November 8, 2014
October 24, 2014
It has arrived.
The magic moment that comes after months and months of work, where you stand back, look at what you’ve made and say to yourself.
|Livol, 2014. Mixed Media on Canvas. 63 x 48 inches. (160 x 120 cm.)|
Every painting has been titled, signed, photographed, and varnished. There is nothing left to do….except drink champagne.
If you need me this weekend, you’ll have to come to Paris and find me at FIAC.
Now that I’m done making my own art, I want to spend some time contemplating other people’s art.
Because that’s what Art Nerds do.
p.s. Do you want updated info on where you can see both my work and myself in person in the coming months? You need to sign up for my Postcard and Event List right here: http://keshabruce.com/2014preview
August 7, 2014
|Hangin’ out and talking shop with Seattle artist Beth Gahan on a personalized tour of her site-specific installation pieces created for Bellwether 2014 Public Art Program.|
|Luki, 2014. Mixed Media on Canvas. 20 x 28 inches. (50 x 70 cm.)|
|Elini, 2014. Mixed Media on Canvas. 24 x 24 inches. (60 x 60 cm.)|
BIG Summer Love,
p.s. The members of my invite list got a sneak peek of all 4 new paintings 3 days ago.
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March 16, 2014
Technically I'm still on my annual blog hiatus, but I thought I'd stop by to share a sneak peek into my studio.
I have about 15 canvases, in various stages of completion, strewn about my studio space.
My work table and studio floor are a jumble of coffee cups, water bottles, sharpie markers, hair ties, nail clippers, rubber bands, half-filled wine glasses, and dirty work clothes.
To say the least, magic is happening!
To be continued...
December 27, 2013
- Attendance at 20+ International Art Fairs.
- 14 artworks acquired by the Smithsonian.
- 12 new paintings shipped across the Atlantic.
- An entire month as an Artist-in-Residence at the CAMAC foundation in France.
- 4 works on view at AQUA Art Miami Art Fair.
- A packed schedule of events and during Art Basel Miami Beach.
- And last but certainly not least, a wildly successful exhibition at Morton Fine Art.
To say the least, 2013 was a great year. But now I’m ready to reward myself with some much needed time off. My gift to myself: A 2-month blog hiatus so I can rest and re-energize.
I love you THIS much!
December 19, 2013
Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the less than ideal weather conditions to see this work. It was my pleasure to share it with you.
Thank you for all of your thoughts, comments, and truly insightful questions during my artist talk.
I can hardly wait to see you all again.
December 13, 2013
In the fall of 2011 I awoke in the early morning hours to see a figure hovering silently at the foot of my bed.
This moment of terror and fascination has been the obsessive focus of my work for nearly two years.
|Kiska 23.6 x 23.6 inches (60 cm x 60 cm.) Mixed media on canvas.|
To date, I have completed nearly 200 works based on The Guardians—a group of solemn, mysterious figures who act as watchers, keepers, and protectors.
For an artist, the opening reception for your new work is always a special occasion, but tomorrow's opening will be especially exciting for me--- I’ll be showing the entire Guardian series together for the very first time.
|Duunas 27.5 x 19.6 inches (70 cm x 50 cm.) Mixed media on canvas.|
Come join me tomorrow for a few hours of fun and celebration.
December 14, 2013 – January 8, 2014.
Opening Reception: December 14th, 2-6 PM. (Artist Talk at 4 PM)
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Avenue NW
Washington DC. 20009
A glass of champagne is waiting for you!
December 9, 2013
This month has a lot to offer when it comes to art viewing on an international scale. My top picks:
"Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of this internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist. Spanning from the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than fifty pieces, including Mutu’s signature large-scale collages as well as video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall drawing, and sculptural installations."Read the New York Times review by Holland Cotter here: http://nyti.ms/1fpAHk9
"The Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America, as well as the home of Hip Hop and Salsa. For the families who have called this borough a home, Orchard Beach remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Lawrence’s portraits of these summertime regulars celebrate the pride and dignity of those who frequent Orchard Beach."
|Simone Leigh. "You Don't Know Where Her Mouth Has Been", 2012. Stonewear, porcelain and wire.|
"I Always Face You, Even When It Seems Otherwise features the work of US-based Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili and American artist Simone Leigh.
The artists will present new works in painting, ceramic and sculptural installation. The pieces further their respective explorations and engagement with disparate, yet overlapping ideas including contact zone, language and lived experiences, as well as in the process and materiality.”You can read an interview with both of the artists here: http://bit.ly/1c48eMY
Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection.
"Curated by art historian and photographer Deborah Willis, Mixing Metaphors is composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works by thirty-six artists. Willis explores visual metaphor through the artists’ varied experiences, visions and techniques.
Body politics, race, class and gender are a few of the topics that surface in these works of art, which depict moments from the extraordinary to the mundane. The title Mixing Metaphors is used to highlight ways in which art and storytelling illuminate and cross reference real life stories and experiences."
“Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. They are as different as the subjects they cover but all share the same passion and commitment to storytelling.
Women of Vision features the work of eleven photographers. From the elegant landscapes of the Mongolian steppes and American West to war torn battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan; from the last great wildernesses of Africa to the lives of people from the Arctic to the Jersey Shore, their stories explore modern realities and what it means to be human in the 21st Century.”
“Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is the first exhibition to survey over fifty years of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean. Black performance has generally been associated with music, theater, dance, and popular culture.
While the artists in Radical Presence draw on these disciplines, here their work is considered in relation to the visual arts. The show begins with examples dating from Fluxus—a loose international network of artists from the 1960s and ’70s—and Conceptual art of the same period, and continues up to the present day.”
So much beauty, so little time.
November 21, 2013
November 14, 2013
|That They Might Be Lovely, 2008. Archival Pigment Print. 9 x 12 inches. Edition of 15.|
|Secrets in the House #2, 2008. Archival Pigment Print. 9 x 12 inches. Edition of 15.|