Posts by Kasey Lou Lindley

Kasey Lou Lindley was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Utah. She studied at the New York Studio Program, received her BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, and her MFA from the University of Connecticut.

Swept Away & ORIGINS: A Docent Tour at Sarasota Museum of Art

Last Sunday I finally got the chance to venture to SMOA to experience two very fleeting exhibits, through an even smaller window of opportunity: a docent led tour of Lisa Hoke’s  “Swept Away”, and ‘ORIGINS’, a collaboration between Sweet Sparkman Architects and the Ringling College of Art & Design.

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Since I arrived early I decided to wander through Patrick Doughetry’s  Installation “Out In Front”, created for SMOA in 2013. Being the nitpicky artist I am, and that many of us tend to be, I was simultaneously enjoying my experience while also envisioning how I would have done it differently — a little bit more Richard Serra and Robert Smithson, and a little bit less Andy Goldsworthy and Tim Burton. Although, I have a feeling many’a visitor would completely disagree with me, and that’s the beauty of it.

These community engaging endeavors are being provided by the Sarasota Museum of Art in an ongoing effort to raise funds for what will be Sarasota’s first modern and contemporary art museum. I, for one, am really appreciative of these efforts as I feel  substantial impacts are already being felt within the community. Once SMOA meets its funding goal (they only have 13% left to complete the goal), the process of remodeling historic Sarasota High School into a highly anticipated museum will begin.

After wandering through “Out In Front”, and taking plenty of pictures, The museum doors were open and guests were greeted for the tour. After the docent introduced herself and talked about SMOA and it’s mission — including providing studio spaces for Ringling students on the first floor, and a gallery space on the second floor where viewers can look down through the floors to see what the students are working on — she led us through a conference room to get to an old classroom turned Lisa Hoke’s installation space, consisting of collaged recycled materials that envelop the whole space with explosive shapes organized by color. The materials used to create “Swept Away” were donated by members of the community — interestingly enough, much of the packaging was either candy or liquor (Sarasotans clearly know what the good life is all about!). IMG_5767

IMG_5771IMG_5775IMG_5776IMG_5777After we walked through the space and questions were addressed, we headed to the next exhibit: ‘ORIGINS’. Our docent explained that Sweet Sparkman Architects was contacted by someone from the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy to create  a piece for the event. The docent explained that Sweet Sparkman is a small business and this was such a big surprise that they thought someone was playing a trick on them, only to find out that they were chosen specifically because they’re a small business and someone involved with the Biennale saw a previous work by Sweet Sparkman Architects during a visit to Sarasota. SSA accepted the invitation and contacted the Ringling College of Art & Design to collaborate with students to generate ideas. What they came up with was a piece about sand from world-famous Siesta Key Beach. The finale piece is made up of a wooden cube that viewers are invited to walk into. In the center of the cube, sand from Siesta falls from a glass orifice into a pile on the floor of the cube, where it is then sucked through the floor with  a compressor and continuously cycles from ceiling to floor. Viewers are also invited to put their hands through the falling sand, illuminated by a light coming from the glass orifice on the ceiling, as well as illuminated from behind by cast glass bricks, created with sand from Siesta Key. IMG_5740

You can view both exhibits through April 19th, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm. Patrick Dougherty’s piece can be viewed any time until it deteriorates and goes back to the land… so you’ll have plenty of time 🙂

R. Luke DuBois – Now: Video, Digitally Generated Sound Pieces, Oscar Winning Films Throughout the Years, Maps of the Lonely Looking for Love, Playboy Pin-ups, Google, and Britney Spears

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If you’re the type of person that enjoys artists that defy categorization, look no further than the Ringling Museum of Art’s survey of New York based artist, R. Luke DuBois – Now. Not only is this the first survey of DuBois’s work, it’s also the first solo Ringling Museum exhibition for an artist who works with such a diverse range of media.

Now is the type of exhibition that needs plenty of time to be viewed and absorbed — if you prefer a  thorough grasp of what’s on display, I suggest visiting the show more than once. While some of the pieces are easily consumable, others feel as though they transcend time and space – within the viewing experience, time becomes dimensional. This, to me, makes a lot of sense being that much of the work DuBois creates is about the perception of time: but that’s only the half of it. DuBois is also interested in American popular culture, musical composition, collaborative performance, large-scale public installation, films, generative computer works, and, well there’s plenty to discover about this multi talented fellow.

One of my personal favorite’s from this survey is a new video series DuBois created during a year-long residency at Ringling Museum entitled Circus Sarasota. In this body of work, DuBois highlights aspects of Ringling’s history related to the art of performance and spectacle – being what Ringling is undoubtedly the most famous for; the circus.  Accentuated by grandiosely ornamental frames are several monitors, activated by motion sensors that display videos of current performers from Circus Sarasota – each duration of the high-definition video representing characteristics of the performer, primarily captured in slow motion. Sometimes the performer peers directly into the viewer’s eye from the monitor, creating an eerie sense of the uncanny. Personally, I love how R. Luke was successfully able to take this subject matter and create something utterly mesmerizing — where another element of time is introduced, through motion sensors, depending on the viewers’ movement and placement within the space. Now is also comprised of video, digitally generated sound pieces, Oscar-winning films throughout the years, maps of the lonely looking for love, Playboy pin-ups, Google, and Britney Spears – this show simply does not disappoint.

Also, included with Now are three collaborative performances by R. Luke DuBois and guest artists. I attended the first collaborative performance, with Lesley Flanigan as the guest artist. In this performance, Lesley created sound with varied utterances into a microphone while DuBois responded by projecting computer generated images on the adjacent wall and, simultaneously, digitally manipulating Lesley’s voice. This performance lasted about an hour and generated waves of energy, as sounds reverberated around the gallery walls. The next collaborative performances are March 20th with Todd Reynolds, and May 1st with Bora Yoon.

R. Luke DuBoise – Now runs through May 4th, 2014.  You can find more information about Now and R. Luke DuBoise’s upcoming collaborative performances HERE.

Sarasota’s ‘Unreal Estate’ at Two Columns Gallery [Photo Review]

Currently, there is an excellent show at Two Columns Gallery entitled ‘Unreal Estate’. Artists in the show include Zachary See, Maggie Moody, Natalie Lerner, and Jennifer Pappas. Unreal Estate runs through Feb. 21st.

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Review: Reimagining Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz

Between February 7th and 16th, The IceHouse on 10th displayed artwork by 18 artists from around the world. The premise of the show was to re-imagine the work of pioneering artists Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe — the outcome was artwork that ranged from traditional media, such as painting, to new media – including a stunning video created with drone photography. The opening event was exhilarating with the accompaniment of dance performances by Fuzion Dance – not only because of the performances themselves, but because of the way in which the audience responded. Intermittently throughout the evening, Fusion Dance performers would weave in and out of the viewing crowds, stopping occasionally to interact with a piece – each performance inspired by O’Keeffe and Stieglitz’s 30 year romance. Below are two images I was able to capture during the event; each being my personal favorite works from the show:

Video detail by Peter Graham

Video detail by Peter Graham

Video and photographs by Erin O'Malley

Video and photographs by Erin O’Malley

The IceHouse has an upcoming exhibit entitled ‘Hans Weigand: Neue Vienna Art’ which runs from March 7th – 16th. The opening reception is March 7th. You can find more information about Hans Weigand: Neue Vienna Art HERE

[Support Our Sponsors!] The IceHouse on 10th: Reimagining Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz

The IceHouse will be presenting an exhibition — consisting of artworks created by artists from all over the world — that highlights and re-imagines the work and lives of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, including their 30 year relationship. There will be an Opening Night Gala this evening, Friday, February 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. — included with a $25 entry fee will be music, wine, live performance art by Fuzión Dance Artists, and delicious pastries and hor d-oeuvres from C’est la Vie. Begininng Sunday, February 9th at 5 p.m., Actress Jenny Aldridge will perform in the IceHouse Theater as Georgia O’Keeffe, to provide an intimate look into O’Keeffe’s remarkable life and legacy.

Fuzión Dance Artists at The IceHouse Performance Times:
Friday, February 7th at 7 p.m. (Opening Night $25, doors open at 6 p.m.)
Saturday, February 8th at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 13th at 6 p.m. (Family/Educational night 5:30-8 p.m.)
Friday, February 14th at 5:30 p.m. (Close at 8 p.m.)
Saturday, February 15th at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m.

Jenny Aldridge as Georgia O’Keeffe Performance Times:
Sunday, February 9th at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11th at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12th at 2 p.m.

Reimagining Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz runs from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, February 16th — this exhibition will be free and open to the public.

You can find more information about Reimagining Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz Here.

ART AT BAY Features: Johniene Papandreas

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Massachusetts based artist, Johniene Papandreas, creates large-scale paintings inspired by classical masters, such as Gustave Courbet. With the use of pictorial drama and theatrics, Papandreas aims to illuminate the inner psyche of each of her subjects. In so doing, Johniene reveals what it is to be human.

Papandreas works from photographs and observation by painting thin layers of casein paint — a paint derived from milk or soy protein — on muslin.

You can view more of Johniene’s work at: www.voy-art.com

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All in the Family: An Exploration of Familial Creativity

This year is off to an exciting start, in Sarasota, with an exhibition bringing together some of the most highly influential individuals within the Sarasota art community – both as artists and educators. All in the Family is exhibited in the newly established Ice House, located right down the street from the primary colored building that was once John Chamberlain’s Studio. The Ice House was established in 2013 by Alfstad& Productions, with an aim to explore new ways to engage with the art community by reimagining art, exhibition spaces, and the art market. [Disclosure: Alfstad& is a sponsor of ART AT BAY]

Tim Jaeger, who’s mission has been to foster and maintain the local arts community along with his own studio practice (so far he’s been doing an exceptional job), curated All in the Family with artistic familial relationships in mind.  All in the Family consists of Ringling College of Art & Design faculty, as well as, their sons and daughters whom are all accomplished artists – featuring installations, paintings, videos, sculptures, drawings, and prints.

Patrick Lindhardt, Untitled 2, Monotype

Patrick Lindhardt, Untitled 2, Monotype

Master printmaker Patrick Lindhardt and his son Matthew Lindhardt, whom works with photography, address landscape as subject matter, however they each approach land space in broadly differing ways. Patrick’s monochromatic Monotypes convey dramatic landscapes that poetically suggest the beginning or aftermath of environmental disturbances.  Matthew’s photographs are digitally manipulated into industrialized landscape spheres – bringing to mind the fragility and sheer power of our surroundings.

Steven Strenk and his daughter Bianca Rylee’s mixed media works exude a playful approach with colorful and energetic color pallets, inspired by the Floridian landscape. For me, Strenk’s most compelling pieces simultaneously appear to be modern kinetic sculptures and Children’s toys. Each piece looks as though they may come to life upon turning the hand crank, and similarly aesthetically pleasing as static objects. Bianca Rylee presents the viewer with a variety of artistic media including lovely embossed Monoprints with suggestive text, such as “THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE”.

Kevin Dean, his daughter Molly Dean, and his son Ian Dean each have a more disparate approach to art making, and yet they are equally arresting in their chosen medium. Kevin Dean’s multimedia assemblages and installations are laden with iconography and symbology – you could literally intellectually deconstruct these works for hours and you’re still left with plenty of questions. Molly’s masterfully executed paintings and illustrations inspire admiration for her highly skilled technical abilities and acute eye for design. Ian Dean’s photographs depict delightfully cluttered, colorful spaces as a clever way to describe the individual that inhabits each space, and in doing so, depicts aspects of the individual’s surroundings on a grander scale.

Mark Anderson, his son Jarrod Anderson, and his daughter Sörine Anderson are really good at creating psychologically probing pieces through their use of space, form, and material. Mark Anderson’s sculptures assert their power by the tension that is created from the details within each piece, as well as the negative space between one form and another. Jarrod Anderson creates beautifully intricate graphite drawings — fragments of his experiences and surroundings — to create visual narratives. In order to create each drawing, Jarrod coats paper with latex paint and carves into the paint with great care to reveal the underlying surface.

Sörine Anderson, If you let them, they'll destroy you, 18K gold cast finger nail shards

Sörine Anderson, If you let them, they’ll destroy you, 18K gold cast finger nail shards

With the use of metaphor, and historical and modern mythologies as a catalyst for creation, Sörine Anderson creates intriguing sculptures that look as though they could be an ancient artifact. In this exhibition Sörine’s pieces include a melted candle made of glass, a human jaw with lead teeth, and 18K gold cast finger nail clippings.

What a pleasure to experience a show that celebrates such important figures within the Sarasota art community and the gifts that have been passed down to their children, and shared to enrich the community as a whole. Furthermore, I am delighted by the fact that the Ice House makes available a beautiful  large space that proves to give artists’ the opportunity to utilize it to its full potential, as well as give artists the ability to get quite ambitious with their medium of choice – or offer enough space for quiet contemplation.  I’m looking forward to observing Ice House’s development and impact on the arts. Welcome to the neighborhood!

All in the Family runs through Sunday, January 19th from 12 pm – 6 pm. There will be a presentation by Kevin Dean entitled “The History of Artist Relationships”, January 15th, 7-8:30 pm and a panel discussion and Q&A session with the artists on January 16th, 7-8:30 pm (both not to be missed!). Curator Tim Jaeger will be the moderator.

The Ice House is located two blocks east of Tamiami Trail, 1314 10th Street, Sarasota, FL. For more information about All in the Family and upcoming exhibitions you can visit:

www.icehouseon10th.com

Sarasota Art Events: 2013 – 2014 Season

SRQThere’s a lot to look forward to in the Sarasota art scene these next few months – here are a few notable exhibitions and spaces to consider visiting for your viewing pleasure:

Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota has a lot of new and compelling exhibitions in store for the community this season – from public sound installation art, to international art from their sister city: Tel Mond, Israel.

CUBEMUSIC and Sun Boxes are ongoing projects created by the artist and musician, Craig Colorusso. As you enter each space (either indoors or out) you are transported to a realm that heightens your senses and awareness of your surroundings, through Colorusso’s exhilarating use of space, time, light, and sound.

Pulp Culture is an exhibition curated by Emma Thurgood that highlights art pieces that are created out of paper in a non-traditional fashion. It’s a light and playful exhibition that is sure to delight each of its viewers, and offer new perspectives on how to utilize paper as an art form.

You can view more information about Art Center Sarasota and its current exhibitions HERE.

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery primarily consist of artworks created by students from the Ringling College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department. Viewers should attend each show with an open mind, and not expect to see “art” in a traditional sense. Instead you will find “art” redefined and expanded upon. There is a lot of young creative energy within each show and you’ll experience insight into the direction artists are headed. Also, be sure to keep an extra close eye on these galleries because many of their shows are short-lived. Recently Two Columns Gallery had a one night only show, titled Mapping a Site: In and Out of Context consisting of artwork created by faculty, Ringling students, and exchange students from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and Sint Lucas and Royal Academy, Antwerp, Belgium as a collaborative effort. The show was phenomenal and I am so glad I got the chance to see it! So again, keep a really, really close eye on these galleries.

Ice House

I haven’t been to this space, as I believe it’s not open yet, but it looks to be an interesting endeavor. Ice House’s first show will be November 14th and it promises contemporary 3-D art… we shall wait and see what kind of impact the Ice House will have on Sarasota’s art scene – Looks promising.

Sarasota Museum of Art

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Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Installation artist, Lisa Hoke, will be coming to Sarasota to install a large-scale installation made of a variety of recycled packaging materials. The installation will be created from January 15th – February 4th and the community is invited to visit SMOA to watch Lisa’s creative process!

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

The Ringling is a huge asset to the Sarasota community and there is indeed something for everyone to enjoy:

Josephs Coat, by artist James Turrell, is one of my personal favorites. Viewers can walk into the space, lie down (or sit), and view the sky through a square shape in the ceiling. At night LED lights illuminate the space, altering our perceptions of colors that are present in the night sky.

Art of Our Time – nowHERE is filled with exciting events to look forward to! It’s sure to keep us all stimulated for the next couple of months!

Ringling Underground is an art and music event that takes place in the evening, once a month. Several bands entertain visitors as they view contemporary art displayed in the courtyard. Exhibitions within the Museum are also open for visitors to peruse. The next Ringling Underground takes place February 6th, 2014.

Are there any other events or exhibition spaces I’ve missed that you feel should be brought to my, and readers, attention? Please let us know in the comments below!