Thursday, December 4, 2008


Madarts will be participating in the “smART” BROOKLYN GALLERY HOP gallery tour. We'll have a group show up in the gallery featuring all Madarts artists as well as having open studios for people to see more. Sunday, December 14, from 1pm to 6pm, come by on foot or ride the bus described below.

More info from Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz's site
Brooklyn Paper

Sunday, December 14, from 1pm to 6pm, 64 participating Brooklyn art galleries will offer exhibitions and refreshments, as well as a chance for visitors to learn more about Brooklyn’s expanding art scene. The free smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop features buses that run through four different gallery districts, allowing participants to hop on and off the bus within each line’s loop. Buses will be staffed with art docents offering smART tip sheets about collecting and buying art.

BP Markowitz says, “With all the artists living and working here, I like to say Brooklyn is the “Creative Capital of New York City.” In addition to our wonderful museums, we’ve got scores of hip galleries—many showcasing the work of emerging Brooklyn artists. So I invite all art lovers of every stripe to get out and enjoy Brooklyn’s vibrant, lively art scene. There’s no better way to do it than the smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop. Just hop on a shuttle, browse, socialize, raise your ‘Art I.Q.,’ and maybe even purchase a work by the next Jeff Koons or Jean-Michel Basquiat—just in time for holiday gift giving!”

Four smART Brooklyn Gallery “districts” will be included in bus routes. Participants can visit galleries in the Gold Loop: DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and Red Hook; the Red Loop: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant; the Green Loop: Crown Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Flatbush; and the Blue Loop: Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

The smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop is a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors working to advance local economic development and increase awareness and support of the arts. To reserve a seat on the bus, you must register by phone at 718-802-3530 or email

Friday, November 21, 2008

Interview with Jim Wegenes

Recently Jim Wegener, from the SVA D-Crit program, interviewed me about my recent photography work. I made this video by overlaying images of my work on the audio track he produced. Enjoy!

Marcie Paper on 20x200

My basement neighbor Marcie Paper has as edition available at 20x200...

For those of you whom I haven't told, one of my paintings is being showcased at Jen Bekman's 20x200.

I hope I am not out-writing my welcome by sending you the link now that my 20x200 edition is up and running. I also hope that you check it out and share it with others!

At the risk of repeating myself, for those who aren't familiar with 20x200.

They have taken one of my paintings and made archival prints of it in three sizes, 200- 8 1/2"x 11" archival prints for only $20!, 20- 17"x22" for $200 and 2- 30"x40" for $2000.

Without further ado, here is the link:

thanks for reading this!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stephen Paul at Tabla Rasa

Reposting this for Stephen from an email he sent out this week....

This Wednesday at 5:30 at Tabla Rasa Gallery, 48th street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues, the opening of NOBIS SOLO, a beautiful collection of work by 9 artists, including a pair of paintings from the 'Archaeology' series by Stephen Paul of Madarts.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jacob Holdt "United States 1970-1975"

I found out about Jacob Holdt when I was browsing the second floor of the Strand bookstore looking for some economically priced photo books. I had never heard of Holdt before
and after flipping through a few pages I was blown away his pictures. It's like I had discovered some kind secret art nugget.

"In the early 1970s, when Jacob Holdt first arrived in the US with 40 dollars in his pocket, he planned to travel quickly across the country to South America. But, totally shocked and fascinated by what he discovered, he ended up staying five years. His family could scarcely believe the letters he sent them detailing the poverty he saw, so his father sent him a cheap amateur camera in order that Holdt could send home proof of his claims. Living as a vagabond, selling his blood twice a week, hitch-hiking over 100,000 miles, he depicted an incredible and unique portrait of America and its underclass."

But the story gets better...

After Holdt had completed the body of work and he showed it around Europe the Soviet government was interested publishing a book. Holdt agreed as he thought the book would raise awareness of impoverished people everywhere but then found out the KGB intended to use his work as anti American propaganda and had a lawyer successfully stop the Soviet distribution of the book. He has since worked for CARE as well as documenting white supremacist groups.

The thing about this book that is so great is it really shows how a well put together photo book can make a body of work. If you check out Holdt's website the images are still amazing but the book sequencing and selection of the photos in the book make the work so much more impressive. Make sure to check out the Steidl website as it has spreads from the book.

United States 1970-1975 by Jacob Holdt (published by Steidl)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"THUMBLESS CAESAR" New Work by Patrick King

new work by
Patrick King
November 15 - 23, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday November 15, 8 - 11:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Thursday thru Sunday 12 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 27, 2008

MadArts Opening 10.25.08

MadArts Fall Group II

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Second Group Show of the Fall Season

MadArts Gallery
New work by resident artists
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 25th at 8pm

Gallery hours:
Weekends 12-6 pm
Thursdays 6-9 pm
Through November 6th

or by appointment

255 18th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215

Rebecca Aidlin
Joshua Alexander
Sean Breault
Charles Buckley
Daniel Clapp
Caitlin Clifford
Jimmy Fountain
David Gladden
Peter Mallo
Jaclyn Mednicov
Melody Olsen
Marcie Paper
Christy Powers
Donna Powers
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda
Shannen Reach
Andrew Wilgress

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Artistic Collaborations

It's not every day that artists meet other artists who are interested in so many of the same things, and even have an appreciation for one another's aesthetic.

I have known Tokyo-based Colombian artist Klaus Fruchtnis for many years, but it is just recently that we discovered our similar interests in using photography as a way to capture urban spaces, in particular public ones. We also seem to always end up in language-based exercises.

We first collaborated on the Thing-a-Day blog run by some great people over at Eyebeam, and most recently decided to continue these ideas in a project we are calling Cross Urban.

I also recently met Brooklyn-based artist Annie Leist, (we were in a group show together at Broadway Gallery) and when I read her artist statement, I had to make sure I was not reading my own. I'm sure we'll find a way to work together as well - something I look forward to!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lake Owassa, NJ

Lake Owassa, NJ, 2008
by Jimmy Fountain

Monday, September 15, 2008

Madarts Fall 2008 Exhibition

MadArts Gallery

SCAPES: new work by resident artists
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 20th at 8pm

Gallery hours:
Weekends 12-6 pm
Thursdays 6-9 pm
Through October 5th

or by appointment

255 18th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215

Emily Church
Daniel Clapp
Jenn Fuentes
Mylene Giacobetti
Simon Kahn
Patrick King
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo
Mario Lima
Katerina Marcelja
Robert Melzmuf
Amallia Orman
Stephen Paul
Christina Sarquiz
Christine Staehelin
Rachel Youens

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A collaboration in Guatemala: Opening @ Parsons on 09/24

An in-progress exhibition of an ongoing collaboration
Aronson Gallery - 66 5th Ave, NY, NY
09/19 - 10/03, 10AM - 6PM
Opening Reception
09/24, 6PM

During the month of June 2008 I was one of two faculty, 14 students, and 1 project coordinator from The New School who lived and worked in the small lake-side village of San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, to collaborate with a group of Mayan artisan women, Ajkem’a Loy’a. Come check out this exhibition which displays documentation of that process that started in a Spring 2008 class on campus in New York City and culminated in Guatemala in late June.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Recent (old) Work

I actually dug these two images out of my vault recently. The one with the lens flares of the fire is probably going to go into the book I'm working on for my 'points of interest' series but the one of the doorway is a bit of an orphan right now, it may find it's way into the same body.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Selected Works from 2007/2008

MadArts Summer Group Show: Selected Works from 2007/2008

Opening Reception
Thursday June 19th 8pm
Show runs through August

Gallery Hours by appointment - 917.548.8107