Friday, July 31, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

The relationship of creative initiatives to learning and neuroscience are examined in How Creativity Works in the Brain (July 2015), a recently issued 41-page report from the National Endowment for the Arts. Among the report's conclusions: "[C]reativity has implications for human health and well-being as fundamental as the ability to move a limb or recall information."

✦ The 2015 Jerusalem Season of Culture kicked off July 27 with In-House Festival, in which artists and audiences meet in homes in Jerusalem, and continues through September 4. Established in 2010 as a "celebration of creativity", the initiative this year involves more than 3,000 Israeli and some 240 international artists in events at galleries, performance spaces, markets, museums, historic sites, and homes throughout the city. Among the festival components: Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, August 30 - September 4; Contact Point, at the Israel Museum, August 6; Knock Knock, Prima Royale Hotel, August 10-13; Frontline, off-stream music, August 17-20; and Under the Mountain, a public art festival, beginning August 25.

Season of Culture on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

Season of Culture Blog

✦ Swiss-born Silvia Heyden, who died March 2, 2015, and was the subject of the Kenny Dalsheimer documentary A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden (see my post of April 25, 2012), left behind two weavings. Her family invited friends to cut the beautiful tapestries from Heyden's loom. Watch "Cutting Silvia's Final Tapestries from the Loom - July 4, 2015":

✦ Textile artist Sue Rangeley creates some of the most beautiful and unique pieces I've seen. She extends her bespoke embroidery, beadwork, silk appliqué, and hand-painting to one-of-a-kind accessories such as purses and embellished belts, clothing (including wedding fashions), pillows, quilts, and painted screens, and framed art. She exhibits internationally and conducts masterclasses. Her most recent book is Embroidered Originals.

Read an interview with Sue Rangeley at TextileArtist.

✦ Inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes, poetry, and nature, illustrator and printmaker Nick Wonham creates charming multi-colored prints (linocuts) in limited editions. Two books with his illustrations have been published, two more have been completed, and two others are in progress.

Nick Wonham on FaceBook

✦ German textile artist Dagmar Binder hand-makes her felt pieces of fine merino wool and silk. Her work includes fine art objects, theatre costumes, clothing, and fashion accessories. She conducts workshops in Berlin, other European countries, and North and South America. See her wearable art and objects/installations.

Dagmar Binder on Pinterest

✦ Below is an interview with painter Joan Semmel, from Artforum's 500 Words series. Semmel's most recent show was the survey "Across Five Decades" at Alexander Gray Associates in New York City.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Installation artist Liza Lou has created at Wichita Art Museum a shimmering landscape of glass beads that measures 150 square feet. Her Gather (one million) is composed of 9 million beads, varying in their shades of gold, which Lou has threaded onto cut stainless steel wires. Bundled together, the beaded wires look like sheaves of harvested wheat. On the museum walls are other "fields" of glass beads that suggest Kansas skies and sunsets. The installation is on view through September 13. 

See Kitchen, a beaded installation that took the artist five years to complete.

Liza Lou on FaceBook (Images of the Wichita installation may be seen on Liza Lou's FB page.)

Liza Lou at White Cube and Mnuchin Gallery

Wichita Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ An outdoor botanical sculpture, the new work Quilt Square (Tulip), and the earthwork Tulips, both by Virginia Poundstone can be seen through October 25 in "Flower Mutations" at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Also on view are a new glass sculpture by Poundstone and her wall print Rainbow Rose (2013), in addition to objects from her personal collection and other artists' works that have inspired Poundstone's own. Read or browse an illustrated eight-page pamphlet (pdf) about the exhibition that includes an interview with the artist and a checklist of artworks on view.

Virginia Poundstone, Rainbow Rose, 2013
Digital Image Printed on Vinyl
22' x 24'
© Virginia Poundstone

The exhibition is part of the museum's Circumstance series that shows how artists "use context to articulate their work." Read more about the series in the news release for the solo exhibition.

The Aldrich on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Hawaii's Honolulu Museum of Art recently opened "Artists of Hawai'i 2015", presenting work by seven artists (Alison Beste, Elisa Chang, Jesse Houlding, Akira Iha, Emily McIlroy, Lauren Trangmar, and Maile Yawata) and one artist collective (.5ppi). Chosen from among 249 entrants, the artists were given nine months to create work for the biennial exhibition. Included are prints, photography, paintings and drawings, sculpture, and mixed media work. (Click on each of the links above to see the individual artist's contributions. My favorite is Emily McIlroy.) The show continues through October 25.

Honolulu Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The centennial celebration "Charlotte Collects Elizabeth Catlett" opened July 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture. Continuing through December 31, the exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth includes examples of Catlett's two- and three-dimensional works and photographs from throughout Catlett's life. 

If you are unfamiliar with Catlett's work, this video offers a brief introduction:

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

Gantt Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky at Lexington is presenting "Bottoms Up", a sculpture survey, beginning September 12. On view is the work of such well-known artists as  Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Tony Matelli, George Rickey, Lucas Samaras, and Rachel Whiteread. The works range from the figurative to the abstract, the small to the monumental, the personal to the industrial. The show will run through December 20.

The Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

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