The Truth is Too Convoluted: Kim Anderson & Caui Lofgren

September 14 – October 14,2012
C. Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

It has been said that the average person lies between 1-5 times a day. Motivated by malice or kindness, whether to survive, protect, hurt, or seduce, we negotiate our relationships through varying degrees of honesty. In light of the many assumptions correlating truth and art, there are those who have come to embrace the flaws, contradictions, and absurdities that upset the façade of our constructed environment. When in 1923 Pablo Picasso proclaimed, “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” he anticipated a later cultural shift.

Responding in different ways to this condition, Caui Lofgren and Kim Anderson employ painting and drawing to reflect on the elusiveness of truth. Taking his cue from mass media, Lofgren assembles new fictions appropriated from the coercively seductive icons of popular culture. Vaguely familiar, Lofgren’s images recall Rorschach’s tests, and appear to slip between multiple biomorphic forms. Photography, once revered as concrete evidence, can now more than ever be easily manipulated or altered. By collecting and reinterpreting found amateur photographs Anderson’s work unravels the minutia dividing what is actual and imaginary in the most seemingly treasured and personal of images.

Kim Anderson, Salome Installation

KIM ANDERSON – Born in San Francisco and raised in Honolulu, Kim Anderson is an artist and educator currently residing in Bradenton, FL. She is an Associate Professor of Art at New College of Florida where she has taught painting and drawing since 2004. Collecting and translating found photographs into paintings and drawings reflects her concern for the influence of photography on our behaviors, conventions, and memories. Her work has been exhibited in cities including Atlanta, Miami, New York, and Sarasota, and has been featured in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and the Drawing Center Viewing Program. She is a recent recipient of the Sarasota Arts Council John Ringling Individual Artist Grant and has appeared on WEDU’s A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins. She holds an M.F.A. from University of Florida and B.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts.

CAUI LOFGREN – Born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in Minneapolis and Northern California, Caui Lofgren received his MFA and BFA from the University of Florida. He is currently the chair of the art program at the IMG Pendleton School in Bradenton, FL and has taught as an adjunct faculty at New College of Florida in Sarasota, FL. His work finds patterns in accumulation where meaning is evoked through hybridization and mutation. A synthesis of the natural and the artificial, symmetrical patterns convey underlying subversive drives, summoning mythical beasts, and eliciting collective obsessions. His work has been exhibited in the Brevard Art Museum, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art Center Sarasota, and galleries in Miami and Sarasota. His drawings have been featured in the last two yearly publications of Manifest International Drawing Annual (6&7), an international juried survey of contemporary drawing.

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too…Remix Edition

January 13 – February 25,2012
A mixed media exhibition to include, drawing, mixed media installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. There will be special live performance art at the opening reception by Working Method Collective.

January 13 – February 25,2012
C. EMERSON FINE ARTS, 909 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too…Remix Edition is a mixed media exhibition to include, drawing, mixed media installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. There will be special live performance art at the opening reception by Working Method Collective.

Artists exhibited: Kim Anderson, Neverne Covington, Gil Demeza, Lew Harris, Regina Jestrow, June Kim, Caui Lofgren, Michael Massaro, Daniel Mrgan, Jason Snyder, Danny Olda

Daniel Mrgan - "You cut a perfect slice", pen, ink, watercolors, colored pencils, 2012

The collective work begins with the relational aesthetic philosophy that the art viewer wants to be more involved in the piece. Realizing that in our current cultural climate much of the watching and looking is now done at home, and that contemporary art can now be something a community of interested people can create or experience together. We like to get the gallery goers involved into the experience in a way that allows some to dive right in and others to tiptoe. We are never bossy, and we never trick people- we just set up the situation and let people engage or not. We have discovered that when this comes together in a way that is thoughtfully semi-choreographed, but elements are genuinely left to chance, a palpable enthusiasm takes over the crowd. We are addicted to creating that enthusiasm.

Working Method Collective: Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton, Christina Poindexter

The group is composed of eight visual and performing artists, each pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University; Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton and Christina Poindexter. Within our personal studio practices each of us maintain a singular and unique voice that relates to our individual backgrounds and research interests. We are painters, photographers, designers, animators, and sculptors. When the group comes together collectively these varied strengths help to create a rich resource of possibilities. Most of our collective work is ephemeral in nature. As a group we enjoy pointing out that the work or the process of discovery, is the place where art happens and the objects left behind are only the remnants of this amazing experience.

The Goods: Weekend News (10.21.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.

NEW!

Interview with Kim Anderson, curator of Material Matters http://bit.ly/oic7dw

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Going to an art opening this weekend? Email us your pics of art openings at info@sarasotavisualart.com


Friday, October 21:

Towles Court, Third Friday Artwalk. Visit galleries, view demonstrations and listen to music. 6-10 p.m. Adams Lane, west of U.S. 301 (south of Ringling Boulevard) 374-1988 towlescourt.com.


Kim Russo: Family, [Opening Night] a solo exhibition at the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts Cornell Museum of Fine Arts

Family (Kitchen), 2011 / Watercolor and graphite / 23 in. x 28-1/2 in.

Kim Russo, department head of the Fine Art department of the Ringling College of Art + Design opens Family, a solo exhibition at the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts. Family is a series of drawings of Florida families with lesbian parents. By representing these families in situations from their everyday lives, my intent is to question the fear and anger that surrounds debates about gay marriage and adoption in America. The final three works are life size drawings on paper that measure 10 x 6 feet. The exhibition will also include smaller studies. For more information visit: http://www.rollins.edu/cfam/exhibitions/future.html


Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert
Opens Oct. 21 in Temporary Exhibition at South Florida Museum

Bruce Mozert

A traveling exhibition featuring more than 40 black and white photographs depicting Bruce Mozert’s innovative work will be showcased in “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert” in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery, Oct. 21, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012. The exhibition is based on a book of the same title created by Gary Monroe and organized by a former curator of the Appleton Museum, Dr. Leslie Hammond. Access to the exhibition is included with general admission to the South Florida Museum.


The Annual Empty Bowls Event, benefiting the Food Bank of Manatee, is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 21 (Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton) and 22 (Main Street in Lakewood Ranch). Enjoy a variety of delicious soups from local restaurants and take home a unique, handcrafted ceramic bowl made by local potters, all for $20. To purchase tickets, call (941) 749-0100 or visit foodbankofmanatee.org


I Dream of Paris, paintings of famous Paris landmarks by Sarasota artist Françoise Mandonnaud Stotts, will be on display at The Alliance Française in the Towles Court Pavilion, 200 S. Washington Blvd. in downtown Sarasota, from October 21 to November 15. An artist reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. on October 21.


Crossley Gallery Exhibit: White Out, [Last Day of Exhibit] Crossley Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail www.ringling.edu


Celebrating the Art of Beverly A. Smith, Jini Mount and Moving Ethos 6 – 10pm, The Celery Barn in Towles Court – Celebrating the Art of Beverly A. Smith , Jini Mount and Moving Ethos / Festival sARTee runs currently with Ringling International Arts Festival. The Celery Barn in Towles Court, 266 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231


Enviro-Art Competition, 6 p.m. Village of the Arts, Bradenton, FL
A celebration for the artists involved in the 2011 enviro-art competition. Tickets $25/per person and include a glass of wine and an appetizer courtesy of Ortygia Ristorante. Those who are not of drinking age and students can get in for a reduced $10 ticket price. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/nVLe3d


Monday, October 24

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Annual Awards Celebration

13th Annual Awards Celebration on Monday, October 24 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Awards Celebration will feature special performances by Sarasota Ballet, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Sarasota Youth Opera. We will be announcing the recipients of this year’s Arts Leadership Awards, John Ringling Towers Fund Invidual Artist and Historic Preservation Awards, Tourist Development/Cultural Arts Grants, and Opportunity Grants. Admission is complimentary.

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Interview with Kim Anderson: Material Matters

sVA had the pleasure of speaking with artist and curator Kim Anderson of Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method, about the show.

Opening November 3, Art Center Sarasota will present a fascinating exhibition in the galleries titled Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method. Given the sheer breadth and depth of each work this exhibition is a must see. Participating artists include: Lauren Garber-Lake, John Westmark, Malaika Zweig, Erika Mahr, Leslie Robison and Jason Mitcham

Malaika Zweig

sVA had the pleasure of speaking with artist and curator Kim Anderson of Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method, about the show.

sVA: What criteria did you use when selecting the artists and/or artwork for Material Matters?

KA: I wanted to show work by artists who push a material or conflate unexpected media, but who also demonstrate a devout investment to the execution of their work. It was important to me that the artists dedicate a significant amount of labor and energy to their work. I also selected artists whose work would be new to Sarasota.

365 Pages by Erika Mahr

sVA: What should the public expect from Material Matters? Do you think this show will appeal to a particular audience?

KA: I believe art has the capacity to reach different audiences for different reasons. I hope that those engaged with the art making process will have an appreciation for the commitment these artists have to the studio, and that others might uncover an unexpected idea for what a painting or drawing could be; an alternative presentation for painting, or how a drawing can be monumental and intimate simultaneously.

sVA: What are some of your expectations for the show? How do you think it will be received?

KA: It is my hope that the individual work supports and enhances the whole. It’s hard to say until everything is installed, so in that sense there are always variables. Some of the work is more nuanced and some bolder. I wasn’t interested in a stylistic thread, yet I am hoping for cohesiveness. What I like about the work is that it reveals itself over time. There is an immediate allure on first impression, but in each of the works the artist presents opportunities for extended contemplation. In terms of how it will be received, that will have to be determined.

Unsettled by Erika Mahr

sVA: As curator of this show, how is this show important to you?

KA: I found just as much of a creative satisfaction curating the show as I get from working in the studio. Curating gives me an opportunity to think differently about my own working process and ultimately how my work might be received.

sVA: How does your work as a curator inform your practice as an artist and vice versa?

KA: I am fortunate to be working with a talented and cooperative group of artists. I think this definitely gives me insight into what a curator is looking for from an organizational standpoint. Most of the work presented in the exhibition is different from my studio practice, and I appreciate the variety of creative approaches each artist pursues.

Jason Mitcham

sVA: How important do you think the discourse of contemporary art is?

KA: I think that is what art is about. Art is about asking questions and engaging a dialog. By challenging or investigating conventions contemporary art helps promote an on-going sense of discovery, contemplation, and understanding. I think these are all important things.

sVA: What role does this work play in our community?

KA: I think that the work is accessible, while it is also challenging in its execution, use of material, or exploration of a concept. I hope that people will feel motivated to begin looking more closely or be invigorated to reengage their own studio practice.

Lauren Garber Lake

The Goods: Weekend News (10.14.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend.

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16.


Openings

Illest of Ill: October 14 (7:30pm) http://bit.ly/qEnT35

Student-run, the exhibition that has become one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Juried by world renowned illustrators such as El Coro, Sam Weber, Jillian Tamaki, Andrew Hem & Josh Cochran.

Illest of Ill

Graphic Studio Benefit Sale: October 14 http://bit.ly/r4IejJ

For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Art Slam: October 15, 2011 http://bit.ly/n7C8d3

The second annual event in downtown Bradenton features hundreds of artists, musicians and performers, site-specific art installations, and interactive art experiences.


Ongoing

Art of Salvage: Sarasota Architectural Salvage http://bit.ly/oye8di

Ringling College Annual Faculty Exhibition: Selby Gallery http://bit.ly/pTQiqv

Y not Women: The Studio at Gulf and Pine http://bit.ly/pinzNA

Ringling Museum of Art:
The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company http://bit.ly/roJwJB
ZIMOUN: Sculpting Sound http://bit.ly/rmeD2l

Fresh Paints: Longboat Key Art Center http://bit.ly/r8GfzZ


Coming This Week

(Part II: Video) Interview with Scott Gerber, Sarasota’s Tube Dude

Material Matters: sVA interviews Kim Anderson, curator of the upcoming Art Center Sarasota Material Matters exhibition November 3 – December 31, 2011


In case you missed it:

(Video) Interview with Scott Gerber, Sarasota’s Tube Dude http://bit.ly/oBNIpq

Feature Interview with Michael Israel http://bit.ly/qoJqlS