All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ If you're a Washington, D.C.-area artist or artistic venue, be sure to check out DC Space Finder. Part of a collaboration between Art Space Solutions Network, a partner of the nonprofit New York City-based Fractured Atlas, and Cultural Development Corporation in the District, DC Space Finder lists spaces for art classes, workshops, auditions, rehearsals, exhibitions, film shoots, literary readings, performances, special events, and more. Registration is required but space listings are free. (A sidenote: Fractured Atlas has redesigned its Website and also given a new look to Artful.ly, its online system for managing ticket sales, donations, and contacts.)
✦ Venezuela-born, Miami-based Gerry Stecca has created an impressive Wooden Clothespins series, giving new meaning to recycling and re-purposing objects. Each of his sculptures requires use of many hundreds, in some pieces thousands, of clothespins, which Stecca hand-drills and connects with wire to create sinuous, usually free-standing, abstracted forms and installations (see, for example, his 2010 "Simple Complexity" installation at the University of Maine Museum of Art and his "Site 9", a tree "wrap" at the Heaven and Earth Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition). Stecca also is a muralist and painter. Here's a video of Stecca's "Optimum Multiplicity" opening last year at Alliance for the Arts Gallery in Ft. Myers, Florida:
You'll find additional videos of Stecca's work on YouTube.
✦ While she has not pioneered the use of human hair in art, installation artist Jenine Shereos's series Leaf will leave you marveling over the realistic, seemingly delicate, and intricate pieces she has crafted by wrapping, stitching, and knotting many individual strands of this unconventional material. I also like her Lacework and Breath(e).
✦ If, as I do, you enjoy book art, you're in for a treat. This is a collection of beautiful sculptural forms crafted from discarded books (click on the image to proceed from one to the next).
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In conjunction with "Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography" at the St. Louis Museum of Art, on view through May 13, the St. Louis Museum of Art is presenting "The First Act: Staged Photography Before 1980". On view through April 29, the latter features 12 photographs spanning the 120 years between Julia Margaret Cameron and Cindy Sherman.
✭ In Washington, D.C., the Jerusalem Fund Gallery is presenting "Thoughts on the Spring", a solo exhibition of new work in new media by Arab-American Helen Zughaib, known for her work in gouache. Work by Zughaib, a resident of the District, is in The show, running through April 13, includes paintings and collages that communicate the artist's reflections on Arab Spring and her recent experiences in Palestine.
Helen Zughaib, Arab Spring 2
Part of Changing Perceptions Series
© Helen Zughaib
Zughaib was the featured artist in last year's "We the People" project of Empowered Women International. Images from that exhibition are here.
This video (in Arabic) shows and discusses some of Zughaib's work, and profiles several other artists inspired by Arab Spring.
Images of Selected Work by Helen Zughaib
Helen Zughaib's "Stories My Father Told Me"
✭ The Amon Carter Museum has mounted "Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell", a special exhibition of more than 100 of Russell's finest and best-preserved watercolors depicting the Old West. (Selected images may be viewed at the link.) The show is up through May 13.
Charles M. Russell Profile at Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana
The museum also recently opened "Ruth Asawa: Organic Meditations"; the exhibition, on view through September 16, features a series of nature-themed prints by Asawa, who is celebrated for her hand-crocheted wire sculptures.
✭ On April 15, New York City's June Kelly Gallery opens a solo exhibition of the work of gallery artist Claudia DeMonte, "Abundance: Sculpture/Installation". (Additional images of DeMonte's work are at the link.)
Claudia DeMonte, Abundance: Shoes, 2011
8-1/2" x 6" x 5-1/4"
Edition of 3
DeMonte is included in the Vogel 50x50 initiative.
✭ At Atlanta's Jackson Fine Art, which specializes in very fine 20th Century and contemporary photography, presents the work of Todd Murphy in "The Narrow Road to the Far South". The exhibition, which remains on view through April 7, features Murphy's gorgeous series of images of massive icebergs, which the artist, who is also a painter and sculptor, captured in elegant black and white shots while visiting Antarctica.
Todd Murphy, Narrow Road to the Far South #14, 2011
© Todd Murphy
More of Murphy's stunning work may be viewed here on his Website.
Jackson Fine Arts opens its show of William Christenberry on April 10.