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Hunt Slonem: Obsessed with Rabbits

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 4, 2016

Set within vast collectibles from Victorian porcelains to American Gothic furniture, his works are truly a “feast for the eyes.” Slonem is featured in the exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art through November 4th.

Born in the Year of the Rabimg_1988bit, New York City based artist and lifestyle trendsetter Hunt Slonem has an unusual daily routine. He paints rabbits on wood or Masonite for a half-hour after his morning cup of coffee. Once ‘warmed-up,’ Slonem is a creative force of nature.

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Andy Warhol and Soup

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Franklin Hill Perrell, Artful Circle

Andy Warhol’s most acclaimed and iconic image is the Campbell Soup can, an image which has become virtually synonymous with his artistic identity. First hand drawn, and later captured in silhouette through silkscreen stencils, he has revisited it throughout his career. The earliest versions date from 1962 and they defined the style of the Pop Art movement: flat, frontal, boldly colored, and iconic in their familiarity from everyday life. According to Robert Indiana, Warhol painted Campbell soup because he liked the product. The same held true with his subjects like Coca Cola and money. Continue reading Andy Warhol and Soup

Rachel Lee Hovnanian: Breakfast Cereal with a Message

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Debbie Wells, Artful Circle

dsc_0020Contemporary artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian explores modern America’s obsession with sweet breakfast food in a box. Seemingly wholesome and convenient, sugar cereals have been an important staple in every household for decades. This mixed media installation demonstrates their seductive qualities with colorful and cheerful packaging oozing a glittery white substance throughout, but with a deeper message.

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Richard Gachot: Sculpting Whimsy from Found Objects

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Debbie Wells, Artful Circle

In making his first pieces, Richard Gachot worked like a traditional sculptor in the Middle Ages: carving wood with hammer and chisel. The next stage of Gachot’s stylistic evolution began with the inclusion of a few ready-made elements, such as metal, wire, rope, or thread. As he progressed, he increasingly embraced the use of found objects. The artist explains, “These objects of different sizes, shapes, and textures are like tubes of paint. They are another medium to work with.”

Fruit Platter, 1975, was inspired by a wedge of wood spotted beside the service road of the Long Island Expressway. Richard Gachot picked it up, thinking it looked like a piece of watermelon, and painted it red and green. Placing it with other carved and painted fruit on a wooden platter, he created an image of abundance reminiscent of the first generation of American still life artist. Continue reading Richard Gachot: Sculpting Whimsy from Found Objects

Al Hirschfeld: Illustrator of an Era

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Debbie Wells, Artful Circle

img_1975Al Hirschfeld (1903 – 2003) was an American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie and television actors, Broadway stars and other celebrities. His drawings mostly consisted of pure line in black ink, into which Hirschfeld dipped not a pen, but a genuine crow’s quill. He also worked in gray washes and later with color.

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Feasting on the Art of Party Food

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Franklin Hill Perrell, Artful Circle

Let’s talk about the three essential food groups: pizza, spaghetti, and hot dogs.

When people get together for a party, caution is often thrown to the wind, and whether in a city loft (Janet Fish), outdoor picnic (Philip Pearlstein), fun food and lots of animated chat is essential. And naturally, the subject makes for great narrative art. Continue reading Feasting on the Art of Party Food

Dana Sherwood: Art and the Ecosystem

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and  Dining
Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

 

dsc_0053In 2015, artist and former baker, Dana Sherwood hosted her own unique brand of dinner party. Her mission was not to throw the typical catered affair, but to show the impact of food on both man and wild animal, and to illustrate the concept of “Anthropocene,” a controversial term that challenges the destructive role humans play in the destabilization of nature. Continue reading Dana Sherwood: Art and the Ecosystem

Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining

Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Franklin Hill Perrell, Artful Circle

Artists since Caravaggio and Rembrandt have needed to paint something that doesn’t move, and that’s also a cheap model. Still life affords artists endless visual interest, and if its food, after the painting session concludes, the artist can eat the subject. Continue reading Feast for the Eyes: Art Inspired by Food and Dining

Abstract Figuration: Ben Schonzeit

On view at the Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 6, 2016

By Debbie Wells, Artful Circle

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Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Ben Schonzeit fondly remembers his childhood days consisting of idyllic times and the familiar objects that filled his home. There, the pint-sized boy child prodigy amazed the neighborhood with his relentless interest in art. When he graduated from the prestigious Cooper Union in New York City, at that time, Abstract Expressionism was the newest trend and he was thrilled to be in Manhattan—the stomping grounds of the greats of the time, like Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman. Continue reading Abstract Figuration: Ben Schonzeit

Artist Spotlight: Dave Peikon and His Solo Exhibition

“20 Years at the Easel, Adventures in Neuroplasticity”
The Art League of Long Island (107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, www.artleagueli.org)
September 17 through October 2, 2016

by Debbie Wells, Artful Circle  

David Peikon is a man who sets a goal for himself and knows how to makes things happen.

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