August 21 – October 28, 2017
USF Contemporary Art Museum

USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) presents a solo exhibition of video installations and drawings by Belgian artist David Claerbout. Throughout his career, Claerbout has investigated the conceptual impact of the passage of time through his use of video and digital photography.
David Claerbout
David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013
single channel video projection, HD animation, color, silent
© David Claerbout
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York
(video installation on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92601741)
As scholar David Green has explained, “Claerbout’s work subtly proposes a relationship of similitude between film and the objective world that lies outside and beyond the narrative space of cinema. In doing so he poses a set of questions about how we experience film and about the nature of the medium itself.”
Specifically, Claerbout manipulates both moving and still imagery to suggest an otherworldly level of existence, something that might refer to a specific place or event, but the timeline of which is not clear, oscillating between both past and present. The element of sound is critical in many of the works, often 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.
David Claerbout is curated by Margaret Miller; organized by USFCAM.
For more information, please visit the artist’s website.
Further reading, The Silence of the Lens by David Claerbout, e-flux Journal #73 – May 2016.
Claerbout studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1992 to 1995 and participated in the DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence program from 2002 to 2003. Claerbout’s work is included in major public collections worldwide, including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2013); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2012); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011); WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2009); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2007); Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2005). David Claerbout lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.
Friday August 25
6pm, USF School of Music Concert Hall
NY-based critic Christian Viveros-Fauné will speak on the work of artist David Claerbout celebrating CAM’s fall exhibition David Claerbout. American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at this event.
7–9PM, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, September 14
6–8pm, USF School of Music Barness Recital Hall
Watch the Trailer on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/167787802/
Join us for a free screening of this French New Wave masterpiece. USFCAM Director Margaret Miller will lead a discussion with USF faculty about the film and its pertinence to the David Claerbout exhibition, including a short introductory presentation and a post film conversation in the lobby with refreshments.
Thursday, October 5
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, October 12
12pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Thursday, October 26
6–8pm, USF Contemporary Art Museum
Photography students in the USF School of Art and Art History will respond in various ways to the David Claerbout exhibition.
USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Serving as a teaching laboratory, USFCAM’s curatorial and socially engaged initiatives and educational programs are designed to present the students, faculty, and community with current issues of contemporary art practice, and to explore the role of the arts in society. USFCAM publishes relevant catalogues, presents critically recognized traveling exhibitions and commissions new projects by national and international artists. USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprising more than 5000 contemporary art works.
USFCAM Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 1-4pm. Closed Sunday and University holidays
Admission to the Museum is free; however a USF parking permit ($5.00 daily) or pay-per-space parking is required. Please visit our website cam.usf.edu <http://cam.usf.edu/> for parking, directions, or more information on events associated with the exhibitions. Groups and organizations interested in tours should contact USFCAM to schedule at least two weeks in advance. Call (813) 974-4133 for additional information.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM | Institute for Research in Art
4202 East Fowler Avenue CAM 101
Tampa, Florida 33620

Sarasota Chalk Festival by Pamela Beck

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd.

Pamela Beck

Pamela Beck

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For many of us, childhood memories of drawing with chalk on the sidewalk are not very interesting and often the source of conflict. We used chalk to make arbitrary but enforceable boundaries (Your ball went over the line, so now you’re out!); to play tic tac toe (No, you can’t go first until you finally win one, you crybaby.); and to draw pictures on someone’s driveway until the unimpressed owner invariably came out and yelled “Hey you, Picasso. Go find somewhere else to paint your masterpiece.”

If only there had been something like the Sarasota Chalk Festival in our town. Then we might have earned some respect as we honed our artistic skills for possible future festival participation! (Maybe even hothead neighbor would have piped down.)

And respect and admiration is just what’s in the air when you walk around “Circus City, USA,” this year’s Chalk Festival, a bow to Sarasota’s circus history. For ten days, this free festival spans 300-600 South Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square and currently runs through November 6th.

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well-known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd. Standing aloft on a two-story scaffold nearby these artists, was Kurt Wenner himself, the celebrated innovator of this art form. He was directing his own crew of artists from Japan, Germany, Italy and Mexico as they created a complicated, original and beautiful work of visual illusion, premiering a new Wenner technique designed for the festival. This elaborate, massive, intricate piece is a must see for both its extraordinary imagery and eye teasing technique.

Between November 1-6, visitors will be able to step into these artworks and among many options, they can strike a pose with lions, kiss an elephant or perch on a clown’s palm. In this unlikely street setting, experiencing art so directly, surrounded by giggles and cries of disbelief, I can’t imagine that even a killjoy could resist attempting an imaginary balancing act along the high wire painted on the street.

Kurt Wenner’s assistants working on his chalk painting for the 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival. Photo by Pamela Beck

The 2D pavement artists will chalk between November 2nd-4th. Their finished artwork can be viewed November 5th and 6th. And don’t forget to look up as well– painters, spray can and airbrush artists are going vertical, creating artworks on pre-approved private walls around the city. Over five hundred artists are participating in all of these events.

At different times throughout the festival, there are performances of music, dance, acrobats, and street performers, along with special events. The information for all of these can be found on the festival website under “Events.”

To expand on what you learn from your direct chats with the artists on the streets, Clothesline Gallery and Boutique, at 529 South Pineapple, is presenting “Creative Conversations Chalk Festival Series.” In a six-session format, festival artists discuss their work and inspiration with a moderator and the audience. So far, there’s been one interview with Leon Keer from Holland. I like how he described his work: “I never explain my paintings but can say that I am interested in everyday things. I look through old magazines for ideas. I try to paint people’s forgotten stories and encourage others to remember their own stories and retain their memories.”

“Forgotten stories”- one small, beautiful fragment of information like that, helps me see different things in Keer’s work. Henry Darnell is the next artist in this series. He’s up today, November 1st at 7PM.

This festival starts off with a strong sense of anticipation built-in to it. Watching the art being made, you think that its completion will be the cherry on the cake. But along the way, the personal interaction among the audience, artists and the art itself combined with the closing down of the streets for the art, festival guests and visitors, makes the entire Chalk Festival experience an immensely satisfying end unto itself. (Probably like years ago, when the circus village rolled into town.)

At one point, a Swedish family with two girls about ten and twelve years old, stood next to me on the street. We watched the artists chalk on the pavement below us. Soon the mother and I began to talk.

“We wanted to take a vacation with our girls. We knew about Sarasota’s beaches and cultural activities, but when we heard about the Chalk Festival, we thought the girls would love it; so we booked our trip for this week.”

“How have they liked it?” I asked.

“They love the paintings and can’t believe they’re done so well and in chalk. But what my husband and I didn’t expect is the spirit on these streets. Even though everyone is working on their own thing, and many from different countries, it feels like everyone’s connected. It’s very moving.”

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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.


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.


Third Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were “carved in marble.” The artists who compete in the yearly event travel to Siesta Beach from all over the world representing Canada, Holland, The Netherlands, Latvia, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, England and the United States.

In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. The Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

Cost and Time:

Thursday- Monday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., $5 per person and $10 per family (bands are good for all 4 days of the event). Proceeds benefit the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Conservation and Research program.


Siesta Beach parking is limited so parking at Phillippi Estate Park on U.S. Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail) provides shuttle service to Siesta Beach from 8:30 – 5:30pm.

Event Schedule:

Competition takes place Thursday through Sunday, with Monday as a final day to view the sculptures. Other schedule events include
· Live Music on the beach – All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
· Food and retail vendors – Lots of great food from local restaurants!
· Environmental Education by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Learn about sea life and get up close and personal through special touch tanks.
· Quick Sand – Speed Sculpting competitions during the evening – See your favorite sculptor create a work-of-art from a pile of sand in 10 minutes.
· …and much much more

For the full event schedule, visit http://www.crystalsand.org/event-info/event-schedule

Two Doors Down – Works by Jennifer Basile and Bianca Pratorius

February 1 – 26, 2012
An exhibition featuring mixed-media paintings and drawings.

February 1 – 26, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art (Featured Gallery)

Jennifer Basile is a professor of art at Miami Dade College. A this exhibit, she will display eight works from her “Stranger Series.” These works combine traditional drawing techniques with pen, acrylic ink washes, and spray paint with stencils. “The drawings direct the viewer to recognize people who are present and more dominant in importance and people who were physically present but in reality were absent,” says Basile. “The acrylic washes are there to evoke the sense of a stained memory of moments. They’re meant to show the viewer how important human relationships are and how fleeting they can be.”


Bianca Pratorius was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1969. She completed a three-year program at the Holzfachschule Koeln focusing on furniture building and design. She subsequently moved to Miami and now lives and works in the Miami area. Her work is featured internationally in many private and corporate collections, including the Millenium Partners Collection permanently displayed in the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. “The unifying thread through my work has been pattern and repetition, which I explore through simple yet labor-intensive processes,” she says. “The patterns reprensent the perfect analogy for the chaos that surrounds us and the complexities within us.”

No sense of loss - BIANCA PRATORIUSI

The opening reception, with artists in attendance, is February 3, 6-8 p.m.