Year of the Rooster

Recently I was interviewed by Cy Musiker for the KQED Arts section on their web page as part of his review of a show at the Juan Fuentes Gallery  titled “Creation & Resistance: Printmaking in Dark Times”. The piece in question, “Year of the Rooster” was not reproduced in the article (!), so here it is. The Latin on the scroll reads: “The World Wishes to be Deceived” (Thank you, James Branch Cabell), which is really what the piece is about, more than just Trump per se. You can see the article here: https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/03/21/political-prints-pull-no-punches-at-juan-r-fuentes-gallery/ .

You can also visit the exhibit at the gallery at Accion Latina at 2958 24th Street (between Harrison and Alabama), Tues through Sat, 11 AM to 5PM through April 7th.

Year of the Rooster (2″x 2″) etching with watercolor

March News

I am currently having a solo exhibit this March at the Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I was subject of an article in the Nashville Monthly Arts Magazine about the exhibit, which will continue through April 1st. Images included in the show can be accessed at piggybackapponline.com.

So far this year, I have been a recipient of both a Purchase Award and Jurors Award at the Sixty Square Inches 18th North American Small Print Exhibition at the Purdue University Galleries, and the Lindquist Purchase Award at the 2016 Delta Small Prints Exhibition at the Bradbury Art Museum in Jonesboro, AR.

The eight copies of my new book, The Coming of the Cocklicranes, or His Kingdom Restored are now all bound and available, currently for the price of $1500.00. However, due to the small edition size, the price will increase as more copies are sold.  Don’t be left out! I am currently working on two new etchings, including the my take on the next Goltzius engraving in his series of four, featuring the shortcomings of Tantalus. Look for it this summer.

A Cocklicrane (from the cover)

Open Studios 2015

I hope that you  will be able to make time in your Busy Schedules to visit me on the occasion of this year’s San Francisco Open Studios at which, in addition to exhibiting with four other accomplished printmakers (see below), I will be premiering The Coming of the Cocklicranes or His Kingdom Restored, a limited edition artist book featuring four etchings by the same name (now taking pre-publication orders!). Of course, as you have come to know and expect, a vast sampling of those pieces of paper smashed into polished copper plates which have been defaced with scratches and rudimentary chemistry will also be on display. Refreshments will be served.
WHERE–Gruenwald Press, 1663 Mission Street, San Francisco (entrance on Plum Street), identified with a prominent festively colored yellow sign reading “Gruenwald Press”. See map link for the secret entrance on “Plum Street“. http://mapq.st/1LAdN7Q
WHEN–October 31 to November 1, 11 AM to 6 PM
Reception (party!) October 30, 5:30 to 8:30 PM
WHO--Kathy Aoki, David Avery, Jonathan Barcan, Susan Belau, John Gruenwald
Please Note: there is regrettably a flight of stairs which has to be negotiated in order to reach the studio, HOWEVER, if needed, the freight elevator is easily accessible and can be utilized by calling 415-734-0376 and waiting patiently…

I hope to see you the weekend of the 31st.
detail: The Coming of the Cocklicranes No. 4

Open Studios and News 2014

Yes, I will be returning to Open Studios this year with the Bay Printmakers at Ft. Mason. If you have not had a chance to view my print and book, Obeliscolychny, this will be an excellent opportunity. New this time around will be my contribution to the Al Mutanabbi Street Project (see the previous post below), as well as a work in progress consisting of four etchings based on yet another excerpt from Rabelais, The Coming of the Cocklicranes or His Kingdom Restored. In addition to being selected by two jurors as one of their ten “must see” artists at Open Studio, here are some recent shows and awards I have received:

Chancellor’s Purchase Award, 2014 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition

Purchase Award, Lilliputians March National Small Works Exhibition

First Place, Paperchaser 2014 Exhibition

Juror Award, Ink and Clay 40

Honorable Mention, Real and Surreal. In addition, I will be participating in a Four Person Show at Sandra Lee Gallery in 2015.

I have participated in 18 competitive and invitational shows this year, including a show at the Curator Gallery in New York, as well as a selection from the IPCNY’s New Prints shown at Christie’s, and and a show selected from participants in the North American Print Biennial of the Boston Printmakers. I will have a complete listing for 2014 available at Open Studios.

Obeliscolychny, too

SMevite

Yes, this is becoming my own Tower of Babel, but, as promised, I will be showing an impression of the second state (about two thirds!) of my ongoing project, Obeliscolychny, with the Bay Printmakers during the first weekend of San Francisco Open Studios at Ft. Mason (see details above). Also featured will be Tempestuous Muse, first place winner in last year’s Open Studios exhibit. And, in a further example of shameless self-promotion, don’t miss the blurbette on me in the 2012 Open Studios guide (heavily edited to protect the public). In addition to the usual display of the perennial favorites in glorious black and white, at least some of the texts which caused my current project to come into being will be available for examination, and for those who must insist I will, of course, be on hand to attempt some sort of rationalization as to what connection there could possibly be between these recondite excerpts and the images that supposedly resulted from their discovery. Looking forward to seeing you there.

“…Ho, ho, I see land! I can see harbor! I can see a great crowd on the pier. I can see fire on the obeliscolychny. “

Detail, Obeliscolychny

In addition to Open Studios, here is a list of current and upcoming shows in which my work will be included.

2012 Harnett Biennial of American Prints; 10/23 to12/9/2012, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, VA.

New Prints 2012/Autumn; International Print Center New York, New York

Culture: Man, Machine and Nature; 10/3 to 11/16/2012, Sisson Gallery, Dearborn, MI.

Inclusions, Art from within Bernal Heights; 9/22 to 10/21, Inclusions Gallery, San      Francisco, CA.

Obeliscolychny and upcoming shows

Hopefully, if you have gotten this far, you have visited my updated website. Almost all of the work I have produced to date is now available for your perusal in glorious black and white, including my most recent etching, Abstracting the Quintessence. Don’t forget my dealers, Annex galleries, Jane Haslem Gallery and Warnock Fine Arts, whose sites can be found on my links page.

 This summer I am becoming involved in a new book project, entitled Obeliscolychny. It will involve an etching 28 inches by 5 inches which will be utilized as a vertical accordion foldout in the book, as well as being editioned as a separate stand alone print.

 “Obeliscolychny?” you may ask.

Ostensibly, “a lighthouse in the shape of an obelisk”.  —Perhaps.  An ancient Greek word favored by Rabelais and Alfred Jarry and used in their work. Twice. For both of them. Possibly originated with Aristotle, to describe a kind of spit to hang lamps on. Described in the Oxford English Dictionary as “rare, obsolete”.  Hmm. Well, I’m running with the obelisk-light house thing, with letterpress text by the above-mentioned writers. And since it is to be a lighthouse in the shape of an obelisk, it must also be a windmill. You can see the kind of direction this thing could be going in…

 I will post images of the sections I am working on as they develop (28 inches is a lot for me), so please check back occasionally if you are curious as to what could possibly be going on.

  Current and upcoming shows include:

Printhouston: NEXT; June 2 to 26, 2012, Special Events Gallery, Houston, TX. www.printmattershouston.org.

Inked Surfaces; August 27 to Sept. 28, 2012, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasent Hill, CA.

Global Matrix III (traveling show); August 9 to October 5, 2012, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. www.cla.purdue.edu/galleries.

San Francisco Open Studios

Bay Printmakers 2010

I will be showing with the Bay Printmakers this year for Open Studios, during the weekend of Oct. 23-24 from 11:00 until 6:00 both days. The Bay Printmakers comprises of 20 artists who explore different facets of printmaking, and will be showing in the Fleet Room in Building D at the Ft. Mason Center, Buchanan and Marina Boulevard. There will also be a preview and reception on Friday, Oct. 22 from 7:00 intil 9:00. On view will be, hot off the press, my most recent effort, The Ticker, in addition to my many other etchings. I look forward to seeing you there and hope that you will enjoy veiwing work by this diverse group of printmakers.

Also: If you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend (Oct. 16th and 17th), I will be showing at the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Garden at booth #134. See www.beverlyhills.org/artshow for more information. My work was judged Best in Show last May.

Upcoming shows

Printmakers & Journal Makers

July 17 through August 22, 2010

Reception July17, 1-3 pm

San Pablo Arts Gallery

13831 San Pablo Ave, Maple Hall

Civic Center, San Pablo, CA

www.ci.san-pablo.ca.us/main/artgallery.htm

David Avery will be exhibiting with five other printmakers and journal makers: Ron Tanovitz, Linda Lee Boyd, Barbara Rogers, Debra cramer & Jill Russell.

2010 Pacific States Biennal National Print Exhibition

October 15, 2010 to April 21, 2011

Campus Center Gallery, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Miniprint Finland 2010

November 26, 2010 to January 30, 2011

Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland