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Alumni Diedra Kruger and Dana Wigdor @ Gallery 3711

Planetary Psalms: New paintings by Dana Wigdor and Jasmine Ruulze, curated by Diedra Kruger

December 18, 2017 – March 16, 2018

Gallery 3711
3711 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday 9-5
or by appointment
[email protected]

Reception:
Thursday, January 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Gallery 3711 is pleased to present “Planetary Psalms” of earthly delights and extraterrestrial musings – an exhibition of new paintings by Jasmine Ruulze and Dana Wigdor, curated by Diedra Krieger.

Ruulze’s paintings explore the interrelationships of the circle of life and creatures of the “wild” while Wigdor’s paintings take us on an interplanetary journey where an unseen “creature”, or presence ushers the viewer through the darkness and color of deep space. They are doing imaginative work, both invoking lyrical images; Ruulze’s of the natural world’s intersection with itself, and Wigdor’s of an encounter with an unseen presence that radiates as bursts of light.

Their sense of play and wonder draws us in. Do Re Mi! They take us on a journey with things we think we know and make them unfamiliar in order to provoke us. Indulgent perhaps, necessary for sure, they invite us to reflect back on our very existence as creatures within the material and ethereal world.

Painting serves both artists as the medium of choice to best express their ideas. They are in love with the medium: Wigdor with the luxe, multi-layered surface of an oil painting, applying layer after layer of thick brushwork and sanding it down, works her canvases to find their inner creatures; Rockwell with the quickness of gouache in combination with pencil drawings and markers, draws and paints, releasing for us again and again the myriad images of her active imagination.

Wigdor’s painting, “More Than You Know”, starts her series with a lift-off from a cobalt and violet light drenched glacial landscape – the starting place of this emotional, intergalactic journey. Each painting depicts either a solitary planet, or galaxy-like cluster which hovers and connects the viewer to the familiar cosmos of our place in the solar system. Like a solar wind, the sequential paintings are a journey through planes of color and paint spatterings of celestial matter.

Dana Wigdor earned her BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1990, and her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2008. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including San Francisco, New York, Moscow, and Berlin. In 2004 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Creation Grant to produce her solo exhibition “Fugue”. The Fleming Museum and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center both featured her artist’s talk “The Anthropomorphic Machine” where Wigdor introduced the mystifying creatures that populate her work.

Wigdor states, “Paint is a perfect medium for capturing the invisible forces that surround us – where color and light build a bridge between what is tangible and the elusive place ‘beyond’. This can be understood as outer space, as heaven, as after life, or more abstractly, as simply somewhere out there.”

Wild creatures big and small as well as flora and fauna provide ritual imagery for Jasmine Ruulze’s day dreams and personal mythology. The symbols and stories of birds, snakes and countless other animals, plants and nature from all over the world fascinate her. A deer’s ear with the sun shining down makes the ear transparent, the veins in the ear shine through, creating a pattern which some leaves, plants and insects mimic. She is mesmerized by these details; everything is related on this earth. This reality allows quite the exploration of interpretation in this series of paintings.
Jasmine says she has always had and still has a very active imagination, and just naturally applied that to image making. Growing up in the Adirondack mountains, more or less isolated from anyone her age, Jasmine would explore the land and make up stories in her head. Painting and drawing became the way she told the stories that she had imagined. Today Jasmine still lives in this world created by her own imagination and painting is the interpretation: it is her preferred language.

Jasmine says: “If I could live in the work I would. I have always compared my thoughts to a slide projector that is going very fast and clicking image by image at a rapid pace, I cannot turn my brain off. I am a creature driven by everything I have ever seen, conversations I have had and if other creatures are interested in what I am making then I am flattered and invite them to take the images in and create what they want out of them.”

Jasmine Ruulze creates psychedelic voyages using gouache and markers on paper. She has been creating for over 20 years, finding herself in many locations physically, mentally and emotionally. She gets her inspiration from nature, social context, history, family, friends, culture, literature and music. She has attended many artist residencies and is very actively showing her work, past and present. Ruulze lives and works in the South.

Diedra Krieger is an intermedia artist and curator working at the intersection of art and engineering. Her ongoing project Plastic Fantastic, a geodesic dome built from 6000 water bottles, is an immersive environment for play. Diedra has an MFA from VCFA and an MA from Monash University in developmental studies, and coordinates projects and outreach for Kod*lab, a legged robotics lab and subsidiary of GRASP Lab, Penn Engineering.

 

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Alumnus Linda King-Ferguson @ White Columns

White Columns Online ‘Stomach Acid Reflux’ curated by Ellie Rines

Stomach Acid Reflux, an online inventory that deals with the human body in a way that is somehow both grotesque and formally elegant.

Traditional themes–still life, formal abstraction–and traditional composition–symmetry, etc…– i.e. artistic practice of control is confounded by dysfunction and absurdity. Fake vomit on a scale, ketchup packets’ portrait, tits with nips carved out, tissuebox architecture, spray foam can ejaculation, dairy still life– all direct or subliminal hints to the disgusting bodily fluids resulting from the things we love and hate – sex, bodies, food. Everyday encounters, formalities, objects and commodities become subject to ridicule and admiration, sublimation and disgrace. Juxtapositions ferment and become putrid.

Sophia S Narett painstakingly needlepoints elaborate scenes from fantasy and illusion. In Something Went Wrong, orgies are juxtaposed to a series of women aimlessly wandering in ball gowns, a dead naked women lying on a fish tank. The composition is structured around crumbling architecture, barbed wire and a flank of female figures observing in confusion, disgust and ridicule.

Kurt Treeby knits an architectural model of Prentice Women’s Hospital then turns it into what feels like a beer coozy for a tissue box.

Linda King Fergusons surgical cuts yield formal absences. Though reminiscent of Lygia Clark or Polly Apfelbaum, the painting counteracts the joy of the colors with a sloughing off.

Diana Kingsley ’s dairy still life in a pink background. Entitling the work Well-rounded Wives evokes the low-level despair and boredom beneath the surface of a kitchen. Lactose overload.

Jennifer Sullivan features faux glitter vomit on a painted weight scale. Theatrical, humorous and a bit sinister.  From a “revenge body” series — the tableau lives up to the title.

Amy J Kligman ketchup packet still life. Curiously bulbous. Employing immense detail similar to the way Narrett does but much more laconic.

Robert Rhee in Coral uses a spray foam can to create a bizarre yellow foam shape. Rhee discusses “rubber necking” in his artist statement. This could have been another title for my online selection of works — looking at something gross and candid out of habit and curiosity.

Participating artists include:
Linda King Ferguson
Diana Kingsley
Amy J Kligman
Sophia S Narrett
Robert Rhee
Jennifer Sullivan
Kurt Treeby

Ellie Rines is founder of 56 Henry gallery and a director of Ceysson & Bénétière.

For more information: registry.whitecolumns.org

 

featured image: Linda King Ferguson
Equivalence 60, 2016
Acrylic and stain
28 x 28 inches
Courtesy of the artist

 

Alumna Thais Mather Solo Show @ Form & Concept

Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon

November 24, 2017-February 18, 2018

Reckless Abandon Events

Opening Reception | Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm — RSVP on Facebook
Reckless Abandon: A Reading | Saturday, November 25, 2-3 pm — RSVP on Facebook
Reckless Abandon: Performance | Friday, December 15, 5-7 pm — RSVP on Facebook

“I think people are getting these catastrophic feelings, that this is the end,” says Thais Mather. “I don’t believe in that. I think this is a beginning.” The feminist artist’s new exhibition, Reckless Abandon, comes at a time of cultural, political and environmental upheaval. It’s an ideal moment to examine human history from a revolutionary stance—and present urgent questions that can reveal a new path forward. Through a monumental art installation and a series of performances and events, Mather will challenge viewers to abandon patriarchal structures in favor of a transcendent vision for humanity. Reckless Abandon opens at form & concept in Santa Fe on Friday, November 24, 2017, and runs through February 18, 2018.

“I’m really contemplating humanity: how culture began, where we are now, and where that might evolve,” says Mather. Reckless Abandon comprises hundreds of artworks that will fill form & concept’s ground floor, tracing thousands of years of natural and human history. Mather’s explorations for the show started with a series of large, intricate woodblock prints depicting octopuses, snakes, tarantulas and other creatures. These animals were traditionally vilified by humans because their anatomy is so different from our own, and because their consciousness seems alien. “They are considered ‘total others,’” says Mather. “I’m connecting these themes to the ways in which women have been misunderstood and colonized because we are always foreigners in our own land.”

From this departure point, Mather has created a number of large-scale installations that incorporate ceramics, videos, drawings and other media. Reckless Abandon is a culmination of Mather’s artistic experience thus far. She grew up in Santa Fe, and got her degree in printmaking from the University of Montana in 2006. In 2011, she enrolled as an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. There, her focus shifted from technical expertise to conceptual rigor as she studied installation, social practice and critical theory. Prominent feminist artists Faith Wilding and Michelle Dizon became her mentors.

After returning to Santa Fe in 2013, Mather furthered her studies of feminist theory and incorporated what she was learning in the bodies of work Wonder Bitch and The Anonymous Author. She exhibited both series in solo exhibitions in Houston, Texas, but initially struggled to find an audience for her work in the famous art market of her hometown. form & concept Gallery Director Frank Rose offered Mather an exhibition in fall 2016, and she’s been hard at work ever since.

“Thais’ multidisciplinary approach was a perfect fit for us,” says Rose. “We look for artists who are open to crossing perceived barriers between art, craft and design in service of powerful storytelling. Thais combs through eons of visual history, and emerges with imagery that disrupts entrenched narratives.”

Reckless Abandon is Mather’s first major show in Santa Fe, though she hesitates to call it a solo exhibition—at least in a traditional sense. “I feel like the concept of the male genius artist presenting his solo magnum opus is a Greenbergian farce. Everything you create is influenced by other artists, by your mentors, by your relationships, by the music and literature you adore.” Mather says. She’s working with a number of feminist artists to present a series of performances in the space, and also considers gallery visitors to be collaborators when they cross the show’s threshold. The exhibition will evolve through these contributions and interactions, inspiring community members to return multiple times and experience new surprises. Inspired by the magical realist movement, Mather aims to weave moments of enchanting transformation into everyday life.

Reckless Abandon is a call to action, not just for us to treat one another and our planet with care, but also for us to abandon what we think we know, in order to create a life of magic in the next phase of our evolution,” says Mather. The artist will answer her own challenge by donating the proceeds of several artworks from the show to nonprofit organizations that focus on social and environmental activism. “We will have to create the impossible if we plan to survive. So why not use our imagination—a force, which as the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott taught me, is our prime source and mechanism of survival,” Mather says.

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Form & Concept

435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501| 505.982.8111

Alumnus David French “Was/Is” exhibition @ JacksoNewark Gallery

Kristin J. DeAngelis has partnered with JacksoNewark Gallery to curate and present the works artist David French

David French‘s works are fluid gestures, yet frozen in time. But they appear as if it is still occurring. The opening and the show are at JacksoNewark Gallery at 650 Newark Street located inside Urban Consign & Design in Hoboken.

For more information on JacksoNewark Gallery, please feel free to follow on Facebook JacksoNewark Gallery or contact Paul D. Fitzgerald of Urban Consign & Design.

650 Newark Street
Hoboken, New Jersey 07307

Alumnus David French @ The Oakman

Alumnus David French, ’10, will participate in The Art Project at the Oakman in Jersey City, Friday, September 8th, from 6-8pm.

For more information on David’s work, click here.

Alumnus Nicolas Gadbois ’09 @ Todd Weiner Gallery

Left Behind, an exhibition at Todd Weiner Gallery

9/1/17-930/17

115 W 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

An exhibition of surreal oil paintings featuring blank signs and billboards set in eerie landscapes. The work examines the way shifting realities in commerce and industry impact small towns in America. The blank signs are a signifier for empty consumerism.

Current Student Kevin Gilmore Now Represented by Matre Gallery, Atlanta

Current student Kevin Gilmore is now represented by Matre Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. His work will be included in the 22nd Anniversary show.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017 • 7 – 9 P.M.

and/or

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 • 7 – 9 P.M.

Established in 1995, Matre Gallery is the home base for Rob Matre’s dual career as gallery owner and artist/photographer.  The gallery features work by local and national artists that make an immediate impact, connecting the viewer to subjects that resonate. The focus is on figurative and representational paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works.

The gallery recently moved from Miami Circle to a 4,000 square foot space in Buckhead at 2300 Peachtree Road.

Matre Gallery
2300 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.458.2733

Featured image: Summer Nearly Gone, 50″ x 50″, Acrylic and collage on canvas

Cauleen Smith & Beatriz Santiago Muñoz | Whitney Biennial Film Program

Faculty member Cauleen Smith and past visiting artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz will screen films during Whitney Biennial Film program.

For ten consecutive weekends, the Biennial film program will present new moving image works in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater. At once radical and quiet, global and intimate, the selected works explore subjective and affective experiences of the contemporary political and social moment. Reflecting on the urgent themes seen in the exhibition, the film program features some of the most exciting voices working in moving image today.

The film program is organized by Christopher Y. Lew, Mia Locks, and Aily Nash.

Program details and schedule here.

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MFA in Visual Art Alumni—San Diego Exhibition Opens Friday, 11/25

Recent work from eleven MFA in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Writing alumni will be exhibited at the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego, CA. Opening reception on November 26.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the VCFA Visual Art program, artist alumni from around the country are creating regional exhibitions in their communities.

Premiered in GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, the exhibition, Line Align Realign travels to the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego.

Join us on Opening Night—Saturday, November 26, 5-8pm
City Heights Performance Annex
3791 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

The exhibition will also be open on Friday, November 25 and Sunday, November 27 from 12-6pm.

Participating artists include: Irene Abraham, Muriel Angelil, Samantha Eckert, Renee Lauzon, Angela Meron, Fiona Phillips, Barbara Rockman, Michael Ruiz, Sumru Tekin, Terrill Thomas, and Blair Vaughn-Gruler.

Image credit: “Align/Realign I” 2016 by Angela Meron

Winter 2016 Residency Exhibitions

Michael Flint

Michael Flint, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Public Private Collective, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Lana Taliaferro, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Mollie Webster, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Corey Pickett, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

David Kutz

Karen Spears, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Holly Britt, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Nikki Juen, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Samantha Lantz, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda