Friday, October 24, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Painter and sculptor Hayal Pozanti has made her first prints at Tamarind Institute. The abstracted geometric forms in her colorful lithographs and monoprints are intriguing. Also not to be missed: the prints in Tamarind's exhibition "LandMarks: Indigenous Australian Artists and Native American Artists Explore Connections to the Land", which concluded last month. Watch a video about the show.

✦ Artwork by Daehyun Kim (a.k.a. Moonassi) recently graced the cover of the literary periodical Prairie Schooner. The Korean artist, who lives in Seoul, studied painting but calls his black-ink Moonassi drawings his "life-time project". The series is highly imaginative, full of unspoken narrative, and just waiting for a poet's interpretations. The artist has been involved in a number of fascinating collaborations; one involves Korean singer, songwriter, and actress Han Hee Jung. Kim also has done illustrations for The New York Times, among other publications.

Moonassi on FaceBook and Tumblr

✦ For artists with scientific inclinations: American Physical Society fellow Dr. J.R. Leibowitz's Hidden Harmony: The Connected Worlds of Physics and Art (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008; see image to right). Intended for a general audience, the book presents the disciplines as creative processes and includes numerous art images and their complements in physics.

✦ The Guggenheim Museum has made more than 40 additional art texts available to read on the Web, bringing the total number of free exhibition publications to 109. The first 65 were released digitally in 2012.

✦ Weaver Peggy Osterkamp, who also is a textile scholar and a teacher who has published books for both beginners and professionals, creates beautiful and inspired work, which includes fine wearables and gorgeous Japanese-influenced artworks. Her sculptural ruffle pieces of silk are especially beautiful. Currently, Osterkamp, who lives in Greenbrae, California, is showing her Four Veils at a juried Textile Society of America exhibition that continues through January 4, 2015. 

✦ Watch this video featuring Matthew Ritchie talking about his just-concluded exhibition "Ten Possible Links" at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City. Ritchie's paintings, wall drawing, and sculpture, as well as a film, Monstrance, were inspired by Ritchie's work with philosopher Graham Harman. The music in the video is from Monstrance, which was composed and performed by Bryce Dessner; an excerpt from the performance is available at Ritchie's Website. (My thanks to ArtInfo for the video and this introduction to Ritchie's work.)

Exhibition Checklist

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Alabama's Coleman Center for the Arts presents the functional and somewhat whimsical baskets and woven sculptures of Mary Jane Everett in "American Castles", on view through January 9, 2015. Everett's work incorporates found objects that reference the land and rural farm structures (silos, grain bins, etc.) and farm tools or machine parts (hay rakes, chicken wire, tractor seats and gears, disc blades, brake rotors, and the like, all repurposed) of Mississippi and Alabama. The fibers she uses come from kudzu vine, feed sacks, sisal, and naturally grown reed. Work by Everett can be found at Asheville Art Museum (see her Wheels, 2004) and in other collections.

Coleman Center on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ A late 13th Century or early 14th Century Chinese-made tea-leaf storage jar — Chigusa — is the single object in "Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan", an exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum that continues through February 1, 2015. Organized by the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries in Washington, D.C., the exhibition reveals how the functional stoneware jar, acquired its value as a Chinese antique during the 700 years it was in Japan. 

Tea-Leaf Storage Jar, Named Chigusa, Mid-13th C. to Mid-14th C.
Southern Song or Yuan Dynasty, 1260-1368
Stoneware with Iron Glaze
41.6 cm High, 36.6 cm Diameter
Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Purchase

Princeton University Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Work by Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Nick Cave, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lari Pittman, and Yinka Shonibare is on view through November 30 at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in the exhibition "Earthly Delights". Drawn from MCA's permanent collection, the paintings, sculpture, and installations of all eight artists address social issues through beauty. 

MCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ In the "Lone Star Portraits" installation at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, on view through May 17, 2015, you'll find Texas artists' self-portraits paired with those of close friends, relatives, and colleagues. The featured artists in the exhibition are Dickson Reeder (1912-1970), Murray Bewley (1884-1964), Olin Travis (1888-1975), and Sedrick Huckaby. The latter paints quilts as backdrops for portraits. View the artworks.

Amon Carter Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ The art of Cincinnati-based artist Bukang Kim will be presented in "Bukang Kim: Journey", opening December 13 at Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition, which will continue through March 15, 2015, will encompass the Korean-born artist's 40-year career.

Bukang Y. Kim, Morning Calm, 1988
Mixed Media on Canvas
Gift of Dr. Young Ghon Kim, Bukang Yu Kim, and Family

CAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three presents a trio of art-related videos.

✦ Filmmaker and photographer Oguz Uygur, born in Turkey but a resident of the United States, created this short, originally for a promotional piece, to demonstrate his parents' talent in paper marbling, which is called Ebru in Turkish. The marbling is exquisite.

Seyit UYGUR { Ebru Artist } from oguz uygur (ozzie) on Vimeo.

Uygur creates documentaries, music and promotional videos, and independent movies. To see more of his work, including videos and photographs, visit his Website.

(My thanks to The Paris Review Daily blog for the video link.)

✦ Korea-born sculptor, performance artist, and installation artist Jung Ran Bae demonstrates in the video below how she created sculptures for "Teater-Totter: Human Betweens", an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, on view through April 2015. Read "Jung Ran Bae Breathes a Dream Into the Museum" at the museum's blog.

✦ The Mark Rothko painting Black on Maroon (1958), one of the artist's Seagram murals donated to Tate Modern in 1970, was defaced with graffiti ink in October 2012. The video was filmed over the 18 months required to restore the painting, which returned to public view on May 13, 2014.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On the Street: The Faces of Women

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an artist and, like too many of us, a woman who has been subjected to gender-based street harassment. Her ongoing public art project is Stop Telling Women to Smile. In the video below, Fazlalizadeh describes her project to give women back a voice that addresses their harassers. Additional posters can be seen on Fazlalizadeh's Website.

The video, filmed and edited by Dean Peterson of Brooklyn, New York, was a winner in Smithsonian Magazine's 2014 In Motion Video Contest.

Read Tasbeeh Herwees's article for Good (October 15, 2014), "A Street Art Festival that Puts Women on Walls". Other articles about the art series have appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Gothamist.

Stop Telling Women to Smile on Tumblr

(My thanks to Good, where I learned of Fazlalizadeh's project.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Water Sign (Poem)

Water Sign

I look for the hidden
river, watch for some sign
it is quickening in the unknown
place, meaning to feed the roots,
soften the ground. Let us dig.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Muse: Invitation to 'The Mischief Cafe'

Mischief : noun : playful misbehavior

Cover Art for The Mischief Cafe

Have you ever been afraid to write a poem? Do your English students complain that they just don't "get" poetry? Have your poetry-writing workshop participants tired of the same time-worn approaches to sharing and revising their work? Are you dreading that writers' retreat for which you've been tagged leader of entertainment? Do you want to start a poetry group in your community (at the library, in your home, for kids at a homeless shelter, for seniors at your church) but haven't a clue how to do it? 

You need an invitation to The Mischief Cafe! Its menu is long, its seating potentially unlimited and geographically diverse, and one local visit will never be enough, because the menu changes along with the cafe owners.

The Mischief Cafe is conceptbook, and initiative. The concept is the inspiration of TweetSpeak Poetry regulars who have enlivened Webspace by creating a hugely welcoming destination for anyone curious about or already seriously involved in all things poetry. It's fully adaptable, the way all good ideas are, turning on the notion that if you take poetry out of its ivy-covered ivory towers, you'll find new readers and create poetry lovers for life. . . so long as you promise to serve teas (or coffee), cinnamon toast (with and without raisins), and generous helpings of fun with words.

The book, a newly released T.S. Poetry Press title, describes the idea, includes poems* by T.S. Poetry Press authors, and has pages that are blank except for possible titles at their tops. (How those blank pages get used — to illustrate a poem, to keep track of writing tips and prompts, to make poem stacks — are up to the book's readers and your cafe's regulars.) Best of all, the book provides some how-guidance for cafe start-ups. (You won't need Kickstarter or Indiegogo, though we'd like to think either could be tapped successfully for our next innovation in poetry.)

The initiative is open to anyone anywhere in the world who's willing to make toast, pour tea, and tie on a poetry barista's apron. But beware: This is not a job but a passion. . . for thinking, listening to, talking about and writing, sharing, teaching, and reading poetry. You'll want an open mind to visualize how you, your friends, and TweetSpeak Poetry together can create a successful gathering in-home for live readings, poetry journaling, ekphrastic exercises, and video closeups.

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Where, when, and how?

Beginning this month, The Mischief Cafe, the initiative, is going on the road with a member of the TweetSpeak Poetry team, who will be bringing real tea and toast to a poetry barista's home. The mischief and merry-making will be up to the attendees (poetry in motion, anyone?). 

But don't think you have to wait for that team member to bring the traveling cafe to your part of the country, or that you have to go to the trouble of hitching a ride east to New Jersey, west to Seattle (shaping up as the second stop for the traveling cafe), or some yet-to-be-Googled place in the middle with Ted Kooser. The Mischief Cafe is about poetry in place: your place, their place, and mine. The book itself is one tool to help you launch your own version of the cafe. Just in case, however, another toolkit is available to help you make the most of a grand opening, and a few well-considered playlists have been assembled for your juke box fans (keep a supply of quarters on hand).

Below you'll find a few more ideas.

Decor? Perhaps some Image-ine place mats or napkins will do (print up a dozen or so). Theme? Consider how many slices of Emily Dickinson's Black Cake you'll need or, if the weather's chilly, whether a thick word soup, heated to perfection, will suit everyone's tastes. Greet newcomers with a tray of top 10 poetic picks, perhaps baskets of poetry fortune cookies (if hungry guests are inclined to be poetry futurists or just feel lucky), a box of haiku for the minimalists or story cubes for prose poems, or a mixed bag of ingredients for list-form poems. A bowl of poetry salad might be needed for those vegans in the group, and a supply of recipes, school lunch menus, and weekly newspaper sections could be kept at the ready to create erasure or found poems. Always finish the evening off with chocolate or WordCandy.  Whether you serve spam on arrival or boxed to go, concoct a sampler of the sweet and savory, or send your guests out the door with a poetry postcard or your cafe's pre-printed calling card (It's time to take poetry home—for life!), your offerings are bound to appeal so long as you don't limit your creativity. Keep it simple or go whole hog. Just don't stress, and have fun!

To help others who might be struggling during their cafe's pre-construction phase, record experiences in your cafe's kitchen and at your tables (remember, there are blank pages in The Mischief Cafe) and then share the experiences online (perhaps on a dedicated FaceBook group page?); that way, we all will learn from each other. Everybody is going to want to taste what you've made, so long as it's not always served from the same spoons. 

* Disclosure: Several poems from my collection Neruda's Memoirs are included in The Mischief Cafe.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thought for the Day

And what is empty turns its face to us /
and whispers:
"I am not empty, I am open."
~ Tomas Transtromer

Quoted from "Vermeer" in The Half-Finished Heaven: The Best Poems of Tomas Transtromer, Selected and Translated from the Swedish by Robert Bly (Graywolf Press, 2001)

Tomas Transtromer, Swedish Poet, Writer, Translator, Winner of 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Short

Today's short introduces ongoing research in Howard Weiner's' laboratory at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, into the role of the immune system in aging and development of Alzheimer's disease. The short, one among video competition winners uploaded to the NIH Director's Blog, features some of the researchers working to treat and prevent the disease. The song about the research is set to "Cups Song" from the film Pitch Perfect.

Other "Cool Videos" on the site (and on YouTube) include shorts about heart attack, discoveries to improve health, metabolomics, and myotonic dystrophy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Specializing in contemporary Latin American artists, All We Art Cultural exChange comprises an art studio and gallery in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Launched this past summer with an exhibition of Venezuelan contemporary art, the multidisciplinary arts venue also features a Venezuelan craft store. The business owners plan to open a cafe so that the spaces become "a place of encounter" and discovery (in addition to art/design exhibition, shopping, and "encounter" spaces, All We Art aims to provide cultural services and programs.) All We Art participated in the international art fair (e)merge and currently is showing, through November 9, the work of Anrika Rupp, who works both in Caracas and Miami. Exhibitions are monthly.

✦ I shared last month on social media this online image gallery for "Life: Magnified", an exhibition that continues through November at the Gateway Gallery at Washington Dulles International Airport. It is too good not to include here. See the 46 photos in person or do the next best thing and go online. The images are remarkable, and include a relapsing fever bacterium on red blood cells, the cerebellum, a human liver cell, a mammalian eye, a brain with Alzheimer's disease, gecko toe hairs, skin cancer cells from a mouse, HIV, and the mouth parts of a lone star tick (pictured below). The exhibition is a joint effort involving the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, American Society for Cell Biology, and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's Arts Program

Mouth Parts of Lone Star Tick
Igor Siwanowicz, Janelia Farm Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia
Courtesy "Life: Magnified" Exhibition

✦ Her oils on Metrocards are just 2-1/8" x 3-1/4" but are surprisingly detailed. Painter Maud Taber-Thomas of Washington, D.C., and New York City, began making the tiny works in 2011, while living in the latter city. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art, where she studied classical painting, Taber-Thomas is drawn to the historic and the literary, as demonstrated by her lovely "Orlando Project", inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel, and specializes in portrait-painting. Browse her Website for inspiration. See Taber-Thomas's work at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

✦ It's no wonder Joan ("Joe-on") Belmar is the recipient of arts grants and fellowships. Chile-born and now a citizen of the United States, Belmar is an immensely talented painter who works with such materials as mylar, acetate, vinyl, plywood, and plastic to "play with light, transparencies and the sculptural qualities of these elements" to explore and reference memories, perceptions, and changes over time and distance. It's clear from looking at images in his online gallery and at images of his various series that Belmar likes to experiment, and he does so to wonderful effect. His works on paper, so full of abstracted narrative, are worth a long look. Washingtonians can see his solo exhibition "Chords" at Addison/Ripley Fine Art through October 25. A slideshow of Belmar's intriguing work is available online at Adah Rose Gallery.

✦ It's true that everything has a purpose, and sometimes more than one, as these wonderful collages and drawings by Steve Greene prove. Greene likes to use old supply catalogues in his work, which he says are full of "random poetry". (My thanks to Paris Review Daily for the introduction.)

✦ In the brief video below, issued in September as part of the Art21 Exclusive series, the remarkable photographer Sally Mann, who lives in Virginia, talks about her relationship to Virginia Franklin Carter (1894-1994), the African-American who helped raise her and her siblings. Mann describes Carter as possibly "the single most important person in my life." The video includes images from Mann's Deep South series. The images are available in Deep South, published in 2005. Mann will be releasing next year a memoir, Hold Still (Little, Brown & Co./Hachette Book Group, May 12, 2015), which will include photographs and be available as an e-book and audiobook.

Art21 Profile of Sally Mann

Gagosian Gallery Profile of Sally Mann

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ "Brides of Anansi: Fiber and Contemporary Art" continues through December 6 at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia. The exhibition features beautiful examples of the artistry of women of the African Diaspora. Work by Xenobia Bailey, Sonya Clark, Januwa Moja, Senga Nengudi, Nnenna Okore, Joyce J. Scott, Adejoke Tugbiyele, and Saya Woolfalk is featured. The fiber media include yarn paper, glass, metal, synthetics, and textiles. (Take some time and browse the artists' Websites.)

SCMFA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In Huntsville, Alabama, Huntsville Museum of Art continues through January 18, 2015, "Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering", a exhibition of large mixed-media works by the glass artist, who is based in Seattle, Washington. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Ruffner is the subject of the feature-length documentary Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life. (See my post "Ginney Ruffner: Not So Still" for a sneak peek and other information about the documentary.)

Catalogue Cover

HSV Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, is presenting "The Lyrical Line: Prints by Jacques Villon and Stanley William Hayter" through December 21. The exhibition features prints by the French and British printmakers, respectively, which were donated to UVA by T. Catesby Jones. 

Short Biography of Jacque Villon

Short Biography of Stanley William Hayter

Fralin Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, also part of UVA but off-campus, is showing work by Ricardo Idagi (Meriam) of Melbourne. Titled "Gurari - Saltwater Drinker", the exhibition includes nine sculptures, made of such materials as raffia, feathers, beer cans, and wrought iron. The exhibition concludes December 21.

Kluge-Ruhe on FaceBook

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is devoting the next several months to "Stephen Hayes's Cash Crop". On view through January 5, 2015, the exhibition includes a life-size installation of 15 chained forms representing 15 million men, women, and children who endured the "Middle Passage" (see the image at the exhibition link; the sculptures are inspired by the Brookes slave ship, a diagram of which is in the British Library); historic slave dockets loaned to the museum by the Delaware County Bar Association; and objects from Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery. A video of Dario Moore's series of vignettes, "Sacred Slave Stories", told in dance also will be available for viewing. 

Diagram of Brookes Slave Ship (1789)

African American Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Page Turner, Cloak & Dagger, Assemblage, 10" x 4" x 4", 2012

Please join me today for my new Artist Watch feature at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life. I'm especially pleased to present Page Turner, whose wonderful assemblages under bell jars I first saw at an art show curated by Judith HeartSong.

Page's constructions are entirely hand-made. Her choice of materials, which reflect a background steeped in the domestic arts, are inspired and sometimes quite delicate. At the exhibition I attended, I spent considerable time just looking at her tiny works, which are so evocative as to be unforgettable. Their social commentary can be profound.

At EIL today, you'll find images of eight of Page's sculptures, Page's insightful Artist Statement, a detailed biography, and links to a museum and arts center where Page will be exhibiting next year. Page has been enjoying a considerable amount of well-deserved attention since last year. Please watch for her forthcoming catalogue. It promises to be a keepsake.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Wonder: The 'Earthscapist'

Once I've created a piece, I feel like it's moved
through me and I can let it go. I don't feel
an attachment. I feel complete.
~ Artist Andres Amador

His tools may be simple and his medium a creation of nature but his ephemeral artworks rely on geometry and fractals. Self-described "earthscape artist" Andres Amador, who understands the art of letting go, says his creations are all a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Listen and watch as he talks with a KQED Arts interviewer about creating his wonders in the sand, which Amador calls "playa paintings".

Additional videos are available on Amador's Website.

Andres Amador's Playa Painting Workshops

Andres Amador Arts on FaceBook