Good things come in threes

I REALLY LIKE THIS PAINTINGEvery artist has just about had it up to here listening to people gushing on about how much they like the art, how impressed they are by the technique, the concept, yada, yada, yada. But actually buying the artwork seems to require a step of gargantuan proportions.

The Affordable Art Fair debuted in New York several years ago to entice collectors of average means to put their money where their mouth is. It was so successful that it ironically became increasingly less affordable over the years.

So along comes The Really Affordable Art Show (under $500) organized by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), known for staging impressive, large-scale exhibitions. Out of 1400 submissions, a mere 150 works were selected for The Really Affordable Art Show, including two of my works, one of which is Dreamtime, below.

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Dreamtime Lilianne Milgrom
Dreamtime Lilianne Milgrom

Next up on my exhibition calendar is for those art lovers venturing a bit further afield…Israel, in fact. I am thrilled to be exhibiting in the 2015 JERUSALEM BIENNALE as a participant in the Women of the Book project. This project is the culmination of a labor of love on the part of 54 international Jewish women artists whose interpretations of the 54 portions of the sacred Torah provide a uniquely spiritual experience. Click here for more on Women of the Book.   

women of the book inviteFinally, also exhibiting in October 2015, will be my collaborative work, ENCROACH, a multi-sensory work based on an installation I developed during my 2014 residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts together with Argentinian composer, Juan Sebastian Vassallo.

Collage element from ENCROACH installation
Collage element from ENCROACH installation

The installation was inspired by the menacing, invasive Kudzu vine that was swallowing up the native plant species in the natural surrounds of the residency. It seemed like a metaphor for the encroachment of global crises into one’s life. The Visaural exhibition will be on view at the Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville, just outside of Boston. Opens October 9, 2015; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Watch a brief video of the installation with soundscape by Juan Sebastian Vassallo:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138701866″>encroach brief proposal</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user1999535″>Lilianne Milgrom</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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BEWARE: Working with clay may be addictive!

April Felipe 'She was as lost to Them as They were to Her'
April Felipe ‘She was as lost to Them as They were to Her’

Ceramicists know something others don’t: Once you sink your hands into an earthy, moist ball of clay and realize that its creative possibilities are virtually infinite, you may just become addicted; I’ve seen it happen and I also speak from experience. The 2015 Clay National exhibition at the Workhouse is a prime example of the medium’s vast potential to express the maker’s vision.

Mariana Baquero 'My Cup Runneth Over'
Mariana Baquero ‘My Cup Runneth Over’
Jamie Bales Slone 'Pathogenisis 5'
Jamie Bales Slone ‘Pathogenisis 5’
Annie Campbell 'Downstream'
Annie Campbell ‘Downstream’
Douglas Navarra 'Green Faceted Container'
Douglas Navarra ‘Green Faceted Container’
Sara Morales Morgan 'Virginia'
Sara Morales Morgan ‘Virginia’

NEW WORK:

I have just completed a new series of decorative ceramic forms entitled Disneyland Revisited. The forms incorporate vintage crystal decanter tops that I found in a great junk shop in Melbourne, Australia. My underglaze illustration takes female characters from Disney movies and translates them into the ‘real’ world. Below are images from two of these new works.

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Jasmine (Aladdin) Revisited:

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI would love to hear from all you clay heads out there – any feedback is always welcome! More of my ceramic work here

The Clay National runs through September 13 at the Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA.

Happy New Year or rather, “Feliz año nuevo!”

In the spirit of ringing in the new, I have put the Paris art scene on temporary hold in favor of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Three weeks ago I had never heard of this charming destination, described as a Mexican version of a Tuscan hilltown. Now, after spending a week there, I can’t wait to return. Certainly it is delightfully picturesque, blessed with superb weather and home to thousands of ex-pats from North America and Europe. But it is also oozing with art from every cobblestone. This is largely due to the efforts of one Stirling Dickinson who wandered into the sleepy town in 1937 and established an art institute in a former convent. The rest is history.

                         

Over the years, San Miguel de Allende has become an international art center, attracting hundreds of artists from all over the world. These newcomers have contributed a distinctly European art sensibility alongside the existing Mexican craft scene, resulting in a very interesting and textured visual feast. The countless galleries and art co-ops co-exist with local artisans peddling their traditional crafts such as the exquisite bead work (below) and finely detailed wares. For the tourist looking for art, the options are vast.

               

The offerings in the fine arts are incredibly diverse. I came across still lifes of clay pots against adobe walls; huge abstract canvases ripe for a NY penthouse; discerning abstract panels with thoughtful titles; powerful and humorous paintings in the primitive vein; large, sophisticated expressionist narratives; photorealist masterpieces and oversized contemporary ceramic sculptures. And if jewelry’s your thing, Pepe Cerroblanco’s designs at the Fabrica La Aurora art center are irresistible.

Art in San Miguel is a SERIOUS business, and so I was rather surprised by the generous and friendly sharing of information I encountered in the art community. But the highlight of my art experience came when I wandered into the brand new super-modern boutique hotel Matilda, only to come face-to-face with a sculpture by one of my favorite living sculptors – Mexico City-based Xavier Marin. What a treat!