Lucky me- the very day we flew into NYC for our most recent visit to the States was the same day as the Art Walk in Chelsea. This meant almost all of the galleries were open, and the ones serving wine were actually crowded. There was an interesting glass exhibit, and a few good painting shows as well.
Here are some pictures from the Judith Schaechter show at the Claire Oliver gallery on W.26th. It was a surprise to see such an old artform being celebrated in this contemporary gallery.
Although I am not into the content of these works, the process employed is quite remarkable. There were layers of paint and sandblasted areas on the front and back of each piece of glass. The hours of labor here might only be known to someone that has worked with glass…I would never have the patience! Think tiny meticulous paintings with chemical powder that will change color, firing each piece in a kiln, stenciling and blasting off only a fine layer of glass to leave another layer, all before building and soldering the panels! Check out her website for more artworks.
I was also happy to spot some artworks by Herb Jackson on show at another gallery. I discovered him on the fantastic artistic resource website, Artsy, and love his use of color to make abstractions I find reminiscent of geological strata. He will be having a solo show at Claire Oliver in September- seems like Claire and I have similar taste in art!
A few more shots from the Art Walk- big thanks to Eric Thomas, Sim Whatley, and Julia Howe for trekking the streets with me.