Friday, December 10, 2010

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

'Vermont Vernacular' Prints Released

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont, has released "Vermont Vernacular", a set of three signed museum-quality prints by Wolf Kahn (Deep Purple Landscape, 24x30 inches), Petria Mitchell (Lavender Reflections No. 2, 20x24 inches), and Tim Allen (Putney Mountain Autumn, 20x24). Created by artist-master printer Jon Cone of Cone Editions of East Topsham, Vermont, the prints are limited to an edition of 80. They are printed on Somerset Enhanced paper with a deckled edge; custom-made 100%-pigment fade-resistant inks were used. The original landscape paintings were scanned and the resulting digital file color-matched to the original artworks.

Prints by Mitchell and Allen are signed and numbered; Kahn's include a signed personal inscription. 

The full set of prints costs $435. A single Kahn print is $245; the Mitchell and Allen prints are each $195. Go here to see images and to order. Proceeds from sales benefit the BMAC.

Allen currently has a show of new paintings at CHA Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ An international traveling exhibit of work by seven Asian and seven North American artists, "Charis" includes paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, and video projections aimed at exploring "the implications of Christian faith and effective artistic practice in an increasingly visually oriented world where the convergence of cultures is the norm rather than the exception". The show, on view until December 18 at Philadelphia Biblical University, Langehorne, Pennsylvania, travels in January to Washington, D.C.'s Wesley Theological Seminary. Additional 2011 dates in the United States are to be announced (go here for schedule); after completing its North American  tour, the show will head to Asia. For a list of participating artists, go here; selected images of work in the show are here. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Nagel Institute of Calvin College.

✭ Kaleidoscopic glass "planets" by Josh Simpson are on view until January 2 at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. The show, "Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass", includes approximately 100 pieces drawn from the artist's own collection.  A Boston Globe review of the exhibition is here.

Josh Simpson, Inhabited Vase, 2003
Blown Multiple Layer Silver Glass With Hot-Worked Inclusions

Fuller Craft Museum on FaceBook

✭ At Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, the "Clay Throwdown!" continues until January 16. Marking the inauguration of a new juried exhibition series, the show includes work by more than 30 contemporary ceramicists, both established and emerging, from the Pacific Northwest. Participating artist Dirk Staschke received the show's John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence. 

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✭ The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York, is presenting through January 2 "Special Choice: Book Arts Part 1 & 2". Curated by Yuko Nii, the WAH Center's founder and director, the exhibition features in Part 1 small book forms, primarily in paper, displayed on pedestals and tables; Part 2 includes larger wall or floor installations, some using steel, glass, or video. Seth Apter, who was part of the immediately preceding show, continues in Part 1 and offers on his blog, The Altered Page, some close-ups of his work. 

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✭ In Arizona, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has mounted "Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri", on view until January 23. The exhibition, including a selection of Soleri's drawings, models, and video documentation, celebrates completion of Soleri's first built bridge, a commission by Scottsdale Public Art for the Scottsdale waterfront. The pedestrian-only bridge provides access across the Arizona Canal in the city's downtown. It is suspended by cables attached to the top of 64-foot-high pylons, tiled at 80 degrees from the ground; its north-south positioning allows the sun to cast at solar noon a shaft of light through the gap between the pylons and across the bridge's deck. Additional project details are here.

Parol Soleri, New York Pulse Bridge, 1988
Colored Pencil on Paper, 29 x 27-3/4 inches
Courtesy, Cosanti Foundation © Paolo Soleri

Soleri's Studio in Paradise Valley, Arizona: Arcosanti (I visited Arcosanti in the mid-1970s and still have the Soleri windbell I purchased there. It's a fascinating place to visit.)

✭ Virginia's Contemporary Art Center in Virginia Beach is showing work by Heidi Fowler (of Reston, Virginia), whose paintings are inspired by photographs taken from a car window. For the "drive-by still lifes" she creates from the photos, Fowler uses acrylic paints, graphite, vinyl tape, wax, metal, and various collage materials, including fabric and junk mail, yardsticks, shirts, egg cartons, bottle caps, and pages from magazines and phone books. The results, which can be fascinating, speak to such issues as consumerism  and environmental stewardship. The exhibition, "Heidi Fowler>>Re:USE", continues through January 16. A 34-age online pdf catalogue of exhibition images is here.

Heidi Fowler, No. 031.72.007, 2007
Acrylic, Junk Mail, Work Shirt, Vinyl Tape
Ink Jet Transfer on Panel, 36 x 36 inches
© Heidi Fowler

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Louise Gallagher said...

Where to start to explore? So many amazing offerings -- I love the glass work -- wow! My friend Carol Yorke in New York creates glassworks as well -- and they always inspire me.

Hugs -- and thank you as always for inspiring my friday mornings.


Kathleen Overby said...

In the first Vermont collection, I loved the pond. Want to sit there for a long while. Sigh. The Altered Page is way fun! What a curly mind the artist has.

Anonymous said...

bloomin' colours