Susanne Kasielke (10th floor, space 145) - Amazing surfaces and here's why: "My way of expressing is abstract while the process of my art is as equally important as the finished painting. I work with handmade paper by using filler and different layers of color (mostly oil). Between those layers of paint I use sandpaper to bring out structure and texture. A painting always starts with one coat of gesso. The combination of sanding and applying layers of paint emphasizes special areas and at the same time it brings out new shapes and forms. Through the layers of paint, the scratching and the sanding every piece of work becomes unique." Lovely presentation: crisp and clean. A complete pro. Visit her website for a portfolio of works on canvas and works on paper.
Julie Wolsztynski (9th floor, space 215) - I recently interviewed her here, so it's probably no surprise that she's become a favorite. She's a fellow artist at Adah Rose Gallery, but we'd only recently met. She's delightful, and her photos show a sensitivity to texture and composition that make me lose myself. Digging her new series Laundromatic Etude (not on display at Artomatic FYI).
Lucio Palmieri (4th floor, space 304) - Quirky, quiet collages from old scientific illustrations. Simple but effective presentation using nails.
Kathryn Trillas (9th floor, space 905 ) - Seductive, precious monotypes. At 5 x 7", Indiana Roads packs a powerful punch. Her header for her Artomatic catalog entry says Landscapes for the Soul. Yes, they are.
Thomas Petzwinkler (10 floor, space 170) - Had some drop-dead gorgeous enlarged photos with rich surfaces mounted in segments/in a grid, but I can't find these at his website
Kelly Guerrero (8th floor, space 306) Big sculpture always has presence, but his pieces really resonated with me, stayed in my head. His statement shows why: "I like giving cast-offs a new life and revealing some kind of hidden beauty in the process. My ideas are guided by ruminations over relationships, news of the day, or historical events and the human impulses that shape them all. Even though I may have a specific metaphor in mind, I prefer to leave the resulting forms veiled in some mystery—like a piece of machinery or a tool for which the original purpose has been forgotten." His work doesn't look like he's new to making art, but when I went to look for a website, I was confronted by some beauty pageant tween's site. I want to see more by this artist! Darn.
Okay, enough nostalgia. Other stuff I was digging on.... Bromoil prints by George L. Smyth, the Burning Man image (but I don't think it was full color like the first one here) by street photographer by Luis Rosenfeld, the Comfort Series paintings on carved wood by Ellen Hill, a circular piece with script on paper by Daniel Shay (maybe this one?), tornadoes in vibrant poppy fields on copper by Jeff Wilson, and the massive glove by M. Helene Baribeau.
Stephen and I liked a lot of the same pieces/artists. Check out his favorites here.