Friday, August 16, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Contemporary painter and sculptor Andrew Myers has made a name for himself with his labor-intensive "screw pieces", which typically consist of many, many thousands of individually painted screws inserted into hand-drilled holes. The portraits he creates with his medium are stunningly expressive, playing up contrasts between light and shadow, motion and stasis, softness and hardness, smoothness and sharp angles. You'll find a number of images of his wonderful works on his Website.

Fading Thoughts, a film by Benjamin Pitts, gives you an idea of how Myers works:

Andrew Myers Art on FaceBook

Andrew Myers  Blog

Myers is represented by Lawrence Cantor Fine Art, Venice, California. See the gallery's profile for more information about Myers's technique and additional images of the artist's work.

✦ Attention Washington, D.C., area artists: Capitol Arts Network is providing opportunities for emerging, mid-career, and established artists to showcase their work at CAN's wonderful light-filled art center in Rockville, in Montgomery County, Maryland. Via Call for the Halls, participants are allowed to hang up to three artworks for a period of two months, which include the two First Friday gallery openings that CAN hosts in the facility it shares with Washington School of Photography. Areas available to hang artworks are awarded first-come first-served. Submission information is available at Call for the Halls. CAN and WSP also sponsors a series of classes and workshops that have been drawing great word-of-mouth. If you teach and want to offer a workshop at CAN, contact Judith HeartSong.

CAN on FaceBook

✦ Downloable monthly Art Lessons are yours for just $1.99. My friend Seth Apter is the author of Volume 6 on dimensional stenciling. Other editions cover painting with pastels, landscape painting, use of mulberry paper, collage, and paint over collage.

✦ Folk and fairy tales provide the inspiration for British book sculptor and paper artist Justin Rowe's extraordinary creations. The artist, who says he's "willing to give any idea a try", accepts commissions and has created holiday window displays for Cambridge University Press Bookshop (his 2011 display featured Twelve Days of Christmas and his 2012 display, Midwinter Bookscape, included skaters, a lighthouse, and a papercraft version of the Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge). This past May a selection of Rowe's sculptures were exhibited in London during British Academy Literature Week.

Days Fall Like Leaves, Art of Justin Rowe on FaceBook and Etsy

✦ Today's video spotlights British artist Marc Quinn's huge bronze seashells, part of "All the Time in the World" Archaeology of Art series. The four sculptures, each weighing two tons, were on view earlier this summer at Mary Boone Gallery, New York City. To make the pieces. Quinn scanned real shells with a digital 3D scanner and converted the code into a digital 3D map outputted to a 3D printer, which then produced exact scaled models that could be cast in bronze.

Fifty sculptures, paintings, and other objects by Quinn, as well as 15 new works by the artist, are on view through September 29 at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy. 

Marc Quinn Website

Artist Watch at Escape Into Life

It's my pleasure to announce that I am now an editor of Artist Watch for the online arts and literature magazine Escape Into Life. My first post, showcasing the painter Trine Bumiller, went live yesterday. Please be sure to look for my features on the third Thursday of every month. 

Exhibitions Here and There

Pasadena Museum of California Art is presenting a survey of work, drawn from public and private California collections, by the justly acclaimed and influential artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) through January 5, 2013. Not-to-be-missed, the show, "Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections", includes work from the 1940s through 1990s, including paintings and works on paper made in the artist's studios in Palo Alto, Point Reyes, Santa Monica, and Venice, California, as well as in New York City and abroad in Switzerland and Japan: mandalas, late self-portraits, and work from the Cellular, Blue Balls, and Edge series. Some of the paintings are as small as three inches by two inches; some are monumental murals more than 10 feet long. Many paintings in the show, which was organized in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento (the show will travel there January 26, 2014), are on public view for the first time. 

Sam Francis, Untitled (SFF.630), 1973
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
42" x 30"
Collection: Sam Francis Foundation, California
Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, CA/Artists Rights Society, NY

Video, Sam Francis Painting in His Venice Studio 

PMCA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), in North Adams, is presenting work by Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon through April 7, 2014. Marking the artist's first solo show in an American museum, "Guillaume Leblon: Under My Shoe" highlights work made in the last 10 years and two projects for the museum.

MASS MoCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

The MASS MoCA Blog

✭ The triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, a juried show of 48 works at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., includes oil paintings, drawings, and photographs, in addition to portraits in such nontraditional media as rice, thread, glitter, and video. On view through February 23, 2014, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The competition winner Jessica Wickham, who used an industrial milling machine to create her piece (see the fascinating video), was awarded a commission to create a portrait for the museum's permanent collection. A mobile app for the exhibition is available.

Face-to-Face, NPG Blog

Rhode School of Design Museum, Providence, continues "Locally Made" through November 3. The first large survey of work from the greater Providence area in more than 20 years, the exhibition celebrates local artists, designers, performers, teachers, and curators and features several recent acquisitions.

RSID Museum on FaceBook and YouTube

Notes, RISD Museum Blog

✭ In Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is presenting through September 15 "The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South", an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the artist's birth. A blend of realism and pointillism, Cloar's lyrical paintings draw from small town life, family stories, childhood memories, rural scenery, and darker aspects of existence in the South of Cloar's early years. Virtually all his works feature people. The approximately 70 works come from public and private collections and represent the full arc of Cloar's career.

The exhibition will travel to Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens, in October.

Carroll Cloar, American, 1913-1993
The Bridge Over the Bayou, 1974
Acrylic on Masonite
Private Collection
© Estate of Carroll Cloar

Selection of Images (Press Page)

Marilyn Sadler, "The Art and Life of Carroll Cloar", Memphis Magazine, June 2011

Preview Video "Bike to Cloar"

Video of Carroll Cloar's Last Interview (This is an informative introduction to the artist.)

Profile of Carroll Cloar in Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The Brooks Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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