Studio News | Summer 2013

Hello friends. I hope this note finds you well and transitioning smoothly into all that is summer! Here is some news from the studio.

Benefit Exhibition for BALLETX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia

Something good always happens around Bridgette Mayer’s invitational summer benefit exhibitions. I’m participating for the third time with two new paintings. Bridgette specifies a fixed 12″ square format for her benefit shows. It’s the only time I work in a square format, so the paintings I make for the shows are relatively unique.

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX
July 9 — August 9, 2013
Reception: Friday July 12, 6-8:30
Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia


Tiger Strikes Art Museum — a Pay-As-You-Wish Wednesday Evening Happening

The venerable Philadelphia Museum of Art has invited Tiger Strikes Asteroid members to create contemporary responses to works in the Museum’s collection. This unique experience will feature sound installation, an audio tour, and live performance art. I am contributing to the audio tour part of the program, talking about three works in the collection that have personal significance to the development of my work. (You have to go to find out which…)

Tiger Strikes Art Museum
Wednesday, July 31, 5-8pm
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Reason and Romance at 6b Gallery, Elingen, Belgium

CURRENTLY ON VIEW just outside Brussels. This is an summer group exhibition organized by Alain Biltereyst, a new artist friend and kindred spirit. It’s a great international lineup of artists.

Reason and Romance
On view through July 21, 2013
6b Gallery
Oudenaaksestraat 6b, 1671 Elingen, Belgium


ICE WATER FLYSWATTER at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia

This is my first curatorial effort for Tiger Strikes Asteroid, featuring a stellar lineup and some terrific, rigorous, colorful, not to mention FUN abstract painting. I dare say it’s one of the best reasons to come see art in Philadelphia in August. (You can still catch the Ellsworth Kelly at the Barnes while you’re at it.)

ICE WATER FLYSWATTER — Abstract painting on holiday in the Philadelphia summer
curated by Douglas Witmer
August 2 — September 1, 2013
Reception: Friday August 2, 6-10pm
Tiger Strikes Asteroid
319A North 11th Street, Suite 2H
Philadelphia PA

Alain Biltereyst (Belgium)
Mary Bucci McCoy (MA)
Donald Martiny (NC)
Cary Smith (CT)
Mark Wethli (ME)
Paige Williams (OH)
–with a special poem/drawing by Ian White Williams commissioned for the show

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(image above: Cary Smith, “Splat #25”)


MORE UPCOMING SHOWS — details forthcoming
Correspondence, group exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, August 9 — September 9
Why Not?, International Biennale of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France, September
CITYWIDE–a collective exhibition, Philadelphia, November
Eccentric Geometries (working title), group exhibition, Rowan University, NJ, November