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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dan Tague's 'I Am: Money Matters' Exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD) ArtPrize 2013 exhibition, “Designed to Win,” proved that an exhibition which engages viewers on multiple levels can have both broad popular and professional appeal. As ArtPrize 2014 draws near, KCAD Curator of Exhibitions Michele Bosak is working to provide an even more enriching experience with this year’s exhibition, “I Am: Money Matters.”

“I Am: Money Matters,” will raise bold questions about currency, consumption, and value and explore their influence on human beings, our emotions, and our understanding of the world around us. The small but highly talented roster of artists will include, among others, groundbreaking conceptual artist Mel Chin, who was a juror for ArtPrize 2013, New York-based visual artist William Powhida, and New Orleans-based artist Dan Tague. Far from an artistic treatise on American capitalism, the exhibition will also feature work from two international artists, one from Australia and another from Mexico, and seeks to create a dialogue about the different ways in which human beings decide what does and doesn’t have value.

Bosak deliberately sought out artists and work that would allow her to craft a cohesive viewing experience that will provide a number of different entry points so that anyone, regardless of their knowledge of or experience with art, can engage the exhibition in a deeply meaningful way.
“We want to maintain the high quality of our programming while also providing opportunities for people to create their own associations and forge a moving emotional connection to the work,” she said. “Value is not a black and white issue to any of us. There’s a huge gray area out there that we want to explore.”

During ArtPrize 2013, jurors and viewers alike praised the “Designed to Win” exhibition’s ingenious use of both materials and metaphors to inspire imagination and explore a diversity of ideas. As a result, KCAD took home the competition’s coveted “Outstanding Venue” award, and one of the exhibition’s pieces, “Through the Skies for You” by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, took home the juried award in the 3D category. 
But what distinguished KCAD wasn’t having the highest volume of work or the most talked about entry; it was the fullness of the experience that “Designed to Win” had to offer.

“There are over 4,500 sq. ft. of space in The Fed Galleries at KCAD, but we’re not keen on overcrowding the space with work just for the sake of drawing a crowd,” said Bosak. “Our shows are designed to give the viewer mental and physical space to really spend time with the work, think about its meaning, and consider how they relate to what’s being presented. Last year it was gratifying to have that approach validated by a jury.”
To ensure that viewers will be able to fully explore “I Am: Money Matters,” the exhibition will officially open on August 21, a full month before the start of ArtPrize. In addition, The Fed Galleries will operate with extended hours for the duration of the competition: Tues-Thurs from 10am-8pm and Fri-Sat from 10am to 5pm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

David Buckingham Featured on the Cover of Coast Magazine

Coast Magazine's October cover features David Buckingham’s “Pretty Boy,” which was recently installed in City Hall of Newport Beach's Sculpture Garden 

Grand Opening of 5 Press Gallery ||| Featuring Work by Hannah Chalew and Bonnie Maygarden

Bonnie Maygarden, POS, 2014, enamel on pleather, 66" x 89"

Hannah Chalew, Absent I, 2013, pen and ink and thread on paper, 45" x 87" x 1.5"

[NEW ORLEANS, LA] -- The NOCCA Institute is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest project, 5 Press Gallery. The gallery focuses on artists with a connection to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, including present and former faculty, visiting artists, and alumni. It is located in the new NOCCA Forum at 5 Press Street, where the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood meets the Bywater.

5 Press Gallery's first show is Salutations, which opens with a silent auction and reception November 8 from 6pm to 9pm. Items that have surpassed their "buy it now" bids by 9pm will be marked sold. All other pieces will remain open for bidding through Sunday, November 16. Winning bidders will be contacted at the close of the show.

Artists participating in Salutations include faculty/former faculty Seth Boonchai, Terry DeRoche, Nikki Jackson, Jenny LeBlanc, Mary Jane Parker, Keith Perelli, Ann Schwab, and Michel Varisco, as well as alumni Nathan Arthur, Sally Caraway, Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell, Hannah Chalew, Emilie Gossiaux, Stephen Hoskins, Erica Lambertson, Jacob Martin, Bonnie Maygarden, Brandan Odums, Terrance Osborne, Megan Roniger, Ashley Teamer,and Carl Joe Williams. 

Admission to both the gallery and the opening reception is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Inaugural gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm. Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell is the gallery director.  

Stay tuned for the launch of 5 Press Gallery's official website and calls for upcoming shows.

Generic Art Solutions' Upcoming Exhibition at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington DC

“The Raft”, 2010. Archival Pigment Print  48” x 72
Cross MacKenzie Gallery, in collaboration with Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, presents this exhibition of photographs by the collaborating partners Matt Vis and Tony Campbell who practice as “Generic Art Solutions” on view during FOTOWEEK DC.

This New Orleans-based art duo use nearly every art medium as they examine the recurring themes of human drama and the (dis)functions of contemporary society.  Always rooted in performance, they play every character in their work. In their more distilled “duets” we see something of a yin and yang (a balance between individuals that aren’t quite interchangeable), but in their more elaborate “stageings” the result is as epic as the subject matter itself.  By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, they manage to illuminate the common thread that connects past histories with current events. This strategy creates something of a “Déjà Vu effect” that is often driven by the well-known works of art they reference.

In this dialogue between the past and present the viewer realizes several things: 1) that the history of art is inextricably political, 2) that human behavior repeats itself no matter how tragic or brutal, and 3) that this cycle of repetition must be broken so personal and societal progress can be made. Despite all this, their work contains a glimmer of hope and an element of levity.

Their public performances certainly contain their most humorous and irreverent commentary on the function of art and contemporary life itself. More absurd than comical, their performances engage the audience by playing carefully developed roles with a specific task at hand. Their best-known and longest-running performance is the “International Art Police”, or the “Art Cops”. They outfit themselves in authentic police uniforms (complete with badges, police cruiser, and special ticket books) and take to the streets with the mission of “Safeguarding Art Communities Worldwide”. They patrol art galleries, and museums looking for suspicious art activities and issue  “Notice of Violation” fines for work deemed “Too Art School”, “Formulaic”, “Too Trendy”, or “Even I Could Do That” infractions.   Washington DC’s extensive museum culture could very well be fertile ground for Generic Art Solutions’ passionate engagement with art history.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Art Newspaper Features 'Guns in the Hands of Artists'

Adam Mysock's ‘Bittersweet Times. Baroque and presence in the collection SØR Rusche Berlin / Oelde’ Exhibition

Adam Mysock, Forever Looking Out, 2013, Acrylic on Panel, 5 x 5.9 in.  


September 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015

In the exhibition "Bittersweet times. Baroque and presence in the collection SØR Rusche Berlin / Oelde " extraordinary works come together in a dialogue whose emergence time apart for four hundred years and the complement miraculously. May the times have changed, the essential problems of humanity have remained the same: we are born, we live, love and work, and we end up dying. The exhibition shows the fundamental differences in the art and the perspective of both eras to life, but also the similarities in form and choice of subject, which turn out to be historical cross-constant of the art.

In nearly 30 works from the Dutch and Flemish Baroque of the 17th century and more than 90 contemporary works by internationally known contemporary artists pursued "Bittersweet times" the most important stages of the human life cycle from childhood to deathbed. Here the visitor encounters the masters of the Flemish fine painting influenced by Italian landscapes Bamboccianti and the impressive works of Dutch genre painting, which deliver with her ​​loving eye for detail an inventory of their time.

The Exhibition then moves to Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde and runs from 11 January -  15 March, 2015.