Letters from Brooklyn – #1

Our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A conversation between Daniel Miller and Sean Pearson.

Daniel,

I thought it would be appropriate to start our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 2012 alumnus Kyle Petreycik recently received the 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. His selected piece will be shown at the Grounds For Sculpture Fall/ Exhibition in Hamilton, New Jersey, and he will also be featured in the October 2012 issue of Sculpture Magazine. Some other alumni have received jobs working first hand in the art world. Christofer Degrer, another 2012 alumnus has been co-assisting and organizing events for Kreemart, a company that hosts collaborations between acclaimed pastry chefs and internationally renowned artists. They have worked on projects with Marina Abromovic, Maurizio Cattelan, and Richard Tuttle. Recently he has been working closely with the founder of Kreemart, Raphael Castroriano, in assisting with events for the Annual Whitney Art Party, where they worked with the performance artist Kalup Linzy. So far the amount of activity being generated by alumni is nonetheless inspiring. Many of us came to New York and left our expectations behind and gained new achievements in the process.

Best Regards,

Sean

Neil Bender :: PURPLE NURPLE

Saturday February 11 – March 2, 2012
An all-oil, splattered and patterned investigation into situations, atmospheres, still-lifes, daydreams, and bodies all caught up in a thick, humid, and seductive flatness.

Saturday February 11 – March 2, 2012
TEMPUS PROJECTS, 5132 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL

OPENING RECEPTION :: SATURDAY 02.11.12 :: 7-10 PM

The work in “Purple Nurple” is an all-oil, splattered and patterned investigation into situations, atmospheres, still-lifes, daydreams, and bodies all caught up in a thick, humid, and seductive flatness. The paintings take both pre-packaged and idiosyncratic fantasies and wring them through the ever-circular and perpetually fascinating limbo of pop culture, butting up against actual experience and the wonderfully soupy problems this presents –both as images and moralities.

TEMPUS PROJECTS

Neil Bender was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and currently lives and works in Florida. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, at the Front in New Orleans, the Boston Center for the Arts, the CUE Art Foundation in New York, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, the Boston Center for the Arts, Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, Palazzo Casali in Cortona, Italy, and many other venues. His work was represented by Bleu Acier Gallery in the Bridge Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2006-8 and Art Chicago 2007, and shown in San Juan at Circa PR in 2010. He received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2002 after getting his degree from the University of Georgia, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004, and the ‘Painting’s Edge’ program in Idyllwild, CA in 2006 and 2008.

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Robert Rahway Zakanitch – New monoprints

February 24th – March 8, 2012
An exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch that includes one of the five paintings from his Big Bungalow Suite (11’ x 30’) and other paintings from his collection not shown in Tampa before.

February 24th – March 8, 2012
The University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery

An exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch that includes one of the five paintings from his Big Bungalow Suite (11’ x 30’) and other paintings from his collection not shown in Tampa before.

The public will have a unique opportunity to see the artist working on campus as he creates monoprints for the University of Tampa STUDIO-f visiting artist program February 13-24. The exhibition and completed monoprints will be on view through March 8.

White Rabbit, 2007, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 48 x 68 inches

About the Artist:
Robert Zakanitch was born 1935 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Zakanitch began exhibiting in the late 1960s with Color Field paintings, but he first achieved real note as one of the founders of the Pattern & Decoration movement in the mid-’70s. When Zakanitch took up decorative imagery, he had been working as a Color Field abstractionist faithful to the Minimalist grid as the structural system of his painting. Once into decoration, he retained both his color sophistication and his respect for structure but translated the latter into a free, often organic floral motif rendered in painterly fashion.

Gray Squirrel, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 78 inches

Zakanitch created a series of monoprints 1991 and 2002 as visiting artist for the University of Tampa STUDIO-f program. He creates contrasting work of lush, exotic, botanicals of seemingly boundless imagery and continues to paint lush flowers, birds, animals and various decorations in his expressive manner. He views his work as positive: “I don’t want any dehumanization in my work. I am more interested in planting the seeds of healing and civility.”