Crap! They’re on to me: thanks Artnet News

On June 5, 2014 by JF Lynch

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.46.38 PMI just want to shout out a big thank you to – the obviously visionary – Benjamin Sutton of -the clearly great- Artnet news for including me in their BOS short list: an Insiders Guide to Bushwick Open Studios. In which my letterforms are compared to the word paintings of Wayne White.

This is a fair comparison that I am happy to agree with. It is not the first time I’ve heard it but the first time it’s been so public and – full disclosure – my MFA thesis paper for Pratt Institute compared treatments of forms, letter or otherwise in te works of White, Ruscha, and de Chirico.

Thanks to all of you awesome people who made it out to Bushwick open studios this past weekend. It was the first one in my new studio and the turnout was amazing; I’m sure Artnet’s nod didn’t hurt. 🙂

Well, I’m off to prepare for a return residency at the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside.

See you soon!


Kiki Bouba, a group show curated by John O’Connor

On January 26, 2014 by JF Lynch

Hi friends,

If you follow me on Instagram you might have caught wind about a group show I will be in at Sarah Lawrence College that is going to include a redux of my CAC Residency installation from back in May. Well, I am just about done with the install so I guess I can comfortably announce the exhibition.

I am REALLY proud to be included in this language-themed group show for several reasons, not the least of which is that it has been curated by an artist that not only am I a fan of, but is also one of my mentors, John O’Connor . I am also set alongside some other seriously awesome artists focused on written language. I would name-drop but I can let the press release do it for me:


Toxic, by Linda Herritt

Toxic, by Linda Herritt


Kiki Bouba
Curated by Visual Arts guest faculty,
John O’Connor

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, February 4, 5-6:30pm
February 4th– March 11th, 2014

The history of language in visual art is rich and vast – from ancient Chinese scrolls and Persian miniatures, to contemporary paintings, altered photographs, graffiti, Dada, and sound-based performance art. In the 1960’s many Conceptual artists used language in place of brush and canvas, and words played a primary role in their emphasis on ideas over visual forms. Though text had long been used in art before this, artists like Joseph Kosuth were among the first to give words such a central role. The way the words LOOKED was central to Conceptual art as well, but it was the language itself that maintained ultimate significance.

Today, many artists work in the area between a word’s meaning, and its visual form. The act of “reading” a painted or drawn word transforms the role of the viewer, who is asked to navigate between the visual world of form and color, and the subsequent mental space of signs and symbols. And the way a word LOOKS when drawn or painted on a canvas or paper – its size and color and shape transformed – moves us into a space that is simultaneously mental and visual.

This exhibition brings together 9 contemporary artists who explore the space between word and image.

Joe Amrhein
JF Lynch
Anthony Campuzano
Erik den Breejen
Leslie Roberts
Annette Wehrhahn
Noah Dylon
Linda Herritt
Anne Gillman

New Bushwick Studio: 41 Varick Ave 202

On December 4, 2013 by JF Lynch

New Studio at 41 Varick

Friends, I am excited to let you know that I am setting up my new Bushwick digs! That’s right, I am now the newest addition to the studios at 41 Varick Ave.

After two and half years at 317 Harman it has come time for some new scenery and clean walls. Not only does this transition mean that Robin Mork will be able to breathe a bit more at 317 Harman – both literally and figuratively- but I will be able to have the walls space to work on some of the new, bigger works I have been dreaming up recently (hint:since the residency at CAC Woodside.

I am bordering on giddy to be sharing a space with some really awesome other artists that you should know about if you dont already. namely: Caitlin Peluffo, Will Hutnick, and Polly Shindler.

I have been informed that there is usually an open studio event organized for January, so keep an eye out for that announcement.

Follow me on Instagram ( @theJFLynch ) for random studio shots (as well as pictures of food and cats, because the internet demands its tributes).


RANSOM Opening Tomorrow Night!

On November 8, 2013 by JF Lynch



RANSOM opens tonight at Wayfarers. you can official press release below.

Join the event on facebook :

Wayfarers is ever so proud to present:

Ransom: A demanding collaboration with over 300 artists.
November 9th – December 1st, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th, 6 – 10 pm

Wayfarers set out to design an inventive project that could incorporate the range of skills and approaches an open call for entries would generate, as well as acknowledge the fact that we were going to demand money (which would be necessary to cover our administrative costs, but still made us uncomfortable). We developed the idea for Ransom – a group show that was open to absolutely anyone who paid the ten bucks for the submission fee. We spread the word about the show and 275 artists from all over the world committed to participate. Based on that number, we wrote a True Story with *275 words, and assigned one word to each of the artists. They were to make their words out of virtually any material and then send them to us so that we could arrange them on the walls of the gallery to spell out the True Story in the style of a giant, three-dimensional ransom note.

*A real life fact changed in the True Story, so we added a footnote, and recruited more word-makers. Then another fact changed (real life is slippery), and we recruited more word-makers for that footnote. The current word count for Ransom is 329 and holding. The story, as of this writing, is still true…

Wayfarers is a studio program and exhibition space dedicated to creating a community of makers who will champion each other, but also hold each other’s feet to the fire. We host solo exhibitions, critiques, drawing parties, group shows, live music, experimental performances, puppetry events, readings, workshops, video screenings and other inventive events. These events are usually open to the public, almost always cheap or free and designed with the same championing/feet scorching spirit in mind.

Wayfarers is located at 1109 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 and is open Saturdays and Sundays, 12–6 pm, or by appointment. Tour groups are welcome.

Here is my contribution (one of my most legible drawings to date):
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And just because I love a good filibuster here are the over 250 artists 
participating in the show (thanks to all for making it happen):

Dorette Amell, Chad Anderson , Theresa Andrea , Malwina Andruczyk , Harry Aoki , Katiem Arle , Miranda Austin , Wendy Babcox , Danielle Barbaro , Frank Barbella , Laura Bartczak , Patrick Barth , Jon Barwick , Lisa Beck , Elizabeth Beckmann , Georgia Bellas , Patrick Berran , Bob Biddlestone , Astrid Bowlby , Havilah Browne , Charles Buckley , Matthew Budjinski , Derrick Buisch , Daniel Burke , Martin Cail , Kathryn Caimi , Alan Calpe , Jacobus Capone , Diana Caramat , diana Caramat , Michael Chabler , Cynthia Chen , Ifeatuanya Chiejina , April Childers , Derek Chung , Melanie Clark , Stephanie Clark , Melanie Clark , MargaretColeman , Amy Cote , Amy Cote , Joy Cox , Warren Craghead , Maria Cuahutle , Deborah Cuneo , Kelsey Dallas , Robin Davis , Alicia Degener , Diana Delosh , Ria DelRosario , Erin Deneuville , Lauren Denitzio , Owen Dennis , Sarah,Detweiler , Barbara DiLorenzo , Celine Downen , eve driggers , Nathan Eckenrode , Josh Edwards , Josh Edwards , Erica Ehrenbard , Mary Eisendrath , marie elcin , Katrina Ellis , ShouEng , Loren Erdrich , angel favorite , Natalie Ferguson , George Ferrandi , K Fisher-Price , Erin Fitzsimmons , Becky Flanders , Elizabeth Fontaine , cindi ford , James Foster , Adrienne Gaither , Sean Gallagher , Julie Gautier-Downes , Kristin Gautier-Downes , June Glasson , Ayse Goksan , David Gonzalez , Heather Goodman , Bret Gottschall , Ed Grant , Emily Green , Marcella Green , Erika Greenberg-Schneider , Hannah Guerrero , Tyler Hackett , Jocelyn Hall , Jake Hand , misha handschumacher , Aimee Hertog , Erika Hess , Carolyn Hesse , Christine Hill , Brooke Hine, Amy Hinten , Jen Hitchings , Natalie Hojell , Stu Hollins , Katie Hovencamp , Lauren Howard , Will Hutnick , Travis Iurato , lauren jantz , Bobby Jeffries , Alexander Jiang , Howard Jimarez, Karissa Johnson , Kieran Johnson , MJohnson , Benjamin Jones , Paisley Kang , Nina Katchadourian , Alia Kate , Tom Keats , TheresaKendall , Todd Kendall , Mieren Kendall , Nate Kendall , John Kieltyka , Megan Kim , Aiyana Knauer , Kelly Kozma , Emily Krill , Janette Krolczyk , Dominika Ksel , Leslie Lanxinger , Sto Len , Nicole-Corine Lenhart , James Lepkowski , Robin Levine , LuLu LoLo , James Long , Slim Lopez , Erika Lopez , Claire Lordon , Margeaux Lucas , JF Lynch , DenizeMaaloe , David MacGougan , Diego Marini , Katherine Matos , Anthony May , III Maycumber, Beth Maycumber , Russell Maycumber , Phil McCollam , Maureen McCourt , TamiLyn McCoy , Robert McKirdie , David McQueen , Breanne Merritt , Kaitlyn Messineo , Laura Mongiovi , Ellen Mueller , Susan Mulder , Kevin Mullins , Seth Mulvey , Kellie Murphy , Denyse Murphy , Lori Nelson , Rebecca Nurick , Dekker O’Reilly, laurie obrian , John Orth , Caroline Paquita , Margaret Parish , Minah Park , Erik Parra , Kate Phillips , Nathan Pietrykowski , Paul Pino , Jolie Prom , Danya Pugliese , Jonathan Ramirez , Kristen Rego , Jeffrey Repko , Ann Resnick , Tricia Riebesehl , Sarah Robertson , Leslie Robison , Esther Ruiz , Scott Saunders , Sierra Schneider , Michael Sell , Sharon Shapiro , Maura Shenker , Jennifer Shepard , MiShim , Suzanne Sidler , Catherine Siller , Garric Simonsen , Garcia Sinclair , Laura Smith , Carol Smith , Henrik Soerensen , nik sokol , Steven Solomon , Steven Solomon , Steven Solomon , Drew Sork , Samantha Spalti , Samantha Spalti , Micki Spiller , HiroSpiller , Allen Stafford , Meredith Starr , Karla Stingerstein , Patrick Storey , Vincent Stracquadanio , John Stugrin , Sean Sullivan , Erika Swinson , SarahTell , david thompson , Alycia Thompson , C Thrower , Timespent , Derek Timm-Brock , Hayley Tomlinson , Andrew Toutain , Rose Troisi , Mimi Troisi , Keil Troisi , Rose Troisi , aaron troisi , Aaron Tsuru , Shelley Turley , Kathleen Vaccaro , Marissa Valenza , Boomen Vanden, Jono Vaughan , Nikki Virbitsky , Tyrras Warren , Ella Watson , marshall weber , Katie Whelan , Nafis White , Kristofer Widholm , Amanda Wilcox , Williams, Meghan Willis , Brett Windham , Adrienne Wong , Ronin Wood , Daniel Zeese , Teddi Zelle , Kim Zitzow

Artist Solidarity: a Bushwick Art Crit Group exhibition

On September 20, 2013 by JF Lynch

bushwick art crit group

Artist Solidarity:  a BACG group show
Opening Friday, September 27 7 – 10PM
Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham St 11237

When artist and arts blogger Christopher Stout formed the Bushwick Art Crit Group * (BACG) earlier this year, he was filling a need he knew was present in Bushwick: a reoccurring event that fostered positive and intelligent discussion about some of the amazing work that is happening all over this area of Brooklyn. Christopher is never one to do anything half-way and has consistently gathered a series of presenters that embody the panorama of artistic media (from painting, to performance to fashion) and range in career levels from the green and emerging to seasoned veteran. BACG has opened new dialogues and created opportunities for young and talented artists to meet with one another and be introduced to some of Bushwick’s artistic heavies and gallerists.

It has been great so far and I look forward to the BACG’s years a head, but the time has come to see what happens when a group show’s curation is predicated on the individual artist’s ability to appreciate one another. I am excited to be included in the BACG’s first group show: Artist Solidarity.

One week from today will be the opening reception for what I presume can only be an incredibly eclectic display of artworks that expresses many of the highlights of the “Bushwick Art Scene” –as the kids are calling it these days.

You can follow the continuing exploits of the BACG on their Tumblr.

* made possible by the combined benevolence of Burr Dodd of Brooklyn Fire Proof and Arts in Bushwick.



RANSOM at Wayfarers, Opening Nov. 9th

On August 12, 2013 by JF Lynch

ransom at wayfarers

RANSOM at Wayfarers

ransom at wayfarers

I know November 9th is a while a way, but if you read on you’ll understand why this show will take three months to put together…

I will be joining approximately 249 other artists to participate in in Wayfarers’ clever group show: RANSOM: Opening Saturday November 9th, 2013.

The group at Wayfarers Studio Program in Brooklyn have composed a very short story (250 words) for their exhibition Ransom. They have also enlisted 250 artists from all over the country. Each artist has been assigned one word from the story to legibly render in whatever two-dimensional manner they see fit, (drawing, painting, collage, banana peel etc.)anything! as long as it is  below 8.5″ x 11″ in size.

While I do not envy the people responsible for actually having to hang the 250 small works that will constitute this show, I am very excited to see this executed this coming November.

SPOILER ALERT: I  have to admit that I was hoping that chance (or whatever process Wayfarers used) would grant me the assignment of some mundane article to augment; I think “an” would have been fun. Alas, I was given a seven-letter word to fit in under eleven inches, but I like a challenge. Perhaps I will let you know what it is… perhaps.

Wayfarers is located at 1109 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221

I’m sure there will be more info to come is live, and I am on it

On August 5, 2013 by JF Lynch

I have a few pieces available at is something new. It is an artist-run digital marketplace and I am excited to have been invited to take part in its initial launch. Tuuum has been designed to cater to all walks of art collector, from the novice to the blue chip. You can build your own virtual or physical collection. You can see what I have made available (including some previously unseen work) by going directly to my page here:

foranobject:  new work by jf lynch available at

Foranobject, charcoal on paper, 2013


follow me on Instagram

On July 11, 2013 by JF Lynch



I am on Instagram. and you can find me @theJFLynch  I like Instagram for the ability to publicly archive objects of inspiration and ancillary images, without muddying up this website. It ends up being more a collection of passing thoughts, but be forewarned: I like to cook and I have a cat, so there will be food and cat pics on occasion. There are a few examples below; follow me if you dare.


Group Show: opening July 18

On July 6, 2013 by JF Lynch


Yo Brooklynites III

Community Group Exhibition

July 07 – August 01, 2013

Artist Reception: Thursday July 18, 7:30 pm

Hadas Gallery
541 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Hadas Gallery is proud to present our third annual community group exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 Brooklyn artists.

The artists included are a mixture of members from the Jewish community as well as local Brooklyn artists. The exhibition brings a sense of diversity and common interests between different cultural backgrounds that make up our neighborhood.


The artwork ranges in medium and content. It provides insight into a variety of artistic influences. Most importantly, group exhibitions remind us of the everchanging range of subjects, concepts, and techniques relevant to modern art.


Participating Artists:

Joan Arbeiter, Jon Axelrod, Ellie Balk, Ramona Candy, Leah Caroline, Lucien Dulfan, Betsy Ely, Brooks Fredricks, Zalmen Glauber, Richard Lebenson, J.F Lynch, Jamillah Jennings, Melanie Kozol, V. Ken Marion, Harry Moritz, Doug Newton, Kathleen



Arts in Bushwick came by to visit!

On June 20, 2013 by JF Lynch

Thanks for the shout-out, Nicole Durbin of Arts in Bushwick!


Arts in Bushwick JFL