Thursday, March 23, 2017

Catching Up with Artist Watch Artists 5

Following is the fifth in a periodic series about the careers and recent activities of artists I have showcased in my monthly Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life. Congratulations to all on their many noteworthy successes!

✭ Tina Spratt, Somerset, England (December 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Tina will be a guest artist at this year's FLUX Exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts in London, July 12-16.

FLUX Exhibition on FaceBook

✭ Page Turner, Roanoke, Virginia (October 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Three of Page's sculptures are on display in an all-women group show at Equity Gallery, New York City. The exhibition, "FemiNest", celebrating Women's History Month, continues through March 25. Page's participation in the show was a spotlight in the February 26, 2017, edition of The Roanoke Times.

Page Turner, Pinafore & Feathers, 2012
Assemblage, 10" x 4" x 4"

✭ Patrick Palmer, England (January 30, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ A number of Patrick's original paintings were displayed at London's Home House, a private members club in London.

✭ Salma Arastu, Berkeley, California (January 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Salma was one of 50 author-presenters at February's Search for Meaning Festival at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. In addition, her painting Equal Awards was displayed in a festival-related group show at Vachon Gallery, Seattle University. Salma's collaboration with Indian dancer Naina Shastri, "From Meera Bai to Rumi: In Search of Love", is an evening of dance, drama, painting, and poetry that takes place tomorrow, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., at Oakland Asian Cultural Center. From April 2 through May at ArtReach Gallery, First Congregational United Church, Portland, Oregon, Salma is exhibiting in "Celebration of Calligraphy: Sacred Words in Art".

✭ Alexandra Eldridge, Tesuque, New Mexico (January 19, 2017, Artist Watch) ~ Alexandra's artwork graces the cover of poet Donna Vorreyer's new chapbook The Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2017).

Cover Art

✭ Lisa Goesling, Palatine, Illinois (November 17, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Lisa, awarded an Artist Residency in March/April at The Studios of Key West, was the featured artist at Vivid Art Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois, in February; she displayed some new work there, too.  In addition, Lisa was featured at Women and Art on FaceBook on December 21, 2016.

✭ Trine Bumiller, Denver, Colorado (August 15, 2013, Artist Watch) ~ Trine's painting A Delicate Balance appears in "Globalocation: Artnauts Collective Celebrates 20 Years", curated by George Rivera, at Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, beginning March 28; after the exhibition closes on August 31, the artwork becomes part of the permanent collection. Trine's solo show, "Centennial Art Exhibit", at Cozens Ranch Museum, Fraser, Colorado, near Winter Park Resort, closes April 22; her series of works (see "100 Paintings for 100 Years") had its beginnings during Trine's artist residency there.

Exhibition Poster

✭ Amy Pleasant, Seattle, Washington (May 19, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ In addition to writing a column at Huffington Post, Amy is teaching art to children at a group of shelters for homeless women and families. (Read Amy's "Post Election Reality: What is Mine to Do?")

✭ Manuja Waldia, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 18, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Manuja's illustrations now grace the covers of 15 Shakespeare plays in the Pelican Shakespeare Series from Penguin Random House. Among the most recent covers are those for Richard II (March 7, 2017), As You Like It (June 13, 2017), and The Merchant of Venice (March 14, 2017).

Cover Art, Merchant of Venice

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Terry Winters

. . . Painting is a combination of carpentry and catastrophe. . . 
That instability allows for significant or surprising things
to happen, or at least the possibility.
~ Terry Winters*

Internationally known, American artist Terry Winters is a painter, printmaker, and draughtsman who frequently addresses via abstract and representational series his interests in information systems, scientific processes such as biological and living systems, and mathematical theories. Currently, he is displaying approximately 50 works on paper, dating from 1982 to 2014, in "Terry Winters: The Structure of Things", at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts; the show is on view through June 18. (Read a review of the exhibition at The Arts Fuse.)

One of Winters's recent projects, well worth exploring, is the Web-based Graz Cabinet, comprising 327 links and images on Pinterest. The links, Winters explains on his Website, map a series of connections between the natural history collections of the Universalmuseum Joanneum and Winters's own paintings and graphics. For display in "The Painters' Cabinet: Terry Winters's Dialogue with Nature", an exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz last year (March 11 - August 21, 2016), Winters made large digital prints (each of the seven panels was 142" x 47") of the Pinterest project. Documented in an illustrated exhibition catalogue that includes a Kenneth Goldsmith essay, "Raiding the Digital Icebox: Meditations Around Terry Winters's Graz Cabinet" (listen to the exhibition's audioguide at Soundcloud), the project is a fascinating mix of art and science, the virtual and the organic, that underscores interconnections among various fields of knowledge while also challenging our traditional notions of production, consumption, and preservation.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2013, Winters exhibits throughout the world. He lives and works in New York City and Columbia County, New York.

Following is a video with Winters, Unintended Things to Happen, in which the artist talks about his "painterly approach" to printmaking and drawing and other aspects of his work. (Anders Kold interviewed Winters in Denmark in August 2015.)

Terry Winters on Vimeo

* Quoted from Jennifer Samet, "Beer with a Painter: Terry Winters", Hyperallergic, February 7, 2015

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Season's Passing (Found Poem)

A Season's Passing

Winter, unsocial, grumbled
in the dark, its somber features

derived from too-long nights
spent un-illumined. In our caves,

we passed cracked and icy smiles
from one to another, fumbled

midnight repartee like writers
of reciprocally deadly jokes.

Not even poetry accounted
for the dullness of our senses

as we approached lights out.
Do we nudge, as we ought,

toward the favors of spring,
expect the melange of candles

on our night tables to pass
for inspiration after dinner?

What accounts for love's
friendly give and take we know

is light that dances, incandescent.

2017 © Maureen E. Doallas

This is a found poem. For source text, see the poem at Tom Clark's Blog.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Muse: The Digital Joyce

Anyone who has ever struggled with James Joyce's novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will be pleased to learn of the excellent Digital Multimedia Edition (DME) at JoycePortrait100*. 

The DME is the work of a research team from University College Dublin's Nation, Genre and Gender Project, which undertakes brilliant comparative social network analysis to gain new insights into literary works, and Athena Media, an international multimedia production and consultancy company in Dublin that specializes in online audio publishing. It is supported by the Irish Research Council and UCD Research and Innovation.

Visitors to the DME Website will find brief information about the novel's history and the DME project; an Introduction to the DME; a chapter-by-chapter facsimile of the original 1916 text, accessible via the site's main page, with each chapter supplemented with a map of social networks (see the characters visualization below) and audio that can be accessed at the site or via Soundcloud; archival photographs; notes on the text; and a free, downloadable, full-length audiobook recorded by Irish actors Same and Barry McGovern. The e-book is available for Kindle and Epub reader, as well as in pdf; plain text also is downloadable (see Downloads page).

Also on the DME Website is a section titled Stephen Dedalus's Dublin; the maps there orient readers to the Dublin that existed in Joyce's time and place the major locations described in the novel in a contemporary context. In addition, a section titled Joyce's Dublin, created by Athena Media, features a podcast series about Joyce's short story "The Dead" and other Joyce resources.

Here's a social network visualization for the protagonist Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:


* The 100 is a reference to the Decade of Centenaries, a national cultural program commemorating significant events in Irish history in the period of 1912-1922.

NGG Case Study of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thought for the Day

Perfection is a stick with which to beat the possible.
~ Rebecca Solnit

Quoted from Rebecca Solnit, "Getting the Hell out of Paradise" in Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (Haymarket Books, 3rd Ed., 2016), p. 77

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories), a documentary about the cats of Istanbul, Turkey, said to be "as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki and fish restaurants." 

The film, released to theatres in February, was produced and directed by Ceyda Torun.

See the cast of cats.

Kedi on FaceBook and Instagram

"The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats", The Atlantic, December 22, 2016

Friday, March 17, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The real estate enterprise, ArtCondo is for creative workers of all types in New York City. It describes itself as "a community-driven real estate enterprise with the long-term vision of helping creative individuals, creative industry businesses and non-profits purchase and develop buildings collectively. . . [with the aim of helping] artists and creative buyers purchase commercial work space, commercial buildings, co-op and condominium apartments, and townhouses" in New York City. The first information session was March 1. Another is planned for Wednesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. Check the Website for details, additional meeting dates, and other information. MeetUp

ArtCondo on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Using a single piece of wood turned on a lathe and then sculpted and finished by hand, Ron Layport creates unique and beautiful wood vessels. His work can be found in a number of public art collections, including those of the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Kamm Teapot Foundation, and Yale University. Read Jon Binzen's article "Metamorphosis: Ron Layport's Carved Vessels" at Fine Woodworking.

Here's an introduction to this master craftsman:

Ron Layport at William Zimmer Gallery

✦  Belinda Durrant, the Berkeley Castle Artist in Residence 2017, is a sculptor who works in lead and paper. She also does needlework and draws. Her conceptual work, which extends to imagery relating to clothing and personal possessions, is informed by her interests in science, history, social history, literature, and folklore; it also relies heavily on her dressmaking and other traditional skills. 

Belinda Durrant on FaceBook and Tumblr

✦ Contemporary tapestry artist Jon Eric Riis of Atlanta, Georgia, was the subject of a recent Atlanta magazine feature, "Atlanta Artist Jon Eric Riis's Tapestries Blend Beauty with Powerful Social Message".

✦ Here's the trailer for the documentary Eternity Has No Door of Escape - A Century of Art Brut (Les Films d'un jour), the first such film devoted to the history of Art Brut (also known as "outsider art"), from the early 20th Century to the present. Written and directed by Arthur Borgnis, the in-progress documentary focuses on Jean Dubuffet, Hans Prinzhorn, Harald Szeemann, and Alain Bourbonnais.

ETERNITY HAS NO DOOR OF ESCAPE - A century of Art Brut - Cut-up 3 from Arthur Borgnis on Vimeo.

See the film's crowd-funded site.

Eternity Has No Door of Escape on FaceBook

✦ Today's feature video looks at the work of sculptor Phyllida Barlow, who will represent Britain in a solo show at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, beginning in May. See the British Council post "British Pavilion: Phyllida Barlow" for additional information. Also see the council's UK at the Venice Biennale Website.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Save the Date! The 35th Annual Show & Sale of the Oregon Potters Association takes place April 21 - 23 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. More than 140 clay artists participate.

Ceramic Showcase on FaceBook

✭ As part of its picture-book art exhibitions, the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, will feature illustrator and poet Ashley Bryan in "Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan", April 1, 2017, through January 21, 2018. The exhibition is a showcase for more than 70 artworks from 20 of Bryan's books (he's written more than 50), including paintings from his most recent title, Freedom Over Me (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Also included are eight of Bryan's African art-inspired puppets, made from objects the artist found on the Maine island where he lives, and a biographical video.

Ashley Bryan Page at Simon & Schuster

Ashley Bryan Center on FaceBook

High Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ Opening tonight at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, is "Jose Arpa: A Spanish Impressionist in Texas", on view through May 28. Organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, this is the first major Arpa exhibition since 1998. The painter first visited San Antonio (1889), exhibited in the San Antonio International Fair (1900), and exhibited often through Texas and in New York. Winner of the "Texas Prize" at the Texas Wildflower Exhibition in 1927, he returned to Spain permanently in 1931. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition (see image below).

Catalogue Cover Art

Deanne L. Joseph, "Jose Arpa y Persea's Spanish Impressionism", Cowboys & Indians, August 11, 2016

AMSET on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Photographer Richard Renaldi's black-and-white portraits, urban still lifes, and streetscapes — all made with an 8x10-inch view camera in the early hours of Sunday morning in New York City — can be seen through June 11 at Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York. "Richard Renaldi: Manhattan Sunday" is the first time Renaldi's new series has gone on view in a museum.

Eastman Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, is presenting through July 16 "Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush", the artist's first solo museum exhibition. Comprising a 10-year survey, the exhibition features approximately 30 of Abney's narrative paintings, watercolors, and collages, and a large, site-specific wall mural. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link above. Accompanying the show is a full-color catalogue (see image below) with critical essays. Among exhibition-related events are a panel discussion, book discussions, teacher workshops, and an artist talk.

Catalogue Cover Art

Nasher Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Christine Cardellino, Sleeping Beauty, 2016
Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 24"
© Christine Cardellino


I am delighted to showcase today in my Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life the work of the masterful painter Christine Cardellino.

Christine, whose passion for art developed somewhat "belatedly", she says, displays in her work not only a deep and inspired interest in fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy, but also a fluid command of her brush and medium. 

Today's Artist Watch features seven of Christine's imaginative narrative paintings, her Artist Statement, and a biography.

Christine maintains a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. I have visited her there and can attest to how marvelous her paintings are and how welcoming she is.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Crafting a 'Shakuhachi'

Certainly, an advantage of being blind is that I'm 
attentive to what I'm hearing. Similarly, I'm also attentive
to what I'm feeling with my fingers.
~ Kelvin Falconer

Today, Wednesday Artist offers a lovely 11:40-minute film about a blind New Zealander, Kelvin Falconer, who crafts from the bamboo he grows and harvests an instrument known as a Japanese end-blown flute, or Shakuhachi. Falconer uses only his senses of touch and hearing both to select the bamboo he uses and to make the flute, which, as the notes to the film indicate, brings calm and focus to its maker's mind and what is happening in the present, or what Falconer describes as "meditation through sound and breath".  

Shakuhachi – One Man's Meditation from Hippy Parents on Vimeo.

Made in 2012, the documentary is by Michael Hobbs.

Learn more about Shakuhachi.

John Singer - Shauhachi Flutist

(My thanks to musician Bruno Gussoni for the link.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

'Embarrassed' (Poetry Film)

British poet and spoken word artist Holly McNish performs her poem about hypocritical social attitudes toward nursing in public in the fast-paced Embarrassed, a film directed by Jake Dypka. The film was produced for C4's Random Acts series of creative shorts. You'll want to watch the short several times to fully grasp its much-nuanced narrative.

Jake Dypka x Hollie McNish - Embarrassed from RANDOM ACTS on Vimeo.

Text of Poem

The poem "Embarrassed" can be found in McNish's collection Nobody Told Me (Black Friars Books, April 2016), which is described as a memoir about parenthood in poetry and prose. (The collection is available as an e-book, too.) Forthcoming is McNish's Cherry Pie collection (Burning Eye Books, April 2017).

A 2009 UK Slam Poetry champion, McNish is the first poet to record at London's Abby Road Studios; her CD Versus is available at iTunes and Amazon

Part of the poetry collective Point Blank Poets, McNish also is co-writer, with Sabrina Mahfouz, of the play Offside, which will begin performances this March in London, Edinburgh, and other locations.

Holly McNish on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Holly McNish Profile at The Poetry Society

Emma Cook, "Poetry, Breastfeeding and Sex", The Guardian, February 13, 2016

"Hollie McNish: The Things New Mothers Aren't Always Told", BBC Magazine, October 17, 2016