Friday, January 29, 2016

Razzle Dazzle @ AIR Gallery

The Razzle Dazzle opening at A.I.R. Gallery was Jan. 7th. Razzle Dazzle is part of "Generations." Generations was first started to commemorate the 25th anniversary of A.I.R. Gallery in 1997, and we are now in our tenth incarnation of the show. The success of this exhibition depends on the strength and quality of the participating artists and we hope to exhibit a broad diversity of artwork created by women. AIR believes that all women artists should have the opportunity to exhibit their work and to enjoy the success of that experience. So I wanted to share with you some highlights from that exhibit.

For those of you who couldn't attend the exhibit, I wanted to provide a real life experience of the night. So, the first three photos are of the drive in. The night was cold, but really beautiful evening. 



A.I.R. Gallery is located at 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn - a section of Brooklyn called "DUMBO" which means Down Under the Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass."  Essentially, this is the space between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. 



The Generations Committee made the entrance way so charming and beautiful. New York members of the AIR Gallery co-op are responsible for organizing and working in the gallery. There are several committees that she can choose. 


here are some of the delightful artworks: 













Sylvia is a NY Artist at the gallery; I loved this chicken so much that I bought it!







Look familiar?

Susan Bee, another NY Artist at the Gallery



A special thanks to the Generations Committee and everyone who helped out! AIR Gallery  (Artists in Residence, Inc.) is a really special place for women artists. It was established in 1972 as the first not-for-profit, artist-directed and maintained gallery for women artists in the United States and continues to be a force in the artworld. For more exhibit opportunities, please visit : http://airgallery.org/opportunities/http://airgallery.org/opportunities/

Friday, January 8, 2016

Up Against the Wall


Tomorrow is the opening of a pretty exciting new exhibit curated by Doug Ferrari. Here's an article from the Red Bank Green website

It’s UP AGAINST THE WALL at a Saturday evening reception, as a special display of sculpture uses the Art Alliance of Monmouth County gallery itself as a crucial component of the work. 
It’s an installation that lends new meaning to the phrase “support for the arts” — as in this case, the Monmouth Street gallery space of The Art Alliance of Monmouth County is often the one thing that’s holding the featured work of art together.
Opening with a public-welcome reception on Saturday, January 9, the exhibit Up Against the Wall features the work of some of New Jersey’s most innovative creators of three-dimensional pieces; displayed in a way that utilizes “no pedestals…instead, the eleven participating artists will use the existing architecture of the gallery either as a source of support, or as an integral component of their work.”
Remaining on display through February 2, this inaugural Alliance exhibit of 2016 spotlights contributions by Fanny AlliéMichael BeneveniaRiccardo BerlingeriMaggie BrownAlison GolderSeunghwui Koo, Brookdales CC’s Marie Maber, Laura Petrovich-CheneyRocco ScaryKatie Truk, and Michael Wiley; an eclectic group whose creations have been seen in parks, libraries, museums, college campuses and even public swimming pools — and whose materials of choice range from steel, wood, fabric, stone and glass to cardboard, found detritus and meticulously folded newspaper.
The exhibit is curated by Douglas Ferrari, a sculptor and collector whose background includes a stint as owner and executive director of one of Monmouth County’s most forward-thinking (and much-missed) galleries: Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, whose old home inside a former olive oil canning plant in downtown Long Branch (and subsequent space on Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue) represented an ideas-factory unlike just about anything seen on the local scene. Still guest-presenting the occasional show under the SICA brand, Ferrari now serves as assistant director of Arts Guild New Jersey, the Rahway-based visual art gallery and learning space that’s just a short NJ Transit train ride from Monmouth Street.
Refreshments will be served during Saturday’s reception, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info on Up Against the Wall, as well as upcoming exhibits and membership opportunities in the Art Alliance, visit the organization’s  or call (732)842-9403.

The  relationship of the works to the wall and architecture of the space is very impressive,  but for me, there was just a predominate sense of texture in the pieces that pulled the show together, as well.  I found most of the work to be tactile and visually charged. Here are some close ups of the work to get a real understanding of what I mean. Come on out Saturday night, 6-9 PM,  and see what I am talking about. There will be a nice reception and a chance to talk to the artists and curator. 









Sunday, December 27, 2015

Getting Ready


I have been in my studio pretty regularly these past few weeks because I am really excited about another solo exhibit coming up:

PIECE BY PIECE
SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
Downtown Campus
Salisbury University Art Gallery
118 N. Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801

Gallery Hours
Wed. - Fri.: 12pm to 5pm
Sat.: 12pm to 4pm
All other times by appointment

Exhibit Dates:
Jan. 15 - Feb. 25, 2016

Opening Reception, Jan. 15, 2016, 5-8 PM

Artist Presentation, Feb. 25, 2016, 5:30 PM

For additional information please contact us at:
410-548-2547

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dec. 22

Celebrating the first day of winter by heading out the beach for sunrise. Here are some of my favorite images.










Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tipping Points

Tipping Points: Artists Address the Climate Crises 
December 8th - February 5th, 2016
Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652-1595
http://www.artcop21.com/events/?category=Visual+Arts

ARTISTS:
Resa Blatman, Diane Burko, Nancy Cohen, Matthew Friday, Mary Mattingly,
Itty Neuhaus, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Joan Perlman, Caroline Rothwell,
Rebecca Smith

On June 23, 1988, James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies testified before a Senate committee that he could state with "99 percent confidence" that a recent, persistent rise in global tem​perature was a climatic sig​nal he and his colleagues had long been expecting. Hansen was willing to say what no one had dared say before. "The greenhouse effect," he claimed, "has been detected and is changing our climate now."

This statement was made 27 years ago and many in the science community believe that we have now passed a critical tipping point in terms of irreversible effects on the planet’s eco systems due to climate change. The Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate  report stated with confidence that precise levels of climate change sufficient to trigger a tipping point, defined as a threshold for abrupt and irreversible change, remain uncertain, and that the risk associated with crossing multiple tipping points increases with rising temperature.

Tipping Points: Artists Address the Climate Crises will take place at Gallery Bergen timed in conjunction with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11th. It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations from all the nations of the world.  http://www.artcop21.com/

In a 2005 article, “What the Warming World Needs Now Is Art, Sweet Art,” Climate activist and author Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, wrote that although we knew about climate change, it wasn’t part of the culture yet. An intellectual understanding of the scientific facts was not enough – if we wanted to move forward and effect meaningful change, we needed to engage the other side of our brains. We needed to approach the problem with our imagination. And the people best suited to help us do that, he believed, were artists.

Artists can use their skills and imagination to address the issue of climate change and work towards this cause is now being seen in unprecedented numbers. The artists in Tipping Points use a variety of mediums including painting, photography, video, sculpture and drawing. Some have been partnering with scientists and environmental organizations. Others have been researching and documenting changes in glaciers and diminishing ice on trips to far northern regions of the planet; including boat trips to the Artic and Antarctic. Some take a more poetic and imaginative approach to confront the seriousness of the issue and single biggest challenge of our time.

Some hope for a technological breakthrough or miracle solution, while others believe that adaptation and fortifications can be built to mitigate harm. Science deniers in the political system clearly have their heads in the sand. The intensity of the power struggle over climate change, believers vs. non believers, has only grown over the years since this 1988 statement by Michael McElroy, Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University: "If we choose to take on this challenge, it appears that we can slow the rate of change substantially, giving us time to develop mecha​nisms so that the cost to society and the damage to ecosystems can be minimized. We could alternatively close our eyes, hope for the best, and pay the cost when the bill comes due."

And in a recent New York Times Dot Earth article: “Year by year, the great transition away from the world’s risky carbon-based path to progress is said to be just around the corner. This year’s Emissions Gap report from the United Nations Environment Program, aiming to energize Paris climate talks next month, was released today with this headline”:
Unprecedented Momentum for Climate Agreement in Paris, But Achieving 2 Degree Objective Contingent upon Enhanced Ambition in Future Years
“The message? You’re doing great, world, but raise your ambition some more and we’ll really get on track toward a safe climate.” – Andrew Revkin, New York Times November 6, 2015
The ambitious and visionary artists in Tipping Points are helping to raise awareness though their ideas and images to reach people on a level that science alone seems to be failing at. They are pointing the way towards new thinking and new possibilities regarding the future of life on the planet.
For further information and images please contact:
Amy Lipton, Curator, Gallery Bergen, alipton1@bergen.edu, amy@ecoartspace.org


Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Sculture Conference in Phoenix

I am back from another invigorating International Sculpture Conference (ISC) in Phoenix.  

The main reason why I went to this conference was to check out the Museum of WalkingAngela Ellsworth , the co-founder of Museum of Walking, is a multidisciplinary artist who lead the 3 hour, 8 mile walk. I loved meeting her, and the other walkers, and talking about this artform  of walking. It was super inspirational and reconnected me with the more performative aspects of my practice. I feel another project is in the works...




I really wanted to meet and network with others who are interested in as walking as an art form. I am so glad that did. As many of you know, I spent three weeks in the Arctic Circle walking (click here for that recap)! Many of the things that I have collected on my walks, have turned into sculptures - tree limbs, boats, plastic bottle caps. There is a real aesthetic appeal in the discarded and overlooked. However, the walk with Angela was about the walk - not the collecting of objects. In that regard, it resembled the hikes on Svalbard (seen below). 




The walk didn't just end with this group expedition. The next day, I hiked Superstitious Mountain to check out the  petroglyphs. 









There were other reasons to visit Phoenix - to see my husband's sister and her husband. They lead us on this amazing hike to the mountains.

Some other highlights of the conference were:

Bentley Gallery:





detail of Rebecca Campbell's Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Rebecca Campbell's Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Gold


Gianfranco Ferré's Collections

Cornelia Parker's Mass (Colder Darker Matter, 1997)

Tom Friedman's Circus, 2006

Alfredo Jaar, The More Things Change, 1990









Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Museum of Arts and Design


So on Monday, I delivered a large 48" x 48" piece to the Museum of Arts & Design for the annual fall gala to be held on Nov. 3rd. Here's a link to the Paddle Auction if you are interested: http://paddle8.com/auction/madmuseum/