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Dominica Rainforest, acrylic on canvas, 36x48

Pop Up Gallery Show

Last Thursday I was thrilled to be included in the Conception Events Contemporary Art Show at the MI-5 Lounge in Tribeca. Conception Events is a pop up art gallery that features emerging artists. They actually found me on Instagram and said I should consider applying for the show, so I did.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event, other than there would be about 25 artists, each with a 4ft by 5ft space to show as many pieces as you’d like within that constraint.

I’d done a little bit of stalking of my fellow artists ahead of time and I thought some of their work was great, and others just weren’t my taste. I was excited for the opportunity to show my work in person to friends, family and strangers, but I was also nervous that maybe my art wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the vibe.

I chose 5 new paintings to show that were all based on memories of Caribbean vacations we used to take as an extended family growing up. We tended to steer clear of resorts and instead stayed at small hotels or rented condos. We’ve visited larger islands like Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Aruba, but we also vacationed at less touristy islands (or at least that seemed remote in the late 80s early 90s) like Carriacou, Little Cayman, Grand Turk, Nevis and Dominica…I can’t say what these places are like now, maybe they’re swarming with tourists. But back then, they always seemed pretty quiet.

We would spend our days playing in the ocean, hiking, exploring the local markets, SCUBA diving and building ball rolls in the sand…not sure if anyone else knows what a ball roll is or if our cousins just made that up….but essentially it’s like a sandcastle but where you create a path for a racquetball ball to roll down and around and over bridges and through tunnels all made of sand.

As evening closed in, we’d read, play cards, shower and eat dinner, hopefully followed by a Snickers or Mars bar bought at a roadside stand.

With these paintings, I’m working to evoke the feelings of tranquility, peacefulness and joy I felt on those family vacations, where we didn’t have any cares, except maybe finishing the winter reading list assigned by school.

I showed 3 small acrylics on board, each 8×10 inches:

7 Mile Beach Grand Cayman, acrylic on board, 8x10
7 Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Soft Sunset Grenada, acrylic on board, 8x10
Soft Sunset Grenada
Lush Waters Carriacou, acrylic on board, 8x10
Lush Waters Carriacou

I had one medium-sized acrylic on canvas, 22×28 inches:

Afternoon Rain Montego Bay, acrylic on canvas, 22x28
Afternoon Rain Montego Bay

And one large acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches:

Dominica Rainforest, acrylic on canvas, 36x48
Dominica Rainforest

The show ended up being tiring but fun. I was so grateful to the TWENTY friends and family that showed up to support me. That was really incredible.

in front of my art wall at the June 30 2016 Conception Events Contemporary Art Show
in front of my art wall at the June 30 2016 Conception Events Contemporary Art Show

I didn’t sell anything, but I learned a lot about what sort of paintings and price points I should consider for future shows. I learned I should bring more work than will fit in the space because you can probably squash it in or change some out halfway through the show. I learned I should bring flip flops and not wear heels to set up and tear down.

I also met some other very nice artists with whom I hope to keep in touch.

I haven’t had a chance yet to put these works up on hannahlowecorman.com but soon I promise!

My five pieces and artist's bio
My five pieces and artist’s bio

Art New York

Art Basel. Art Miami. You’ve heard of these huge international art exhibitions that attract the who’s who of the art world. I would have totally assumed that there was Art New York; why wouldn’t there be? But actually Art New York is only in its second year.

Which doesn’t mean that it’s not a force. I attended the fair at Pier 94 last Wednesday and wandered for hours through the 150 galleries represented. I was thoroughly impressed and delighted.

I wanted to attend the show to specifically see photographic work by Joshua Jensen-Nagle at the Galerie de Bellefeuille. In Jensen-Nagle’s recent works, he takes high aerial photographs of beaches such that the sun bathers, umbrellas and underwater sand patterns become abstractions really. He does have some scenes that are taken at a closer distance which are serene in their lightness and brightness.

IpanemaII Ipanema II, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, photo from http://debellefeuille.com/jensen-nagle-joshua-2/

I chatted for a while with one of the gallerists in the booth about Jensen-Nagle who is from NJ but now lives in Canada (the gallery is in Montreal but represents artists from all over), He told me about the photographic printing method where the photographs are embedded on slabs of acrylic that are backed with metal (aluminum) that really illuminate the photos and make them pop brightly – almost as if they were lit from behind, which they are not (there were some photos at other gallery booths that did have lighting elements). The mounting is called Diasec, which is the trademarked name for the process….I’m sure I’m way oversimplifying this, so if you want to read more, go to Wikipedia.

 

Anyway, I loved meditating on his images for a while, before moving on to see the rest of the show. I was at first a bit put off by the $40 entrance fee, but I guess that’s just proportionate to the cost of the works, which were generally in the $10,000+ range, however you could get a smaller Jensen-Nagle for $2500, and I did see one or two small paintings for under $1000.

A few themes I noted in the works generally were the use of 3D elements and rainbow color schemes.

There was one artist who’s paintings looked like 3D paintings on 2D surfaces, and the images moved as you moved up, down and around the art. It was a crazy optical illusion though! When you got up close, they were in fact painted on wooden 3D panels that stuck out in points from the wall. I feel like I’m not describing this well – think of the shape of a mountain range but sticking out from the wall rather than the ground.

Also, I rounded a corner and saw these photographs and immediately thought: those look like Baltimore. Well, in fact, they were photographs of Baltimore row homes, shown by a gallery from Baltimore.

 

I really enjoyed the art fair immensely and would love to go back next year. I even ran into an old friend I haven’t seen in 10 years! Small world!

2016 New Business – A Look Back & A Look Ahead

January was just a warm up. February is where my new year is really going to start in 2016.

First of all, thank you all for reading and following along. As I look back on that original blog post in 2013, it feels like I’ve done and experienced more in the past two years than in the five years prior.

So thanks for caring as I move around the country, travel, drink wine, bake yummy treats, sell wedding dresses, volunteer and generally explore my surroundings! I’ve appreciated all of the encouragement and comments!

As you know, we recently moved to New York City. I left The Brides Project sadly but have been able to take time to consider all the outlets that bring me joy and figure out how to incorporate them into my life.

My dream job would be to work on food TV, and I’m looking around and applying to various posts on Food Network, etc., but in lieu of finding that dream job on Day 1, I’ve compiled some other activities to keep me on my toes.

I definitely feel like when it rains it pours and somehow I went from zero commitments to filling my schedule with piecemeal projects! Here’s a rundown of how my 2016 is shaping up.

  1. Monday I started a job working the counter at Levain Bakery ~ a women-owned bakery known for their ginormous gooey cookies and freshly made bread. I’ll be working part-time in their Upper West Side and Harlem locations so if you’re in town, come say hi! I’m excited to get some food service experience under my belt (it’s been so long since I waitressed) and hopefully there’ll be opportunity to bake and learn the back office/management side of things as well. I think my Brides Project experience will be quite useful.
  2. Also Monday, I officially became a Contributor to World Tourists Magazine – a travel blog that grew out of a crowd-sourced Instagram account with over 14 THOUSAND followers! What a great way to continue writing and sharing fun tips and travelogues with new friends. The gentlemen that put it all together is in Portugal and he’s gathered bloggers from all over the world to write. [Link to come as the site is still being tested.]
  3. As some of you know, I’ve drawn and painted my whole life, but it was always just a hobby. Thanks to the wonderfully supportive women at The Rising Tide Society’s NYC group, I’m going to have three paintings at a collective gallery exhibit in Brooklyn on Feb 12. If you’re in town, join us at 7pm at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO.
  4. This has lead me to consider wrapping up all my various interests into a new website, which, with the help of many friends, will hopefully be up and running soon. I’m going to rebrand and launch the site as a place to find this blog, recipes, buy my art and find links to pieces I’ve written for other sites.

Phew, that’s a lot of stuff. It all still seems rather out there in the ether but I hope to make some concrete progress over the next weeks and months and hope you’ll continue to join me on the new site!

Happy 2016!