All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✭ Former NASA employee, artist, and architect Kurt Wenner creates marvelous 3-D illusions on pavement, using a unique geometry he devised and perfected over several decades. Go here to see a 21-image slideshow that will leave you stunned and delighted. A gallery of his work, created all over the world, also may be downloaded here. Look for Wenner's new book Asphalt Renaissance: The Pavement Art and 3-D Illusions of Kurt Wenner (Sterling Signature), scheduled for release this August.
In this video, Wenner creates in chalk "Ceres' Banquet":
More of Wenner's videos are found here and on YouTube.
✭ At Greymatters you'll find the arresting abstract expressionist paintings of Denver-based Karen Roehl and Carol Browning, and the "poured" paintings of multi-media artist Theresa Anderson. Each is enormously talented and deserves more than a casual look.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In McLean, Virginia, McLean Project for the Arts is presenting the work of three artists through June 4: "Trace of a Moving Point: Works by Fiona Ross", "Unseen Extracts, McLean: Photographs by Bill Prosser", and "Point of Origin: New Works by Kristin Reiber Harris".
Fiona Ross, of Richmond, Virginia, produces stylized depictions of landscapes and figures through intricate line work. Bill Prosser, based in McLean, focuses his eye on landscapes and interiors; his black-and-white images are finely composed, often graphical in orientation. Inspired by nature, Kristin Reiber Harris creates large-scale, layered geometric drawings and woodcuts that reveal the influences of Buddhist and Islamic art and philosophy. Her woodcuts are especially lovely.
Kristin Reiber Harris, Dogwood Stone Circle
Mixed Media on Paper, 43" x 52"
© Kristin Reiber Harris
✭ In collaboration with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will be exhibiting "Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect", May 5 - July 12; the opening reception is May 4. The show is the first U.S. museum survey of Downey, who was born in Chile, educated in Chile and France, and lived for much of his career in New York City. He died in 1993. He was a fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies in 1973 and 1975, and received numerous other grants and awards. The show features foundational early work, including Downey's two major works Video Trans Americas and The Thinking Eye (El Ojo Pensante), a series produced for public television. Downey's work is found in museum collections around the world. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which will travel to Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, in September, and to Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, in February 2012.
Juan Downey, Video Trans Americas
Oil on Wood, 1973
Photo Credit: Harry Shunk
Profile of Juan Downey on Electronic Arts Intermix
Freddi Miller, "Juan Downey: 'The Thinking Eye' (1974-1989)", Revolver Santiago Magazine, May 13,2010
✭ Washington, D.C.'s Old Print Gallery is showing through June 4 "Prima Materia: Vernal Matrix Woodcuts and Monotypes by Susan Goldman". In Homer, the Prima Materia is a metaphor for Earth's womb; in Goldman's prints, the metaphor is represented by the amphora (see image below). Gallery notes describe "a truly dynamic collection" that exhibits "a beautiful interplay of vibrant color and patterns derived from nature." Go here to see a selection of work from the show. Note the female silhouette in these wonderful layered prints. Take time to visit Goldman's site, where many more images of her very fine work may be viewed.
Susan Goldman, Enchanted Summer, 2008
Monotype With Woodcut
© Susan Goldman
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