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UPDATE: My two pieces sold!  Thanks to everyone who came out.

I donated two pieces to this charity event called We are One happening on the 17th at the Camel Art Space in Williamsburg.  Come out and see great affordable works from tons of talented artists.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

Thanks!

Karl

From their website:

WE ARE ONE – JAPAN BENEFIT @ Camel Art Space

EXHIBITION: December 17th, 10:00am-6:00pm

ART WORKS SALE / RECEPTION: December 17th, 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Camel Art Space
722 Metropolitan Ave., 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Contact
: weareoneatcamel@gmail.com

Press Release:

We’d like to announce the second exhibition of “We Are One”, to assist with the ongoing earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis relief efforts in Japan.

It’s been approximately eight months since the tragedy in northeastern Japan.The Japanese people are still struggling to find peace of mind as they face an on-going nuclear crisis, and many people in the disaster areas still do not have homes.

Some experts say it will take more than 10 years for a full recovery of Japan. We feel strongly that it is necessary to continuously support Japan with a long-term perspective.

The “We Are One- Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Crisis Relief Exhibition” held at the New York Institute of Technology on April 11th, 2011 was a big success. Over 100 artists contributed their time and artworks, and the joint efforts created an unforgettable experience for all artists and volunteers. We were able to raise over $17,000, of which 100% of the proceeds went to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. Thank you again for making that exhibition a reality.

Camel Art Space and WE ARE ONE’s second benefit exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, 2011.

The art work will be sold at an affordable price below $200, to ensure that many works will be bought during this one-day event. The works will be sold on a first come basis, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund, a reputable fund that works diligently at ensuring all the money goes to the places in Japan where it is needed most.

We sincerely hope you will support the effort and come to WE ARE ONE.

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Thanks to everyone who made AGAST 2011 awesome.  Talking about painting to new people and selling a few in the process is always good times.  If you saw my work but were unable to get back to look at it again, shoot me an email and set up a studio visit at km@karlmetz.com.

 

2011 AGAST is almost upon us!  Come on out  October 15th and 16th from noon until 6pm and see my latest work as well as the great work of several hundred artists.  I will be showing my paintings, lighting, and a few sculptures.

Event Info:
http://www.agastbrooklyn.com

Participant Galleries:
http://www.agastbrooklyn.com/2011_Gowanus_Open_Studios/artists_galleries.html

These paintings were generated over the course of about 15 hours.  Each one is 6″x12″ and the intent is to group them into larger compositions.

Overall, the experience was extremely valuable to me in that it gave me an opportunity to explore ALOT of different color compositions in a very short period of time.

Medium: Enamel Paint on Masonite
Size: 6″x12″

Want to buy one?Email me at metz.ztem@gmail.com

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So…

The installation did not go as planned which I feel is best summed up by Alan Greenspan’s testimony to Congress in October 2008.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: … Do you feel that your ideology pushed you to make decisions that you wish you had not made?

ALAN GREENSPAN: Well, remember that what an ideology is, is a conceptual framework with the way people deal with reality. Everyone has one. You have to — to exist, you need an ideology. The question is whether it is accurate or not.

And what I’m saying to you is, yes, I found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is, but I’ve been very distressed by that fact.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: You found a flaw in the reality…

ALAN GREENSPAN: Flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.

yeah…………

Title: Cairn Nº 1
Medium: Mixed Media Tensile Structure- Wire, Wood, Rope, Stone, and LEDs
Location: Temporary Installation in McCarren Park, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Size: 24’x20’x11′ (approx)

Come out and see some great installations this Saturday from 5-9 in McCarren Park.  My friends over at Outside the Time Zone have organized another great event.

EVENT INFO HERE

 

 

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Title: Light Nº 4
Size: 5′ x 2′-6″ x 4′
Media: Concrete, Fluorescent Tubes, Rigid Metal Conduit, Flexible Metal Conduit

This piece was debuted at the OTZ Rooftop Sculpture Show closing party.  The intent is for this piece to be a chandelier so stay tuned for more photos.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this weekend awesome.  Fortunately,the show had such a great turnout that the good people at Outside the Time Zone decided to extend the show to next weekend.  Come out next Friday and Saturday and see what everyone is talking about or to enjoy the magic all over again!  I will update this post once the times are set.  For now, enjoy the photos below or see my facebook album here.

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Two of my lighting pieces will be featured in Outside the Time Zone’s Summer Rooftop Sculpture Show.  Come out July 17th or 18th from 5-9pm.  The show is in Williamsburg and the event info can be found here.

Lights No. 2 and No. 3 will be on display


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Title: The Mood Organ
Size: 24″ x 12″ x 8″
Media: Fluorescent Tubes, Color Plastic Filters, Plaster, Enamel Paint, Steel, Wire

I started making this piece a few weeks ago while still partially deaf from the Dan Deacon concert at Cake Shop.  Apparently the show knocked some craziness loose in my head and this is the result.  This piece is part painting, part sculpture, and part architecture model.  Intended to be a table lamp, it uses amber  colored plastic tubes to soften the light from the fluorescent tubes.  The name of piece derives itself from a device mentioned in Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In it, the characters have a small tabletop fixture where they can dial in whatever emotion they wish to feel.  This novel was also the basis for the movie Blade Runner.  (Nerd Alert)

Title: Light No. 3
Size: 8′-0″ x 4′-0″ x 4′-0″
Media: Fluorescent Tubes, Colored Borosilicate Glass, Metal Conduit, Concrete, Wire, Paint

This is my first “big” light sculpture and it will be featured in an upcoming show in Williamsburg, stay tuned for details.

Title: Light No. 2
Size: 24″ x 12″ x 6″
Media: Fluorescent Tubes, Cement, Wire, Paint

When: Friday, June 4th, 2010
Time: 6-9pm
Where: Studio 46 Headquarters

Come on out for Art, Drinks, Food, and People.  I will be showing some of my newest creations as well as some of my older works.  Let me know if you want to come out and I will send you my contact information.

Well, I didn’t win, but here is my submission to DOT’s “reNEWable Times Square” RFP.   I’m guessing it is okay to post this now since I did not receive a phone call on Tuesday.  Enjoy!

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The brief asks for a temporary paving design for the pedestrian plazas between 42nd and 47th streets on Broadway.  The design enhances the electric space of Times Square and acts as a unifying design element for the ocular cacophony that is Times Square. Using simple components, a grid, primary colors, and squares, the result is highly complex. Intended to be evocative of pixels, tetris shapes, and Piet Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” this design plays to the automatic nature of the Manhattan Grid.  The 5’x5’ module is based on the standard sidewalk flag size in New York City and is aligned to the Manhattan Grid.  By using this module, my design takes the existing design of the surrounding sidewalks and transforms it into a playful sea of multicolored shapes. It will also be interesting to those high above in the surrounding office towers as the pavement would vibrate as the tourists below reveal and conceal different portions of the design.

UPDATE: DOT announced the winner.  Congratulations Molly Dilworth!

Title: Eumenides on the Horizon
Size: 17″ x 46″
Material: Enamel on a Salvaged Door

The Eumenides, otherwise know as the The Furies, are Greek Deities who are the personification of anger and vengeance the underworld has towards the world of the living.

Title: The Kelpie
Size: 24″ x 44″
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

The Kelpie is a mythical creature that takes the form of a wet horse to draw children and weary travelers near them.  If one tries to pet or mount the horse, the skin gets extremely sticky and the Kelpie drags the person into the darkest depths of the nearest body of water.  I think the moral to the story is to keep your hands off another man’s horse…

UPDATE:  They apparently call the Kelpie a “Nuggle” on the Orkney Islands.  Gaelic has some awfully cute words for dreadful monsters.

Title: Lighting Study #1
Size: Approx 48″x48″x12″
Medium: Mixed

This is a manifestation of a lighting Idea I had about five years ago while still in architecture school.  It has had many false starts and has mutated over the years, but I am really excited about this new direction.  The composition is made of two T12 fluorescent lamps, concrete, and colored lamp filters.  While it is rough around the edges, it serves as an excellent prototype for where I want to take my designs.

Title: Contemplations of the Penultimate Dodo
Size: 48″ x 30″
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

Titles: Contemplations of the Penultimate Dodo Studies 1-4
Size: 12″ x 18″ each
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

Title: Tectonic Drift
Size: 36″ x 36″
Medium: Enamel, Concrete, Plexiglass

Title: Rosicrucian Quadrant #7 & #8
Dimensions: 18″ x 36″
Medium: Oil Based Enamel Paint on Plywood

This piece is the next in the line of my shipping crate paintings (#5 & #6 were damaged in the move to my new studio).  As with #3 & #4, these paintings fold together and can be shipped without using any packaging.

If you are interested in buying this painting, I am donating it to the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn’s online art auction on December 4th.  You can find out more on the auction here.  OSA is a great organization that is working hard to increase the green space in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area.  You can also thank them for cosponsoring the Pool Parties.

update: SOLD!!!

Dimensions 14″ x 16″ each

masthead1I and several hundred other artists in the Greater Gowanus area are going to open our doors October 17th and 18th for the 13th Annual A.G.A.S.T. Studio Tour so that everyone can see the great work we are doing here in Brooklyn.  Feel free to stop by my studio from 1-6pm on either day and see some of my paintings, meet some interesting people, and perhaps have a glass of wine.

Follow the link below for a printable map of the festivities, my building is #19 on the map and I am room #46 on the second floor.

A.G.A.S.T. Map

Have fun and support Brooklyn Art!

Karl

Dimensions: 24″ x 48″
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

While everyone else was out reveling on Saturday night, I was toiling away making sure my paintings were ready to hang at Fitness Together.  As a reward, I drank what some would consider a little too much calvados,  put the complete works of the Flaming Lips on shuffle and painted this.  I really like the area just right of center, I think it looks like a Morey Eel.

I would love to give this painting to Wayne Coyne, if you are Wayne Coyne, know Wayne Coyne,  or know someone who knows Wayne Coyne, I would appreciate any help you can give in helping me accomplish this mission.

Oil Based Enamel on MDF
24″ x 48″

T-and-E

Title: Tigris & Euphrates
Medium: Oil Based Enamel on Plywood
Dimensions: 24″ x 48″

This installation was done to honor Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au who was teaching one my seminars in graduate school.  Done with Daniel Carney and Mark Miller, the concept was to create a playful spatial event translated from the gestures a person makes while playing the piano.  The Player would sit at the piano and  don a pair of special black gloves.  These gloves were connected to a mysterious little black box which control the fans blowing of the thirty foot long piece of red silk.

Klavierwolke (PDF)


Title: Light #2
Size: 22″ x 6″ x 6″
Medium: Steel, Incandescent Light Bulb
Date: 2001

Title: Density
Size: 13″ x 10″ x 10″
Medium: Steel, Polyethylene Foam

I made this sculpture right before I graduated from college, literally.   I’m pretty sure I put my gown on at the studio and walked over to the procession.  To me it kind of resembles a brain, perhaps more of a brain from Tetsuo: The Iron Man, but a brain nonetheless.

Title: A Cubist’s Chair
Size: 36″ x 18″ x 18″
Medium: Steel
Date: 2001

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