Ringling Underground: October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Underground featuring artists in the courtyard are Kelly Boehmer, Jennifer Lauren Smith, Janett Pulido, and Brian Joseph.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Underground captivates audiences with contemporary music and art of Sarasota’s up-and-coming Millennials, engaging the community with both the prodigious art of the Ringling museum and the innovativeness of local artists.

“The October Ringling Underground features four contemporary artists who work in both two- and three-dimensional mediums. Artists Kelly Boehmer, Jennifer Lauren Smith, Janett Pulido, and Brian Joseph exhibit art which visually recreates both apocryphal stories and axioms alike. Using mediums such as soft sculpture and videography, the artists create uniquely universal visions that look both to the past and to the future.”
– Natalya Swanson, Ringling Underground Artist Liaison

“Ringling Underground uses music and visual art to engage a younger audience who represent the next generation of Museum members and patrons.”
– Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringing.

THIS MONTH’S FEATURING ARTISTS:

Kelly Boehmer
Kelly Boehmer

“The sculptures have a childlike appearance that is both pitiful and fantastical. Seductive colors and sensual textures are juxtaposed with repulsive and gory elements such as guts, puke, and piss. Kitsch components are incorporated with sincerity and are used to celebrate excess and chaos. All of my pieces are sewn by hand with an aggressive, unrefined stitch. I reuse my materials by cutting up my old sculptures to make new work.”
– Kelly Boehmer, 2014

Kelly Boehmer creates hand-sewn soft sculpture installations. She has exhibited and performed her work nationally and internationally including shows in Baltimore, Dallas, Miami, New York City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Juan, and Sarajevo, Bosnia. She teaches at Florida State University, Chipola College, Tallahassee Community College, and Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Kelly is a member of the performance art group, Glitter Chariot. She received her BFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Studio Art at the University of South Florida.

kellyboehmer.com

Jennifer Lauren Smith
Jennifer Lauren Smith

“I stage visual manifestations of sound.

I often install my work in unexpected circumstances as a way of perpetuating the notion that art can have a profound impact when encountered by chance, mirroring the magic and intensity of the gestalts we experience in nature and the everyday world. My background in sculpture has instilled a tendency to handle my videos and performance works as objects; I plan all aspects of the visual and spatial experience from the perspective of the viewer’s physicality.”
– Jennifer Lauren Smith, 2014

Jennifer Lauren Smith (b. 1979, Portland, ME) is a visual artist working in sculpture and lens-based mediums. Her work explores visual manifestations of sound, often by utilizing cinematic frameworks to stage performances and time-based installations.

Smith received her BA from Reed College in Portland, OR and her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She has received numerous awards including a Vikki Katen Memorial Fellowship, a Wynn Newhouse Grant, a John Ringling Towers Grant, and a Toby Devan Lewis Award. She has shown her work in galleries and film festivals in the US and abroad including Dorsch Gallery (Miami, FL), Pierogi Boiler (Brooklyn, NY), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), The Façade Film Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, (Marl, Germany) and the Crown Heights Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY), and has participated in residencies at Seven Below Arts Initiative (Burlington, VT), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, FL), and Binghamton University’s Department of Cinema (Vestal, NY). She is currently a Fellow in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY.

jenniferlaurensmith.com

 

Janett Pulido
Janett Pulido

“My work relate to those ideas and create realities that split in order to symbolize the way we struggle when being in limbo both mentally and physically. I Juxtapose construction components like wood and metal with paint including, but not limited to resin, wire, paper, and canvas to create environments that imitate these multiple realities that are driven unto the surface. By manipulating materials to play a different role from what was initially intended, I push them  outside of their common physical attributes and create playful environments that bring up questions as to the duality of things and how combined elements create a whole new set of facts.”
– Janett Pulido, 2014

Janett Pulido Zizumbo is a Mexican-American fine artist whose artwork revolves around the notion of perception and how visual perception skews the mind of the viewer. She explores religious and scientific concepts that play a part in the perception of the in between. She uses concepts like purgatory in her everyday life, where she feels in constant limbo and grinds to make decisions at every moment.

She often employs unconventional materials when painting, that range from plaster, resin, wire, paper to styrofoam and wood. Her practice has been described as an “exploration of physicality” in her experimentations with different textures and planes that often re-evaluate and expand the limits and boundaries of painting.

Pulido has received numerous awards and grants. She has received Las Damas Fellowship and the Josephina Ferran Scholarship for Latina women artists and has received several travel grants for her research in Islamic theology and Art in Istanbul, Turkey.

Pulido was born in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA and BS at Illinois State University and is currently receiving her MFA at the University of South Florida. She is currently teaching at the University of South Florida and is a studio assistant for Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett. She resides in Tampa, FL.

janettpulido.com

Brian Joseph
Brian Joseph

“I am inspired heavily by the patterns in Middle Eastern architecture, textiles and rugs. I try to use my paint like making a zen garden by being present in every step. This body of work is made out of oil paint or egg emulsion paint mounted on gessoed masonite board. I  use glazes to achieve lighting, texture and color. Drawing has been a big part of my creative process so I use it for laying out the main composition. This particular body of work is not so much for commercial intent. I created it as an act of self improvement to increase focus, patience and overall technique.”
– Brian Joseph, 2014

Brian Joseph was born in the Philippines in 1987 and relocated to America as a baby. He was always creative growing up, with interests in drawing and arts-and-crafts. His family of fellow creators supported him in his creative pursuits, but his artistic journey was mostly self taught with many influences. Joseph has always had a love for the surreal and people who “beat to a different drum.” During elementary school he was obsessed with M.C. Escher, and in middle school Dali and Picasso haunted his imagination. In high school, he found himself immersed in the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Albrecht Durer, and Alex Gray. Joseph’s artistic career began as he started designing album art for local bands and national acts. He was fascinated by fantastic realists, such as Mati Klarwein, Ernst Fuchs, and Robert Venosa, who greatly influenced his favorite album designs.

Joseph is continually researching art history and finds himself immersed with new techniques, philosophies, and approaches. His interests lie in playing musical instruments, and, although he has worked in other two-dimensional mediums for years, he did not begin painting in oil until 2013, at which time he started and “hasn’t looked back.”


The evening’s bands include: ALEXANDER & THE GRAPES, PERMANENT MAKEUP, and DIEALPS!

Visit the Ringling Underground Facebook Event page for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/events/512894525510046/

Ringling Underground: September 4, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

“In the season kick-off on September 4, visitors will experience a provoking exhibition within the museum courtyard. Artists Charlotte Chieco, Tina Piracci, and Phillip Baker exhibit artwork that comments on the materiality of traditional art mediums; the sociopolitical issues in modern society; and the environmental repercussions of consumerism. As a conglomeration, they confront Ringling’s audience with a catalyst for embracing local, experimental art that is often considerably underrepresented within the community.”

– Natalya Swanson, Artist Liaison (Fall 2014)

Ringling Underground captivates audiences with contemporary music and art of Sarasota’s up-and-coming Millennials, engaging the community with both the prodigious art of the Ringling museum and the innovativeness of local artists.

Charlotte Chieco
Charlotte Chieco

Charlotte Chieco: As consumerism, technological interest /advancement, and mass production are at an all time high and are continuing to grow, the importance and appreciation of nature seems to have almost been forgotten. As humans we tend to forget about things that are not directly going to affect our lives. We are constantly exposed to devastating news of what is happening around the world which we feel we have no ability to change. A large percentage of our society has become helpless and completely removed to things that should cause passion and sorrow in our hearts. Many ecosystems continue to decline and species are on the road to distinction and much of that decline is due to our actions or lack of action.

The work Charlotte will be exhibiting was influenced by a disease killing millions of starfish worldwide that scientists are calling ‘sea star wasting syndrome’. The disease causes their limbs to walk in opposite directions until they rip themselves apart and are left mangled with large lesions, no longer able to re-grow limbs. It has been one of the largest mass die offs in marine diseases and is expected to have an immense ecological consequence.

Tina Piracci
Tina Piracci

Tina Piracci: Tina Piracci’s creative expressions are fueled by political affairs. From our wars, to our laws, to our broken ideals, politics rule all. Tina’s father and uncle were both draftees of the Vietnam War, needless to say, she had the most colorful story-times. As a child, she did not quite understand the depth of their experience. Tina could not fathom her father killing; he always taught peace. She never questioned why Uncle Felix only had nine fingers; “I just didn’t”. Unfortunately, it was not until his recent passing to cancer that Tina discovered that Felix had originally been drafted back for another year to repeat something he never imagined of doing once, let alone twice. Subsequent to the dreadful news, her uncle contemplated suicide and settled for shooting off his middle finger with his handgun instead; thus, he circumvented the draft. This, is his symbol of Peace.

Phillip Baker
Phillip Baker

Phillip Baker: Phillip believes that creativity stems from the mind’s ability to form loose associations that are then translated through the constructions of one’s mind and social environment. His work is the tangible outcome of such associations, which is then translated through the viewer’s own constructions and associations. Phillip’s objects are made of a multiplicity of different materials including ceramic, wood, canvas, acrylic paint, spackling, balloons, candles, rocks, plants and an assortment of different adhesives.

“Ringling Underground uses music and visual art to engage a younger audience who represent the next generation of Museum members and patrons.”

– Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringing.

Ringling Underground returns to the Courtyard of the Museum of Art from 8-11 p.m. the first Thursday of the month September-November. Admission to Ringling Underground costs $10, but it is free with admission to Art After Five and for college students with a valid ID. Attendees can listen to compelling regional musical acts, view the work of up-and-coming local artists in the Courtyard, and view select galleries or special exhibitions in the Museum of Art’s Searing Wing. Joseph’s Coat, the Skyspace created by one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, James Turrell, will also be accessible.

For a full list of bands and other information, check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/512894525510046/

“American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell at The Ringling” by Pamela Beck

If you weren’t one of the 900 or so revelers at The Ringling for the recent opening of “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” when was the last time you saw an exhibition including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Joseph Stella and Norman Rockwell in the same show?

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If you weren’t one of the 900 or so revelers at The Ringling for the recent opening of  “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” when was the last time you saw an exhibition including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Joseph Stella and Norman Rockwell in the same show?

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Handsome Drinks, 1916. Oil on composition board, 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 72.3
Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Handsome Drinks, 1916. Oil on composition board, 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 72.3

These paintings and works by other artists (57 artworks in total) comprise this traveling exhibition organized and co- curated by the Brooklyn Museum from their permanent collection.

Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877-1946). The Virgin, 1926. Oil on canvas, 39 11-16 x 38 3-4 in. (100.8 x 98.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adolph Lewisohn, 28.207
Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877-1946). The Virgin, 1926. Oil on canvas, 39 11-16 x 38 3-4 in. (100.8 x 98.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adolph Lewisohn, 28.207

Steven High, executive director of The Ringling, describes this time period in our country covered in the show as follows: “Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic industrial and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression.”

Max Weber (American, born Russia, 1881-1961). Abraham Walkowitz, 1907. Oil on canvas, 25 1-4 x 20 1-4 in. (64.1 x 51.4 cm), Framed- 30 1-2 x 25 1-2 in. (77.5 x 64.8 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Abraham Walkowitz, 44.65
Max Weber (American, born Russia, 1881-1961). Abraham Walkowitz, 1907. Oil on canvas, 25 1-4 x 20 1-4 in. (64.1 x 51.4 cm), Framed- 30 1-2 x 25 1-2 in. (77.5 x 64.8 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Abraham Walkowitz, 44.65

Mindful of the impact these enormous societal, cultural and economic changes had on artists during this particular time in history, the exhibition is divided into six themes:

Cubist Experiments

The Still Life Revisited

Nature Essentialized

Modern Structures

Engaging Characters

Americana

As a result, a broad variety of subject matter and styles can be contemplated and seen on a walk through the Searing Wing. For example, art depicting America’s urbanization and industrialization is displayed, as are reactions to these modern changes—seen in paintings of organic natural beauty. 2Oth century American artists’ responses to European cubism are on view, as are more traditional artworks reflecting American self-definition and identity.

The useful and beautifully illustrated catalogue reinforces this overview and is a wonderful companion to the exhibition. It parallels the curators’ choice to present the multi-faceted American Modern artist sensibility through thought provoking thematic commonalities and contrasts rather than dry chronological order.

Matthew McLendon, The Ringling’s curator of modern and contemporary art says what excites him about this exhibition is “seeing, in a very condensed way, the enormous amount of innovation, evolution and productivity in the American art scene during this time.”

This is a diverse group of artists. And while it’s wonderful to see “old friends” exhibited together, the inclusion of work by unfamiliar or lesser-known artists adds a welcome element of surprise.

George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948). Manhattan Mosaic, 1947. Oil on canvas, 31 7-8 x 18 in. (81 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 66.127
George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948). Manhattan Mosaic, 1947. Oil on canvas, 31 7-8 x 18 in. (81 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 66.127

But the old favorites don’t disappoint. From the exuberant splashes of bold color, controlled energy and hard-edged shapes of Stuart Davis, and the powerfully charged, course canvases of intense color and simple forms of Marsden Hartley (which somehow always feel like self-portraits whether they’re of a bird or a glass), to the up-close-and-personal Georgia O’Keefe—you’ll recognize the work of many artists from across a crowded room. (This speaks volumes about the personal “thumbprint” of every artist.)

 

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Summer Clouds and Flowers, 1942. Oil on fabricated board, 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm). © Estate of Marsden Hartley, Yale University
Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Summer Clouds and Flowers, 1942. Oil on fabricated board, 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm). © Estate of Marsden Hartley, Yale University

For O’Keeffe fans, the inclusion of two unusual choices is interesting to note:  “Green, Yellow and Orange,” a completely abstract painting, and “Fishhook from Hawaii,” a wonderful work with imagery created for a Dole Pineapple Company ad campaign which O’Keeffe worked on (while experiencing financial hardship during the Great Depression). The telescoping effect created by the loops of wire, and the oversized feathery fish lure, play beautifully with space, color and optical illusion (not illustrated here).

Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Green, Yellow and Orange, 1960. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 87.136.3
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Green, Yellow and Orange, 1960. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.136.3

We’re fortunate The Ringling has brought in an exhibition to expose viewers to a period of American art not substantially represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

It’s all the more impressive that this exciting show takes place during our supposedly “slow” Sarasota summer months, yet had the biggest turnout on a members’ opening night in The Ringling’s history.

When you see the exhibition yourself, you’ll know why.

 

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

“American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell”

June 14- Sept. 8, 2013

5401 Bay Shore Rd.

Sarasota

941 359-5700

www.ringling.org

 

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell, has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

The Ringling Unveils New Brand Identity by Pamela Beck

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University just launched its new brand identity with corresponding graphics and unveiled a secondary name: The Ringling.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in her column, ARTdart, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University just launched its new brand identity with corresponding graphics and unveiled a secondary name: The Ringling. The formal name of the museum will remain the same, although you can see why- The Ringling -is so much more appealing: it’s concise, user-friendly and has a jaunty contemporary punch to it.

Over the last several years, it’s been clear that The Ringling is intent on breaking the dusty stereotype of a museum as simply a passive viewing experience. Programs such as the Art of our Time initiative launched in 2009 with the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival and series like New Stages: Narrative in Motion have engaged viewers with unique, powerful and unforgettable offerings of the visual and performing arts.

In addition, Ringling By the Bay at Ca’d’ Zan features music and dancing on Art After 5 Thursday evenings; yoga is available on the terrace of Ca’ d’ Zan on the third Saturday of each month; sunsets can be experienced in the James Turrell Skyspace, “Joseph’s Coat”; and the Ringling Underground, “a series of events with live music, art and pop culture in a block-party atmosphere” takes place in the museum’s dreamy courtyard on select nights.

 

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These options, among many more museum activities not mentioned, illustrate The Ringling’s devotion to serve as an integral and relevant part of the Sarasota community. The launch builds upon this momentum. It reinforces the awareness that the museum is a go-to destination for a variety of cultural, educational and entertainment experiences for all ages.  At the official announcement, Steven High, the museum’s executive director, said that he would like the museum to be known as “visitor friendly and accessible.” He added that he hopes visitors will feel that “this museum is their museum.”

An extensive research process about the museum’s brand identity began in July 2012, with key stakeholders, staff, membership, board members community leaders and patrons of the arts. For outside perspective, the museum also consulted with World Studio, a New York firm specializing in brand design. The new integrated brand platform was then collectively developed.

To assist and clarify The Ringling’s new goals, the six museum venues have each been assigned a descriptive name, color and beautiful, easily identifiable icon that will appear in signage and way-finding, store merchandise, labels, banners, visitor materials, annual reports and other publications. The six venues include: The Ringling Museum of Art; The Ringling Circus Museum; The Ringling Ca’d’ Zan; The Ringling Historic Asolo Theater; The Ringling Education Center and The Ringling Bayfront Gardens.  A new interactive website that encourages visitor participation is slated for the near future.

The “new umbrella identity platform” clarifies the connection between the diverse venues, collections and programs at The Ringling. This consolidation, with its new eye-catching graphic counterpart, signals both a real and perceptual shift for the museum. The Ringling has added to the legacy of John and Mable Ringling by inviting visitors to view themselves as part of the museum’s cultural, creative and innovative present and future development.

 


Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old.Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee; Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance, Advisory Board Committee