Let it Float, an exhibition of new works by Matt Coombs

March 8 – March 31, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

An undergraduate in the Fine Arts Department of Ringling College of Art and Design, the artist recently returned from the New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), where he stopped painting

March 8 – March 31, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Clothesline Gallery presents Let it Float, an exhibition of new works by emerging visual artist Matt Coombs. This is Coombs’ second solo exhibition in Sarasota. His work has also been exhibited in Brooklyn, Harlem, and upstate New York.

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An undergraduate in the Fine Arts Department of Ringling College of Art and Design, the artist recently returned from the New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), where he stopped painting and found a renewed interest in drawing and collage. This shift opened up a new mode of thinking for Coombs, which has found its way back into painting for this new body of work.

“My images explore systems that go unnoticed, and the limits of visual clarity,” Coombs writes in his artist statement, “My paintings and collages are small, but often imply a network of surfaces and sensations that extend the physical coordinates of the image.”

Opening night will feature a variety of original paintings and collages and give guests a chance to meet the artist. Wine is complimentary of Sarasota Vineyard.

Clothesline Gallery, 529 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL
http://clotheslinecreative.com / art@clotheslinetees.com / 941.366.5222

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Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5p.m. / Admission: Free


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SCF Fine Art Gallery to Feature “Petrichor” by Swoon

February 28 – April 3, 2013
SCF Fine Art Gallery, Bradenton, FL

State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery will feature the exhibit “Petrichor” by Swoon in an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

"Petrichor" by Swoon
“Petrichor” by Swoon

Prior to the reception, Swoon will host an artist’s talk at 5 p.m.in the Fine Art Gallery. The SCF Chamber Choir, under the direction of Melodie Dickerson, will honor Swoon with a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night.”

“Petrichor” is the scent of the first rain upon the earth after a long dry spell and derives from the Greek name of the fluid that flows through the veins of the gods. Swoon selected “Petrichor” as the title of her new site-specific installation, which exalts ordinary life as it unfolds.

For the last 14 years, Swoon has been involved in an ongoing exploration of people’s relationships to their environments. The artist’s initial impetus to create interventions in the urban landscape continues to unfold in a variety of ways.

From 2006-2009, she constructed and navigated flotillas of rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers and across the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice, Italy.

Since 2008, Swoon has been working independently and in collaboration with Transformazium, a group of artists and activists, on community-based projects in the town of Braddock, Penn.

She has partnered with the group Konbit Shelter since 2010 for an ongoing project to construct a community center and a home in earthquake-devastated Haiti, bringing her creativity to the reconstruction effort.

Swoon also is currently working on the construction of a musical house called “Dithyrambalina” with the New Orleans Airlift.

In addition to her community-based work, the artist maintains a studio and installation-based practice of drawing, printmaking and the construction of architectural installations and sculptures around the world.

Swoon is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, where she attended the Pratt Institute from 1998 to 2001.

On Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., the SCF Symphony Orchestra will present “Vive la France!” and music by French composers.

Exhibit dates are Feb. 28 – April 3. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed for Faculty/Staff Professional Development Day on March 1. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225.

5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

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Town and Country at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery

January 4 – February 9, 2013
Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, FL

The exhibit features paintings by Brooklyn-based artists Jackie Battenfield and Deborah Brown

January 4 – February 9, 2013
Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, FL

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Town and Country,” January 4-February 9, 2013. The exhibit features paintings by Brooklyn-based artists Jackie Battenfield and Deborah Brown. A reception, with artists, is February 1, 6-8 p.m. The artists will offer remarks about themselves and their works and take questions from the audience. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota.

Deborah Brown, Birds and Bags_2010, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 inches
Deborah Brown, Birds and Bags_2010, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 inches

In her series, “The Bushwick Paintings,” Deborah Brown explores the urban beauty of Bushwick, Brooklyn. “This odd landscape possesses a simultaneous allure and menace that I take as the starting point for my paintings,” says the artist. “Based on what I see, I invent architectural amalgams in which natural forms and man-made structures are woven together in a visual hodge-podge both comical and poignant. I juxtapose candy-colored skies, ghostly out-of-focus imagery, and dark silhouettes. I use inviting, painterly surfaces to depict car salvage lots, forbidding wires, satellite dishes, and video surveillance cameras.” Brown says that her aim is to “represent the social, ecological, and economic collisions at the level of the street. In this sense my work has a political intention: to provoke thought about what is taking place. I invite the viewer to enter an urban dystopia where familiar elements in unfamiliar combinations create a luscious unease.”

DUSK BY JACKIE BATTENFIELD
DUSK BY JACKIE BATTENFIELD

Jackie Battenfield works with watery pigments to “coax pools of paint into translucent veils of color. Anchoring these ephemeral elements are gestural marks, stripes and blocks of color. For the last decade I have focused on the fluidity of water and the natural gestures of plants and trees alongside abstract brush strokes and poured layers of paint.” In her paintings on Mylar for this exhibit, Battenfield images come from her photographs of trees, which she meticulously draws onto translucent drafting film. She then mixes two pigments to an ink-like consistency and shapes each element from a puddle of paint on the film’s nonabsorbent surface. “As this mixture dries, pigments reassert themselves, separating and forming unexpected and distinctive abstract patterns,” she says. “Color is an exploration of relationships between pigments, often arrived at after hundreds of studies. Form is dematerialized and re-assembled as a means of exploring color and the aliveness of a natural gesture made of repeated yet individual shapes. It recreates for me the original intimacy of the experience of looking.”

1288 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

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Part Delusion at Crossley Gallery

October 26, 2012
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College, Sarasota FL

Part Delusion is an exhibition of recent works by Ringling College Fine Arts Alumni Brittney Hollinger 11’ and Sean Pearson 12’.

October 26, 2012
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College, Sarasota FL

Brittney and Sean explore the idea of environments and objects in isolation. Rather than focusing on the notion of isolation as an ending, Part Delusion projects a positive investigation of autonomous environments and the possibilities of interconnection.

Opening night is October 26 from 6-9pm. Come out and join us in supporting our two Fine Art Alumni.

Brittney Hollinger (b. 1988) has recently returned from the Picture Berlin Residency Program in Berlin, Germany, and is now working as gallery assistant at Ringling College’s madeby Gallery. Her work has been exhibited both within the US and internationally including “It’s Not Yesterday Anymore” a group show at UFO Presents curated by Lotte Møller in Berlin, Germany. Printed publications of her work includes, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” written by Dmitry Bezouglov as a Featured Artist in the November 2011 edition of Fashion Week Magazine in Russia, and “Art Takes Miami” in December 2011, in tandem with Scope Art Fair in Miami, Florida. Hollinger continues to actively exhibit in the United States.

Each piece in this series is a sculptural representation of disparate component parts that attempt to exaggerate public perceptions of a private sum. These scenes, though seemingly dissimilar, try to evoke invisible relationships of interconnectivity both physically and emotionally using the physical space and the illustrated space.

http://brittneyhollinger.com/

Sean Pearson (b 1989) Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens as well as AICAD/New York Studio Program in Brooklyn. Sean will be participating in a group exhibition at et al Projects (Brooklyn) with fellow Ringling College of Art and Design alumni Reva Castillenti ’09 in December.

My practice in this instance is an investigation of travel in its potential and extremes, particularly in how a new environment requires that special adaptations take place within the body and one’s culture, bringing about new forms. These drawings are monolithic yet express a sense of mobility, and fluidity. I am interested in the idea of experiencing a monumental form and wondering about the endeavors that must have taken place for its existence.

http://seanrogerpearson.com/

Letters from Brooklyn – #1

Our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A conversation between Daniel Miller and Sean Pearson.

Daniel,

I thought it would be appropriate to start our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 2012 alumnus Kyle Petreycik recently received the 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. His selected piece will be shown at the Grounds For Sculpture Fall/ Exhibition in Hamilton, New Jersey, and he will also be featured in the October 2012 issue of Sculpture Magazine. Some other alumni have received jobs working first hand in the art world. Christofer Degrer, another 2012 alumnus has been co-assisting and organizing events for Kreemart, a company that hosts collaborations between acclaimed pastry chefs and internationally renowned artists. They have worked on projects with Marina Abromovic, Maurizio Cattelan, and Richard Tuttle. Recently he has been working closely with the founder of Kreemart, Raphael Castroriano, in assisting with events for the Annual Whitney Art Party, where they worked with the performance artist Kalup Linzy. So far the amount of activity being generated by alumni is nonetheless inspiring. Many of us came to New York and left our expectations behind and gained new achievements in the process.

Best Regards,

Sean