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Tom Sanford, Ryan Schneider and the Big Picture show

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Tom Sanford, " Michael Jackson 5" 

The painter Tom Sanford, presently exhibiting with Benjamin Edwards and Jessica Jackson Hutchins at the Nassau County Museum of Art Contemporary Gallery "Contemporary Currents" show, has partnered with fellow artist Ryan Schneider to curate a show by nineteen of the young generation of New York painters who have emerged over the past decade. It is titled “Big Picture,” and opens July 8 at Priska C. Juchska Fine Art , 547 West 27th St., NYC, through August 7, 2010.

We asked each painter for one big picture that would serve as a strong argument for that artist’s position. Ostensibly, these paintings vary widely and wildly in style, subject matter, and point of view. However, when we look at the show, we like to view it in terms of the big picture.

This generation of New York painters exhibiting in Chelsea is post-modern, post-SOHO, and more likely to live in East New York than the Lower East Side. They are not constrained by manifesto or “ism,” and hang together mainly because they hang together. Each has the, now obligatory, web-page, and a pre-show tour of them can be taken for the price of a few mouse-clicks:

Kamrooz Aram
Colleen Asper
Paul Brainard
John Copeland
Holly Coulis
Justin Craun
Van Hanos
Daniel Heidkamp
Aaron Johnson
Emily Lambert
Wes Lang
Liz Markus
Eddie Martinez,
Brian Montuori
Lisa Sanditz
Tom Sanford
Ryan Schneider,
Michael Williams
Jeremy Willis

These are all painters who make pictures of things, in that they all refer to the culture at large; their paintings are about painting, but they are about other things as well. The pictures deal with the biggest of universal themes, like Love, Sex and Death. The big subject matter is often juxtaposed with more idiosyncratic information about subculture or the extremely personal, political or emotional. These are painters of a generation to whom irony and collage-like juxtapositions are second nature, where high/low cultural distinctions are meaningless, to whom technology allows access to every image that has ever been seen or even imagined. These are painters who take advantage of the vastness of their surroundings, the open-endedness of their culture, and this Big Picture is reflected back in their work.

There will be a panel discussion at the gallery with artists from “Big Picture” including Kamrooz Aram, Lisa Sanditz, Tom Sanford and Ryan Schneider, moderated by art critic and writer, David Coggins, on Monday, July 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Visit, ask some questions, and you yourself might get the “Big Picture.”


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