Sunday, September 25, 2011

The resurrection of the pawn!

Sooo, the website is finally done and as soon as all the DNS stuff gets changed it will be avaliable to view. The reinvention of this blog will be next in the process so posts will be spotty for the time being. Please, check out, it should be totally online somewhere between an hour and 48 hours after this post.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amherst Aisle

Big thanks to my buddies in Amherst Aisle. They are an incredible  band and supporters of all kinds of art. They were cool enough to give a shout out to our little corner of the interwebs.

Thanks again dudes!

Friday, September 2, 2011


So i decided to let you all in on a little secret: I have been back form vacation for awhile now. You may be asking, "Well why no new posts?." Well, the last few weeks I have been working on the concept and designing our real website: For those of you who clicked on the link you will notice a bunch of Go Daddy ads. The site is not published yet. I do hope to have it up soon. Until then I will be devoting most of my time to it. For those of you who really need an art news fix please refer to the google news bar on the right. I know its not the same but it will get you through the drought I promise. In the mean time, Poor Little Pawns, will be figuring out how it can develop the relationship between Art and the general public in more ways. The Daily Dose was a start at that but from what we can tell fairly ineffective. remember PLP is in the development and research stage, we want, need, crave your opinions on how you might be able to connect to the art world better and how we can assist with that. So let us know at Everyone hang tight as we prepare for PLP 2.0!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daily Dose: Pacific Northwest

Today we are featuring Olympia, Washington's State of the Arts. We have to admit the name is whats awesome. It is folk art hung salon style and is kind of overwhelming to see all at once. This is the gallery's statement:

The gallery features over 200 artists works in pottery, jewelry, glass, prints and paintings. Oh WOW, is the most common expression of people coming through the doors for the first time. There is so much to see that you can never take it in all at once. Customers often remark in wonder at the diversity in art forms, styles and talent of our artists. We like to say it is as eclectic as Olympia!

The calendar is a little chaotic but you can figure out roughly what they are showing each month. It looks fun a eccentric so check it out.

Also there will be a black out for about a week, starting this weekend on the site. I know you folks who only see the website wouldn't know it but believe it or not PLP needs a little vacation. Aside from trying to bring you news and developing this whole project we also have real professions, and depending who we are talking about graduate school and young kids. I hope we see you on the other side ok. Hopefully, we can get some planning together to ramp things up a notch!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Daily Dose: International

Today's dose is a little off beat I found this amazing story on a museum of photography in South Africa. Along with that, in Johannesburg there is another museum founded on a single photograph. This is from the city's literature:

Hector Pieterson Museum
The museum is named after one of the first casualties of the march through Soweto on 16 June 1976, when police were ordered to shoot at a crowd of demonstrating students. Sam Nzima's photograph of the mortally wounded Hector Pieterson carried by a horrified youngster and his wailing sister came to symbolise the contribution of the youth to the liberation struggle. The museum is next to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, and the whole area has been declared a national heritage site.
Visitors move along a series of ramps and look through strategically placed windows at important scenes - including Orlando Stadium and the police station - and view exhibits such as television footage of the uprising. Participants and witnesses are invited to record their own experiences of the day. Knowledgeable tour guides include Hector's sister, Antoinette Sithole.
In case anyone was wondering yes I was making a point at the power of a photograph. It should be noted that the social revolutions where also sparked by a certain photo.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Daily Dose: New York

Hey folks I know the Daily Dose has been less then daily but there is some stuff going on behind the scenes.  Once we iron out some kinks you can expect a truly daily Daily Dose.

Anyway today in New York:

Robert Mann Gallery- At the water's edge: Group show
July 7 - August 26
A collection of photograph's made near the water from various artists including Julie Blackmon and Jeff Brouws. Be sure to look through the thumb nails.

Whitney Museum of American Art- At the edge of the world: Lyonel Feininger
Through October 16
Museum Literature:
Born and raised in New York, Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) moved at the age of sixteen to Germany, where he became one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus. In the late 1930s, when the Nazi campaign against modern art forced him to flee back to New York after an absence of fifty years, his marriage of abstraction and recognizable imagery made him a beloved artist in the United States. Long acknowledged as a major figure of the Bauhaus, Feininger is renowned for his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes. Less well known are the whimsical aspects of his work: his pioneering Chicago Sunday Tribunecomic strips; his figurative, Expressionist compositions; his photographs; and his miniature hand-carved wooden figures and buildings, known as City at the Edge of the World. This retrospective is the first in Feininger’s native country in more than forty-five years, and the first ever to include the full breadth of his art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph with a feature essay that provides a broad overview of Feininger’s career, tracing his relationships with movements and organizations that defined the development of modern art, including Cubism, the Blaue Reiter, the Blue Four, the Bauhaus, and Black Mountain College. Additional essays focus on Feininger’s comics, his photographs, his musical compositions, and his reputation in Germany. 

Images of the show

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Double Dose: Pacific North West and Mixed Veggies

Lincoln, Nebraska
LUX Center- Susan Dewsnap
August 5 - September 24, 2011
Susan Dewsnap invites people to pick up her pieces and explore the relationships between interior, exterior, and surface. She is interested in the dynamics of how surface and form can be intimately connected and says that the subtleties of color and line can only be seen when viewed up close.

Tugboat Gallery- Big Ten: Mike Scheef and J. Lynn Batten
August 5 - August 29, 2011

Springfield, Oregon
The reason there was no Daily Dose yesterday is because I was busy arranging a show. Over the next month my photographic series 'Trees' will be shown at Memento Ink in downtown Springfield. The owners of the Tattoo parlor have the mind to help people find art more accessible. We agree with that mindset and hope to perpetrate it.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Self Esteem Machine sculptures

I am kicking around the idea to having static sculptures along with the machines in an installation like setup. While the machine prototypes that have been revealed so far are small, the machines on the drawing board are much larger. Anyway here is an image of one idea for a sculpture.

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Daily Dose: International

Today's international Daily Dose we take a trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contemporary painting from the 60's including Warhol's Bellevue

A four-channel video installation in four parts; Ducks and Woman, Francophile, Lonely Planet and Chain Review. Screened continuously in pairs in two separate gallery spaces, the four chapters of Avalanchefeature scenarios involving a handful of characters, with subtle shifts in style and plot.

Recent Acquisitions: Highlights from the Maurice van Valen gift

The Stedelijk Museum proudly presents selections from the recent gift of 63 artworks from Dutch collector Maurice van Valen, spanning a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, video, photography and works on paper by Dutch and international artists. The exhibition is presented in four galleries as part of the ground floor installation of Temporary Stedelijk 2.

Featuring works by Atelier van Lieshout, Isa Genzken, Joseph Grigely, Rachel Harrison, Arnoud Holleman, Klaas Kloosterboer, Dana Lixenberg, Pieter Laurens Mol, Falke Pisano, Yutaka Sone, JCJ Vanderheyden and Eric Wesley.

Note some text is used from the museums website

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Daily Dose: New York

Paintings that paint themselves and portfolios of six classic photographers.

ir77- Tras: Ray Kass
Paintings made form the remains of the artist's mixing trays. In some ways they literally paint themselves.

Pace/MacGill Gallery- Wanna see my portfolio?
July 14 - August 24, 2011
Portfolios of six classic and in some ways legendary photograph. I would tell you who but that would spoil the surprise.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Random round up

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art will offer free admission to all thanks to a $20-million grant from Wal-Mart. (Arkansas Business)

Art critic Christopher Knight previews Charles Ray's "Boy with a Frog" at the Getty Center. (LA Times)

Culture Monster's review of  Jack Youngerman at Margo Levin Gallery

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Daily Dose: Sculpture with a touch of painting

In today's U.S. mixed veggies we take a stop in Houston for some surrealism and Boston for Axelle's finest.

Houston, Texas
July 8 - August 20, 2011
Large scale paintings in the style of postmodern surrealism.

Materiality plays heavy in this exhibition. Its varying elements make a tough play to follow but is interesting none the less.

Boston, Massachusetts
An assortment of the gallery's stable of artists.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Daily Dose: Glass- An amazing intersection of art and artisan

Today in the Pacific Northwest art meets artisan when these master glass workers exhibit.

Seattle, Washington
Traver Gallery- Lino Taliapietra
July 14 - August 21, 2011
Born on the La Isla Murano, Taliapietra carries on the tradition of the venetian island with beautiful glass blowing techniques. The work is an exceptional blend of craft and artistry.

Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma Art Museum- Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist
Permanent collection
An usual assortment of glass artworks that are inspired by the Tacoma area.
A taste of the artist's plethora of work

Portland, Oregon
Bullseye Gallery- Encapsulated Space: Richard Whiteley
July 6 -August 27, 2011
I'll let the video do all the talking:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Double Daily Dose: New York and International

Yesterday's Daily Dose was interrupted by illness so today you get two!

New York

Andrea Rosen Gallery1- Between the Worlds: Matthew Ronay
June 24 - August 12, 2011
A surreal installation that challenges the line of magical and real.

Andrea Rosen Gallery2- Rita Ackermann, Aaron Bobrow, Richard Prince and Michael St. John
June 24 - August 12, 2011
An eclectic mix of fairly minimal work. The urban seems to be a strong connection amongst the four artists.

Andrea Rosen Gallery3- The Day Before You Came: Wolfgang Tillmans
A collection of photography curated by Stefan Kalmár.


Cardiff, UK
Albany Gallery- Group Show: Summer Show
July 1 - September 3, 2011
Massive exhibition of 292 images, mostly traditional painting.

Dublin, Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland- Masterpieces from the collection
A special presentation of the collections finest works. Admission is free while the gallery is under renovation.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
South Shore Arts- Reassembled: Works by Michael Chelich and the Chicago Art Salon
June 12 - July 31, 2011
Old World Painting

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Friday, July 22, 2011

LA Daily Dose

This is going to be Awesome!!!! LA,......... here is your daily dose.


SATURDAY JULY 23RD, 2011 / 8-11PM
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
P. 213.213.0078
F. 213.213.0077

Subliminal Projects Gallery is honored to present Eve, an important group exhibition of works by revolutionary female artists Judy Chicago, Mary Beth Edelson, Kim McCarty, Ayanah Moor, Alex Prager, Lisa Steele, Swoon, Stella Vine and Hannah Wilke.  Eve is a cultural icon and reinforces the idea of equality that feminism drives home.  Eve is a composition of powerful female artists, stemming from the era of the 1970's to the present.  The exhibition explores how individual perceptions of femininity are expressed through each artist's specific genre.  Eve is on view July 23rd through August 20th, 2011.  A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, July 23rd, from 8-11pm.


Saturday, July 23 11:00a to 4:00p 
244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Phone: (213) 628-2725
Landscape architect and public artist Calvin Abe presents an art installation that explores space, time and experience in both the natural and manufactured world.
Using straw wattle, a natural material commonly found on construction sites, Abe expresses the disturbances we find within landscape sites.

"Chain Letter" Group Exhibition Opening Reception @ Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Sat, July 23, 6pm – 8pm
Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Daily Dose: U.S. Mixed Veggies

Today's mixed veggies include the world's largest photograph, an interesting take on found object, and a group show of all amateur artists.

Riverside, California
Sweeney Art Gallery- The Great Picture: World's largest photograph
July 16th through August 8th, 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gross McCleaf Gallery- Group Show: Drawing
July 12th through July 29th, 2011

Charleston, South Carolina
Gibbes museum- The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art
July 22nd through October 16th, 2011

Austin, Texas
Austin Museum of Art- Lauren Fensterstock and Steve Wimen: Two Takes on One Space
December 15th, 2011 through February 19th, 2012

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art- Eye Spy: Elements of Art
Through July 24th, 2011

Have an artist or venue you want us to keep tabs on tell us at:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Daily Dose: International(excluding Canada) July 17, 2011

Bath, U.K.
Rostra and Rooksmoor Galleries- Jazmin Velasco: First Impression
July 2nd through July 27th, 2011

Melbourne, Australia
Heide Museum of Modern Art- Callum Morton: In Memorium
July 16th through August 16th, 2011

Berlin, Germany
Berlinische Galerie- Rainer Fetting: Berlin
April 15th through December 9th, 2011

Mexico D.F.
Museo De Arte Moderno- Ginzalo Lebrija: Deriva especular
April 4th through August 7th, 2011

Tswane, South Africa
The Pretoria Art Museum- A Story of South African Art
Until December 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daily Dose: Chicago July 14th, 2011

McCormick Gallery- Historical: Saltillo Sarape
June 11th through August 13th, 2011

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art- Mark Bradford Survey
May 28th through September 18th, 2011

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art- Here we are: Art and design out of context
July 5th through July 31st, 2011

Packer Schopf Gallery- Hank Feeley: Mixed Bag
July 8th through August 13th, 2011

Linda Warren Gallery- Conrad Freiburg: Burning Stars
July 8th through September 3rd,2011

A fun mix of contemporary art. Drop us a line on your thoughts, feelings or reactions.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daily Dose: Pacific Northwest July 12th, 2011

Seattle, Washington
Greg Kucera gallery- Deborah Butterfield: Seven Bronze Sculptures
June 2nd through July 30th, 2011
Bronze casts of wooden sculptures of horses. Butterfield states she is interested in internal gesture.

Seattle, Washington
Frye Art Museum- Gabriel von Max: Be-trailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul
July 9th through October 30th, 2011
This will be the controversial artist's first solo show in the US

Portland, Oregon
Blackfish Gallery- recent graduates: graduate Exposition 2011
July 5th through July30th, 2011
Roughly 30 graduates from local universities will receive their introduction to the Portland art scene.

Portland, Oregon
nw Film Center- The Best of the 2010 Ottawa International Animation festival
July 13th and 14th at 7pm
Screening of some of the nest work to emerge from the renowned festival. (mature audiences)

Eugene, Oregon
The Voyeur- A Silvery Ushering
June 24th through July 23rd, 2011
First solo show for Tilke Elkins. The works are permeated by the natural.

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Soo Visual Arts Center Presents Two New Exhibitions

Design & Architecture, Exhibitions, Media Arts, Openings, Visual Arts
July 9, 2011 through August 21, 2011
Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis

Main Gallery: Untitled 8
Opening Reception: Saturday July 9, 6-9PM
July 9- August 21, 2011...
Whether it is the relationship between human and animal or between viewer and maker, this work provides a focus for exploration into of how we navigate the ever-increasing complexity and anxiety of our surroundings.

Friday, July 15, 5:45 – 8:15 pm at Philadelphia Museum of Art: Bastille Party. Art After 5 performances are free after Museum admission ($16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 youth and students with ID, free for members and children under 12). 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

July 16, 2011 - Jul 17, 2011

White Mountain Native American Art Festival 2011
Pinetop, AZ  USA

More than 50 of the Southwest's finest American Indian artists will display and sell their handmade jewelry, paintings, rugs and other authentic Indian artwork. This is a juried event.

Dreamscapes Exhibition


 In this one of a kind art exhibition, you can explore your dreams and the physiological, psychological, cultural and spiritual experience that dreams offer. The works of art and Tadao Ando's architecture present questions about the content and purpose of dreams.