SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

POP-UP exhibition featuring works by Irene Garibay, Ava Howard, Ruzica Ivanovic, Celia Garcia Nogales, Sophia Schultz and Sarah Viviana Valdez, curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez.

SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

The work in Second Skin explores tactile interconnectivity. The artists’ ideas have naturally merged by means of interactions with all sorts of materials to define the context of the second skin. These artists have in common an understanding of the body as an entity that expands out its physical contour. Dynamic semiotic materials that form diverse bodies that co-shapes one another. Donna Haraway mentions in When Species Meet that “ … figures have always been where the biological and literary or artistic come together with all of the force of lived reality. My body itself is just such a figure, literally.” She curiously observes the doubleness of our world, where we exist in mundane synergy.

The skin has sensors, consumes experiences, provides a shelter, retains memory, can be subtracted, added or manipulated, changes through time, sheds and regenerates. It interconnects a collection of memories that play an essential role for species when they respond and relate to one another. The final result of this survey is guided through a series of works created with methods that exist outside of the material and transport the spectator and the artist inside the body.

Artists Bio’s:

Irene Garibay (Mexico City, 1991) received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2016 with a trustee scholarship. She is currently working on a grand sculpture for Ringling Collage’s library through the Nancy Markle sculpture grand.

Sophia Schultz is an Anthropology thesis student receiving her B.A at New College of Florida. Born and raised in Sarasota her art focuses on the body as a home for trauma and healing. She works primarily with installations, photography, and video to engulf the audience into a narrative.

Ružica Ivanović comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is currently a senior in Fine Art in Ringling College of Art and Design, with a main interest in sculpture and installation work.

Ava Z. Howard is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and organizer in Sarasota, Florida. She is currently working on her B.A at the New College of Florida, as well as organizing with Nothing Arts Collective. Ava studies and is active in the social sciences and art, and allows these intersections to inform her work.

Celia Garcia Nogales (Madrid, Spain) is a student of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design. She concentrates on printmaking processes and collage.

Sarah Viviana Valdez is a multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator based out of Sarastoa, FL. She received her B.F.A from the Ringling School of Art and Design Fine Art department in 2010.

Artworks:

Celia Garcia Nogales and Ruzica Ivanovic
Dermis
Canvas, wood, projectors and digital video.
(Performance during the opening reception)
In collaboration we have made a video projection piece that speaks about the composition of the skin layers and the hidden events under its superficial tissue.

Ava Z. Howard and Sophia Schultz
‘my home holds me in, and what seeps through’
Canvas, natural dyes, wood, cyanotypes photographs, plants, steel rod, found objects
This piece recognizes the second skin as being one of multiple layers. When descending past the surface it reveals what cannot be seen and what is protected. Remnants of the self, vulnerability, growth, and memory are found within this actualized space.

Irene Garibay
Trozos Alrededor (Slices Around)
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha), hemp string and light bulb.
Trozos Alrededor is a sculpture that intends to reveal fragmented materiality. The sculpture is the space, the sculpture is the smelly body in decay, drying out and cracking.

Sarah Viviana Valdez
Biodegradable Gorget : Prototype I
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha, mycelium chest plate (root of a mushroom), corn stalk, flour, concrete blocks and hemp rope.
This gorget accessory is part of a series of prototypes that biodegrade and merges biology with design. The materials propose a needed identity for me and to our developing counter culture—to establish a true connection to the natural decaying world.

Intra-Figure
Guache, salt water, cold press rag paper

Solace Death: Critter I
Digital Animation 00:00:30 Loop
This animation and painting is part of a series where each figure goes through a stage in death.


Exhibit runs until November 5th
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Saturday (10 am – 4:00 pm)

Art Center Sarasota
www.artsarasota.org
707 N. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-2032

Featured Artist: Karen Arango

Karen Arango is an independent photographer, videographer and black and white gelatin silver printer. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. She also completed the General Studies photography program from the International Center of Photography in NYC.

Shirley by Karen Arango
Shirley, 9, her mother is from Mexico and her father from the United States. Her parents work hard to give her the opportunities they didn’t have at their age. Photo by Karen Arango

Please tell me where you grew up and a bit about your background.

I was born in Colombia, and I moved to the United States when I was 9 years old. My family, parents and two siblings, was in danger because of the war going on in the country, therefore, we immigrated to the United States. When we arrived to this country my parents separated and my mother ended up raising us three alone.

From Abkhazia by Karen Arango
“From Abkhazia” – The mother of an Abkhazian refugee sits in her house in Tbilisi, Georgia while her daughter tell the story of how they immigrated. Photo by Karen Arango

Can you recall the first time you used a camera?

I can’t recall the first time, but I do remember using the old school cameras that my parents had brought with them from Colombia. They were film cameras and I must have been 10 or 11 years old when I got to use them for the first time. All I know is that around 2010 I used a panoramic camera with 110 film, and I took a photo of my brother and his friends while in ROTC in high school, I still have that photo and the cameras with me.

Abkhazian Play by Karen Arango
The Abkhazian refugee mother spends some time with her daughter in the hallway while the other kids of refugees play. Photo by Karen Arango

When did you know that photography was what you wanted to do?

I always loved art, I think almost every child does. I was lucky enough to have an art class at my school in Colombia and my parents had the means to get me art materials. In high school I decided to be an architect, and after doing the AutoCAD program during my junior year of high school I realized that it wasn’t for me. When I decided to study something more unconventional at the time, graphic design some friends and family members would tell me that I would not be able to live out of design or art but I was persistent with it, my mom supported me. I got certified in Digital Design, and after seeing Ringling’s campus and photography program, my boyfriend at the time suggested that I study photography. He would tell me I was very good at it, and I never believed him because he was my boyfriend and I thought he was just saying that. It seems like he knew me well cause since the first day I began studying photography, I fell in love with it.

Xiomara by Karen Arango
Xiomara, 9, her parents are both from Peru. Her mother was deported to Peru when Xiomara was three years old she now only gets to see her mother once or twice a year. Photo by Karen Arango

What are the biggest challenges for you being a photographer?

Self motivation, I think that as an artist I need to keep myself motivated all the time, mostly to do personal work. Then finding a balance between personal and commercial work and keep the spark in my own art. It’s important for me not to let it become an obligation because I’m making money off of it. When your art becomes your means of income it can become dull and you can forget why you started doing it in the first place, but I think that as long as there is a line between commission work and personal work and we stay motivated to do our personal work, then it can be extremely magical.

Helping Brothers by Karen Arango
Brothers help each other get out of the creek in the hills of Dosquebradas, Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

What inspires you?

Life, experiences, family, friends, strangers, light, colors, compositions, music, traveling, love, nature, helping others, making mistakes, taking risks and the unknown.

Melissa by Karen Arango
Melissa, 6, both of her parents are from Colombia. The father left her mother with three kids to raise when Melissa was still a toddler. Photo by Karen Arango

Can you tell me about some of your projects?

I am currently working on a couple of projects. One is the Miss Behave series, which is about young girls born in the US and daughters of Latin American parents. I’m starting to expand on those series.

Another project I am working on is about women who were illegal immigrants and have been abused in the United States, and as a result they were able to get the Visa U. It’s something I just found out about and I think it is extremely important to talk about this. Many women, who have no immigration status, are being abused today and they are scared to say something because they fear deportation.

Water Transport by Karen Arango
A man transports water through the hills of Santa Rosa Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

What is your dream situation? Is this a goal you’re working on, and if so, how’s it going?

Well when I was a child I wanted to be an actress. I’ve always loved performing arts, including dancing. I think everyone who knows me well knows how much I love dancing and every opportunity I have to do it, I take it. Deep inside I still would like to be a performance artist, but in some way I feel that I am connected to it, since I am behind the camera capturing the life performances instead of doing them.

Walk around hen by Karen Arango
A hen walks around a grave in the hills of Dosquebradas, Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

Where can people find you?

People can find me through my website: karenarango.com, I have a contact page where you can write to me. Instagram: @karenarangor, and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arangokarenr. I am currently living between Sarasota and NYC, so if I am not in those two cities then I am capturing a story somewhere!

Upholding Tradition – Tattoo Art of Karl Boardman

September 24 – October 15, 2016
Solid, Sarasota

Ancient as time, modern as tomorrow – tattooing is an age old art form that never stops progressing. Karl Boardman is an artist giving the traditional flash style fresh blood. “I like to pay homage to the history of tattooing,” says Boardman, “I honor the classic guidelines and add my touch.”

Karl Boardman

Boardman is an artist born and raised in Florida. He apprenticed at a shop in San Francisco and recently relocated to Sarasota. He is one of the few tattoo artists in Sarasota who draws in the traditional style. He currently works out of Liberty Tattoo Club. Follow Karl Boardman’s work at www.instagram.com/hellsgnaw/

Closing Reception Party for the current exhibit “Upholding Tradition” is coming up next Saturday the 15th from 6-9pm

SOLID
530 south Orange ave, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Between Zero & One

Alfstad& Contemporary presents the inaugural show of its fourth season, Between Zero and One, a solo exhibition of works by artist Michael Wyshock

Alfstad& Contemporary
September 30 – October 28, 2016

Alfstad& Contemporary presents the inaugural show of its fourth season, Between Zero and One, a solo exhibition of works by artist Michael Wyshock, in which he examines the space that exists between spaces, and how those spaces are altered when objects are realigned in both color and form. The Opening Night reception is September 30th and the exhibit runs through October 28th.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1784124765163903/

Michael Wyshock Painting
Michael Wyshock: Between One and Zero

“Between Zero and One highlights Michael’s intellectual and intuitive color, layering and manipulation techniques,” says Sam Alfstad of Alfstad& Contemporary. “His work is adventurous, showcasing art that displays depth, texture and a refinement that is visually stimulating.”

Opening Friday, September 30 (5:30-8pm)
Live Band, local craft beer and lite bites.

Alfstad& Contemporary
1419 5th St, Sarasota, Florida 34236

OLD FLORIDA a 21st Century Interpretation

Longboat Key Center for the Arts presents Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger and Tom Stephens in an exhibition

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
October 7 – November 11, 2016

Longboat Key Center for the Arts presents Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger and Tom Stephens in an exhibition.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746976118909320/

Longboat Key Center for the Arts will begin their Fall Season bringing together 3  top Florida artists who visually are interpreting the nostalgia, memory and visceral appeal of a Florida that once existed in our history, our community, and in our minds.  Come and experience their “Old Florida” inspirations and interpretations on canvas and with paint.

Tom Stephens Painting
Tom Stephens, Blue Bird, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 84″, 2016

“This exhibit will capture the vibrancy of Florida today interconnected with the intuitive, nostalgic and romantic notions equated to times passed”, stated Director, Jane Buckman of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to exhibit 3 accomplished Ringling College alumni who have stayed in the area while pursuing their careers as working artists. It is a testimony to the conviction of their art to this location as well as the support of our community that keeps them here.”

Joseph Arnegger Painting
Joseph Arnegger, Into the Void

Programming:

  • October 7, 5:30- 7:30 pm Opening Reception 
  • November 9, 6:30 – 8 pm. Closing/ Artist’s Talk Enjoy a moderated discussion with the artists as they talk about their process, point of view, lifestyles and engagement with our cultural coast! Light refreshments will be served.
Tim Jaeger Painting
Tim Jaeger, The Farmer’s Wife, mixed media on glass and board, 2015

RSVP your intention to attend by calling 941.383.2345 or by emailingLBKCA@ringling.edu

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key, FL 34228