The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 30, 2015


Eden Rock Gallery opens exhibition of the work of Graham Day Guerra
Graham Day Guerra selected these images from many thousands available to anyone doing a simple Google image web search.
ST. BARTHS.- For the previous show Graham Day Guerra had at Eden Rock (July 2012), he chose to focus on the natural beauty of the island’s landscape. Conversely, the inspiration for this exhibition comes from a no less conspicuous source, but also a somewhat less sublime aspect of the island: it’s celebrity culture. All of the images used for the artwork in this exhibition were taken on the island by paparazzi and posted to celebrity gossip websites (TMZ, Gawker, OMG! and the like).

Graham Day Guerra selected these images from many thousands available to anyone doing a simple Google image web search. The images were then edited, printed, mounted and given a heavy coating of encaustic (an ancient art media comprised of damar resin and wax).

The artist hope is, that through this process he can take what is otherwise seen as disposable cultural artifacts (candid celebrity pics) and turn them into something more precious, art (hence the shows title, roughly translated from Baudelaire: “You gave me mud and I have turned it to gold”). The selected images find these clebs caught in some of their most unscripted moments of joy (Stephanie Seymour splashing in the waves), vanity (Jay Z snapping a picture of Beyonce on the beach), and awkwardness (Lindsay Lohan trying on a new swimsuit at Louis Vuitton).

These humanizing moments are what the artist has chosen to focus on and celebrate in this exhibition. To that end, He has increased the images to portrait scale and used a traditional portrait medium (encaustic) to preserve them and give them a nuanced and corporeal surface. And, although the medium partially obscures the underlying portrait, the simple human nature of each the individuals still comes through.

Graham Day Guerra spent the three first years of his carrer in New York City making paintings and collaborating with artists such as Matthew Barney, Tom Sachs, and Mel Bochner.

After having his first show at Bellwether gallery in 2000, he entered graduate school at Yale University School of Art in New Haven CT, and graduated with an MFA in painting/printmaking in 2003.

Graham, then, had his first solo show in New York at Jack the Pelican Presents and has been selected to participate in many national and international shows since that time.

His first curatorial effort, The Hedonistic Imperative, premiered at Jack the Pelican Presents in 2005 and traveled to Deborah Colton Gallery in 2006.

He was recently awarded a Wardlow residency in Melbourne, Australia, a Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant, Frans Masereel Centrum residency in Kasterlee, Belgium, and a RISD Professional Development grant… among other awards.

Graham is currently a studio art faculty member at both Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.

He lives and maintains a studio in Brooklyn New York.





Today's News

August 6, 2013

Israel Antiquities Authority finds part of an enormous 1,000 year old hospital building

China expunges exhibits of former mayor Bo Xilai from the Dalian Modern Museum

Rare $4 Stella Coiled Hair Cameo coin could sell for $1.5 million at Bonhams Los Angeles

Cantor Arts Center displays all 20 prints from Henri Matisse's edition of Jazz

Photos of Kate Moss inaugurate Maruani-Noirhomme & Young's space devoted to photography

New exhibition of Gabriel Orozco’s work opens at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh

First major exhibition by artist Peter Doig opens at the Scottish National Gallery

Harwood Museum of Art announces major gift of contemporary art from Gus Foster

Celebrate Andy Warhol's 85th birthday today with live EarthCam gravesite webcam

Delaware Art Museum board announces departure of Executive Director Dr. Danielle Rice

Olga Vaigatcheva joins Russian art auction house MacDougall's as Head of Russian Works of Art

teNeues publishes Elliott Erwitt's first book of color photography in September

"Pompeii from the British Museum" brings ancient Roman history to life in exclusive cinema event

The Scottish Gallery presents exhibitions by Elizabeth Blackadder, Jane Adam, Stephen Bird, and Paul Reid

Aug. 26 benefit auction features designer picks from prestigious Hampton Showhouse

Eden Rock Gallery opens exhibition of the work of Graham Day Guerra

Shilpa Gupta presents four major works at MAAP Space in Brisbane

Archives display sheds light on city's motor industry past

Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation announces first installation at Laskin Gateway

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- New York's Eric Edwards, who owns a $10 million collection, works to open African art museum

2.- Two thousand year old ritual bath found during renovations in private house in Jerusalem

3.- Klimt and the Ringstrasse: A Showcase of Grandeur opens at the Belvedere in Vienna

4.- Sotheby's London unveils masterworks from the collections of Castle Howard

5.- Most comprehensive exhibition on Van Dyck as a portraitist to be shown at the Frick in 2016

6.- Huge new record for masterpiece by Cranach the Elder at Sotheby's sale in London

7.- Spanish treasure from 17th century ship that sank off Florida on sale in New York

8.- Rodin sculpture stolen in $1 million Beverly Hills home invasion recovered after 24 years

9.- Prague-born writer Franz Kafka papers belong to Israel national library: Israeli court

10.- Sotheby's to offer 15th century marriage ring unearthed with metal detector



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site