Friday, September 5, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Below is an introduction to the terrific therapeutic nature photography program In a New Light, which currently includes the projects "Women of the Valley", "Lakes in New Light", "Northwoods Wildlife  Safari", and "Dooskaabi" (for at-risk Native American teens). The site includes videos and photographs of participating children and teens whose work is documented in In a New Light: The Art and Nature of Healing (see cover of book to right). The program is conducted jointly with the National Park Service.

Watch the PBS NewHour's feature with photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits, who discusses the Northwest Passage treatment center's program. 

In a New Light on FaceBook and Twitter

In a New Light Blog

✦ Art quilter and mixed-media artist Lesley Riley's new book is Creative Image Transfer — Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface: 16 New Mixed-Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper (C&T Publishing, September 7, 2014) See Lesley demonstrate what you can do with TAP® in this video.

Lesley Riley's Artist Success Website (FaceBook) (In addition to being an artist and writer, Riley is a a tremendous teacher, artist coach, and mentor.) 

Lesley Riley's fabicologie Blog

✦ If you're visiting Washington, D.C., and have time to visit one of my favorite museums, The Phillips Collection, take time to see Vesna Pavlovic's Illuminated Archive, on view through September 28. Part of the ongoing Intersections project, the work uses imagery from the "Giacometti" exhibition at The Phillips in 1963. Pavlovic's installation comprises "a 35-foot transparent curtain of digitally manipulated images and four related ink-jet photographs" (description at artist's Website). A video is available at the artwork link. There's a lot to explore at the artist's Website!

✦ The UK's Trevor Leat grows the willow he turns into marvelous sculptures, one of which is this Whirling Dervish. Incredible! Here in the States, Cleveland-based Olga Ziemska reclaims willow branches to create such wonderful installations as Stillness in Motion: The Matka Series #1 (2003).

✦ A new series, "A Potter's Journey", is appearing at American Craft Council's blog. Joel Cherrico pens the column, which offers a look at Cherrico's plan to become and make a living as a full-time potter. Browse a portfolio of his work.

✦ The video below highlights the "LandMarks" project that brought together Native American and Indigenous Australian artists to participate in collaborative printmaking. In addition to footage of the printing process, the video describes the project and shows images of the artists. The "LandMarks" exhibition, comprising 20 new lithographs and monotypes from the project and other works by participants, continues at Tamarind Gallery through September 26. See the exhibition link for artists' names and images. The works are for sale.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Opening today and continuing through February 2, 2015, at The Rubin Museum, New York City, is "Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India". Described as the first museum exhibition examining Indian influences on Clemente's work, the show features some 20 paintings from the last 30 years and four newly created larger-than-life-size sculptures. Attention is given to how Clemente's own "personal visual language" relates to artistic themes (mythology, spirituality, sexuality) and narratives (violence, intrigue, love, jealousy, separation) in Indian art. 

Selected "Made in India" Works at Clemente's Website

Allan Kozinn, "Rubin Museum Show to Trace Francesco Clemente's Indian Inspirations", The New York Times, August 5, 2014

✭ Tomorrow is the opening of "Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos" at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Continuing through October 19, the shows features prints, video, collage, and installations. The Cuban artist is known for her craft and use of color, as well as her narrative approach to documenting her experiences in her native country.

Four other exhibitions also open at the Katzen on the same day:

— "Readymade@100", a juried celebration of the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's readymade concept in which contemporary artists expand on Duchamp's original idea. The works remain on view through October 19.

— "Memorial Modeling: Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov", installations that deliberately use rough materials and a brutalist approach to convey the Russian artists' experience of the Soviet Union's collapse. The show ends October 19.

— "Some Uses of Photography", which presents the work by four artists who are women (Jenn DePalma, Ding Ren, Siobhan Rigg, and Sandra Rottmann"). The show, which concludes December 14, examines how contemporary artists have incorporated photography within their art practices.

— "Sam Noto, Steel Sculpture: Anxiety and Hope", a show of large improvisational sculptures that are both serious and playful. This exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.

Gallery talks are among related programs.

✭ Tonight at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington, D.C., is the opening reception for "Fractured Spring", a solo exhibition of Beirut-born Helen Zughaib's ongoing series Arab Spring. Featured are paintings, calligraphy, and installations that the artist has "fractured" to indicate her concern with the consequences of various movements ongoing throughout the Middle East. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, both here and abroad, and is well worth seeing.

Helen Zughaib, di/as/pora, triptych
© Helen Zughaib

Zughaib's Prayer Rug for America is in the exhibition "For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People", on view through February 28, 2015 at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore. 

Read Lauren Landau's article "Controversial Takes on the Stars and Stripes Explored in New Exhibit", WAMU 88.5 (American University Radio, July 4, 2014. (The article includes an image of Zughaib's Prayer Rug for America.)

✭ Work by Carolyne King continues on view in "A Delicate Balance" at ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, through August 16. Take some time to look at the collages and constructions, paintings, and sculptures on King's Website. The work is enormously appealing. Read her Artist's Statement for insights into her conceptual approach.

ARC Gallery on FaceBook

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