The 2012 IFPDA Print Fair opens tonight! Our curators and director have all finally arrived in New York City and are excited to be getting to work on our booth (#214, by the way). Thus, today we’ll be looking at Tandem artists who hail from and/or live in New York City and state.
New York City is well known for its cosmopolitanism, which, along with the contrast between New York City and the woods of upstate New York, seems to be reflected in the diverse styles and influences found in the work of Tandem’s New York artists.
Suzanne Caporael‘s works are inspired by the landscapes she sees during road trips across the country. Trees, mountains, and water turn into blocks of color, strips of light, and rhythmic contours in her bright, often soft edged prints.
Robert Cottingham captures the semiotics of a fading American cityscape. The bright, bold letters of Cottingham’s prints are brought to life in a way that you just won’t see on Brooklyn billboards any longer. Thus, these prints may be all we have left of the physical vivacity of the theatre marquees, mom ‘n’ pop dime stores, diners, and department stores.
Nicola López draws from the urban patterns of the city, twisting pipes, plastic mesh, and architectural elements into clusters brimming with industrial life.
Cameron Martin, though Seattle bred, now lives and works in Brooklyn. His ethereal works use both digital image manipulation and photorealist hand painting and drawing to draw the viewer into landscapes present and elusive, naturalistic and indistinct.
Judy Pfaff works with colors, textures, motifs, and images from around the globe. A world traveler herself, Judy has drawn upon the bright reds and gnarled foliage of China, the ornate architecture of Turkey, and the natural stillness of rural America.
Art Spiegelman, best known for his graphic novel Maus and his cover art for The New Yorker, created two prints at Tandem. One, “Crossroads,” uses the same anthropomorphic imagery of the iconic Maus, whereas the other, “Lead Pipe Sunday #2,” hearkens back to the classic comic book format, one side being a two-page colored spread and the other side telling a paneled story of disaster.
Richard Bosman, Jim Dine, Miriam Schapiro, David Shapiro, Joan Snyder, and many other artists based in New York are among our Tandem Press family and archives. Through our visiting artists, Tandem is well represented in New York, so we hope that you’ll come out and see what your fellow New Yorkers have been creating over here in the Midwest! The preview reception is tonight, Thursday, November 1, at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.