Douglas Witmer

Douglas Witmer

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I moved!

I just relaunched my website!

The new blog address is:

There's already content there, and I have some hopes and plans for it in 2009, so update your links and check in often!

This is my last blog post here, though this blog will remain live if there's ever something you find yourself looking for.


Friday, January 23, 2009

minus space ps1 UPDATE

Juan and Salena at PS1 in November.

This is the final weekend for MINUS SPACE at PS1.

BUT...the portion of the exhibition in the cafe space (where my piece is located) has been EXTENDED through MAY 2009.

That gives you 5 more months to go and wave at my painting!

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

news : "joseph's coat" exhibition

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I'm happy to announce this upcoming project, which is opening very soon right here in my West Philadelphia neighborhood:

The details:
Joseph's Coat
February 5-28, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 5, 6-8pm
Artist's talk: Sunday, Feb 8, 11:30am
The exhibition is open M-F, 10-2, also directly following Sunday services, and by appointment.

The Philadelphia Cathedral
3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

"Joseph's Coat" is a group of new large paintings intended for the Cathedral, to be installed unstretched and flowing. The project takes its title from the Biblical story of Jacob, who gave a fabulous multicolor tunic to Joseph, his youngest and most-favored son (Genesis, chapter 37). Witmer's series does not attempt to follow or in any way illustrate the narrative of the tragic family story that ensues. Rather, he uses his early childhood memories of the story of the coat and the idea of a gift as beginning points for a new exploration of color.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

the music of my year

I've been looking back at all the music I've been into this year. I thought it would be fun to get specific.

The "Album of my Year" (not necessarily a 2008 release) is a tie:
Efterklang Tripper
Colleen Les Ondes Silencieuses
...seriously, check these records out.

The "Song of my Year" is a three-way tie:

Kaki King "Pull Me Out Alive" from Dreaming of Revenge pretty fixated on her there for a while after seeing her live.

My Brightest Diamond "Dragonfly" from Bring Me the Workhorse
...stopped me in my tracks when it came out of my speakers streaming on Last FM.

Efterklang "Step Aside" from Tripper
...probably the most musically rigorous and compelling hit of musical sugar I've heard in years.

(this is someone's homemade video to the music...there are other interesting live versions on YouTube)

Here are the albums I bought in 2008, loosely categorized.

American Music Club The Golden Age
Cat Power The Greatest and Jukebox
The Church Hologram of Baal and Forget Yourself
Denison Witmer Carry the Weight
Dr. Dog Fate
Efterklang Tripper and Parades
Ida Tales of Brave Ida
Kaki King Dreaming of Revenge, Everybody Loves You, and When We Felt Red
My Brightest Diamond Bring Me the Workhorse
Radiohead In Rainbows
Soltero You're no Dream
Various artists (Guineé) Discotheque 72

Colleen The Golden Morning Breaks, Les Ondes Silencieuses, and Et Les Boîtes á Musique
Taylor Deupree Northern
Fennesz Black Sea
Tim Hecker Mirages
Philip Jeck Surf
Mountains Sewn
Murcof Martes and The Versailles Sessions
Talkdemonic Eyes at Half Mast and Beat Romantic
Sickoakes Seawards
Seefeel Pure, Impure
Willits + Sakamoto Ocean Fire

Jack DeJohnette Golden Beams Collected Vol. 1

Chamber Music (my substitute term for “classical”)
Nico Muhly Mothertongue
Johannes Ockeghem Requiem
Steve Riech Piano Phase, String Quartets

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

new green line art projects

I'm excited about these two new exhibitions at my cafes:
John Tallman--Contemporary Two-Dimensional Art Objects for Home or Office"
Through December 2008
Green Line | Powelton Village 3649 Lancaster Avenue

John Tallman has created a new set of colored cast resin objects created specifically for this exhibition.

Tallman's idiosyncratic art exists somewhere in between painting and sculpture, however they all explore vibrant color riding the vehicle of a wide range of materiality. All the work in this show are untitled, though the artist casually calls them "sponges, washcloths, and cotton balls." This underscores the way Tallman simultaneously embraces and pokes serious fun at the high-minded ideals of late modern “purist” approaches to art making.

His work was last exhibited in Philadelphia in 2006 at the Abington Art Center. Since then his work has been included in exhibitions at The Drawing Center (NYC), IS Projects (The Netherlands), and Sydney Non-Objective (Australia).

A native of the Philadelphia area, Tallman now lives and works near Chattanooga, TN.

Read a cafe customer's response to this work: "Toxic, Boring, Inhumane"

Visit the artist's website:

Kathryn Van Steenhuyse--New Paintings
Through January 2009
Green Line Cafe, 4239 Baltimore Avenue

Interested in the process of "making sense" of an experience, Kathryn Van Steenhuyse uses painting as a way to be continuously suspended in a state of not-knowing and discovery. Each encounter with her paintings is somewhat baffling and that uncertainty is exciting.

Van Steenhuyse was born in Vinton, Iowa in 1979. She received her MFA in Fine Arts in 2008 from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a BFA in Painting, 2001, from Washington University in St. Louis, Magna Cum Laude. She has participated in exhibitions at the Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Berlin Office, Berlin; Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA; Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA; Playspace Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Crucible Steele Gallery at CELLspace, San Francisco, CA; HEREart Center, New York; The Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; the Moore College of Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA. She was also a Fellow of The Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 2006 – 2008, Philadelphia, PA.

Van Steenhuyse currently lives and works in Bolton Landing, NY.


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Friday, December 05, 2008

interview at "visual discrepancies"

Brent Hallard, in Tokyo, has just published a short interview with me related to my current work. Please have a look.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

installation views : today is the day

Here are some installation views of my current exhibition, "Today is the Day."  All work is 2008, black gesso and acrylic on canvas.  The smaller works are 40 x 33 inches, the larger works are in the 4 x 5 foot range.

L-R: Silver Rider, New Drifter, Indian Summer, Kentucky Coffee

New Drifter, Indian Summer, Kentucky Coffee

Indian Summer, Kentucky Coffee, How Soon Is Now?

New Drifter, Indian Summer, Kentucky Coffee, How Soon Is Now?

Every Thought About You Takes A Rest,  They Turn Me

They Turn Me, a peek into the next gallery with work by Alexis Kuhr, Silver Rider, New Drifter

They Turn Me, work by Alexis Kuhr, Silver Rider

Silver Rider, New Drifter

Once again here are the vitals on the show:

Today is the Day | New Paintings
Through December 7
M55 Art
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NYC

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