All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Neuroscientist Greg Dunn is also a painter, and his work reflects his passions for both science and art. In the video below, Dunn explains how he makes microetchings (hand-made lithographs in which light is manipulated microscopically to control reflectivity on metallic surfaces). He developed microetching techniques with his colleague Dr. Brian Edwards. Don't miss Dunn's gold leaf works and scrolls. Dunn's prints (giclees) are beautiful, too.
✦ Free blown and worked glass by Alexander Fekete assumes exquisite proportions. Also see his work here, here, and here. Fekete recently exhibited at SOFAexpo in Chicago.
✦ Japanese glass blower Hiroshi Yamano uses traditional motifs in new ways, employing silver leaf engraving and copper electroplating to gorgeous sculptural effect. Examples of his work include Zen Gardens in Glass, Fish on the Stone, and East to West Miniatures. Also see Yamano's page at Art Glass.
✦ Drawing inspiration from nature, Laura Kramer creates beautiful one-of-a-kind decorative objects made from dried wasp combs and handmade glass.
✦ Today's video features an unusual and marvelous ongoing project by Willie Baronet, of Dallas, Texas, who purchases cardboard signs from people experiencing homelessness and turns them into art. Read about how the project began. (My thanks to Holly Friesen for a link to a HooplaHa video about Baronet.)
Baronet, designated of the "100 Dallas Creatives", is a professor and life/business coach. His art project has received much well-deserved praise.
Baronet's blog is We are all homeless.
We are all homeless on FaceBook
"Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead to Art, Understanding", NPR, July 27, 2014
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ A participatory exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, features the conceptual "Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972-2014)" of Mary Beth Edelson. Several of the boxes encompass texts on themes such as gender, sexuality, myths, goddesses, and spirituality; others have paper tablets on which questions have been stamped to prompt viewers' hand-written responses. Of four boxes with paper tablets, one, Family Immigration Stories, is a new work created for the exhibition and eliciting viewers' contributions. The artist performs the role of archivist, curator, and caretaker of the boxes. A fuller explanation of the use of the boxes as time capsules of cultural perspectives is at the exhibition link above and in this pamphlet. The exhibition continue through April 5, 2015.
Mary Beth Edelsen Website: Story Gathering Boxes
✭ Florida's Boca Raton Museum of Art is presenting realist and expressionist work by Theresa Bernstein (1890-2002), an American who exhibited in every decade of the 20th Century. Her paintings encompassing such subjects as women's suffrage, immigrants, World War I, racial discrimination, and unemployment and portraits of Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, and others, are featured with interviews and related memorabilia. The show, which began at the James Gallery in the Graduate Center, City University of New York, is on view through January 11, 2015.
Theresa Bernstein, Polish Church: Easter Morning, 1916
Oil on Canvas, 40 " x 50 "
Martin and Edith Stein Collection
✭ Embroidered tapestries by Liz Whitney Quisgard can be seen in "VIVID" through January 18, 2015, at Arkansas's Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. Quisgard, of New York City and a painter for more than six decades, describes her extremely detailed and structured designs as "pseudo-pointillism". The beautiful works in the show are inspired by Moorish architecture, Navajo textiles, Byzantine mosaics, and the Baroque.
Liz Whitney Quisgard at Bowery Artists Tribute, GeoForm, James Yarosh Associates, and Saper Galleries
✭ Thirty original paintings by Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson, 1860-1961) are on view at Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama through March 1, 2015. Presenting works on loan from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, and other art institutions in the United States, the exhibition is co-curated by Galerie St. Etienne, New York City, which represents the Grandma Moses Estate.
On February 22, 2015, Galerie St. Etienne's co-director Jane Kallir will give a lecture, "Grandma Moses: Her Art and Life", beginning at 1:00 p.m. Kallir is an expert on Grandma Moses's works.
✭ Ongoing at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana, is "Jean Price: Three Thousand and Counting", a commemoration to American soldiers who fought and died in the Iraq War. Local artist Jean L. Price created the memorial installation to honor each soldier who lost his or her life in Iraq. The mixed-media memorial, comprising for each Armed Services member killed a dog tag made from aluminum tooling foil and providing name, rank, and age, was rededicated in 2007. Montana soldiers are represented with copper and brass dog tags. Read the online brochure, which includes images.
PGS Museum on FaceBook