ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Frankie Gould, Diane Hanson, Ross Jahnke, David Scott Smith - Baton Rouge Gallery - May 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:52:21 +0000 - BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art - May 5th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Symposium: The Art of Misdirection</em></strong> is an interdisciplinary symposium examining themes proposed by the multilayered work of <strong>Omer Fast</strong>.The symposium coincides with <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Present Continuous</em></strong></a><em>, </em>the UK&rsquo;s first comprehensive monographic exhibition by Omer Fast, presented at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art until 26 June 2016. Bringing together internationally eminent researchers and practitioners in arts, geography, history, and politics, the symposium will examine themes proposed by the multilayered work of Omer Fast, namely, narrative, truth and memory; ethics, empathy and trauma, digital media and surveillance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>See the full programme &amp; buy tickets: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:59:48 +0000 Stephen Hayes - Elizabeth Leach Gallery - May 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Stephen Hayes</strong>&rsquo; latest collection of oil paintings, <em>In the Hour Before</em>, presents a series of landscapes whose subject matter is pulled from maps and the collective awareness of public tragedies. Including locations like the Bataclan Theatre, where terrorist attacks took 90 lives last November, and the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where domestic terrorism killed nine African American worshipers, Hayes&rsquo; portraits bring an awareness of both place and event to bear in skillful landscape painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Using images readily available on Google maps street view, Hayes mixes the everyday nature of these locales with a beauty of color and texture, creating painterly scenes that provoke quiet meditation on the fragility of life. With canvases of the same size, Hayes' vibrant compositions shed light onto disparate locales of tragedy, be they San Bernardino, Paris or Jerusalem. This equal treatment, with skilled hand and attention paid to the tragic events transpired, enacts a collective meditation on the impulse to move past tragedy and into a place of hope.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stephen Hayes is a painter based in Portland, Oregon. His solo exhibitions include New Paintings at David Richard Gallery (Santa Fe, NM), &hellip;dust at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR) and Figure/Ground Stephen Hayes: A Thirty-Year Retrospective at Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR). His work has also been shown in group exhibitions including Unveiled (Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR), We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR; Shepard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, among others) and More Than a Pretty Face: 150 Years of the Portrait Print (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR). Hayes received the Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2011.</p> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:53:31 +0000 Emilio Lobato - Elizabeth Leach Gallery - May 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Emilio Lobato</strong>&rsquo;s latest series, <em>Twin Feather Meditations</em>, explores the concept of Two-Spirit peoples in which certain native American cosmologies embrace transgender and homosexual members as highly spiritual individuals. The soft-edged shapes forming the bodies of these works contrast the hard-edged geometric abstraction seen previously in Lobato's compositions. Drawing on his experience of being closeted for most of his life, and the personal upheaval of coming out to friends and family, these works mark a personal and artistic shift towards a more intuitive, freer practice of creation for Lobato. He has adopted the symbol, or talisman, of the feather to interject a familiar and deeply personal identity into his previously geometric compositions. Created with monotype printing, chin&eacute;-colle and colored pencil, these works utilize multimedia layering to create depths in both texture and symbol.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Emilio Lobato is a multimedia artist based in Denver, Colorado. His solo exhibitions include Noche y Dia at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR), Mi Linda Soledad: A Retrospective at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs, CO), and Tomando Medida at Andrea Schwartz Gallery (San Francisco, CA). His work has been shown in group exhibitions including Abstracts (William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO), 100 Years of Colorado Art (Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO) and Colorado Abstract (Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO). Lobato's work can be found in collections including the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL) and many private collections.</p> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:53:39 +0000 Julio Bittencourt - Galeria da Gávea - May 5th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:59:35 +0000 Group Show - The Center for Fine Art Photography - May 6th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:57:17 +0000 Group Show - William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art - May 6th 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For Lone Star art lovers (whether native or naturalized) with a genuine hankering for great art with genuine &ldquo;Texas&rdquo; flair, do we have a show for you &ndash; The Tenth Annual <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art!&nbsp; Every year for the past decade, Houston&rsquo;s notable Texas gallery has quietly played host to the state&rsquo;s most significant annual round-up of contemporary Lone Star painters through its acclaimed <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> series.&nbsp; Reaves and Foltz are at it again this year, and open <em>Texas Aesthetic X</em> on Friday, May 6 at their spacious Westheimer location, bringing the city a &ldquo;main event&rdquo; art exhibition and showcasing the incredible virtuosity of twenty-three Texas artists.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This annual exhibition constitutes one the city&rsquo;s most important visual arts encounters with bona fide &ldquo;Texas&rdquo; art works, and offers Houstonians their best opportunity to encounter a splendid sampling from all corners of the state, teeming with iconic Texas imagery and undeniable &ldquo;down-home&rdquo; narrative.&nbsp; As always, the selections in the Texas Aesthetic are unusually strong, engaging, carefully curated to coax out the inner-Texan within us all!&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For the uninitiated, don&rsquo;t go to the <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> expecting the Lone Star fare there to be all cowboys and bluebonnets (although you may find a few excellent examples of each).&nbsp; Part of what the Reaves | Foltz team hopes to achieve in this annual soiree is to illustrate the artistic strength and diversity of subject matter among Texas painters working today.&nbsp; Thus, while the selections in <em>Texas Aesthetic X</em> are mostly representational and landscape centered, prepare to be amazed as the collection takes you well beyond flower-covered hills and into an expansive tour of wonderfully diversified flora, fauna and folklore of the Lone Star State.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Once again, the <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> features the work of the gallery&rsquo;s Contemporary Texas Regionalist group, the talented 16-member ensemble of mid-career painters that call the gallery home.&nbsp; By now, these accomplished artists will be familiar to most fans of Texas art, as they comprise the mainstays of the Reaves | Foltz stable.&nbsp; Members of this group hale from all over the Lone Star state, and their works may be found among the state&rsquo;s foremost individual and corporate collections, as well as in the permanent collections of many of the state&rsquo;s most reputable museums.&nbsp; The Contemporary Texas Regionalists include: &nbsp;Randy Bacon (Albany), Mary Baxter (Marfa), David Caton (Utopia), Margie Crisp (Elgin), Keith Davis (Austin), Charles Ford (Houston), Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth), Billy Hassell (Fort Worth), Lee Jamison (Huntsville), Rob Kendrick (Austin), Laura Lewis (Mason), William Montgomery (Elgin), Noe Perez (Corpus Christi), Jeri Salter (Round Rock), Debbie Stevens (Cypress), and William Young (Palestine).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also back for this year&rsquo;s <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> are the gallery&rsquo;s resident water-colorists, Hunter George and Erik Sprohge.&nbsp; Both George and Sprohge are long-time, award-winning Houston painters.&nbsp; Their colorful and engaging Texas scenes will be familiar to local audiences, as both artists expertly apply the watercolor medium to produce memorable Texas subject matter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to gallery regulars, Reaves and Foltz also take advantage of the <em>Texas Aesthetic</em> venue to showcase an array of talented guest artists, and to introduce their work to the Houston community as well.&nbsp; This year, works will be on view by five guest artists, including: Vera Barnett (Barnett), Fidencio Duran (Austin), Jim Malone (Fort Worth), Robert McCoy (San Antonio), and Craig Mindell (Austin).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Exhibition runs from May 6 through June 26, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 6-8:30pm in which most of the participating artists will be in attendance.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:47:47 +0000 Wilhelm Sasnal - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - May 10th 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">On the occasion of the exhibition, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Wilhelm Sasnal</a>&rsquo; at Hauser &amp; Wirth Z&uuml;rich</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ulrich Loock&rsquo;s recent curatorial project, &lsquo;Raymond Pettibon. Homo Americanus&rsquo;, is on display at Deichtorhallenn, Hamburg, Germany, through 11 September 2016</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:01:54 +0000 Mark Flood - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - May 12th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">View the film <em>Art Fair Fever,</em> Mark Flood&rsquo;s critical and satirical look at the contemporary art world and how art is viewed as a commodity in our culture. The film showcases many artworks that Flood created for the film. Following the screening, Bill <span data-scaytid="1" data-scayt_word="Arning">Arning</span>, organizing curator and Director of <span data-scaytid="2" data-scayt_word="CAMH">CAMH</span>, will discuss the film and art fair politics with David <span data-scaytid="3" data-scayt_word="Breslin">Breslin</span>, John R. <span data-scaytid="4" data-scayt_word="Eckel">Eckel</span>, <span data-scaytid="5" data-scayt_word="Jr">Jr</span>. Foundation Chief Curator, <span data-scaytid="6" data-scayt_word="Menil">Menil</span> Drawing Institute, the <span data-scaytid="7" data-scayt_word="Menil">Menil</span> Collection.</p> <div class="section"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About David <span data-scaytid="8" data-scayt_word="Breslin">Breslin</span></strong><br /> <span>David </span><span data-scaytid="9" data-scayt_word="Breslin">Breslin</span><span> is the John R. </span><span data-scaytid="10" data-scayt_word="Eckel">Eckel</span><span>, </span><span data-scaytid="11" data-scayt_word="Jr">Jr</span><span>. Foundation Chief Curator, </span><span data-scaytid="12" data-scayt_word="Menil">Menil</span><span> Drawing Institute, the </span><span data-scaytid="13" data-scayt_word="Menil">Menil</span><span> Collection. Previously, he was associate director, Research and Academic Program, and associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. </span><span data-scaytid="20" data-scayt_word="Breslin">Breslin</span><span> has organized exhibitions such as </span><em>Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith</em><span> and </span><em>Monet, Kelly</em><span> and </span><span data-scaytid="22" data-scayt_word="co-curated">co-curated</span><em>Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975</em><span>. He has written essays on the work of, among others, Jenny </span><span data-scaytid="23" data-scayt_word="Holzer">Holzer</span><span>, Paul </span><span data-scaytid="44" data-scayt_word="Thek">Thek</span><span>, </span><span data-scaytid="45" data-scayt_word="Valentin">Valentin</span><span data-scaytid="46" data-scayt_word="Carron">Carron</span><span>, and Cady </span><span data-scaytid="47" data-scayt_word="Noland">Noland</span><span>. </span><span data-scaytid="27" data-scayt_word="Breslin">Breslin</span><span> holds a doctorate in art history and architecture from Harvard University.</span></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="top"> <div class="col1">&nbsp;</div> <div class="col2"> <div class="splash_photo"><img title="" src="" alt="" /></div> <div class="link_block"> <ul> <li><a href="">images</a></li> </ul> <div class="relative-wrapper"> <div class="rss-feed"><a href="">Follow us via rss feed <span id="rss-icon"></span></a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col1"> <div class="info"> <h4>Hours</h4> <p>Tue 10AM - 7PM<br /> Wed 10AM - 7PM<br /> Thu 10AM &ndash; 9PM<br /> Fri 10AM &ndash; 7PM<br /> Sat 10AM &ndash; 6PM<br /> Sun 12PM &ndash; 6PM<br /> Closed Monday</p> <h4 class="admission">ADMISSION</h4> <p class="admission">ALWAYS FREE</p> <h4>DIRECTIONS</h4> <p><a href=";source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=5216+Montrose+Blvd,+Houston+TX+77006&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=49." target="blank">Show Map</a></p> </div> <div class="donate"><a href="">donate<br />to<br />camh</a></div> </div> <div class="section"> <h1 class="title">Screening and Discussion: Mark Flood's Art Fair Fever</h1> <p class="big_date">Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 6:30pm</p> </div> <div class="relative-wrapper"> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style event"><a class="addthis_button_expanded" title="View more services" href="" target="_blank">7</a></div> </div> <hr /> <div class="section"> <p>View the film <em>Art Fair Fever,</em> Mark Flood&rsquo;s critical and satirical look at the contemporary art world and how art is viewed as a commodity in our culture. The film showcases many artworks that Flood created for the film. Following the screening, Bill <span data-scayt_word="Arning" data-scaytid="1">Arning</span>, organizing curator and Director of <span data-scayt_word="CAMH" data-scaytid="2">CAMH</span>, will discuss the film and art fair politics with David <span data-scayt_word="Breslin" data-scaytid="3">Breslin</span>, John R. <span data-scayt_word="Eckel" data-scaytid="4">Eckel</span>, <span data-scayt_word="Jr" data-scaytid="5">Jr</span>. Foundation Chief Curator, <span data-scayt_word="Menil" data-scaytid="6">Menil</span> Drawing Institute, the <span data-scayt_word="Menil" data-scaytid="7">Menil</span> Collection.</p> </div> <hr /> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:28:48 +0000 Lee Kit - Walker Art Center - May 12th 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The first US solo museum exhibition of artist Lee Kit (b. 1978) features work from the past five years, including an ambitious 13-channel video installation acquired by the Walker&mdash;<em>I can&rsquo;t help falling in love</em>&nbsp;(2012)&mdash;alongside a newly commissioned site-specific&nbsp;installation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lee creates poetic object-based installations fashioned from everyday materials and household items such as soap, towels, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers, which he transforms through subtle gestures of painting, drawing, and placement. Originally from Hong Kong and based in Taiwan, Lee frequently imparts political commentary in his work through an embedded use of foreign products and English words that reference the omnipresence of market capitalism surrounding Hong Kong&rsquo;s history as a global city living under the principle of one country, two systems. The artist received shortlist nomination for the 2013 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and represented Hong Kong in the 2013 Venice&nbsp;Biennale.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Lee Kit: Hold your breath, dance slowly</em>&nbsp;is made possible by generous support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Franklin Art Works, Aedie and John McEvoy, and RBC Wealth Management. Travel support provided by the Asian Cultural&nbsp;Council.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:14:21 +0000 Anish Kapoor - Lisson Gallery - May 13th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the most influential artists of his generation, Anish Kapoor dedicates his first solo exhibition at Lisson Gallery Milan to stainless steel twist sculptures. Brought together for the first time, these fourteen works&nbsp;cause a torsion of the reflected image and deconstruct the world into abstract shapes. Kapoor&rsquo;s meticulously polished and seamless surfaces skew and morph the surrounding environment and disorient visitors &ndash;&nbsp;providing a lens to view the universe in a different light, where perception is warped and flipped on its side.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:15:41 +0000 Terry Boyd, Carolyn Frischling, Group Show - Carnegie Museum of Art - May 14th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:46:44 +0000 George Bellows - Cleveland Museum of Art - May 14th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div class="field field-name-field-location-details field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even" style="text-align: justify;">Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 011</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-events-info-and-links field-type-ds field-label-hidden" style="text-align: justify;"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field field-name-field-event field-type-field-collection field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-event clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-callout field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even">Centennial Exhibition</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-event-description field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Images of sport and fitness punctuate the career of George Bellows (1882&ndash;1925), an Ohio State University letterman and semipro baseball player turned artist, who is perhaps best known for his gutsy boxing painting <em>Stag at Sharkey&rsquo;s</em> (1909) in the Cleveland Museum of Art. This focus exhibition showcases this masterpiece alongside nearly two dozen of the artist&rsquo;s paintings, drawings, and lithographs. For Bellows, sport and fitness were exhilarating pursuits, and his resultant depictions of skill and rivalry stand as potent symbols for the brash competitive spirit of America itself during the rapidly accelerating Industrial Age.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="ds-1col node node-sponsor-block view-mode-full view-mode-full clearfix "> <div class="field field-name-field-text field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Presenting Centennial Sponsor</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img class="media-element file-media-original" title="" src="" alt="" width="193" height="80" /></td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Supporting Centennial Sponsor</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img class="media-element file-media-original" title="" src="" alt="" width="193" height="74" /></td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Contributing Centennial Sponsor</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img class="media-element file-media-original" style="line-height: 1.538em;" title="HahnLoeser" src="" alt="HahnLoeser" width="194" height="79" /></td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 20px; height: 60px;">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Media Sponsor</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img class="media-element file-media-original" title="" src="" alt="" width="140" height="50" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 07:21:41 +0000 Jiri Georg Dokoupil - Dvorak Sec Contemporary - May 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>DSC Gallery poprv&eacute; uvede J&iacute;ř&iacute;ho Georg Dokoupila</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Světozn&aacute;m&yacute; autor chyst&aacute; pro pražskou galerii premi&eacute;ru zcela nov&eacute;ho v&yacute;tvarn&eacute;ho konceptu.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">S&nbsp;potě&scaron;en&iacute;m si V&aacute;m dovolujeme ozn&aacute;mit, že DSC Gallery přichystala jedinečnou v&yacute;stavu. Pod n&aacute;zvem Furniture for Fotos chyst&aacute; světovou premi&eacute;ra inovativn&iacute;ho v&yacute;tvarn&eacute;ho konceptu mal&iacute;ře, sochaře a kovboje Jiř&iacute;ho George Dokoupila.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dokoupil patř&iacute; mezi nejv&yacute;znaměj&scaron;&iacute; žij&iacute;c&iacute; česk&eacute; autory, jeho d&iacute;la jsou zastoupena v&nbsp;předn&iacute;ch světov&yacute;ch muze&iacute;ch včetně Centre George Pompidou v&nbsp;Pař&iacute;ži, v Neue Galerie v&nbsp;Berl&iacute;ně či The National Museum of Contemporary Art v Seoulu. Jeho tv&aacute;ř a d&iacute;la se pravidelně objevuj&iacute; i na tituln&iacute;ch str&aacute;nk&aacute;ch světov&yacute;ch periodik včetně New York Times či lond&yacute;nsk&yacute;ch The Times.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Po s&eacute;rii bublin, kouřov&yacute;ch obrazů či malbě mateřsk&yacute;m ml&eacute;kem se Dokoupil opět rozhodnul přij&iacute;t s&nbsp;něč&iacute;m, co tu je&scaron;tě nebylo. Pokud jste zvědav&iacute;, s&nbsp;č&iacute;m se rozhodl milovn&iacute;ky uměn&iacute; překvapit tentokr&aacute;t, nenechte si v&yacute;stavu Furniture For Fotos uj&iacute;t. O unik&aacute;tn&iacute; z&aacute;žitek půjde i protože v&yacute;stava bude trvat pouh&eacute; čtyři dny a autor bude po celou dobu v&nbsp;DSC Gallery osobně př&iacute;tomen a v&nbsp;př&iacute;m&eacute; interakci s&nbsp;n&aacute;v&scaron;těvn&iacute;ky.</p> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:44:10 +0000 Stephanie Lüning, Moe Matsuhashi, Lisa Pahlke, Johanna Rüggen, Daniel Rode, Sabine Schober, Benjamin Stölzel - Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden - May 27th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:40:58 +0000 Group Show - Mass MOCA - May 28th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <h4 class="image-field" style="text-align: justify;">MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish remarks, &ldquo;a true state of wonder agitates, mesmerizes, and is almost forcible and shocking. It is a sudden intake of breath, a gaping mouth, a relinquishing of understanding.&rdquo; As commonly used, &ldquo;wonder&rdquo; is sometimes mistaken for curiosity, which centers on the practice of fact-finding and explanation. In&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder</em>, viewers experience a purer state of wonder, a state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">Harnessing the&nbsp;idea&nbsp;of wonder as a thematic metaphor, the exhibition features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/ visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-organized by Markonish and Columbus, Ohio-based artist Sean Foley,&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day</em>&nbsp;was inspired by a course that Foley taught at Ohio State University and a long-running conversation&nbsp;between the co-curators. The title for the exhibition was inspired by the writer Ray Bradbury, who often spoke of the need to retain a sense of wonder:&nbsp;&ldquo;You remain invested in your inner child by exploding every day. You don&rsquo;t worry about the future, you don&rsquo;t worry about the past&mdash;you just explode.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jonathan Allen&nbsp;(London, England) is an artist and writer whose work addresses the magic at play within late modernity. His work has been&nbsp;featured in many exhibitions, live projects, and publications, most recently at Tate Britain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and David Risley Gallery. He is an associate curator at The Magic Circle Museum, London.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jen Bervin&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) is a visual artist and writer whose works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist&rsquo;s eye for the poetic and essential. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and others. Bervin is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lucien Castaing-Taylor&nbsp;and&nbsp;V&eacute;r&eacute;na&nbsp;Paravel&nbsp;(Cambridge, MA) are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists working at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their work has been screened at the&nbsp;AFI, CPH:DOX, Locarno, New York, Toronto, and Viennale Film Festivals, and exhibited at London&rsquo;s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, and the Berlin Kunsthalle. Their 2012 film&nbsp;<em>Leviathan</em>&nbsp;was lauded by critics and won numerous film awards.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jason de Haan&nbsp;(Calgary, Alberta) creates sculptures, drawings, and videos&nbsp;that recognize potential in various unconventional systems, objects, and sets of conditions. Often incorporating non-human forces, temporal shifts, and unforeseen outcomes, de Haan seeks spaces where the invisible, serendipitous, and residual reveal their contingencies. He is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ON.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tristan Duke&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) has a background in photography and has long been interested in optics, visual perception, and optical illusion. Through his work with the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Duke became involved in stereoscopic (3D) photography. Most recently he has been exploring laser holography, and hand-etched holograms.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sharon Ellis&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) is a painter of&nbsp;timeless landscapes that highlight the interplay between a visible world and an equally present, invisible one. Ellis juxtaposes light and dark values, creating new sculptural forms coupled with deep spaces. Her subjects&mdash;taken from nature&mdash;are painstakingly rendered with multiple layers of transparent glazes, resulting in surfaces that are spacious and immaterial. Ellis is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Friedman&nbsp;(Easthampton, MA) makes extraordinary works that explore perception, logic, and possibility. His painstakingly rendered sculptures and works on paper inhabit the grey area between the ordinary and the monstrous, the infinitesimal and the infinite, the rational and the uncanny. His work is often deceptive, its handmade intricacy masked by a seemingly mass-produced or prefabricated appearance. Friedman is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Christopher Gausby&nbsp;(New York, NY) is an artist, calligrapher, and writer who has reinvented the illuminated manuscript form to create book works meditating on philosophy and aesthetics. These works are in the collection of the New York Public Library and the Newberry Library, Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hope Ginsburg&nbsp;(Richmond, VA) creates multidisciplinary works that take the form of live events that explore the images, objects, and spaces that they generate. Her pedagogical project,&nbsp;<em>Sponge</em>, is headquartered at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where she is an associate professor. Her recent&nbsp;<em>Breathing on Land</em>&nbsp;project began at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laurent Grasso&nbsp;(Paris, France) has long been fascinated with the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves, and naturally occurring phenomena. He uses imagery culled from cinema and art history to create works in video, sculpture, painting, and drawing, which set up ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space. Grasso is represented by Sean Kelly, NY, and Galerie Perrotin, Paris.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pierre Huyghe&nbsp;(Paris, France) creates films, installations, and public events that blur the traditional distinction between fiction and reality, revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life. His playful work addresses complex social topics, such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.&nbsp;Huyghe is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The&nbsp;Institute For Figuring&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) engages in science and making, steeped in the belief that ideas presented in abstract terms can often be embodied in physical activities. Founded in 2003 by twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim, the IFF develops exhibits and programs for museums, galleries, colleges, and community groups internationally. The IFF&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Crochet Coral Reef</em>&nbsp;is one of the largest science+art projects in the world.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nina Katchadourian&nbsp;(Brooklyn, New York) creates works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video, and sound, playing with notions of the everyday, humor, language, and nature.&nbsp;Most recently, she was part of the 2015 Venice Biennial, and Chronicle Books published&nbsp;<em>Sorted Books,&nbsp;</em>a celebration of a 20-year long project. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Light&nbsp;(San Francisco, CA) is a photographer focused on the environment and its relationship to contemporary American culture.&nbsp;He has published the archival works,&nbsp;<em>Full Moon</em>&nbsp;(1999), which used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon as a sublime desert, and&nbsp;<em>100 Suns&nbsp;</em>(2003), military photographs of&nbsp;U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Charles Lindsay&nbsp;(New York, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in technology, ecosystems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment, videos, and photographs. Lindsay was the first artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Megan and Murray McMillan&nbsp;(Providence, RI) have been collaborating since 2002. They&nbsp;make interdisciplinary projects that incorporate video, installation, performance, and photography. They often start their process by building large sets in their studio or on location. That set then becomes the stage for video and photographs with choreographed actors who activate the set in a filmed performance.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ryan and Trevor Oakes&nbsp;(New York, NY) are twin brothers who have been engaged in a conversation about the nuances of vision since they were children. They explored their mutual fascination with vision throughout grade school and during college at Cooper Union&rsquo;s School of Art in New York City. Since graduating in 2004, they&rsquo;ve continued their dialogue with their jointly built artworks addressing human vision, light, perception, and the experience of space and depth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Demetrius Oliver&nbsp;(New York, NY) uses prosaic objects such as teakettles, light bulbs, and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas. Both introspective and transformative, Oliver&rsquo;s practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the studio and the gallery.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dario Robleto&nbsp;(Houston, TX) is an artist whose multifaceted practice links careful research with romantic earnestness and conceptual precision with unorthodox fabrication. His sculptures, prints, and wall works combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten, little-known, or as-yet unfamiliar corners of history, art, and science. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently&nbsp;<em>The Boundary of Life Is Quietly Crossed</em>&nbsp;at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rachel Sussman&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) spent nearly a decade developing the critically acclaimed project<em>The Oldest Living Things in the World</em>, researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are over 2,000 years old. University of Chicago Press published the accompanying book in 2014. Sussman has exhibited her work internationally and received numerous awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, and has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, among others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Julianne Swartz&nbsp;(Kingston, NY) works with sound, kinetics, and a range of lo-tech materials to make sculpture, installations, and photographs. Often using optics, magnetism, and the concepts of space and time in her body of work, her installations invite attentive visitors to slow down and sharpen their senses. She is represented by Jos&eacute;e Bienvenu Gallery, NY, and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chris Taylor&nbsp;(Providence, RI) exploits the friction generated within a material and process that is a production of convention, tradition, and history. Particularly examining glass, Taylor has learned to blow it upside down and also reproduced a 16th-century Venetian goblet, whose technique was lost for over 500&nbsp;years, which he planted next to the original in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fred Tomaselli&nbsp;(New York, NY) draws upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions to create works that explode with mesmerizing patterns through the layering of resin, pharmaceuticals, and organic materials. More recently he has been transforming the front page of&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;with gouache and collage. For&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day,</em>&nbsp;Tomaselli shows an historic sculptural work from the late 1980s. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">About the Catalog<br />Accompanying the exhibition will be a comprehensive catalog that will, for the first time, gather contributors from diverse fields to investigate this elusive topic and unite them through contemporary art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The book will consist of essays on the history of wonder; wonder and psychology; and literature, science, and unusual natural and paranormal phenomena; as well as in-depth artist interviews and special artist projects. Contributors to the catalogue include: Lawrence Weschler (author of creative nonfiction), Kay Redfield Jamison (clinical psychologist and author), Maria Popova (writer and blogger at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), Barbara Maria Stafford (art historian), Jill Tarter (astronomer and former director of the Center for SETI Research), Robin Ince (comedian and co-host of BBC radio&rsquo;s The Infinite Monkey Cage), Stefan Sagmeister (graphic designer), Mary Ruefle (poet), Sam Green (filmmaker of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Measure of All Things</a></em>), Steve Holmes (curator), and the exhibition curators. The catalog will be edited by Markonish and co-published by Prestel.</p> <p class="sponsor-field" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Artist&rsquo;s Resource Trust, with additional support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:32:07 +0000