Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Embossed | Gallery Molly Krom | New York

Dusk Editions' Embossed
Gallery Molly Krom
Opening 09 July 2015 6pm-8pm
Show dates 09 July 2015 to 19 August 2015
New York, New York
Works-on-paper selected by Ky Anderson for Dusk.

Gallery Molly Krom is pleased to present Embossed, a series curated by DUSK Editions, featuring the work of Shane Drinkwater, Brian Edmonds, Sarajo Frieden, Benjamin Gardner, Yifat Gat, J Grabowski, Molly Herman, Michael Krueger, Emily Noelle Lambert, Meg Lipke, Jason Rohlf, Mason Saltarrelli, Ward Schumaker, Vicki Sher and Debra Smith.



























With a firm belief in the collaboration between gallery and artist, Gallery Molly Krom is transformed into an artist run space from July 9th to Aug 16th. Gallery Molly Krom’s programing has a focus on work on paper and this transfer of space represents a continuum in gallery's aesthetics and beliefs. Both the gallery and Dusk are united by common aesthetic sensibilities and believe in promoting the work of artists with diverse history and exposure.

DUSK Series & Editions is a print studio & gallery, curated and operated by artist Ky Anderson. Embossed started in the DUSK print studio by embossing paper in a consistent pattern. Designed and embossed by Ky Anderson the pattern was intended to complement each artist work while still challenging them, but subtle enough to not dominate the work. Some embraced the pattern, some found it wildly inspiring, some wanted more paper, some ignored the pattern while some repeated it, some struggled and some rejected the surface altogether and pulled out of the show. This series is a result of a group of artists with a knowledge and respect of one another’s work. While there are multiple approaches to the work the artists have allowed themselves to be further connected to one another by engaging in the consistency of the size and texture as their starting point.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Collages | Spring 2015

I've just sent work off to the framers for my upcoming show (September) at the Jack Fischer Gallery. As I often do, after finishing a series of paintings I turn to working on small (10" x 6") collages. Here are some of the latest. Besides these, there are another ten shown on my fine art website.

Djenné 22
























Djenné 21
























Djenné 20
























Djenné 16
























Dogon 06
























Djenné 05
























Mopti 04
























Mopti 03
























Djenné 02
























Snowman


























Friday, June 12, 2015

Mixed Republic | A New Blog from Barcelona

Mixed Republic is a brand new blog by Aida Nogus and Pere Rius of Barcelona. They're passionate about "the magic of printing," and "intense colors, matter, paper, smell, dirty hands..." (among other things).

Right up my alley.

























For an article about my work by  in Spanish:

http://www.mixedrepublic.es/blog/ward-schumaker

For the article in English:

http://www.mixedrepublic.com/blog/ward-schumaker


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DUSK | Galerie Look&Listen | Saint Chamas

Dusk Editions' Embossed
Galerie Look&Listen
Opening 30 May 2015
Saint Chamas, France
Works-on-paper selected by Ky Anderson for Dusk.

























Participating artists: Shane Drinkwater (Australia), Brian Edmonds (US), Benjamin Gardner (US), J Grabowski (US), Molly Herman (US), Michael Krueger (US), Yifat Gat (FR), Emily Noelle Lambert (US), Meg Lipke (US), Jason Rohlf (US), Mason Saltarrelli (US), Ward Schumaker (US), Vicki Sher (US), Debra Smith (US), Sarajo Frieden (US).

Painter Ky Anderson (Brooklyn) embossed blank sheets with an inkless swirl of dashes, distributed them to fifteen artists, who used the sheets as a base for a piece of art. Besides this show in Saint Chamas, similarly created works by the same artists will appear in a show at Gallery Molly Krom in New York, opening 9 July 2015.

Me, I got interested in the swirl (that's how I saw Ky's embossment) to the point that I had to try a couple versions in a larger size:





















Swirl 01, acrylic on paper, 45" x 34"




















Swirl 02, acrylic on paper, 44" x 32"
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Vernissage 30 Mai 2015

Oeuvres sélectionnées par Ky Anderson of DUSK: Shane Drinkwater (Australia), Brian Edmonds (US), Benjamin Gardner (US), J Grabowski (US), Molly Herman (US), Michael Krueger (US), Yifat Gat (FR), Emily Noelle Lambert (US), Meg Lipke (US), Jason Rohlf (US), Mason Saltarrelli (US), Ward Schumaker (US), Vicki Sher (US), Debra Smith (US), Sarajo Frieden (US)


Pour sa nouvelle exposition, la galerie LOOK&LISTEN accueille Ky Anderson, artiste-peintre américaine, qui sera en résidence du 16 au 30 mai à Saint Chamas. L’exposition KY/ DUSK présente des pièces réalisées par Ky Anderson et des œuvres papier de quinze artistes internationaux, une série réalisée sur un papier gaufré dont le précédé a été finalisé dans l’atelier de gravure de Ky Anderson. LOOK&LISTEN les présente en avant-première, la série sera dévoilée intégralement à la galerie Molly Krum de New York dès le 9 juillet.

Les voila:



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Umbilical Cord Is Not Yet Cut

"I think that the rationalization of the vision of things rooted in the work of art is like the demasking of actors. It is the end of the game, it is the impoverishment of the question of the work. Not because art is an anagram with a hidden key; philosophy is this same anagram––solved. The difference is more profound. In the work of art the umbilical cord is not yet cut that joins it to the whole of the problem. The blood of the mystery is still circulating; the ends of the vessels escape into the surrounding night and return full of a dark fluid. In a philosophical interpretation we now have only extracted an anatomical specimen for an entire problem."

In a letter from Bruno Schulz to his friend Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, as quoted in Regions of the Great Heresy by Jerzy Ficowski (W. W. Norton 2003)


















Please visit my fine art website:
https://ward-schumaker.squarespace.com

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Newly-Painted Bandiagara Sculptures

I repainted two of the Bandiagara sculptures I'd  worked on last summer. They now seem more related to the Dogon sacrificial altars that inspired them. Each is six-foot tall, polychrome wood. To see the old version, visit here: Bandiagara 01 and Bandiagara 02. (I left Bandiagara 03 just as I'd painted it earlier.)

Bandiagara 01































Bandiagara 02





Friday, April 10, 2015

Fine Art Website | Upcoming Events

I’ve just put together a website of my paintings, hand-painted books, sculptures and collage:
https://ward-schumaker.squarespace.com











In the 10 years I’ve exhibited, I’ve been fortunate enough to hang one-man shows in galleries I admire in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Nashville. In 2013, San Francisco Chronicle critic Kenneth Baker named my show at Jack Fischer Gallery one of the ten best shows in the Bay Area of that year.














In late April, Jack Fischer will include 2- and 3-dimensional work at Art Market San Francisco.
In May I’ll appear in a group show, Embossed, at Look & Listen in Saint Chamas, France; and in June at Gallery Molly Krom in New York City (both shows organized by Brooklyn artist Ky Anderson).
In September, I’ll show all new work in a one-man show at Jack Fischer.
And in March-April, 2016, a show at Zeitgeist in Nashville.
















I hope you’ll take time to visit the website:
https://ward-schumaker.squarespace.com