My paintings and works on paper are made up of many transparent layers that create an indeterminate space. The colors are intense, yet nuanced. They mimic light, but have density.Creative Times. I used his painting Jazz Band at the Park to head my post on "Jazz and the Visual Arts". Mike's style is impressionistic, but in an edgy, urban way rather than a soft, pastoral one. You can see more of his works on his website. He is also the founder of the website Art in Brooklyn.
Mike's studio is in a location called Screwball Spaces, a complete floor in a self-storage warehouse building, located at 183 Lorraine Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, that has been leased for use as artists' studios. On the way out, I saw a photographer's studio that caught my eye.
Kamau Ware, who is engaged in a project to photograph his friends without showing their faces. By an odd coincidence, when I looked him up on the web, I got a link to Newvine Growing, the blog of Colleen Newvine Tebeau, wife of painter John Tebeau, who is a close friend of, and shares studio space with, Mike Sorgatz.
Gowanus Canal, now (despite Mayor Bloomberg's wishes) a federal Superfund site. Known in its polluted heyday as "Lavender Lake", it looked quite innocuous as I crossed the bridge, reflecting sky, clouds, and trees. But, see that greenish tinge at the bottom of the image.
Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, and through his regular feature, "No Words, Daily Pix", on her blog. You can see more of his work on his website.
Simon Dinnerstein was a mere two blocks away. I had met Mr. Dinnerstein briefly following a discussion of his work The Fulbright Triptych at the Brooklyn Historical Society last year. His Park Slope brownstone contained many examples of his complex and fascinating paintings and drawings. You can take a guided gallery tour of his work here.
Reina Kubota, does works inspired by living and anatomical forms; for example, the brain (at left and in the background of the photo above), the heart (at the right), and either a tree or a part of the nervous system (center). On the wall behind is a convoluted figure roughly depicting a brain cross-section, made of objects attached to the wall.