ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 - WestLicht - April 10th - May 25th <p>Since the dawn of human consciousness, our species has been staring in wonder at the cosmos. Early civilizations performed naked-eye observations of the night sky, the development of the telescope in the early 17th Century allowed astronomers like Galileo to learn in increasing detail what wonderful objects the heavens contained. With the creation of photography in the 1830s, astronomers were able to make permanent records of their observations, preserve them over time and share them among their peers. <br /><br />From 10 April WestLicht ventures a glance into the vastness of space. In 150 rare and spectacular photographs, the Museum presents a walk through the history of space photography: from 19th century black and white pictures of comets moving overhead to the first photograph of Earth in front of the dark background of the universe to the colourful images modern high performance telescopes deliver from the depths of our galaxy.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:03:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Rob Brown - Paul Johnstone Gallery - April 24th - May 23rd <p><span style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-size: small;">As the world pauses to remember the Great War, Rob Browns latest exhibition reflects on the torment of battles won and lost and how they influenced our nation.</span> </span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:03:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Karin Broker - McClain Gallery - April 24th - May 31st <p>McClain Gallery&nbsp;is pleased to announce Karin Broker's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The show, entitled "damn girls" presents a selection of new drawings and monoprints as well as hand-etched steel furniture. This exhibition presents the best of the artist's characteristic style, and reveals her growing interest in women's history as well as her steadfast commitment to drawing. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Using cont&eacute; on formica panels, Broker depicts, large-scale bouquets of lush, overripe blooms and singular flowers in the manner of early Dutch masters.&nbsp; Here, the artist's descriptive skill is highlighted through the realistic quality of the flora and rich tonal values, while the incorporation of text, new to her work, forges connections with poetry and the lyricism of script, but also provides a nebulous armature to support the central core of each drawing.&nbsp; The subject matter of the text was obsessively compiled by the artist through researching the names of women and and significant events that span centuries. In re-transcribing factual accounts, Broker questions established hierarchies within popular history, and offers a unique perspective that pays homage to these women. &nbsp;</p> <p>The severity of presenting these histories creates a stark contrast to the more romantic elements of her drawings. The transcription of these names and various details has been compiled into a limited-edition small leather-bound book with seven chapters, each with a forward penned by the artist that directly relates to each drawing. </p> <p>These drawings are shown amongst a domestic-scaled set of steel tables, chairs, and benches.&nbsp; There is a sparseness and austere quality to Broker's installations, fabricated in steel and in a Shaker aesthetic that connects them to the cold hard facts inscribed onto their surfaces.&nbsp;Also included in the exhibition are six monoprints with collaged elements that bring together her distinct romantic style with her mastery in printmaking.&nbsp;Continuing in the tradition of her work, throughout damn girls Karin weaves themes of femininity, beauty, and optimism with severity, gender stereotypes, tragedy, and loss.&nbsp;</p> <p>Karin Broker is the subject of a solo museum exhibition opening in May entitled:&nbsp;"Karin Broker: wired, drawn, and nailed" at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. It will run from May 24 - August 31 with an opening reception on Friday, May 30.</p> <p>Karin Broker has served previous terms as the Department of Visual Arts Chair for Rice University and has been teaching at Rice since 1980. Originally from Pennsylvania, Broker moved to Houston shortly after earning her MFA from the University of Wisconsin and has been living and working in Houston for the past 30 years. Her artwork is in public collections nationwide including Brooklyn Museum&nbsp;of Art, McNay Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Blanton Museum of Art and many others.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:39:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - MOCA Cleveland - April 23rd - April 26th <p>Industrial design, graphic design, and interior architecture students from the Cleveland Institute of Art exhibit their innovative designs throughout MOCA&rsquo;s building in this special collaborative event.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:31:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft - April 19th - June 29th <p>The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft exhibits pavilion design entries for the upcoming Centennial Festival of Riverboats celebration in honor of the Belle of Louisville's 100th anniversary taking place on the Louisville Waterfront from October 14- 19, 2014. In conjunction with this momentous occasion, an international design competition was held for a proposed temporary pavilion designed for festival activities. Architects, designers, and artists were invited to design a small-scale, temporary and multipurpose pavilion.</p> <p>Current Affairs: Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition designs will be on view on the third floor Brown-Forman gallery from April 19th through June 29th. The competition has garnered international attention, with entrants from 16 countries and twenty of the United States. Concentrated on Louisville, the design competition entries provide a unique survey of contemporary design trends from across the globe.</p> <p>A jury of regional business and arts leaders will select and announce the winning pavilion to be used on the Louisville waterfront on June 14, 2014. Visitors to the museum will be able to vote for a special Viewer's Choice Award through June 14th.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:21:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list MAW - Parisian Laundry - May 2nd - June 14th <p>English follow<span style="font-size: small;">s</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> 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mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="font-size: small;">Le collectif Montr&eacute;alais MAW pr&eacute;sente un projet sp&eacute;cifiquement con&ccedil;u pour l&rsquo;espace Bunker de Parisian Laundry. Leurs sculptures, qui interrogent le processus de la cr&eacute;ation, affirment que la fin est in&eacute;vitable et que l'homog&eacute;n&eacute;it&eacute; est le v&eacute;hicule de cette fatalit&eacute;. Les objets et les structures narratives de cette &oelig;uvre ont &eacute;t&eacute; cr&eacute;&eacute;s dans le but d'&ecirc;tre d&eacute;truits. En tirant dessus avec diverses armes &agrave; feu, MAW d&eacute;mocratise ses pens&eacute;es collectives, qui se retrouvent r&eacute;duites au m&ecirc;me niveau d&rsquo;existence. En supprimant ainsi la gen&egrave;se de ces id&eacute;es pour leur conc&eacute;der seulement une fin en ruines, MAW leur conf&egrave;re le m&ecirc;me degr&eacute; d&rsquo;accessibilit&eacute;. Les &oelig;uvres deviennent une effigie monumentale, critiqu&eacute;es de la fa&ccedil;on la plus s&eacute;v&egrave;re par les mains qui les ont cr&eacute;&eacute;s&nbsp;: elles ont &eacute;t&eacute; r&eacute;alis&eacute;es avec soin, aim&eacute;es, d&eacute;test&eacute;es et finalement d&eacute;truites. <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Deflective Skepticism and Critical Plinking</span></em> d&eacute;note une approche ludique des r&eacute;f&eacute;rences en histoire de l&rsquo;art et de la critique. <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Plinking</span></em> est un terme onomatop&eacute;ique du registre des armes qui d&eacute;signe le fait de tirer sur une cible non conventionnelle, comme une boite de conserve. Le jeu implicite sur <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Critical Thinking, en anglais,</span></em> est une transgression &eacute;vidente de la pens&eacute;e critique &eacute;tablie, soulign&eacute;e par l&rsquo;emploi du terme <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Deflective Skepticism</span></em>.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> MAW est une marque. C&rsquo;est en outre une marque corporative, occup&eacute;e exclusivement par des actionnaires dont les parts sont garanties, et qui cherche &agrave; explorer ses propres int&eacute;r&ecirc;ts sous le masque de produits sans visage et socialement utiles. MAW s&rsquo;affirme donc avec audace, fabriquant des cr&eacute;ations personnelles qui ne valent pas leur poids en sous canadiens. Nullement d&eacute;courag&eacute;s, les actionnaires de MAW tr&eacute;pignent d&rsquo;enthousiasme. Collectivement, ils partagent un d&eacute;sir de prospecter le potentiel de la nuance, &agrave; partir des nombreux mat&eacute;riaux qui motivent leur processus. Continuellement, ils s&rsquo;efforcent de pr&eacute;senter l&rsquo;exp&eacute;rience de l&rsquo;inexp&eacute;rience, combinant les principes id&eacute;ologiques &agrave; ceux du mat&eacute;rialisme. Flirtant sans vergogne avec le spectaculaire, MAW choisit de lancer son sens des valeurs haut dans les airs, pour qu&rsquo;il prenne son envol ou s&rsquo;&eacute;crase au sol. - Gabriel Baribeau, Jackson Darby, Max Evans, John Gunner, Craig Spence, Simon Zaborski</span><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> 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#1b1b1b; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="font-size: small;">Montreal based collective MAW presents a site-specific project in Parisian Laundry&rsquo;s Bunker space.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> MAW&rsquo;s process-based sculptures assume that the <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">end</span></em> is inevitable and that homogeneity is the means to said inevitability. The objects and narratives in this work were created with the intention of being destroyed. Through the act of shooting their work with firearms of varying sorts MAW democratizes their collective thoughts by leveling them to the same plane of being, forcing all ideas into an equally accessible scope by not allowing them to have a genesis, but just an end as rubble. The works become a monumental effigy, having been critiqued in the harshest way by the hands that created them, they have been cared for, loved, hated and destroyed. <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Deflective Skepticism and Critical Plinking</span></em> playfully denotes a mode of thought that makes light of art historical reference and criticism. Plinking is onomatopoeic and a standard shooting term, referring to the action and resulting sound of shooting a non-traditional target, such as a tin can. The immediate misnomer when reading the title is a transgression from classically rooted <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">critical thinking</span></em> prefaced with re(de)flective skepticism, a practice within critical thinking.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> MAW is a brand. Furthermore it is a corporate brand, which is occupied exclusively by secured shareholders, and which seeks to explore self-interest under a veil of faceless, and socially valuable product. And so MAW stands brazenly, creating personal fabrications that are not worth their weight in Canadian pennies. Undeterred, the shareholders of MAW revel in excitement. Collectively they share a desire to prospect nuance from the many materials which motivate their process. Continually they pursue to present the experience of inexperience, combining the ideological with that of the material. By colluding with the spectacular, MAW remains shameless, and chooses to hoist their sense of value high into the air to flap or fall. -Gabriel Baribeau, Jackson Darby, Max Evans, John Gunner, Craig Spence, Simon Zaborski</span><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> </span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:03:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Rick Leong - Parisian Laundry - May 2nd - June 14th <p>En<span style="font-size: small;">glish follows</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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</style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; color: #1b1b1b;">Parisian Laundry a le plaisir d'annoncer&nbsp;la nouvelle exposition de l&rsquo;artiste Rick Leong,<em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"> Sleepwalking Daydreams. </span></em><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Sleepwalking Daydreams</span></em> rassemble les plus r&eacute;cents tableaux de Rick Leong, chez lequel de simples paysages acqui&egrave;rent une atmosph&egrave;re subtilement fantastique. Dans une exploration de la relation entre l&rsquo;ontologie et le r&eacute;alisme magique, Leong parvient &agrave; ins&eacute;rer la fiction dans l'exp&eacute;rience du r&eacute;el, par le biais d&rsquo;une imagerie hybride. Cette s&eacute;rie repr&eacute;sente le glissement entre deux &eacute;tats d'&ecirc;tre &mdash; somnambulisme et r&ecirc;verie &mdash; o&ugrave; Leong examine en parall&egrave;le l&rsquo;acte conscient et l'exp&eacute;rience subconsciente. Il invite le spectateur &agrave; plonger dans ce monde particulier, &agrave; travers des repr&eacute;sentations influenc&eacute;es &agrave; la fois par les paysages embl&eacute;matiques de la peinture canadienne, l'animation contemporaine et l'imagerie psych&eacute;d&eacute;lique. Avec une impressionnante ma&icirc;trise du m&eacute;dium et une exquise attention aux d&eacute;tails, Leong suscite un sentiment de s&eacute;r&eacute;nit&eacute; et d'&eacute;merveillement dans chacune des &oelig;uvres de cette nouvelle s&eacute;rie, con&ccedil;ue pour sa quatri&egrave;me exposition solo &agrave; la galerie.<br /> <br /> Rick Leong a obtenu sa ma&icirc;trise en beaux-arts &agrave; l&rsquo;Universit&eacute; Concordia en 2007. Son travail de finissant &agrave; la ma&icirc;trise fut imm&eacute;diatement acquis par le Mus&eacute;e des beaux-arts de Montr&eacute;al, ce qui a d&rsquo;embl&eacute;e affirm&eacute; sa pratique &eacute;mergente. En 2008, Leong fut finaliste au Concours de peintures canadiennes de la Banque Royale, ce qui lui permit d&rsquo;&ecirc;tre expos&eacute; en tourn&eacute;e dans des lieux renomm&eacute;s comme le Mus&eacute;e des beaux-arts du Canada et la Contemporary Art Gallery &agrave; Vancouver. En plus d&rsquo;avoir particip&eacute; &agrave; plusieurs expositions collectives au Canada et dans le monde, Leong a fait l&rsquo;objet d&rsquo;expositions individuelles significatives&nbsp;: son travail a &eacute;t&eacute; expos&eacute; r&eacute;cemment &agrave; la Two Rivers Gallery en Colombie Britannique, la Anna Leonowens Gallery de Halifax, la Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, et &agrave; la Galerie McClure de Montr&eacute;al. Il est repr&eacute;sent&eacute; par la galerie Parisian Laundry. Les &oelig;uvres de Leong font partie de nombreuses collections priv&eacute;es, collections d&rsquo;entreprises et collections institutionnelles au Canada.<br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /></span></span></p> <hr /> <p><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><span style="font-size: small;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> 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small;">Parisian Laundry is delighted to announce <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Sleepwalking Daydreams</span></em>, a solo exhibition by represented artist Rick Leong. The exhibition presents an ambitious array of Leong&rsquo;s signature landscapes and their inhabitants.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> <em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Sleepwalking Daydreams</span></em> is assembled from Rick Leong&rsquo;s representations of the transformation of landscape from the mundane to the fantastical. In an exploration of the relationship between magical realism and ontology, Leong injects fiction into life experience in his hybrid imagery. This series of work represents the slippage between two states of being - sleepwalking and daydreaming &ndash; where Leong questions notions of conscious action and subconscious experience. He invites the viewer to delve into this world through representations that pull from iconic Canadian landscape painting, contemporary animation and psychedelic imagery. Employing a masterful technique and an exquisite attention to detail and complexity, Leong evokes a sense of serenity and wonder throughout his latest exhibition for Parisian Laundry<em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">.</span></em></span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Rick Leong obtained his MFA from Concordia University in 2007. His thesis work was immediately acquired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts affirming his emerging practice. In 2008, he was a finalist in the Royal Bank of Canada&rsquo;s Painting Competition that toured at important venues such as The National Gallery of Canada, the Power Plant, Toronto and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. In addition to having participated in many group exhibitions at different Canadian and international venues, Leong was also the subject of important solo shows at Two Rivers Gallery in British Columbia, Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, as well as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and finally at the McClure Gallery in Montreal. Leong&rsquo;s work is collected widely across Canada.</span><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> </span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Jack Tworkov - ACME Fine Art - May 2nd - June 21st <p>Constellation of a Picture, an exhibition of paintings by Jack Tworkov, will open to the public at ACME Fine Art on Friday, 2 May 2014. A reception will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with SoWa Boston&rsquo;s May First Friday celebration. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, 21 June 2014. A special exhibition preview event to benefit the fellowship program of the Fine Arts Work Center will be held at the gallery on Thursday 1 May 2014. For more information about the preview, the Fine Arts Work Center, or to purchase tickets please see www.fawc.org.</p> <p>This is ACME Fine Art&rsquo;s third solo exhibition of artwork by Jack Tworkov. For this exhibition Gallery Director David Cowan has assembled a group of paintings from 1966 and 1967 that are meant to document and display a very brief but important period in the painter&rsquo;s output that saw him transition from a pure Abstract Expressionist approach to the minimal / geometric mode of expression that became his hallmark during the final fifteen years of his life. The group of paintings from 1966 and 1967 that form the exhibition are tightly connected unknown gems from the artist&rsquo;s estate that -with one or two exceptions- have never been exhibited publicly prior to this exhibition. This suite of eight monumental paintings collectively bridges the formal and painterly gap between the emotionally powerful Abstract Expressionist masterpieces that brought Tworkov to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s and the more quiet, cerebral constructs that became the artist&rsquo;s late career focus in the 1970s and early 1980s, and which formed the basis of his one-man show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1982.</p> <p>The title of the exhibition &ndash;Constellation of a Picture- is taken from Tworkov&rsquo;s own words. In the artist&rsquo;s statement that Twokov made in conjunction with an exhibition at the Gertrude Kasle Gallery in Detroit in 1966, he said: It would appear to be inapt to look at these pictures with the aid of the clich&eacute;s and platitudes that surround the worlds &lsquo;abstract expressionism.&rsquo; There is not much in these paintings that could be understood in such terms as &lsquo;action painting&rsquo; or &lsquo;self-expression.&rsquo; The thematic material is non-formal, non-geometric; but the paintings are composed, self-contained, even understated. (Thematic material refers to the total constellation of a picture in which color, handling, mood, shape is included.) These are large paintings that command the viewer&rsquo;s attention by virtue of their size and scale, and yet they captivate the viewer and hold his/her attention by virtue of the sensitively subtle, and compelling personal intimacy that they evoke. They are a sensual tour de force, and while there are obvious connections between what came before and what came later, seen as a group they are also essentially unique. Two powerful examples are SOUND, 1966 (oil on canvas, 80 x 71&rdquo;) and MALLARY, 1966 (oil on canvas, 64 x 52&rdquo;.) In SOUND, Tworkov created what at first appears to be a singular primal undulating gesture, which, upon inspection, is made up of a multitude of carefully choreographed small gestures that flow collectively &ndash;even dynamically- through the viewer&rsquo;s field of vision, and beyond. MALLARY, was made as the inscription on the back of the canvas states: &ldquo;after a drawing for Mallary sketch #5 P-town Summer 1966.&rdquo; The painting is dedicated to the American Neo-Dadaist / Junk Artist, Robert Mallary, who also was a pioneer of the use of computers in making art. In both of these paintings Tworkov manages to orchestrate scale, gesture, and form, in a grand fashion to catch the viewer&rsquo;s attention and hold it, engaging the head and the heart.</p> <p>Jack Tworkov was born on the cusp of the twentieth century in Biala, Poland, emigrated to the United States in 1913, and went on to become one of America&rsquo;s most important and influential modern artists. Tworkov is perhaps best known as one of the original action painters in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. His arrival at avant-garde Abstract Expressionism as his means of expression came following a perhaps surprisingly traditional education that included study at the National Academy of Design with Charles Hawthorne, at the Art Students League with Boardman Robinson and Guy Pene du Bois, and in Provincetown Massachusetts with Ross Moffett.</p> <p>Although he had exhibited with the Societe Anonyme in New York as early as 1929, and was employed in the easel division of the WPA from 1935 to 1941, significant notoriety for Tworkov did not come until the mid-1940s in conjunction with his exploration of abstraction. Following a hiatus from painting from 1941 to 1945 to support the war effort, Tworkov began exhibiting his abstract work at Charles Egan&rsquo;s Manhattan gallery in 1945. Famous as one of the premiere galleries to exhibit the work of abstract expressionist artists in the early years, Egan also represented Franz Kline, George McNeil, Willem de Kooning and Giorgio Cavallon in the late 1940s and/or early 1950s. Egan mounted annual solo exhibitions of Tworkov&rsquo;s work between 1945 and 1954, and it was during this timeframe that Tworkov developed his mature abstract expressionist voice, thereby establishing himself as one of the few true first-generation abstract-expressionists.</p> <p>Today, Jack Tworkov&rsquo;s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Phillips Collection, to name just a few. The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN have all mounted solo exhibitions of Tworkov&rsquo;s work. Most recently retrospective exhibitions of Tworkov&rsquo;s work have been mounted at the U.B.S Gallery in Manhattan and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Massachusetts.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:45:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - McMichael Canadian Art Collection - May 3rd - June 1st <p>Canadian identity is strongly tied to the North,&nbsp;yet impressions of this vast, remote, and desolate place have largely been formed through the viewing of photography. Nearly two hundred years have passed since photographs of the Arctic were first taken; a history marked by&nbsp;considerable cultural shifts and changes in image making and production technologies.&nbsp;<em>Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada&rsquo;s North</em>&nbsp;brings together images made between 1881 and 2013, revealing an ongoing fascination with the peoples, places, and mythologies of the North. These visual documents reinforce&nbsp;the power of photographs to&nbsp;generate a compelling sense of empathy and reverence for a place that remains far from reach for most people.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:36:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Alyson Shotz - Visual Arts Center - University of Texas - September 27th, 2013 - December 7th, 2013 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:36:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Ben Tolman - The Fridge - May 30th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Opening May 3, 7 &ndash; 11pm, Ben Tolman exhibits 40 new drawings in a series titled Fiction. In these pieces, the artist plays on the view that, through the lens of human perspective, nothing in our found environment and relationships may contain absolute truth. Fiction will be on view through June 1, with a closing reception with the artist in attendance on Friday, May 30, 7 &ndash; 10pm.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Ben Tolman - The Fridge - May 3rd - June 1st <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Opening May 3, 7 &ndash; 11pm, Ben Tolman exhibits 40 new drawings in a series titled Fiction. In these pieces, the artist plays on the view that, through the lens of human perspective, nothing in our found environment and relationships may contain absolute truth. Fiction will be on view through June 1, with a closing reception with the artist in attendance on Friday, May 30, 7 &ndash; 10pm.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">The horizon line is the only static element in these works, creating a continuous series with each piece conjuring radically contradictory environments. Faceless figures are placed in dreamlike situations that alternate between humor and shock. Stance and accessories such as fanny packs and cell phones are their only form of self-expression, leaving the figures vulnerable to onlookers and the narrative the artist builds for them.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">The artist shows differing narratives in each piece based on nostalgia for video games, movies and television; real-world events such as Pussy Riot performances; surreal scenarios like a Terry Gilliam-style disembodied hand squishing an onlooker; and others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">The stories Tolman draws verge on biblical in nature. Sex, violence, worship, death and consumption visit the characters in these scenes in metaphysical and realistic representations. Ominous authoritarian signifiers ranging from policemen to giant demonic bunnies and stark, graphic forms create a sense of tension in works that are at once impervious to and imbued with meaning. In some pieces, graphic patterns such as simple triangles and circles obstruct the viewer&rsquo;s ability to see the full narrative at play, reinforcing Tolman&rsquo;s preoccupation with our Sisyphean search for truth.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">The combined body of work presents a mythology that is rich and dynamic, while the stripped down minimalism in each piece allows storylines to breathe and develop in a way never experienced in Tolman&rsquo;s artworks past. The artist pushes himself to apply never-before-used abstract, graphic and color-rich elements that lend a range to the pieces that feels fresh and insightful.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>About the Artist</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Ben Tolman lives and works in Washington, DC. He received his MFA in 2012 from American University and his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally, including as an exhibited finalist in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This is his second solo exhibition at The Fridge.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Matt Adnate - Metro Gallery - May 5th - June 11th <p><strong>Matt Adnate</strong> will present his recent works including paintings and works on paper.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Michael Johnson - Metro Gallery - April 7th - May 4th <p>A showcase of works by renowned Australian artist Michael Johnson.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Alexander James - Triumph Gallery - April 18th - May 11th <div title="Page 1"> <p><em>The British artist <strong>Alexander James</strong>, renowned for his works portraying ephemeral underwater still-life compositions in the style of Dutch painting of the 17<sup>th</sup> century, moved to Russia in December of 2013. He has moved his London studio to Moscow for several months to work on a new exhibition to be held at Triumph Gallery from April 18 to May 11, 2014.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Alexander James&rsquo;s works cannot be pigeonholed &ndash; they blur the boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture. The labor-intensive process involved in creating each work begins with the formation of complex compositions using natural materials and handmade items, such as specially grown flowers and specially bred butterflies. Placing them in reservoirs of purified water, the artist creates an instant where the elements in the composition are ideally combined and captured as an image by his camera. The surface of the water, for James, becomes a canvas across which he can move his brush, creating an interplay of light on the waves.</p> <p>The natural interplay of the objects, the water and the light creates the effect of a painted canvas: against a black background, the light becomes more striking and vital, and the surface of the water, disturbed by the brush, imbues the image with a rhythm. His technique is a purely scientific process that makes a traditional practice accessible to contemporary audiences, whilst preserving the central thrust or premise. James prefers to keep one of the central elements in the creation of his works a secret, in order to prevent the creative process from impeding the dialogue between the spectator and the work.</p> <p>James never manipulates or processes the image after the photograph has been taken. &ldquo;For me, it&rsquo;s the creation of authenticity that is crucial,&rdquo; says the artist. Despite following the canon of traditional art James creates a unique, modern aesthetic, reinterpreting objects from the surrounding world and affirming the triumph of life over the transient.</p> <p>&ldquo;My life is so intertwined with my art that the process of creation has no beginning and no end. I live according to the principles and in the same way as the Dutch artists of the 17th century. I don&rsquo;t think about the aesthetics &ndash; they are formed instinctively in the process of creation,&rdquo; says James. &ldquo;For me, the combining of sculpture, painting and photography is a way of conveying the idea of &ldquo;vanitas&rdquo; &ndash; the unalterable ephemerality of human existence.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the present time, Alexander James, at his studio at the Red October factory, is preparing a new series of works for his Moscow exhibition &ldquo;Distil Ennui&rdquo;, which will include works in the style of the Pre-Raphaelites, inspired by &ldquo;Ophelia&rdquo; by John Everett Millais and &ldquo;La Jeune Martyr&rdquo; by Paul Delaroche.</p> <p>Previously, Alexander James has moved his studio to Tokyo, Sydney and New York, each time adding an inflection of the local character to his works. The artist has now engaged in a unique dialogue with the Russian space, working with local models, materials and artifacts.</p> <p>&ldquo;Russia is the heart of art and for any artist who has devoted their entire life to art to the extent that I have, only one thing is important: that their art is talked about in historical terms. With that in mind, coming to Russia was a natural step in the dialogue of my work. You can&rsquo;t occupy a worthy position in the context of international art without conquering Russia; for its people, only a life that is packed with art is worthy of discussion, and what a discussion it is&hellip;&rdquo; maintains the artist.</p> <p>_____________________</p> <p><strong>Alexander James</strong> was born in 1967 in London, where he lives and works. The artist has held personal exhibitions in London, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and Paris.</p> <p>Works by Alexander James are in the Moonsoon, Davis Museum (Lisbon), Rothschild Group, DDB Group and Lend Lease Group collections, as well as in the collections of some of the most renowned independent collectors &ndash; Ivor Braka and Tony Dane, who between them brought Francis Bacon to a wider public. More recently, one of Alexander James&rsquo;s latest works, &ldquo;Grace&rdquo;, was sold at auction at Christie&rsquo;s in London in October of 2013.</p> </div> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:17:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list PHILIP HUGHES - Jerwood Gallery - May 3rd - June 8th <p><em>Spotlight </em>is a new series of one-room revolving displays, offering a range of exciting contemporary art for sale. The Spotlight programme at Jerwood Gallery will launch with&nbsp;<em>Philip Hughes: Coastlines</em>.</p> <p><em>Philip Hughes: Coastlines</em>&nbsp;draws upon the rich legacy and continuing artistic vitality of East Sussex and Kent, bringing to the fore new work of the coastal landscape. Hastings and the wider locality has a long history of being a magnet and creative catalyst for artists, a number of whom, such as John Banting, John Bratby, Edward Burra and Jeffery Camp RA are represented in the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art at Jerwood Gallery.</p> <p>For Philip Hughes the relationship between landscape and human history lies at the heart of his work. Across a span of some forty years he has walked in five continents to map out a distinctive, distilled vision of landscape in which topography plays a conspicuous role, as it did for early man in establishing his first sacred sites and ceremonial centres. With such priorities, coastlines have furnished Hughes with many of his classic subjects and for this he has chosen to focus largely on three of these at the extremities of the British Isles. All three incorporate two of Hughes&rsquo; principal themes: walking and a view of the land from above, including the use of maps.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list