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.
And read Brian Slattery’s piece in the New Haven Independent “Artists Have 2020 Vision”:
Other artists in the show ran with the association of the numbers 2020 with perfect eyesight. Eric March used it to connect the show’s theme to a painting full of energy and whimsy.
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.
Join me for an introduction to the basic forms of the head and features. Then we’ll explore how to use this understanding to capture a convincing likeness of a live model in light and shadow. Finally! Learn how to draw eyes in three dimensions!
Saturdays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 1/12/2019 – 2/2/2019, 4 sessions: $180.00
Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St, New Haven, CT
Learn the basics of structural
drawing, form modeling and composition through the study of still life
objects. The class is designed to give you a clear process of looking
and drawing that can be used both for simple objects and more
Time: Fridays, 7:00 –10:15 PM
Monthly Cost: $120
Register now! Fall Class session starts September 4
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.
Tuesdays, 9 am – 11:30 am. First class Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Trees are a beautiful and compelling (yet challenging) subject for many artists. Get some focused time to learn about common patterns to look for in tree shapes, how to start and finishing a drawing of a tree, and techniques for simplifying and rendering details. A must for any landscape artist. The class will meet at historic Edgerton Park, home of some of the largest and most beautiful tree specimens in New Haven.
Saturdays October 13 & 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Rain date on October 27.
Register at creativeartsworkshop.org.
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.
My studio will be open on October 28-29!
Come visit: 315 Peck Street, New Haven, CT, Building 5, Third Floor, Studio A.
Noon – 6:00 pm.
This year I’ll have a bunch of work up on my walls as well as some special events including:
• A visit from Guest Curator George Billis on Sunday, October 29 at 1:20 pm.
• live portrait-drawing demonstration from 3:00pm – 4:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Kids Art Table set up with art supplies for kids to draw and paint.
(Please note that the kids table will be closed both for the demo from 3-4 and the curator visit on Sunday.)
See you there!
I have two new classes opening in the fall in NYC and I’ll be teaching workshops and a studio class in New Haven, CT as well. I’m looking forward to exploring some new venues for teaching. See my teaching page for full class descriptions, but here’s a quick rundown:
“Drawing Our World”
Monday mornings starting September 25
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
“Figure Drawing in Pastel”
Union Square Fine Arts Atelier
Monday evenings starting in October
32 Union Square East, New York, NY
Private Small-Group Class out of my studio
Tuesday evenings starting in October
Erector Square, 315 Peck Street, New Haven, CT
Perspective Drawing Workshop
December 2, 9
Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT
Paintings and Works on Paper by Eric March
July 4 – September 3, 2017
New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut
Opening reception Saturday, July 8
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Gallery open to the public 9:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week