See Bio and Statement after event postings.
Current Events and selected prior events, gallery, and museum exhibitions.
JUNE 2014 MASQUERADE | AIGA PHILADELPHIA ANNUAL GALA AND SILENT AUCTION
MAY 2014 P58/059 Road Marking /May 2014 Platform58 Publications
APRIL 2014 ANIMATE AIGA SPACE coinciding with Philly Tech Week, and continuing through the month of April. Alongside Lenticular prints and projections of the work, we will be covering SPACE with QR codes for a new kind of interactive gallery experience! VIDEO
APRIL 2014 AIGA Philadelphia SPACE, 72 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Gary Koenitzer’s digital character ” Symmetra ” QR coded to your phone! Intro to Net Art Collection
OCTOBER 2013 ARTnude PHILLY is a city-wide, two week benefit show to raise cancer awareness. Over 40% of all the proceeds will be donated directly to the Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, with the other 60% of proceeds benefitting local artists. The show will run from October 19th to November 2nd, with an opening reception at the James Oliver Gallery. The reception will be on October 19th at 7 PM.
MAY 2013 SEE.ME presents Creatives Rising October, 2013 Jackson Ave Long Island City, NY 11101
Exhibiting ” Two Sides to Every Story ” in New York City
SEPTEMBER 2013 JAMES OLIVER GALLERY 723 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA presents “A Koenitzer Affair” A rare three person art show of Gary, Nicole and Dana Koenitzer together under one roof! On Exhibit Sept 7th – Oct 7th
SEPTEMBER 2013 PRETTY IN PUNK” Feat. Pretty Pretty Rebel by Leah Delfiner James Oliver Gallery Friday Sept 6th 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT) Philadelphia, PA ( A sneak peak of A Koenitzer Affair ) will be on the walls !
MAY 2013 JERSEY ARTS featured artist on Discover Jersey Arts Click DJA Cosponsored by NJ council on the arts May 2013
APRIL 2013 TRENTON CITY MUSEUM – ELLARSLIE MANSION in Cadwalader Park
Trenton, New Jersey
Linear Mix Painting titled ” NY Nanosecond WINS “Honorable Mention ” April 2013
JANUARY 2013 PERKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Moorestown, NJ Photography 32 Juried Exhibition January 2013
Philadelphia SPACE gallery 2nd Street Philadelphia December 2012
AIGA Philly “Speakeasy” Soirée and Silent Auction. December 2012
Alberta Gallery St. Petersburg Russia Exhibiting 8 art works. December 2012
Medford Arts Center juried exhibtion, October 2012, Medford NJ.
Time Square NYC exhibition short video “Chashama” released July 2012. New York, New York.
Exhibited at a ground breaking event titled “Art Takes Times Square ” in concert with the Times Square Alliance, Chashama and Artists Wanted. Several of the most iconic video signs in Times Square were made into an immense continuous display of art. Hosted by Questlove of the Roots | Special Performance by Twin Shadow. June 18 2012
Exhibited at the Artists Wanted VIP after party featuring Questlove of The Roots / House band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. June 18th 2012. New York, New York.
SHAZAM, MAC exhibition, 2012, Medford NJ. ( Dream Weaver -First prize winner of this event )
McGOPA, SPP Galleries, juried art exhibition, Philadelphia Inquirer Building, Conshohocken, PA
Perkins Center of the Arts, juried photography 31 Exhibition, Moorestown NJ 2012
Selected Exhibitions 2011 and prior
APW Gallery, juried art exhibition, Something Different, New York, New York
Washington’s Square, 70th Anniversary, juried art exhibition, New York, New York
Kimmel Center, Summer Solstice, juried art exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Icebox Crane Arts Center, InLiquid juried art exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Hampton Arts Conventions Center, juried art exhibition, Halls of Art, Hampton, VA
The Noyes Museum of Art, juried art exhibition , DA Seven, Hammonton, NJ
*Medford Art Center, Multiple juried photography and art exhibitions, Medford, NJ
Awarded first, second, third and honorable mention prizes by the MAC in past 4 years
F.U.E.L Collection, juried art exhibition, Grand Small Works, Philadelphia, PA
DaVinci Art Alliance, juried art exhibition, New Concepts, Philadelphia, PA (4 Exhibitions)
Philadelphia Stories Auction, Bidding for Good, Philadelphia PA
The Enclaves, Duel art exhibition, “The Art of Gary and Nicole Koenitzer “, Philadelphia, PA
Muse Gallery, juried art exhibition, Small Works Show, Philadelphia, PA
Rock, Paper, Scissors Gallery, juried art exhibition, Two, Asbury Park, NJ
Tyme Gallery, Expo XI juried photography exhibition, Havortown, PA
Artbride Prallsville Mill Gallery, juried art exhibition, Stockton, NJ (3 Exhibtions)
Duane Morris, Legal Clinic for disabled Art Auction, Philadelphia, PA
Sassafras, Duel art exhibition, Gary and Nicole Koenitzer Philadelphia, PA
Gallery 125, juried art exhibition, Winterlude, Trenton, NJ (5 Exhibitions 2006 -2009)
Kate Lemay Gallery, Duel exhibition, Gary and Nicole Koenitzer, Medford, NJ 2006
Red Sky, Duel art exhibition, Gary and Nicole Koenitzer, Philadelphia, PA
Newark NJ Gateway Complex, juried art exhibition Newark, NJ
Omar’s Cafe, First Friday Show, Byrn Mawr, PA
Philadelphia First Friday events. Nicole and I have been regulars since 2007 !
Featured on 30-minute segments of Princeton’s cable TV30 talk show Talk to Me with host Natasha Sherman Topic: “Artists- from obscurity to a house hold name”
Television: Featured on 30-minute segments of Princeton’s cable television’s TV30 talk show Talk to Me with host Natasha Sherman. Topic: “The art of Gary and Nicole Koenitzer”
Painting titled “Guggenheim” published on the cover of award winning book titled “Mad to Live” by Randall Brown | MORE INFO
Painting titled “The Script” Published in aroundphilly.com, June 2011, Philadelphia MORE INFO
platform58, Eyes, Issue 018, e-zine | MORE INFO
Sally Friedman, Medford exhibit examines creativity and genetics, Courier Post , August 14, 2010, New Jersey
Mac asks: Is art in the ‘Jeans’?, South Jersey Local News , July 21, 2010, New Jersey
platform58, Paint, Issue 015, e-zine
Metro International Press, The Art Gets Serious, Bruce Wals
South Jersey Magazine, The Art of Medicine, Volume 6 Issue 5, New Jersey
Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2009, Philadelphia, PA
Art Matters, January/February, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Stories, Winter 2006, Philadelphia, PA
Le May, Kate, Artist to Artist, Ovations Newsletter, February, Medford, New Jersey
Philadelphia Stories, Winter 2006, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Stories, Summer 2006, Philadelphia, PA
Le May, Kate, Artist to Artist, Ovations Newsletter, February, Medford, New Jersey
Courier Post, July, New Jersey
Arist Interview with James Oliver Gallery
Rather than a typcial artist statement or Bio have provided the text of my interview with the James Oliver Gallery in June of 2013. I believe it provides a better perpective of who I am as an artist and what I feel about the art world in general.
Why is art your outlet ?
When I was very young and during the cold winters of Pennsylvania, I became fascinated with art as a form of escape. I first developed a powerful love for the outdoors as part of my life on a grand country estate. It was set on hundreds of acres just teaming with vast hill top vistas, rivers, streams, forests, lighting bugs and blinking stars at night. I found it all incredibly fascinating and vibrant. I went outdoors as often as possible just to be part of it all. But during the coldest parts of the winter I was more confined to the indoors after a couple hours of sledding and snow ball fights. Reading and TV were good but were too passive. I looked for a deeper personal interaction, physical activity and most of all open invention. Art was the instant answer. I could escape the confinement of the walls of my house and explore or literally create vast unknown territories. This awareness itself, that being I could create any kind of visual world I wanted too within infinite possibilities became a driving force within me. I did not want to recreate exactly what I saw however. I wanted to create my own interpretation of this world and its people.
I know you’ve been interested in art from a very young age (7 or so ) Who were the artist that fascinated you then, and who interests you now?
Then: Picasso, Mattisse, Pollock , Duchamp, Wharhol, kahlo, Dweck, Calder, Polke, Dubuffet, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Koons, Ansel Adams.
Now: Olafur Eliasson, Agustin Reche Mora, Hockney, Julian Opi, Banksy, Turrell, Richard Prince, Richard Serra, David Burdeny, Langley Fox, Elizabeth Peyton, Juan Francisco Casas, Marjetica Potrc, Sophie Calle, Fracis Alys, Jeff Wall, Gurskey, Antony Gormley, Doug Aitken, Yoko Ono, James Mylne, Yayoi Kusama, Dayanita Singh, Craig McDean, Francois-Xavier Marciat, Mona Hatoum, Sture JoHannesson, Nicole Koenitzer, Petra Cortright, Dana Koenitzer.
What is the biggest inspiration behind you art ?
The art work of the great artists of the world as well as the act of creation itself. I remember reading at a young age Jacob Bronkowski’s book ” The ascent of man”. The focus was about how we as a species have distinguished ourselves through invention. In it he wrote ” While animals leave behind fossils of their being humans leave behind those things they create “. He went on to note that all human cultures were ultimately defined by those things created unique to them and other wise known as their culture. This one thought was the first tenor of my fascination with this uniquely human ability. Being creative seems to have a enigmatic purpose along with it being fun and rewarding to invent something new. For those looking for purpose I believe this is it.
How has your process changed over time?
When I first started to paint I loved creating abstractions. Pollock really inspired me in that he got up and was physically moving and dripping paint onto the canvas as part of his process. I loved the random symmetry and action of it all. I did things in a similar way perhaps yet with even more action than Pollock. My early work looked like the paint had been blasted from a cannon onto the canvas. I was very exclusive to this process as well as never wanting a recognizable object in my work for some time. I have gone through many phases since then leading up to the process of linear mix. Oddly when I became a full time artist it was as if I could no longer do non objective work. It was the past for me in a way. So I decided to paint portraits of artists whom had inspired me yet to paint them in my own style and not theirs. Then I created my artist as art series. After this I then started to explore new mediums and that brought about a new process. Once I discovered aluminum and ink I was on a roll. This also resulted in my returning to non objective work along with continuing with portraits and expanding into abstracted minimal landscapes and figurative work. Then I mixed in digital painting tools and photography which further expanded my process, style and type of work.
You use uncommon media in your pieces. What made you choose those media, (i.e. Aluminum, Fluorescent ) rather than traditional ones?
From the very beginning I felt traditional paint media was done and complete. I wanted to invent something new. So my first step was to not use traditional paint in the way it was primarily used in the past. I did not want to learn how traditional artists painted. I did not think there was a right way to paint. As an artist I felt it was my mission to create my own way to paint and create new kinds of art in general. I started mixing other mediums with some of the traditional paints like oil with aluminum or ink with acrylic then experimenting until I found a color and texture which for me had something new about it. A few paint manufactures also experimented with making new types of paint such as fluorescence and also ink markers. I would immediately explore these new products.
How do you think modern day technological advances has shaped and/or changed art.
Technology advances have always been the greatest influence on society since Mesopotamia. Fundamentally art creation has been expanded exponentially with technology development and growth. It’s influence on art is massive. If you take just one aspect of art, for example such as hue, the present day artist can select from hundreds of thousand of choices. Software tools virtually allow the artist to create an infinite set of hues. Computer software control over light and wavelengths are so precise and refined it is absolutely amazing. An artist of the first half of the twentieth century would need years to hand mix every possible hue of just one color. Today you can roll though them with a mouse or touch pad in minutes. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. When you combine all the technology available from digital tablets to creative software suites to smart phones, a whole new breed of artists, art and categories of art are and will continue to emerge. The greatest influence technology has of all on art is not however the new tools it brings but rather the Internet providing greater world wide access to it. And it is no surprise there are many new categories of art in this twenty first century that did not exist in the past directly due to technology advances. This fact is yet another present day inspiration for me given these new tools and capabilities were not available to artist of just fifty years ago.
Please explain your ” linear mix” Style.
My linear mix style comes from a childhood memory. At the time I was being taught how to write in block style printing. Then one day I noticed a letter sent by my father from abroad. He of course wrote in cursive letters. Then I notice my mother sitting at a desk and writing in cursive. Her hand just moved over the paper in a smooth, natural float. It looked easy and fun unlike the more deliberate movements of block lettering. I wanted to do this and thinking it was easy I just started moving my pencil over the paper in squiggly like patterns thinking it would just happen. What came out was a pretty interesting Chinese looking kind of fragmented lines. I wrote several pages of it thinking I had mastered this cursive style. I of course did not need to be told it was just gibberish but it felt like something very cool to me. Something about both its look and natural feel letting my fingers and hand relax and creating these expressive lines was magical. Many years later I realized they were in fact a kind of symmetry like a Fibonacci sequence. I would continue to do this as a type of doodling for several years and then one day just stopped. Yet something about the look, ease and natural unconscious flow was unforgettable. This feeling began to haunt me years later when attempting to paint more realistic type paintings. The kind of hard concentration one needs to create a familiar face was a completely different feeling. I did not necessarily like it. So one day while painting a portrait I just let go. I remembered this movement and feeling and attempted to draw a face this way. It worked. That was the birth of linear mix. To start with free flowing fragmented lines to shape the content of a subject and then fill in the shading with random color leaving an array of spaces for the viewer to fill with their own imagination. That’s it.
How do you feel about contemporary art?
I think present day art could not be more explosive or diverse. It is fascinating that all of it together is beyond a complete definition at the moment. There is some regression going on too as part the vintage craze. Some art movements considered over are still alive. Such as plein air, impressionism, abstractions and pop art. A surprising number of present day artists are still doing this very oddly making it part of present day art. But are we lacking new movements ? No, at last count more than 25 new movements have been noted for the 21st century. Two movements I like most called Post-post modernism and Metamodernism take on scale like nothing before it. Like Olafur Eliasson’s Brooklyn water falls for example. As Timotheus Vermeulen often writes that there is an oscillation, a swinging or swaying with and between future, present and past, here and there and somewhere; with and between ideals, mindsets, and positions. This observation is very evident to me everywhere. I can truly feel it. If someone were to ask me to explain what is Metamodernism is simple English, I would say it is the a constant repositioning, oscillation and mixing of any thing including one’s feelings and thoughts. Such as the past with the present or polar opposites of mediums, textures and values. This is what I am doing with linear mix. This is culturally happening right now around the globe with no actual explanation and I like it. There is a concurrency of opposite acceptance in lyrics and human relationships such as the work of Davichi. Contemporary art is so vast however I don’t believe the general public and many present day artist can readily recognize it. There has always been a larger proportion of people who are more comfortable with what is known and done rather than the new and unexplained. This is human nature. But I remain optimistic that the historical time lag between public recognition of a new contemporary art movement and the actual time the art work was created will be far less than in the past. This is because the speed at which information travels around the world continues to accelerate. There is also a greater acceptance of the concurrency of non similar art and thought as well. A painting that actually captures the reality of concurrent emotions is on the drawing board for me. However even the planing phase of this concept is time intensive.
What do you see for the future of your art, and the art in general ?
I plan to make my art more portable, durable and affordable as a practical matter at one level. My experimentation will hone in on an open aesthetic perspective. I am looking for more reserve and calm in my art. I will most definitely grow my digital art as it is the most sought after of all the work I do. I want to dive into the Metamodernism movement as for the first time in my history I will actually attempt to be part of a movement. However my outside everything else genre will stay the core of my theme. What you just read might be considered Metamodernism literature. Art Biennales attendance keeps increasing at a steady pace. Some have become mega events getting half a million attending in one day. Art Basel is stronger than ever. Art Basel Miami has exceeded 50,000 attending the last two years. Major Art auction houses continue to break previous sale records regardless of economic waxes and wanes. The number of artists making a living with their art keeps increasing while the list of art millionaires also continues to increase. The role of the artist in society continues to get recognized and supported by the public and government with grants, events and aggressive private collectors. The value of design skills is getting wider acknowledgement especially in the housing and web development industry. Affordable individual ecommerce now on smart phones puts artists in business with ease. Access to art has increased at an immeasurable amount with the wide distribution and use of the Internet. Access energy and delivery/exposure is the driver of the future. Portable, durable and affordable fits the streamlined new art collector with a tight budget well opening art up to all income levels. What I call lofty art that being collectable art which has become something akin to corporate stock will remain the playground of the worlds most wealthy. There is nothing at all wrong with this as what has the most “intrinsic value” among any culture can not also be affordable to everyone. This could only occur in a society that does not use any measurement of value of any thing. However art collectors of this century will change to include just about anyone. More artist will emerge and get significant recognition than any century before. This is of course only my crystal ball forecast and intuitive premonition.
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