Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend!

There’s a lot of art vying for your attention this Friday.  Who shall win it and who shall perish?  Nature shall decide.  Alright, it shan’t be all that dramatic, but you do have a lot to choose from, come Friday.  We’re looking like a ship-shape art scene, here!

Tempus Projects –   Brian Taylor Sleep of Reason Cinema Series and Robbie Land 16mm Cine-Performance –  Fri. Jan 1/27  7pm-11pm

I’ll admit this now: it’s probably my predilection for art that doesn’t hang on a wall which made me decide to feature this event (no offense, painters).  Also, watching Roger Beebe‘s performance at CEFA earlier this month has me ready to check out more 16mm films.

Tempus Projects opened Things Not Seen Before: A Tribute to John Cage about two weeks ago.  This Friday’s installment is part of the additional programming coinciding with that show.  Filmmaker Robbie Land will be performing his 16mm Cine-Performance.  Some of Land’s films use the camera unconventionally (and at times don’t use a camera at all) bringing to mind Cage’s prepared piano pieces and fondness for chance.  Brian Taylor, Sleep of Reason Cinema Series curator, will be presenting work inspired by John Cage.  Taylor has screened some great films in the past so it’ll be interesting to see what Cage themed film he’ll be presenting Friday.

Friday Night Alternatives and Additions

If you’re looking for something more or something else to check out on Friday, here are some other worthwhile events:

Carolina Cleere, State of Mine, mixed media

Morean Arts Center – Bloom  5pm-7pm:  The Arts Center will be holding the opening reception to the invitational exhibition Bloom in its two main galleries.  The show is based on the subject of flowers and “the beauty and complexity of these forms”.  I know this may conjure the idea of lame flowery still-life’s but the work featured in this exhibit if far from it and worth a look if you’re heading to St. Pete.  At least check out their site – you’ll be impressed.

William Pachner, “Winter Landscape”, 1968, ink / gouache, 15 x 19 inches

Brad Cooper Gallery – William Pachner 1960-1970    2pm-7pm: This show features the work of the same William Pachner that you can see at the Tampa Museum of Art now and appropriately coinciding with that exhibit.  If you’re into Pachner’s abstract painting check out the reception at Brad Cooper than make your way to the TMoA for Friday’s Art on the House.  Your tour for this important Bay area artist starts in Ybor and ends next door in downtown Tampa.

Kathy Wright, "Mammoth Cave 58", ink and oil on canvas, 60" x 48"

Clayton Galleries – Kathy Wright, Landscape Paintings, labyrinths, caverns and sloughs    7pm-9pm    Clayton Galleries kicks off their 2012 season Friday with this Kathy Wright solo exhibit running through March 10th.   The exhibition will be featuring Wright’s colorful abstracted landscapes inspired by her artist residency stay in the Everglades and the surroundings of Mammoth Cave National Park.  Wright’s current project, the Mammoth Cave Series, is particularly well executed and definitely warrants a visit to the reception.

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