An Interview with Austria’s Hans Weigand: Solo Show Now at the Icehouse

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Water is a strong element and subject in your work, in this series what does water function to symbolize?

HW: There are several aspects of water that interest artists. It is the element on the planet that shows, that the earth is alive. I always say that the waves are the breathing of the planet. The second is that the water is the liquid- its catching the moment of the liquid element- it has been a discipline through art, even the Greeks and Egyptians tried this, and symbolized this- it’s the transportation to the other world and so on. It has so many aspects, the waves, not only the waves of water but, but the waves of everything.

I am aware that you often view your work as an exploration into how perception is built, hence the amalgamations of images from antiquity to create these waves and whitewash- what instigated you to start exploring mental states and the subject of the psychological realm?

HW: My experience is that perception and the mental state are growing things, they are not stable-they are not like forever-you can expand them, it eh.. has a lot to do with that you let it grow, that you go to new experiences and you make experiments and you get a wider and wider perception of things, and a more abstract perception of things. The more your mental state and perception grow the more you see it as a kind of mathematics – so the same thing can have two possibilities, or more possibilities so- a musician knows almost the mathematical structure of the music.

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Do you believe perception is creative?

HW: I do believe perception is creative yes, for sure- because eh I always say in French there is the expression flaneur, which means when you flaneur through the city, where ever it doesn’t matter- you get impressions and then bring them in another state not one to one. If I see this turtle right here I don’t paint it like this- so on a whole it goes somewhere to the conscious and comes somewhere out, so I think…  perception is a lively thing. But it doesn’t mean it goes out the same way it comes in (laughs).

Why do you think Interdisciplenary art is so necessary and what is your response to “conservative” notions that claim Art cannot be digitally printed?

HW: Oh this is a good question because I think I was one of the first artists to work with digital printing, and anyway other medias, and it was always a big discussion and we always had to laugh about it. Because I say you mean, what about should we talk about- if a writer writes should we talk about the typewriting? I think that’s ridiculous. Its only the question- can somebody handle this technique or not- that’s the whole question of art, so I make no difference at all if I make a piece just a painting, it makes no difference , it doesn’t interest me. Its even boring when people say its digital because well what does is it mean? I also do woodcarving and copper engraving and we live in 2010, (2014) its here to be used. I think the doubts out there are from dumb people- who cares if a photo is digital or or… I don’t care, I don’t care, I just don’t- a photo is a photo if its made very good- thankyou, it’s the final thing- if somebody can handle it, digital printing is all aestetic and you have to get it under control. Its ridiculous- for me its nonfactor in contemporary art, for me yes, and for a lot of people who really understand it. It’s the content- if its good art.

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What advice could you offer aspiring artists for marketing themselves or getting their work out there?

HW: I can only advise something for young artists and that is fore sure- you have to move not sit here and wait until the biggest gallery comes into your studio- he isn’t coming. You have to move, that means eh – what we did was a group of artists show together, you exhibit with your friends- make it happen and not  wait until someone comes into the studio- that that is really my first advice. The other thing is forget about all the glamour in art, the glamour is just working- the glamour is here 3-5 times a year, and for me its anyways boring, it’s at the opening yes- all the rest is like hard working shit, that’s what its all about. Everyone should remember immediately its not glamorous at all its just hard working shit. That is forsure, and I think that through the media and perception of it- it looks like eh everything is so easy, but its not, its not-  when you imagine that city’s produce artists at the end, in every country and in Austria – there are only like 32 artists who are really in Public and every year there are starting about two or three thousand. I always say have plan B making books, making whatever, making a living-.

Hans Weigand’s  Solo show at the Icehouse will be on view through march 16th. Admission is free, for more information Icehouseon10th, or visit icehouseon10th on facebook.

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:

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


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!