CITY ISSUES CALL TO ARTISTS
FOR PUBLIC ART AT FUTURE ROUNDABOUT
Sarasota, FL: A Call to Artists is underway for the creation of an original landmark sculpture to be placed at a future roundabout at Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard and will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection.
Specific details about the project, including budget, the application process, and selection process are posted atwww.CallForEntry.org
Artists with a proven track record of creating significant outdoor public art commissions, which can withstand the Florida elements, are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2016.
While there is no central theme or stylistic preference for the sculpture, design criteria will help guide the selection of the piece by the Public Art Committee with final approval by the City Commission. Included in the overall design criteria:
The piece should be high quality and free standing
Complement the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout location
Require minimal maintenance (no water features)
Must be an original design
Can be appreciated from a distance (does not draw people toward it)
Must not exceed 20 feet in height
Must not display messages or contain signs, flashing lights etc.
The project budget cannot exceed $150,000.
Artists are required to submit qualifications, digital images and a brief description outlining their initial concept for the project.
Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at: www.SarasotaGov.com
Three finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee will make a recommendation to the City Commission, which will have final approval.
The current timeline for the roundabout sculpture, which is subject to change, is as follows:
Submission Deadline: June 5, 2016
Submissions Review by Public Art Committee: July 2016
Finalists’ Presentations to Public Art Committee: September 2016
Recommendation Presented to City Commission: November 2016
Artist Under Contract: December 2016
Installation: November 2017
Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating this public art project far in advance of the construction of the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout, to ensure the sculpture is ready for installation when the roundabout opens. Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin in Summer 2017.
For more information visit the Call for Entry website: www.CallForEntry.org or contact David Smith, Neighborhood & Development Services General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4175.
Inspired by nature, Dasha Reich’s artworks are abstract interplays of organic shapes and rich-color spectrums that explore the deep intimacy of the world around us. In unique and unexpected ways they will surprise your senses and excite your imagination.
As Dominique Nahas, a New York art critic, wrote:
“The vision of Andrea Dasha Reich is embodied within multi-layered resin works that are hallucinatory amalgamations of an unusually vivid sort. Fresh and singularly inviting while remaining perpetually out of reach, Reich’s dreamscape engenders ecstatic universes brimming with potentiality.”
Opening Night Reception: March 4, 2016
Friday Evening, 5:30-8:30pm. Hors d’oeuvres, Pastries and Fine Wine
Show dates: March 5-April 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00-5:00pm
Alfstad& Contemporary art space is located at 1419 5th Street,
Sarasota, Florida, 34236 in the Design District next to Lolita Tartine.
In recent years, functional ceramics, a medium often shunted into the category of craft, has been accepted into the vast world of contemporary art. The February Ringling Underground features three artists living in Florida and exploring the medium of clay. Jenn Ryan Miller, Sharon Norwood, and Cheyenne Rudolph use ceramics to explore various themes. Their diversity will provide the Ringling Underground audience with a multi-faceted view of contemporary ceramics being produced in Florida at current.
For the first installment of Ringling Underground on February 4, 2016, Cheyenne Rudolph will be performing Lemon-Aider. Cheyenne, who received her MFA in 2014 from University of Florida, is both a ceramicist and performance artist. Her performances utilize subversive functional ceramics to explore childlike assumptions about domesticity and cultural expectations. Cheyenne graciously agreed to participate in an interview to provide the Ringling Underground audience with context about her performance, Lemon-Aider.
Please describe the piece you will be performing at Ringling Underground on February 4.
The Lemon-Aider is an interactive mobile beverage cart, designed as a traveling performance piece to challenge the collective assumptions surrounding gender identity for women. A nostalgic lemonade stand, the Lemon-Aider is a operated by a caricatured retro housewife, whose good intentions are peppered with indecorous insinuations brought on by the mechanics of operating the juicing device. This is not your childhood lemonade stand.
Why did you choose this piece to perform, and what are you hoping from the Ringling Underground audience in terms of participation?
The Lemon-Aider is a friendly piece, highly approachable, and participants come away with a more intimate encounter. The piece is mobile and flexible in how I perform it, as I make lemonade from scratch for one individual at a time. It is more like a conversation with a character than a timed performance in front of a live studio audience. Participants may watch as I demonstrate, or they may interact with me as I make lemonade.
When did you begin combining your ceramics with performance art?
I have a background in theatre, studying it briefly in high school and undergraduate school. As the art objects I made became increasingly ambiguous and absurd in their functions, it was necessary to explain their use. The element of control is important in how I design the work, so it was natural for me to demonstrate, and to essentially take over the use of the objects, so that now, I am the only user. It has blossomed into an engaging way to design and make work.
Where does a piece begin, the ceramics or the concept for the performance?
Definitely the concept is primary. As I have learned to design for my own engagement, I am liberated from making pedestrian-friendly functional objects, so I think of them as actors or overstated props in the performance. I think about whether I will be performing live or through video, which helps in how I design the work. I also think about the installation and visual context of the piece; because it will be informed by its surroundings and my own interaction, the object no longer has to carry the full weight of the concept. I can, in a sense, magnify my visual concept to installation proportions, letting the backdrop, the video editing, or my own script, bring in subtext. I then make the object with my preliminary performance idea in mind. After the object is complete, the performance may go through a series of trials and refinements, and at times, I need to remake the object to better suit the performance needs.
What is the relationship between the ceramics and the performance elements of your art?
The objects instigate, or provide the implications of the performance, yet in their complicated design and retro aesthetic, they draw the viewer in. They are designed to be appealing, as is my own costume, yet while in use, they become a source of absurd subversion. I am picking apart and drawing attention to the expectations placed on me, personally, and on women of a particular type.
What type of influences motivate your art practice?
1950s/1960s kitchen products, Chindogu and infomercials of the 90s/00s, parodies and satire, old SNL skits, calling attention to conventionally accepted, yet unjust paradigms. Lucille Ball, Amy Sedaris, drag performers, theatre scenic design techniques and methods.
Ringling Underground is series of one night only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Courtyard. The artwork is curated by Natalya Swanson and Shannon Fortner organizes the musical performances.
Ringling Underground is always free for college students with a valid college ID. It is an extension of the Art After 5 program held on Thursdays after 5 p.m. After hours discounted admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-17, children 5 and under and Museum Members are free.
Cash bar provided by Modern Events at The Ringling.
Ringling Underground is a rain or shine event.
Share your Underground experiences on social media using the hashtag:#RinglingUnderground
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28 (5pm-8pm)
Art Center Sarasota
“Spectrum” is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists— Jackson Petty, Leah Rosenberg, and Nathan Skiles — within the “context of installations of visual and thematic patterns created by each artist,” says exhibit coordinator Nathan Skiles. The works include new paintings and a textual wall installation by Petty, multicolored paint forms/sculpture and a striped wall work evoking remembered color by Rosenberg, with new collages and a large-scale vinyl wall application by Skiles.
“While each of us looks to visual and logical patterns for inspiration and context, Jackson’s fascination with language and brain games evokes a playful antagonism between the structure of the game and the agency of the player,” says Skiles. “Leah engages the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through color, form, flavor and arrangement, and I mine traditional arts and crafts to find lingering and vestigial meaning laying dormant and hiding in plain sight.”
Art Center Sarasota
707 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, Florida 34236
January 28 – March 05, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28 • 5-8pm
Featuring small-scale, limited-edition prints by the 15 members of this dynamic local artist collective. This is SARTQ’s first all-print exhibition and it reflects their dedication to the medium. The 24” x 30” works are created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Dustin Juengel, the curator of this show and Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions curator says,
“The prints are unified through their common size and framing instead of turning the focus to the diversity of the SARTQ artists and their different printing styles and methods.”
SARTQ members include Elena De La Ville, Larry Forgard, Zachary Gilliland, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Tim Jaeger, Jeffery Cornwell, Cassia Kite, Andrew Long, Noelle McCleaf, Jenny Medved, Daniel Miller, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk, and Natalya Swanson.
7th Annual Print Party!
SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13, 3-7pm
An annual event that gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists. This year’s party will serve as an opportunity for the public to purchase a print created right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ, enjoy music and food while viewing the multiple exhibitions of Art Center Sarasota.
From 3-7pm on February 13, SARTQ will hold its free screen-printing party at Art Center Sarasota. SARTQ’s sixth print party in March of 2015 drew nearly 1,500 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened live by the artists.
“We’re excited to partner with Art Center Sarasota this year for our annual print party,” says SARTQ co-founder, Tim Jaeger. “It’s a natural fit because we can get messy in the classroom and bring people together in the galleries for an entertaining afternoon and evening.”
Once again, each of the 15 artists have created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, pants, scarfs etc., though any item that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — and each print is just $5. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from last year’s event. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event.
SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13 • 3-7pm