Season of Sculpture, Season VII presents “Shared Ground: Eight Artists-Eighteen Installations” by Pamela Beck

This year, Season of Sculpture presents Season VII’s “Shared Ground: Eight Artists, Eighteen Installations.” Eight highly acclaimed artists of regional, national and international renown, will exhibit eighteen large-scale works throughout Sarasota’s beautiful downtown Bayfront Park from November 16, 2013 through May 2014.

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Many of us have memories of climbing over outdoor sculpture as children; we were free to explore and react to the look, sense and impact of a work of art in its ever-changing natural surroundings. Free from the encumbrances of traditional indoor settings, we experienced art in a fresh and approachable way; sometimes serious, sometimes playful, but always visceral and untethered from rules of art protocol and gallery decorum.

If we were lucky, this was our introduction to sculpture- to be fully engaged, curious and physically interactive without restrictions; and this is exactly the opportunity Season of Sculpture offers to newcomers and established fans alike over the course of the next six months.

Season of Sculpture is a local not for profit, 5O1 [c] 3 organization that produces a biennial, international exhibition of large-scale sculptures along Sarasota’s bay front. It’s free and open to the public 24/7. Their mission is to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors. The organization relies on donors, sponsors, volunteers and artists to bring these nationally acclaimed, international invitational exhibitions to Sarasota.

This year, Season of Sculpture presents Season VII’s “Shared Ground: Eight Artists, Eighteen Installations.” Eight highly acclaimed artists of regional, national and international renown, will exhibit eighteen large-scale works throughout Sarasota’s beautiful downtown Bayfront Park from November 16, 2013 through May 2014.

“Shared Ground,” curated by Fayanne Hayes and Andrew Maass, presents sculpture by Heinz Aeschlimann, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Robert Chambers, Richard Herzog, Linda Howard, Jun Kaneko, Jae-Hyo Lee, and Boaz Vaadia. Docent-led tours will be offered, as well as public and student educational programs.

A satellite exhibition of the artists’ smaller works will be exhibited at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune building at 1741 Main Street in downtown Sarasota from January 7th through May 3Oth, 2014.
As the director of public relations for Season of Sculpture, I’ve had the opportunity to ask the artists about their work. A series of brief interviews with them will appear in this column, starting with Boaz Vaadia.

2OO8 Bronze, boulder & bluestone 86"h. x 12O"w. x 8O" d. A/P, Ed. of 5
Asa, & Yeshoshafat with Dog, 2OO8
Bronze, boulder & bluestone
86″h. x 12O”w. x 8O” d.
A/P, Ed. of 5

 

2O13 Bronze & bluestone 91"h. x 36" w. x 36" d. 2/5, Ed. of 5
David, 2O13
Bronze & bluestone
91″h. x 36″ w. x 36″ d.
2/5, Ed. of 5

Boaz Vaadia Bio:

Vaadia was born in Gat Rimon, Israel in 1951; He was a self-taught artist until he could afford to attend the Avai Institute of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1971. He taught himself welding and stone masonry and built his first casting foundry for bronze following his graduation.

In 1975, he was awarded his first, of two, American-Israel Cultural Foundation grants to study in the US, where he has lived and worked ever since, in New York City.

Vaadia’s unique sculptures, either in bronze or stacked bluestone slate, evoke his Israeli heritage in a meditative, contemporary, yet sensual style. His work is permanently sited in numerous public collections, as well as museums and private collections throughout the U.S. including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Time Warner Center, NYC; The Ravinia Sculpture Park, Chicago; the Independence Park, Tel Aviv; and The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL.

PB: How long did you think about this sculpture before working on it?
BV: Most of my sculptures take several years of thought and study before I begin carving.

PB: Who/what are some of your influences, artistically or otherwise?
BV: Mainly ancient stonework, but also sculptors like Michelangelo, Noguchi, and Giacometti.

2OO9 Bronze, boulder, & bluestone 76" h. x 12O" w. x 1OO " d. 1/5, Ed. of 5
Family with Dog, 2OO9
Bronze, boulder, & bluestone
76″ h. x 12O” w. x 1OO ” d.
1/5, Ed. of 5

PB: How do you anticipate that your sculpture will look different in the bay front setting?
BV: As my work is layered I believe it will connect well with the environment, looking as though carved by winds from the bay.

PB: What made you choose to do a work of this size?
BV: My work is based on the human scale, allowing viewers to interact with it in a more personal way. The natural materials I work with also help determine the size of my work.

PB: What is your favorite hobby or pastime other than your art?
BV: Meditation and spiritual studies.

2O13 Bronze, basalt & bluestone 65"h. x 9O"w. x 8O" d.
Maaka & Revaham, 2O13
Bronze, basalt & bluestone
65″h. x 9O”w. x 8O” d.

website:
http://sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org/

Contact:
SusanMcleod@michaelsaunders.com

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela is Public Relations Director for Season of Sculpture and a private art consultant. She co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings, drawings and sculpture at Sotheby’s. She was Communications Director for The Essential Element. Pamela has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

Cat Pennenga Discusses ‘iconcept Fashion Show’ 2012

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, but we talk to the curator first!

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, 2012 at 7pm. Sarasota Visual Art interviews our friend, and this years curator, Cat Pennenga.

Cat Pennenga
Courtesy of Cat Pennenga

Please give us a brief description of what iConcept is.

iconcept Fashion Show is a celebration of local artists working outside of their comfort zone in the medium of fashion. A select group of artists from the Sarasota area are challenged to create ensembles that will walk in a runway show, using non-traditional materials (this year artists are using a variety of materials including recycled grocery bags, wood veneer and latex gloves as fabric). The event also includes a pre-show dance performance by local collective Urban Spiral Dance Group, food catered by the Ringling Picnic food trucks, a raffle, artist boutique, an after-show dessert bar and a special surprise performance that I can’t wait to reveal!

Proceeds from this event benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth and adult education programs, outreach for underserved youth, over 20 all-media art exhibitions annually and culturally oriented public programming.

"Wave- Flora" by Andrea Mihalyffy & Carl Abbott
"Wave- Flora" by Andrea Mihalyffy & Carl Abbott (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How is this event different than other fashion shows?

First, it is more outrageous! Secondly, the participants in this show are fine artists, and not fashion designers. While some are familiar working working with textiles, most are not. Also, this show celebrates each individual artist, as opposed to a whole show dedicated to one designer.

"The Wooden Dress" by Whitley Floyd & Wood Street Studio
"The Wooden Dress" by Whitley Floyd & Wood Street Studio (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How did you become involved with the project?

Two years ago I was asked to coordinate just the fashion show by one of the artists, my friend Stephanie Peters. Because of my experience producing photo shoots and fashion shows for SRQ Magazine, it was a fun extra project for me. This year, when iconcept creator Lisa Berger was leaving her position at the Art Center, she almost canceled the event but instead asked if I would take it over. Luckily Lisa has stayed involved and has been helping me along the way!

by Vicky Randall
Dress by by Vicky Randall (photo by Jenny Acheson)

I understand that you have been in front of the camera from time to time. Do you think that this influences your work as a curator?

Do you mean behind the camera? I pretty much hate being in front of the camera! I do approach almost everything I do from the perspective of “How will this look in photos?”, it is the photographer and editor in me. So that does contribute a bit to the process of seeing how the outfits are coming together, and how strong they will look on stage. My experience organizing complicated photo shoots definitely contributes to my ability to organize the many people involved in this event!

“Mommy’s in the Market for Monet” by Barbara Gerdeman
“Mommy’s in the Market for Monet” by Barbara Gerdeman (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How does this event help contribute to the local arts community?

I think it inspires the artists who are in the show to work in a new medium and with new materials, which invigorates everyone who witnesses the show. Most importantly the event directly supports the Art Center Sarasota, which is an integral part of Sarasota’s arts community.

"Point of Interests" by Stephanie Peters
"Point of Interests" by Stephanie Peters (photo by Jenny Acheson)

How did you go about selecting the artists and what was the driving force behind your choices?

I chose artists that had been successful in the last 3 shows and then I reached out to artists and designers in the community who I thought would bring a creative and unique perspective to the show. We really want every year to be unique from the last, and for the artists to push themselves farther each year.

"DRIFT WOOD DREAMS" by Iris Baranski-Daniels
"DRIFT WOOD DREAMS" by Iris Baranski-Daniels (photo by Jenny Acheson)

What makes this years iConcept different from the previous years?

We are changing the runway layout so it looks and feels more like a professional fashion show, and we are working with a DJ (DjQ of Static Grooves) who will be curating his music to go with the outfits. There is also an after-show coffee and dessert bar in the newly renovated sculpture garden, and a surprise performance by Urban Spiral Dance Group. Also, this year our event emcee is Jaszy McAllister, who has modeled in iconcept for the last two years. So she will bring a unique perspective to the event.

“Cupcake Candy Pop” by Christina Michiels
“Cupcake Candy Pop” by Christina Michiels (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Describe some of the stories behind your favorite pieces in the show.

It is too impossible to pick any favorites, but some of the stories that stand out are: Pamela Sumner created a dress that is inspired by a pile of pencil shavings she noticed in her studio. It is uncanny to see how well she translated this inspiration! Ray Peper created a very intricate ensemble inspired by various Salvador Dali paintings, it has a lot of intellect and humor in it. Stephanie Peters has created an outfit from bubble wrap and photos of areas she and her daughter Raven often go together (Raven will be modeling this dress).

"Pencil Shaving" by Pamela Sumner
"Pencil Shaving" by Pamela Sumner (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Can you give us an idea of some of the materials being used this year?

Recycled plastic grocery bags, recycled newspaper bags, wood veneer, latex gloves, recycled water bottles, edible candy and recycled bicycle tires to name a few.

What’s next for iConcept after this show?

Hopefully the torch can be passed on again and someone new can curate/produce it next year!

Where can our readers find out more information about this years iConcept?

www.facebook.com/IconceptFashionShow
http://artsarasota.dreamhosters.com/iconcept

"Vow Renewal" by Willow Livengood
"Vow Renewal" by Willow Livengood (photo by Jenny Acheson)

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, 2012 at 7pm. Tickets are $75 for VIP front row seats (sold out last year) with special extras; General Admission tickets are $40. The evening includes a red carpet arrival, light snacks catered by the Ringling Picnic Food Trucks, drinks, entertainment by Urban Spiral Dance Company, a unique boutique and a spectacular runway show of avant-garde fashion. Guests are invited to create their own outrageous statements to wear to the event and enjoy the Center’s newly renovated bold and contemporary interior and exterior garden spaces.

A select group of creative and talented artists from the Sarasota area were invited to display their work through the medium of fashion. Witness their creativity come to life in a dazzling runway show. Using mostly non-traditional materials, the artists are challenged to create unique, over-the-top pieces that express their artistic vision. iconcept 2012 will once again blow the audience away with outrageous fashion and creative performances.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth and adult education programs, outreach for underserved youth, over 20 all-media art exhibitions annually and culturally oriented public programming.

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