Marcie Oakes’ Soft Explosions

Marcie Oakes is a young painter dwelling in the suburbs of Chicago. Her voluptuous, deeply layered abstractions often reference landscape but can often turn into something un-namable. These explosive images are penned using a wide variety of applications and painting techniques that build a surface that can only be truly appreciated in person. Jump.

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Tim Bergstrom & Denise Kupferschmidt @ Halsey McKay

Two of my favorite upcoming artists, Timothy Bergstrom & Denise Kupferschmidt recently opened up solo shows respectively @ Halsey McKay in East Hapmton. Tim brings a new suite of his gluey material paintings that visually imitate sounds, while Kupferschmidt shows a series of studies surrounding a sculptural installation, as well as a lovely mural. Good stuff, more after the jump.

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Sarah Weber’s Aggressive Burns

Sarah Weber is a Chicago based artist that is making some really nice work right now. Aggressive graphite mark making, cutting ,burning, layers of  of vellum and globs of gold coalesce into really physically engaging drawings. Bouncing between subtle reference and pure abstraction,and producing a lot of work, this is an artist to keep your eye on…More after the jump

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Sam Moyer

In a recent attempt to find contemporary artists making fresh, black and white imagery, I fortunately stumbled upon Sam Moyer‘s, washed out, subtle abstractions. These images, composed of bleach and ink, are soft and elegant and fair in scale. I want one. Many more after the jump!

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Josh Reames

 

Not only does Josh Reames write great reviews for New American Paintings and run an odd little basement gallery in Chicago (Manifest Exhibitions), but he makes great paintings too! I’ve personally seen his paintings come a long way in a very short time, and I hope you like them as much as I do. See this young Chicagoan under-compensate for his long-comings after the jump!

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Dan Gunn

Been hearing the name Dan Gunn a lot lately, and for good reason. I don’t just throw around the term”forward thinking”, and Gunn’s work embodies exactly that, a forward thinking approach to painting. Taking a constructed, material approach to making an image, Gunn offers up an array of abstraction through various modes of presentation. Gunn integrates common structures alongside notions of commercial display, found objects, and traditionally rooted painting techniques to concoct pieces that aren’t quite like anything I’ve seen before. How do you make something that is both indifferent and desirable? More images after the jump…

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Andrew Falkowski

Andrew Falkowski just unleashed two new bodies of work Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, and both are really impressive. Body A – being a series of monochromatic airbrush painting depicting pop iterations of Napolean Bonaparte. Body B – being bold, high contrast paintings of ransom notes constructed from quotes rooted in philosophy and war.  Check them out after the jump…

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Glen Baldridge & Bryan Graf @ Halsey McKay

New to the East Hampton Gallery scene is Halsey McKay, a lovely space that has presented an excellent exhibition program in the last 6 months.  Last month, the gallery had Glen Baldridge and Bryan Graf come in and do their thing.The two promising emerging artists displayed a selection of prints, photographs, and installation work. Images after the jump!

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