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Art Hound Picks from The Cheaper Show #9

June 24th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Everyone’s been talking about this Saturday’s The Cheaper Show #9 (correction: it’s #9 not 8. Thanks, JC!) in Vancouver, and admittedly it seems pretty damn awesome. The show, now in it’s eighth year, is a one-night extravaganza selling 400 works by 200 artists for $200 each. In an interesting twist guests are limited to 3 purchases each. Makes sense – otherwise you’d likely end up with a few people buying up a lot of the art at $200 a pop. According to the show’s website people started lining up seven hours before the opening last year!!! I only wish I could be there!

If I WERE going to The Cheaper Show, these are the artists’ booths I would hit up. Just don’t make me pick only three!

1. Anders Oinonen …..2. Collin Johanson

3. Crystal Aurora         4. Fiona Ackerman

5. Fiona Smyth ………6. Heather Braun-Dahl

7. Jaret Penner ………8. Jason Jagel

9. Jessica Bell ………10. Martin Thacker

11. Natalie Moor         12. Sara Araujo-Salas

Lowbrow Art In All It’s Glory…via the Post-it

January 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

The Los Angeles-based GR2, part of the greater Giant Robot family, is currently running it’s fourth Post-It Show through Jan. 13th.

A diverse group of artists drew, colored, painted, cut up and glued Post-its, resulting in a colorful and chaotic sea of paper squares. GR2 is selling each Post-it for $20- how’s that for an entry price?

If you’re interested in purchasing a piece from the show, you can select up to four artists on the website. At the end of the show, GR2 will send you a randomly-selected Post-it by one of your preferred artists. The roster includes the very talented: APAK, Marc Bell, Jill Bliss, Jen Corace, Evah Fan, Daria Tessler, Yellena James, Saelee Oh, Luke Ramsey, and dozens more!

FUEL Collection: Far In Far Out

September 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Last week I had the chance to visit FUEL Collection in Olde City, Philadelphia and was amazed by the grandeur of the space, which I’m sure hosts some pretty awesome events.

The current exhibit is Far In Far Out with Erica Prince, Garrett Crabb, Mylinh Chau, Garrett Davis.  I was most intrigued by Prince’s work which tells the stories of quirky individuals through their personal space and possessions.  Many of Prince’s paintings look like views into doll houses if only dolls actually lived in them and had an abundance of stuff.  See here for more on Prince on artblog.

“I urge the viewer to make themselves at home. Become the missing character…Try the spaces on like trying on a bad outfit. You know it is too flamboyant, but you have a sick curiosity of how it might look.” – Erica Prince

Cinders’ Circle of Plenty

September 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yesterday I stopped by Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg to see the Circle of Plenty exhibit which just opened this Friday. As per usual, the folks at Cinders did an awesome job of organizing a show with a consistent and relevant theme, humanity’s relationship with the natural world, complete with a fun, dynamic installation. I love the painted trash installation in the corner of the gallery (see below) which sets a fresh and playful tone for the show!

Many of the pieces in Circle of Plenty are under $300 so there is plenty (excuse the pun) of affordable art to check out!

Photos from Nahcotta’s ETA Opening!

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Photos from Friday’s Enormous Tiny Art Show opening!

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Opening: Nahcotta’s Enormous Tiny Art Show (ETA)!

September 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

090903_Nahcotta_ETA6Nahcotta’s 6th ETA opened its doors yesterday and will go through September 28th.  If you live in or will be visiting the greater Boston area, I highly recommend finding time to stop by Nahcotta, in Portsmouth, NH.

The show celebrates small-scale art (every piece is under 10”x10”) and includes 50 artists from all over the country, including California, Oregon and North Carolina.  Nahcotta does a fabulous job of putting together a show that highlights great art that is truly affordable: most pieces are under $200!  For those of you (myself included) who probably won’t make it up to Portsmouth, you can still view the show and purchase works on the ETA website.

Here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite pieces from the show.  This is just a sampling, and there are many, many others worth checking out!  Enjoy!