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Jackie Hoysted’s work is
included in Ne Pas Sourire at
the Arts Club of Washington through March 28. Curated by Christopher With,
the exhibition also includes the work of Sandra Gober and Blair Jackson.
Jackie’s portraits are both
intense psychological studies and visually arresting compositions of color and
line. Her models are positioned against a richly hued monochrome. Jackie pares
the figure down allowing the focus to zero in on the deeply expressive faces.
Treehouse, a solo
exhibition featuring new paintings by Josette Urso will be on view at Kathryn
Markel Fine Arts, New York.
Josette’s works have densely packed surfaces of delicate marks,
swirling brushstrokes and blocks of vivid color. Her abstractions reference
landscape, still life, and views of New York City where she lives.
An intuitive painter, Josette explores our perceptions of
time and space. The works “seek to reflect multiple moments occurring at once
in order to comment on a live experience. An endless stream of information is
constantly projected at a person from all directions; Urso’s work acts as a
filtering of the physical, thoughtful, auditory, visual and even technological
stimuli that we interact with at any point in time.”
Josette received her MFA in Painting from the University of
South Florida in Tampa. Her work has been exhibited widely including the New
York Public Library, The Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She
has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, in particular, from the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as
the Camargo Foundation and Yaddo.
Allan Rosenbaum’s Binary a solo exhibition presented in
conjunction with Lively Experiments: the 49th annual conference of the National
Council on Education for Ceramic Arts in Pawtucket, RI March 25-28, 2015. Opening Reception:
Friday March 27, 6-9 pm.
“Currently, I am
exploring the idea of the binary in a series of sculptures and constructed
drawings,” says Allan. “I am particularly interested in the physical
aspects of constructing these works and I develop my palette in this series
through material choice and construction. “I hope to call attention to
structural nuances, to raise questions about the relationship between sculpture
and drawing, and to create work that explores the notion of beauty outside of
classical standards and cultural expectations.”
The exhibition explores
the area between drawing and sculpture with epoxy clay sculptures that are
mounted on the wall casting shadows that provide a visual echo underscoring the piece's form.
Poet and sound artist LaTasha
N. Nevada Diggs was awarded a 2014 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA along with
a month-long residency at Headlands
Center for the Arts where she will be beginning April 27. “You have no
idea what this means to me given I've been in a such a mental funk,” says
LaTasha. “This will provide some time away from New York to focus soundly
on new and on-going work. It also grants me the opportunity to travel to a
handful of places for research. So I guess the universe is saying I'm doing
alright even when I don't always understand this path taken. What is
clear is that many hands, eyes and spirits are holding me up and pushing
me forward on this path. For that I am humbled and grateful.”
Latasha works is a
hybrid of sounds and words incorporating many languages, including Japanese,
Spanish, Hindi, Welsh, and Maori. Her highly acclaimed first collection of
poems, TwERK (Belladonna* 2013),
has been called “a dope jam of dictions” by poet Terrance Hayes. In a review of TwERK for the online literary site Montevidayo, poet Joyelle McSweeney writes: “Diggs’s poems truly work the whole body of
the poem, the whole body of sound, the whole body of history, the whole body of
voice and ear, the whole body of language and the ability of the page to be its
own sonic syntax; they articulate and rotate joints that seemed fixed; they are
bawdy and triumphant and they more than work. They TwERK.”
A graduate of the
Borough of Manhattan Community College with an MA from New York University and
an MFA from California College of the Arts, LaTasha has published several
chapbooks, as well as the album Television (2003). She has been a
poetry editor for the online arts journal exittheapple and, with
writer Greg Tate, is a founding editor of YoYo/SO4magazine.
interdisciplinary work has been featured in exhibits at several New York
museums, including the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art. Her additional
honors include scholarships and residencies from the New York Foundation for
the Arts, Cave Canem, VCCA, the Harlem Community Arts Fund, the Jerome
Foundation, the Eben Demarest Trust, Caldera Arts, Black Earth Institute, and
the Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation.
Jeannette Rogers reportsthat A
dozen of her translations will appear in Grains of Gold: An
Anthology of Occitan Literature (part of Francis
Boutle Publishers’ Lesser Used
Languages of Europe series).
The anthology, which features Occitan writing from the 11th century to the present,
has already received PEN England’s translation award. A Romance language
spoken in southern and south-central France, the Val d’Aran in northeastern Spain,
and a small part of northwestern Italy, Occitan is closely associated
with the troubadours, composers of courtly lyric poetry of the 12th
and 13th century.
Colleen Kielywork has been included in MDC, a limited-edition book published as in honor of legendary Italian born poet, curator and critic Mario Diacono who typically displayed a single work in his
Boston gallery. Diacono’s projects which entailed renowned international
artists were accompanied by detailed and complex critical essays.
Artist Luisa Rabbia
conceived of and coordinated the project, with the support and sponsorship of
Luigi Maramotti of the Collezione Maramotti. The book, which takes the form
of a large Moleskin sketchbook will be published by Edizioni del
One hundred artists
whose work Dizcono supported over the years, including Collen, are each contributing
a double-page drawing. Participating artists include Jules de Balincourt, Huma
Bhabha, Richmond Burton, Francesco Clemente, Ann Craven, Frank
Egloff, Eric Fischl, Peter Halley, Nicky Hoberman, Matthew
Day Jackson, Alex Katz, Annette Lemieux, Luisa Rabbia, Matthew
Ritchie, Jessica Stockholder, Lucy White and Terry