Tampa Bay and St.Pete Art Events: 9/27/13-10/4/13

ARTofficial Intelligence II: The Second Annual St.Pete Robot Exchange– Fri, Sept. 27th, 8pm at The Sake Bomb in St.Pete


Come check out some art, music, and robots. Tampa bay most talented artists and musicians will be exhibiting/ demonstrating interesting works to appease intergalactic robots bent on earth’s destruction! $2 cover

The Observatory– Closing Reception on Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m at the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery USF


This exhibition by Genevieve Godcharles and Julia Rose Fowler explores personal identity through real and surreal occurrences using the mediums of photography, video, and surveillance. Tensions arise when taking on the role of the viewer or the one being viewed, enforcing a confrontation of personal identity or the unknown identity of others. Unveiling of an individual’s personal space allows the audience to observe these intimate situations. Free.

Tomás Marais: A Retrospective at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art  (Tarpoon Springs)

The exhibition explores the works of Tampa artist and Cuban native, Tomas Marais. His work is known for its bold colors and stylized, elongated forms.

Pulp– Opening reception on Wed.,Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Maze Gallery @ HCC-Ybor

Pulp, a visual art exhibition at MAZE Gallery in the heart of historic Ybor City. Pulp is an exhibition of paper-based works from HCC art students working in 2D and 3D paper media. Pulp is a lignocellulosic fibrous material prepared by separating cellulose fibers from wood, fiber crops or waste paper.

Evening Curator’s Tour: SubRosa– Oct 3rd, 6-7pm at the Contemporary Art Museum

Join curator Noel Smith for an evening tour of CAM’s fall exhibition, SubRosa: The Language of Resistance. Free

Icons of Style -Opening Oct.4th at the Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota)

Icons 2007.828Image Credit: Ringling Museum of Art

Drawing on the MFA Boston’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustration, and photography, the exhibition will explore the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and finished image. The show includes works by John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Arnold Scaasi, Christian Lacroix, and others.

Tampa Bay and St.Pete Art Events: 9/27/13-10/4/13

Pinellas Visual Arts Calendar 1/03 – 1/09


The art world train is slowly chugging its way out of the holiday vacation and back up to full speed. We begin the second half of this year’s art season in the coming couple of weeks. As it gets under way, get out of bed, hitch up your pants, and hit up these events!

Check out the calendar on Articulate here

Pinellas Visual Arts Calendar 1/03 – 1/09

Tampa Visual Art Guide 8/30 – 9/05

Alright, I’m sorry.  I haven’t been doing the best job of keeping you apprised of art happenings in Tampa.  Not to worry, though: I’m getting my head back in the game and you back up to date.  Here’s the best going on in Tampa right now.

The Elephant in the Room

CL Space – The Elephant in the Room

There’s only one thing I don’t like about the CL Space and I understand it’s unavoidable: exhibits don’t hang around for very long there.  Generally if you missed the opening reception to a show, such as the current The Elephant in the Room, you missed the show entirely.  Not so today!  The art deities have considered you’re plight and shown you favor – you’ve given a closing reception!  Seriously, with its brick walls and floating dry wall, the CL Space is a beautiful art venue.  The Elephant in the Room is a politically charged juried exhibit.  You’ve likely seen several of these types of shows recently as a result of the RNC.  This show is especially worthy of your attendance because of its more subtle but well thought-out work, and its interactive Silverfish Revolution.  Read more about that here.  – The closing reception is Friday 8/31, 7pm-9pm at CL Space.

Taking Place: Drawings by Josette Urso

Josette Urso

Gallery 221 at HCC is now presenting work from New York based (and Tampa native) artist Josette Urso.  Urso produces intricate ink drawings that are at once claustrophobic like the cityscapes they depict but also playful in a way.  A number of these drawings are currently being exhibited.  However, Urso’s enormous (7.5 x 20 feet) site specific installation, a vinyl rendering of a drawing, and a six-minute video work titled Taking Place really make the show worth a visit.  She plays effectively with ideas of place and information, giving the viewer a bit to untangle mentally and visually.  – Gallery 221@HCC will be hosting an artist talk and presentation Wed 9/05, 3pm and an opening reception the following evening at 5pm-7pm.

The Importance of Being Photographed

It was a cross-medium mash-up waiting to happen: Andy Warhol and Oscar Wilde.  The playwright and the pop artist expressed some eerily contemporary and similar concerns in their work such as celebrity, sexuality, beauty, and wealth.  The exhibit doesn’t actually feature the work of either artist, but rather takes its cue from the Polaroids in the exhibit down the hall, The Andy Warhol Legacy Project.  This is a photography show about being photographed.  Many of the subjects are entirely aware they are standing in front of a camera.  It’s this self-awareness that’s really fascinating and give many of the pieces a voyeuristic feel.  I would love to know what Oscar Wilde would think about this show.  The exhibit includes artists Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Katy Grannan, Jason Lazarus, Malerie Marder, Ryan McGinley, Catherine Opie, and Alec Soth.  – The Importance of Being Photographed is open at the USF Contemporary Art Museum through 12/15/13.

Tampa Visual Art Guide 8/30 – 9/05

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/31 – 6/03

Your weekend begins tonight!  Don’t worry: I’ve already worked everything out with your boss to get your weekend started early.  They may act a bit surprised (and maybe a little upset) when you return Monday.  However, rest assured – it’s only a ruse to prevent your workmates from becoming jealous.  You’re welcome.  Tonight, we’re headed to the FMoPA!

Cube at Rivergate, 2012 © Chip Weiner

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassaï    5/31 6pm-8pm

The FMoPA brings the work of legendary photographer Brassaï, to Tampa tonight.  The museum opens its doors at 10am with an opening reception tonight beginning at 6pm.

I’m sufficiently excited to describe myself as “totally stoked” to see this exhibit .  Perhaps mostly because the photography of Brassaï operates as a starting line for a sort of gritty ultra-modern aesthetic that nearly always catches me off guard.  Brassaï’s gloomy urban landscapes seem to anticipate Film Noir that would flourish ten to fifteen years later after he first rose to fame.  It’s difficult to see Vienna depicted in the film The Third Man without Brassaï depicting Paris in his particular style fifteen years prior.

More important (and perhaps more recognizable) is Brassaï’s subject matter.  Photography at the time was still relatively new as an art form.  Leaving behind still-lifes and studios for bordellos and opium dens is significant.  His photos, at times, can be downright gritty, even by today’s standards.  In a strange way this always made his 1930’s Paris much more real to me, his subjects that much more relatable, and his work always relevant.  Brassaï’s Paris isn’t the Paris of silent films but rather marginalized individuals that are so familiar it’s eery.  Though nearly eighty years old, I’m sure you’ll find Brassai’s photography relevant in a way that’s rare even for contemporary work.  Make sure to stop by the FMoPA while the exhibit is in town.

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/31 – 6/03

Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Andy Warhol and (Facebook) Friends

Cube at Rivergate, 2012 © Chip Weiner

Dial-up internet had just sprouted legs and began to crawl out of the water when Andy Warhol died.  Yet, somehow, he pegged the Facebook aesthetic while Mark Zuckerberg was still learning how to speak in complete sentences.  Saying “Warhol was ahead of his time” isn’t so much a cliché compliment as pointing out some sort of cosmic mistake.

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Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Andy Warhol and (Facebook) Friends

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/18 – 5/20

This week’s art binge is dominated by area museums.  In fact, there is so much museum fun, you can expect to pass out, forget most of what you did, and somehow end up on Museum Nerds Gone Wild.  With that said, we’re heading to Downtown Tampa’s Museum Row.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – Andy Warhol and Friends Closing Party

Fri 5/18  6pm-8pm

Members – Free / Non-members – $10

I’m sure, like me, you’re proud as punch of our scrappy underdog of a museum – the FMoPA.  They were just getting started with their classy new digs.  May is turning out to be quite a month for the museum.  The FMoPA is closing Warhol only to open Brassai, exhibits that should make their neighbors across Curtis Hixon park jealous.  This Friday the Andy Warhol and Friends exhibit closes with a Factory style party (presumably sans amphetamines).

Though Warhol is loved by just about every art loving and art hating person for his screen prints, he was an outstanding photographer as well.  Personally, his photographs seem to convey his ideas on fame more clearly than his large and well-known silk screens.  I’ll save the rest of the critical writing for the review.  The thrust of the preview, though, is to not underestimate Warhol’s photographs in favor of his paintings.  A stroll through the gallery will be worth the $10 admission for non-members.  Wine and hors d’oeuvre will also be served with your Warhol.

Tampa Museum of Art – A Hundred Years – A Hundred Chairs. Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum    Sat 5/19

The TMOA‘s new exhibit will feature 100 chairs throughout 100 years from the Vitra Design Museum.  At the center of the museum’s new exhibit is “the design of the most ubiquitous of objects”.  The ubiquitous nature of chairs allows them to take on and play out the drama of modern life in a way – changing sociopolitical and aesthetic sensibilities are built into the chairs and their design changes with them.  Charles Eames’ initial use of ply wood, for example, has as much to do with war as it does with practical design.

Anyhow, I realize a lot of serious art nerds have a difficult time digging a design exhibit at an art museum.  The differences between fine art and design seem to generally lie in the context of a gallery setting.  If you’ve already seen this exhibit or photos of it you know what I mean: these chairs are displayed as and feel more like serious works of art rather than purely utilitarian objects.  Also, Saturday night at the museum is the annual Pride & Passion event.  The event kicks off St. Pete Pride each year while raising funds to the museum.  Individual tickets are $85 and a pair is $170.  Admission includes museum membership (!), food from Timpano, drinks, and entertainment.  The event draws a large crowd each year and is a major source of support for the museum.

And on the subject of museum’s…

Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg – Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast   Sat 5/19

Please don’t impale me when I say this:  I have a hard time getting into glass art.  I know our beautiful ‘Burg is now famous for it, but it just doesn’t move me.  In view of the fact that we’re talking about museum openings this weekend (and many of you may be into glass art), I couldn’t leave this one out.  The exhibit presents a number of glass artists including super star Dale Chihuly and local favorite Duncan McClellan.  The show coincides with a nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement.

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/18 – 5/20

If You’re Feeling Philanthropic… Art to Check Out Thursday!

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay – Boca Hyde Park    Thurs 5/10  7pm-9pm

The merry band of culture patrons known as Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay descend on Boca Hyde Park tonight, May 10th.  You can join the gang with an admission fee of $5.

Boca is the latest in locally sourced restaurants that have been trending lately.  In addition to great fresh food, with admission you’ll find snacks and drink specials.

Also, the evening will be featuring the work of the talented local photographer Rion Sabean.  His Men-Ups series makes use of the visual language vintage pin-ups.  However, photographing male models makes for both a funny product and a thought-provoking one.  When I stopped giggling, the psychological fetish in the structure of pin-ups, the faux innocence intrinsic to the form, becomes clear.  Check out his work at the Huffington Post here or at Juxtapoz here.

All of this fun is geared toward sponsoring the first exhibition at the new home of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  Check out the Facebook event page here.

If You’re Feeling Philanthropic… Art to Check Out Thursday!

Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art – Like Water, Plain Yet Potent

Flush the toilet, wash down a pill, take a bath, drive through the rain, swig a bottle of Dasani, drown.  Despite its ubiquitous nature (or perhaps because of it) water makes for incredibly potent symbolism – a potency that is not lost on artist Michelle Fader.  As a theme, water flows through Michelle Fader’s solo exhibit, Toward Evening, at the USF Centre Gallery.

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Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art – Like Water, Plain Yet Potent

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide: 2/18-2/19

Pepper spray in blue box. Cameras in pink boxes.

What is the one thing the internet is not saturated with?  If you said weird smells, you’re wrong.  Because the answer is images.  There are not enough pictures on the internet.  If you also have an insatiable appetite to visually document everything (and then perhaps visually document all of your visual documentation) this week’s reading guide may be for you – the theme is photography.  Enjoy the links and the rest of your weekend.

  • Who doesn’t love photobooths?  You always end up with a kiss in them.  Behind the Curtain – the Aesthetics of the Photobooth opened yesterday at the Swiss photography museum Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne.  This link is a slideshow of some of the photobooth art featured in the exhibit.  The show features artists from Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, from surrealism to Fluxus.
  • Daily Serving serves up this thought-provoking article about photography as sculpture and the relationship between the photo and the photographed When you jump to the article, check out the installation Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns.  The only reason to take a photo of that installation is to force your brain to eat itself.
  • Here are some powerful images of Mexican laborers on the way to work by artist Alejandro Cartagena’s.  I think the heaven’s-eye-view only makes these photos even more sad.
Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide: 2/18-2/19

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday


This Thursday the monsters of mobile art converge on Mermaid TavernPhilanthropic Young Tampa Bay organized this event to raise money for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as they move to their new location.

Boxfotos, a gallery pulled around town in a shiny Airstream trailer,  will be stopping by the tavern.  The husband and wife team of Matt Larson and Rebecca Sexton Larson are the curators/artists for this traveling alternative space.  Boxfotos features photographic work at a generally affordable price, making it easier for Joe Six Pack to become Joe Art Collector (and also to become Joe Philanthropist this Thursday).  Additionally, if you’re feeling especially philanthropic and have been looking for a way to show your love for Art at Bay, you can pick me up one of Boxfotos’ awesome Starbucks pinhole cameras.

Bluebird Books will also be rolling in for the fundraiser.    If you haven’t yet climbed into the bright blue short bus you’ll quickly notice Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird acts more like a book curator than a book seller.  Bluebird serves up a particularly appealing selection of books in a visually pleasing arrangement (or rad books that look rad).  There’s something about used books that culls money out of my wallet and if you’re reading this blog chances are you’ll feel similarly.  The collection on the bus is chosen carefully and is likely to focus on photography this Thursday.  The Sasha Rae photobooth will also be joining the fun for the Bluebird Undercover project.

I know it isn’t exactly the weekend but I encourage you to reach deep down into your Id and pull out the wild child that’ll bring you out on a Thursday.  It’s encouraging to see the art scene support its own.   Add to your art collection, your library, and long list of good deeds.  The event takes place this Thursday, 2/09 at 7pm-9pm at the Mermaid Tavern.

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday