Friday, April 22, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✭ The Japanese artist Katsutoshi Yuasa (b. 1978), whose solo show "The Imaginary" is at the Corn Exchange Gallery in Edinburgh until May, is a talent to watch. His oil-based woodcuts with pigment on paper, based on his own digital photographs of urban environments (he edits and changes each image to monochrome, then "transfers" it, painstakingly and in great detail, onto plywood ready for hand-printing), are full of light and shadow and masterful. A graduate of Royal College of Art, London, Yuasa has held a number of international residencies, his most recent with Danish Art Workshops, Copenhagen; and his work was selected for inclusion in Paul Coldwell's Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective (Black Dog Books, 2010). 

Katsutoshi Yuasa, The garden or light itself #1, 2009
100 cm x 150 cm Woodcut on Paper
© Katsutoshi Yuasa

✭ Digital media is showcased and preserved virtually at the Adobe Museum of Digital Media. It's an experience to take a tour of the "building" in the virtual dimension, listen to lectures and interviews, sign up for a membership, and interact with the curated exhibits. Currently showing: "Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft (ABC)", by John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design. As the museum's description says, AMDM is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and accessible anywhere.

AMDM on FaceBook and Twitter

Cody Hooper of Texas started out with watercolors, focusing on realism, and then moved on to abstract painting. Reflecting the rich colors and strong light of the Southwest, his canvases evidence great skill with his brush. His "sculptured" art (seen toward the bottom of this page) are beautiful. He likes to experiment; see, for example his 2theCore (2009), which consists of three interchangeable 36"x30" panels.

Exhibitions Here and There

Angela Strassheim's "Evidence" is on view at Minneapolis Institute of Arts through October 9. The exhibit may not be for everyone. Strassheim worked in forensic (crime scene) photography, and her images in this show are of places where domestic, familial murders took place. She titles her color photographs of exteriors of houses with the names of the murder weapons used (she explains why in the video and excellent interview I note below); she made her interior black-and-white shots using a chemical reagent (BlueStar) that she sprayed in a mist onto walls to detect traces of DNA; she exposes what cannot be seen with the eye, and does so with chilling artistry. These photographs — of houses that  might be anywhere in America (Strassheim traveled widely) — tell unsettling stories of their own. That people live in these houses today makes our impressions of the images even eerier.

The exhibit is part of the New Pictures Series, which features experimental photography and new media art from around the world.

Here's a brief video interview with Strassheim:

Art Info Interview with Angela Strassheim

Strassheim's "Evidence" Photographs (Go here, click Photographs and then Evidence.)

MIA on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr

✭ At the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco you'll find through June 5 "Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave". This Belgian artist uses rag paper that she paints and "manipulates" to create trompe l'oeil costumes that might have been worn by the Medici, Marie-Antoinette, or Queen Elizabeth I or created by Europe's finest couturiers. The Legion of Honor is the first museum in the United States to mount an entire exhibition of de Borchgrave's marvelous creations. This press release provides useful information about the exhibition, which is presented in six sections: The Artist's Studio, In White, Papiers a la Mode, Fortuny, The Medici, and Inspiration. A catalogue accompanies the show. (My thanks to Ann at All Things Paper for the heads-up about this show.)

The museum is featuring online a four-part documentary, Eye on the Bay: Pulp Fashion. (The segments together take just under 21 minutes to watch.)

The print edition of Ornament magazine is featuring Jill A. DeDominicis' article "Isabelle de Borchgrave: An Invitation to Dream", Vol. 34, No. 3.

Legion of Honor Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, Flickr, ArtPoint

Museum Blog

✭ Washington, D.C.'s Kreeger Museum is presenting through July 30 "Tom Wesselmann Draws". Described as the "most comprehensive exhibition of drawings by the artist that has ever been assembled", the show numbers 108 works that span the years 1959 to 2004, when Wesselmann died. A catalogue accompanies the show. Wesselmann, like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Robert Indiana, was a key figure of the Pop Art Movement

Image Above to Right: Tom Wesselmann, Drawing Version of Bedroom Painting #24, 1972; Charcoal on Gesso on Canvass, 75-1/4" x 39-1/4" x 19-5/8"

The following video (13.10 minutes) features Claire Wesselmann, the artist's wife and his model, in a walk-through with docents preparing for the exhibition. She talks about her husband's career, his techniques, process, and ideas, and the 1960s arts scene in New York City, which "lit him on fire", she says. 





John Wilmerding, Tom Wesselmann: His Voice and Vision, Rizzoli, 2008 (This book is available at the show.)

Kreeger Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Six artists from Baltimore, Maryland, and six from Washington, D.C., are participating in "Corridor" at the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS) in Washington. The premise for the show was "to challenge the artist and curator relationship" by having one artist from one city select another artist from the other city to exhibit in an "artist choose artist" format. The curator from Baltimore worked with the artists from D.C., and the curator from D.C. worked with the artists from Baltimore. The show features sculpture, installations, prints, photography, and video. The show is up through June 26.

The artists are: Oletha DeVane, John Ruppert, Joyce J. Scott (be sure to see her beadwork creations), Bernhard Hildebrandt, Brandon Morse, Phil Nesmith (he's a superb photographer), Michael Platt, Sofia Silva, Susana Raab, Soledad Salame, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Jeff Spaulding.

AMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The beautiful art of painter Kazaan Viveiros, whom I first profiled here, is showing in "Realism... believe" at ArtDC Gallery, Hyattsville, Maryland. Viveiros has four works, including "Dutch Tulip" (see image below), in the exhibit, which is curated by master trompe l'oeil painter Patrick Kirwin. A reception for the artists, who include Kirwin as well as Dennis Crayon, Heather McCaw, Vicki St. Germain, and Jack Labadie, several of whom are Kirwin's former students from the Alexandria, Virginia, Art League, is tomorrow night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The show will be up until May 7.

Kazaan Viveiros, Dutch Tulip, 2011
Acrylic on Panel, 30" x 15"
© 2011 Kazaan Viveiros

Directions and Map to ArtDC Gallery


Glynn said...

That work by Katsutoshi Yuasa is stunning.

Anonymous said...

last week i took peter to the george fox university production of "taming of the shrew".

it was fast and fun. the costumes were really nice. and the kids (kids to us) were great to watch.

Anonymous said...

last week i took peter to the george fox university production of "taming of the shrew".

it was fast and fun. the costumes were really nice. and the kids (kids to us) were great to watch.