Here at Frames and Stretchers we've had the pleasure of framing several pieces of Ariel Shallit's detailed work. Shallit is a New York based artist who utilizes black and white photos of celebrities and important historical figures in his work. His work draws a sharp contrast between the photographs and the colorful over-painting of lines that he draws on the photographs.
An Ariel Shallit canvas featuring 60s era photography.
We stretched his canvas of Twiggy over a custom heavy duty stretcher for his solo show this past spring and we've continued working with him since then. Typically when we work with Ariel's canvases, we build custom heavy duty stretchers and stretch the canvases over them. The latest canvases we worked with have included photos of Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Other recently completed pieces feature model Cara Delvigne and boxer Muhammad Ali. He creates new and unseen impressions of these celebrities through his intense line work by displaying a visual representation of their personality. He deeply individualizes these celebrities personalities, showing an inner interpretation of them that we wouldn't usually see.
Gael Garcia Bernal canvas by Ariel Shallit.
This is precisely what makes Shallit's work so appealing to others. In an interview with Astoria Arts Festival, he mentioned that he finds inspiration in many authors including Frédéric Chopin, Alexandre Dumas, Stanley Kubrick, and Maya Angelou. For more information about Ariel and to see his work please visit his website.
A life size representation of Ariel Shallit's amazing Twiggy canvas.
We have some exciting news at Frames and Stretchers. Erick is headed to Las Vegas to join an epic Framing Gambling Ring. That was a joke of course. Erick was invited to teach an Advanced Workshop at the West Coast Art & Framing Expo called "Social Media and Digital Storytelling". Earlier this year, he was named "Social Media Savvy" by Larson-Juhl; one of the largest molding producers in the United States, and as a result they asked him to teach their sponsored class at WCAF 2017. Larson-Juhl has over 100 years of experience manufacturing and distributing innovative custom frames.
The conference will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Erick's class is on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 3:30PM-5:30PM. He will be teaching workshop participants how to develop a loyal connection to their customers by building and telling stories that bring in an audience.
A photo from Larson-Juhl's website displaying a variety of their moulding options.
The National Conference meets annually and hosts over 100 unique seminars and hands-on workshops. The conference is truly an important resource for the framing world. They provide education and training for all aspects of framing. If you'd like more information on the conference see here. For information about Erick's class, check this link.
Luis Cruz Azaceta is a Cuban visual artist with a diverse career spanning over 40 years. He fearlessly experiments with his art, often working on several series at a time. Besides experimentation, change is another theme that is prevalent throughout his work. Recently, we had the pleasure of stretching Azaceta’s canvases for his upcoming solo show at the Lyle O’Reitzel Gallery in the Lower East Side. This will be his first solo show in New York in five years.
Erick and Lyle O. Reitzel with a Luis Cruz Azaceta canvas before it is stretched.
Miguel and Alexis with the canvas after being stretched over its custom stretcher.
The concept behind this show is “Swimming to Havana”, an idea he conceptualized in 2009. Although he left Havana when he was 18 years old to live and work in the United States, Cuba has always been on his mind. A subject that has consistently remained on the forefront of his art is the Balseros Cubanos. These balseros escaped their stringent political conditions by risking their life to leave for Florida. The idea of “Swimming to Havana” represents the unlikelihood of the idea for a Cuban-American. To properly showcase his art, we built custom heavy duty stretchers and stretched the canvases for his large format pieces. We framed the smaller ones with our maple Rivington hardwood frames and floated the artwork using Japanese paper and wheat paste. With these archival methods, the buyers of Azaceta's pieces will be able to enjoy the art knowing that it has been custom framed to a museum standard.
A completed Azaceta piece custom framed using our Rivington hardwoods.
Azaceta’s work is often characterized by vivid colors and contrast as well as a deeper political message. He had his first solo show in 1975, and since then has covered a number of social themes including the AIDS epidemic, loneliness in urban environments, and the conditions of oppression caused by government policies. He currently lives and works in New Orleans, however he will be present at the opening of his solo show on November 5, at the Lyle O’Reitzel Gallery. Further information about Luis and his artwork can be found on his website, and for more details about the show check here.
Yvette with a completed Azaceta piece that was floated using Japanese paper and wheat paste.
We've seen the art of multiple celebrated Cuban artists at Frames and Stretchers this month. Hector Frank is one of those artists. In preparation for his show this Thursday at Bryant Toth Fine Art we want to highlight and share the works that we stretched for him.
Yvette with a Hector Frank canvas stretched over a heavy duty stretcher.
Hector Frank is a celebrated Cuban artist who began his career as an engineer before deciding to become an artist full time. It paid off for him. During his first solo show he sold out of all his pieces on the first day! His artwork is vibrant, colorful, and visually textured. Through his work he displays the liveliness of Cuban life. Currently, Frank lives and works in Havana and has an established following within the Havana creative scene as well as world wide. He has exhibited his work internationally in Mexico, Cuba, France, Belgium, Malaysia, and several times throughout the United States.
Yvette and Antonio with a stretched Hector Frank canvas.
Frank's work often includes outlines of human faces, acrylic on canvas or acrylic on wood. He is inspired by human behaviors and emotions. Through his artwork, he intends for his characters to capture the unspoken words, feelings and behaviors that are present in everyday interactions. For more information on Hector Frank's latest solo show, please check the Bryant Toth website.
A close up of Frank's intricate work.