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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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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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.

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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.

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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

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 Presents: Cheryl Weber

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Locally based artist Cheryl Weber, otherwise known as Jujmo, admits to an “obsession with all things cute”.  And indeed, her work is cute.  However, that isn’t to say it is superficial or  trite.  Rather, her work seems to not only be cute but about “cute” – perhaps not far from some of the ideas of Superflat.  However, unlike Superflat work, Weber’s art isn’t sterile and glossy – her hand is plainly visible and in fact she has an entire group of work called the Doodle Series.  Her work perhaps more accurately brings to mind the patient and loving (almost obsessive) style of fan art.  See more of Cheryl Weber’s art on her site here.

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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"

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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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Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24″ x 24″ x 1.5″

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

“The Solution”-
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
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: Ryan Trombley

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The Limit, 48 x 48 in, Acrylic on Canvas

The paintings of Tampa based artist Ryan Trombley nearly seem to move – to swell, shrink, and bulge in various pockets of each canvas.  His pieces are often abstracted using a peculiar method of stripes and geometric forms of white canvas.  These empty lines set a sort of tight, almost uneasy rhythm.  In a way they reflect  Trombley’s conceptual swings between simplicity and complexity as well as a viewer’s urge to at once consider each stripe individually while taking several steps back and allowing the pieces to blend together.  Click on the images to enlarge them, and the painting is suddenly very different.  Check out Ryan Trombley’s website here, to see more of his work.

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Gates Test, 8 x 12 in, Acrylic on Canvas

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Trancing On The Past, 36 x 36 in, Acrylic on Canvas

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Remember to Forget, 36 x 36 in, Acrylic on Canvas

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2AM Swim, 36 x 36 in, Acrylic on Canvas

ART AT BAY Presents: Nicholas Bohac

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

“Shoegazers”
Acrylic, Ink, Spraypaint & Collage on Canvas
20″x36″

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

“Movement”
Graphite & Acrylic on Paper
18″x12″

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”
Graphite & Acrylic on Paper
18″x12″

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

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

"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″