Hours left of Art Miami!

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Thanks to everyone who has joined us this week in Miami! There are still a few hours left of the fair and plenty to see at Booth A209.

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You can see all the photographs we are featuring at the fair on our website hereMake sure you are following us on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

Art Miami
Booth A209

December 5 – December 10, 2017
The Art Miami Pavilion
1 Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH St.
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways
Miami, FL 33132

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

Hours:

Sunday, December 10 11am – 6pm
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Meet and Greet with Sandro Miller & Gregory Scott!

HAPPENING TODAY! Share a glass of champagne with Sandro Miller and Gregory Scott at Booth A209!

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We are thrilled to host a meet and greet with artists Sandro Miller and Gregory Scott today, Friday, December 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Both artists will be available to discuss their work featured in our booth. You can read up on Sandro and Gregory’s pieces on view in our previous two Art Miami blog posts. We look forward to seeing you this afternoon and sharing some bubbly!

Make sure you are following us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog as we continue to feature the artists of Booth A209!

Art Miami

December 5 – December 10, 2017
The Art Miami Pavilion
1 Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH St.
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways
Miami, FL 33132

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

Hours:

Friday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 9 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 10 11am – 6pm

New work debuts at booth A209

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the VIP preview yesterday at Art Miami! We had an amazing night discussing our artists with you.
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Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the 10 artists on view in our booth, so check back to learn more about each of their processes. Today, we are spotlighting the 3 artists debuting new work that has not been exhibited prior to Art Miami: Clarissa Bonet, Gregory Scott, and Ysabel LeMay.

Clarissa Bonet

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SL.2017.1019, Chicago, 2017 © Clarissa Bonet

CEG is excited to be featuring a new piece from Clarissa Bonet’s series, Stray Light. The artist describes Stray Light as: “an ongoing photographic project aimed at imaging the nocturnal urban landscape. We have all but lost the night for our progress. In its place we have formed a new cosmos, one of vanished surfaces and flecks of light. Carefully constructing each image from multiple photographs, I reform the urban landscape in my own vision – one that seeks to reconstruct the heavens in its absence above the cityscape. Light emanating from each window references a world unknown, evoking a sense of mystery and awe. We no longer look up to the night’s sky with awe. Instead, that is how we look out at the city.”

Gregory Scott

Time, 2017  is Gregory Scott’s most ambitious piece to date, and features 57 different scenes involving 12 actors in 11 frames, juxtaposing the cycle of human life with symbolic paintings about life and death. In this new piece we see numerous scenarios: the progression of a newborn into a child, adolescent, adult, elder person and finally into mortality; tabletop images containing flowers, skulls, musical instruments… symbols that have a rich history in Vanitas paintings (a still-life genre that thrived in the 17th century); and a salon-style room at The Art Institute of Chicago, where Scott references famous works by Whistler, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Rubens, that reference aging. Within these 11 videos, Gregory Scott creates a narrative about the stages of life and the passing of time that begins and ends with the incoming ocean tide.

Ysabel LeMay

We are thrilled to have on view Eden I, 2017 and Eden III, 2017  by Ysabel LeMay, two of three interchangeable new pieces that can be shown individually, as diptychs, or as triptychs. Lemay’s technique is very straightforward, yet extremely time consuming. She photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files into her computer and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. Balancing color, light and subject, Ysabel LeMay creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams. Wonders continues LeMay’s dedication to the land and the endless beauty it evokes.

Make sure you are following us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

Art Miami

December 5 – December 10, 2017
The Art Miami Pavilion
1 Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH St.
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways
Miami, FL 33132

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

Hours:

Wednesday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 9 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 10 11am – 6pm

Art Miami opens tonight!

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CEG at Booth A209

In its 28th edition, Art Miami remains as one of the nation’s leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, showcasing an array of iconic and exemplary works for more than 140 international galleries from over 22 countries. 

This year, Art Miami is debuting in a brand new prestigious waterfront location! The VIP Preview to benefit the Pérez Art Museum Miami takes place today, Tuesday, December 5, from 5:30 – 10:00 pm with a special hour of advanced access from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. We are thrilled to be showcasing the work of Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Liat Elbling, Omar Imam, Ysabel LeMay, Sandro Miller, Laurent Millet, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Gregory Scott and Bettina von Zwehl.

Click here to view all the artwork and be sure to visit us this week at booth A209!

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Art Miami

December 5 – December 10, 2017
The Art Miami Pavilion
1 Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH St.
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways
Miami, FL 33132

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

Hours:

Wednesday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 9 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 10 11am – 6pm

Saturday at Expo Chicago

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It’s Saturday at EXPO CHICAGO! Spend this weekend enjoying the photography on view at booth 257. The fair is open until 7 pm today, and reopens again tomorrow at 10 am. Three of our eleven featured artists who we have yet to highlight are Clarissa Bonet, Serge Najjar, and Gregory Scott.

Clarissa Bonet
The concept of place, and our relationship to it, is at the heart of Clarissa Bonet’s work, who was born and raised in Tampa, Florida – a coastal port city known for its amazing climate, sports teams, national defense outposts, and healthcare businesses. While the city is currently undergoing a population growth, it used to be a quiet place dominated by the warm gulf water.  In 2010, Bonet moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at Columbia College Chicago. She immediately noticed the density of the city, its people, and its traffic. As she wandered the city, she was stunned by the isolation she felt among the throngs of people rushing along the sidewalks. It was this feeling that led her to City Space, an ongoing body of work about individuality in a large city.

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Fortress, 2016 © Clarissa Bonet

Walking for hours, Bonet uses her phone to photograph the interactions between people, architecture and light. Later, she would revisit these places and recreate the feeling she had first experienced, hiring models to play specific roles at the precise time of day when the light was perfect. The resulting photographs are carefully staged memories that appear to be snapshots of everyday city life. As she states: “The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, and endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me. The images I create provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.”

Serge Najjar
Five years ago Serge Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and architecture in his native Beirut. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill. Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering – to show other people what they may not see themselves.

As he states: “There is no such thing as an ideal place to photograph, or an ideal city. Architecture inspires me, but my whole approach towards photography is to focus on what people consider as common… the people I photograph are complete strangers. I never plan where I go and what or who to shoot. My images are faithful to what I see. And every single Saturday morning I am convinced that I will never capture the picture I had the chance to capture the week before…. It is a thin line between the ugly and the beautiful, the ordinary and the extraordinary, between chaos and order.”

Gregory Scott
In 2008, upon graduating with an MFA from Indiana University, Gregory Scott stunned the art world with his mixed-media video works that combined installation, photography, performance, video and painting. As more and more artists blur the lines between medias, Scott has taken the idea to a whole new level, presenting video-based wall pieces that are humorous and poignant, contemplative yet accessible. Symbolic, 2017 is Scott’s most detailed piece to date.

Gregory Scott builds sets in his studio that serve as his subject. In these sets, he records himself performing a variety of scenarios that are then edited into 6-10 minute videos. The sets are then photographed, and the resulting wall piece is a mounted photograph with a cut out for a monitor on which a video plays, and a painted element appears on the photographic surface. In each video, he shows how he constructed the set that he photographed, breaking down the barrier between maker and viewer. All of the hardware is attached to the inside of the frame, making his works self-contained.

Continuing to use himself as the model, Scott creates narrative pieces that reference specific artists (Mark Rothko, James Turrell, Cy Twombly, Frank Stella) that have had an impact on his life. Using illusion and surprise, he challenges the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse and creating a dialogue with the viewer.

You can see all the photographs on view at Booth #257 on our website here.
Read more about CEG’s EXPO 2017 programming
featured on Chicagoist and The Reader.

EXPO CHICAGO
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Saturday, September 16
11:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 17
11:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For tickets and more information about the fair, visit expochicago.com.
Follow along with us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

 

The colors of booth 257

Today is the first full day of EXPO CHICAGO! Thank you to everyone who attended opening night, it was great to see so many familiar faces. We had a wonderful start to the week.

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Gregory Scott in front of his new piece Symbolic, 2017
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Sandro in front of his series My Hair, My Soul, My Freedom

CEG is excited to be featuring eleven artists at EXPO this year. Photographs by Daniel Beltrá, Liat Elbling, Laurent Millet, and Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison make it hard to walk by booth 257 without noticing their vivid color.

Daniel Beltrá
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. His striking, large-scale photographs are all shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale.

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Amazon scarlet ibis (#222), 2017 © by Daniel Beltrá

Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles. Other highlights include the BBVA Foundation award in 2013 and the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others.

Liat Elbling
Like many still-life photographers, Liat Elbling cuts, tapes and assembles objects on a table, condensing or expanding the physical space through meticulous lighting. Her current solo show at CEG, Proposals for Disorder, presents 23 photographs that examine how the construction of a space can affect ones mood. A gray room can be both soothing and non-descript; red is the color of passion and danger; merlot the color of a soothing wine. In each of these scenarios, Elbling uses color to create an atmosphere that invites the viewer into a world that is as comforting as it is suspenseful. As she states, it is her desire to “return to art’s basic characteristics: perspective, light and shade, examining the relationship between two and three dimensionality, and the blending of materials, colors and textures.”

Laurent Millet
For more than twenty years, Laurent Millet has channeled his innate curiosity to create photographs that question the way objects appear within space and time. Citing R. Buckminster Fuller and Denis Diderot among his influences, Millet creates an artistic vocabulary through metal wire, vineyard posts and barrel hoops – objects prevalent in the coastal town of France in which he resides. Photographs from his series La Méthode, La Chasse, and La Cabanes are on view at booth 257.

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La Méthode #21, 2001 © Laurent Millet
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La Méthode #53, 2001 © Laurent Millet
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La Méthode #31, 2001 © Laurent Millet

As he stated in a 2014 interview in L’Oeil de la Photographie: “I felt like I had to take refuge in something that was comforting and reassuring… This idea brought me back to what I did as a child in the countryside when I would play with wood and stones. I rediscovered that pleasure as an adult… Starting with the first things I built, fishing machines, I felt like a world was opening up in which I could really exist. These objects are powered by my personal fictions, my dream of another life. The photograph is proof of that, a record of the moment, a reward.”

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Much has been written about Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, the husband and wife duo who met as students in New Mexico. She was studying dance and metalsmithing, while he was focused on photography. Within a few years of graduating, they gained instant recognition for their collaborative works that presented constructed and choreographed scenarios about mans effect on the landscape.

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Riverview, 2015 © Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

More than twenty years later, the artists are still dedicated to the environment, showing us the power of nature, and the effect our actions have on it. By creating environments specifically to photograph, the artists address issues about the earth and our responsibility to heal the damage we’ve created, while investigating the human condition. This ideology has remained a constant, and is why they are so greatly admired.

You can see all the photographs on view at Booth #257 on our website here.

EXPO CHICAGO
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16
11:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 17
11:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For tickets and more information about the fair, visit expochicago.com.
Follow along with us this week on InstagramFacebookTwitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

CEG arrives at Navy Pier

We are thrilled to be back at Navy Pier for EXPO CHICAGO 2017! Our artwork is being unpacked and installed as we prepare for opening night tomorrow. Expect to see new work debuting from Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Sandro Miller, Gregory Scott, and Bettina von Zwehl. Here’s a preview of booth #257 as install gets underway!

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EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. The Vernissage Opening Night Benefit, presented by the Women’s Board benefiting Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will take place tomorrow night–Wednesday, September 13–from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Follow along with us this week on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and here on Cyclopsblog!

EXPO CHICAGO
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, September 13
Vernissage: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16
11:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 17
11:00 pm – 6:00 pm

See all the photographs on view at Booth #257 on our website here.
For tickets and more information about the fair, visit expochicago.com.