Posts by Victoria Casal-Data

I'm a freelance copywriter and a blogger, with a degree in Art History and Philosophy. I have interests in social media marketing, advertising, self-help, contemporary culture, aesthetics, and the arts.

ART AT BAY Features: Cecilia Lueza

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Florida based Argentine artist Cecilia Lueza creates vibrant pieces in a varying range of artistic mediums. From traditional media like painting, drawing, and sculpture- in wood, metal, polyurethane, and ceramic- to much more recent resources, like installation and multimedia art, Lueza showcases deliberate talent, precision and upbeat compositions. Her work was recently exhibited at SCOPE Miami 2013, and in the last year she completed three public art pieces in Washington DC , Miami, and Atlanta.

To see more of her work, you can visit her website here.

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ART AT BAY Presents: Jenny Sharaf

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I want my work to be academic and fun. I’m a people-pleaser and I think that my art operates the same way. I like things that are pretty, but a bit naughty. I like art with substance, that could also be admired with just a look.

San Fransisco,California- Jenny Sharaf’s versatility and pristine execution is hard to dismiss. While she seems to be interested in a progressive outlook (one that might be just appreciated by some people), she also appeals to a kind of ‘universal’ beauty, which appeals to all. Her colorful compositions reference an old school vibe, perhaps late 50’s,  early 60’s abstraction, yet also alludes to a sophisticated Microsoft Paint, glitch art aesthetic.

Although painting seems to be her main go-to medium, the artist does works within a multidisciplinary practice that includes painting, collage, and video.  In her more technological driven works, Sharaf’s femininity shines through her choices; in many occasions she uses images of past female sex symbols to create flashy and hypnotic compositions that allude to her paintings’ aesthetic in an interesting way.

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ART AT BAY Presents: Steven Kenny

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St.Petersburg, FLSteven Kenny‘s amazing portraits are a devout homage to old-school portraiture and the bizarre.  The surreal landscapes and the 17th century attire, the placements of dangerous animals in the presence of royal-looking children, and the outlandish but beautiful headdresses are all things that Kenny purposely installs in his artwork in order to intrigue, provoke and install imagination upon spectators.

According to the artist, these bizarre juxtapositions are to be read in two ways:

The first alludes to the fact that we are an integral part of the natural world and subject to its laws. This seems like an obvious statement until we step back and objectively assess our symbiotic relationship with each other and the Earth. Depending on your perspective, these relationships fall somewhere on the scale between harmonious and dysfunctional.

The second turns the lens around to look inward upon the stewardship of our own emotional, intellectual and psychological landscapes. The same pictorial subject matter allows me to make references to our individual journeys of self-exploration and discovery. Again, depending on who is holding the compass, we are either lost or on the right path.


To check out more of his work, you can visit his website or purchase his 24-page art book through here.

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Art at Bay’s Basel Guide 2013

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Overwhelming, I know.  The early days of December seem to bring to Miami countless exhibitors in countless fairs and just a week to check it out.  Personally, I’m even finding the abundance of guides to the Miami Art Fairs staggering.  Thus, rather than burden you with another guide we thought we’d just give you a peek into what some of the ART AT BAY staff plans on checking out and why.  See you in Miami!

Danny Olda’s Guide

My personal circumstances are only allowing a two night trip to Miami.  In order to make the most of my time I figured I’d be a nerd about it and actually list every exhibitor I specifically wanted to see in each of the fairs I’ll be heading to.  I won’t bother you with an exhaustive list but here are some of my highlights for two of the fairs I’ll be stopping by.

NADA Miami Beach-NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) is perhaps the only non-profit fair in Miami.  This may account for the particular perk of free admission to the public.  Please don’t let this lead you to believe that this somehow reflects poorly on the caliber of the exhibitors.  My list for NADA is long but there are three I particularly wanted to see.  The Horton Gallery of Manhattan’s Lower East Side has had an impressive queue of exhibitions over the last year.  Last spring’s Trudy Benson solo show alone made my tug toward NYC just a bit more taut.  I’m also really looking forward to seeing another LES gallery at NADA: Klaus Von Nichtssagend.  As a brick and mortar gallery, Klaus has been especially supportive of digital and New Media art (e.g. check out last spring’s Sarah Ludy solo).  I’ve also especially enjoyed Klaus_eBooks – a series of interactive artist ebooks that serve up a pleasantly confusing mix of art, literature and digital art.  They are seriously interesting and offer much more interaction than many would expect from a gallery.  Finally, there’s Chelsea’s Foxy Production.  Foxy Production also consistently hosts awesome exhibits.  I especially love the work of Sterling Ruby from the Foxy Production roster and hope to see some of the artist’s work in Miami.

ART UNTITLED-ART UNTITLED is fairly new – last year was its first.  Still, it got off to a strong start with good reviews and seems set to do likewise this year.  I’m particularly stoked to see booths from some publications that I love.  My first stop will likely be with one of my favorite art bloga: Art F City.  It’s always a pleasure reading editor Paddy Johnson’s work – I saw a lot of you recently shared her New York Times piece on paying artists fairly.  When Art F City makes it to fairs they seem to find exciting ways of exhibiting/selling digital art.  This year is especially interesting.  Cloaque is an art Tumblr that is perhaps best described as a never-ending mind-eating digital tapestry.  Art F City will be premiering a print of the blog feed, a football field-sized(!) print.  Take a second to check out Cloaque, you’ll quickly get an idea of how awesome this print could be.  UNTITLED will also feature booths from a couple of arts and culture mags that particularly enjoy: Esopus and Cabinet.  Both are a bit difficult to find in local book stores so I snatch them up whenever I see them.  Stopping by their booths in Miami may be good time to finally get subscriptions.  I also need to mention the Jeff Bailey Gallery.  A sports metaphor?  Jeff Bailey sort of reminds me of the Rays: they’ve developed a strong roster of artists through emerging artists/farming.  There’s something special about a gallery with this kind of quality that is also so open to emerging talent.  Check out their past exhibits to see what I mean (or better yet, check them out at UNTITLED).

Victoria Casal-Data’s Guide

I’m happy to announce that I will be making my rounds through Basel with press pass and camera in hand. I will be crafting top ten lists based on a few fairs for Beautiful/Decay. Last year I was unable to enjoy Basel properly due to school, but now I am free to conquer Basel with all my might. Looking forward to meeting art bloggers, artists, and gallery owners. You will find me in the following:

Fairs

Art Basel Miami-Art Basel can be quite intimidating…there is a lot to see. It is also quite pricey, but honestly, it is worth your $$$. It is held in the Miami Beach Convention Center. From the old Modern masters, to the top contemporary artists, you can find everything here. My favorite thing about Art Basel would have to be their out most responsibility to make it a solid international Art fair. You will find galleries from Eastern Europe to South America. The diversity is quite compelling,  and it will create an interesting multicultural dialogue within you, and amongst those that are around you.

PULSE-PULSE Miami, now in its eighth year, has become one of the leading Contemporary art fairs held in Miami. The PULSE venue is split into two distinct parts. One section of the fair is comprised of gallery booths showcasing works of multiple artists. The other section, IMPULSE, is dedicated to select galleries featuring works by a single artist. Artists who have work on display in this section are put in the running for a cash prize, which is awarded to one artist at the end of the fair. Last year, German artist Nadine Wottke was honored with this unique distinction for her porcelain relief sculptures. One of my favorites on display is the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

José Parlá, DeKalb Avenue Station, 2011 Acrylic, ink, oil, collage, plaster and enamel on canvas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

José Parlá, DeKalb Avenue Station, 2011
Acrylic, ink, oil, collage, plaster and enamel on canvas
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

NADA– As Danny mentioned, this fair is one of the few non-profit fairs at Basel.  Twenty-five galleries from fourteen countries will be on hand with works from emerging global artists. Look for these upcoming galleries: Marlborough Chelsea, SculptureCenter, Alden Projects, American Contemporary, Nicelle Beauchene, Brennan and Griffin and Callicoon Fine Arts.  NADA’s “special invite” preview is on December 5th, which I will be attention, is from 10am to 2pm. The fair is open to the public — free of charge — after 2pm on the 5th and through Sunday, December 8.

Robert Lazzarini motel door (kicked-in), 2012 With Marlborough Chelsea Gallery

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With Marlborough Chelsea Gallery

Miami Project- Miami Project, the fair  started last year by the ArtMrkt fair group (whose events include Texas Contemporary and ArtMrkt Hamptons), is returning for a second edition. Fifty-six galleries are on tap, including the most famous of most: Fredericks & Freiser, and Yossi Milo.

Ring Master, 2013 Ink, acrylic, and glitter on paper: 30 x 22 inches With the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

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With the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

Brazil Art Fair– Brazil will getting a lot of attention this year with over 40 galleries exhibiting at the new Brazil ArtFair running from December 3 to 8 in Woodson Park on NW 36th Street in Midtown. Their goal is “to go beyond your everyday art fair…with a private initiative for the promotion and internationalization of Brazil’s art market,” the fair’s founder Michel Serebrinsky explained to Art Info. Some galleries to watch: Multiplique Boutique, Lourdina Jean Rabieh, and Paralelo Gallery.

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With Lourdina Jean Rabieh Gallery

Parties/Art & Music Events

Basel Castle – Basel Castle, produced by the Overthrow Collective in association with Embrace and ABV Gallery, is an art and music festival combining street artists and upcoming electronic musicians. The fair, on view all day on Dec.7th, includes unique interactive games, installations, exhibitions, and live performances by both the artists and musicians. The line-up includes Nychos, Skinner, Matt W Moore, Meggs, Jeremyville, Buff Monster, Madsteez, and a DJ set by SBTRKT,  amongst others.

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Hyperallergic’s cocktail part at Aqua Art Miami- On Friday, December 6, from 6 to 8 pm, our favorite blog, Hyperallergic, will be hosting their second cocktail party at Aqua Art Miami (1530 Collins Avenue, South Beach, FL). Great opportunity to meet with the brilliant writers; Danny and I will definitely try to talk to Alicia Eler about her Selfie theories while having a cocktail or two. You can RSVP here.

Hyperallergic’s ‘Blogger’s Tour’ of Art Miami-On Saturday, December 7, at 11am, you can join Hyperallergic’s editors Hrag Vartanian, Mostafa Heddaya, and Jillian Steinhauer at Art Miami and Context for an hour-long tour of the fair. The tour includes stops at the fair’s highlights, and an opportunity to engage in dialogue with dealers, who will be available to answer questions about the artworks on display. The tour will be followed by a lively Informal discussion. You can RSVP here.

Juxtapoze Magazine Party– Juxtapoz  is moving into a private beach house at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, South Beach) for a four-day series of parties and events with San Francisco’s Chandran Gallery. They’ve scheduled art installations by Geoff McFetridge, Andrew Shoultz, Monica Canilao and SWOON, and even an evening hosted by Shepard Fairey. The spot will be happening from December 4 until the 7th, but many of the parties are invite only.

Darkside visual and audio exhibition – Milk Studios and Moishes Moving are hosting an incredible show with Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s Darkside and an art installation by Children of the Light. The showcase space is located at 318 NW 23rd Street. Darkside will be performing on the 5th of Dec at 10pm.

Shlohmo – American electronic musician from Los Angeles, Shlohmo will be performing at Bardot on Dec. 7. Since I will attending Bastle Castle that night, I will be missing this show. However, if you are a fan of innovative, downtempo electronic music, this is the show for you.

Public works of art at USF: A photo review

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If you are a USF student, chances are you’ve seen some of these public pieces while walking around. There’s always something, and it is always interesting. I think this was my favorite part of being a student here- it was never a dull day. This is a collection of photos of some of the works found throughout USF’s Tampa campus in the last few years. If you have any more photos you can share with us, please do! (via theartatusf)

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Jason Lazarus, Occupy University of South Florida at Tampa public display and occupation, 2011. All images courtesy of the artist. For more info on this piece check out this article.

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‘An Open Source Dialogue’ in the Fine Arts Building hallway.

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Student work by Laine Nixon

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A student’s large-scale piece for the Contemporary Art Museum’s We Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: MFA 2013 Graduation Exhibition.

‘Our Table’ Visualizes the Repulsiveness of Abductions in our Local Community

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Melanie Graham’s ‘ Our Table’, an installation inspired by the awareness of violence involving women and girls, creates a subtle but powerful message.

Graham’s installation seemed at bit unorganized at first, but once examined, I noticed that her concepts, especially the parallels she creates between food decay and abductions, are quite interesting and ingenious – not to mention quite impactful.

The Project is based on personal research and meetings with the families of missing women and girls. Her discoveries culminated in a planned feast especially dedicated to the six missing/ abducted women and girls featured in the show. With the exhibition, she hopes to draw attention to this growing issue of social injustice in our culture.

‘Our Table’ is comprised of five tables, each accompanied by personal photos provided by the families, favorite foods, and personal objects. The show is tied in quite nicely with Graham’s poetry; brilliant and powerful words that addressed the issues at hand quite strongly.

“I had a thought one day, that if anything terrible ever happened to her, I’d never be able to drink another Dr. Pepper (Graham said), which led me to pondering the emotional connections we have with food and people we love, which in turn made me think about the families of missing people.”

If there’s once thing that still lingers in my mind about this particular installation is the rotting food. I guess I forgot to mention that the food placed on these tables have been there since the day of the opening (Nov. 12th, 2013). As you can imagine, fresh foods go bad pretty quickly if not refrigerated. Except for the McDonald’s burger and fries found in one of the girl’s tables, much of the food left behind, has been filled with black and green mold. The decay is quite repulsive, and I think that this is what Graham was looking for.

Although the smell wasn’t an issue ( all of the fresh foods were covered with a glass lid), it was impossible to not imagine the smell of the rooting foods. Both the look and the smell (even if imagined) lingered throughout my visit, and well after it too.

Graham’s ‘offerings’ were not just a gesture of respect and memorial, but they were also a literal translation of the sickening behavior of the abductors-the only cause of the missing girls and women.

Graham is currently in a Master’s of Fine Arts program and has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her goals are to complete her MFA and publish her first book about America’s cultural obsession with violence.

The exhibition is up in display until November 26th,2013 at the Centre Gallery at USF.

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NOMADstudio: Compelled to make a difference in local art education

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ST.PETE-We are lucky to say that the bay area has come a long way when regarding art and visual culture. We have many wonderful locally based institutions that make Tampa and its surrounding areas, very unique. While the latter makes us hopeful about the state of art and culture in our city, the past few years have shown extreme deterioration in public school’s art education programs. Art classes are simply not cutting it as the FCAT is overriding all, if not most, open slots for electives and extracurriculars.

Upon her return to Tampa Bay, local artist and art educator Carrie Boucher saw a disconnect between how the community prided itself on its status as an arts destination, and how our students’ exposure to the arts was ultimately lacking substance.

“Art, music, theater, dance – their importance can’t be quantified, they’re just a part of who we are as humans, they allow us to share our experience, but we have to teach the value of the arts if we want them to continue to be appreciated and supported.”

Compelled to make a difference, Boucher envisioned the NOMADstudio (Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art & Design Studio), a project that would potentially be a large Arlington Transit bus transformed into a mobile art classroom.

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Boucher says that by being part of the NOMAD art bus, residents would be provided with an alternative art education; whomever participates will not only be attending an art class, but they will also be learning how to speak and think about art whilst becoming familiar with local artists. The bus will also serve as an even space, and a reliable resource of quality art supplies.

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The project is not completely finished yet. They are still working towards generating the sufficient funds which will support the necessary renovations the bus needs in order to be fully functional.

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For now, the NOMAD Art Bus project has been approved by KIND to compete for their November KIND Projects prize, a competition that awards $10,000 in funding to the project that gets the most votes on their website (projects.kindsnacks.com). Voting opened November 10th and will be closing on November 30th. With your help, this funding would allow Boucher to complete the remaining repairs and renovations for the vehicle, and buy the necessary art supplies to completely outfit the NOMADbus.

If you would like to vote for this project go to projects.kindsnacks.com and look for the NOMAD Art Bus project.

For more information on the NOMAD Bus you can contact Carrie Boucher at nomadartbus@gmail.com

ART AT BAY Presents: Jonathan Sauceda

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Jonathan Sauceda, a photographer and graphic designer in Miami,FL, explores themes of mythology, history, nature and the subconscious through whimsical yet eerie, black and white photographs.

Sauceda is interested in “the relationship between subject and its photographic depiction and the different levels of reality that arise from the arrangement of image, documentation, and reproduction.” He is influenced by the constructivist works by Moholy-Nagy and light study paintings of Giacomo Balla, as they both embody distortion of space in a strange but beautiful way.

The fantasy of his compositions roots from his early signs of poor vision.

What I had thought was real to my eye was actually skewed by my poor vision. My mind was filling in the rest of which my eyes couldn’t correctly see. I discovered that my vision was impaired in a way that provoked photography as an impressionist art.

Check out more of Jonathan Sauceda’s work on his site, here.Bedlight2_web ]

ART AT BAY Presents: Princess Simpson Rashid

"Periodic Table-2"- Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 36" x 60"

“Periodic Table-2”-
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 36″ x 60″

"Emotion Review"- Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 24" x 24" x 1.5"

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"The Solution"- Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 24" x 30" x 1.5

“The Solution”-
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Size: 24″ x 30″ x 1.5

Princess Simpson Rashid is an American painter and printmaker living and practicing in Tampa, Fl. Her body of work is multi-faceted. She paints figurative abstractions, pure abstractions and landscapes – besides the fact that she works with varied techniques. Her current work explores the relationships between color, perception and symbolism. With striking color and innovative technique, Princess moves her audience in ways unimaginable. Her previous collections explore subjects that range from mathematics to music to competitive fencing, and they too explore both the etherealness and rigidness of the subjects at hand. Her work has been exhibited aboard, and she has participated in more than twenty group shows and has been granted the opportunity to have more than ten solo exhibitions.

She is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA with a B.S in Physics; she is a competitive fencer and a coach, a mother of two daughters, and wife to a Naval Aviator.  Check out her website to see more of her work.

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"Juicy Music" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 30" x 24"

“Juicy Music”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 30″ x 24″

"Composition B" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 24" x 48"

“Composition B”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24″ x 48″

ART AT BAY Presents: Nicholas Bohac

"Shoegazers" Acrylic, Ink, Spraypaint & Collage on Canvas 20"x36"

“Shoegazers”
Acrylic, Ink, Spraypaint & Collage on Canvas
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"Movement" Graphite & Acrylic on Paper 18"x12"

“Movement”
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Nicholas Bohac, a seasoned artist living and working in San Francisco, plays with the structural elements of fractal geometry, architecture, and the concept of time travel in order to present his audience with an alternative view of the world we inhabit. He primarily works with printmaking methods and acrylic based media to create two-dimensional paintings & drawings that suggest a surrealistic escape and z hint of nostalgia.

Bohac is interested in the complexities found in our universe; in his artist statement he writes about how the idea that everything came from nothing is extremely influential on the work that he makes today.

His painting and drawings are meant to be read as “very ethereal, just like a hallucinatory dream.”

Check out more of his work on his website.

"Outro" Graphite & Acrylic on Paper 18"x12"

“Outro”
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"Communiqué" Acrylic, Ink, Guouche & Collage on Film mounted on Wood Panel 18"x12"

“Communiqué”
Acrylic, Ink, Guouche & Collage on Film mounted on Wood Panel
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"Portal" Acrylic, Ink, Spray Paint & Collage on Canvas mounted on Wood Panel 18"x24"

“Portal”
Acrylic, Ink, Spray Paint & Collage on Canvas mounted on Wood Panel
18″x24″