10 Trickiest Trompe L’oeils in Summer Gallery Shows

The practice of tricking viewers to think an artwork is something else dates back to antiquity, but it never gets old. Indeed it’s one of the top trends of the summer art season, judging by the number of gallery shows featuring objects that flaunt mad technical skills–and a deadpan sense of humor–to make you do that double-take. See if you can guess the materials of these trompe l’oeil works currently on view in Chelsea and the Lower East Side.

From top: David Adamo, “Untitled (orange peel),” 2014, bronze, at Kai Matsumiya; Nicolas Party Blackam, “Stone (orange),“ 2012, acrylic on stone, at Salon 94 Bowery; Hannah Cole, "Safety Fence,” 2015, acrylic on canvas, at The Lodge Gallery; Bill Adams, “Balls,” 2015, clay, acrylic, and marker, at Kerry Schuss; Matthias Merkel Hess, 3 of his “5 Gallon Bucket,” 2015, stoneware, at Salon 94 Freemans; Martha Friedman, “Loaf 1,” 2010, cast rubber, at The Hole; Leslie Wayne, “Paint Rag 57 (Adinkra),” 2015, oil on panel, at Mixed Greens; Lauren Seiden, “Cloaked,” 2015, graphite on paper, at Louis B. James; Bertozzi and Casoni, “Cestino della discordia,” 2012, glazed ceramic, at Sperone Westwater; Sarah Harrison, “Rug 13,” 2015, oil on panel, at Mixed Greens.

If you’re in NYC this weekend, stop by Mixed Greens Gallery, 531 W 26th St. 1st Fl (between 10th and 11th Ave).  Curtis Carman and I will be discussing our collaboration on the COLOR DOT CONNECT installation - our talk will be moderated by Alex Fialho, the new Programs Manager at Visual AIDS. 3:00-4:00pm. (this is going to be a FUN conversation…I PROMISE!)

See you there!

Katie Bell is interested in the way materials and surfaces associated with the home–such as linoleum, wallpaper, and carpet–relate to abstract painting, as well as how the process of building can relate to constructing a painting. Bell has shown her work at venues including Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, Nudashank in Baltimore, PLUG Projects in Kansas City, and Okay Mountain Gallery in Austin.  She currently has work included in PAINT THINGS at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA as well as Parallel Art Space in Brooklyn. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Bell graduated in 2011 from RISD with an MFA in Painting. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Katie BellA Night’s Mission, 2012. Vinyl, wood, foam, plastic, carpet, paper, glue, rope, drywall spray, linoleum, and acrylic on wall. Photo Credit: Carly Gaebe.


It’s the last week to check out my window installation at Mixed Greens in New York! 

Last days to see Sonya Blesofsky’s: Tenement @ Mixed Greens! Runs through Saturday, June 11th. Don’t miss it!

We could all live in paper houses if Sonya Blesofsky was building them. Catch the last days of Tenement @ Mixed Greens in Chelsea and you will be wowed by the precision & sheer construction of Blesofsky’s building details, architectural moldings, and interior fixtures. You’ll be asking yourself how on earth can this all be made out of paper? 

Blesofsky spent some time as an Artist-in-Residence in the Open Studios program at MAD Museum where she made paper magic there too. MAD hosts one heck of a studio artist program & hand selects some of todays newest and innovative artists around. 

More images of Sonia’s exhibition & paper magic. Artist’s Website


Read my interview with curator Jordan Tate on his exhibition Color Shift, which looks at the principles of modernism and minimalism in contemporary art, at Mixed Greens Gallery on WhiteWall Magazinehttp://whitewallmag.com/all/art/curator-qa-jordan-tates-color-shift-at-mixed-greens

Images Courtesy of Mixed Greens Gallery, New York