Gail C. Flanery – Artist

A span of time –
November 2, 2014, 3:41 pm
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I recently received a photograph of several of my pieces that were sold in 1975 –
They were framed and hanging on a wall – the collectors had questions for me about the technique and the imagery…and the about the gallery where they were purchased. They had tracked me down over the internet. I must say it has given me pause – and consideration about all those things.

Back then, I was working in dry pastel – and, I was just about to begin my connection and exploration with the printmaking world. Meeting the incredible Master Printers that would become my mentors and friends for life. I was headed down the rabbit hole…never to turn back. I am still working with pastel – adding it to my prints…but I recall my methods…remember the feel on my hands. Over time I continue building layers – still – but now with collage as well as pastel – and its over the printed ink. Pastel has become integrated in a deeper layered process…

As for the imagery…I find myself once again pushing and testing my color and form. I look at the older images…and they were so much more abstracted. And flatter. I had been inspired by the minimalist painters…but the spare color had began to layer and build and the edges soften and smear. I don’t exactly remember when…but the composition began to motivate the imagery. That division became a horizon line. The work started to resemble landscape – granted….totally imaginary landscape – the color pallet directed the line and mood. There was distance in the image.
Ironically – or maybe, naturally – now I find I’m heading back to the abstract – more and more. Seeking minimal again…somewhat.

And that gallery – Kornblee Gallery – has long been gone. Fred Deitzel, the wonderful young guy that worked for them – plucked my work from a group show – guided me in sales – and then became my dealer downtown – he passed when that monster AIDS swept so many away. The gallery scene is now in flux…lots of paths and possibilities…and its in some ways more open – and in some ways more difficult than ever. I’m safe and have a venue in my Brooklyn Gallery. Still selling – phew.

Ahhhh – lots to ponder – and I admit – I am startled to look back and realize what a long time I have been in this game. And my work is still changing and moving…but you can certainly recognize my hand and sensibility on the paper. Indeed, I feel very lucky to still be provoked and pushing technique possibilities. I am one lucky woman to be living in NY – the belly of the beast – and to still be in my studio working most days. Damn.

The show is hung…
September 16, 2014, 1:46 pm
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Its a relief to have made the decisions and put up the work. I’m anxious about reaction…always. But, the older I am – the more years I’ve made my art and displayed it…I realize the nerves will never go away. Put it up. There it is. I’ll never stop making it. Come see it – have an opinion. I’m so lucky to be an artist.

Big Sky
August 20, 2014, 9:49 pm
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Headed out to Montana to fill my eyes with color and space…I do feed on the visuals…but more – maybe the quiet as well. 


Getting ready….
August 8, 2014, 9:56 pm
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I have a show coming up Sept 18th. Somehow that seemed so far off…and then – boom!
…but the work was considered and chosen and has been sent to the framer…and in a way there is a breath.

I’ve been thinking about a phrase I recently read from Hilton Als – he mentions the “humility of creation”…perhaps that embraces and describes the satisfaction – the doubts – the pause before new work begins…

-now comes the marketing and exhibit structure and getting out the troops – sigh.

Well – I will need to get right back on the press to find my balance and calm – and hopefully… provocation.

June 19, 2014, 6:51 pm
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another collage – this one sold!

June 19, 2014, 6:48 pm
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Experiments with collage are sending me down a whole new path.  Suddenly adhesives and magnets are the tools for thought.  A single strip of paper can flatten or pull up distance.  Pieces that I’ve torn up have a new possibility…a second look.  And…I’m not so very sure – I’m a bit provoked.  And that is just where I want to be…intrigued and exploring.  Yum.  New results.

New collage work – untitled
June 19, 2014, 6:41 pm
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Thoughts about the Print Shop
April 7, 2012, 7:32 pm
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For me, collaboration is the stuff of growth – playing with technique opens imagery ideas.  I often find exploring process is more productive than abstract thinking.  I also sometimes really like the delay between the mark making and seeing the result.  That magic moment when you pull the print at the press and see what really happened.  In the shop setting, if you need help you get it…conceptually or hands on.





March 2, 2012, 7:10 pm
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These two terms are often used as if they were interchangeable, even by knowledgeable artists, but there is actually an important distinction between them. I confess for a long time I myself was unsure of the difference between these two printing processes. Rather inexcusable, considering the years I’ve spent in the shop creating these “printed drawings” (Degas).

So I rang up my friend, Master Printer Kathy Caraccio, and asked – of course she was in the middle of an edition – but her assistant held up the phone and she called out “with a monoprint there is always a matrix but with a variation…the monotype is totally a unique image every pull.” Then she sent me to look at MOMA’S print department website. Their description says, more or less, the same thing: monotype is a print and process in which a drawing or painting is executed on a flat unworked printing plate and run through a press giving you a unique, single impression. A monoprint is a uniquely inked and printed impression from a print matrix. That fixed element could be many things – a piece of lace, a leaf, a cut paper shape, an etched line, a pattern or piece of image that appears in each impression.

In a way, each artist invents his own procedure. There are so many approaches and means to bring your own experience. I recently used a carborundum line as my matrix in a monoprint series. I compare it to the drawn line in a monotype I printed around the same time. I’ve been using both of these methods in the shop. Now, knowing and exploring the characteristics of both processes is going to be fun and provocative.

a side by side comparison of a monoprint vs a monotype

monoprint vs monotype

“Horizon” Gail C Flanery – One Woman Show at 440 Gallery
September 8, 2010, 12:52 am
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Gail Flanery’s one woman show “Horizon” will open on September 11th at 440 Gallery, located at 440 6th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.  The opening is from 6 pm to 9 pm. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday4-7 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11-7 pm, and by appointment.  The show will close October 17th.

In addition to the 11 framed works on display, many Flanery works will be available in the gallery flat files.

Beautiful Gray 2010