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Looking Closely, Observing Deeply — James Patrick Reid is an artist and art lecturer. Until he starts talking about art, he is a man of few words. The words, when they come, are carefully considered, usually revelatory. In his first pass through the entries, Reid selected 56 artworks by 54 artists. When asked about the work over all, he said, “The relations among the shapes, expressing the depth, the volumes and the life of the figures, impressed me with their strength.” The next job was to narrow it to 30 for the N*des-of-the-Month June 2011 calendar. Because it was such a struggle, almost agonizing, Barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen, is sending a note of encouragement to the artists whose work was in the first pass but not in the final calendar.
Even though the selection process is totally on the computer with no hand-written notes required as in the past, it was long and deliberate. About the all-electronic selection, Reid said, “It’s fun, I’m enjoying it.” Continuing, Reid deliberated again as he selected the Curators’ Choice nominees. He chose Despair (carbon/charcoal) by Cynthia Angeles of Washington, DC, Day (oil) by Daniel Maidman (New York), Seated Erick (acrylic) by Paul Rybarczyk (New York), Siesta (sculpture) by Carmiah Frank (New York) and Reclining 2, (pastel) by Sara Swan of Los Angeles, California. The final step was to choose the artwork which launches the month. Reid chose the drawing by Cynthia Angeles.
Skeen asked Reid to say a few words about his picks for the Curators’ Choice. About Despair, he thought for a while, composing this thoughts and then said:
The gesture of the figure is powerfully felt in the foreshortened space she occupies relative to the placement of the dark vertical and the shaded plane of the table. Also, there is a great rhythm connecting the clockwise movement of her arms with the ovoid form of the cushion and her breasts and thighs. This works in two and three dimensions simultaneously. The cloth hanging at the top of it forms the necessary contrast to the clockwise rotation of her upper body and the counter-clockwise thrust of her knees....[some hesitation] The more I look at it, the more I could talk about it.
Due to time constraints, and also due to Reid’s in-depth rather than broad-brush approach, it was not possible to get his thoughts for each of the Curators’ Choice nominees. However, with James Reid’s words as a guide, it might be even more beneficial for the artists and art lovers alike to try to see the calendar art for themselves in terms of two and three dimensions, thrusts and rhythms.
Five pieces in the June calendar are being retired, four of them by Barebrush Featured artists: Tranquility by art photographer Anthony Gordon of Toronto, Canada, Woman in Window, a watercolor by New York artist, Emily Steadman, Deconstruction by Guenther Knop, a German art photographer living and working in New York and Model, an oil painting by Robert Nizamov of Moscow, Russia. Untitled, an oil painting by Darien Bird of Boston, Massachusetts is also retiring. As of this calendar, these particular artworks have been chosen by three curators, so they are officially “retired with honors” from the art calendar competitions.
Three artists are making their “calendar debut,” Jacqueline Saunders of Burke, Virginia, with Laurie’s Back, an ink and wash drawing, Andrew Ek of Chicago, Illinois with his oil painting, Nude with Red Towel, no 1 and Patricia Hannaway from Menlo Park, California with her charcoal/carbon drawing, Bella.
The 30 artists represented in June, 2011, in day order are:
1* Cynthia Angeles, 2 Jean Marcellino, 3 Sharon Sieben, 4 Robin Kappy, 5 Tim Brian McSweeney, 6* Profile Deleted, 7 Guenter Knop, 8 Christopher Smith, 9 Bill Foote, 10 Emily Stedman, 11 Andrew Ek, 12* Paul Rybarczyk, 13 Gil Conradis, 14 Anthony Gordon, 15* Carmiah Frank, 16 Darien Bird, 17 Patricia Hannaway, 18 Christian Beels, 19 Robert Nizamov, 20 Michael Seif, 21 Sandro La Ferla, 22 Tai Lin, 23* Sara Swan, 24 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 25 Harald Grote, 26 Ilene Skeen, 27 Jacqueline Saunders, 28 Name Withdrawn, 29 Angelique Moselle Price, 30 C. Charles Wang.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*
), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes. You can also vote for “My Favorite N*
de,” the poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artists in “My Favorite N*
de” receive one (1) complementary listing. Winners announced July 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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*Curators' Choice nominee.
Nominees for the N*de-of-the-Month were selected by the guest curator as Curator's Choice. All barebrush curators have an opportunity to rank the Curator's Choice in their own special poll. Winners determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular votes.