Friday, August 5, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlight

✦ A Silicon Valley-based company, Anographics is dedicated to the art of anodized aluminum, an electrochemical process of multi-coloring anodized aluminum. The process creates a highly porous finish that can absorb, like paper, many different types of dyes. A variety of painterly techniques, including brushing and spraying, may be used to apply colors to the thin aluminum "canvas", which is not affected by humidity or temperature changes. The medium offers great opportunities to artists. Recently, for example, Anographics produced for NASA/Ames a six-color serigraph of the Mars Rover.

The company invites artists as well as galleries, architects, museums, designers, and collectors to visit its site to learn about the process. A series of interesting videos shows coloring techniques (oils, felt pens, resists, water dyes, etc.), screening techniques, finished pieces (sizes and perspectives), from etching to silkscreening to hammering, and, for fun, a young artist at work who uses felt pens and watercolor dyes on the thin anodized plates. A slideshow of images is here (the artwork can be quite intricate).

Exhibitions Here and There

A catalogue accompanies the show.

Adolf Konrad, Packing List, December 16, 1963
Adolf Ferdinand Konrad Papers, 1962-2002
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

The Morgan on FaceBook and Twitter 

✭ Also in New York City is the Museum of Modern Art's "Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now", on view through August 29. Drawn from the MoMA's collection, the exhibition includes nearly 80 posters, books, and wall stencils demonstrating printmaking during South Africa's tumultous years of political unrest. Featured artists include Conrad Botes, Kudzanai Chiurai, William Kentridge, Cameron Platter, Claudette Schreuders, and Sue Williamson.

Conrad Botes, Secret Language II, 2005
Lithograph, 17-11/16" x 14-15/16"; Edition of 30
Publisher/Printer: The Artists' Press, White Rive, South Africa
Museum of Modern Art General Print Fund
© Conrad Botes

A catalogue accompanies the show. The museum also offers a series of related lectures and gallery talks, music performances, and panel discussions and symposium.

✭ If you find yourself in Indianapolis this summer or fall, consider "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria", continuing through January 16, 2012. Hailed a "landmark exhibition", the show celebrates the art of the Yoruba people from the 12th C - 15th C., and includes extraordinary near-life-size terra cotta heads and brass figures, trade items, and rare stone sculptures. 

Here's a trailer showing some of the marvelous artworks:

A catalogue accompanies the show, images from which are available here. Related articles are here.

IMA on FaceBook, Twitter, ArtBabble, and YouTube

IMA Blog

✭ The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is showing through September 18 the first survey of work by MacArthur Fellow Mark Bradford. Spanning the years 2001-2010, the exhibit includes early sculptural projects and more recent commissions. Described as an "anthropologist" of his South  Central Los Angeles environment, Bradford speaks to the dynamics of class, race, and gender in urban society. The microsite is worth exploring. The section with images includes video.

Mark Bradford, Thriller, 2009
Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Gift of Mary & Earle Ludgin (By Exchange)
Photo: Nathan Keay 
© MCA Chicago

A catalogue, the first major book on the artist, accompanies the show.

The Mark Bradford Project Blog

MCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Through August 28, the MCA is exhibiting as part of its UBS 12x12: New Artists/New Works series Anne Elizabeth Moore's Garment Work, described as "a meditation on the international garment trade and women's issues in developing nations." Moore is both a visual and performance artist, media activist, and author; she is founding editor of the Best American Comics series and former editor of Punk Planet

In a twice-a-week durational performance for the MCA, the artist spends the month taking apart with her hands a pair of jeans made in Cambodia and purchased on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. (Visitors may be asked to take part.) To give you an idea of what that such a performance entails, here is a video preview of Moore's Garment Work (2010), a more than 34-hour durational performance in Germany, where Moore was a resident artist at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, formerly a textile mill. Moore worked under "contemporary conditions" of the mill and distilled the three-week effort into a 10-hour video.

Garment Work Preview from Anne Elizabeth Moore on Vimeo.

Camb(l)o(g)dia, Moore's Blog

Anne Elizabeth Moore on Vimeo 


Glynn said...

We saw the Mark Bradford exhibit when we were in Chicago in late May. I'm glad we did -- it was a thought-provoking, often disturbing exhibit, much of it based on post-Katrina New Orleans.

Seth said...

I have seen several exhibits of Mark Bradford's work and am always inspired and impressed. And I am looking forward to the Lists exhibit at the Morgan. Thanks for all the links here.

Anonymous said...

sorry....can't leave any kind of intelligent comment right now.

i must delve into mark bradford...