Interview in English
We enjoyed this must-read for artists: "A Guide to 20 Top Artist Residencies and Retreats Across the United States" by Blouin ArtInfo, here.
The Boston Globe covers MassArt's 27th annual benefit auction where Tomas Vu's SA-4 (Dark Side of the Moon West) was the highest selling piece of the night. The mixed media piece from 2015 sold for $33,000. Read about it at The Boston Globe, here.
Whitewall Magazine stopped by the LOOC Art booth at Art on Paper to see our exhibition of Tomas Vu's Dymaxion Chronofile and to chat with the artist.
Whitewall's Caroline Wall writes, "Last week, at the Art on Paper fair in New York, web-based gallery LOOC Art presented Vietnamese artist Tomas Vu’s latest series 'Dymaxion Chronofile.' The presentation featured silkscreen, acrylic, pencil, and laser-cut wood veneers, combined into explosive abstract landscapes..."
LOOC Art to participate in the 2016 Art on Paper, March 3-6 at Pier 36 in NYC, with a booth featuring Tomas Vu's Dymaxion Chronofile series.
Trestle, a non-profit contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, has awarded LOOC artist James Vanderberg its Visiting Artist Residency from January to June 2016.
Trestle’s Visiting Artist Residency allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Trestle community. Each cycle, one established artist receives free studio membership at Brooklyn Art Space for six months. As the Visiting Resident Artist, Vanderberg will lead one art talk and one critique or workshop.
Trestle shows 8-12 exhibitions each year and also provides figure drawing sessions, art talks, critiques, screenings, performance art events, technique-focused art classes, professional development opportunities, and two studio space residencies: the Brooklyn Art Space/Trestle Residency, and the Visiting Artist Residency.
LOOC ART is pleased that works by artist Ellen Steinberg Coven will be on exhibition at the International Center of Photography at 114 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY from December 12, 2015 to March 13, 2016 in the show Collective Works: Selections from the Master’s Seminar 2014-2015.
Coven’s recent work in photography, specifically cyanotype, stems from her experience as a painter and creator of site-specific installations that address painting, architecture, color, and light. She first chose to learn the cyanotype process as a way of “starting over” as a photographer, to literally work in one of the earliest photographic processes ever created to fix a photographic image to paper.
Collective Works: Selections from the Master’s Seminar 2014-2015 is curated by Pauline Vermare, ICP Associate Curator, as well as Chuck Kelton and Alison Bradley. The opening reception is Friday, December 11 from 6 to 8 PM.
"My subject is a girl I create in my art named Phoebe. She’s my alter ego, and I admire her. She speaks, dresses, and behaves in all the ways I wish I could. I live vicariously through Phoebe, and it’s wonderful to live the life that I want to…through her."
- Libby Schoettle to Stylabl's Nicole Gordon
Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija collaborating at NF Galeria's booth at the opening night for the art fair UNTITLED in Miami. They installed their project Green Go Home.
artnet News says, "UNTITLED's artistic director Omar Lopez-Chahoud told artnet News that NF Galeria's booth was a must-see, and we agree."
Artist Libby Schoettle continues to captivate the public with her character "Phoebe." Her character is now the subject of an soon to be released documentary film, and a darling in the scoial media world due to her insightful and sometimes dark humor.
LOOC ART is pleased to announce its participation in SCOPE-NY 2015, featuring artists Ron Aloni, Ellen Steinberg Coven, Tomas Vu and Kit Warren.
Just back from Tel Aviv…
Known in local parlance as "the Bubble" due to it's psychological insulation from the turmoil that often defines other parts of Israel, Tel Aviv has long been the country's most dynamic economic hub. In the last several years it has also become the contemporary art capital of not only Israel, but the entire Middle East.
There is a vibrant museum and gallery scene scattered throughout a city that, while not largely beautiful, contains some excellent examples of Bauhuas architecture built by the original European emigres in the 1920s and 30s. One of the premier contemporary architecture spaces is the two year old Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of art which resembles nothing so much as origami meets architecture.
As one might expect, even the most eye-pleasing art in a country with a siege mentality contains political undertones that refer, even if obliquely, to what residents often call "the situation". Such was the case with these three artists:
As visually appealing as Merav's mixed media works are, they address issues pertaining to war and terror. A recent series on view at Julie M gallery in Tel Aviv makes use of the iconic image of the Vietnamese "napalm girl" on newsprint, incorporating a well-known historical reference to terror onto the surface of a recent paper that contains stories of the ongoing strife in and around Israel.
Other images depicted in her work such as recurring Islamic architectural shapes and images of her grandfather are drawn from observation of her personal, innately Israeli setting. They provide a study in contrasts between the harsh reality of an ever-present underlying threat rendered in work that has an undeniable aestheticism.
Engaging in a range of actions that include cutting and endlessly manipulating steel wire Ron creates large-scale sculpture composed of the same material as barbed wire fences. The forms have both a lightness and density that makes them appear ethereal on one hand and plausibly lethal on another.
The material may have super-charged historic and political connotations but the forms themselves, particularly those that have been colored by dipping them in automotive paint, have a spontaneous (which they are not as Ron explained that each piece takes months to construct) and joyful quality about them.
Her mesmerisingly deep paintings deal with the connection between art and daily life, depicting ordinary moments through pictorial actions, such as changing the point of view or perspective. The artist begins by laying a translucent wash of color over the white canvas to indicate the sky, water or brick. Each element, the background shadow or figure, is painted from start to finish in one sitting to keep the texture of the paint and the canvas even and flat. The figures or subjects are painted in last with delicate and almost photographic realism. The artist does not however take her subjects directly from photographs and instead works from various imagery and is most reliant on her own memory. In the end, what we are given is a composition with contrasts between appearance and meaning, at once minimal in its imagery but also riddled with the clues to a deeper story and symbolism.
LOOC Art is pleased to announce that we are exhibiting at Art Aqua Miami during Miami Art Week. Aqua Art Miami will celebrate its 9th consecutive installment this December and has been recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid career artists. - See more at: www.aquaartmiami.com
LOOC Art will be featuring works by Tomas Vu, Libby Schoettle and others
LOOC Art is proud to announce Tomas Vu's participation in an exhibition to commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—and the resiliency of New York City’s arts community, which was hit especially hard by the storm.
The exhibition will take place at Industry City, a hub of creative manufacturing and innovation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Centered on the work of artists directly affected by Sandy, the exhibition will also feature work inspired by and referring to the storm, along with work by artists who were invited to participate in the spirit of solidarity. Participating artists include Terry Winters, Lynda Benglis, Deborah Kass and Ugo Rondinone. For more information go to www.cometogethersandy.com
LOOC ART is pleased to announce that it will be participating in artMRKT Hamptons 2013. We will be featuring works from three female artists Angie Drakopoulos, Ann Marie Heal, and Dani Jakob.
Bridgehampton Historical Society, located in the heart of Bridgehampton directly on the main road, Route 27. 2386 Montauk Highway (Rt. 27) – Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Tickets may be purchased online here - www.art-mrkt.com/hamptons/tickets.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
6:00pm to 7:00pm - artMRKT Hamptons Opening Night Preview benefiting LongHouse Reserve (purchase tickets)
7:00pm to 10:00pm - Opening Night Party hosted and curated by Norwood
Friday, July 12, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm - Parrish Art Museum’s Education Circle Brunch (private)
Regular Fair Hours:
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
joined by husbands, two women launch art business
“Even before the two of us married close childhood friends back in the ’90s, it wasn’t a given that we’d get along,” says Lara McLanahan, sitting with Claire Johnston in her Bedford kitchen. But it turns out that their husbands’ “bromance,” which dates back to grammar school, played matchmaker between the two wives as well—in the form of a business partnership between the two women.
The couples live just a few houses apart on the same street in Bedford, which makes business meetings, play dates, and barbeques easy to negotiate. Over the years, the families have vacationed together, watched each other’s kids, and enjoyed the unique experiences of close friends whose families intersect like a Venn diagram.
With the launch of their new art-consulting business, LOOC Art, the two women have turned a ten-year passion for collecting and advising into a formal endeavor. Now when the school bus pulls away, mornings begin with the bustle of art meetings. “Our business is vetting artists,” says McLanahan. “The aura of art galleries can be pretentious. Some establishments take an approach that says, ‘If you have to ask the price, don’t bother.’” The goal was to find artists the duo loved, with solid career paths, who created works that were affordable, quality investments. “We don’t always agree,” says Johnston, “but that is part of the challenge, too.”
“The contemporary-art market isn’t always easy to access. If you want good pieces, it helps to have a consultant,” says McLanahan. The women call their approach user friendly as they bypass galleries and bring clients directly to the artists. “We have the opportunity to go into an artist’s studio and see the whole body of work and how they approach the art,” says McLanahan, explaining that hearing what an artist is thinking makes art buying much more exciting.
The ladies say they are all about living with art. “What you look at every day should not just complement a space but make it unique, exciting, and personal,” says Johnston.
This past summer, LOOC showcased the work of six artists, using a popup store in Southampton for one month. “We showed over 60 pieces and sold 80 percent of the work,” says McLanahan. They have since taken their art search on the road, to Berlin, a place that they call “one of the most dynamic cities in the art world right now.” They scouted new artists like Dani Jakob, whose “hallucinogenic” work uses pigment and salt crystal on canvas.
Over the winter, the partners hosted artist-studio visits for their client base. “This offers a unique way for the collector to make a connection by meeting the artists and understanding their process,” says McLanahan, who cited New York City–based artist Tomas Vu as an example. “Born in Saigon, he spent time as a boy shaping surfboards for American GIs in Da Nang. He credits the early phase of his life with his current collection called the surfboard series,” she says. The board is carved with lyrics from the Beatles’ “White Album.”
Next on deck? A trip to Tel Aviv to visit the booming art scene. Closer to home, the pair will test their friendship with a liquid cleanse and diet. “If we can get through this challenge, then we can get through anything,” says Johnston.
We spent four days last month in Berlin, visiting artists and galleries and want to share some of our finds with you.
Berlin is probably one of the most dynamic cities in the art world right now. The local art scene reflects the city’s unique history and colorful present. From painters to performance artists, Berlin is home to some of the most innovative figures on the international stage. Numerous artists, both emerging and established from across the globe have taken full advantage of Berlin's inexpensive rents and creative energy to find gallery and performance spaces in the most unexpected places.
From well-known artists such as Anselm Reyle and Olafur Eliasson to vast numbers of art students and artists in residency, Berlin's scene is pulsing and thriving and gave us a great opportunity to scout new artists, such as:
There is something mystical and hallucinogenic about Dani Jakob’s work which uses pigment and salt solution on canvas to create fluid, organic forms, studded with the salt crystals left behind once the solution has evaporated.
Sebastian’s pastel drawings portray patterns of rugs, such as a kilim or nomadic textile. Delicately drawn in colored chalk on black background they are mesmerizing in their seeming reality. If you did not know it you would swear you were looking at the textile itself. His wool-wrapped posts are colorful, seemingly totemic objects from the same culture.
Gabriel’s paints ethereal female figures on the pages of the Frankfurt newspaper, citing the Arte Provera movement as an inspiration for his choice of “poor” materials. Gabriel cites Egon Schiele as an inspiration for the limpid women who adorn the paint-saturated newsprint. In a departure from his previous use of jewel-toned figures, Gabriel has embarked on a new series of figures in black and white with bleeds of blue.
We are pleased to announce our first series of artist studio tours. These tours will offer our clients a unique opportunity to meet our artists in person and learn about their process and creative mindset. As clients from our first pop up show we would like to extend to you first choice access to these two events. We will be limiting the number of attendees of each tour to a small group of participants, therefore space to each event is available on a first come RSVP basis.
Southampton, NY—LOOC ART, a new art venture, announces its first exhibition, which features six New York-based contemporary painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. The pop-up gallery on Jobs Lane will feature works from Angie Drakopoulos, Caio Fonseca, Ann Marie Heal, Daniel Hill, Elizabeth Schoettle and Tomas Vu.
Renowned painter Caio Fonseca will present etchings at the show. Fonseca’s etchings reflect his painting technique and “offer inexhaustible details, from wrinkles, ridges and other complex textures he makes in the paint (utilizing implements such as a pie-cutter and piano-turning tools), to a sooty quality to his backgrounds, as if his works had suffered the indignities of Italian smog,” as stated recently in ArtReview magazine.
Based between New York City and Pietrasanta, Italy, Fonseca has studied and worked in Spain, Italy and France since 1987. His paintings have been exhibited internationally in both museums and galleries, and are in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
LOOC ART is also proud to present new work by critically acclaimed artist Tomas Vu. His custom-crafted surf boards are inspired by the Beatles “White” album. Each board is named after a song on the album and features lyrics on one side and Vu’s iconic imagery on the other. Each work of art was hand-carved from Pawlonia, hand-polished and transported to California to be ridden by professional surfers including Kelly Slater off the coast of Los Angeles.
Vu is an American painter, printmaker and installation artist. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship award in 2001. He is currently the director of printmaking and artistic director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts.
In conjunction with the exhibition, LOOC ART recently launched its flagship project, an online art gallery. The website is at the forefront of a new trend for contemporary art collecting, offering online pricing and purchasing of artwork. The continually evolving roster of artists will feature both established and promising emerging painters, sculptors, print-makers and artists of other mediums.
“The art world can be very intimidating and unapproachable. We’ve culled the studios of innumerable artists and present unique works by investment quality artists. We offer them with no attitude and an easy, approachable way of purchasing,” said LOOC ART co-founders Lara McLanahan and Claire Johnston.