The Allure of Collage at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

November 14 – December 29, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota FL

The exhibit features mixed-media work by Leslie Fry, Joan Giordano, Brian Haverlock, Tom Judd, Mario Naves, Neltje, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Erika Lawlor Schmidt and Josette Urso

November 14 – December 29, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota FL

A reception, with artists, is December 14, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit features mixed-media work by Leslie Fry, (St. Petersburg), Joan Giordano (New York), Brian Haverlock (Montclair, N.J.), Tom Judd (Philadelphia), Mario Naves (New York), Neltje ( Banner, WY), Gustavo Ramos Rivera (San Francisco), Erika Lawlor Schmidt (Pawlet, VT )and Josette Urso (New York).

Former Ringling College instructor Brian Haverlock holds an M.A. in theology from Washington Theological Union, as well as a B.F.A. in painting from East Carolina University. He is currently enrolled at Montclair State University’s MFA program. Haverlock is a 2007-08 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, among other awards, and his works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Haverlock’s work expresses recalled memories and sensitive reflections of events, situations and individuals he has met, known, or experienced. Using as inspiration the initial manifestation of mechanized art daguerreotypes, the artist incorporates those earlier vocabularies as he combines with precise drawing techniques pencil the images and visual syntax of a uniquely recombined and delightfully innocent vision of reality into miniature artworks. Haverlock’s images delight and surprise the viewer with their grandeur and often poignant simplicity and visual complexity.

Leslie Fry‘s sculpture and works on paper have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Fry says that her works on paper begin “by pressing a plant into paper and seeing what grows from that. These images express moments of wholeness created out of fragmentation.”

Joan Giordano has enjoyed nearly 30 solo shows and has taken part in countless group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was invited to create installations at the First International Women Artists Biennale in Korea; the Sofia Paper Biennial in Bulgaria, and the Sosabeol International Art Expo Flame Show, 2011. Of her work, the esteemed art critic, Joan Altabe, wrote: “In Giordano’s hands, paper—the marble of modern sculpture—ranges beyond history, past prehistory, back to places of legend where paintings had magical function.”

Allure of Collage: I Work Like a River by Neltje

The artist Neltje says she strives “to make the sensed visible, to balance the interior reality of passion with the external condition of form.” Since 1985, she says, her life has been her artwork. “I create because I am driven to define moments, emotional responses to the natural world, and the chaos that seems to be life’s breath. My senses live on red alert. All of them. I am sustained by, obsessed with, my soul filled to brimming virtually daily, by the grand, the infinitesimal, the lightest and the darkest of images and insights. My passions fierce and demanding enforce me to forge a whole of reverie and reality. I paint.”

Tom Judd first exhibited his art work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where, at 25, he was included in a survey show entitled, “Contemporary Drawing: Philadelphia,” curated by Ann Percy and Frank Goodyear. The museum purchased a work from that exhibit for their permanent collection. Judd went on to exhibit his work in distinguished commercial galleries. In the 90’s, Judd had a 10-year retrospect at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Judd has also participated in many public art projects, including a billboard next to an interstate 76 in Philadelphia ; and a 70-foot chalk drawing in Salt Lake City in 1997.

Mario Naves is an artist, critic and teacher. He says that his art “is a form of painting disguised as collage. My criticism abjures the marketplace for what meets the eye. My teaching encourages burgeoning artists to question just what it is exactly they’re getting into and how to do it well.” Naves’ work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and other formats. He has been the recipient of awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The E.D. Foundation, the George Sugarman Foundation, The National Academy of Design and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His writing has been published in Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, Smithsonian, ARTS Magazine, New Art Examiner, and The New York Observer, where his column, “Currently Hanging,” appeared on a weekly basis from 1999-2009.

Gustavo Ramos Rivera is an abstract painter whose work is celebrated nationally for its intense emotional content and its unique, personal symbology. His paintings combine the palette and iconography of the indigenous cultural heritage of his native Mexico with classic techniques of post-war American abstraction. In his works, Rivera constructs layers of intense translucent color fields upon which he lays simple hieroglyphic markings of rich impasto which seem at once archaic and contemporary. They articulate a poetic narrative but also express the artist’s pure delight in working the medium of oil paint. In addition to his painting Rivera is also a master printmaker who works in monotypes, intaglio and lithography. He has also produced unique and limited edition artist books illustrated with original art.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt has forged a career as a visual and performing artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. Schmidt received her B.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa and did post-baccalaureate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She later earned an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, where she founded the Vital Spark Performance Group, a collaborative interdisciplinary ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe. She says that her work is “shaped by the recognition and inquiry to cyclical tendencies, including the contemplation of life cycles: birth, death and rebirth or the possibility for reincarnation. I have been interested in this all my life.”

Allure of Collage: Lemon Ice by Josette Urso

Josette Urso says that she is wants “to push the visual matrix to a crescendo just before breakdown, to find, in T.S. Eliot’s phrase, ‘The still point of the turning world.’ There is a gamble involved in this, and my circular arrangements put me in mind of roulette wheels, just as they provide an insight into the spectral nature of consciousness. Urso is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including two grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has also received The Basil H. Alkazzi Painting Award (2000), a MidAtlantic HEA (1994), grants from Art Matters, Inc. (1988) and The Ruth Chenven Foundation (1988) as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida State Arts Council (1986). Urso has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 200 group shows around the world.

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.


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April 10 – The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack

“LAND, SEA & 3D” at Allyn Gallup Contemporary

April 10 – June 16, 2012
The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack

April 10 – June 16, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Land, Sea and 3D,” featuring paintings and sculpture, April 10-June 16, 2012. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

“We’re thrilled that several of these artists, including John Hardy, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Mack, are showing their work in this gallery for the first time,” says Allyn Gallup, founder of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art.

John Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely around the world. He has completed more than a dozen large-scale, site-specific commissions, including a large outdoor piece for the 2008 Olympic Park in Beijing, China, and a 35-foot-tall sculpture for the newly renovated Indianapolis International Airport. His 28-foot work, “Funambulist,” was installed on the Michigan State University campus in 2010. Current projects include a major outdoor piece for a university in Beijing, and a 30-foot-high outdoor sculpture using World Trade Tower steel remnants. Van Alstine is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Allyn Gallup
Sisyphean Circle, John Van Alstine

Caroline Ramersdorfer has participated in expositions worldwide and, since 1986, has been commissioned to create numerous site-specific sculptures in urban and park environments. Her works are installed in permanent private and public art collections around the world. In 2006, Ramersdorfer won the Golden Award at the Renaissance and Rising International City of Sculpture and Cultural Year in Zhengzhou, China, and the same year she received the merit award for the Beijing Olympic Sculpture, where her sculpture “Seed of a Unified Spirit” has been permanently installed between the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. The artist says that she “strives to reveal internal structures and layers and use them to construct space from the inside out, from top to bottom; spaces which can be physically traversed yet without actual boundaries.”

Inner View, Caroline Ramersdorfer

John Mack received his BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design in 2007. Exploring themes in science, technology, and science fiction, Mack creates abstract sculptures using a combination of wood and metal. The artist says he attempts “to make connections between what is known and what we have yet to discover. The focus is on connections between our current experiences, the infinite possibilities of the future, imagination, mythology, our indelible curiosity and a personal drive to understand the universe and our place in it.” Mack says he draws inspiration from themes in science and technology, science fiction, and contemporary mythologies to “create fantastic organisms and impossible vessels for fictitious voyages, along with objects involving bizarre future technologies in an effort to satisfy my own fascination with what could be.”

Allyn Gallup
Vessel, John Mack

John Hardy is known for his landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and is a prominent portraitist, as well. He attended Ringling School in the late 1940’s, and has been actively making and showing art for over 50 years. His work can be found in many public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum, and is also part of more than a dozen college and university collections. Hardy lives in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.

A.D. Peters’ imagery is inspired by the land surrounding his studio farm in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country or his travels in the city. Trained in classical painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Peters says he has “honed his skills to a science.” Known for his unique style of “Rust” paintings, Peters uses metal and oil paint in partnership with the natural elements “of water, sun, air and time,” he says. “The works move from the easel in my studio to submersion in my lake to drying on the shore. This oxidation process is continually repeated until the work reaches the desired patina.” Peters’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions and has been collected both nationally and internationally. Peters lives in the Cleveland suburb of Mansfield.

Allyn Gallup
Iron Ridge, A.D. Peters

Allyn Gallup, founder and president of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, says that these artists “invite viewers to explore the world as it is rarely seen or described. Who knows—you may never see the landscape that surrounds us in same way again.”

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Interview with Ann Albritton
Interview conducted by Jen Nugent

On a dark and rainy late afternoon, Ann Albritton met me for coffee at a small downtown café. Dr. Albritton is an art historian who is currently teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design who focuses in modern and contemporary art. She is my former instructor and one of my academic heroes. Continue Reading…


Exhibitions

Paperwork: Allyn Gallup Contemporary Arthttp://bit.ly/sRiffP
Closes December 31 – Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.

"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BERENICE ABBOTT AND LARRY SILVER
http://bit.ly/u7G3bX
Closes January 1 – The work of Berenice Abbott and Larry Silver, Between Shadows and Lights focuses on the remarkably similar career and aesthetic choices of these 20th century photographic pioneers. Separated by a generation, each turned her/his camera on the complexity of burgeoning American metropolises.


Featured Artist: Andrew Brehm
If I speak at length about this subject I begin to sound like a high school wrestling coach who has taken to whipping passersby with his “angry towel”. I’ll try to keep it brief. Continue Reading …

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The Goods: Weekend News (12.02.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.


Week in Review

  • Featured Artist: Kasey Lou Lindley http://bit.ly/slqeJ2
  • Featured Gallery: Stakenborg Fine Art http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-gg
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  • Featured Article: Art and Flight http://bit.ly/uNetu0
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Exhibitions

Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

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December 1-31, 2011 – Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.
"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

The Talent Show

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Ends December 10, 2011 – This exhibit explores the competing desires of notoriety and privacy, and the evolving relationship between artists and audiences in our culture of reality television and Web-based social media.

Contemporary Art Museum, USF Tampa Campus

Joyce Ely-Walker Exhibit

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Ends Dec. 7, 2011 – Selected by internationally know artist Craig Rubadoux, the exhibition, “Departures,” features Ely-Walker’s drawings and paintings that empathize the fleeting nature of life including works from her series Wind Shift, Mangrove, Silent Mountain, Nest, Rain forest, and Train.

Joyce Ely-Walker
Mountain Spring,oil on canvas, 42”x54”,2010

Story and Symbol: Dutch and Flemish Paintings

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Ends Dec. 4, 2011 – The more than 30 paintings in this exhibition are striking, but they are also rich in the history of sixteenth and seventeenth-century northern Europe. The works encompass biblical stories, mythological subjects, stunning portraits, scenes from everyday life, seascapes and landscapes, and still lifes.

Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, Dutch (1567-1641) Double Portrait of a Husband and Wife with Tulip, Bulb, and Shells (1609) Oil on panel Collection of Dr. Gordon and Adele Gilbert


FOR ALL OF THE ONGOING VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS VISIT: http://sarasotavisualart.com/art/exhibitions/current/

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