Showing posts from September, 2014

Herbert's Undivided at Boyd Satellite

Pinkney Herbert's show Undivided at Boyd Satellite in New Orleans has been extended until October 18.

Pinkney's paintings are extravagant in gesture, color and composition. He uses so many different techniques to apply paint: drips, great schmears of pigment, transparent veils, opaque blocks of color and what looks like air brush that one is left quite breathless. Overlapping shapes and textures dance across the surface. Color choices are audacious, featuring bold pairings of garish acrylics and more mellow earth tones.

It all makes for a highly charged, almost cacophonous effect that threatens to devolve into chaos, but Pinkney maintains control of his beguiling yin and yang blend of slickness and roughness and the results are quite dazzling.

Big Head Brigade Coming to Dumbo

The Big Heads are coming! The Big Heads are coming! Megan Marlatt is bringing her Big Head Brigade to the Dumbo Arts Festival (September 26-28).
The original proponent of Big Heads, having been making them for several years now, Megan undertook a residency in 2012 with Ventura and Hosta, master artisans of capgrossos. At their studio in Navata, Spain, she learned the craft of making the heads which are a vital part of the Spanish folk art tradition, traditionally made for carnivals and parades.
The Brigade has expanded to include other artists and describes itself thusly: "We are an artist collective whose mission is to create big heads in the Spanish papier-mâché(or cartro pedra), tradition and perform in them." 
The arts festival in Brooklyn is a three-day event with Interactive installations, open studios, crafts for children and the Big Head Brigade. For more information about the festival:…

Sewell Awarded Tenth Gate Prize for Poetry

Lisa Sewell of Philadelphia, PA has won the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize for her Poetry manuscript: Impossible Object, her fourth poetry collection.This is the first time the prize has been awarded.
“Lisa Sewell’s poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world. This is exactly the kind of collection for which the Tenth Gate prize was developed,” says Series Editor for the Tenth Gate, Leslie McGrath.
When not writing poetry, Lisa teaches in the English Department at Villanova University where she is also co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She is also a co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of two essay collections on 21st Century North American poets. 
Lisa’s poems have appeared in the Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review and Harvard Review. She has been awarded a Leeway Foundation grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Impossible Object will be available by advance or…

Quinn's Skies Enveloping Everything, and Places

Skies Enveloping Everything, and Places is Ann Quinn's latest exhibition. Her paintings, which combine abstract elements with precisely detailed passages have an almost mystical quality. Here, she uses the sky to evoke a transcendental sense of place.  
Ann explains, "This exhibition is of different places that I spent time in, under their particular skies. Places such as East Donegal, Bulgaria, Scotland and the South of France. Every piece of work I have made is based on a specific place I have spent time in. My paintings are about places, but in fact I am going for the atmosphere. I use places in order to instill an atmosphere; this is the main element that I go for. It is the same atmosphere that appears in works of literature and films. This is the reason why I cherish literature, films and paintings so much; it is the essence of the book, the film or artwork that I seek out."
Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival, Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, September …

AXIS Artists Attend Opening

AXIS unites 13 visual, digital, sound and literary artists who are VCCA Fellows at an exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD). According to Indrani Nayar-Gall, the show’s title “suggests a center or core that is capable of connecting, changing, and moving things, people and ideas to create a multitude of possibilities and alliances; it is a crucial transformative concept at this point in history. Fitting with the title, this exhibition brings together contemporary artwork by artists from across the United States and Europe whose work connects in spirit while it diverges in form.” The show’s genesis can be traced to a VCCA open studio in October 2012. Struck by the range and quality of the work being produced, Indrani and Judith Pratt bandied about the possibility of an exhibition showcasing the work of VCCA Fellows. There followed two years of planning, sending out proposals, and collaborating. AXIS will open at DC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange on September 2 and run thro…

Susan Crowder's Future Nature

“We’re all living in the biotech century. Our ability to engineer ourselves and our planet has become a reality and it’s being done with wild abandon motivated by self-interest,“ says Susan Crowder whose work focuses on serious issues facing the natural world like disappearing environments, genetic engineering and invasive species.
“Nature is being gobbled up and reprocessed to accommodate more people with more demanding ideas of how their lives can be ‘improved.’ And yet even as we embrace these new versions of ourselves, we are nostalgic for the way we think Nature used to be. We worry about how we’re degrading our planet through our own consumption and hope science can fix everything without too much inconvenience for us.”
Susan is the subject of a one-woman show at her alma mater Sweet Briar College’s Babcock Gallery, September 18 - November 19. The show will feature sculptural work from Susan’s series Ground Covers (developed while she was a Fellow at VCCA) as well as drawings fro…

Margery Amdur in L.A.'s "ArtVoices"

In 2012 Margery Amdur began using cosmetic sponges to construct her surfaces, drawn to them for their softness, texture and gender specific association.
Margery orders the sponges in bulk. They come in five different sizes, which she glues together by the thousands, making formations that become the building blocks of her compositions. She under-paints these sponge assemblages with gouache and ink layering pastel pigment on top to produce complex abstract markings Some of her sponge pieces are relatively flat and look like topographical maps—Margery describes these works as "maps to places unknown...personal landscapes—others resemble bulging giant amoeba-like shapes or enormous blooms of coral.

Both pliable and textural, we sense the softness of this unorthodox yet surprisingly dynamic and sensual surface. It adds an appealing contrast to the intensity of Margery's marks. Margery Amdur is the subject of a profile and article in the Los Angeles-based ArtVoices magazine.  http:/…

Duesberry's "In an Instant: New York, 9-11, Before and After"

With In an Instant:New York, 9-11, Before and After Joellyn Duesberrytakes on the very difficult subject of 9-11. She does so with technical virtuosity and urgency that seems to embody the shock and awe of that terrible event.