West Side Arts Coalition
Published on August 26, 2014
WEST SIDE ARTS COALITION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2014 Solo Show: The Art of Gail Comes (Continued from Page 1) Gail has been painting since childhood and her father, who also was a painter, used to take her to museums throughout the city. One place in particular was MOMA where Gail was mesmerized by the Francis Bacon painting “1946.” Gail said that when she viewed the work, it incited fear in her and it was then that she realized paintings have a real emotional resonance. She became a great acionado of Bacon’s work and based her college thesis on him. Drawing always held great importance for Gail and she studied Figure Drawing under Gustav Rehberger at the Art Students League. Gail told me Rehberger said the most important subject you could draw was the gure and Gail determined that the part of the gure most expressive of emotion was the face. With this decision, she started to concentrate on portraiture. Her forte was expressing the inner life of the subject, accentuating certain features in the composition to communicate emotionally with the viewer. As time went by, her gures became more abstracted and stylized. The depictions had a monumental quality to them and she began to infuse her subjects with mythic themes. They evolved into noble (as Rehberger would say) subjects regardless of class or race. Her portraits became emblems of the temporary human condition and she infused her semi-abstract, expressive subjects with commentary by placing a small portrait in the main subject’s ear. Many of her portraits depict the face in three proles on the picture plane – one of which is the face in the ear. Her subjects have a strong symbolic and psychological element to them where the faces tell underlying stories. Gail said one subject she paints repeatedly is Terrence Stamp as a young man because she was attracted to the actor’s face and persona. Jazz has played a major role in her painting explorations. She likes its spontaneity and also the way it breaks up space in musical time. Her semi-abstract portraits also break up space in that the surface contours of the face are seen in di erent parts, deforming perspective on the picture plane with strong, swift, bold lines of delineation. Gail has had other solo shows in the Netherlands and on the Lower East Side. The West Side Arts Coalition was thrilled to showcase her very strong, original work last Spring and we are so glad that she is a member of our organization. (Top to Bottom) Gail, Savannah Cartier (daughter), Eduard Cartier (husband); Gail & Friends; Gail & Eduard Cartier; Todd Merchant, Maggi Peyton, Harold Serban; Anne Rudder & Sheba Legend (Lower Left) Savannah Cartier (Top to Bottom) Gail; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Mary Fiore & Gail; Guest; Anne Rudder & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Guests at the Reception (Lower Right) Loretta Comes (mother) & Gail POETRY CORNER The next Riverside Poets’ Open Poetry Reading will take place on September 6th at the NYPL Riverside Branch , 127 Amsterdam Avenue (between 65th & 66th Streets) from 3-5 pm. Please call 212-870-1810 or contact the Riverside Poets at the email below. There will be an open poetry reading at Bloomingdale Library, 150 W. 100th St. (between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.) on Saturday, September 20th, 2-4 pm. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Riverside Poets at email@example.com. September 28th Street Fair: A Fun Time To Be Had By All The West side Arts Coalition will be participating in the September 28th Street Fair by the kind invitation of Miriam Febus. The Street Fair will run from West 96th - 106th Streets on Broadway. WSAC members will have half a block to sell their ne arts, photography and craft work on Sunday, September 28th from 11am - 5pm. Come out and support your fellow members and have a fun time! Bloomingdale Family Days Street Fair this September On September 14th & 21st the Columbus/Amsterdam Business Improvement District (BID) will present the 5th annual Bloomingdale Family Days Street Fair. On these two Sundays, from 11am - 5pm, Amsterdam Ave. will be closed to motorized tra c between 106th - 110th Streets. West Side Arts Coalition will be presented by Photography, Fine Arts, and Poetry activities. All events are free. Cafe-style seating will be available on the avenue & local restaurants will ex and onto sidewalks.