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Updates from my studio

As you can see from my art studio selfie, I’m happy to update you with photos my work in progress… First, here’s a painting I started just a few sessions ago. It’s not yet titled, is on canvas and I must say is going great so far! I really like how their faces are turning out. Next, there’s an easel shot and a close-up of Uinformation. That one’s acrylic on wood panel and it’s really getting close to its finished state. I’m enjoying scratching into the wood with some of my old printmaking tools to sharpen up some details. I’ve also included a casual shot of a painting with twin faces, which I’ve recently decided to title Ore. Further down you’ll see the latest update to the mirrored numbers series I’ve been collaborating on with my friend artist Angela Oaks. This is #4 in the series and it’s in progress.

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

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Work in Progress – Recent Studio Pictures

Hi, and happy Spring! Just wanted to share a quick update… Here’s a few shots of my recent paintings in progress. There’s also pictures of my little impromptu collages on packing tape that are almost like sketches for future paintings or mixed media compositions.

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

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Work in Progress – Studio Pictures from 2014 so far

The past few months were quite a fun and productive time for my artwork. I recently finished Sugar Hater and now have 5 pieces that are on the verge of completion. I’m excited to share those with you soon! In the meantime, here’s some pictures of what’s been happening at my studio.

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

Elisha Sarti - Works in Progress - 2014

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Work in progress – detail from a new piece & Happy Valentine’s!

Elisha Sarti - Sugar Hater Heart - 2014
There’s a detail of the painting I’m finishing this weekend inside this heart! Happy Valentines!

Larger image: here

**UPDATE: The finished piece can be seen: here

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iCODA app features art by Elisha Sarti

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Elisha Sarti - iCODA screengrab - 2014

The artist/musician/filmmaker Peter McAdam recently invited me to create some content for iCODA, an exciting interactive project he’s been developing for the past few years.

Elisha Sarti - iCODA screengrab - 2014

I’m pleased to announce that the latest libraries for the iCODA iPhone app have now been released!

Elisha Sarti - iCODA screengrab - 2014

The one featuring my artwork, the “iCODA Sarti,” is available to download for $2.99: here. This is how it works: the app creates an ever-changing collage from a series of images I created. They are randomly mixed and displayed on your device’s screen in reaction to amplitude and duration of whatever audio you choose. You can control some factors like the size and speed of how the images are displayed and you can also take “screengrabs” if you want to save and share stills. I think you will find it mesmerizing and fantastically fun!

Elisha Sarti - iCODA screengrab - 2014

Peter also asked 3 other international artists to participate in the latest versions of iCODA. NOWhere Limited posted a short article featuring info about and links to the other libraries recently released from Coda Arts: here.

Elisha Sarti - iCODA screengrab - 2014

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Geek Love art by Elisha Sarti @ Bound Requiem Show, Last Rites Gallery NYC

I am so pleased to have one of my artworks exhibited in the group show “Bound Requiem,” curated by artist Michael Mararian. Opening Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Last Rites Gallery in NY, NY, the show features artwork made from found books and explores the idea of “the death of the book” in this digital age. The book I chose to work with is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, published in 1989.

Elisha Sarti - Geek Love - after Katherine Dunn - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Geek Love (after Katherine Dunn), 2013
Acrylic with collage including book pages on canvas
28 in x 22 in / 71.12 cm x 55.88 cm

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This particular book found me a few times during my life – first, when I was kid at the public library. There, the neon orange cover stood out from the new releases shelf. My early-teenaged self honed in on the title since everyone in junior high threw the word “geek” around so much. The font on the cover looked digital and vaguely futuristic so I assumed the story would be about computer whizzes in love and checked it out. When I got home and read Dunn’s amazing tale, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the geeks of this story are indeed outsiders but not ’80s computer nerds. They are geeks in the carnival sense of the word: the matron of the story bites the heads off live chickens at the circus. Later, at art school I signed up for a course called “Geek Lit.” and was again pleasantly surprised. This book was part of the curriculum, where there was lively discussion of (and much inspiration to be gained from) the story’s novelty and how it applies to artists and art-making. And now, it finds me again – I was searching the city all summer hoping to stumble upon a book for this show and inspiration struck me at the Strand – there was its neon orange cover shining in the sun on the used book rack and I knew I must explore this story once more.

The painting I made incorporates pages from the first edition as well as the cover. (It’s interesting to note that the publisher Alfred Knopf allowed its famous dog logo to be altered for this edition. In the Geek Love version of the logo there are 5 legs on the dog in keeping with the book’s theme of genetic mutation and carnival freaks.) The flower motif that I added to the background of this image references an idea from the book – “Papa’s Roses” were what the story’s family called the intentionally created genetically mutated children in the book. In the copy of the book I got for this show, there was an inscription. I left it showing in the finished piece. It reads: Takes one to know one. Happy Birthday! Rob.

Bound Requiem at Last Rites Gallery

Anyhow, I am truly honored to be showing among the many great artists that Michael Mararian has gathered for this show. Please join us at the opening party December 14, 2013 from 7-11 pm or view the show through January 18, 2014. See the show online here: http://lastritesgallery.com/shows_boundrequiem_2013.php

INFO:

BOUND REQUIEM
14 DECEMBER 2013 – 18 JANUARY 2014
A BOOK-THEMED GROUP ART EXHIBIT CURATED BY MICHAEL MARARIAN
LAST RITES GALLERY
511 W. 33rd NYC
http://lastritesgallery.com

PARTICPATING ARTISTS:
Tom Bagshaw, C3, Sas & Colin Christian, Luke Chueh, Chris Crites, Jason D’Aquino, Joe Decamillis, AJ Fries, Ray Geary, Naoto Hattori, Sylvia Ji, Craig LaRotonda, Scott Lickstein, Lola, Dave MacDowell, Michael Mararian, Amanda Marie, Julian Montague, Eric Richardson, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, Elisha Sarti, Mike Stilkey, David Stoupakis, Elizabeth Winnel and Genevive Zacconi

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Crackle & Glow art show: NOWhere Limited x Arlene’s Grocery NYC

NOWhere Limited put together a cozy group show of art at Arlene’s Grocery, an institution in NYC’s LES music scene. On view for the month of November 2013 at 95 Stanton St, NY, NY, it features paintings by artists:
Scott Lickstein, Joseph Meloy, Seth Mulvey and Elisha Sarti.

Browse works from this show: here


Crackle & Glow, paintings presented by NOWhere Limited at Arlene’s Grocery.
Links to view and buy works from this show are now: here

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Work in Progress – Updates to a Collaboration with Angela Oaks

I was so delighted with the package my friend artist Angela Oaks recently sent from Boulder, Colorado. It contained her latest additions to the collaboration we’ve been working on: a series of mixed media paintings on found fabric samples. Below are some images of the pieces so far. Updates are here: http://elishasarti.com/tag/mirror-numbers

Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2013
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti, As yet untitled work in progress, 2013
Mixed media on found fabric
8 in x 12 in / 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm.

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At the center of each swatch we’ve added a shape made from a mirrored number. We’re using those shapes to showcase various images inspired by the numbers as well as by (now-amusing) words like Petrol, Group I from the small labels in each swatch’s corner that were once used to catalog the fabric.

Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2013
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti, As yet untitled work in progress, 2013
Mixed media on found fabric
8 in x 12 in / 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm.

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More of Angie’s work can be seen at NOWhere Limited and follow her tumblr here: http://doghed.tumblr.com

Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2013
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti, As yet untitled work in progress, 2013
Mixed media on found fabric
8 in x 12 in / 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm.

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Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2013
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti, As yet untitled work in progress, 2013
Mixed media on found fabric
8 in x 12 in / 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm.

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The last piece pictured above has been finished. See the completed version: here

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Work In Progress, Formerly Titled: I Don’t Think So

Here’s a little of the story behind some new things I’ve been making. They are a new configuration of an old artwork that’s been haunting me for a while. The initial painting, pictured below in an unfinished state, was originally intended as part of my series According to Gooogle. It was going to display a collage of images a web search produced for the word “perfect.” I worked on it for some time and was even falling in love with some aspects of it, but one day I got fed up with the idea of making rules part of my artwork. I felt compelled to make fun of myself by graffiti-ing my own painting. I didn’t think this painting or idea was perfect at all and declared so, backwardly, in big black letters which bled through the reverse side of the piece.

Elisha Sarti - Work In Progress - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Work in progress, 2013.
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It felt great at the time to impetuously scrawl these huge words, I DON’T THINK SO, but the joke turned out to be a paradox. The painting was now a problem that can’t be solved, a big ugly catch-22. I tried painting out the words a bit but that wasn’t right. For a while I thought maybe its un-perfection is actually perfect, in a zen as-it-is sort of way. But, no… Try as I might, even over the course of a few years and in three different locations, I could not accept it as is. Parts of it were visually appealing, but its essence was pure cynicism and that hardly counts as art.

Elisha Sarti - Work In Progress - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Work in progress, 2013.
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In a new surge of rashness, I decided if this painting isn’t art, I instead deem it art supplies. I chose to unstretch it and cut it up, with no particular end in mind, other than a confidence similar to that conveyed this quote from Al Held: “One of the profound powers of the artist is that he can will or choose to become anything he wills or chooses. It doesn’t come from his soul, or from his genes, it comes from his choices. And those choices are infinite and hopeful.”

Elisha Sarti - Work In Progress - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Work in progress, 2013.
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Anyway, now I’m using the cut up pieces of it to make these new acrylic and collage on wood pieces, which I’m really enjoying. There is a sense of shifting movement and mystery surrounding the assortment and arrangement of materials: is it painting, is it collage, is it drawing, is it woodcut, is it printed, is it canvas, is it paper? Here’s a few more photos of these new pieces in progress… hope you enjoy them too.
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Now in Love: Paintings by Elisha Sarti @ Arlene’s Grocery NYC

I am excited to be showing some of my paintings and mixed media works at Arlene’s at 95 Stanton Street in NYC! It opens this Monday night – if you’re in the area, do please stop by and check out my work, Scott Lickstein’s work and some fantastic live music! -E.

Elisha Sarti - Now in Love Show @ Arlene's Grocery - 2013
Elisha Sarti, Now in Love Show @ Arlene’s Grocery

Arlene’s Grocery, an institution in NYC’s LES music scene, hosts 2 simultaneous art exhibits organized by Joseph Meloy this month. The shows open Monday, May 13th at 6pm, with free live music later in the evening. There’s no cover / 21 and over. Details below…

ART SHOWS:
Opening 6pm, Monday, May 13, 2013
On view through June 2, 2013

*** The My Way Highway: Paintings by Scott Lickstein ***
http://scottlickstein.com/

*** Now in Love: Paintings by Elisha Sarti ***
http://elishasarti.com/

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LIVE MUSIC:
Starts at 7pm, Monday, May 13, 2013

*** Dadsex ***
http://dadsex.bandcamp.com/

*** The Toothaches***
http://thetoothaches.com/

*** Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock n’ Roll Karaoke Band ***
http://arlenesgrocery.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=94435

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Facebook page for Elisha Sarti : artist

I made a Facebook page for my artwork: facebook.com/Elisha.Sarti.artist You can also add me as a friend/follow my Facebook profile: facebook.com/Elisha.Sarti

Click here to go to the Elisha Sarti : artist facebook page

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Randel Plowman/The Collage Workbook Interviews Elisha Sarti

Artist and author, Randel Plowman recently interviewed me at the companion site for his book, The Collage Workbook: How To Get Started & Stay Inspired. I had a great time answering his questions about my artwork and its relationship to collage. Thanks, Randel!

Click here to read the interview

Be sure to check out all the excellent artist interviews and resources that accompany Randel’s excellent book: here

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Junkmail Squared Show at All Roads Project by NOWhere Limited

January 25, 2013, New York, NY – NOWhere Limited Contemporary Art – Last night in the Chelsea art district of NYC, Junkmail², a unique one night exhibit by artist Elisha Sarti was the second show featured at NOWhere Limited’s latest project: All Roads.

Links to works from this show are now: here


Junkmail², Elisha Sarti @ The All Roads Project by NOWhere Limited. Links to view and buy works from this show are now: here

From the press release:
Elisha Sarti is a painter who works with acrylics, collage, found objects and colored pencil on a variety of substrates. Her imagery references advertisements, product packaging and pictures collected from the Internet. Her work’s textures often mimic nature’s deteriorating effects on machine-made items. For the ongoing series Junkmail², Sarti paints visual odes to disposable mass media like discarded menus, tabloid magazines and dish detergent labels on handmade paper discs she fabricates from reconstituted junkmail. In addition to working as a visual artist, Sarti is a co-director of NOWhere Limited Contemporary Art.


NOWhere Limited’s All Roads Project is a new experiment in alternative exhibition space.
Conceived with a “waste not want not” mentality, artists Elisha Sarti and Scott Lickstein, co-founders of NOWhere Limited, converted their SUV into Chelsea’s smallest art space… (Continue reading here.)

Event photos and more info:
http://nowherelimited.com/elisha_sarti-junkmail-squared-2013-exhibit.html

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Work in Progress – A Second Collaboration with Angela Oaks

I’ve been working on a couple of long distance collaborations with artist Angela Oaks, my friend in Boulder, Colorado. This one is based on the idea of mirrored numbers and is painted on a series of found suede(?) sample swatches. Here’s what Angie’s been painting on the numbers so far. Looks great, don’t ya think? You can see more of Angie’s work at NOWhere Limited and follow her tumblr here: http://doghed.tumblr.com

Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2012
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2012
Angela Oaks x Elisha Sarti - New Painting in Progress - 2012
A collaboration between Angela Oaks and Elisha Sarti, No title yet, in progress
Acrylic, pen, mixed media on found fabric.

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Courage Colours at Coyle Cavern

New work by Elisha Sarti is part of a 4 person art exhibit curated by Brendan Coyle at Coyle Cavern in Staten Island, NYC, through July 14 2012. Here are some photos from the opening night, June 9, 2012.

Courage Colours 4 person art exhibit at Coyle Cavern Staten Island NYC

Pictured clockwise from top center: Elisha Sarti, Supposed To, acrylic, colored pencil on wood panel, 12 x 40 inches, Elisha Sarti, Dark Passed, acrylic, colored pencil on wood panel, 12 x 40 inches; Brendan Coyle introducing The Rising Sun All Stars; the stage set up for AJ Pantaleo’s performance, Scott Lickstein, The Sprinter, silkscreened monoprints, 25 x 19 inches; fly tv above the entrance to Coyle Cavern; various guests at the show with The Realist DJ’ing at the right; Elisha Sarti and Scott Lickstein with Scott’s painting Speechless in the background. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the opening, to all the musicians, to Brendan and the crew at Coyle Cavern and also to Filiz Soyak for snapping some of these photos.

Coyle Cavern presents: COURAGE COLOURS
Visual art by: Elisha Sarti, Scott Lickstein, Priscilla Christen, Emily Peters
There were live music/DJ performances by: AJ Pantaleo, Rising Sun All Stars and The Realist.

Open by appointment through the first week of July 2012. Closing party: July 14th! For purchase information about any of the artworks pictured here, please contact Brendan Coyle.

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Show in NYC – Scott Lickstein & Elisha Sarti & More at Coyle Cavern

Elisha is exhibiting some new work as part of a 4 person art show curated by Brendan Coyle in Staten Island, NYC, opening Saturday June 9, 2012, 7pm.
Upcoming Show in NYC - Scott Lickstein & Elisha Sarti at Coyle Cavern June 9 2012

Coyle Cavern, Saturday June 9, 2012, 7pm – 2am. Live Music starts at 9pm.
194 Bay St. (Little Bay St.) Staten Island, NYC, map.

Coyle Cavern presents: COURAGE COLOURS
Visual art by: Elisha Sarti, Scott Lickstein, Priscilla Christen, Emily Peters
Music at 9pm: AJ Pantaleo, Rising Sun All Stars; DJ: The Realist.

Happening during Staten Island’s Second Saturday monthly art walk!

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