Friday, January 28, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

New Website

A new Website, CreateMixedMedia, has debuted. It promises to be a great one-stop source for all things mixed media. (Be patient. Content is still being added and much more is forthcoming.) Begin your tour of the site here, then check out the videos on techniques, listen to some podcasts, or download free wallpapers; spend a few minutes scanning the blogs, reviewing the artist and editor profiles, and peeking in My Craftivity Store. Don't forget to register an account of your own or enter you e-mail address to download the free "Stitched Up" e-book. My thanks go to mixed media artist Seth Apter at The Altered Page for alerting his readers to this great new site.

Call for Submissions for Art Advisory Service

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center, in Washington, D.C., has issued a call for art submissions for a new Art Advisory service it is establishing to help private collectors, corporations, and healthcare facilities select artwork to enhance creativity and integrate art into work and living environments. Painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, and installation and media artists are invited to read, complete, and submit a Call for Art Submission form to be considered for the service and for future gallery projects. Materials must be postmarked by April 6, 2011. Complete details on this promising initiative are here.

Exhibitions Here and There

Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, is showing the work of Anna Hepler, Fay Ku, Mark Licari, and Ethan Murrow in the Tamarind Gallery through March 4. In "Fast Forward : Four for the Future", the Tarmarind lithographs are mounted with the artists' work in other media. Portland, Maine's Hepler offers the first public viewing of her latest lithographs with 3D plastic pieces from her "Inflatables" series. From Brooklyn, New York, Ku pairs two Tamarind lithographs with examples of her watercolors with graphite. Licari,  who hails from Los Angeles and produced three lithographs at Tamarind, contributes a complementary site-specific wall drawing. Boston, Massachusetts, artist Murrow includes with his three Tamarind lithographs his short film Dust.

New Tamarind Institute Releases (View three of the artists' lithographs here; names are alphabetical.)

Tamarind Institute on FaceBook

Robert Irwin's Gypsy Switch, an installation that addresses color, light, and space, is on view at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., through March 6.

Robert Irwin: Light and Space, 2008, at White Cube

Lawrence Weschler, "Embeddedness: Robert Irwin in His Seventies" in The Virginia Quarterly, Spring 2008

Robert Irwin in Stuart Collection, University of California/San Diego (Excerpts from Irwin's 2008 Russell Lecture are here.)

✭ A drawing installation by John M. Adams is on view 24/7 until February 14 at the U Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Joan Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery. Adams' solo installation, Efflux, was selected to inaugurate the gallery's "In-Flux" site-specific installation series while construction to expand the gallery's spaces is underway. Work by screenprint artist Kristina Bilonick will be installed after Efflux comes down. (See related item at the start of this post.)

✭ Last week, The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, also in Washington, D.C., near the Kennedy Center, opened "Woven with Her Brush", paintings by Tunisian artist Zohra Ben Hamida. Ben Hamida describes her color-infused paintings, which are on view through March 4, as "memories" of garments her Berber grandmother wore, of domes of mosques, of colors of "bougainvillea and jasmine indiscriminately lending their beauty and fragrance", of "the blazing sun straddling the cool shades over the desert in Saudi Arabia". 

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery is part of The Palestine Center (FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube). 

Robin Kahn's Dining in Refugee Camps

Following up on her experience living with families in refugee camps in Algeria and the Sahara Desert, conceptual artist Robin Kahn has issued Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (Autonomedia, 2010). The full-color, bilingual book, available via Amazon, comprises collages Kahn created from local materials and combined with photos, recipes, drawings, and histories. Sample pages from the journal may be seen on Kahn's blog.

Kahn also is the author of Robin Kahn: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Art (Mis Dias Press, 2006). 

Project Tindaya

A controversial project of the late sculptor Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002), involving the creation of an artificial cave on Mount Tindaya on Fuerteventura in the Spanish Canary Islands, is going forward. The Guardian offers a short interactive guide to Chillida's "monument to tolerance" and information about the decision to move the project ahead, despite environmentalists' concerns and the mountain's history as a sacred place. 

A history of Fuerteventura is here. ARUP, the lead technical designer, offers an overview, details, and "fast facts" about the project. Also see this article about the project. (A more detailed Website on the project, in Spanish, is here.) 

Mount Tindaya

The Chillida-Leku Museum closed January 1, 2011, citing a recurring deficit and a general economic crisis that left the museum "unsustainable".


M.L. Gallagher said...

I stepped into Create Mixed Media -- and got lost in wonder.

Oh boy! There's so much there to explore.

which means, I ran out of time to explore your other links! But I'll be back. I want to explore robin Kahn's Dining in Refugee Camps -- we're just putting together a new book, primarily photography from the shelter -- and Robin Kahn's work looks fascinating.

Thanks Maureen for bringing all these treasures together onto one table where I can savor and enjoy at leisure.

S. Etole said...

Look forward to traveling to these different sites ...