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NYC Otters:My first solo art show opens this Saturday (May 21)

Old 05-18-05, 01:17 PM
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NYC Otters:My first solo art show opens this Saturday (May 21)

Those of you who know me may recall my thread about taking up painting. Well, I've really gotten into it and am really structuring my life around painting more and more. This Saturday I'm kicking off my very own little mini-show at a wine store in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I'm showing about 10 or 11 paintings of pets. I don't only paint pets, but I wanted the show to have some coherence and it's a very pet-friendly store and neighborhood. I'm having an opening night reception from 5:30-7:30pm on Saturday. Also, the works will be hanging until July 29 (over 2 months!) and can be seen any time the store is open.

If anyone's interested in checking it out, let me know! There's more info at http://www.buskerdog.com
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Old 05-18-05, 04:17 PM
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I was silently groaning, thinking "Oh great, painting pets." But these are really neat. I really like 'Clancy'.
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Heh heh. Yeah, I'm trying to not make them "cutesy." Glad you gave them a chance and discovered that for yourself.
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Good luck! It's scary doing your first show, but exciting too. They are nice paintings, you should do well. If people don't buy them, it's because they have no taste.
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i might be interested in comnissioning a painting... what size are typically?
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Mrs. Danger: Heheh... It's not a "for sale" show. More of a for-fun kinda thing.

j123vt_99: contact me off board, please. I don't mean for this to be an advertising thread.
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Originally Posted by Gil Jawetz
Mrs. Danger: Heheh... It's not a "for sale" show. More of a for-fun kinda thing.

j123vt_99: contact me off board, please. I don't mean for this to be an advertising thread.

i was going to.. i was just curious about size anyway.. figured we could discuss your art... email coming your way
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Old 06-07-05, 11:03 AM
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Holy crap! My show has been listed in New York Magazine in their culture matrix as Brilliant and Highbrow. In fact, it's more highbrow than Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man and roughly as brilliant as the 75th anniversary of the Chrysler Building, my favorite building in New York!



I guess I have to add a press section to my website. This is so cool. I never even sent them any press materials!
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Old 06-07-05, 11:11 AM
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Next time I have to stop by the Broklyn office Ill be sure to check it out!
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Way to go, Gil!
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Thats brilliant Gil, and the pics are awesome.
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congrats... but i think photochop was involved
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I like your self-portrait.

(Not work safe): http://www.buskerdog.com/people000011.html
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Wow, now I really have to go to be a brilliant, highbrow New Yorker ... Congrats.
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Nice work Gil. I like Harry the best I think.. The paintings are very 'fun' looking, nice bright colors. I never could master oils (I only tried a few times), now it's all digital for me, less clean-up.
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Mrs. Danger: Heheh... It's not a "for sale" show. More of a for-fun kinda thing.
I imagine you could get some requests from the show. You're getting pretty good
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Originally Posted by Groucho
[placeholder for gay joke]congrats!


Thanks y'all. I was very surprised to see this in the magazine. So strange.
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So f'ing sweet. Great job Gil!
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When I think of pet paintings, I remember back in art school when a older female student painted her dog and painted the sides of the canvas.

People either bitched about painting an animal or painting the sides of the canvas. We talked about this one painting of a golden retriever for an hour.

You see, my art school (University of North Texas) your paintings depected violence or sex acts. NO ANIMALS unless they were involved in a violent sex act My stuff was more conceptual.

I always thought she had a really good style.

Gil, your pet paintings are top notch. Great use of solid backgrounds to make the pet stand out. Your compositions are excellent and you get a nice expression from the pets too. I think your pet painting are stronger than your people portrats.

BTW - this is my favorite - Otis
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I've had that discussion myself with people who went to art school (I myself did not) and I wondered "Am I doing kitsch?" I ultimately decided to say "screw labels." What I'm doing is heartfelt and honest. I'm not projecting slides of photos onto a canvas and copying them and I'm not painting baskets of kittens in fields of flowers. I'm trying to distill the personalities of each subject down to some basic image and interpret them through my own feelings about pets. I think people realize that and connect with them on some level - otherwise they would just be yet another art project in the crowded world of NYC image saturation. People who "get" it get it, you know?
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Exactly. It's good that your pleased with your work and not hoping others will like it. You do bring a unique look with your paintings.

Good luck with the show and post a recap when it's done.
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