Underrated in Brooklyn
(August 24, 2011) Our friends over at the great art blog Hyperallerigc are sending out the search for underrated and overlooked artists. COMPANY's edition of 30 Under 40 included people throughout the art world, from curators to collectors, with only a few spots for emerging artists. We're looking forward to a catching up with some artists we've also overlooked!
Critic Howard Hurst is the first to kick things off with his pick of 10 Brooklyn, NY based artists: Amy Feldman, Andrew Schoultz, Chelsea Knight, Eddie Martinez, Hisham Bharoocha, Martha Clippinger, Maya Hayuk, Michael Waugh, Paul Wackers, Todd Seelie
Hayuk is a pretty amazing artist and relatively ubiquitous in the Williamsburg artist community. Her studio (soon to be torn down) is in the brightly colored Monster Island studio building on Kent Avenue on Brooklyn’s waterfront. Her dizzying, weird, and often psychedelic paintings are all about good vibes. The first time I saw her work at Cinders Gallery it felt like I was getting shot in the face with a laser full of happiness. She is just finishing up a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is certain to continue to churn out awesome new work.
Schoultz seems like a pretty low key guy, bearded and flannel adorned llike many of his contemporaries. You wouldn’t know it to look at his paintings. His paintings are like overwhelming moshpits of sacred regalia, mined from the official visual language of American politics. The symbols of mysticism treasured by our founding fathers are wielded by the artist like weapons, creating raucous scenes of chaos that are both critical and humorous.
Amy Feldman was recently included in Sharon Butler’s June, 2011 article in the Brooklyn Rail, “The New Casualists.” In her article Butler identifies a new breed of loosely affiliated artists that champion the informal, experimental and insouciant. Though this kind of story is easy to criticize for its generality, I think Butler has put her finger squarely on the pulse. Of the abstract painters discussed I think Feldman is easily the strongest. What I love about her canvasses is the level of abandon, the acceptance that less than perfect is sometimes just right.
Check out the rest of Hurst's list here.