Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OPEN STUDIO EVENT! October 21-22, 2017



My studio will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday between

12:00-6:00 pm
As well as other neighborhood artists, who will open their studio doors to the public over the weekend.
You'll be able to meet personally with artists, see where we work, ask questions, and check out our latest creations!
Detail of painting: Coming or Going
58"X50" Inches © Iris Lavy, 2017

Don't miss out on this fun event!

Looking forward to see you!
Yours truly,
Iris Lavy

Monday, July 27, 2015


As I have been frantically working towards the opening of my show, I didn't get a chance to update the blog, so here's a belated announcement. I will update with more pictures and information later on. 

The closing party will be on July 30th, between 6-9PM. there will be music and poetry reading, so if you're around please come!

Iris Lavy


New mixed media art at Gallery Gaia, in Brooklyn, NYC

Opening reception: Wednesday, July 1st, 6-8PM 


Closing party: Thursday, July 30th, 6-9PM 

Come celebrate with music and poetry reading! 

"Can We Dump It Into Space?" 

Mixed media, 28"X28"X28" Inches

"New York, Bologna, Letdar, Vancouver"

Mixed Media 58"X48"X3" Inches


 Detail from:" Leviathan"

Mixed Media, approximately 64"X50"X66" Inches 


Gallery location:
79 Hudson Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY
Directions by subway: F train to York Avenue Station

Gallery hours:
Wednesday through Sunday 2-8 PM,
and by appointment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art from Detritus: 20th Anniversary Invitational


I am participating in this group show that opens tomorrow, please come visit if you're in the NY area


You are invited to come see this unusual exhibition at
548 WEST 28th STREET, #632 (between 10th & 11th Ave.), NYC

Art from Detritus: 20th Anniversary Invitational 
March 3 - April 4, 2015 - Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6-8 pm
The exhibit “Art from Detritus" features fine art from cast-off materials created by professional artists from throughout the world. The heart of this exhibit is the message of the three R's: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. The exhibition is a juried competition for dynamic, inventive and provocative work created from a multitude of materials that would have been discarded if not rescued for art making. 
Artists: Marcia Bernstein * Taisha Brehaut * Valentina Celada * Ursula Clark * May DeViney * Fred Gutzeit * Sandra Guze * Ed Herman * Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff * Kathleen King * Bernice Sokol Kramer * Iris Lavy * Lee Lee * Kathy Levine * Lynne Mayocole * Garry Noland * Peggy Noland * Carol Quint * Norman Reid * Diane Root * Leonard Rosenfeld * Helaine Soller * Renata Stein * Stephen Soreff * Suprina *Judy Thomas * Sam Weiner * Larry Zdeb * Philip Zuchman
Curated by Vernita Nemec, artist/curator, the first Detritus Exhibition was conceived in 1993 & over the years has received funding from The Puffin Foundation, the Kaufmann Foundation and the National Recycling Coalition. Since then, there have been more than a dozen Detritus exhibitions through out the U.S. You can see information and images of past Detritus shows at

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fountain 2014!

It's time again, the art fairs are back in New York and I'm with the Hullaballoo Collective again, showing at the Fountain Art Fair!!

This year the fair looks better than ever with more cutting edge, new and exciting art!

Come and visit if you're in the NYC area this weekend! 

The Hullaballoo Collective makes art and wants to share it with you!  We are thrilled to announce our return to the Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory.  

Inspired by the independent spirit of Fountain, the original 1913 Armory Art Show, and feeling the suffocating effects of excessive art hype and promotion, the artists of Hullaballoo Collective coalesced two years ago with the intention of sharing work directly with the public. We fly a banner of proud unity without surrendering individuality!  Hullaballoo booths ooze with vibrant, passionate life - you can see a forest, or choose a tree - you'll find a salon space brimming with art, intention and expressions of lives lived, all brought forth to savor through medium and material. This year Richard Timperio, who hosts the huge annual Group exhibition at Sideshow Gallery and inspired us to show together, is our invited guest artist. The Hullaballoo Collective seeks to inspire you to do something that hasn't been done before . . . because that's what matters most.

Ellen Alt / Sharon Appel / Marianne Barcellona / Beth Barry / Fran Beallor / Richard Brachman / Megan Sirianni Brand / Jo-Ann Brody / Miriam Brumer / Cecile Brunswick / Gülsen Calik / Kathleen Casey / Pamela Casper / Steven Ceraso / Ursula Clark / Barbara Coleman / Yvette Cohen / James P. Dalglish / Colleen Deery / John N. Erianne / Patricia Fabricant / Robin Feld / Karen Fitzgerald / Elaine Forrest / Jerome Forsans / Lynne Friedman / Robin Gaynes-Bachman / Irene Gennaro / Judy Glasser / Beth Giacummo / Peggi Pugh Gottlieb / Norma Greenwood / Aimee Hertog / Eileen Hoffman / Sandra Indig / Suejin Jo / Robin M. Jordan / Bernard Klevickas / Seunghwui Koo / Melissa Kraft / Bernice Sokol Kramer / Enhanced Art Resources / Thea Lanzisero / Iris Lavy / Donna Levinstone / Liz-N-Val / Robert Lobe / Patrick McEvoy / Gammy Miller / Bascha Mon / Sharon Moreau / Adrienne Moumin / Helene Mukhtar / Nancy Egol Nikkal / Walter O'Neill / Nancy Oliveri / Fleur Palau / Sergey Pchelintsev / Cade Pemberton / Arthur Polendo / Jeffrey Allen Price / Elisa Pritzker / Jacqueline Sferra Rada / Julia Rooney / Edwin Salmon / Ann Sgarlata / Joyce Silver / Regina Silvers / Mike Sorgatz / Audrey Stone / Cigdem Tankut / Linda Tharp / Richard Timperio / Patrick Todd / Shira Toren / Marilyn Walter

Marion Callis

Hullaballoo Collective at the Fountain Art Fair
Booths C-104 and C-204, 68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
Ticket info available here:
Fountain Art Fair will honor Armory Show VIP cards.

Fountain hours are:
Friday, March 7th
12 – 7pm: VIP/Press Preview (Open to the public)
7pm – Midnight: Opening Night Reception
Music Lineup: DJ Nick Zinner

Saturday, March 8
12 – 7pm: Open to the public
7pm – Midnight: Saturday Night Event
Music Lineup : THE DEEP!

Sunday, March 9
12 – 5pm : Open to the Public

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fountain Art Fair, 2013 with the Hullaballoo Collective!

This year I'm proud to announce that I will be showing some of my artwork as part of a group show in the Fountain Art Fair. The fair is located in the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, it will run during art fair week, March 8th - 11th, on the centennial of the historic Armory Show.

I will be showing 6 mixed media pieces, together with the Hullaballoo Collective!
The Hullaballoo Collective is a diverse group of artists who have come together through social media to present salon style exhibitions of collective strength and intrepid individuality—rowdy expressions that offer audiences the possibilities presented by an inclusive understanding of art. Outsider, emerging, veteran; we are thinkers, and we are makers. We are artists. We are part of the egalitarian zeitgeist, the energy that underlies the new century and that uses new tools to reach broad audiences.

If you are in NYC, please come for the opening day, I will be there on Friday, March 8th. The fair will open to the public at 5pm. The Opening Night Reception will start at 7pm until Midnight. The opening event promises to be exciting, with many performance artists, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the historic Armory Show in 1913. The Armory Show was the first international art fair in NY that brought ground breaking avant garde art to view for the first time in America.
The fair will also be open on Saturday between 12 - Midnight, and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

The Hullaballoo Collective will be in Booths C202, C203, & C204

69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
N, R, 6 to 23rd Street
$10 day pass / $15 weekend pass / $55 VIP pass
Discounted tickets available through
Fountain Art Fair will honor Armory VIP cards.
I hope to see you there! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm Back!

HAPPY 2013!!!

I can't believe it has been over two years since I last updated this blog! I sure didn't plan for such a long hiatus, and didn't realize it has been so long... sometimes time seems to just fly by without us realizing it... I know I was busy, and searching, and not sure what is the next step, in terms of the direction my art will take. I've experimented, tried different things. I'm still exploring and experimenting - isn't life about discovery and exploration anyway? So I'll probably continue doing so. But at least now I feel that instead of jumping from one thing to the other, never making a commitment, I'm ready to be where I am, dig deeper, spend some time at this point before moving on to the next one. This is not just another New Year resolution, which have a tendency to be broken a few months or even weeks or days after. I cannot predict the future. All I can do is make my intention heard, and it's all I'm doing. I'll try to be more present. I'll make more, I'll post more. I'm going to post some of the work I've been making since the last time. Happy New Year!

To start, I'll post the mixed-media pieces which I showed in the art fair back in December 2010. They are three dimensional mixed-media pieces, a bit difficult to show well in photographs, because they are not sculptures, rather kind of relief pieces that hang on a wall. I made them using recycled plastic containers and fabric remnants, mounted with photographs of the city and painted/drew over them. Sizes are between about 9'-14' inches, and up to 2.5' inches deep. I called this series Citycycle:


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Rabbit Hole Art and Design Holiday Fair

Few of my new mixed-media pieces will be shown there this weekend, I will have more photos of the new work next week, but for now, here is the information, if you can make it there's a party tonight at 6 with drinks and live music. It's in Dumbo, Brooklyn:

Rabbit Hole Studio and Gallery
33 Washington St,
NY 11201

More information on the blog: Rabbit Hole Art and Design Holiday Fair

Here are some photos from the show:

Beautiful artwork at affordable prices, and some craft and design in the other room (not shown here). Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Without a Lot of Words

Been thinking about 'the meaning' of art and being an artist a lot this past week, as part, or the aftermath of #class which I participated in last weekend (the last days of the exhibit), and reading the blog post and comments on the Winkleman blog.

At the same time trying to work/finish this painting, which is a cityscape of downtown Manhattan, not too far from the galleries in Chelsie.

So without many words and explaining , here's the painting, maybe it's finished. It's colorful so very difficult to get an accurate photo:
City 5
50X46 Inches Mixed Media Painting on Canvas

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I'm not a person who is very comfortable with words. Writing isn't easy for me. But sometimes discussions on other blogs invoke a need to comment, so here I am writing in response to a comment-discussion on a blog I enjoy reading, Edward Winkleman's:

Personally, I chose art forms that require other skills to express myself, it was music, now visual art. But these days visual artists are required to use a lot of verbiage. Every exhibit starts with a long lecture by the artist. It's like the art is not accessible without explaining it first. I feel like that often. When visiting a gallery or a show I take a look first, without hearing or reading anything. I like to see what this does to me, and often, it does very little. Then I read, or listen to the 'explanation' or interpretation and I go: ahhhhhh... I didn't get it right away (and I feel humbled - another word for: a little stupid for not getting it right away). Then I look again at the art and it all comes into place, I enjoy and appreciate it, and think: wow, that's brilliant/that's so touching...

But at the same time a part of me is still reserved, not enjoying totally, because I feel insulted, I think - this should have been clear to me right away, why isn't it speaking to me in the language of the visual, why is there a need for crutches? for words, for explaining? I mean, yes, words are fine if you want to know more, understand more, get a bigger picture, but there should also be an immediate response to the art, that is non-verbal, that doesn't need any words, that is individual, open and vast. It is the main thing that makes it VISUAL art.

I also don't like being fed with the interpretation. Once there is an explanation, there is only one way to interpret, to understand, I am forced to see it in a certain way. It's like reading a book and then seeing it in a movie, once you saw the movie there is a certain picture in your mind, you cannot imagine it as you did before, you cannot interpret it freely. Yet, cinema does leave a lot to be interpreted, a lot to think about, at least in a good movie, and a movie can be viewed on it's own, reading the book is not necessary to enjoy or 'get' it. So the analogy is not perfect, because the book and the movie are each separate art forms that stand by themselves, for themselves. I think visual art should speak for itself, on many levels, and to any person in an individual way, be open to personal interpretation. Words can be used as an enhancement, but any explanation that is longer than one paragraph, if that, which is about as long as the lyrics to a song, is redundant, too long, too complicated, too heavy. It's also great when the words can stand by themselves, have some meaning and importance even without the artwork, as in good lyrics to a song (although sometimes the lyrics in a song can be rather silly, only used as a tool to enhance or 'anchor' the music).

For example, in the work of Stephanie Sinclair of Afghan women burn victims, shown now in the Whitney Biennial - the explanation can stand in itself as a journalistic, very touching piece of information. It enhances and is being enhanced by the photographs.

Two paragraphs are printed in the exhibit, but this could easily be shortened to one, the message is striking. If you are able to look closely at the photos or just take a glimpse at them, it stays with you for a long time, and hits you on many levels, emotionally, intellectually. It is about third world countries, but also about our identity as a women, as a society (both men and women), just to name a few. It speaks to everyone who is touched by it in an individual, personal way.

I like comparing visual art to music. Now I am trying to put all my thoughts down into words, and it is not easy for me, but I am trying:

Music speaks without words, but sometimes words are used to enhance, to complete, as an additional tool. But the words are usually short, and simple. A poem, lyrics to a song.

Music can be understood and felt without words, as in instrumental music.

It can be interpreted in many ways. In fact, every person will hear and feel and respond differently to the same piece. We may both like Bach, or Bill Evans, but we will both like them in different ways. You may like the high note and I may like the unpredictable rhythm in the slowest part. Every minute may include other particles we each like, and respond to differently, feel them differently, imagine in different colors. Back in music school, one of my teachers used to mock music critics, for trying to describe music with words, phrases such as: 'the velvety clarinet melody'... 'the sparkling piano notes'... what's wrong with it you ask? for musicians all that needs to be defined with words are mainly the technical terms, such as notes, scales and rhythm, and beyond that the wordly definitions are very simple: In classical music its Italian terms such as: Allegro - fast; Con Brio - with vigor; Dolce - sweetly; Delicato - delicately; Jiojoso - joyfully; and so on, very simple terms. In Jazz there may be even less words used - musicians will define: it's a ballad, or: it's free jazz; mostly technical terms, referring to scale/form/rhythm etc.. the rest is spoken with the music itself. And the music speaks, it speaks volumes.

To me, visual art has lost it's immediacy in making a visual connection that is deep, and beyond words.

I am struggling here with words to explain why words are not necessary. I have chosen this form of art for this reason, because unlike theater, poetry, literature, screen writing, which are art forms that require the spoken or written word, I don't think words are the main tool for the visual artist, or shouldn't be one of the necessary tools.

I've spoken my mind, a lot of writing and a lot of words for me, it's such a long post, all these words... I hope I made some point here... thank you for reading!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I'm happy to say I've managed to visit 5 fairs! not all that I wanted to see, that's impossible to manage unless you rush through them without enough time to browse and process what you see!
I've had some summarizing thoughts before falling asleep last night, and woke up to more thoughts after a night of vivid dreams...

So... some thoughts about the role of art and artists in history and today, which probably are nothing new to those of you who studied art history, but I would like to put them all down, for mind-organization purposes.

The way it used to have been is that the role of visual artists was to record and reflect events, reality, daily life, and also religious and political beliefs and ideas. Artist's work also had a recreational value, by providing an aesthetic pleasure or sometimes a cathartic experience to the viewer. The role of an artist was also that of a historian. The artist injected their own personal ideas and feelings in an indirect way.

These days, ever since the invention of the camera and film, the role of the visual artist has been less and less that of recording events. Today the artist is allowed and even expected to have and to express their own ideas/concepts/feelings!

The visual artist these days expresses or aspires to express him/herself via one or (most of the time) more than one of these elements:

Meticulous skill or craft
Deep, emotional, conscious or sub-conscious expression
Unique aesthetic value

Have I forgotten any elements? please correct me if I did.

So... now to my personal quest: where does that leave me now? What does my own art express?


What is life about?
Is there an answer?
Am I expected to have it?
Many artists' ideas/concepts are about ASKING a question, not answering.
What is mine? what is MY WAY, or MY QUESTION, or ANSWER?
I am not sure at this point, and I feel this has to be the next step for me. Finding this answer/question is important, it is my ARTIST STATEMENT.


When musicians create, they are EXPERIENCING their art through the element of TIME. The experience is TRANSFERRED to the audience through the ENERGY that is being created. Even if the music is recorded and played over a CD, the listener listens and feels the ENERGY that was created in time. There is a sort of UNIFICATION of object and subject, there is an EXPERIENCE.
The process is similar in dance, theater, cinema. Literature and poetry are similar as well, the author/poet is the story-teller who records their words in writing, the art is experienced through the element of TIME, the experience is that of UNIFICATION of the energies created by the writer, and the vibrations of the listener/reader.

In visual art, with the exclusion of performance and video art (which I would classify together with theater or cinema), and kinetic art, the process is more tricky. The visual artist creates an object, then separates from it. The experience of UNIFICATION is different. The art, once finished, exists outside of the artist, and outside of the element of CHANGE in time. It is in the HERE and NOW. The viewer may experience it over time, discovering and learning it, but the art in itself has become an OBJECT as opposed to a changing ENERGY/THOUGHT or a recording of energy/thought. It exists in the dimension of HERE and NOW, it is not changing in itself. OR IS IT? Is there really such thing as a non-changing-object? As we know today, with the discoveries of science, EVERYTHING is energy.

What do you think?

Transferring of the human experience through visual means. In the HERE and NOW. What does that even mean, what does it say? It is nothing special, nothing different, but it is what ART is about, isn't it?
All the rest have other functional purposes. Our life is about survival, recreation and meaningת I think. Art interprets those elements, of life. Art focuses on meaning and recreation. No one needs art to survive, except for the artist of course, who, if lucky, uses it to survive.

Creating an art EXPERIENCE which TRANSCENDS the object - is it possible? I think we all try it, like in the movie 9, transfer our soul to the object we are making.

I seem to get nowhere further with these thoughts, so I will leave it at that for now. I am still looking for the answer or the question, maybe I will find it in the words I've written so far, or maybe I need to work some, and produce, in order to have a sense of actually finding something.

In the mean time, here are a few images of some 'recent' work (I haven't posted in a long while), for your aesthetic enjoyment/ cathartic experience/ intellectual enlightenment (alright, just kidding, don't mean to sound pretentious ;-)...)

Well, anyway, here it is:
Cityscape #4
Mixed Media 11X8.5 Inches

Cityscape #2

Mixed Media 11X8.5 Inches

Cityscape #3

Mixed Media 11X8.5 Inches

Blue In Green In Yellow

Acrylic on Canvas
54X48 Inches (137X121 Cm)


48X72 Inches (121X183 Cm)

Color Me Good

30X24 Inches (76X61 Cm)
Mixed Media on Canvas

This is the City that Never Sleeps

24X36 Inches (61X91 Cm)
Mixed Media on Canvas

This time

11X8.5 Inches
pencils on paper

It's the Wind That Draws Me To You

11X8.5 Inches
pencils on paper

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