Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Happy Snowman Here's wishing everyone a great Holiday and the very best New Year!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Another recent sale, and don't forget the Winter Sale!

I'm pleased to report that my painting, What does it all lead to? (oil on canvas, 2011) has been sold.  This painting was sold through Artsicle.  I've recently added a few more works to my collection on this excellent service all about connecting art-lovers with artists.  Check out all my Artsicle offerings here.

"What does it all lead to?"

Coming up: Trestle Gallery, the gallery at Brooklyn Art Space is having its Winter Art Sale on Friday, November 30.  Sale is a fundraiser for Brooklyn Art Space and its programs.  I have a piece in the Sale.  Visit the Trestle Gallery website for more info about the sale.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Photos from the Grand Harvest, at WAH Center, October 27

Earlier this afternoon was the opening reception for the Grand Harvest Group Exhibition at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH) in Brooklyn.  The show looks great!  It will be up through December 9.  The gallery is open 1-6 Friday through Monday.  Here are a few pics, and a bunch more can be seen on my flickr.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Upcoming show: The Grand Harvest

I'm pleased to announce that several pieces of my artwork will appear in a group exhibition opening this Saturday, October 27.  The show is called "The Grand Harvest," and it commemorates the 16th anniversary of the Williamsburg Art and Historical (WAH) Center, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

There will be an opening reception this Saturday from 4 to 6pm.  Other events are also scheduled for that evening.  Check out the WAH website for all the details, and directions to the show.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Recent sale: Calamus V

I'm pleased to announce that my painting Yet soon a silent troop gathers around me (Calamus V) has been sold.  This painting, created with acrylic on canvas and measuring 30 inches tall by 20 inches wide, was finished in 2010.  It is a part of short series of five paintings I created that were inspired by -- and commemorated -- the Calamus edition of Walt Whitman's seminal Leaves of Grass, first published in 1860.


Calamus V("yet soon a silent troop gathers around me") The other four paintings in my Calamus series are currently available for sale. They can be viewed on my website, or all together in a special set on my flickr account.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gowanus Studio Tours was a big success

Ok, so I've been crazy busy since last week's Gowanus Open Studios event.  I've been wanting to do a little post-event post, but haven't had the time.  Well, better late than never!  I'm happy to report that the weekend was a big success.  Although I didn't count visitors to my studio in past years, subjectively, at least, I feel that turnout for the tour was significantly higher this year.  (Just for the record, this year I counted approximately 300 visitors to my space on Saturday, and 225 on Sunday, give or take 10 people).  No doubt this is a result of the hard work put in by the GOS volunteers, including the wonderful folks at my studio, Brooklyn Art Space.  It might also have something to do with all the hype the Gowanus has been getting recently.  Hey, whatever works!

Here's a photo of my setup on the days of the tour:

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A friend of mine, the DJ Buddy Beaverhausen, visited me during the tour and posted this entertaining piece shortly thereafter.

A big thanks goes out to everyone who came out to see original work in Brooklyn!

So, the tour is over, but the fun never stops.  I have a few important events coming up:

Opening this weekend, Saturday, October 27 and running through December 9 is a show titled "The Grand Harvest" at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Don't miss it!  I have several pieces in the show. More info about this coming soon.

Trestle Gallery will hold it's Winter Art Sale, a benefit for Brooklyn Art Space, on Friday, November 30.  I will have a piece in this show/sale. (pictured below).  Don't miss this art to obtain affordable art and support the arts in Brooklyn!
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Hopefully after all of this commotion is over I can settle down to making more art!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Works recently sold

I'm pleased to announce some recent sales:
First, my new diptych, Res botanica #9, has been sold.  The piece is oil on canvas and consists of two 8x8" panels.

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I've also just sold two sweet ACEOs on Etsy.

I've added a few more items to my Etsy shop and more are on the way.  In the meantime, don't forget about next weekend's Gowanus Open Studios Tour, happening Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, from 12 noon to 6pm!

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's that time of the Year! Gowanus Open Studios is just around the corner

Please join me for the annual Gowanus Open Studios tour, happening Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, from 12 noon to 6pm!  I'll be showing my work at my studio, Brooklyn Art Space.  I'll have on hand lots of new work plus selected older pieces and lots of interesting works on paper for your perusal.

If you were involved in the Brooklyn Museum's GoBrooklyn event, you know that the Gowanus area is the hottest spot in Brooklyn for emerging art.  So we're all doing it again! (And this time, everything is for sale!)  I'm one of the many excellent artists who call Gowanus home.  Mark your calendars and come on down to the canal for some great art!

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

GoBrooklyn Art, the post-mortem (sort of)

20120909_056 Whew! The GoBrooklyn studio tour event organized by the Brooklyn Museum is now over, at least as far as the actual tour goes.  As I write this I am in a state of more or less satisfied exhaustion.  We had visitors and also excitement this weekend.

To start with, the weather yesterday was crazy! Not one, but two tornadoes touched down in Brooklyn.  For those of you checking this out from far away: this is not a normal thing here. Despite that and the heavy rain and the crazy oppressive humidity, a lot of people came out to see art in our neck of the woods.  So I was impressed with the interest generated.

Note to the organizers for next time (if there is a next time): 11am?  Are you crazy? That is way too early to start this.  No one comes to see art much before 1 or 2, in my experience.

The weather was much nicer today (epic skies caught by many clever photographers and instagrammers), and many folks came out.

I was quite surprised to find that the Gowanus neighborhood (feels kind of funny to call the Gowanus a 'neighborhood') appeared to have the most check-ins, by far, of any neighborhood in Brooklyn.  The organizers seem to have taken down the running stats for the moment, but when last I checked, Gowanus was first (by a lot), Red Hook second, Bushwick and Sunset Park were vying for third and Greenpoint was fifth.   Surprising because everyone I talked to expected Bushwick to get all the attention.  And where was Williamsburg in all this?  Are there no longer active emerging artist types with studios in Williamsburg? Perhaps not.

Of course the numbers I'm mentioning are check-ins, not votes for artists.  The event is not quite over, because once the check-in dust settles, registered voters will have the opportunity to "nominate" (i.e., vote) for up to three artists.  The winners (can we call them "winners?") will have the opportunity to be in a group show at the Museum.  It all seems kind of convoluted and confusing.  Some enterprising diva will probably still figure out how to game this ... The voting won't happen until this Wednesday. 

I also registered to vote and had the opportunity check in with most of my Brooklyn Art Space studio mates, as well as some of the nearby buildings.  Quite a lot of interesting stuff out there.  Can't say, as of yet, who I might vote for (besides myself, of course!).

Here are few photos (from my flickr page) of my studio during the tour: 20120909_052 20120908_044 20120908_043 20120904_027 We're going to do it all over again in October, with the Gowanus Studio Tour! (I'm getting tired just thinking about it.) October 13-14. See you then.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

GoBrooklyn Art Open Studio Weekend is coming up!

Today, I stopped by the Brooklyn Museum and picked up the signage and various promotional materials for the GOBrooklyn Art Open Studio weekend happening September 8 and 9.  This going to be quite a big event.  There are something like almost 2,000 artists all over Brooklyn participating and essentially competing for a chance to be in a show at the Brooklyn Museum.

I got copies of the map-booklet (its about 30 pages long!) and can see all the artists listed in my general area - the "Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights" quadrant.  There's no tally of the total number of artists in this area, but I count about 36 artists in our building alone, and another 9 on the same block.  This is just for starters.

So it's safe to say that the Gowanus is a worthwhile stop on this tour.

Participating in this event has got me thinking about my connection to Brooklyn and how much it has changed over the years.  Shockingly, I have lived here for nearly 23 years.  In that span Brooklyn has gone from a place that Manhattanites were afraid of to a veritable mecca of food and art.  It's great seeing the Brooklyn Museum doing something really daring and different with this tour -- really defining itself as a different kind of institution than, for example the Metropolitan Museum.  I hope it's a success for the museum as much as for the rest of us.

It's going to be a crazy couple of weeks getting the word out and getting new art finished and set up.  I hope everyone who's in Brooklyn that weekend (and even some Manhattanites, if they can behave) will come on the tour and see some great art!

Remember, the tour is Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can vote for your favorite artists! Check out the GOBrooklyn website to find out how!
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Friday, August 03, 2012

Moving right along ...

Summer is passing at an alarming clip.  While I busily prepare for this fall's studio events, other changes have been afoot in the Gowanus.

My studio, Brooklyn Artists Gym, has a new name and a new website! We are now Brooklyn Art Space! Go check it out.  (You can read a little bit about the transition at the old Brooklyn Artists Gym website. ) It's the same great space, and I looking forward to greeting visitors there during the Brooklyn Museum's GoBrooklyn studio tour event, September 8 and 9; and during this year's annual Gowanus Studio Tour, October 13-14.

I've also had the good fortune to spend a little inspirational refueling in the great Adirondack Park of update New York, where I'm happy to say that the wildnerness, bears and all, is alive and well.
Enjoy your summer, and I'll see you in the studio soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

July Art News

The Brooklyn Museum's GoBrooklyn Open Studio Project is coming up the weekend of September 8 and 9.  Artist registration closed earlier this week, and I'm all signed up.  Check out my profile on the GoBrooklyn site here: https://www.gobrooklynart.org/studio/john.azelvandre. I'm busy at work on several new pieces which I hope to show in September along with other recent work, such as:

"Steganographic," diptych During the GoBrooklyn Open Studio, members of the public may vote for their favorite artists; and the artists with the most votes will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Voter registration for the project opens Tuesday, July 17! Go here for more info: https://www.gobrooklynart.org/participate/voters

In other news:
Several of my paintings have been rented through Artsicle. Artsicle provides an opportunity for you to preview fine art in your own space at an affordable cost.  I have recently added several more paintings to my collection on Artsicle, including:


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and "There shall be from me a new friendship ..." (Calamus III) (A20100401) Check out my Artsicle Profile and Collection here: http://www.artsicle.com/artists/John-Azelvandre

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Upcoming events and other news ...

I've gotten a little bogged down (quite literally, for a moment) with a variety of projects, events and chores, so the Sketchbook Project posting has been delayed.  Since my last post, I've learned that my sketchbook has been cataloged and can be found with call number 174.13-4 at the Brooklyn Art Library.  So, when you're in Billy-burg, check it out!

Soon, I'll post more images from Spell; in the meantime, there are some upcoming events to keep in mind (Yes, these are way far away, and yes, I'll remind you about them).

The annual Gowanus Open Studios tour dates have been announced! They are October 13 and 14, 12 to 6pm on both days.  I plan to participate, and if all goes as planned, it will be my sixth year in the tour.

Before that, in September, there is a cool project being organized by the Brooklyn Museum: "GO: a community-curated open studio project." The dates for the open studio event are September 8 and 9.  Go to the link to find out more and learn how you can get involved as either an artist or as a community curator.  I plan to participate as an artist.

And the final bit of news, more current: Last night I attended a get-together for Artsicle artists at Gallery Bar (120 Orchard St., Manhattan).  Artsicle has an exhibit up at the bar, Anywhere but here.  It's up until June 14. Check it out!  And, of course, you can find a selection of my work on Artsicle as well!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Sketchbook Project: How to Spell and Other Things to Learn

I recently completed and submitted a sketchbook to the Sketchbook Project,  a fun and ongoing communal art project run by the Arthouse Coop.

I'm calling my book Spell, and I'm considering it "a daring work of whimsy and intrigue ..."

Let's just say that I had fun with it, and I took the heart the idea proffered by the organizers that the sketchbook should be a peek into the mind of the artist.  As such, it's sufficiently sketchy, and a little all over the place.

But not too all over the place.  There is definitely some method to the madness.  When signing up for the project, we were asked to categorize our books into certain pre-fab themes.  All of these were suitably vague and some quite dippy, but for some odd reason the theme "how to spell and other things to learn" appealed to me, so I chose it  without any clear idea of what I would do.

An idea soon came to life and snowballed.  So there is a definite theme and structure to my little sketchbook.  What we have here is a basically an alphabet book that defines an alphabet pictorially, with a special message in the center spread.  The alphabet is mainly based on the Elder Futhark - a runic script (although I modified it a bit to make sure I had all the letters I needed). Each page of the book represents one of the letters of this alphabet.  Each letter is described by a picture.  Some of the pictures are quite obvious ('a' is for ____), but others are a good deal obscure.  Some depict objects or persons associated with particular runes (For example, the aurochs)

I'm going to post scans of pages of my book a few at a time.  If you follow along, you'll perhaps learn some interesting things about runes, as well as the mind of the artist, which is obviously very fond of history, mythology and world religions, not to mention trees.  Here's the first few pages:

SketchBook1 The title of the book.

SketchBook2-a Page 1.

SketchBook4-a Page 2. These should be fairly obvious.

More to come.  All the submitted sketchbooks are stored and available for viewing at the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg.  This particular group of sketchbooks is going to be documented in a book that is supposed to come out in the fall.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

A few photos from Represent Brooklyn 2012

The Represent Brooklyn 2012 exhibition opened at the Rising Arts Gallery last weekend.  It'll be up through May 19, with a closing reception that day.  I posted a few photos from the opening to my flickr page.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Represent Brooklyn show opens this weekend

Spring has definitely sprung and much needed rain has finally arrived to soak the Northeast.  Trees aren't the only things growing in Brooklyn -- we're also popping at the seams with great art!

I'm pleased to be included in this year's Represent Brooklyn exhibition at The Rising Arts Gallery in Brooklyn.  My painting Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me, a part of my short series of works inspired by Walt Whitman's Calamus poems, will be included alongside the works of some 36 Brooklyn Artists.
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The opening reception is happening this Saturday, April 28 from 3pm to 8pm.

There will also be a closing reception on Saturday, May 19, also from 3pm to 8pm.

The Rising Arts Gallery is located at 35 Claver Place (#1) in Brooklyn, and is easily accessible by the C and G subway lines.  Complete directions to the Gallery can be found on their website.

I hope you can all make it!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

And ... a few shots from last week's Uncensored show

The Leslie-Loman museum's brief special exhibit "Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church" was a smashing success! Or, at least, people were smashing into the gallery space...

Here are a few photos of my piece in situ (warning: some of the surrounding art is for mature audiences!).

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A few photos from BAG's Spring Salon show

The Brooklyn Artists Gym Spring Salon happened last night. The show looks great! Many of the artists were on hand to talk about their work. The show is up in the BAG gallery through April 16.

I took a few photos:
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My new piece, "Reach."
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A lovely polyptych by Ann Williams.
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a set by Heidi Yockey

And a lot of other cool stuff:
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Current and upcoming exhibitions


Several art things are going on right now or very soon:

First, I have a piece in a special exhibition at the Leslie-Loman Museum in Soho: Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church will be up at the Leslie-Loman Annex at 127-B Prince Street only through this weekend! See it while you can.

This weekend, Brooklyn Artists Gym has it's Spring Member Salon. My new piece "Reach" will be included in the show. The event is Saturday, March 31, 6-9 pm, and the exhibit will be up in the gallery at BAG through April 16. Visit the BAG website for all the details.

Finally, I will be in a group show at the Rising Arts Gallery in Brooklyn, opening April 28. Mark your calendars! More details about that coming soon!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Find me on Artsicle! (and other art news)

I'm pleased to announce that I have been invited to participate in Artsicle, a new art venture that puts a radical spin on the process of learning about and collecting contemporary art.

In their own words:
"Artsicle is here to help you discover your personal taste in art, from the comfort of your couch. Let us get to know you, as we provide recommendations you're sure to enjoy. When you're ready, you can enjoy your favorite pieces at home, starting at $25/month with our rental program, and purchase any artwork you fall in love with."

So, you can identify works you love, try them out in your home at low cost (the originals -- not reproductions!), and then decide if you want to buy the work. You can also earn credits toward future purchases when you rent.

My painting "Treeform Chiasm" (2009) (pictured below) has just recently rented through Artsicle.

I currently have 11 paintings available on the Artsicle site. Check out the full slate here.

In other news:

Upcoming: Brooklyn Artists Gym's Spring Salon is Saturday March 31! I plan to unveil new work then. Mark your calendars!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Group Show: Floating in the Absence of Reason (revisited)

Happy New Year everyone! To get the year off to a good start, I'm going to be in another group show at MH Art and Frame, on 20th Street in Manhattan.

Here are the pertinent details:


MH Art & Framing Gallery
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ARTGROUP FOR LESBIAN & GAY ARTISTS

Are pleased to invite you to:

Floating In The Absence of Reason (Revisited)
Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, 2012
opening reception:
Saturday, January 28th
6-8 PM


(mark your calendars!)

featuring works by:
Dominic Montuori, Mike Tice, Steve Palermo, Tom Foral, Stephen Cimini, Larry Schulte, Hilary North, Kay Towns, Steve Frim, Karl Volk, Michael Weinert, Uli Minoggio, Stephan Likosky, Tracy Phillips, John Zirkelbach, Fred Quintiliani, Richard Hatter, John Azelvandre, Jim Pavlicovic, Brent Nicholson Earle

(all works are for sale)


My painting, Manomayakaya #1 (Guardians at the well of percipience) (pictured below), will appear in the show. I hope you will stop by for the opening event on January 28, from 6-8 pm. MH Art and Frame is on West 20th Street, just steps away from Fifth Avenue.

Manomayakaya #1