ARON WISENFELD ARCADIA CATALOGS




Aron's images are haunting and even at their small print and shelf friendly ratio, they exude awe and beauty. I feel qualified to say this because I have had the pleasure to see his work up close several years ago and It is difficult to describe what it is about Aron's paintings that are so engaging. Often solitary figures in austere and overcast backgrounds, all his paintings have mood.




There is strong atmosphere and a sense of air to all the work, they are scenes you can step into. They contain the heaviness of a baroque painting, the elegant sensibility of a classic children's book and all seemingly a part of a greater narrative. The subjects seem all exist in some indistinct time in the 20th century. I can't quite point out what it is but his paintings feel distinctly American and is reminicent of artists like Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, and Grant Wood and all seemingly from a greater narrative.



It is difficult to gauge how much photo reference if any that Aron uses but whatever the case, he has a strong grasp of the form and subject matter, as is illustrated by his well thought out preliminary drawings which he creates out of charcoal and graphite and are masterpieces in themselves.



However one dissects Aron's work, it is apparent that he is a modern master.

These 3 catalogs each represent a different solo exhibition at Arcadia Gallery in New York and illustrates some of the key pieces from nearly a decade of work and although we do not often carry exhibition catalogs, these 3 mini books/pamphlets are currently the closest things to a collection of published work by Mr. Wisenfeld.

Short of purchasing an original or a limited edition etching by Aron, it would not be a bad idea to edit and frame the individual pages, and keep another set intact for safe keeping and collecting purposes. No that is not a sales pitch but merely a practical suggetion. 

Aron was Born in Washinton DC, grew up in Santa Cruz California, went to school at Cooper Union NY and Art Center Pasadena. He was also a successful comic book artist before he became a fine artist.  

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I used to wonder why galleries and museums were so minimal, and after visiting many exhibits I realized that they were designed to help viewers focus more on the work and set up an ambience that allows you to sometimes turn a corner and be floored by a single painting. There are several paintings that I remember having this effect on me. I remember Odd Nerdrum's exhibit at the Forum gallery, I remember a painting by Ivan Aivazovsky of a lonely boat in a vast ocean, I remember John Singer Sargent's large paintings of the Italian coast, I remember many more and Ruprecht's work being among them. 

I visited one of his shows in LA many years ago where I was surrounded by his work. Nearly all large canvases, his paintings had an unignorable presence but not simply because of their scale but because of the work itself.



The work featured in these two books, (2005 - 2006) and (2007 - 2010), are a great in depth look at the scope of his work from the middle of his career up to this point . With close ups and full page spreads, you can see in detail the transition of his work from more narrative to more expressive, experimental and ethereal. 





Ruprecht Von Kaufmann can/should be considered a contemporary master. He has an amazing control of paint, and his color palettes often surprise me. 

As you look through the progression of his work it is interesting to see the evolution of Ruprecht's images. There is a common thread but it is more of mood than of a common subject matter. With art history references throughout, his themes are often eerie, bleak, dark and with semi surreal narratives. Beautifully thought out and studiously composed, through his seemingly intentional looseness and deftness of paint handling, a lot is left open to the imagination.



Those who favor more expressionistic and dark surreal themes but executed with the skill of an old master will no doubt be awed with the contents of these two hardcover editions.

Originally from Germany he received a BFA in illustration and painting from Art Center College of Design. Ruprecht currently lives in Germany and has exhibited in Munich, LA, and NY.

If you like Ruprecht's work you may also want to check out artists like Odd Nerdrum, Adrian Ghenie, Aron Wisenfeld, and Phil Hale.


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To say that Disney Feature Animation has incubated and attracted some amazing talent would be a redundant understatement. Minjue Helen Chen works as a Visual Development Artist and recently became one of these artists. I had the fortune of hearing her speak at Nucleus' Art of Frankenweenie panel where she spoke about her role on the film and showed some of her development work. 

As her first independent publication, SPAM is well printed in full color and bound with a very friendly and familiar 8.5 x 5.5 indy pub sketchbook format and at 68 pages, it feels more substantial than some of its contemporaries. Helen signed and numbered each of the 500 and at 25$ retail, this is a great value for the content you are getting in this particular format.



There is a lot of fluidity but an edge to Helen's characters, which are mostly female. She is borrowing a bit of the Disney aesthetic to play with some non Disney themes, some of my favorites being her female versions of Kaneda and Tetsuo.



At some point all artists have or wanted to self publish an art book. Despite its origins as a portfolio keepsake,  with little to no written content, the self published sketchbook/art book has become a great tool for artists to scratch a certain creative itch while cataloging their work. It has become its own sub category amongst institution published art books and as much as we like the raw staple bound photo copied books, I hope there will be more produced around this level of quality and we look forward to carrying SPAM 2 in a year or so.





You can see more of Helen's work on her BLOG.

If you like her work I also highly recommend Elsa Chang's self published sketchbook, MINT CORRAL.

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Currently showing in our Forest Carousel show May Ann Licudine, aka Mall, is a visual artist and freelance illustrator from La Union, Philippines.  Before completing her degree in Visual Communications and Painting, Mall started as a textile designer before becoming a painter and illustrator.  Her time spent in that industry has given her a developed color sense, complex composition, and use of texture.  We've asked her to tell us more about Babu and Abu, the lovable and mischievious characters we often see in her work.  Mall shares insightful information about why her work is so engaging.


I've read that Abu was inspired by your beloved cat that passed away. What inspired Babu? Who is he and where is he going?

- Winsor McCay's Nemo in Slumberland served as the inspiration in the creation of Babu. Nemo’s character  influenced me to create a male mirror image of me. With Babu, I was not just painting or making my dreams but I am living them.

Mind Game

What do Babu and Abu mean to you?

They represent my alter ego. Whenever I feel bored or sad or down or blank, I walk around my garden to imagine Babu & Abu doing their adventure plans… until I get fresh ideas, then I’ll make doodles and sketches.

Do you think they are an extension of your desires, dreams, and yourself?

- Yes, they are. Through them, I am able to realize my dreams world and share it to other people. 

Toro Nagashi

What is your art practice like? Is there a reason you like to work on wood?

-  I'm into painting. I conceptualized my ideas and expressed them in canvas and paper. However, I felt that prints lack the depth to convey my ideas so I tried wood and clay sculpturing. The two gave life to my ideas and the tactual experiences are more rewarding. 

Old Times

Who are major influences in your work? Do books play a large role?

- Hayao Miyazaki, Winsor McCay, Maurice Sendak, Helen Hyde, Mary Blair, Satoshi Kon, Edward Gorey, many… and of course, God, which is always one of my biggest inspirations. Books provided the basic foundation in my arts.

Your sculptural pieces are as layered and fascinating as your paintings.  What led you to start including sculptural pieces?

Thank you for appreciating them! My bestfriend Shandy RP from Indonesia knew that I love Studio Ghibli. He dared me to do a sculpture of Babu and Abu diorama. So I did it and it was good but very tedious. I worked with terra cotta clay during my college days and still have some of them which I used as background for some of my photos. 

Fukurou

Where do you see your work going in the future?

Like all artist, I wish to see my art works in books, personal collections and probably in galleries worldwide. Personally, I want my arts to be part of a person happy memories and dreams. Like a “comfort art”.



See more from the show here
Check out more of Mall's work on her website

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