Flesh Tones: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition

February 23-27, 2015
Centre Gallery, USF Tampa

Paintings by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller with a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

Tampa, FL (February 2015) — From February 23-27, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Flesh Tones by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller. There will be a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

Flesh Tones

Natalya Swanson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with her Bachelors of Art in Art History. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is preparing for a career in Art Conservation.

Natalya’s paintings are an exploration of identity within art and society. She recreates famous artworks by pairing original compositional elements with contemporary imagery and figures. Through the transformative process, Natalya embeds personal beliefs on religion, sexuality, and selfhood within the works. Painting has become a form of meditation, where she visually interacts with her thoughts.

Daniel Miller graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communications. This will be his first showing of oil paintings. The collection of large scale genre scenes are an attempt to bring the viewer into Miller’s past, enveloping the viewer for their own happening experiences. Previous exhibits have included video art, printmaking, and graphic design. Miller is also part of the Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective, SARTQ. More information can be obtained through the artist’s website, www.danielmiller.me.

Flesh Tones Exhibit View 2 Flesh Tones Exhibit View 1

For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
sa-centregallery@usf.edu
(813) 974-5464

About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach by Pamela Beck (2/5)

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

s/ART/q is a group of ten professional artists with connections to the Sarasota area, known for engaging the community through unique art experiences: Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger, Amy Williamson Miller, Jeff Schwartz, Nathan Skiles, Tom Stephens, Steve Strenk, Jen Nugent, Daniel Perales and Ariana Franco.

Ariana Franco
Ariana Franco

Day 2 – I spoke with Ariana Franco about s/ART/q’s participation at the Select Art Fair.


PB: This was s/ART/q’s first time showing during the Miami fairs. Were all of the s/ART/q artists represented in this show?

AF: Yes all of the artists were represented.

PB: What was the name of the show where you exhibited and please describe how the Catalina Hotel was converted.

AF: The fair is called Select Art Fair at the Catalina Hotel. The whole hotel was transformed into an art party with a DJ in the lobby in the evenings, artists running around all day and night.

Each guest room was stripped of its usual contents- the bed, end table, phone, television, everything was removed. This left the rooms open for each representative to create a gallery setting.

PB: What were the visitors to this show like?

AF: The visitors varied. Some people were very interested in the work and asked a lot of questions, which made it fun. Others just walked in twirled around and left.

PB: How would you describe the particular energy or spirit of this particular show at the Catalina?

AF: The energy was high. So many amazing, happy, excited people were there, both artists and viewers.

PB: Can you share any specific interesting experience that happened to you?

AF: The most interesting thing that I experienced this year was at Design Miami. I went on Friday early afternoon before working my shift at Select Fair. When I was about to leave, Pharrell Williams was scheduled to talk about his new design book. I managed to stay for long enough to get a photo and a video clip. This was the first time I had seen a celebrity at an art fair.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

PB: What was your typical day and night like?

Typical day…. well, because Jen Nugent and I slept in the space, our mornings and evenings consisted of making the room livable with an air mattress and our personal belongings, and then putting it all into the shower in the mornings so the space was once again a gallery. This particular week/event did not have a consistent flow, besides the mornings and late evenings. I went to as many other fairs as I could and looked at as much as I could handle before it felt like my eyes were going to fall out.

PB: How did it feel to sleep in your gallery? Any strange dreams or descriptions to share?

AF: The experience of sleeping in the gallery was good. It was a little difficult in such a small space but I enjoyed it. The first night one of the sculptures fell but I slept through it. And we covered the window to create more hanging space for paintings, so it was hard to get up in the morning without the natural lighting. Besides that it was pretty normal.

Photo by Daniel Perales
Photo by Daniel Perales

PB: Did you see any work you particularly liked?

AF: The artist I really liked was Melissa Jay Craig, who works in paper. The pieces I saw were “Amanita Muscaria” (mushrooms) constructed from handmade paper (by the artist) in book forms. They have a “distinctive clown like appearance” (from the artist’s personal statement). They excited me because they were something you can imagine and believe in both as an adult and child. They contain movement, even though they are still sculptures. They made me giggle, that’s how I knew I liked them. I believe art should evoke a feeling, and they did. I also work in paper, although not to the same extent. She inspired me to really think about what I’m making and what I want to be making and how to achieve that.


PB: Would s/ART/q like to return next year?

AF: I am not sure what we want to do next year. On a personal level it was a great experience; I’m sure everyone else would agree. It provided exposure for each of us individually and collectively, representing Sarasota. We haven’t had an opportunity to really talk about the pros and cons yet.


Read PART ONE: Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach by Pamela Beck (1/5)

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http://whatdogsreallythink.blogspot.com/

Sarasota arts collective S/ART/Q announces Fourth Annual Print Party

September 22 – 23, 2012
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

Local artist collective S/ART/Q announces its fourth annual “Print Party,” an event that gives the public a chance to interact with artists and artistic process. Formed in late 2008, S/ART/Q is a group of ten professional contemporary artists whose name underscores their connection to the region (a take-off on the area’s three letter airport code “SRQ”) and the central role that art plays in all our lives, especially here on the cultural coast.

From 5 to 10 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 22nd, and from 12 – 4 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 23rd, S/ART/Q will hold its free screen-printing party at the newly renovated Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center”.

SARTQ

Fogartyville manager David Beaton says, “We hope to see Fogartyville become a place where art, culture, music and politics intentionally collide to inspire positive community change. The sARTq print party is right up our alley!”Located at 525 Kumquat Ct., downtown Sarasota, the SARTQ 4th Annual Print Party will host live screen printing by local artists, music, activities for children, numerous food vendors, and much more. Additional information will be available on www.sartq.com.

The previous print party in September of 2011 drew nearly 2,000 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened in person by the artists. “Last year’s print party was another fantastic event, and this year we expect to feature more designs, an even better location with more features for the entire family,” explains S/ART/Q co-founder Tim Jaeger. “This year we are raising funds to help offset the expenses for S/ART/Q’s participation in the SELECT Art Fair which runs in conjunction with Miami Art Basel the first weekend of December 2012. It is with the generous support of the community that S/ART/Q has been able to continue to provide unique and engaging arts experiences and now we hope to continue part of this mission outside of our community.”

Once again, each of the artists has created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items, however anything that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. “It is really fun to print on home accessories like pillow cases or your favorite coat, the possibilities are endless” says S/ART/Q member Ariana Franco. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — each print is just $5. “What’s great about this event is that it’s a way for viewers and artists to interact outside of a gallery exhibition, the collective strives to create more opportunities like that.” says S/ART/Q member Jen Nugent. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from last year’s event. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event.

S/ART/Q Print Party, 5-10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 22nd, for more information visit or sartq.com, free ($5 per print).

ABOUT S/ART/Q
S/ART/Q is a circle of Sarasota artists engaging the community through unique art experiences. Formed in late 2008, the current artist line up includes Joseph Arnegger, Ariana Franco, Tim Jaeger, Jen Nugent, Amy Miller, Daniel Perales, Jeff Schwartz, Nathan Skiles, Tom Stephens, and Steve Strenk. S/ART/Q strives to support this circle’s creative endeavors, produce roaming/temporary exhibitions and creating educational opportunities in the community while exposing the public to how artists function in society and ultimately enhancing the arts culture in Sarasota.

Please visit www.sartq.com for more information.
Get social with S/ART/Q at www.facebook.com/sartq and www.twitter.com/sartq


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Start the Conversation by Pamela Beck

Recently I was at a Sarasota party where a group of older art collectors discussed several art events of this past season. Talk included “Beyond Bling,” the Ringling Museum’s show of hip-hop inspired art; street artist MTO’s “Fast Life,” the now whitewashed wall mural that caused a public uproar; S/aRt/Q’s “Voyeur,” an exploration of observation and art through a peephole; and exhibitions at the new Clothesline Gallery.

by Pamela Beck

Recently I was at a Sarasota party where a group of older art collectors discussed several art events of this past season. Talk included “Beyond Bling,” the Ringling Museum’s show of hip-hop inspired art; street artist MTO’s “Fast Life,” the now whitewashed wall mural that caused a public uproar; S/aRt/Q’s “Voyeur,” an exploration of observation and art through a peephole; and exhibitions at the new Clothesline Gallery.

Of course there were fans and foes of each. Some got kudos for talent and originality; others, thumbs down for technique and “attitude.” Attitude? Yes, that was the word used. Predictably, the age divide was at play here.

This “attitude” label sparked a lively conversation. We discussed how artists use their work to respond to and interpret their private lives; but like the rest of us, they can’t help being impacted by the world at large through the unavoidable exposure to an abundance of constant information.

Seen from the perspective that contemporary art is not only personal but also reflects our shared time in history, some people began to reconsider the “them/us” they unknowingly constructed with artists they disliked. Furthering this thought, the concept that today’s art is tomorrow’s artifact is provocative.

Talk drifted to ideas rather than opinions. We considered how you might not like a particular work but your reactions are valuable for what they reveal about yourself, the artist and our culture. This led to a discussion about the importance of looking at all kinds of new work for both personal satisfaction and as a firsthand way to participate in our current evolving world.

All this resulted from a conversation about a couple of artists with “attitude” problems. Good thing; otherwise it might have been a short night.


For more information on Pamela, visit http://srxq.blogspot.com

The Goods: Weekend News (01.13.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events.

Featured Content

Jack Dowd – 27: When the Music Diedhttp://bit.ly/AatJNK
Acclaimed Sarasota artist and sculptor, Jack Dowd, known for his innocently hilarious full size figures, has shifted focus to an introspective examination of large scale drawings.

Jack Dowd, Amy Winehouse in the Studio

Building Blocks: Interview with Architect Barron Schimberghttp://bit.ly/yWGfNF
Architect Barron Schimberg, of The Schimberg Group in Sarasota interviews with Sarasota Visual Art.


Exhibitions

MARK DION: TROUBLESHOOTINGhttp://bit.ly/xcQwwY
USF Contemporary Art Museum– Mark Dion creates drawings, prints, cabinets of curiosity, and installations about the discrepancy between perceived knowledge and scientific inquiry.

Mark Dion: Troubleshooting

S/ART/Q: Avant Garden – Marie Selby Botanical Gardenshttp://bit.ly/nh8ke7
Opening Reception: January 13, 2012– S/ART/q will curate an exhibition of their artwork entitled Avant Garden in the Museum of Botany and the Arts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Photo by Daniel Perales

Henk Pander: Sees All, Paints Allhttp://bit.ly/rPybqJ
Selby Gallery– The large-scale oil paintings and watercolors of Dutch born Henk Pander capture the raw essence of present-day reality by depicting ominous scenes.

Ort by Henk Pander

Robert Farber & Michael Wyshock Exhibithttp://bit.ly/yQ2cej
Englewood Art Center – Exhibition featuring new work inspired by the artists while in China with the Sister City Cultural Exchange last summer.