OCTOBER 7, 2017 – FEBRUARY 4, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
This exhibition focuses on the collaborative practice of Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, who have been working together for over ten years. Producing large-scale sculpture, paintings, and prints, the Mickett/Stackhouse team pushes one another out of their respective comfort zones. Mickett came to the partnership from a background in philosphy, radio, and theater, while Stackhouse followed a traditional visual arts path, with his work having been collected by museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National gallery of Australia.
August 21 – October 28, 2017
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Belgian artist David Claerbout (b. 1969, Kortrijk; lives in Antwerp and Berlin, Germany) has explored the conceptual framework of duration through use of film and digital photography throughout his career. His skilled manipulation of still and moving images appears to capture another dimension of existence, shifting between past and present. The element of sound is critical in many of his works, used as either a narrative device or a “guide” for the viewer to navigate the architectural space in the film. Claerbout’s oeuvre is characterized by a meticulous attention to production details, painstakingly created often over a period of years. The resultant works are immersive environments in which the viewer is invited to engage both philosophically and aesthetically.
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
Art Uptown November exhibit features Evelyn McCorristin Peters’ new paintings, in which she defines her sense of “home.”
Art Uptown, Sarasota
October 28 – November 24, 2017
Art Uptown artist Evelyn McCorristin Peters demonstrates her skill in capturing the essence of widely different realms in her upcoming show, Defining Home. The gallery will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, November 3, at 1367 Main St.
Peters’ work is held in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the Netherlands. She has received awards and fellowships to Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Zion National Park and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She is a member of The Petticoat Painters and serves on the governing board of Myakka River State Park, with a dedication to bringing artists and nature together.
Art Uptown is owned by 29 artists whose recent work will be on display during Peters’ show. The 37-year-old gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 11-5, Friday 11-9, Saturday 11-5, and Sunday 12-5. Telephone: 941-955-5409. www.artuptown.com.
The gallery will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, November 3, at 1367 Main St.