Friday, March 6, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ In their film bioluminescent forest, artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad spent six weeks "personifying" a real forest with projection-mapped light. The film and the score, by Achim Treu, are beautiful. (My  thanks to The Creators Project, where I first learned of the film.)

Here's a behind-the-scenes look:

✦ The 36-minute documentary Abandoned Goods (Fly Film, August 2014), by directors Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson, takes as its subject the "outsider art" of post-war asylum patients, life in post-war British asylums, and humans' creative compulsions. Shown at numerous film festivals, including the 2014 Locarno Film Festival (it won a Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film) and BFI London Film Festival, the documentary most recently was screened at Sundance. An excellent summary of the film and the artworks that appear in it is on the blog of Wellcome Library. Keep the title on your list of to-see films.

✦ Recently, ArtWay spotlighted Harmke Koning's beautiful installation Cloud Tree (2013) in its section of visual meditations. Read the feature and then visit Koning's Website for additional images and text.

Harmke Koning on FaceBook 

✦ Plants occupy a special place in the work of artist-illustrator Bozka, of Poland. Her new mixed-media botany series is gorgeous. 

✦ Painter Freya Grand is the subject of a feature in the March edition of Fine Arts Connoisseur magazine; the piece is written by FAC's editor, Peter Trippi. Congratulations, Freya!

Freya Grand on FaceBook

✦ In the short below, from Art21's New York Close Up series, artists Daniel Gordon and Ruby Sky Stiler, who are married and live and work in Brooklyn, talk about how their personal and especially professional lives changed when they started a family. 

Exhibitions Here and There

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, is presenting New York-based Sabrina Gschwandtner's "Film Quilts". If you have never seen Gschwandtner's work, you're in for a treat. (I first saw the artist's work at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., in the "40 Under 40 exhibition.) The solo show, which continues through April 18, showcases 15 quilts, which are made from celluloid and placed in framed light boxes. Click the exhibition link to learn about Gschwandtner's materials and methods.

Sabrina Gschwandtner's Website

Shoshana Wayne Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

Courtney Egan's botanical art made of projection-based sculptural installations is featured in "The New Sublime", at Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The multi-media exhibition runs through May 16. View a selection of images of Egan's installations. Additional images are available at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. Watch a single-channel interactive HD video installation, Dreamcatchers (2013).

Courtney Egan Website

Hilliard University Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ There's still time to see the beautiful work of paper artist Ronni Jolles in "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper by Ronni Jolles" at Goldman Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland. I met Jolles, of Great Falls, Virginia, several years ago during a studio tour and have followed her progress ever since. Her 48-piece exhibition at GAG runs through March 15 (check the gallery's Website for hours). View Jolles's online gallery of available work.

Ronni Jolles, Tree of Life
Layered Paper and Acrylics
24" x 30"
© Ronni Jolles

On Monday, March 9, Jolles will be teaching a workshop about her "Painting with Paper" process. Jolles also will have a solo show at Great Falls Public Library in April and later in the summer will show her work in Palo Alto, California. Consult Jolles's blog for details.

Ronni Jolles on FaceBook

Ronni Jolles Art Studio on YouTube

Fred Tomaselli, whose gorgeous work I saw recently in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art", is showing at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, in "Fred Tomaselli:  The Times". In his first West Coast museum show, Tomaselli presents a selection of collage and resin paintings that he has adapted from cover photos in The New York Times as only he can reimagine them. The exhibition runs through May 24.

A 160-page volume, Fred Tomaselli | The Times (Prestel, 2014), is available from James Cohan Gallery and Prestel. It also is available through Amazon. More than 100 color illustrations are included in the publication.

Cover of Prestel Publication

You'll find a video, images of artworks, a biography, and additional related information about Tomaselli at the Tomaselli page at James Cohan Gallery. The video is particularly informative for those not familiar with the artist's labor-intensive process and use of such materials as resin.

Fred Tomaselli on FaceBook

OCMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Paintings by Nicole McCormick Santiago go on show March 9 in "Satiable/Insatiable" at Doris Ulmann Galleries at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. The representational canvases, according to McCormick, "carry implied narratives, which stretch out beyond the moment shown. Mostly, the situations I depict are quiet and domestic, which usually makes for still compositions and stories that are more internal than external." View her recent work, painting archive, and drawing archive for a selection of images.

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