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Derry Glare studio by Christine Gray. 2012.

Derry Glare studio by Christine Gray. 2012.

Art-Rated: Your earlier paintings have this concern with a creating a magic, phenomenological space. Your agenda was not always clear, the imagery was sometimes more cryptic. Where was this work coming out of? Read More

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"Texoma", 2011, 84 x 144 inches

"Texoma", 2011, 84 x 144 inches

Tomory Dodge is an artist based in Los Angeles who is known for his vibrant and active abstract paintings that combine gestural brushwork with a highly tuned color sense. His paintings are simultaneously announcing themselves as paintings and as spaces, each layer fueled by the “endless temptation of finding new forms, new phenomena.” Art-Rated was able to catch up with Tomory and discuss his work and ideas:
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Eugene Lemay standing in front of one of his works.

Eugene Lemay standing in front of one of his works.

Eugene Lemay’s solo show, Navigator, opens this week at Mike Weiss Gallery. His large scale monochrome landscapes are seemingly quiet images, reminiscent of the foggy landscapes of James McNeill Whistler. Upon closer inspection their mysterious surface comes to life – the images are built from layering of thousands of individual words and characters. Art-Rated’s Jonathan Beer and Lily Koto Olive were able to talk with Eugene about the work:

Art-Rated: The name of the exhibition, Navigator, comes from your time spent as a navigator in the Israeli army.  Are these nocturne landscapes depicting specific locations or landmarks?
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The Cave produced by Cori Beardsley

The Cave produced by Cori Beardsley

Artist Cori Beardsley, along with 20 other artists, performers and musicians have constructed The Cave in the front exhibition space of Frontrunner Gallery and in its project space, both at 59 Franklin St in TriBeca, NYC. The group show, featuring site-specific installations, paintings, drawings, soundscapes, projections, music and theater opens tomorrow evening March 16th, from 6-9 pm.

Art-Rated recently caught up with Cori to discuss the project, process and ideas behind how the project came to evolve.
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Tat Ito in his studio.

Tat Ito in his studio.

by Lily Koto Olive

New York based artist Tat Ito explores themes of human interconnectedness by juxtaposing elements and iconography that stem from his native Japanese culture set against a Western viewpoint. Sprawling environments echo Baroque and Rococo landscapes, while manga-like characters populate the lively surfaces. The influence of Japanese printmaking is evident in the way Ito handles space and compositional decisions, often utilizing gold leaf cloud and wave shapes. These metallic liquid shapes float on top of his environments, but never blending into the lush surfaces beneath.

Like Bosch and Bruegel, Ito invents his own worlds teeming with the characters he creates. His paintings reflect the familiar urban experience of being surrounded while also feeling completely alone. Read More

Interview and Studio Visit / January, 2012
Conversation with Jonathan Beer, Trudy Benson and Lily Koto Olive

A painting in progress on Trudy Benson's studio wall.

A painting in progress on Trudy Benson's studio wall.

Jonathan Beer: Your work seems to hang in the balance between abstraction and illusion – it’s full of emblematic fragments, painterly mark, different textures, all coming forming a definite kind of space – How did your work get to this point? Read More