LOOC ART DEBUTS ITS FIRST POP-UP GALLERY
July 5—28, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 5, 6 p.m.—9 p.m.
85 Jobs Lane
Southampton, New York 11968
Open: Wednesday through Saturday, noon—9 p.m. | or by appointment at 914-450-0347
LOOC ART, a new art venture, announces its first exhibition, which features six New York-based contemporary painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. The pop-up gallery on Jobs Lane will feature works from Angie Drakopoulos, Caio Fonseca, Ann Marie Heal, Daniel Hill, Elizabeth Schoettle and Tomas Vu.
Renowned painter Caio Fonseca will present etchings at the show. Fonseca’s etchings reflect his painting technique and “offer inexhaustible details, from wrinkles, ridges and other complex textures he makes in the paint (utilizing implements such as a pie-cutter and piano-turning tools), to a sooty quality to his backgrounds, as if his works had suffered the indignities of Italian smog,” according to ArtReview magazine.
Based between New York City and Pietrasanta, Italy, Fonseca has studied and worked in Spain, Italy and France since 1987. His paintings have been exhibited internationally in both museums and galleries, and are in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
LOOC ART is also proud to present new work by critically acclaimed artist Tomas Vu. His custom-crafted surfboards are inspired by the Beatles' “White” album. Each board is named after a song on the album and features lyrics on one side and Vu’s iconic imagery on the other. Each work of art was hand-carved from Pawlonia, hand-polished and transported to California to be ridden by professional surfers including Kelly Slater off the coast of Los Angeles.
Vu is an American painter, printmaker and installation artist. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship award in 2001. He is currently the director of printmaking and artistic director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts.
In conjunction with the exhibition, LOOC ART recently launched its flagship project, an online art gallery. The website is at the forefront of a new trend for contemporary art collecting, offering online pricing and purchasing of artwork. The continually evolving roster of artists will feature both established and promising emerging painters, sculptors, print-makers and artists of other mediums.
“The art world can be very intimidating and unapproachable. We’ve culled the studios of innumerable artists and present unique works by investment quality artists. We offer them with no attitude and an easy, approachable way of purchasing,” said LOOC ART co-founders Lara McLanahan and Claire Johnston.
In the coming months LOOC ART will expand to include studio tours, corporate and private art consulting, additional pop-up galleries and the online sale of work by current MFA candidates and recent graduates of MFA programs.
For artists’ biographies and more about LOOC ART, visit www.loocart.com.