Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.
Sarasota Visual Art wishes you a safe and happy New Year! Thank you for all your support, we’ll see you next year!
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…
Paperwork: Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art – http://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.
BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BERENICE ABBOTT AND LARRY SILVER
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 …
Featured Gallery: Stakenborg Fine Arthttp://wp.me/p1DJvQ-gg Interview with Chris Stakenborg / November 2011 featured gallery
Featured Article: Art and Flighthttp://bit.ly/uNetu0
Sarasota Visual Art highlights seven airports where you can catch some art on the way to catching your flight if you are leaving from, or arriving into, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.
Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
http://bit.ly/sRiffP 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.
The Talent Show
http://bit.ly/tecjaO 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.
Joyce Ely-Walker Exhibit
http://bit.ly/vb0q5H 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.
Story and Symbol: Dutch and Flemish Paintings
http://bit.ly/rziai8 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.
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.
December 1-31, 2011
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1419 5th Street Sarasota, Florida
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, including Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space and Artists Space in New York; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Corporate and public collections include Kohler Arts Center, Fleming Museum, Whole Foods Market, and Tampa Museum of Art. 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.”
The artist says that the images in her art are “inspired by the basic human needs of shelter, food, clothing, work, and intimacy, and take the form of the human body, vegetable and animal life, and artifacts and architecture. The natural world connects with the human-made world—reality and fantasy meld.” Fry’s processes involve drawing, modeling and casting with materials that range from paper, clay, plaster, wood, fabric, and plants, to concrete, resin, metal, rubber, plastic, and video.
“My hands create moments of wholeness out of fragmentation, while using traditional methods and materials to create nontraditional visions,” she says.
Ke Francis is a narrative artist who has been actively producing artwork for more than 40 years. He is a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida where he has served as department chair and the College of Arts and Humanities dean of research. He and his wife, Mary, are the co-owners of Hoopsnake Press, a fine art press that publishes books and prints. His book works, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures are in numerous public and private collections, including The Getty Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of American Art, High Museum, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale / Sterling Memorial Library, Van-Pelt Dietrich Collection, and The Polaroid Collection.
Tanja Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1992. An immigrant to United States from the former Yugoslavia, she explores questions of cultural identity, national belonging and experience of exile. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. Softic is professor of art and chair of the department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.
‘My work explores concepts of cultural hybridity, ways of locating oneself in ever expanding cosmic and social horizons, and the nature of memory,” says the artist.
“As an immigrant to United States from Bosnia, once part of Yugoslavia, I am acutely aware of the inadequacy of established definitions of cultural or national identity. The habitual means of cultural locating fail to grasp contemporary political, economic and demographic realities, as the new practices just begin to emerge. The questions loom large: How do we record our histories? How do they shape our ideas of identity? What is our place and task in the planet’s biosphere? What is cultural memory and to whom does it belong? There are no reassuring answers. The environmental and cultural phenomena we witness now do not fit in the file cabinets of history. My work aims to capture this state of flux, to acknowledge the obsolescence of categories, and to work with the tattered web of memory.”
A graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, Stefan Batista is a Sarasota-born artist who focuses on traditional and contemporary photographic media. His work attempts “to explore the facets of the human condition with subtle visual metaphor and narrative.”
“All of the pieces of art in this exhibit are priced at $1,000 or less and lend themselves to holiday gift-giving,” says Allyn Gallup.