The Goods: Weekend News (05.18.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events. Jake Fernandez, Tempus for the Spring, SANFORD BIGGERS, Erik Levine

Featured Artist: Jake Fernandez

Jake Fernandez graduated from the University of Florida and received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. He is known for creating complex pictorial structures through the observation of light and space.

Olda Reviews: Tempus for the Spring and Us for Each Other

These days marked by austerity seem to be shifting into days marked by crowd sourcing, a trend to which Tampa Bay has warmed up quickly. Indeed, around here crowd sourced funds appear to nearly outpace great ideas needing a kick-start.

SANFORD BIGGERS: Codex

On view at Ringling Museum – Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics.

Object Image / Erik Levine / Sculpture and Video

On view at Tampa Museum – This exhibition includes two recent video works, cocker (2010) and post time (2012) that explore his interest in the masculine figures. Levine is less concerned with the actual fight than with the rituals in which these men partake during fight preparation.

The Goods: Weekend News (03.30.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events. Michael Eade, Art Center Sarasota, iconcept Fashion Show, SANFORD BIGGERS, USF School of Art and Art History, Clothesline Gallery, Sishirprithvi Bommakanti,

Interview with Hermitage Fellow, artist Michael Eade

A current Hermitage fellow, Michael Eade, a contemporary watercolour landscape painter from New York City, recently visited Sarasota for a residency and spoke on the Ringling College campus…

Tumbling Culture by Sishirprithvi Bommakanti

The wide accessibility of creative mediums and outlets in the 21st century has led to a disillusionment of content and dominance of vanity.

‘iconcept Fashion Show’ 2012

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30



SANFORD BIGGERS: Codex

March 30, 2012 – On view at Ringling Museum – Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics.

Sand in the Vacuum: MFA 2012 Graduation Exhibition

March 30 – The exhibition features Master’s research project work by Master of Fine Art candidates in the USF School of Art and Art History, and provides an opportunity to have their work viewed by the public, as well as University faculty and colleagues, in a professional environment.

Clothesline Gallery Presents: WELCOME

March 31st – Spring of 2012 marks the official launch of the new and improved Clothesline Boutique + Gallery. Located on the south side of the historic Burns Court District, Clothesline showcases the best of SRQ in screen printing, fine art, illustration, and design.

SANFORD BIGGERS: Codex

March 30, 2012 – October 14, 2012
On view at Ringling Museum – Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics.

March 30, 2012 – October 14, 2012
Ringling Museum of Art

Featured Visiting Artist – View Interview ‎Friday, March 30 at 3:30 pm, Sanford Biggers will present “Speaking of My Work,” in the Ringling College Auditorium. This talk is FREE and open to the public.


A native of Los Angeles, California, and current New York resident, Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics. An accomplished musician, Biggers often incorporates performative elements into his sculptures and installations, resulting in multilayered works that act as anecdotal vignettes, at once full of wit and clear formal intent. Biggers has won several awards including: The Creative Time Travel Grant, Creative Capital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award in performance art/multidisciplinary work, the Lambent Fellowship in the arts, the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award, Tanne Foundation Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant, James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship.

Mr. Biggers has also participated in several prestigious national and international artist residencies and fellowships including; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan, and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program, the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.

Sanford Biggers
"Sweet Funk—An Introspective" at the Brooklyn Museum

Sanford Biggers’ installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. Sanford has been included in several notable shows such as Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07, the Whitney Biennial and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has also had solo exhibitions at Grand Arts, Kansas City, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, Kenny Schachter’s ROVE gallery, London, Triple Candie, New York, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Matrix/Univ.of Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw as well as venues in Hungary, Indonesia, Japan.

This exhibition is the result of the Greenfield Prize commission awarded in 2010 by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation.

The Goods: Weekend News (03.23.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events. iconcept Fashion Show, Cat Pennenga, Kirk Ke Wang, Sanford Biggers, Clayton Galleries

Cat Pennenga Discusses ‘iconcept Fashion Show’ 2012

Art Walks the Runway when Art Center Sarasota presents the fourth annual iconcept event on March 30, but we talk to the curator first!

Olda Reviews: Kirk Ke Wang Serves Up an Impressive Installation

I overheard Wang explain that wontons were often considered a migrant’s food. Wang expertly uses common imagery to start a dialogue but wisely refrains from dominating the conversation.

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


Appreciating Abstraction: Four Artists Exhibit at The Studio at Gulf and Pine

The Studio at Gulf and Pine invites you to an evening of experiencing and learning about abstract art.

Now and Then, Clayton Galleries, 25 Years

The show will include early and current work by gallery artists highlighting their artistic evolution. A variety of media will be showcased including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as, mixed media works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

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.”