Friday, September 14, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ One look at the handcut paper and acrylic koi of Australian Lisa Rodden will leave no doubt that this artist knows how to wield a pair of scissors. 

Gallery of Images of Cut Paper Works

✦ Graphic designer Andrew Gorkovenko uses tea to illustrate country of origin. He's also designed creative packaging for tea. See more of Gorkovenko's work here.

✦ Art and technology combine beautifully in the work of Los Angeles-based artist Guillermo Bert, who uses QR ("quick response") barcodes in his "Encoded Textiles" project to raise awareness about the culture and traditions of Chile's indigenous Mapuche. Bert has transcribed Mapuche stories, poems, and narratives into graphical QR codes, which then are made into woven tapestries. See Wired magazine's interesting article about Bert's project. A campaign to  fund Okapi Films' Coded Stories, which will document Bert's project and use his encoded artworks, was undertaken successfully on Kickstarter (the effort concluded in July); the filmmakers plan to wrap up production this fall. If you're in Pasadena, California late next month or this winter, plan to see "Guillermo Bert: Encoded Textiles" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; the exhibition opens October 28.

Chol-Chol Foundation (The foundation is dedicated to ensuring fair trade of Mapuche fine arts, the promotion, education, and preservation of Mapuche culture, and resource development among Mapuche artisans.)

Coded Stories on FaceBook and Twitter

What are QR codes?

✦ Art can light up your life. If you're in New York City's Madison Square Park this fall you won't be able to miss Leo Villareal's Buckyball. The artist's large-scale installation, which comprises 180 LED tubes throughout which are programmable color pixels, will be on view beginning October 25. See it anytime through February of next year, and you'll come away glowing.

✦ Today's video, Tough Life Diary, is an engrossing 14:21-minute interview with artist Nancy Grossman, who talks frankly and insightfully about her life and art. The video, which includes family photos and archival film footage, accompanied at exhibition earlier this year of Grossman's work at Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College.

Nancy Grossman's Heads at MoMA PS1 (2011)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000", on view through November 5, the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, examines school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, nurseries, furniture, political propaganda, books, and children's hospitals and safety equipment. The exhibition link above takes you to a dedicated, interactive site where you may explore, chronologically and in other ways, the design ideas, objects, and practices underlying a century's preoccupation with children's development and well-being. Lectures, gallery talks, symposia, film screenings, and other related events are scheduled during the exhibition.

Exhibition Blog and Tumblr

MoMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, continues through October 21 the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of Dan Walsh's large-scale abstract canvases. "Dan Walsh: UnCommon Ground" showcases just eight paintings, all created for the site, and three limited-edition books Walsh designed and made by hand. Of the latter, Walsh has said, "A problem solved in a book might make it into a painting. On the other hand, the books are an outlet for my ideas that maybe don't belong in my paintings."

Press Release with Images

Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, and Saatchi Gallery

Dan Walsh Interview with John Yau at The Brooklyn Rail (2010)

✭ In Savannah, Georgia, the Jepson Center, part of Telfair Museums, continues "Blown, Assembled and Cast", its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in America. On view through October 28 are approximately 30 pieces from the museum's studio glass collection, as well as works from several collectors. As the show's title indicates, the exhibition looks at the techniques of blowing, casting, and assembling glass, using as examples works by Dale Chihuly, Jose Chardiet, Stephen Dee Edwards, Jon Kuhn, David Levi, Dante Marioni, Charles Miner, and Bertil Vallien. On October 18, a talk is scheduled with glass artists Charles Miner and Therman Statom, who created in 2006 a custom-built glass house for the Jepson Center's interactive children's space, ArtZeum. On October 19, Statom will lead a glass sculpture workshop for high school students and, on October 29, local glass artist Jon Poirer, owner of Drayton Glass Works, will offer several brief glassblowing workshops. Contact the museum for details.

Telfair Museums on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ To celebrate its centennial, New Orleans Museum of Art commissioned a site-specific mural by Nigeria-born Odili Donald Odita, now resident in Philadelphia. Titled "Forever", the mural is on view in the first floor elevator lobby through October 7, 2013. A brief video with the artist is here.

Odita at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2007-2008 Exhibit), and Escape Into Life

NOMA on FaceBook and Twitter

Save the Date

On October 12, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., opens "Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei". The exhibition, which will be on view through January 6, 2013, will feature portraits of women who have devoted their lives to the arts. A celebrity photographer as well as a photojournalist, Mattei, according to her Website, also has co-written and co-prodouced a video, The Longest Holiday, on the joys of aging, and is the author of My Fair Ladies, images from which may be seen under the heading "project" here. Mattei's images of butterflies and flowers are extraordinary.

Michele Mattei Images at Lucy B. Campbell Fine Art, London, and Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills

NMWA on FaceBook and Twitter

Broad Strokes, NMWA Blog


Louise Gallagher said...

Such richness in your sharings. And so much wonder in the world!

Lisa W. Rosenberg said...

So much here... I look forward to checking out the MoMA exhibit, Century of the Child! Appropriate for children, I wonder? My 11 year old (girl, artist) loves MoMA,
my 9 year old (boy, into building) has not yet found what interests him there.

Maureen said...


There's a free pdf of the catalogue here:

The MoMA also is providing a downloadable family activity guide (ages 7+):

Family-oriented art workshops and other programs are scheduled too. Scroll to Related Events on exhibition page.