Friday, October 3, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ You may be familiar with the bronze horse sculptures of Deborah Butterfield but have you seen British sculptor Heather Jansch's work. Jansch, who admits to having two passions — drawing and horses — in late August showed her life-size sculptures of horses composed of driftwood at NGS Sculpture Gardens, Devon, United Kingdom. The horses seemed delightedly at home in that setting. Jansch also casts her marvelous work in bronze

Selection of Images (See more images in News & Open Days and on the FaceBook link immediately below.)

Heather Jansch Artist on FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest

National Gardens Scheme on FaceBook

✦ Santa Fe's TAI Gallery, devoted to traditional museum-quality Japanese bamboo art, has placed a number of its exhibition catalogues online (scroll to end of page).

✦ An online catalogue for an exhibition of painter Richard Jacobs's beautiful work is available (it's embedded below). The artist's first solo show in two decades, "Soul Delay", at Jack Geary Gallery in New York City, remains up through October 11. Carl Belz provides an excellent essay for the catalogue, "Richard Jacobs: In the Moment".

✦ The Great Falls Studios Tour will be held October 17 - October 19. The annual self-guided driving tour through Great Falls, Virginia, offers an opportunity to meet and see demonstrations by 50 artists, including painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, printmakers, a wood carver, quilters, and other creatives.

✦ Visual artist Pier Fabre of Paris, France, suspended hundreds of red strings conveyed on metal wires in front of Cascade du Bois de Chaux at Egliseneuve d'Entraigues in Sancy (central France) for Horizons Sancy, an art and nature festival. Fabre's installation, titled Dripping, was in three tiers, starting from the top of the waterfalls. The wires were connected to a frame attached to trees on either side of the water and anchored in the ground. Beautiful! For other photos of Dripping, see the article "Pier Fabre suspends red strings over waterfall pool for Dripping installation", DeZeen Magazine (August 18, 2014). View other creations for the 2014 festival.

✦ The 2014 Caravan Exhibition of Visual Art, "Amen — A Prayer for the World", continues only for a few more days at Washington National Cathedral. It opens at The Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City on October 12. Go visit, if you can! I've seen the show of nearly 50 fiberglass sculptures in four poses that have been painted by Egyptian, American, French, and British artists. All are available for purchase. Among my favorites are those by Americans Helen Zughaib ("Tree of Hope and Prayer") and Amy E. Gray ("The Turning Prayer").

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Smith Center's Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C., continues through October 25 its exhibition "Divergence". Curated by mixed-media artist Martha Jackson Jarvis, the exhibition spotlights work by emerging artists Shaunte Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis, both of whom use multi-media, including performance and video, to explore the body as metaphor, notions of time and space, and the ways we connect and interrelate with one another. A talk with the artists is planned for Thursday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. All artwork is available to purchase, with proceedings supporting both Smith Center's cancer-care programs and the artists.

Watch a video of Gates's work and browse his online gallery.

Smith Center on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ "Sigalit Landau: DeadSee", continues through December 21 at Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. In DeadSee (2005), a conceptual video installation, Landau lies nude within a spiral of 500 floating watermelons (some cut open) that unfurls slowly. According to exhibition information, the piece is a "refined study in formal contrasts" between the ancient and the contemporary; it alludes to waters referenced in the Bible and to the borders shared today by Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank. Sigalit Landau, who was born in Israel and has lived in the United States, is a fascinating artist.  A portion of her intriguing video (and also others) is available at her Website (click on link above). 

Davis Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

Linda Beach's "Arboreal Musings", comprising an exhibition of her contemporary art quilts, is on view at Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, through December 6. The show is a celebration of trees as objects of worship, use as shelter, and symbols of hope. The award-winning Beach, who is also a teacher and lecturer, is self-taught and draws her inspiration from nature. Her studio is in Estes Park, Colorado. View Beach's online gallery.

Linda Beach Art Quilts on FaceBook

✭ Up through October 25 at Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina: Thomas McNickle, a highly accomplished oil and watercolor painter of landscapes who is represented by Melberg, and sculptor Mary Frank, whom art historian Linda Nochlin has described as "the visual poet of the inner life". Frank works in bronze and terracotta, wood, and ceramics. Her works of ink on paper and oil on canvas and her archival pigment prints on bamboo paper are gorgeous. Most recently she's begun working in encaustics. 

Watch a brief portion of a DVD from New York City's DC Moore Gallery, "Mary Frank: A Matter of Spirit" (2009):

Thomas McNickle Website

Profile of Mary Frank in Jewish Women's Archive

The Drawing Center, New York City, continues "Thread Lines" through December 14. The exhibition features the work of 16 artists who sew, knit, and weave and, for this show, explore "the expressive and conceptual potential of line" and the relationship of textile-making and drawing. Among the extraordinary artists are Louis Bourgeois, Kimsooja, Lenore Tawney, and Sheila Hicks.

Here's a vido in which Sheila Hicks discusses her life and work with art historian Sarah Wilson.

The Drawing Center on FaceBook and Twitter

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