Friday, March 27, 2015

Prilla Smith Brackett’s Paintings in "Fractured Visions"

Prilla Smith Brackett’s paintings will be featured together with Amy Ragus’s photographs in Fractured Visions curated by Michele Cohen at the DanforthART Museum in Framingham, MA through May 15.

Prilla approaches landscape conceptually employing fragmentation and the insertion of random objects that resonate with meaning to amplify the work’s effect.

Jackie Hoysted’s in "Ne Pas Sourire" at the Arts Club of Washington

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.

Josette Urso's New Paintings on View in New York

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

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.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs at Headlands Center for the Arts

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

Diggs’s 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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jeannette Rogers' Translations Featured in "Grains of Gold: An Anthology of Occitan Literature"

Jeannette Rogers reports that 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 12
th and 13th century.  

Colleen Kiely's Work to Be Included in Mario Diacono Tribute Book

Colleen Kiely work 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 Pareto.

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 Winters.