Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cheryl Fortier in Residence at VCCA, Mt. San Angelo

VCCA Fellow and Resident Director of the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, Cheryl Fortier just completed five weeks at Mt. San Angelo. Cheryl is known for her love of nature and her evocative and poetic paintings of water. In these works, Cheryl deftly conveys the way water looks in its myriad states, while masterfully capturing its elemental wateriness.

While at VCCA, Cheryl found herself moving away from water for the most part, painting a striking series of interior views of other Fellows' studios after they'd been vacated. Not surprisingly, the paintings all have a watery quality. This is particularly noticeable in the view of a desk before a window, where sprightly brushstrokes and the play of light and shadow on the floor seem to suggest a limpid pool.

Part of the works’ appeal is their large scale and the scaled down compositions which allow us to focus on color and technique and to admire wonderful little passages: a pair of rubber gloves, eyeglasses on a shelf, paint splatters on a sink rim, a flowering sprig in a glass. These lovely quotidian vignettes enliven the paintings without detracting from the overall contemplative mood.  

Cheryl also worked on several boat paintings, which may or may not be included in her 21 Boats project; she was unsure how these recent pieces would work with what she had already completed. Cheryl returned to Vancouver where she lives when not at her post at the Moulin à Nef. She and her husband, John Alexander, will be heading to France in May.

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.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ellen Bass Poem in The New Yorker

The Orange-and-White High-Heeled Shoes, a poem by Ellen Bass, is featured in the March 30, 2015 issue of The New Yorker, which also includes a link to her reading the poem on it’s online version.

Ellen’s work has been published in The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, The Kenyon Review and many other journals.

Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. Her books of poetry include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) which was named a Notable Book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002) which won the Lambda Literary Award.

Ellen teaches in the M.F.A. program at Pacific University and in prisons in California. Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) is her most recent book of poems.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Joshua Zeman's 52 The Loneliest Whale Project gets a boost from Kickstarter

Joshua Zeman reports that he surpassed his Kickstarter campaign goal of $300,000. The funds raised will support an expedition to find “52, the loneliest whale in the world,” and also help raise awareness over the growing scourge of ocean noise pollution which affects the welfare of marine mammals across the globe. Funding beyond the goal will go into production of the film.

Josh’s 52 The Loneliest Whale is a feature length documentary that tells the story of a whale, which has a call of a pitch that is a much higher frequency (52 Hz) than that of the other whale species with migration patterns that most closely resemble this whale's. Described as the loneliest whale in the world, the mammal has been detected regularly in many different locations since the 1980s.

Josh has been creating independent films for over ten years. His directorial debut, the horror documentary Cropsey, was a critic’s pick with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Roger Ebert, and called “one of the year’s best documentaries” and “one of the scariest films of the year.” 

Josh is currently directing his first narrative feature, No Man’s Land, which is being produced by Artina Films (21 Grams, We Need to Talk About Kevin, A Single Man). Most recently, Josh directed the short, The Best Man for The Job, starring David Call (Two Gates of Sleep, Tiny Furniture). 

Josh is also the executive producer of Killer Legends, a reality series based uponCropsey that examines the true crimes that have inspired our scariest urban legends. Produced in association with Picture Shack Entertainment, the pilot will premiere this fall on the Chiller Network. 

Josh’s first screenplay, Fresh Kills, was optioned by Fine Line Entertainment and Forensic Films. Most recently, Josh received the 2013 San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting/Djerassi Residency Award for his screenplay, Collider. He has also served on the selection committee of the IFP West Screenplay Competition, Hamptons Screenwriting Lab, McKnight Screenplay Fellowship, and Sundance Screenwriting Labs.


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