Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"The Bluegrass Biennial is a juried show open to all artists residing in Kentucky. Held alternating summers in the Claypool-Young Art Gallery on the campus of Morehead State University (MSU), the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of Kentucky’s contemporary art. Becky Alley, Exhibitions and Programs Director, Lexington Art League is the juror." –quoted from show prospectus.
To find out more about applying to the opportunity, click HERE.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
|Image: Tobacco Leaf detail, 1953, oil on canvas by Irene Corey; postcard design by GC Art's own Elizabeth Metcalf|
Monday, February 27, 2012
Some new work from Sculptor Gehard Demetz. A fantastic use of material and process. Originally a wood carving and art instructor Gehard left academia to focus on his work. His technical skill and the amount of work he produces each year is just mind boggling. Make sure to visit his website HERE to see more of his work.
Friday, February 24, 2012
This is an open show. Despite the listing on the exhibition material, my task, to be clear, was to select the awards only. This was still rather tricky - many awards, across 14 categories and with various stipulations. I would like to thank Mrs. Staebell, Registrar and Collections Curator at the museum, for her organizational skills that helped me move through the work with ease and clarity.
All the same, the work was just as wide ranging, and as expected, produced by ambitions and intentionalities that were either abundantly clear, convoluted, or better still, a total mystery. If in doubt, I trusted the work, and that only. I assumed that the decisions were deliberate and did not allow myself to dismiss them to hastiness, chance or convenience. If I had missed it, consider me fooled: I looked for what is actually there, instead of what the artists may think the work is doing. This was essential in selecting the best of show and the best photo, for example, wherein the summation of decision-making presented something uplifting while at the same time not at all having any pretense at that. I felt a lift from these particular works for their belief in that there is still something left unexplored and that we should not yet close the book on their respective genres or attitudes. I have also subscribed to their alternative ideal of presentation: Yes, an image or an observation could be presented in this way, too. These are obviously only but a few examples amidst many engaging awardees, diametrically well-established techniques, craftiness and finish. I wish I could give due feedback to all 40+ of these award winners as well as many other earnest participants, for I was oftmade feel as if each artist or craftsperson in some way or other was speaking to me, directly.
I think that the viewers of the exhibition may walk away with similar feelings. It will be a heavy dose of diverging, if contradictory, pleasures. If you are experiencing the exhibition for the first time, however, I would recommend not to go by my selection alone, nor by the organizers categories, but to consider the various and just as exciting ways of cross-sectioning an open exhibition of this kind. Try, for example, singling out various guilds, formal or informal groupings with similar interests. I would especially highlight all the WKU art students in the exhibition to this end. I was very much receptive toward their work. I had spent time doing studio visits the day earlier talking to this highly promising group. You should look for the works by Maggie Reed, Ebony Marshman, Conor Lewis, Wesley Miller, and Chasen Igleheart (to name but a few), as they offer a counterpoint to those seasoned pros with long-term regional studios in-or-around town. And yet, they are very much in tune of what each group is doing. It is very informative, engaging and really something to celebrate. If any precedent were there to be set, I would hope it is this openness to what rolls ahead.
Enjoy the reception tonight! and more on the show see here.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Lexington Art League is seeking qualified interns for the summer 2012 professional intern program. Ideal candidates for these positions possess the following characteristics:
- Undergraduate student earning a degree in a field related to visual art:
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Strong work ethic
- Positive attitude
- Interested in gaining experience and acquiring knowledge related to all departments of a non-profit visual art organization: development, marketing, events, front-of-house, exhibitions and programs
An orientation and training will be provided for all participants in the professional intern program. LAL interns will initiate or manage individual projects, as well as assist with existing projects of the organization under the supervision of staff members.
Interns at the Lexington Art League do not receive monetary compensation.*
For more information regarding LAL, please visit: www.lexingtonartleague.org.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to Becky Alley, LAL Exhibitions and Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30, 2012.
*if you plan to gain college credit come see me for further details.
Snow drawings made by walking. More images and details HERE.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Ascending Journey Trailer from Vis Center on Vimeo.
Last Thursday I was invited to see the premier of "The Ascending Journey" at UK's Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments by Dr. Brent Seales, UK professor and director of the Vis Center. I first met Brent by playing music together where we attend church in Lexington. Once Brent found out I was a photographer and worked with digital imaging, he began to explain numerous projects they were working on at the Vis Center. One story from the beginning that I remember is Brent explaining how they had developed technology to read text off the inside of ancient scrolls while they were still rolled up. I later began to realize the depth and breadth of his work when I saw "Imaging the Illiad: A Digital Renaissance" on KET in which a team from the Vis Center traveled to the Marciana Library in Vinace, Italy to fully digitize the Venetus A, a Byzantium book over 1000 years old.
"The Ascending Journey" is a documentary following Nancy Clouter's battle against multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. Digital imaging is not a primary part of this film, but rather another aspect of what the Vis Center seems to do well, and that's collaborating across disciples. In this case the Vis Center worked with the UK Markey Cancer Center, the UK Music Department, and the Lexington Philharmonic to tell Nancy's story. (To fill in a little information, Nancy is the principal oboe player for the Philharmonic and a professor in the music department at UK.) Due to her illness, Nancy is unable for a time to play music, but ultimately the story is very encouraging and uplifting as she battles through the disease. I'm quite glad I had the opportunity to see it – and perhaps you may as well in the near future as the documentary is released to the public.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
|Profs. Ratliff, Zakic and Graham, who had just finished the plaster mold activity described in yesterday's blog.|
|Students Devon Stivers and Jen Stephenson enjoying the reception with Prof. Ratliff.|
|Prof. Ratliff with her favorite work from the Winslow show, El Sol Sale Para Todos.|
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Katy Gunn LIVE @ .NO Friday, February 17, 8-9pm
Catch Katy Gunn next week for this intimate gig with new songs and old favorites -- your last chance in NYC before Katy sets off for her next European tour! A resplendent backdrop for the performance, Pia MYrvoLD’s otherworldly digitial imagery (top image) remains on view through March 4.
.NO is located at 251 East Houston Street, btw. Norfolk and Suffolk Streets.
Subway: F-train, Second Avenue–Lower East Side stop.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Fridays 12 pm–6pm, and Saturday and Sundays 1 pm–6 pm.
Press viewings can be arranged prior to the exhibitions. For more information or to arrange a viewing,
please contact the gallery director at (646) 431-2663 or email@example.com
The Community Scholars program is generally a six-week course, meeting once a week, designed to teach community members how to collect, interpret, share, and archive their own local culture. The next sessions will be held in Louisville starting in late February or early March. The courses include field trips, hands-on activities, potlucks, lectures, and homework assignments. To graduate, a Community Scholar must complete a final project and present it to the class. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Hardeman, Folklife Specialist, at 502-564-1792 ext. 4555 or Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/CommScholars.htm
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Research presented to a recent symposium at the National Gallery suggests the painting on the right was made by a copyist in Leonardo's studio at precisely the same time Leonardo was painting the original (at left and at top above). Infrared images of the Prado painting were compared with those from the original and conservators found that the underdrawings were similar – providing compelling evidence that the two works were executed at the same time.
The newly discovered work offers a much fresher version of the enigmatic, captivating young sitter, generally acknowledged to be Lisa Gherardini, wife of the Florentine cloth merchant Francesco del Giocondo. "The work has been in restoration for several months... The conservation process has not been finished. We are going to present the finished painting at the Prado in about three weeks.”
For all of you scientists and art/science people out there, consider the ways in which science helps us to construct and improve our art historical knowledge? This recent revision to the literature is just one example.