The madness of New York art fair week (combined with fashion week) is now behind us, and the city's massive Affordable Art Fair is nipping at their heels It's A LOT to keep track of.
We’re here to keep things simple for you. Because, along with the very best of original, independent, affordable art in New York City at MAISON 10, we’ve partnered with our friends at The Made and The Royalton Park Avenue to host two very special exhibitions – of breathtaking ceramics by nead, and stunning collage pieces by Pat Dunigan.
That’s three incredible shows in a five-block radius. Your support of these artists is what helps keep New York’s independent art scene alive, vibrant, and always interesting. Show them some love.
1. TINA PSOINOS
Most female celebrities have been viewed through the male gaze. Tina subverts that, telling their story from their own point of view. In this series, she takes album covers and magazine articles originally designed to portray women as objects of desire, and rebuilds them as beautiful but also driven and dynamic. This 8 x 8 inch wax and resin on printed canvas piece – of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman – also turns the patronizing phrase "fight like a girl" on its head, making it immediately powerful and empowering.
2. SIMI MAHTANI
Self-described as a native New Yorker with a Gemini moon and a rising Cheeto sun, Simi’s specialty is creating custom lettering and unique typography, and she loves using design for visual storytelling. A Brooklyn-based art director and designer, her Cakewalk is made with paint and plaster on found materials, and measures 5.5 x 8 x 2 inches.
3. AI CAMPBELL
During World War II, Ai’s grandfather, a successful industrial designer, spent his spare time drawing the places in southeast Asia where he was stationed – small pieces that contained fine details in vivid contrast of black and white. The artist has been fascinated with detailed monochromatic works ever since. She works with basic forms and organic shapes such as water movement, smoke and minerals. Tranquility #3 is a 12-inch piece using ink and powder pigment on canvas.
4. KRISTINA QUINONES
Kristina’s work challenges the boundary between control and uncertainty. As she mixes the color and pours the paint, she’s unsure of the outcome, picking up the panel and dancing with the movement of the paint as it slides from one side to the next. As the layers of color accumulate, the opportunity to manipulate the space between control and uncertainty diminishes. The result is gloriously fluid blend of vibrant colors that sometimes invoke sunsets or ocean waves. Reawaken is a 12 x 12 inch piece painted with acrylic on a clayboard floating panel.
5. VÉRONIQUE GAMBIER
Véronique developed a strong sense of color and abstraction at a very young age, painting on large-scale canvases under the guidance of French Master Pierre Pallut at the age of 12. A career in fashion followed, which brought her from Paris to London, then New York. She now paints full time, seeking to express tension rather than harmony, movement rather than stillness in her work. Aperture In Cobalt Blue I is a 21 x 21 inch acrylic on watercolor paper piece, framed.
6. PAT DUNIGAN
Pat studied fine arts and languages, and began her creative journey painting large, Monet-inspired abstract landscapes. Since college, she's traveled the world shooting commercials … and all that time hanging around in airports led her to explore a new medium. Tearing bits of color pages from magazines and gluing them into a notebook, she created her first collages, playing with shapes, and having colors clash and collide. Something's Askew Pink is one of her latest works, a framed piece in acrylic and gouache on Strathmore paper, measuring 24 x 32 inches.
7. JULIA RIVERA
Born in the Bronx, Julia studied art in Florence, New York, and Puerto Rico. Through her work, she creates a magical, fairy tale universe where carefully chosen objects – clocks, fruit, little toy cars, bottles and elongated chairs – are arranged in order to let us see their essence in a surreal but humorous way. However, she never shies away from the political. And Blah Blah … Less Talk More Action! is her direct response to women's rights being diminished, and the American Supreme Court's ruling on reversing Roe v Wade.
8. WENCKE UHL
A contemporary figurative painter living and working in Germany, Wencke draws inspiration from human beauty and the female form. As a teenager, she wanted to be a fashion designer, and she still likes to “dress” her subjects in shapes and patterns, while including elements of storytelling. She’s drawn to subjects displaying independence, strength, and nonchalance. Freed of the male gaze, she celebrates femininity by capturing images of powerful women that have their own agenda and that defy objectification and subordination. The appropriately named Confidence is acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 47 inches.
9. NATALE ADGNOT
Natale’s Chromatics series of three-dimension wall sculptures invite interpretation by the viewer – like seeing shapes in clouds. Created using hand-shaped and painted pieces of thermoplastic mounted on panels, when viewed from the front, they often appear little more than lines on a page. They reveal their dimensionality when viewed from other angles, challenging the notion that the truth of anything can be fully known from a fixed perspective. These pieces must be seen in the flesh to truly appreciate them. Reflex Dispersion is ink, acrylic, enamel, and thermoplastic on a panel, 60 x 48 x 4.5 inches.
10. KALIN HART
Kong has been part of the MAISON 10 story since we opened more than six years ago. Their evolution into a gender neutral, hot pink icon sitting atop a glowing cloud – gazing out our window at the Empire State Building – is down to the creative vision and artistic skill of Kalin Hart. A glorious, subversive, witty, large-scale installation. Where will they go next?
"A really great painting is fluid enough to work its way into the mind and heart through all kinds of different angles, in ways that are unique and very particular. Yours, yours. I was painted for you."