“The Headless Horse That Rocked Scope” - Huffington Post
“I was especially impressed by the work of Justin Orvis Steimer who was hard at work on his ongoing pieces (he uses the energy of the space he is at to influence his pieces).” - Douglas F Maxwell
“As you approach Scope, you get the sense that it is going to be a good show. There is a headless, blinged-out horse rotating on a platform at the entrance to the venue. Despite the metal spikes jutting out from its side, its statuesque, bejeweled elegance makes you glad you decided to attend and eagerly anticipate the offerings inside.” - Arts Observer
Thoughts from Tiffany Jin: It’s hard to miss a life-size rotating horse, especially one that is adorned in acrylic rhinestones and sitting on a mirrored base. Andrea Stanislav’s Vanishing Points garnered much attention from the crowds of iphone-equipped people, anxious to add a filter and upload this sparkly creature to instagram. This paparazzi treatment continued inside to Tinca Art’s “Rock & Roll” themed booth, with glitter text work, an over-scaled fox, and live-painting to further satisfy the viewer. It is important to note that though the works by Stanislav, Gail Stoicheff and Justin Orvis Steimer have that immediate, almost eye candy appeal – there is much more within and behind them than glitter, beasts and denim.
Because much of our culture is programmed to see only on a superficial level, Stanislav interrogates such issues through the use of unexpected, repulsive materials like glitter and rhinestones. Will the viewer turn away in disgust, or will (s)he ask Why the bling? The answer lies in our relationship with beauty and value, that thin line between utopia and dystopia is what Stanislav walks. Once free to question, we move deeper into the exhibit and ask again, Why is Stoicheff – with her pure abstract painting background – now finding her way to these foxes and isolated body parts? Why is Steimer choosing to paint his denim canvas live at Scope? For artists’ intent, read here.
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During the six days of SCOPE Miami Art Fair this December, artist Justin Steimer painted live a 84 x 50 inch canvas he made from sails he sewed and stretched by hand. Painting live provides access to an incredibly intimate process that is seldom shared with the public. As the only artist painting live, Steimer’s presence at the fair was received as a gift by the thousands of onlookers who stopped to chat with him, me, or simply to watch the mesmerizing brushstrokes of his beautiful artist. The piece sold unfinished on day 3 of the fair to a collector who trusted that the final result would be even better than the incomplete state he first saw the piece in.
Steimer works on found objects, crafting his canvases from materials including bed sheets, wood, muslin, most recently sails, and at one point, even an ironing board. Steimer embraces the physical, tactile nature of painting as a counter balance to the digital world. He bought these particular sails from a fishing village in Staten Island. They belonged to the seller’s great grandfather who owned a racing sail boat. Steimer cut, sewed and stretched the sails into three canvases — finishing them off with elegant cherry wood frames. The sails were left in their raw state, showing off their history, tears and stains. He then painted two of the pieces in his studio prior to the fair, but saved the third as a blank canvas onto which he would document Scope Miami 2012 .
A purely abstract artist, Steimer explores the process of of scribbling which has been his obsession since childhood. By opening up the mind to allow the surrounding energy, time, space, thought, location and emotion to pass freely through the body, a visual documentation of life at that moment is recorded.
Interestingly, I heard one woman say to him: “You look just like your pieces.” His response: “Well, it’s all really the same thing.”
“The visual element is a key component of the festival’s theme, “Revolution 2012.” Several young artists’ creations are displayed on the walls, the idea being to “embody Beethoven’s revolutionary spirit,” says festival curator Catinca Tabacaru. Throughout the day and during Wednesday’s performances, painter Justin Steimer worked on a high mural to the left of the stage, and it was a rare and fascinating genre-crossing experience to see his painting progress as the performances unfolded.” - Classical Review
“Time and again you got the feeling that instead of high gloss here was a spirit of exploration that any live performance is fortunate to convey … Justin Orvis Steimer, one of 16 visual artists with pieces on display and up for auction, worked spotlighted on an abstract painting as scores were played.” - Chicago Tribune
“Richly stocked Beethoven Fest is city’s best-kept cultural secret, so far” - Chicago Tribune
“Here are our top five picks. … Tabacaru’s inspiring selection features abstract and sculptural works by 16 international artists including Brooklyn street artist Gilf!, Japanese sculptor Shinji Murakami and Miami-based collage artist Evo Love.” - Time Out Chicago
Congratulations to artist Danielle Lurie who sold the first piece at Fountain Art Fair Miami 2011 in the first hour the Fair was open! Lurie showed 20 works in TincaArt’s gallery at Fountain and sold the first edition of six works by the end of the weekend.
Pink Ledge (1/10), 2011
10″ x 10″ (framed)
To see more of Lurie’s work, please visit www.daniellelurie.com.
TincaArt is curating a mini exhibit of both fine and live art to benefit Women’s Voices Now, a public charity whose mission is to empower women and give voices to the struggle for civil, economic and political rights. Gail Stoicheff, Carly Ivan Garcia and Lizzy Sullivan will be showing works sold in a silent auction. Art will be alive at the Party as numerous graffiti artists will be creating works during the event.
Please join us for art, film and to support the worthy cause of giving voice to underrepresented women around the globe.
Tickets are available at the door for $25 and include an OPEN BAR, food, art, music, film and fun.
Buy your Just Art 2010 tickets for the June 24 event here before they sell out! DJ Johnny Santos will be spinning the show all night.
Twenty-one contemporary artists were chosen to participate in Just Art 2010. The Exhibit is curated in four clusters of work, each representing one of four issues central to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)’s work in 2010: Censorship, Privacy and Surveillance, Immigration Reform and Reproductive Rights. Each artist created artwork speaking to one of these four issues. While the show is eclectic in media and style to please almost any visitor, each cluster is cohesive; held together by a common medium or theme.
We would like to express our incredible gratitude to the artists. Each artist has slashed their prices to help raise funds for the NYCLU’s worthy work. For many of the more prolific artists in the group, Just Art 2010 offers unparalleled deals.
The lion’s share of the pieces in the Exhibit are listed below with images. You can browse the Auction by style/medium or minimum bid prices. To make a bid, please add a comment to the specific posting. We will contact you by e-mail to collect payment information in case you win the bid. If you MUST have a specific artwork, you may buy it by bidding its listed Market Value. This will pull the piece out of the Auction and make it yours on midnight of June 24, 2010.
Buy your Just Art 2010 tickets for the June 24 event here before they sell out!
Fountain Art Fair
December 3 – December 6, 2009
Location: 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33137
Tinca Art Founder Catinca Tabacaru curates the first show of her young career at Fountain Art Fair during the 2009 Miami Art Basel week. She kicks off with a solo exhibit for artist Christian Dore.
About Fountain Art Fair:
Fountain Miami is the independent alternative to art fairs running in concurrence with Art Basel. Thirteen galleries from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Miami, several independent artists, and TincaArt make up the residents of a 16,000 square/foot space in the heart of the Miami Art District. Directed by John Leo and David Kesting of Leo Kesting Gallery in New York, the program is unlike the traditional art fairs that surround Fountain. The positive and somewhat wacky energy of the space can be felt as soon as one passes the 15-foot portrait of Sid Vicious donning the main entrance. Artists will be putting on live performances each day. Concerts will take place on the outdoor stage on Friday (G-Love headlining) and Saturday (Chairlift headlining) nights. The “Murder Lounge,” a space created by independent artists Dave Tree, Sergio Coyote, Vic Cox and Joe Heaps Nelson, and covered with their urban art, will provide a space to drink and chat without frills or hang-ups. For more details, visit: http://fountainexhibit.com/blog.
This was truly the beginning.