Ringling Underground: Dimension of Style

Ringling Underground exhibiting five regional artists Danielle Dygert, Nathan Freda, Lauren Moradi, Yanuary Narravo, and Manny Rangel.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 (8PM – 11PM)
Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Underground is a series of one night only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Courtyard. The event is free for college students with a valid college ID. It is an extension of the Art After 5 program held on Thursday evenings. After hours discounted admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-17, children 5 and under and Museum Members are free.

Meet the Arists

Danielle Dygert
Breadth by Danielle Dygert
Danielle Dygert (b.1993) is a landscape and portrait artist based in Sarasota FL. She received her B.A. from New College of Florida Art department in 2016, with a focus in Classics. Danielle’s paintings are known for their use of mythology and portraiture as a means to challenge identity and persona construction. Mythologies operate in an individual’s mind and societies alike, they depict self-image and cross-cultural views and create potent tensions of changing societies and history. Currently she works as the Administrative Assistant at the Art Center Sarasota and as an instructor at a private studio in Lakewood Ranch. Danielle has exhibited and performed regionally (at venues such as Two Columns Gallery, Tricho, Tampa Museum of Art, and Art Center Sarasota). She is currently working with the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure on a multidisciplinary performance for the Ringling Museum’s Experiment #42.000 to take place in March 2017.


Nathan Freda
Gavis by Nathan Freda
Nathan Freda, from Tampa, is a 2012 Ringling College of Art and Design alumni who focused in printmaking and sculpture. Previously working in printmaking studios in Sarasota and New York, Nathan now works as a framer in the Tampa Bay area. He has also started selling his soft sculptures and ‘fiber paintings’ on multiple websites. Nathan’s work portrays imagery upon his personal communication skills. The three-dimensional works he create represent a surrogate for himself expressing thoughts and emotions he finds difficult to say aloud. He uses fabric and yarn to convey a ‘welcoming’ feeling. Each object holds a link to a memory of someone or something that he once had a connection to that he cared about at a particular moments of his life.


Lauren Moradi
Kush n Diamon Dust by Lauren Moradi
Lauren Moradi‘s sculptural pieces work to dissect the ideas of the domestic while subtly critiquing the comfort of a living space. By injecting irreverent and often nihilistic humor into the familiar belongings and detritus that she draws her work both welcomes and ostracizes the viewer, aiming to make them feel as if they are simultaneously invited into yet uncomfortably trespassing upon someone else’s private space. Working out of Tampa, FL Moradi received her BFA from University of South Florida in 2012. She has shown at Tempus Projects as well as being a founding member of their project gallery space QUAID.


Yanuary Navarro
Road to Rio Grande Vango by Yanuary Navarro
Yanuary Narravo was born in a tiny village cradled by mountains in Honduras. She studied illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida and currently works as a layout designer in the Tampa Bay area.
Her personal paintings and illustrations are part of a series of ongoing visual short stories titled ‘The World of Wolli.’ The pieces are depicted in no chronological order. She has been building the story one painting at a time over the years. Subjects referenced in the works include a love for botany, earth & space science, Sci-Fi, fairy tales, childhood, and Latin American culture.
Over the years the narratives have expanded to include a network of people around her, with their life stories, and how they inspire her. She exaggerates people into these characters in the form of storytelling. Truths are costumed in metaphors which creates inviting images to entertain the viewer. With each piece she reminded that individually we are just a tiny dot in the context of our universe. At the same time that all tiny dots have a purpose. As Dr. Seuss said it best, “ No matter how small.”


Manney Rangel
Contingence by Manney Rangel
Manny Rangel is self taught artist based out of Sarasota, FL. He is described as an Escher like draftsman that stumbled into the worlds of Miro, Tanguy, and Ernst. Symbolism makes it’s presence throughout his work, not only through the objects that are painted but by the techniques and styles he uses. He shows patience, structure, and intricacy in the form of stippling and a childlike simplicity with his use of gouache paints. His interest in the human mind and exploration into his own create a surreal look into man’s constant struggle with structure and simplicity; reality and dreams.


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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at Ringling Museum by Pamela Beck

Elegant, sculptural, clean-lined, sleek. These were some of my reactions to Herb Ritts’s black and white photographs of nudes, fashion models and celebrities on display in the exhibition Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

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Elegant, sculptural, clean-lined, sleek. These were some of my reactions to Herb Ritts’s black and white photographs of nudes, fashion models and celebrities on display in the exhibition Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

His vintage magazine covers and prints, both well-known and formerly unpublished photographs, along with directorial projects, are on view in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing Galleries.

 Herb Ritts (American, 1952 - 2002) Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990 Gelatin silver print Image: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.) Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.22 © Herb Ritts Foundation
Herb Ritts (American, 1952 – 2002)
Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990
Gelatin silver print
Image: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.22
© Herb Ritts Foundation

From the late 1970’s to 1990’s, Herb Ritt’s work was ubiquitous. The Los Angeles based photographer’s use of California sunlight and outdoor locations, such as the beach and desert, became identified as “L.A. Style.”

There’s a good chance you’ve seen Ritts’s photographs before, even if you didn’t realize it. His finger was on the pulse of a post Pop Art world, where art, commerce and popular culture informed and fed each other.

He’s known internationally for his fashion and celebrity shoots for many magazines and advertising clients such as Vogue, Interview, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Armani, among many others. He also directed award winning music videos and worked with musicians including Madonna, Janet Jackson and Chris Isaak.

I’d always thought of Ritts’s glamorous photographs as the ultimate embodiment of his particular time in history. It took this current exhibition for me to recognize that his work not only raised the level of commercial photography but also easily transcends it into original and innovative territory.

At first the photographs look simple. Perhaps that’s because the subjects are so beautiful. However, upon studying the many angles and patterns, a more complicated understanding and appreciation of his work evolves.

Each composition is a sophisticated interplay of shadow, light and form. The sharp clean lines created wherever the subjects’ bodies meet their surroundings, give each image an exacto knife crispness that is riveting.

The more you look at Ritts’s work, the more you see how he configured his subjects, shapes and light arrangements to reflect his elegant interpretation of individual beauty and sensuality, visual equilibrium and personal power.

The actual photographs often feel like contained raw energy: a heavy chain snakes around a man and showcases his rippling, strong body; fabric stretches over a woman’s sinuous bare form and both reveals and hides it. The sculptural bodies are so articulated and revered that you feel (or wish) you could reach out and touch them.

The details in the various photographs are also exquisite and evocative: an old-fashioned face veil is a delicate scrim of lines; some tumbleweed held overhead suggests dance imagery or a human tree.

The overall effect of Ritts’s work is bold and modern, but the influence of classical sculpture lends the photographs a timeless presence. Many of the nudes remind me of those found on ancient Greek vessels. Although, the Greeks probably didn’t place an octopus on the head of a man, as Ritts did in “Djimon with Octopus.”

Herb Ritts (American, 1952 - 2002) Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989 Gelatin silver print Image: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.) Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.16 © Herb Ritts Foundation
Herb Ritts (American, 1952 – 2002)
Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989
Gelatin silver print
Image: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.16
© Herb Ritts Foundation

An image like this, which could easily have turned out silly, is one of the most compelling in the show. It’s a good example of Ritts’s talent— he could take even something grotesque and turn it into a beautiful and arresting work of art.

The exhibition was organized by Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where it was exhibited last year. Martineau worked on this show for four years pouring over 1100 boxes of material from the Herb Ritts Foundation. His respect for Ritts’s art is palpable and contagious. By the time you leave this show you’ll understand why, if you hadn’t already before.

Martineau’s thoughtful selections flow seamlessly from room to room by subject and provide an overview of Ritts’s art and far reaching influence. The intentional spacious hanging of the work in the Searing Wing Galleries creates a calm viewing atmosphere in which to carefully look at the photographs, videos and cased printed material.

Every item is presented with care—even the material in the cases is perched on low, slender platforms that reinforce their identification as art objects. Particularly inviting are two publications displayed next to each other. They are in elevated reading positions, gracefully held three quarters open by the stands beneath them.

The theme of stylish elegance and sleek modernity is reinforced by the choice of purple walls with a thick gray stripe above that both defines the hanging space and reduces the wall height to complement the works.

Matthew Mclendon, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ringling Museum, explained that this exhibition, part of the museum’s “Art of Our Time” initiative, celebrates an artist who is finally receiving the museum and scholarly attention he deserves. It is the only East Coast venue for the show and big crowds are expected.

I think you’ll be back more than once.

Read more about the exhibit here: Herb Ritts: L.A. Style Exhibit at Ringling Museum


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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style Exhibit at Ringling Museum

February 22 – May 19, 2013
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities.

February 22 – May 19, 2013
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts’s ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergy between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features a selection of Ritts’s vintage prints and magazine covers.

Herb Ritts (American, 1952 - 2002) Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990 Gelatin silver print Image: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.) Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.22 © Herb Ritts Foundation
Herb Ritts (American, 1952 – 2002)
Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990
Gelatin silver print
Image: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.22
© Herb Ritts Foundation

There is a lecture that will be presented by the exhibition’s curator, Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. ViewPoint: An Inspired Eye: The Photographs of Herb Ritts, Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. in the Historic Asolo Theater. For tickets or information, call 941.360.7399 of visit www.ringling.org.

There are two Gallery Walk & Talks scheduled in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing Galleries of the Museum of Art. Herb Ritts: The Body as Object, Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. and Herb Ritts: A Distinctive Sense of Style, Thursday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. Walk & Talks are free for Members and complimentary with admission to Art After 5.

As part of the Ringling Museum’s Art and a Movie program on Thursday, May 2, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Herb Ritts and Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear) will be screened in the Historic Asolo Theater followed by a tour of the exhibition. The Museum store is also carrying a catalogue Herb Ritts: L.A. Style written by Paul Martineau with an essay by James Crump. A seductive collection of portraits and nudes from the famed fashion photographer is beautifully reproduced in this handsome volume. Hardcover, $59.95.

The Herb Ritts: L.A. Style exhibition is part of the Ringling Museum’s 2012-13 “Art of Our Time” season, supported in part by a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The exhibition is also made possible through the generous support of the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation.


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Ringling Underground: Call to Artists

The Ringling Museum is seeking emerging contemporary artists currently working in Florida to participate in the Spring 2013 season of Ringling Underground, a series of events combining live music and art in a block-party atmosphere. Artists are invited to exhibit sculpture, installation, interventions, video, performance and other works in the courtyard of the art museum. Artists are encouraged to consider the context of the Ringling, its history, collections and exhibitions when producing their works, but are not limited to these as themes. The next events will take place on February 7th, March 7th, and April 4th.

Photo credit: Malika Suleymanova
Photo credit: Malika Suleymanova

Open to artists working in any discipline. Current students, groups, and collaborations are also welcome. Artists must be able to attend the event as all works must be installed and de-installed on the same day. Creative professionals do not necessarily need to identify as visual artists. Past Ringling Underground events have welcomed engineers, jewelry makers, and actors to create installations, interactive objects, and performances.

Proposal Guidelines:

Detailed description of your piece including images, drawings, dimensions and technical needs
(Note: This is an outdoor event in the courtyard of the art museum. Power outlets are available but limited.)
Artist statement and/or statement about the proposed work
Artist bio and/or resume
Link to website (if applicable)
Contact information

Email submission to: ringlingunderground@gmail.com
Subject line should include: Ringling_Month_Your Name
Include your name on all attachments

Deadlines:

January 18th (to be considered for February)
February 15th (to be considered for March)
March 15th (to be considered for April)

A map of the courtyard can be found at ringlingunderground.tumblr.com

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17th Annual Evening of Excellence Art Show Picks Top 25

Sarasota, Florida – January 19, 2012 – Original works of art by twenty-five students from eight Sarasota County high schools captured top honors Wednesday night as their teachers, families, fans and other competitors cheered. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County kicked off festivities for the 17th Evening of Excellence with its U.S. Trust Reception, announcing Best of Show and Best of School winners for the annual competition.

2. 2012 Evening of Excellence award winners. Front row, l-r: Rachael Tuffland, Billy McConahay, Costantino Toth, Andre Johnson, Micah Mathewson, Tai Ngo. Middle row, l-r: Aubrey Neher, Isa Incaque, Rachel Hayden, Bethany Hamer, Elle Friedberg, Cara Collins, Briana Calderon, Julianna Burns, Elena Bucio, Olivia Russo, event chairwomen Meg Mahoney and Chris Cremer. Back row, l-r: Tori Tatge, Ainya Khachetoorian, Korri Lacalamita, Danielle Lablanc, Mahnoor Kamal, Holly Mastay, Margaret McCampbell, Haley Paulsen. Not pictured: Gabrielle Halula.

Rachael Tuffland, a Phoenix Academy freshman, won the Best of Show title for her electronic media piece, Chicken Comb-Over. Seven other Best of School winners include Julianna Burns from Sarasota High, Cara Collins from Venice High; Margaret McCampbell from Suncoast Polytechnical, Sarah Aubrey Neher from Pine View, Tai Ngo from North Port High, Haley Paulsen from Riverview High, and Tori Tatge from Booker High.

A panel of six art and design professionals selected the top twenty-five out of more than 330 entries submitted by students from every public high school in Sarasota County. All entries were on display for public viewing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, the scene of last night’s announcements.

Susan Scott and Mike Bryant, the Education Foundation’s new executive director and its board chairman, welcomed the audience of over 220 to the reception. School superintendent Lori White congratulated participants and praised families for supporting their students’ talents and aspirations. Ringling College president Dr. Larry Thompson presented the Heart of Art Awards, including free supplies and tuition for summer art classes, to an exemplary young artist from each high school.

Chris Cremer and Meg Mahoney, 2012 Evening of Excellence co-chairwomen, announced the winners. The student artists are donating all twenty-five of their winning pieces – paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture and more – to the Education Foundation. Both the students and their art will be photographed by Gene Pollux of Pollux Photography and Digital Imaging. Then each piece will be professionally framed by local galleries that are donating their materials and services.

1. Sponsor U.S. Trust’s Jeffrey Kaiser and Diane Huntley at the Juried Art Show Reception.

Finally, the students will be honored at the Evening of Excellence gala dinner and auction on February 24, when they will see their work auctioned off to the highest bidder. Last year’s event grossed over $250,250 in cash and in-kind support, including a live auction total of $29,400. Proceeds benefit the 41,000 students enrolled in Sarasota County’s public schools through the work of the Education Foundation.

The top twenty-five students receive monetary prizes starting at $500 as well as other gifts and recognition for their talent and generosity. Another five students receive Honorable Mention awards of $100 each. An estimated $40,000 in prizes, scholarships and art department grants will be presented during this year’s Evening of Excellence activities.

The Juried Art Show panel of judges includes Don Brandes and James H. Dean of Ringling College of Art and Design, artists Robert Farrell and Lisa Swift, photographer Gene Pollux, and Matthew McLendon, Ph.D. of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Evening of Excellence is both an innovative art program and a well-established Sarasota social event. This year’s theme is See the Ordinary. Create the Extraordinary., taking inspiration from the student whose award-winning work from last year’s event was adapted for the gala invitation. Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000. Individual tickets are $200, $250 for patrons. The date for this year’s dinner and auction is Friday, February 24. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. at Michael’s On East. To request an invitation or for more information, call the Education Foundation at 941-927-0965 or see the web site at www.EdFoundation.net.

4. Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Scott with board chairman Mike Bryant.

Masterpiece Sponsors are Al Weis & Bob Harris of Advanced Network & Services and the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Maestro Sponsors are Bank of America and Mills Gilbane.

Connoisseur Sponsors include Fawley|Bryant, Jeff and Cindy Kaiser, Jon F. Swift, Inc. and The Swift Family Foundation, McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc., Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Tandem Construction, Lakewood Ranch and Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

Virtuoso Sponsors are Engineering Matrix, Inc., Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos, P.A., Ringling College of Art and Design and SchenkelShultz Architecture. Artiste Sponsors include Advanced Masonry Systems, Bruce and Lisa Beckstein / Gene and Anne Beckstein, Florida Power & Light, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Matthews Eastmore, George W. McGonagill, SCENE Magazine and WilsonMiller – Stantec.

U.S. Trust sponsored the Juried Art Show Reception at Ringling College’s Roskamp Exhibition Hall. IDS – Interior Design Society of Sarasota is the invitation sponsor.

About the Education Foundation. Dedicated to quality education for all children, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County was founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization working in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and the community. With the support of individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and foundations, the Education Foundation awards more than a million dollars each year to initiatives that elevate our public schools to the top of Florida’s education system: teacher classroom grants, fine arts programs, scholarships and mentorships, Literacy for Life, the Texcellence Home Computer Donation Program, Teacher of the Year, Academic Olympics and the Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair. For more information visit EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.