Art@Bay on Articulate – Pinellas Visual Arts Calendar 11/29 – 12/05

Preview photo of organs by artist Dave Walker, one of more than 35 artists featured Saturday during Abnormality at Station Number Three gallery. See the calendar for links and information.

Each year we mourn the death of millions of turkeys by trying to fill the void the bird left with excessive shopping on the aptly named “Black Friday” … or at least that’s how I understand it. I don’t know—I could be wrong. Regardless, we’re all back and ready to hit the galleries this weekend—some, inspired by their turkey mourning, may be more inclined to do some art collecting. Here is some of the best the area has to offer this week.

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Art@Bay on Articulate – Pinellas Visual Arts Calendar 11/29 – 12/05

Art@Bay on ARTICULATE: Pinellas Arts Calendar 11/01 – 11/07

Barbie, a painting by child prodigy Autumn de Forest, goes on display with other of her works Nov. 2 – 11 at Syd Entel Galleries.

This week’s picks have some finely tuned themes that should serve up intriguing exhibits. We’ll be checking out shows built around the alphabet, golf, and a fourth grader. Double-knot your shoelaces and fill the canteen – you won’t want to miss any of these.

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Art@Bay on ARTICULATE: Pinellas Arts Calendar 11/01 – 11/07

Visual Art Calendar 9/27 – 10/03

ras+e coming to Studio@620

We have a seriously interesting week of art ahead of us – a Spanish Royal Inheritance, a glimpse Japanese art, activist design, sacred art.  It isn’t even Second Saturday yet!  Also, for the second week in a row Tarpon Spring delivers an event worth a look.  Velcro your shoes tight – we’re heading to St. Pete, up to North County, and back down again.

Check out the calendar on ARTICULATE here.

Visual Art Calendar 9/27 – 10/03

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/11 – 5/13

Lorrie Fredette, The Great Silence (detail), Beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, steel, nylon line
6′ 2″ H x 36′ 9″ W x 5′ 8″ D
suspended above the floor 8′ 6″
© 2011
(photo courtesy of Morean Arts Center)

Downtown St. Petersburg – 2nd Saturday Art Walk

St. Petersburg’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk has finally clawed its way out of puberty and into a fully developed art event.  Not only is the list of participating galleries becoming extensive, but  gallery attendance is ranging from full to packed for many.  Need help with your 2nd Saturday itinerary?  Here are a few of the stops I’ll be making.

C. Emerson Fine Arts – Thought Coalition    6pm-9pm                  

Disclosure: I have artwork featured in this exhibit

The art collective, Thought Coalition, takes over CEFA this Saturday night.  The loosely bound group seems to intend for it to be that way: amorphous, held together by collaboration and process.  In the past, some Thought Coalition work seemed like it would fit in better in the Crislip Arcade rather than the Chelsea style walls like those of CEFA or Mindy Solomon.  I had the opportunity to walk through this exhibit early, though, and found it strikingly different.  I realize I’m in a bit of a weird position being included in the show, but being as critically unbiased as possible: this will be an exciting show.  The show is packed (over 20 artists!) but not crowded.  I was pleased to find some of the strongest work St. Pete will have seen this season.  Allot ample time to spend in this gallery – there is a lot of art to see and the better part of it will definitely hold your attention.

Morean Arts Center – CSA Share Pick Up and Wax Exhibition    5pm-8pm

It’s time to pick up the CSA shares at the Morean Arts Center (read more about the great CSA program here).  The boxes of art are priced to be bargains – Nancy Cervenka‘s work alone makes the box worth the money you’ll drop (check out a sneak peek her contribution here).  If you haven’t purchased your share yet there are only four left.  You may want to make the Morean Arts Center your first stop if you want to pick one up before they sell out.  While you’re at the Center check out their current exhibit Wax: Medium Meets Message.  The theme of the exhibit is tied to the medium – encaustic,  a wax based paint.  Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to see the exhibit yet.  It’ll definitely be interesting to see this ancient paint used in a contemporary context.  I’m particularly looking forward to walking under Lorrie Fredette‘s installation, The Great Silence (pictured at top of post).

Studio@620 – Staged Nature    7pm  $5

I’m going to be straight with you here and tell you this video art seems a bit creepy.  I really like video art though, so for the sake of the medium alone, a walk around the block to the Studio@620 is in order.  Christopher Steven Watkins presents a series of films titled Staged Nature.  I wasn’t able to find much regarding the work and its artist but the style does seem intriguing.  Eight short films will be screened.  The first four touch on Christian ideology and the last four on Romantic ideology.  All eight use nature as a starting point.  It’s easy to see how Nature (with a capital ‘n’) relates to Romanticism, but I’m interested to see how it is used in relation to Christianity.  Live music will be featured afterwards.  All this for five measly dollars!

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/11 – 5/13

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend! 3/23-3/25

Remember that ’80’s film Weird Science?  Something similar (but less misogynistic) is going down in St. Pete this Friday – the online is materializing offline.  We’re heading to the Studio@620 this weekend.

Studio@620 – TRU_RL: Tight Artists Offline    Fri 3/23  7pm

Studio@620 will be presenting a group exhibit of sorts featuring work by the members of T.A.N.G. (Tight Artists Net Gang).  The show is curated by Hunter Payne of local art/philanthropic fame and initiated member of T.A.N.G.  Tight Artists is a web-based collective of new media artists centered around a website of the same name.  Though the site showcases work of T.A.N.G. members, it isn’t a typical image gallery-based site (like ArtSlant).  That may sound like a mundane detail, but if you visit the website you’ll likely see why I mention it (click on the photo above to check it out).

If you’re a fan of dump.fm or 4 chan, you’ll likely be a fan of this show as well.  However, if you haven’t seen art similar to the Tight Artists’ before you may at first find it…er…overwhelming, and perhaps that’s the point.  The work presents image consumption at a glutinous pace.  With the ubiquitous smart technology and social networking the pace isn’t so exaggerated – it’s the unabashed nature of the work that almost makes it feel vulgar.  The glimmer flood of gif’s is also reminiscent of the free flow of information in the early days of the internet (and maybe it’s just me, but the aesthetics of the work also seems to reference this time period).

It’ll be particularly interesting to see how this web-based work is translated into a brick and mortar gallery exhibit.  However, that will be far from the only interesting thing to see at the show.  TRU_RL will also feature what is described as “a nude performance by Kalan Sherrard“, a performance artist you may recognize from coverage of the OWS protests.  The hors d’ourves even sound well curated and deserve a mention:  “chicken wings, vintage mega-nuclear radishes from Hiroshima, boxed wine, and some brand of cheap beer.”  Admission is free.

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend! 3/23-3/25

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out this Weekend! 3/16 – 3/18

March Madness is in full swing – college basketball has forced me to sever all ties with reality and rational thought. I may need anti-March-Madness meds. A dose of art may be exactly what the doctor (and court) ordered.  Here are the picks.

Tampa Museum of Art – Art on the House    Fri 3/16  4pm-8pm

Several exciting exhibits all happened to converge on the TMoA at once.  If you haven’t visited in a while, Friday is the perfect time – the museum offers free admission between 4pm and 8pm every Friday thanks to Hill Ward Henderson. Here are some highlights of a few of the offerings you’ll catch.

Romare Bearden – Bearden is an acclaimed artist for good reason.  He used a collage style that not only documented the African-American experience but shined a light on the perception of the African-American experience.  It’s easy to see why his work is so enduring influencing artists today such as Kara Walker.

John Cage – Tampa has had a special buzz about John Cage since January so chances are you’re well-educated on the multi-discipline artist.  His interactive installation involves twelve record players with albums donated by celebrities from Jack White to Christian Marclay.  You’ll find me there Friday night playing with the 45rpm setting.

Erik Levine – With the recent acquisition of Hand Held, a large-scale sculpture, by Erik Levine, the TMoA kicked off an exhibition that will also feature two of the artist’s video works.  We’ll get the obvious out of the way: Hand Held looks like a giant plywood condom.  Though the exhibition’s opening felt quiet, I wouldn’t miss a chance to see Levine’s work in person.  His use of such common material on monumental scales is meant to be appreciated first hand.

Studio@620 – Artbook Tampa Bay Launch Party    Sat 3/17  7pm-11pm

I’m recommending this event with reservations.  The company HDInteractive recently completed the development of Artbook Tampa Bay, an iPad app showcasing Tampa Bay area art and artists.  Studio@620 is hosting the Launch Party for the app this Saturday with an after party at Sake Bomb.  I definitely support promoting our often under-hyped art scene.  Also, kudos to HDInteractive for the innovative idea and making use of newly ubiquitous apps to that end.  Artbook will feature local artwork and artist bios as well as local institutions like the Tampa Museum of Art.  A preview version of the app can be downloaded for free, however the full version will cost $9.99.  Artists, though, won’t be compensated with any of the money the app brings in.  I understand capitalist reality and that paying the artists with anything other than “exposure” could be impossible – I don’t want to sound like a grump.  However, a project that can’t fairly compensate the artists whose work is generating the bulk of the income should reconsider its game plan.  I’ll stop the complaining before I get carried away.  I’d love to hear your thoughts – you can continue the conversation below or at Facebook. Anyhow, you may want to still consider attending; chances are you have friends or artists you know participating in the project.

  • Check out this Creative Loafing article for more info about Artbook and the launch party
  • Check out this article at Hyperallergic about fair artist compensation

Honorable Mention

Morean Arts Center – WAX: Medium Meets Message    Fri 3/16  5pm-7pm

Morean Arts Center presents a group exhibit with the medium as its tying theme: encaustic, a wax based paint.  The show will be featuring paintings by Kim Bernard, Ann Taylor Gibson, Lisa Pressman, Russell Thurston, Leslie Neumann, Elise Wagner, Mary Beth Rothman, Lorrie Fredette and Laura Moriarty.

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out this Weekend! 3/16 – 3/18

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check out This Weekend! 2/17-2/19

If you’ve read the recent post “How to Take Brooding to the Max“, you know I’ve been brooding over active engagement.  I’m aware “active engagement” sounds like a left over from a PTA meeting.  But because you’re too awesome to sit idly and let the art happen to you, this weekend is your chance to engage actively to the max.

Studio@620 – Contribute: A Community Based Event   Sat 2/18  7pm-10pm     $10 (suggested donation)

I understand this may seem to be a strange recommendation given that Contribute isn’t exactly an art event.  If you’re worried about not getting your art fix (either because your fresh out of methadone or you just like checking out art every weekend) don’t stress: you’re not missing much.  The only reception I could find going on this weekend (USF Centre Gallery) had little information a lot of man cleavage.

Contribute is a public forum on community action: a panel discussion!  I love panel discussions.  For fun I call having dinner with my wife a panel discussion.  My dog enjoys it because he gets to be the moderator.  Anyhow, Contribute specifically addresses community action and participation in regards to St. Petersburg and the rest of the Bay area.  Each Contribute event has a different theme, this Saturday’s being “collaboration”.

The panel speakers will be (hang in there for this long list of creds) Hampton Dohrman, director of Creative Pinellas and founder of Hampton Arts Management; Larry Biddle, the principal at Sweet Spot Ads and director of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; James Howard, publisher of Creative Loafing and Ybor City Museum Society Board of Directors member; and John Morrow, the president of Morrow Consultants, LLC.  The moderator will be Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing’s News and Politics Editor.

It’s easy to see that though this isn’t an art event, this list has some notable friends of the art scene.  No doubt, the discussion will veer in arts & culture direction during the discussion.  It’ll be interesting to see if any collaboration is born out of this forum.   You’ve been informed art-nerds – get your networking shoes on and head to the ‘Burg.  Also, if this event leaves you public-forum-hungry, word on the streets (i.e. Facebook) is that Creative Pinellas will have a press conference on Tuesday 2/28 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

If Your Starting You’re Art Weekend Tonight:

USFCAM – Mark Dion Gallery Talk and Scavenger Hunt  Not only does this sound like fun but among other things there’s a Taco Bus gift certificate up for grabs.  The event is free, open to the public, and 6pm-8pm.

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check out This Weekend! 2/17-2/19