Thursday 12 October 5:30pm
The Works, 891 South Tamiami Trail
Free; no reservations required
Each season leading up to the SMOA opening will be an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch- whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation- designed to engage you with the museum’s process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and they don’t want you to miss a moment of its evolution. Take this opportunity to engage with fellow Museum enthusiasts and find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask!”
The Sarasota Museum of Art
Oct 15, 2017 – Jan 21, 2018
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included in Aftermath are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy, and Simon Norfolk.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Thursdays until 8pm
October 11, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art will present a survey of paintings and works on paper by artist Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940). A long-time resident of Tampa and former Professor of Painting at the University of South Florida, Larsen is one of the region’s most prodigious artists. Her work alludes to a range of art historical references, from 13th-century Japanese scrolls, 15th-century Italian painting, to the geometric abstractions of Russian artist El Lissitzky (1980-1941). Her early abstract compositions, such Duccio’s Saint (1988) in the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection, reflect her ongoing formal explorations of experiential time, space, and color. Later figurative paintings, including the recent work Raft (2017), depict ordinary moments and activities—from reading in bed, attending casual dinners, to participating in faculty meetings. Yet, it is her unusual perspective and linear approach to figuration that render Larsen’s unique and genuine reflections of everyday life. The exhibition Mernet Larsen will feature never-before-seen early drawings from her student days, a select group of studies and works on paper, and a survey of paintings from the 1960s to the present.
John and Mable Museum of Art
October 5, 2017 (8PM-11PM)
Ethereal Cosmos engages place, purpose, and the human experience. Joe Loccisano, Rachael Zucker and Kierra Boyd explore notions of self through expressive lines, vibrant colors, and counter-worlds. Surreal yet familiar images invite viewers into personal phantasmagorias which act as platforms to challenge intrapersonal and social relationships.
Finding inspiration in the human experience, archetypal images, and emotions, Joe Loccisano collages found images, gesture drawing and decorative collections to create miniature homes wrapped in dramatic compositions of natural and manmade elements. Joe contrasts the artistic tradition and his openness to experimental techniques through juxtaposing pensive figures and ethereal landscapes within his “Antiquities Cosmologia”. A recent shift to installation creates a new purpose for his intricate drawings, to transform exhibition spaces into places of meditation both personal and collective.
Rachael Zucker composes lowbrow, surreal portraits that focus on the complexities of the femme fatale, arranged within a counterworld in which one experiences the seduction of MOTEK (her pseudonym). Dark ethereal themes occupy most of her work, setting seductive feminine figures into ambiguous, otherwordly environments. Viewers are heavily entranced by the mysterious and vibrant quality of her paintings. Inspired by the mysterious women of contemporary club culture, MOTEK entices the gaze while also making the viewer feel unsettled or impotent. Her work establishes the female figure’s escape from the male gaze and emergence as a warden of her own being.
Kierra Boyd offers monsters as a means to communicate the difficulty of transitioning into adulthood. Kierra considers monsters to be both ethnographic and apotropaic, meaning she uses monsters to represent the culture and customs in which she navigates on a daily basis, as well as repel evil or unsettling emotions. Through a series of myths, composed of unnatural colors and impossible landscapes, monsters become manifestations of Kierra’s emotional exploration focusing on the anxiety she faces in interpersonal relationships and her in own art-making process, providing an understanding of the contemporary coming of age story.
Paintings Explore Factory Farming and Human Implications
Tempus Projects, Tampa
September 30 – November 3, 2017
Tampa nonprofit gallery and organization, Tempus Projects is pleased to present Dysgeusia, a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Ashley Gillam. Slated to premiere to an opening reception on Saturday, September 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and run through Friday, November 3. Dygeusia is the first solo exhibition of Gillam’s work.
Dysgeusia takes its name from a term referring to an alteration or distortion in one’s sense of taste. Appropriately, the exhibition is a series of meditations on sacrifice and the interactions between living beings, humans and animals, vis-à-vis the food industry and factory farming. By way of placing a semi-anonymous human figure in the place of animals enduring the horrors of factory farming, Gillam’s paintings simultaneously implicate the audience while urging empathy. Indeed, the paintings suggest a direct and real relationship between the victim and the viewer, finding an almost spiritual as well as physical, even biological analog between humans and animals.
Based in Tampa, Florida, Ashley Gillam primarily works in painting.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 2017.
Opening reception: Saturday, September 30, 7-9PM
4636 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603