The Goods: Weekend News (03.16.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events. Sanford Biggers, Ringling Museum, George Carr, Christofer Degrér, Crossley Gallery, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, William Pachner,

Featured Visiting Artist: Sanford Biggers

On Friday, March 30, his newest installation will be available to the public at Ringling Museum. Biggers will also be presenting, “Speaking of My Work” in the Ringling College Auditorium (Free and Open to the Public). We were fortunate to have a discussion with him, and are pleased to share it here.

Sanford Biggers
Of Forests and Trees

Closing – March, 16, 2012 This Crossley Gallery exhibition will feature the most recent bodies of work from George Carr and Christofer Degrér.

William Pachner: Works from the 1960s

Ends March 18 – Ninety-seven year old artist William Pachner has been one of the major forces in the development of the Tampa Bay region’s art scene. This exhibition of Pachner’s work focuses on the important decade of the 1960s.

Prize Weekend Includes Free Events with International Arts Leaders

“Our list of winners includes some of the most exciting artists working today. The Hermitage Artist Retreat could not be more proud or excited about this endeavor. We look forward to an amazing weekend and we hope the community will take advantage of this incredible opportunity to meet and hear these extraordinary people.”

Of Forests and Trees: George Carr and Christofer Degrer

March 13 – March, 16, 2012
Opening on Tuesday, March 13th, “Of Forests and Trees” will run until its closing reception event on March 16th. This Crossley Gallery exhibition will feature the most recent bodies of work from George Carr and Christofer Degrér.

March 13 – March, 16, 2012
Crossley Gallery, 2698 Bradenton Rd. Sarasota, FL

George Carr (Howie in the Hills, Florida. 1990) makes large-scale oil paintings, as well as drawings and watercolors, in the tradition of figurative abstraction. The work in this exhibition attempts to create discord and complexity in images using intense colors, repetitive marks, and fragmented, “all-over” compositions. The paintings serve as a reminder or explanation for the necessity of abstraction itself in the way that they flirt with the idea that one can complicate and fragment even the least descript of scenarios (a simple portrait for example) by simply being aware of the scenario itself.

Christofer Degrér (Malmö, Sweden. 1990) is a sculptor and installation artist working within the tradition of assemblage. For this exhibition, he has taken the simple task of screwing in a light bulb, and exploded the task at hand in order to let us admire the possibilities of distraction. By attaching and manipulating objects and materials such as found wood, chewing gum, lamps, and other common goods, he evokes the cartoonish, yet brutally intricate tedium, of attempting to accomplish even the smallest task when one is left to their own devices and distractions.

The Crossley Gallery invites you to come and see the beauty in difficulty and distraction. The artists have come together, with complication as a common ground, to create a gesture that reminds the viewer how and why sometimes it can be very hard to ‘see the forest through the trees’.

madeby gallery Shows Work of Seven Students

January 19th, 2012
madeby gallery welcomes the new year by hosting its first-ever Student Only show on January 19th, 2012.

January 19th, 2012
madby gallery, Ringling College of Art + Design

madeby gallery welcomes the new year by hosting its first-ever Student Only show on January 19th, 2012. Featuring the artwork of seven students, each unveiling five new works, the gallery is sure to be “radiating with new energy” says Ringling College Illustration major Marcello Mesquita who curates the show.

Fine Arts majors Erin Schweers and George Carr will blend their paintings with the works of Illustration majors Alex Beck, Charles Valeschi, Sishirprithvi Bommakanti, Leah McMacken, and Van Jazmin.

“It is our goal to feature more student artists in exclusive settings so that Sarasota residents have the opportunity to meet these talented artists. Likewise, the students are afforded the opportunity to meet potential buyers and patrons,” says gallery manager Nancy O’Neil.


In addition to regular art openings, madeby gallery offers an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind and limited edition works for sale by Ringling College of Art and Design students and alumni. Details and hours of operation are on its website,

The opening reception for these seven artists will be held at madeby gallery,
734 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Thursday, January 19th, 2012, from 5:00 pm till 7:30 pm.
Everyone is invited to attend. The show runs through January 31st.
For additional information, please contact the gallery at 941-822-0442.