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

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[Support Our Sponsors!] Sarasota Contemporary: Selby Gallery and Alfstad&

Selby Gallery

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Huguette Despault May, Umbilicals, 2009, 50″ X 38″

Ringling College’s Selby Gallery presents its newest exhibit Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May through February 12.  The dual exhibition is an expert exercise in contrast using differences in medium and aesthetic to explore similar subject matter.  Artist Kathleen Elliot often works in glass depicting plant like structures.  She says of her work for the exhibition:

“Each imaginary botanical has its own story and its own meaning. Works in this series explore a wide range of subjects from female sexuality, to dancers and infants, to the idea of botanical life in alternate realities. Personal growth and development are continuing themes, and a number of pieces have arisen from imagining the emotional phenomena in our lives in botanical imagery.”

On the other hand, the work of Huguette Despault May is often found in two dimensions – elegant charcoal drawings.  Regarding her work and the exhibit, May comments:

“I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.” – Huguette May

Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May will be on view through February 12.  Luncheon & Artist Talk with Preview: Thurs., Jan. 16, 11:30 am (Call 941.359.7563 for reservations.)  Opening reception Friday January 17, 5-7 pm.  Director’s Tour Monday, January 27, 11:30 am.  Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, 10:00 Am – 7:00 PM.

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Sarasota boasts another exciting venue for contemporary art with an exciting group exhibit: All in the Family at IceHouse.  The complexities and nuances of modern family life have been a rich subject matter for contemporary art.  However, curator Tim Jaeger tackles the subject with an interesting approach.  All in the Family explores the dynamics of familial relationships by actually bringing the family (of artists) into the gallery.  The artwork of fathers and their children will be exhibited alongside each other.  Specifically, the All in the Family will feature the work of Mark Anderson and his son Jarrod Anderson; Kevin Dean and his daughter and son, Molly Dean and Ian Dean; Patrick Lindhardt and his son Matthew Lindhardt; and Steve Strenk and his daughter Bianca Rylee.

It is easy to see the conceptual potential in such a show.  For example, artist Mark Anderson says, “In families, as in art, relations are activated by the spaces between us, how we touch, each of us balanced by the other.”  These similarities between family dynamics and the dynamics in art are an especially interesting territory that isn’t neglected by the artists.  participating artist Kevin Dean says, “So many children of artists become artists it suggests that artists are often born and not made.”

However, beyond investigating the inner workings of the family, children and parents also provide mutual inspiration for artwork.   “My relationship to my children has been influential to my love for playful, active art. Heck, toys are creative!”, artist Steve Strenk says, for example.

All in the Family will be on view January 10 through 19.  The exhibit is produced by Alfstad& – a Sarasota based production company with a special talent for artwork and art exhibits.  Explaining the ampersand in the name, the company says, “While Sam [Alfstad] represents the “Alfstad” part of Alfstad&, it is the “&” part of the name that is most important. That begins with Casey Alfstad and Keith Alvarado, who manage the studio and oversee day-to-day business operations. But & are also the artists, designers, producers, curators, fabricators, animators, technologists, videographers and writers who create Alfstad&-branded products. Each will be fully credited, and listed in on-piece documentation.

[Support our Sponsor!] Theo Wujcik: New Paintings at Selby Gallery

The first time we met he related a memory of throwing off their clothes and jumping into a collector’s pool with Jean-Michel (Yes, as in Basquiat).  I suppose it isn’t surprising such an artist is cherished by the local community.  Really, though, it is his painting that’s secured him in the esteem of Tampa Bay.

Wujcik’s work is often about pop culture but somehow beyond pop art.  His work explores some of the subtext of cultures while tackling the nuances of painting itself.  Each new series of work seems to bring along a refined conceptual efficiency.  Thus its with some excitement that new work from Theo Wujcik is now exhibiting at Sarasota’s Selby Gallery.

The show is an interesting combination of solo and dual exhibit.  Selby Gallery is exhibiting in inter-institutional conjunction with State College of Florida which is presenting the work of Kirk Ke Wang.  Wujcik and Wang work in nearby studios often meeting to discuss new work and the concepts behind it.  Though both have a way of getting at the politics behind pop-culture, ethnic cultures, and art making they differ markedly in execution.  Exhibiting the two together in a way offers two perspectives of the same landscape.  Especially interesting is the fact that Theo Wujcik created entirely new work specifically for this exhibit.

Ringling College’s Selby Gallery is a beautiful 3,000 square foot space.  Aimed at offering students and the surrounding community exposure to acclaimed artists, the gallery sets out to be “both a center of learning and hub of extracurricular activity.”  Selby Gallery has developed a reputation beyond that of a college gallery and into as one of Sarasota’s best destinations for contemporary art.

Theo Wujcik: New Paintings is on view through December 11.  Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, 10:00 Am – 7:00 PM.

Theo Wujcik, Dragon, 2012, 90”x84”; Joe Triana, photographer

Theo Wujcik, Dragon, 2012, 90”x84”; Joe Triana, photographer

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 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!

ART AT BAY is Searching for a Writer in Sarasota

sarasota 1First, to be clear we’re searching for a volunteer blogger.  ART AT BAY is a not-for-profit project, we don’t generate any sort of income, and the blog is entirely funded by money from Danny Olda’s beer fund (not a joke).

That said, we here at ART AT BAY do not want to neglect Sarasota.  We know Sarasota is home to awesome art schools, galleries, and artists.  Thus we’re looking for someone to join our team in order to write previews, reviews, and editorials specific to Sarasota.

You may be right for the spot if you want to:

  • Cover arts events and issues specific to Sarasota
  • Add a line to your writing/art resume
  • Refine your critical writing chops
  • Support good art locally
  • Foster serious discussion on visual art

Familiarize yourself with the blog if you haven’t already.  ART AT BAY has a pretty specific style – we’re looking for someone who at once will fit in with our team and has a unique voice.

To apply, use the form below or please send two writing samples (attachments or links) to artatbay@gmail.com with the subject line “WRITING SUBMISSION”.  We’ll try to reply within a month of your submission.  Have a question?  Post it in the comments below or email us.

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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

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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

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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)

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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 Art Events 2/06 – 2/12

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Hillsborough has a lot worth your time this week!  At the moment I’ve got a few really exciting projects eating up all of my time (I’ll elaborate on them later this month) so I won’t be able to detail these events.  However, this is not a listing – these are my earnest recommendations.  Of the all of the events happening outside of Pinellas county this week, these are the ones you need to see.

Gallery 221@HCC – Ruby C. Williams: Farming, Family and Folk Art

Ongoing through 2/28

MAZE Gallery – Happily Never After

Opening Reception Wed 2/06 4pm

Bleu Acier – Thom O’Connor: Polymer Prints

Opening Reception Thur 2/07 5pm-9pm

USFCAM – SYCOM: Music for Open Score

Thur 2/07 6pm-8pm

Ringling Museum of Art – Ringling Underground

Thur 2/07 8pm-11pm $10

Tempus Projects – Love Lit

Sun 2/10 6pm-9pm

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend! 3/30 – 4/01

Perhaps, it was the closest I’ve come to foraging.  I don’t make it to the USF campus as often as I’d like.  I was lost looking for the USF Centre Gallery, ready to give up, and about to set up camp for the night at the bus stop in front of the Sun Dome.  However, USF is once again impelling me to make the trip and I intend to brave it.  This time we’re heading to the USF Contemporary Art Museum.

USF CAM – Sand in the Vacuum – MFA 2012 Graduation Exhibition    Fri 3/30  7pm-9pm

This Friday USF CAM and the USF School of Art and Art History will be introducing the 2012 graduating MFA artists through a group exhibit.  I see that reluctant look on your face (that’s right, I can see you through your webcam).  You’re worried this could be a show of almost-artists.  You can be at ease, though – this isn’t like your elementary school graduation exhibit.  Rather, these MFA graduates are (or should be) artists in their own right and some already have rather impressive and long CV’s.  For example one of the exhibitors, Biff Bolen, brings some of the most exciting painting locally with past work being featured in New American Painting‘s MFA issue.  Also, look out for work from Cynthia Mason and Serhat Tanyolaçar among others.

You can expect the exhibition to be an interesting and engaging one.  Other than churning out degrees and massive student loan debt, MFA programs also allow artists to experiment without being hampered by saleability concerns.  The MFA 2012 Graduation Exhibition will likely include style and mediums we encounter less often, particularly from area artists.  I strongly suggest attending, enjoying the work, and attempting to convince the artists to stick around the Bay area and help out with the cause.

Also…

RINGLING COLLEGE AUDITORIUM – “SPEAKING OF MY WORK” TALK BY SANFORD BIGGERS  FRI 3/30 3:30PM  FREE ADMISSION

The artist Sanford Biggers will be giving a free and public talk this Friday afternoon.  Biggers creates beautiful, politically and culturally aware installations.  Biggers’ talk coincides with a new installation opening the same day at the Ringling Museum and being the 2010 recipient of the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.  I know it’s a bit of a drive for many of you, but the installation/talk combo should make the ride worth it.  You know you’re going to stop by the Ellenton Outlet Mall on the way anyway.