Friday, February 10, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The illuminated sculptures of Nikolas Weinstein of San Francisco will leave you in awe. Made of blown-and-etched or fused-and-shaped glass or glass tubing, these pieces "descend" from large commission artworks and are scaled for the home or interiors of restaurants. They are elegant, technically challenging, and gorgeous to behold. (My thanks to Looking at Glass blog for the link to Weinstein's Website.)

✦ Earlier this year my friend Renee Sigel von Waldhausen unveiled Rare Swan, a beautifully designed site intended to offer the highest-quality art, craft, and design goods. Be sure to browse the fine art section. Rare Swan offers a lifestyle design service, as well as an art advisory service for artists, and collectors, and also is an independent publisher specializing in poetry and memoir.

✦ At Art Deadlines List you'll find everything from listings of art contests and competitions to internships to scholarships and grants to art festivals to calls for entries, proposals and projects. You may subscribe to a free or paid premium edition. (My thanks to Washington Printmakers Gallery for sharing the link.)

✦ The U.S. Department of Education recently released America's Youth: Transitions to Adulthood (pdf), the findings of which have implications for arts research. See this NEA Art Works summary and perspective on the findings.

✦ Lunchbox art has reached a new level in Japan, where parents appear to be willing to go to any length to ensure their children eat healthful food. Parents in the United States are no kitchen slouches either, as the Miss Piggy concoction (see image at right) prepared by graphic designer Heather Sitarzewski shows. A range of imaginatively designed bento boxes appears at LunchboxAwesome on Tumblr.

How about picking up your own Bento box to try your hand at designing a lunch no child would turn down?

For other creative takes on Japanese lunchbox art, go here. This squidoo post explains the craze.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Installations of ink and water-color media by Renee Sandell are the focus of "Making and Mapping: Finding Time, Space and Place" at McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia. Described as interactive, because viewers have a chance to join the artist in creating abstract works every Thursday in February, the show runs through March 4. 

Also on view at MPA through March 4: "Constructions: New Work by Eric Garner", an exhibition of three-dimensional objects and wall reliefs assembled from wood scrap and construction-site debris.

MPA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The narrative paintings of Baltimore's Raoul Middleman, described as "intelligent, messy, and utterly masterful" evocations of contemporary life, are on view through March 18 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. A gallery talk with the artist is scheduled tomorrow, February 11, at 4:00 p.m.

✭ At Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City, 14 large-scale paintings by Terry Winters (b. 1949) are being shown through April l4 in "Cricket Music, Tessellation Figures & Notebook". The paintings are inspired by Winters's interest in scientific and mathematical concepts, such as knot theory, and shapes in the natural world. Winters's Notebook 2003-2011, being exhibited for the first time in the United States, comprises collages of layered found objects, both abstract and representational. 

Terry Winters, Cricket Music, 2010
Oil on Linen, 88" x 112"
© Terry Winters

Interviews with and features about Winters are found in this 28-page press packet (pdf).

Matthew Marks Gallery on FaceBook

✭ Also on view at Matthew Marks through April 14, the not-to-be-missed "Anne Truitt: Drawings". The retrospective (the gallery represents the artist's estate) showcases 40 of Truitt's works on paper, from the early 1960s to her final years; some have never before been shown. The artist (1921-2004), a long-time Washington, D.C., resident whose painted-wood sculptures are well-known to locals, used graphite, inks, pastels, and acrylics in creating her marvelous drawings. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Anne Truitt, 17 Nov '62, 1962
Acrylic on Paper, 22" x 30"

For those unfamiliar with Truitt's artworks, this 37-page press packet (pdf) is a good introduction.

✭ You have just one more week to see the work of Nick Mauss (b. 1980) at 303 Gallery in New York City. The solo exhibition, "The desire for the possibility of new images", which ends February 18, includes large, hand-colored aluminum sheets silkscreened with enlargements of Mauss's drawings—what the gallery describes as "landscapes" that create "a kind of notional architecture."

Nick Mauss, Overbalance, 2011
Mixed Media on Panel
© Nick Mauss

Images of Selected Work

Mauss at the MoMA

Steve Pulimood, "Nick Mauss", Art in America, February 5, 2010 (Review)


Hannah Stephenson said...

I definitely want to try some lunchbox art!! Mine won't be as awesome as what's shown here, but a girl can try....:)

S. Etole said...

So many good things to check out here.