The Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Independent both published articles on the recent “2020” show at Kehler Liddell Gallery and both featured my piece!
Check out “Seers” in the Daily Nutmeg by Kathy Leonard Czepiel:
An entirely different view is suggested by Eric March’s stippled, colorful Cone of Vision, an oil painting of a clownish group of people on a beach holding white cones to their eyes (or peering into them, or wearing them on their head), thus limiting what each of them sees of the larger scene. The reference, March explains in an artist statement, is to “a rule of perspective drawing that dictates that only a portion of one’s view should be included [in] a drawing to eliminate distortions,” and the point, or at least one of them, is that we each see only fragments of the world around us. In March’s painting, a little boy imitates the adults, forming a cone with his hands. Two young businessmen have complicated the exercise with a contraption of their own. A little girl stands to the side, unconcerned; she’s eating an ice cream cone. The elder of the group, a woman leaning on a cane, is looking outward through her cone. Her eye, like a penny at the bottom of a well, is fixed on us.
My piece “Cone of Vision” (40″ x 26″, oil on canvas, 2017-2019) was accepted in Kehler Liddel Gallery‘s annual juried exhibition “2020”
The show runs April 25th – May 26th, 2019. 973 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT.
There will be a Panel Discussion, “Dialogue in a Time of Discord,” moderated by Leah Andelsmith on Sunday, April 28th, @ 3pm with an Opening Reception to follow until 6pm.
I originally showed “Cone of Vision” in my “Coney Island:Myth and Memory” show in 2017. But I reworked almost all it over the past year, keeping the essential concept and most of the poses but strengthening the weave of the composition and adding some new figures. It’s a good piece and I’m proud of it. And it looks better in person than in a jpg, so go see the show! 🙂
“Cone of Vision” refers to a concept in perspective drawing where you only draw a subset of your full view (what you can see within a 45-60 degree “cone” radiating out from your eye) to reduce the mismatch between the shapes the perspective system delivers and the shapes that you see with your eyes at the edges of your vision. I once showed my students how this works by actually building paper cones that they could look through. The result was a bit like what it looks like in this painting.
At a recent visit back home to Illinois over the holidays I got a chance to visit the David Adler Center where I got my early art training. They asked me to do an interview about my experiences there for their website! I was honored. Enjoy!
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Learn perspective, structural drawing, composition and how drawing your world can bring a heightened artistic awareness to everyday life. The class will meet at 92Y and occasionally on-site at different locations in the neighborhood.
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My piece “Middle Passage” was included in this great article by Brian Slattery in the New Haven Independent on the “How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?” show at Kehler Liddel Gallery (April 26-May 27).
“It takes a second to get your bearing. There’s a woman gazing out at you from Eric March’s canvas, stoic, angry, accusing. As your eye takes in the full image, you see that the funereal flowers aren’t below the woman; they’re floating on the waves lapping a sandy store. You, the viewer, aren’t standing upright. You’re floating in the air just over the waves, looking down. The woman is under the waves, looking up.
The piece is called Middle Passage, and it’s probably the first thing you’ll see when you walk into the Kehler Liddell Gallery on Whalley Avenue for “How With This Rage Shall Beauty Hold a Plea?” a 53-artist exhibit about art and political outrage running now through May 27.”
My painting “Middle Passage” will be part of a new exhibition “How with this Rage Shall Beauty Hold a Plea?” at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT). The opening reception is Sunday, April 29 from 3-6 pm with a panel discussion at 2pm. The title of this show is a quote from Shakespeare and is premised on the question “What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” (Alex Ross, 2017 New Yorker magazine). The show runs through May 27, 2018.
The Portrait Project: Artists Portraying Artists opens at Westbeth Gallery on May 6 from 5-8pm.
55 Bethune St, New York, NY.
Panel discussion with David Cohen, Mel Leipzig, Gail Levin, and Jennifer Samet on the topic of Artists Portraying Artists. Saturday, May 13 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
Saturday, May 20, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Come one, come all! The Portrait Project is a group of New York-affiliated artists who portray each other in a variety of media while exploring the concept of portraiture and the unique complexities that can arise when one image maker depicts another.
I’ve got new work in a show in New Haven! Come see a suite of new New Haven cityscapes at The Grove in New Haven.
It’s a group show of architecturally-inspired work (included some actual architectural models and plans) and I will have six new New Haven paintings in the show.
The Grove Gallery
760 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
Open 8:30 – 5:30 pm M-F or by appointment.
The show runs through January 10.
Winter classes are in full swing! The third quarter for my classes at the National Academy in NYC began January 30! Sign up for “Anatomy For Artists” or Drawing Spaces on the NA’s website, nationalacademy.org.
My private classes at Erector Square are taught every Tuesday night with registration by the month. Contact me directly to sign up. Be aware that because it’s a small-group class with a lot of personal attention space is limited and the class can fill quickly.