“Persistent Vision” – work by artist Noelle Mason

February 24 – April 4, 2012
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will display work by artist Noelle Mason in an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton

February 24 – April 4, 2012
SCF Fine Art Gallery (Featured Gallery)

Noelle Mason
Ground Control, Noelle Mason

The exhibit, “Persistent Vision,” features Mason’s works with varying themes, including “Ground Control,” which reflects a contradistinction between free international exchange and restrictions on human immigration, and “Decision Altitude,” which blurs the lines between immortality and death.

Mason was raised in southern California where she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine. She was a 2004 resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and she received a Master of Fine Arts the following year from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in nontraditional spaces, galleries and institutions, including the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Smithsonian Institute. She also is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship and the Illinois Art Council International Artist Grant.

Opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 11 North. Mason will present a gallery discussion from 5- 6 p.m. prior to the reception.

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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