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rosemary feit covey's peep show @ the art league

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

When peering through a keyhole, we consciously know we’re viewing something that wasn’t meant for our eyes, and therefore it becomes exciting and forbidden. Rosemary Feit Covey’s provocative images forces the viewer into the role of voyeur, either by demanding the viewer to observe her engravings through a peep show box, or on a photographer’s light box. Suggestive rather than overtly explicit, her wood engravings subtly deal with obsession on many levels. “Peep and Strip Show” will be featured at The Art League Gallery March 11–April 5, 2010.

The “Strip” series focuses on obsession. The images Covey created are based on the relationship between an actual couple. Tantalizing and a little naughty, the viewer is left wondering what the story is behind these characters. The engravings are printed on Japanese papers and phone book pages, and then the vertical strips are encased in encaustic medium. The strips are presented on a light box like a photographer would use to dry negatives and prints and to view his/her work. When displayed in groups horizontally, the effect is akin to a dark comic book or graphic novel.

In Covey’s “Peep Show” series, she combines the secret, sexual world associated with the modern definition of “Peep Show” with the innocent world of Victorian-era peep show boxes. In order to view the engravings, the viewer must bend uncomfortably to glimpse through the peephole, which forces them into the role of voyeur. The prints in this series are evocative and suggestive rather than blatantly sexual. The boxes themselves are custom designed and beautifully handcrafted by a master cabinetmaker. These peep boxes are replicated and inspired by the elegant peep show boxes circa 1820.

Peep Show boxes date back as far as 500 years ago, designed by artists and scientists to portray a variety of subject matter. During the 18th and 19th Centuries, peep show viewing was a popular and innocent form of street entertainment. By using lenses and mirrors, a private, interior world was created by peering into a mysterious box. The term Peep Show ultimately came to be most closely associated with viewing pornographic films and live sex shows.

Covey’s award-winning work has been exhibited internationally, with featured solo exhibitions in Argentina, Switzerland, and the Butler Institute of American Art. Her work is held in public collections including, the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the New York Public Library Collection of Prints and Drawings; the Papyrus Institute, Cairo, Egypt; the National Library of Australia, Canberra; The National Museum of American History; Georgetown University Library Print Collection; Harvard University Library; and Princeton University Library.

She has been featured in Art in America Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, on BBC America, and on NPR’s ‘Studio 360.’ Covey was a 1998 recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and has been commissioned by The New York Times and The Washington Post and has illustrated many books. She has given lectures at universities in China, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the University of Wyoming, the International Monetary Fund, as well as other institutions in the United States and abroad.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Covey lives in Alexandria, Virginia and works in her studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

In The Art League Gallery:

“Peep and Strip Show,” March 11-April 5, 2010

Opening Reception at Meet the Artist: Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8:00 pm

**Featuring modern dance throughout the evening inspired by Covey’s work.**

**The March 11th event is part of the statewide kick-off event for Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts 2010. Stay tuned for more details!!**

Gallery Hours:

Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.


faber-castell & chicago artist don colley

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Here’s an upcoming event sponsored by Faber-Castell.


sketchbook of the day: tala-sioned's portraiture

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

Tala-Sioned has been posting some marvelous pen sketch portraitures on this site.  Here’s one I especially love with a light rose watercolor background.

leesburg's on a whim antiques

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Alex and I took a February day to celebrate the 2010 Valentine’s and our 3rd wedding anniversary by running a host of errands.  I had seen photographs of the antique store “On a Whim” and wanted to view the interior for myself as they specialize in a combination of shabby-chic and country-cottage items (mostly repainted wood pieces in modern colors).  So on a sunlit Friday we headed out to Leesburg, VA and brought you all back a little piece of what we saw.  On a Whim is situated on an old farm and would be ideal to walk around to view the outdoor enclaves, but we were unable due to the snow.  Maybe next time!!

lange's circle sketchbook featured @ 303 Grand in brooklyn 02/19/10

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

The Sketchbook Project

at 303 Grand in Brooklyn, ny

Hey everyone!

We wanted to remind you that The Sketchbook Project is exhibiting at 303 Grand in Brooklyn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We hope everyone can make it out and see the show!

Also, check out a feature that is running in Time Out NY this week about the exhibition and project! It also features interviews with four NYC based artists who participated.

The Sketchbook Project
Friday, February 18th 8:00-11:00pm (with a Q&A session from 7:00-8:00pm)
Saturday, February 19th 8:00-11:00pm
Sunday, February 20th 12:00-2:00pm

303 Grand
303 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Steven and Shane
Art House Co-op

paula mccartney's bird watching

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6pm-8pm

©Paula McCartney "Bird Watchng (Aqua Tanager)", 2004
KLOMPCHING GALLERY cordially invites you to the opening reception of Bird Watching, the first solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery by Paula McCartney.

Paula McCartney’s Bird Watching series are exemplary, flawlessly composed photographs of a wide variety of perching birds. The diverse species are perfectly posed in a range of picturesque habitats across the United States, in settings that are pure wilderness. However, a closer inspection reveals stiff wire protrusions, over-dyed faux feathers and splashes of paint for eyes and beaks. In her amalgamation of natural settings with craft store songbirds, she has created a carefully enhanced landscape—a bird watcher’s dream.

The work explores how nature and fabricated elements can combine to create a scene that questions what is natural, and whether being so holds any intrinsic importance.

Her first monograph, Bird Watching, is published by Princeton Architectural Press, with a release date of 03/01/10. Signed copies can be pre-ordered by contacting the gallery.

Paula McCartney will discuss her work with Darius Himes (Founding Editor of Radius Books), together with a book signing, on Saturday 6th March, 1:00 pm—2:00 pm.

Paula McCartney (b. 1971) gained an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in California (2002). She has been the recipient of several awards including the MCP/McKnight Photography Fellowship (2007). McCartney’s photographs have been widely exhibited and her work is held in the collections of the Deutsche Bank, Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art and Yale University amongst others. Paula McCartney lives and works in Minneapolis.

Image: ©Paula McCartney, Bird Watching (Aqua Tanager), 2004, C-Print
19” x 19” (image size), Edition of 7



info | +1 212 796 2070
111 Front Street, Suite 206 | Brooklyn NY 11201

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm and by appointment.
Extended Hours: 1st Thursdays DUMBO Gallery Walk, 11am—8:30pm

rebecca ward's interior tape art

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2010 at 5:23 am

I have an automatic search engine established for new art developments in color and the engine has been returning some pretty interesting conceptual art ideas of late.  Here’s Rebecca Ward’s interior design vinyl Tape Art «.  in various colors.  My only question is how do you keep it clean?  Rebecca, a Texan who is in her early 20’s, has also been recorded on a blog called “I Love Sticky Tape“.  The artist maintains her own website here.  Last year she accomplished a solo show in Istanbul.  In addition to running lines of tape, Ward is also experimenting with the movement of tape by suspending it and playing with video enhancements.  

lange pen & ink drawings

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Here is a collection of my pen & ink drawings.  

st. augustine peacocks

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

Here’s a few pics of peacocks in St. Augustine taken by my father (last image far right) over the weekend,  I just had to repost them here – such color and regal bearing!  I know nothing about these birds – are the first images albinos?  Information about the white peacock is here.   A word or two about the Indian Blue Peafowl is here.  Enjoy!

art studio scheme: white, pink & green

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

The white, pink & green interior design scheme is highly feminine, fresh and frilly- flowered in this artist’s studio posted by County Cottage.  I’m always suspect of these types of studios because it’s hard for me to imagine making such a commitment long term to one set of color combinations. I generally like to work with pieces and colors that can be intermixed over a long period of time.  I think of these spaces as initially beautiful and attractive but then the magic just sort of starts wearing off. They remind me of my cousin Christine’s bedroom when we were growing up – her scheme was white, yellow and green (frogs) and had the very same effect.  Always looking so clean and crisp almost like she never even slept there!

What works here is the functional drawer spaces of the converted sideboard and the somewhat retro wood shelf unit which this artist has highlighted with a very sweet pink and red hearts border.  This studio LOOKS like a sewing room or a place dedicated to fabric, even if it is a bit heavy with the wood element with the floor and furniture.  A bit more of the metal element in mirrors or accent pieces would help the balance.  Very clean, crisp, and ultra-feminine, if but a bit on the adolescent side in terms of the design maturity, this artist is thinking about organization, scheme and interplay. Small hints that could help in unifying this design would be rosette ceramic drawer pulls, a continuation of hung lace over the middle shelf of the wall unit, fabric ties on the curtains, and a matching rug on the floor.  I’d also like to see a bit more color on the top shelf of the wall unit, perhaps a pink or green wire fitting form.  

Sideboard in my creative space by Country Cottage.