ARTE FUSE: 2015 Year End Wrap Up

Respond at Smack Mellon in DUMBO
Respond at Smack Mellon in DUMBO

So another year closes and we had great things that transpired in the year 2015. We have continually grown our valued audience but our roster of writers has exponentially expanded. With these varied artistic styles and writing talent, we are able to present the best there is in contemporary art.

January 2015\: RESPOND at Smack Mellon Gallery 

If Art is to be the mirror of the time that we live in then this show was the prime example of that idiom. We got commendations for having the balls to do it and minimize the political connotations of more than 100 artists created works in response to the national media focus on police brutality incidents. It was a daunting task but we opted to highlight the art.

At Julie Saul Gallery on Thursday Art Night
At Julie Saul Gallery on Thursday Art Night

February 2015: Adam Magyar – Kontinuum at Julie Saul Gallery 

The High Speed video installation and the photos are the perfect artistic rendition about the constant and rarely seen force of urban living. The huddled masses that teem the city streets are the perfect foil for this series by Magyar. In-Between moments are finally captured in rapt poetry and motion.

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Claire Fontaine – No Approval Needed at Metro Pictures

March 2015: Claire Fontaine – No Approval Needed at Metro Pictures

Everyone seeks approval but be realistic – there will always be haters who have nothing better to do. Nonchalant, irreverent, and witty with the ready-mades especially the “no climb” panels that have paint which never dries, Claire Fontaine doesn’t give a flying F if you get it or not. It just is. And by the way, Claire Fontaine is not a person – well a collective really, now you seem confused – oh just appreciate the art!

Experiencing the art of Alois Kronschlaeger
Experiencing the art of Alois Kronschlaeger

April 2015: Alois Kronschlaeger – Polychromatic Structures at Cristin Tierney 

Sculptural /installation in its purest form took over and executed to the highest level by Kronschlaeger. The cube in stacked grids pulsated and vibrated creative energy. It was a metropolis of dreams and absolute structural perfection.

Melodie Provenzano – Stealth Peace at Nancy Margolis Gallery
Melodie Provenzano – Stealth Peace at Nancy Margolis Gallery

May 2015: Melodie Provenzano – Stealth Peace at Nancy Margolis Gallery 

Two words: Cellophane Bow and other quotidian objects of celebration executed in rich tones and with shadows on the rendered paintings make for a head turning show. The sense of brevity is punctuated by repetition, as breathing points so there is ample room for humor and showcasing skilled painting technique.

John Scott: Mortality Games at Flowers Gallery
John Scott: Mortality Games at Flowers Gallery

June 2015: John Scott – Mortality Games at Flowers Gallery 

An imposing outline of a Napoleon-like figure and a skeleton faced Pope on a wheelchair traveling in space are but a few works in the brilliant repertoire of Scott. Weighing on the subject of the wages of war as detrimental, Scott’s powerful images may seem menacing masters of doom but in its message of sobriety against war – it begs us to question, WAR – what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Art by Gary Stephan at Joe Sheftel Gallery
Art by Gary Stephan at Joe Sheftel Gallery

July 2015: E.1027 at Joe Sheftel Gallery 

A group show with art inspired and demonstrating the relationship of the artistic thought to a house built on the French Riviera. Bold and geometric seems to be the common thread but the artistic individuality remains. Each one is a star on its own but as a whole collective – the statement is strong.

Elizabeth Livingston at The Lodge Gallery
Elizabeth Livingston at The Lodge Gallery

August 2015: Elizabeth Livingston – Night Fell at The Lodge Gallery 

Photo or hyper-realistic paintings are badass by nature in that a painting can look so much like a photograph. However, if that image comes through with emotion then that is just the cherry on top. Livingston evoked stillness, solitude and all the nocturnal leanings that mesmerize as you view the work. Keep those eyes open and don’t fall asleep!

Amy Myers at McKenzie Fine Art
Amy Myers at McKenzie Fine Art

September 2015:  Amy Myers – Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral at McKenzie Fine Art, Inc. 

If botanical prints dusted off its 19th Century proper ink rendition and ramped it up with a futuristic bent then you get these works by Myers. The spectral dandelions may look incomplete but it may be showing you the biological process in a new light. Simply astounding and it brings you to a totally immersive experience.

ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA – Empires: Empires - Sea and Empires - Land
ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA – Empires – Sea and Empires – Land

October 2015: ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA – Empires: Land & Empires: Sea at Jack Shainman Gallery

The paintings seem daunting and dark at the get go but there is something magical about it as you leave the show then feel compelled to see it again. The matte and textured paintings serve not only the mood but add to the aesthetic magnificence of a lost empire – that can be our dreams. Art is all about dreams being made or realized.

Deflowered (Homage to Judy Chicago) 2015 by Miriam Cabessa
Deflowered (Homage to Judy Chicago) 2015 by Miriam Cabessa

November 2015: Miriam Cabessa – an*thro*pom*e*try at Jenn Singer Gallery 

It sure did make an impression namely on wood panel and canvas utilizing special and meaningful objects dipped in paint then pushed down to leave ghostly images and wisps of created specters that haunt beautifully. To sacrifice said item to create art is the cathartic birthing pain to churn out such works. With each one an artist dies a little in the hopes of living eternally.

Dan Hernandez at Kim Foster Gallery
Dan Hernandez at Kim Foster Gallery

December 2015: Dan Hernandez – Genesis 2015 at Kim Foster Gallery 

Everyone’s talking and going bat shit crazy with the new Star Wars movie, well folks, this is equivalent to that if the Gothic era brought out the ammo and the angels had to battle the dark side. But Hernandez gives us a galaxy that is not that far away for all to enjoy. It is the most compelling religious iconography gone amuck as light beams zap potently a distant Death Star off the picture. Galactic Fantastic indeed!

So there you go my art-loving denizens, 2015 proved to be a year where we strived to feature the best there is on contemporary art. As the next year looms, we stand staunchly to search the listings and work the trenches to bring you nothing but the ART. It is the core of why we are ARTE FUSE. So here’s to an astounding 2016 to come and let’s keep ART night alive!!!

 

Year End Review by Oscar A. Laluyan

Photographs by ARTE FUSE (Olya Turcihin / Jamie Martinez) and selected images courtesy of the art galleries

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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