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Upcoming Show: The Neighborhood Show

A group art show celebrating PLG Artists and Performers.

October 30 – November 13, 2011

Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association (PLGNA) and PLG Arts present The Neighborhood Show: Equal parts gallery, arts & crafts market, and performing arts venue and 100% Brooklyn, for two weeks The Neighborhood Show will showcase artists living in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn communities with visual arts, music, spoken word, and crafts.

In a multi-ethnic neighborhood with residents from widely divergent cultural and economic backgrounds, the artist’s perspective allows us to take a new look at our selves and our neighbors and come together in celebration. Come celebrate with the residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and share in the work of nearly 100 resident visual artists, crafters musicians, and spoken word artists.

A group show featuring the work of more than three dozen local artists from the celebrated to the emerging whose work spans photography, portraiture, abstract, large-scale, nature scenes, and more: Otto Neals, Noel Hefele, Karl McIntosh, Joseph Bell-Bay, Lady McCrady, Georgia Redd, and dozens more.

Check here for a list of participating artists and a schedule of events.

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Removed some more pages –

Took away the Philadelphia and Totnes sections from the  painting menu tab.  I’ve moved the paintings over to the now renamed “ARTWORKS” section. I’m excited about the flexibility of the new archive system. I had tried a “smart navigation” plugin, but it wasn’t working correctly. It would be great if I could sort that out. It would allow for dynamically creating galleries and THEN being able to click the arrows to cycle through the paintings in that gallery.  Could be really cool.

Tomorrow, I hope to remove the Pittsburgh section and consolidate the menu above.

Let me know if you have any thoughts about the revamp. I’m a hack at this wordpress stuff, so I am excited to get this working well (2 years after I initially switched to a portfolio based approach to wordpress).

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Moving forward…

Hi there. I am getting closer and closer to understanding wordpress in the way that I knew was possible. I’ve figured out how to keep the paintings separate from the blog, and treat them more intelligently than a simple one page gallery. The “Paintings” option on the main menu will soon be replaced with the “Sandbox” menu item. I have to make sure to move the paintings over to the new system.

I’m excited about it! noelhefele.com is maturing… stay tuned. Or, subscribe to my new mailing list.

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Prospect Park Inlet

Painted during a lovely afternoon by the lake.

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Banana Drawing on bright Neon Background!!

Completed this one a few months back as a warm up for a painting of bananas.  The drawing is in oil pastel, and is on a shoebox top.  Colorful!

It measures about 8.5″ x 12″ – if interested – During the July 22nd – 29th, 2011, you can bid on it here

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Up The Down Staircase | Davu Flint

Up The Down Staircase | Davu.

Davu Flint, Pittsburgh, now based in San Fran dropped Up the Down Staircase this May.  Two tracks are produced by Hefstatic, aka, Noel 730N, aka Noel Damien Jonathan Kaiser Hefele, aka Me.

Check out the album here:

Up The Down Staircase | Davu.

Happy to be on the album. Davu’s got flow and lyrics for days.  Super listenable and the beats are nice!

Let me know what you think, and if you are in San Fran, look him up.

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“It does not illustrate. It is the sensation of its own realization.”

RIP Cy Twombly

Each line was “the actual experience” of making the line.

Could Twombly be thought of as a Phenomenological painter?

I’ll admit, when I lived in Philadelphia, my least favorite room in the art museum there was the Cy Twombly room. It was hard to appreciate.

But nowadays, I almost view Twombly’s work as I view a tree.  To see a tree is to feel it reaching for the sun light, encapsulating its growth in its very form.

I came across this Kandinsky quote recently:

…I see no essential difference between a line one calls ‘abstract’ and a fish. But rather an essential likeness. This isolated line and the isolated fish alike are living beings with forces peculiar to them, though latent. They are forces of expression for these beings and of expression on human beings, because each has an impressive ‘look’ which manifests itself by its expression. But the voice of these latent forces is faint and limited. It is the environment of the line and the fish that brings about a miracle: the latent forces awaken, the expression becomes radiant… …The environment is the composition. The composition is the organized sum of the interior functions (expressions) of every part of the work. (Paris, March 1935)
Kandinsky, from “Artists on Art – from the 14th – 20th centuries”, ed. by Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves; Pantheon Books, 1972, London, p. 451 

It seems like Twombly found a way to close the distance between the act of painting and his paintings themselves, without pretense.

This is incredibly difficult to do.

I will look for Twombly paintings here in NYC.

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Nightscapes of the city, drawn by children

Pretty inspiring solutions to drawing the city landscape, by children at Felix’s school. They had an art show the other day, and it was impressive. The range of experiments on display was a testament to the teacher.  The styles of drawing and the curious solutions proposed by children are always interesting.

Apologies for the blurry picture—it was an elementary school gym with less than ideal lighting conditions.

I find these nightscapes incredibly inspiration with my current immersion in the city. The children work in vertical or horizontal format. They stack the geometric shapes of the buildings with a logic that can only come from those who are growing up right inside of this place.

I think what is referred to as “artistic talent” is solely what is left in certain people when the rest have let go, buried or had it beaten out of them.  ALL of the children seem to have artistic potential, but how many continue to develop it? Kudos to PS 249 for such a nice exhibition.

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Abstact digital painting by Noel Hefele
Desiretechnologysleepwithcomputer | 2011

Playing around with the computer program “Corel Draw.” I was reminded of this program by an old friend.  I remember using it ten years ago. Hopefully I can bring it into my work flow for painting OR design work.

No need to try and photograph this well… as it emits light instead of reflecting it.

Painting by playing with predefined symbolic representations.

 

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Repre: The Representational Art Group

 

 

I’m delighted to be a part of a new group of painters, primarily based in the UK.  We have recently established our group and are working toward producing our first exhibition.

From the site:

We are a group of artists who have come together to exhibit and celebrate the work of contemporary representational art.

We work on varying subject matters, from portraits to landscapes. Each work is based on capturing forms of reality, there maybe abstraction within the style and detail, but ultimately we all work as representational painters.

 

Take a look at some of the other painters…. it is an interesting bunch.  I wonder if we are in the “non-representational” area of practice, a theory pioneered by Nigel Thrift.  As I understand it, the process is the important part of the painting.  The resulting painting is more an extension of the landscape or the painted object itself expressed through us. The diversity of styles and subject choice within the group seem to attest to this.

We push pigment, in collaboration with materials of the earth and immersed in the visible. Eventually, something resonates meaning back. We come to know what is around us through participation.  Perhaps our paintings are the “fruiting body” of a sensuous engagement with world we live in.

 

 

 

Repre.