol 1" the Opening, Part 2

Sketchbook by Guno Park

Happy Monday to you! Hope every one is having a great start to their week staying warm, and if you are somewhere warm then I'm very jealous.

I would like to share with you today some photos from opening night of Sketchbook Vol 1, which took place on Saturday Jan. 19.  Can't believe how fast time is flying by.  It was such a fun afternoon, and the crowd was steady during the full four hours. 

Sketchbook by Marshal Jones

There was so much to see within the pages of each sketchbook, and visitors were loving it all.  I had to wait until the very end of the evening to be able to go through some of the books and take some quick snap shots.

This young lady and a group of us were drooling over Vi Luong's sketches, the amount of detail and precision he can get in the small spaces he works in is jut incredible.  Each line was perfectly calculated, something that would make most of us go crazy while doing it, but it seem like for Vi this might just be the most relaxing thing he can do.

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

I was also very happy to see Paul Heaston's sketchbook.  I have been following his work on Instagram for a long time and was very excited when I found out we would be in the same show together.  He really is phenomenal.

Sketchbook by Evan Kitson

Evan Kitson's sketchbook was like looking at da Vinci's notebooks with all of its' writing and anatomical drawings.  Sketchbooks are a very private thing to artists, and out of the lot on display at Sugarlift, this one is the most personal.

Sketchbook by Marshal Jones

Marshal Jones is another incredible artists who I have had the chance to see his work in New York at multiple shows.  Can this guy paint flesh or what? .

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

Sketchbook by Guno Park

Anther very talented artist I have been following on Instagram for years is Guno Park, a draftsman like no other.  His sketchbooks are a treat, like the fold out books with continuous scenes of subway stations, trains, and riders (see the first image above).  Guno not only is capable of capturing the likeness of his NYC subjects with a few dashes of his pen, but he can also capture their soul and humanity, not a simple feat to do. 

Sketchbook by Vi Luong

I mentioned Vi Luong's sketchbook earlier, this image is a closer look at one of his drawings.  Now do you see what I was talking about?  Even his writing is precise!

Sketchbook by Ted Schmidt

Closing out this post with Ted Schmidt, who I have never had the chance to meet or even see his work in person.  I was aware of his paintings when I was in high school, back then Artists Magazine had done a story on him and I thought his work was extraordinary.  I wanted to study with him right then and there but I was only 16/17 and was confined to the walls of that school until graduation.  Also I was in Connecticut, which for a young person with no car or licence, NYC is worlds away.  It's nice to have come full circle though and to have been included in the same show with him has been an honor.

Sketchbook Vol 1 will view on view until Feb. 8 by appointment only.  Contact Sugarlift to see this exhibition.

Monday, January 21, 2019

"Sketchbook Vol 1" the Opening

This weekend was the opening reception of Sketchbook Vol 1 at Sugarlift in Long Island City, NY.  The show was a success, there was a big turnout during the four hours the gallery was open Saturday afternoon and visitors enjoyed going trough our sketchbooks.  There was a lot to be inspired by in the room and you could feel the excitement with every page turned.  Below are a few images of my work in the exhibition.

There is some buzz around this exhibit, Sotheby's will be publishing an article linking this show to their Old Master Drawings auction which will be happening soon.  Other articles are also in the works, so make sure to check back for those links.
 In the meantime here's a link to a write up that was just posted online.  Two images of my sketchbook made the cut.

Cultura Inquieta also wrote about the show, if you can read Spanish knock yourself out and click on the link to see that piece.

Colossal also published a short w\rite up, click on the link to view. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Sketchbook Vol. 1" an Exhibition

 Luis Colan 

I am very happy to announce that I have been included in a group show with an amazing group of artists, some of whom I've been following on Instagram for quite some time.  Sketchbook Vol. 1 is presented by Sugarlift and curated by Dina Brodsky.  
 David Morales

To most artists a sketchbook can be very personal, it is the space where ideas and random thoughts can be jotted down.  Inspirational quotes laid down in ink to help overcome problems and doubts that may arise during working session in the studio.  And of course the sketchbook is the place where the first lines are set for future art works. 

 Diana Corvelle

This exhibition is a good chance to flip through the pages of these artists' books and get a glance of their working minds.

 Dina Brodsky

Visitors will be provided gloves to handle the sketchbooks and will have the opportunity to learn more about how this tool is used in the process of art making during a Q&A with the artists. 

 Evan Kitson

There will also be a pop-up event in Union Square with exhibiting artists drawing in a life size sketchbook.

 Guno Park

Opening reception Sat., January 19 2:00 - 6:00 PM
On view through Feb. 8 by appointment 
Sugarlift LIC: 43-01 22nd Street, 2nd Floor Suite 264, Long Island City, NY 11101

 Nicolas V. Sanchez

Fri Jan 18, 4:00-6:00 PM: Pop-up event in Union Square (south west corner), in case of rain even will take place on the underpass of Union Square train station, between 16th & 14th street.

Sat Jan 19, 2:00-6:00 PM: Opening reception with artists talks by Dina Brodsky (2:30 PM), Guno Park (3:30 PM), Joshua Henderson (4:30 PM)

Sun Jan 20-Fri Feb 8: Exhibition on view by appointment.

 Paul Heaston

Paul Heaston