Friday, February 28, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Artist Katy Stone paints on archival plastic film, paper, and metal. She describes her organic, visually appealing pieces as "a mass of gestures that are cut, combined, and layered into assemblages. . . evok[ing] natural forms and processes, both familiar and fantastical, the images . . . just a step away from dissolving into masses of line or shape." Take time to browse her Website (be sure to check the archive as well); I'm especially drawn to Stone's installations. Her work appears in such public spaces as Seattle, Washington's King County Correctional Facility, H2 Hotel in Healdsburg, California, and The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Stone exhibited last month at Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City. Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Johansson Projects in Oakland, California, and Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado, represent Stone.

Laurie Frick, whose background includes engineering and technology, draws on neuroscience to construct her fascinating and highly intricate installations from data she collects about herself. The results are beautiful. The self-tracking artist has had numerous solo exhibitions, won a number of awards, and enjoyed residencies at the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of Texas, Yaddo, and Bemis Center. Frick gave a TED Talk, "Seeing the Hidden Language in Art", in 2013 in Austin, Texas (see video below). Don't miss her gallery of images of installations and drawings.

Jesc Bunyard, "Art + Neuroscience = Laurie Frick" (Interview), Rooms, September 11, 2013

The Public Domain Review has posted charming images from Edward Lear's Walk on a Windy Day.  Also up on the site are hand-colored photographs of 19th Century Japan, culled from a series of 42 albumine prints.

✦ We all know it's been said, maybe even by you: "My kid could do that." Well, I doubt it, and so does Susie Hodge, author of Why Your Five Year Old Could NOT Have Done That: Modern Art Explained (Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 2012). (There's a paperback version, too.) 

The publisher describes the book as a "passionate and persuasive argument against the most common disparaging remark leveled at modern art." Hodge examines 100 works to help you figure out what it is you've been missing while looking at abstract art.

Hodge also is the author of How to Survive Modern Art (Tate, 2010), and numerous other books, including, most recently, Velazquez: Life & Works in 500 Images (Lorenz Books, 2013) and Raphael: His Life and Works in 500 Images (Lorenz Books, 2013).

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The work of Hsin-Hsi Chen, Lee Gainer, Yaroslav Koporulin, Beverly Ress, and Jowita Wyszomirska remains on view at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C., through March 15. The exhibition, "A Window into the Mind's Eye", examines the artistic processes and inspirations of the featured artists' drawings. All works on display are for sale, with proceeds going to support the artists and the work of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts with cancer patients, veterans, and members of the local community.

Beverly Ress, Blue Macaw, 2012
Colored Pencil on Paper Mounted on Gessoed Canvas,
Acrylic Paint, Structural Reinforcement, and Sewing
Courtesy Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Joan Hisaoka on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The first retrospective exhibition solely devoted to drawings by Lee Bontecou continues through May 11 at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. In addition to approximately 76 drawings covering five decades (1958-2012) of the artist's career, more than two dozen from private collections, "Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds" includes a never-before-seen sketchbook from the late 1950s. An illustrated catalogue with new essays about the artist and her drawing practice accompanies the exhibition, which travels to Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, June 28-September 21, 2014.

Catalogue Cover
Yale University Press (Available April 2014)

Lee Bontecou at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

"Modern Women: Veronica Roberts on Lee Bontecou" (MoMA Video), 2010

Paul Trachtman, "Lee Bontecou's Brave New World", Smithsonian Magazine, 2004

Menil Collection on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ There's a little more time to see "Matthew Brandt sticky/dusty/wet" at Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. On view through March 9, the exhibition marks the Los Angeles-based photographer's first solo museum show. Brandt, who is one of Forbes's "Top 30 Under 30" in art and design, embeds in his images bubblegum, dust, honeybees, and assorted over materials.

Lori Frederickson, "Matthew Brandt Maints the Physical Aspects of Photography", American Photo, September 27, 2013

Columbus Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

CMA Blog

✭ A mid-career survey, "Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013", at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, features more than 120 works, from painting to printmaking to drawing by the New York City-based Eisenman, who was awarded the 2013 Carnegie Prize. The show continues through April 13. Among related program events are art talks and a poetry reading with Mary Jo Bang, Devin Johnston, and Carl Phillips (April 2). The exhibition will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, this fall.

CAMSTL on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Notable Events Abroad

✭ The AV Festival, the International Festival of Art, Music, and Film, opens March 1 and continues through March 31. Based in North East England, the curated, biennial festival generally takes place at more than two dozen venues and public sites, including Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough, where audiences can view approximately 11 new art commissions, 36 film screenings (Wang Bing's industrial films are a focus; also included is Bill Morrison's The Miners' Hymns), 11 exhibitions, and 10 concerts or other live performances, and take part in seminars, lectures, and workshops involving approximately 140 artists. Two weekends of "Digging for Sound", are scheduled. This year's program takes as its  theme "Extraction". Events are ticketed.

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