Two Coats of Paint

Blue State

55 Washington Street, Suite 321

 

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? I can’t. For Blue State, I selected work that reflects my restive state of mind.

 

About the Artists

Matthew Deleget

Matthew Deleget  and his wife Rossana Martinez are the founders of Minus Space, a gallery on Main Street in DUMBO that specializes in reductive abstraction. Matthew’s art practice encompasses several modes of working, including installations, accumulation, and painting. “My work absorbs, digests, and reacts to what I see and hear around me … urban culture, corporate government, news propaganda, unwinnable wars, religious fundamentalism, unconscionable materialism, and more.” In Deleget’s hands, art may be abstract and reductive, but it can still be political.

www.matthewdeleget.com

 

David Mann

David Mann lives in Brooklyn and has maintained a studio in DUMBO for over thirty years. His dark, mysterious paintings walk a nuanced line between abstraction and representation, between the illusion of photographic effects and painterly materiality. He and I share an interest in the character of the painted surface and how it can convey meaning. Here he gaslights viewers into wondering what they are perceiving – a photograph or a painting, a record of something real or imagined.

www.davidmannstudio.com

 

Helen O’Leary

After many years in Brooklyn, Irish painter Helen O’Leary recently relocated to Jersey City.

Her new work is about her own history as a painter, rooted in ruin and failure. “I have disassembled the wooden structures of previous paintings—the stretchers, panels, and frames—and have cut them back to rudimentary hand-built slabs of wood, glued and patched together, their history of being stapled, splashed with bits of paint, and stapled again to linen clearly evident.” To paraphrase Beckett, we can’t go on, we must go on.

www.helenoleary.com

 

Sharon L. Butler

Sharon Butler has been making abstract drawings on a phone app called PicsArt and posting them on Instagram each morning. She says the drawings are like worry beads—working on them keeps her from checking Twitter obsessively for news that impeachment proceedings against the 45th president have begun. She is the publisher and founder of Two Coats of Paint.

www.sharonlbutler.com

 

About Two Coats of Paint

Two Coats of Paint is a NYC-based art project founded in 2007. It includes an award-winning art blogazine, artist residency, small press, and other special initiatives, such as curating this exhibition. Two Coats gained fiscal sponsorship two years ago and has received funding from Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, blogazine reader donations, and an ongoing advertising initiative. Two Coats of Paint is a participant in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program.

www.twocoatsofpaint.com

facebook: 2coatsofpaint , instagram: @twocoatsofpaint , twitter: @twocoats

Two Coats of Paint

Blue State

55 Washington Street, Suite 321

 

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? I can’t. For Blue State, I selected work that reflects my restive state of mind.

About the Artists

Matthew Deleget

Matthew Deleget  and his wife Rossana Martinez are the founders of Minus Space, a gallery on Main Street in DUMBO that specializes in reductive abstraction. Matthew’s art practice encompasses several modes of working, including installations, accumulation, and painting. “My work absorbs, digests, and reacts to what I see and hear around me … urban culture, corporate government, news propaganda, unwinnable wars, religious fundamentalism, unconscionable materialism, and more.” In Deleget’s hands, art may be abstract and reductive, but it can still be political.

www.matthewdeleget.com

David Mann

David Mann lives in Brooklyn and has maintained a studio in DUMBO for over thirty years. His dark, mysterious paintings walk a nuanced line between abstraction and representation, between the illusion of photographic effects and painterly materiality. He and I share an interest in the character of the painted surface and how it can convey meaning. Here he gaslights viewers into wondering what they are perceiving – a photograph or a painting, a record of something real or imagined.

www.davidmannstudio.com

Helen O’Leary

After many years in Brooklyn, Irish painter Helen O’Leary recently relocated to Jersey City.

Her new work is about her own history as a painter, rooted in ruin and failure. “I have disassembled the wooden structures of previous paintings—the stretchers, panels, and frames—and have cut them back to rudimentary hand-built slabs of wood, glued and patched together, their history of being stapled, splashed with bits of paint, and stapled again to linen clearly evident.” To paraphrase Beckett, we can’t go on, we must go on.

www.helenoleary.com

Sharon L. Butler

Sharon Butler has been making abstract drawings on a phone app called PicsArt and posting them on Instagram each morning. She says the drawings are like worry beads—working on them keeps her from checking Twitter obsessively for news that impeachment proceedings against the 45th president have begun. She is the publisher and founder of Two Coats of Paint.

www.sharonlbutler.com

About Two Coats of Paint

Two Coats of Paint is a NYC-based art project founded in 2007. It includes an award-winning art blogazine, artist residency, small press, and other special initiatives, such as curating this exhibition. Two Coats gained fiscal sponsorship two years ago and has received funding from Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, blogazine reader donations, and an ongoing advertising initiative. Two Coats of Paint is a participant in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program.

www.twocoatsofpaint.com

facebook: 2coatsofpaint , instagram: @twocoatsofpaint , twitter: @twocoats

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