“Hypothetical New Year’s Resolutions from Contrary Art Minded Sarasotans” by Pamela Beck

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~ I promise to stop finding fault with the Chalk Festival and being such a killjoy.

~ I’ll stop using post cards of the Sarasota sculpture “Unconditional Surrender” over which I’ve scribbled, Not in my Backyard, as my personal stationary.

~ I will go to art shows in St. Pete and Tampa and stop blaming my laziness on the long drive, the heat, my poor sense of direction or being a one car family.

~ I will join a gym to get myself in walking shape for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 so I don’t expect to rely on their promised, yet nonexistent working shuttles and available taxis.

~ I will never again use my cell phone while I “contemplate light, perception and experience” in James Turrell’s Skyspace, “Jacob’s Coat”, at the Ringling Museum. (Or at least I’ll change my ring tone from “She’s a Brick House.”)

~ I’ll finally sign up for the art class I’ve always wanted to take rather than pretend my time is better spent studying “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quickbooks.”

~ I’ll stop sending medical school catalogues to my undergrad son who wants to become a potter.

To An Art-Filled New Year!Happy 2013!


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Seeing Things at Roger Chamieh’s Apophenia by Danny Olda

These are not grand existential statements. As people may have once been anxious over soul and salvation, today are likewise of car accidents, peanut allergies, smile lines and crow’s feet …

These are not grand existential statements. As people may have once been anxious over soul and salvation, today are likewise of car accidents, peanut allergies, smile lines and crow’s feet – a helpless body. Fittingly, the sculptures of Roger Chamieh’s current solo exhibit nearly appear to sag and be pinched, to wheeze and groan.

Broken, APOPHENIA : Recent Works from Roger Chamieh, Photos by Danny Olda

Despite their imposing size (only four pieces fit inside the Tempus Projects’ gallery) certain fragility colors each piece. For example, the show’s centerpiece projects this idea directly in its title, Broken. The sculpture, using a dining table as a departure point, lies slumped over on one end. The table is missing two of its legs as if it’s a double amputee propping itself up. A giant phonograph horn-like funnel penetrates the table. An antique speaker at its base under the table produces what Chamieh’s website describes as “layered guttural and thoracic sounds”. Indeed, the sculpture sounds as if it’s groaning from the metallic pit deep in its throat.

Apoxia, APOPHENIA : Recent Works from Roger Chamieh, Photos by Danny Olda

A theme that appears in two of the exhibit’s sculptures is breathing or rather, difficulty breathing. One piece’s title, Anoxia, refers to an extreme depletion of oxygen. The other, Daddy’s Girl, similarly makes use of a gas mask installed on the gallery wall. Rather than some sort of filter, though, the mask is fitted with a set of chrome lungs. Inside the mask, where the eyes would be, plays a single channel video similar to a home movie. The piece, perhaps, betrays a parental anxiety, a fear of the multifarious threats to one’s child.

Daddy’s Little Girl, APOPHENIA : Recent Works from Roger Chamieh, Photos by Danny Olda

Really, the entire exhibit does not seem to investigate some grand (and pretentious) existential view of death. Rather, the gallery is filled with a lingering near paranoic fear of dying peculiar to modern life. This isn’t a primal fear of survival, but one of a 5-ounce bottle of liquid on a plane or the newest carcinogen. Chamieh’s sculptures struggle for breath as if hyperventilating, suffocating under a crushing anxiey. Apophenia, the title of the exhibit, is the tendency to find meaning in patterns in which they do not exist. Much like a hypocondriac building pestilence from trivialities, or even an art critic finding meaning in an art exhibit.

APOPHENIA : Recent Works from Roger Chamieh, Photos by Danny Olda
APOPHENIA : Recent Works from Roger Chamieh
November 16 – December 4, 2012
TEMPUS PROJECTS, Tampa, FL


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Between Earth and Sky

October 19 – November 9, 2012
Tempus Projects, Tampa FL

This exhibit marks the first showing by the Tampa photography collective. The goal of the collective is to be a support system for each member’s individual art practice, while serving as a relaxed place to fellowship with peers. The group also strives to engage the local creative community through exhibitions and talks.

October 19 – November 9, 2012
Tempus Projects, Tampa FL

Exhibition by the Tampa Photography Collective

Tampa- Opening reception Friday, October 19, 2012 from 7-10pm :: Between Earth and Sky is the first exhibition by the Tampa Photography Collective comprised of Wendy Babcox, Jeremy Chandler, Adam Ekberg, Becky Flanders, Noelle Mason, Forrest MacDonald, Chris Otten, Kym O’Donnell and James Reiman. For the past year, the group has gathered monthly at the Tempus Projects space to share and discuss new work. The goal of the collective is to be a support system for each member’s individual art practice, while serving as a relaxed place to fellowship with peers. The group also strives to engage the local creative community through exhibitions and talks.

Skyround :: Noelle Mason

This exhibition remains on display throughout November 9, with gallery hours available by appointment. Contact Tracy Midulla Reller at tempusprojects.art@gmail.com to schedule or call 813.340.9056. Tempus Projects is located at 5132 N. Florida Ave. Tampa FL 33603

TEMPUS PROJECTS, winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Best of the Bay award for Best Art Gallery, is an artist-run project space, housed in a converted garage on the back lot of a commercial property, in the South Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. TEMPUS PROJECTS is dedicated to nurturing both established and emerging local, national and international artists via exhibitions and events. The project promotes artists working in all media and organizes exhibitions that engage the local community through the visual arts. Tempus is also available for private meeting, events and parties. Learn more at www.tempus-projects.com


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TEMPUS PROJECTS presents [REDUCED5]

September 14 – October 5, 2012
Tempus Projects, Tampa, Florida

TEMPUS PROJECTS is proud to present “[REDUCED5]”, a multi-media juried art exhibition that will serve as the kick-off event for the Fall 2012 season at TEMPUS PROJECTS. This exhibition is scheduled to open on Friday September 14, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. TEMPUS PROJECTS would like to thank Kurt Piazza, for acting as the guest juror for this exhibition. REDUCED was first curated by Piazza while he was with The Gulf Coast Museum of Art in December 2005. This is the 5th incarnation of REDUCED.

[REDUCED5] features primarily black and white works priced at or under $500. Exhibiting artists include George Anderton, Jessica Barber, Ariel Baron-Robbins, John David Allen, Leslie Elsasser, Becky Flanders, Vince Kral, Gigi Lage, Amara Manickchand, Justin Myers, Eli Neugeboren, Taylor Pilote, Elizabeth Plakidas, Ryann Slauson, Daniel Veintimilla & Julie Weitz.

John David Allen, Ink on Paper

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813.340.9056 :: www.tempus-projects.com


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Olda Reviews: Melting Metaphors and the RNC

Sometimes the most contentious relationships can be the most productive ones. Artists’ and politicians’ mutual suspicion (and at times outright disdain) of each other often serves as fodder for both groups: artwork for the former and budget cuts for the latter.

by Danny Olda

Sometimes the most contentious relationships can be the most productive ones. Artists’ and politicians’ mutual suspicion (and at times outright disdain) of each other often serves as fodder for both groups: artwork for the former and budget cuts for the latter. Although this scuffle between art and professional politics has been playing out internationally over the course of decades something special is unfolding in Tampa Bay at the moment. With the Republican National Convention set to descend on the area within the next couple weeks, a sort of case study of the interplay between art and politics will present itself.

Predictably, there will be an abundance of politically themed exhibits. Naturally, Tampa’s downtown museums will be serving up limp proxy events that convention delegates are sure to find just splendid. Corresponding offerings from Cafe Hey within the convention zone as well as the CL Space and West Tampa Center for the Arts just outside it promise to be more engaging exhibits. Further outside the convention area, throughout Tampa Bay, numerous other shows intend to vie for the increased sets of eyes and political interest. The profusion of political art exhibits may make it appear that the RNC only offers the Tampa Bay art scene a curating no-brainer. However, the art hints at something different.

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Promo photo for West Tampa Center for the Arts’ upcoming exhibit “Common Sense”

One piece, a “temporary” sculpture, will be installed in Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Square on August 27th. The sculpture from artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese is made up of the words “Middle Class” carved from a block of ice that is intended to melt quickly in the Florida summer sun. While the sentiment is a tad obvious in terms of contemporary art, the sculpture’s relationship to its intended audience is a bit more subtle. Gaslight Square is within the convention zone. That means the sculpture will almost exclusively be seen by convention delegates rather than the local art crowd. This is just one of many current pieces that appear to be directed at the RNC instead of art scene usuals.

Rather than speaking to an audience, it seems the work’s intention is to speak for one. In a way, these political works of art (if executed well) act as mediators – we allow the art to plead on our behalf. Art has the capacity for succinctness and emotional impact that can rarely be spoken or written. Informing a politician that the middle class is disappearing is very different from allowing a politician to witness it literally waste away.

However, this sense of “pleading” has a quietly sad quality also. The ample political art aimed at the RNC can feel like a desperate struggle to emotionally pique individuals that have sway over our day-to-day lives. This kind of personal authenticity is usually only reserved for last-ditch efforts because it’s so difficult to ignore. In this way the querulous relationship between politics and art produces the quietest protest downtown Tampa will see, but the most difficult to disregard.


Danny Olda is our Tampa Correspondent and publisher of
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