Friday, September 13, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The daily drawing practice of artist Britta Kathmeyer involves such materials as smoke, coffee, and willow twigs and, often, a touch of humor. I am drawn to the refined simplicity of her Willow series. (My thanks to Susan Cornelis for the link to Kathmeyer's work.)

✦ Collaborating with electronic musician Edisonnoside, Berlin-based visual artist Daniel Schwartz captured this live audiovisual performance that "play[s] with perceptions of space and reality." The visuals are superimposed on a matrix of rods. Another collaboration, the award-winning Vanish, makes use of ice, porcelain, wood, metal, and balsamic vinegar. Other videos by Schwartz are here. Be sure to take a look at Schwartz's series juxtapose, too.

✦ Take a stroll along the 2013 Valparaiso Art Walk at Cumberland Crossing in Valparaiso, Indiana. This video features the 16 sculptures that will be in place through April 2014. Each artwork is available for purchase.

Brochure on Valparaise Art Walk 2013-2014 (pdf)

✦ In June, our National Mall was the setting for One Million Bones, an installation comprising 1,018,260 hand-made bones placed by Naomi Natale and volunteers to increase awareness of the horror of mass atrocities in Africa and Asia. (I first wrote about Natale's Genocide Project in 2010. My post is here.) Photographer Jon Brack, based in Washington, D.C., captured the haunting visual protest panoramically to facilitate viewer exploration. 

✦ One of the more unusual and fascinating initiatives I've come across recently is the Tissue Culture and Art Project of Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, pioneers in the field of bioart who have won a number of awards for their uses of tissue technologies examining "shifting perceptions of life" and questions of identity and self.

✦ Today's video is about what you can see from the inside out. (My thanks to ArtInfo for the link to the video.)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, interdisciplinary artist Shigeyuki Kihara, born in Samoa, is presenting through January 5, 2014, large-scale looping projections of two 2012 videos, Gula Afi and Siva in Motion. Kihara's videos are described as "lamentations for the loss caused by the 2009 tsunami as well as poetic meditations on Samoa's colonial past and future climate change." This is Kihara's first solo museum exhibition in the western United States. A series of Kihara's photographs also is on view.

The recipient of a 2012 Arts Foundation New Generation Award, Kihara this year has been the subject of a mid-career survey "Undressing the Pacific" (e-catalogue) at Hocken Library at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of a number of arts institutions, including Auckland Art Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of her videos can be found on Vimeo.

UMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Tacoma, Washington's Museum of Glass continues "LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest" through  January 26, 2014. Approximately 92 works by 21 Australian and five American contemporary glass artists is on view. A full-color catalogue accompanies the show, which aims to show the relationships among artists in the two countries who blow glass artists or create kiln-formed glass. A DVD is forthcoming this fall. Among the prominent artists whose work is in the show are Clare Belfrage, Tim Edwards, Mel George (video), and Dante Marioni.

Museum of Glass on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ An exhibition of 31 prints by Gabor Peterdi (1915-2001) is on view through January 5, 2014, at Indianapolis Museum of Art. Recipient of a Prix de Rome at age 15, Peterdi was a master of intaglio techniques. I have seen his work and it is not to be missed!

IMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama is featuring the sculpture of Jean Woodham, an alumna. "Full Circle: The Sculptures of Jean Woodham", comprising 16 works in bronze, brass, wood, and steel, is on view through October 12. Woodham's Spinoff and Auburn Monody are sited on campus. A gallery of images of Woodham's work is available at the exhibition link.

JCSMAuburn on FaceBook and YouTube 

✭ A survey of work by Jim Hodges opens October 6 at Dallas Museum of Art. The approximately 75 contemporary works highlighting Hodges's themes of beauty, time, loss, identity, and love date from 1987 to the present and, in addition to room-size installations, include examples of the artist's use of photography, drawings, works on paper, and ephemeral everyday objects (for example, light bulbs, scarves, thread, paper napkins, paper clips). A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition for which tickets are required. 

DMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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