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NYC Fountain Art Fair proves Albert was wrong, E=fA²f

Maybe hold off on changing the textbooks.  Professor Einstein was on to something…

Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of Fountain Arts Fair - NYCcompassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.(A. Einstein 1954).

As a first-timer of the Fountain Art Fair, the event was a perfect setting to fulfill Albert’s advice.  Go once and you’re a lifer as attendance reflected.

It was unlike any creative event I’ve attended.  BUT, I’m not going to disrespect the pulsing soul and ramble on about my thoughts and experiences or flood this with imagery…just go.  Trust me…just go.  It’s a true bucket list for any art lover, art collector or anyone wanting to continue or start  Albert’s pilgrimage.

The Fountain Art Fair continues through Sunday March 11.  For more info: http://www.fountainartfair.com

Paul ShampineJust a peek.  Ian Ross (http://ianrossart.com) and Lindsay Carron (http://lindsaycarron.com) infusing the mood onsite.
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Thank you.
Best regards, Paul
Paul Shampine

Fountain Arts Fair – NYC, March 9-11, 2012

In anticipation of this weekend’s (March 9-11) NYC Fountain Art Fair, I asked participant and past Arts PR Group interviewee Agni Zotis  her thoughts.  Also, a  short chat with  Santa Monica artist Kathleen O’Connell Kaller.

Getting ready for an exhibit, solo or joint, can be its own reality TV Agni Zotisshow….the diverse mix of personalities, stress of deadlines and production issues.  Can you share a personal experience with Fountain?  Art fairs and the art world in general are reality tv dramas, entertainment should be inevitable. This year the Fountain Art Fair is at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue  @ 25th Street, the very first exhibition space for the Armory Show in 1913.

I was invited by my friend, sculptor Bernard Klevickas, that had the idea for a Bernard Klevickasband of artists to come together and present in a salon style exhibition, 72 artists including some friends, in booth E212 producing artwork right now in NYC. It’s an opportunity to show work, collaborate, see art, friends, parties, represent a part of the NYC art energy I am, as the world pours in to experience it.  As an active artist I have the ability to create my experience.

 I’m showing “In Haiti Kids are Eating Mud Cookies What Heels Should I Wear” at the curators request and also the painting  “Liquify Earth” the idea of the being, the self, consuming the globe, unifying, becoming one with all,   Universal Consciousness.

Thanks Agni.  From the FAF folks…the “Fair is an exhibition of avant-garde artwork founded to leverage support for smaller independent galleries to gain access to larger collectors and critics. In addition to cutting-edge art, visitors to the fair can enjoy signature elements such as on-site performance art, a major street art installation, and musical performances that Fountain has become known for integrating into the art fair experience. From presenting just 3 local exhibitors at its first fair in 2006, Fountain has grown to represent over 30 international exhibitors and independent artist projects…

Paul ShampineBuy discounted tickets online or for more info:  http://www.fountainartfair.com
Best, Paul
Paul Shampine

Jumping to the West Coast, our interviews continue with Stanta Monica artist Kathleen Kaller.

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Kathleen Kaller-Luminous Tide

When did you first discover your creative talents? My mother introduced me to creativity as a young child.  Getting crafty on school projects and painting on shells. However the first time I realized I actually had a talent for it was in a high school art class.  One of our first projects was to sketch and draw with charcoal.  We were assigned to draw and shade an image of our hands and then turn it into something.  I drew my hand and then turned my arm into a snake! It was quite fierce now that I look back.  Having studied Hindu mythology recently, I now know snakes represents the life force, strength and rebirth. But I suppose the point of the story is that after seeing what I had created I was a little in shock that I could make something so detailed and I also felt proud. Like I found what  I was good at.  The images were displayed in a glass case near the cafeteria and I got really good feedback from other students. I guess it was at that moment! Having pride as I walked to the lunch room everyday.

For an artist, selling their first piece of work is a memorable moment. Tell us about your first piece or a special piece that was sold.  Every time I sell something is memorable moment! It really reinforces the fact that I can live and prosper as an artist.  I refuse to believe in the myth of the struggling artist.  But the very first art show I had was pretty memorable.  I didn’t know what to expect!  I had sold a few pieces to friends and family along the way but to sell to someone you don’t really know means alot to me.  It means you reached an audience.  After my first show I sold a piece called “Letting Go”.  It was one of my first abstract paintings were I literally let go when I was painting it.  I had been creating more impressionistic work and at this point I was wanting to be more free and abstract. In addition my client  that bought the work commissioned me to create 2 more paintings to add to  “Letting Go” creating an original Triptych for her.  This was one of my first sales and commissions at the same time.  This was a very exciting moment for me.

Favorite museum? Any museum I walk into is my favorite! Since I was little I loved going to museums on school trips.  There is an energy that is palpable, inspiring and divine.  Its quiet, meditative, and the life of each painting vibrates Sam Francis - Norton Simon Museumoff the walls and into your psyche.  One of my favorites in California is The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.  There hangs one of my all-time favorite mural paintings by Sam Francis.  It takes up an entire wall hanging 13 x 20 feet. It’s drippy, vibrant  and has emotional impact at first glance.  This work has been an influential in the way I create art. 

If you were to give a room full of emerging artists one bit of advice, what would that be? Your studio is sacred space.  Get weird as much as possible.  Be grateful for everything.  Little prayers to the universe work.  If there is something or someone that speaks to you have a conversation, there is something you need to hear. When the going gets tough keep creating.

If you were to receive an “Artist of the Year Award,” who would be the first person you would thank and why? My family and for all those teachers along the way. My husband especially. When I left a decent-paid job Revelation-Kathleen Kallerto paint my husband was 100% supportive. As an artist himself he realizes the importance of the creative process. He has infused my work with encouragement and love. He also gives me really good criticism on my work and he is the only person I may alter a painting for after hearing his commentary. My mother has also been really helpful in the process as she is a painter too and has great tips. I truly feel blessed to have the resources to be an artist. It is a magical profession.

Who are your favorite artists? These artists continue to inspire, mentor and influence my work and journey as an artist. SACO (Susan Ann Christiana O’Connell), Sam Francis, Vibul Wonprasat, Francoise Gilot, Saule Piktys, Sage Vaughn, Trudy Montgomery, Darren Waterston, Picasso, William de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Benzo Theodore, Laura Amazzone, Elaine de Kooning, and Mary Addison Hackett.

Artist: Kathleen O’Connell Kaller
Title: Luminous Tide
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40”x40”
Website: http://www.kathleenkaller.com

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It’s My way…the Wright way….

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Back terrace @ The Knob, dinning table-center right, Chalk Hill, PA

Where would our environment be today if more stewards of our landscape were equally “organic” minded as Frank Lloyd Wright? As an icon who respected nature, I have great admiration for Wright, who was one of the most innovative forward-thinking world architects of his time.  When viewing Wright’s creations last week, I was fortunate to visit Kentuck Knob (Fallingwater was closed for the day!) and I had to remind myself, as I often do, that his mark took place in the early 1900’s.   I visited the Martin summer home (Graycliff) in Buffalo last year and I’m hoping to view a few creations in Chicago sometime in August.

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Found in little Frank's crib - circa 1867

I’m not one for “tours” but I thoroughly enjoyed both guides at the Knob (his last house project, 1956) and Graycliff (built between 1926 and 1931).  Tours there are necessary because otherwise, you’d feel like you were viewing a futuristic design, instead of something that was constructed more than 50 years ago.  A few themes found there, which are not-so-common in today’s design terms, are ones which work with nature’s space and its elements.  A portion of the Knob (bedroom) is built within a ledge to work with the landscape’s natural lines and to provide a cozy and temperature-friendly zone.  Graycliff’s, aka “The Jewel on the Lake,” (Lake Erie) free flow design gives you a dichotomic feeling of a secure Fort Knox, as the open airiness of a large tree house allows for a full view and that rare, up-close-and-personal encounter with nature.

Another common theme of Wright was his dictatorial and uni-design mindset. Wright’s clients had little to no say regarding his design elements.   Any spacial or structural suggestions by clients were rarely entertained.  Few of today’s graphic artist/designers (and I consider Wright a true artist) have the luxury of such close-minded dictatorship when working with a “client.”  From my experience as a CEO of a media company, the most challenging

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element is managing the desires and passions of creative minds and the vision of a client.  “Working artists,” or artists that are paid for their creativity, need to develop a special place, a neutral creative zone where they strike that unique balance between their vision/passion and the “paid” vision of the client.    The more talented and the more creative an artist is, the more challenging that balance is to find.

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I'm the cowboy on the right.

As I continue to discover my own path, paving a pilgrimage to find a vocation that suits me for when I grow up, I will enjoy getting close, getting a glimpse, and studying the extreme talents of the Wright’s and Wrong’s of the world.  I

look forward to my Chicago trip for more Wright.     Some Wright sites:

http://www.kentuckknob.com/
http://graycliffestate.org/
http://www.fallingwater.org/

What do Warhol, a petticoat, a meteorite and a skunk have in common? The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT of course.

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“People should fall in love with their eyes closed.” — Andy Warhol
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I agree Andy!

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My trek to the Bruce Museum was largely motivated by the Evolution of the Natural World exhibit.  Since my sculpture is largely inspired by nature and its forms, the thought of million year-old fossils, priceless pre-Paleozoic specimens and AC that you can refrigerate meat in was the draw for me.

I’m not a big fan of Mr. Warhola (birth name) aka the “Prince of Pop” and that “Campbell soup guy,” but with comments of “I like money” and “If one is good, more must be better,” I guess I have to respect his capitalism.  The one-room Flowers, 1974 exhibit containing 20 prints was a typical example of Andy’s work….simple floral sketched line work (traced from projected wallpaper images) followed by repetitive prints with added pastel-like watercolor.

The artistry, talent and presentation moves to the Dressmaker’s Art Collection. Having only sewn a few buttons myself, I was very impressed with the attention to detail and designs.   Viewing the work up-close-and-personal gave you a great sense of the high-end early 19th-century attire which included 20+ pieces covering a 100-year timeline.

Continuing on the visual roller coaster, I slid over to the Eat or Be Eaten: Animal Survival Strategies exhibit and saved the best for last, Evolution of the Natural World.  Both exhibits are well presented with great specimens followed by succinct educational snippets.   It proved to be a great resource for some science and natural history knowledge without feeling like you needed a PHD in the Sciences to understand.  Personally, it did provide me with some great imagery for some needed inspiration.

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So, was it worth $7?  Absolutely.
Best, Paul
Paul Shampine

Paul ShampineThe Bruce Museum is perched on a small, secluded, tree-covered hill in Greenwich, CT.  For more information: http://brucemuseum.org/