Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Art of Science" Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

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I broke my left foot last weekend after crashing my bike whilst attempting to traverse the trolley tracks. After I posted the before and after images of my foot on Twitter and Facebook, in a blatant attempt to garner sympathy and gifts from my friends and followers, it seems many many bicycle enthusiasts have also taken a tumble on those trolley tracks. I think I am going to make a video art piece about my tragic accident to better understand why those tracks are so dangerous. Until my unscientific work is complete and as long as you do not ride your bike down South Main, be sure to check out the "Art of Science" exhibition that opens Friday night at the Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate School.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Park(ing) Day: You Had Me at “Roller Skating Disco Opera”

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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Friday, September 21st, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., 20 metered parking spaces along Peabody Place between Front and Second Streets will temporarily be transformed into public parks. In its second year at the downtown location, Park(ing) Day is an annual open-sourced global event where over 800 cities participate in the mission of calling attention to the need for more urban open space. The project began in 2005, when a single metered parking space was transformed into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco by Rebar, an art and design studio.

Projects at last year's Park(ing) Day Memphis included a sandy beach lounging area, a human library, and a pooch pub. I signed my wife and myself up for a Sleep Out on the River at Mud Island after hearing several songs from someone playing the banjo next to a teepee. (We never made the trip. With food, entertainment, tents and marshmallows provided, it looked like it could have been a great time. Oh well, there is always forever.)

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This year’s Park(ing) Day promises to be better. At least, I promise it will be better. With a Roller Skating Disco Opera being performed by multi-media artist Jill Wissmiller, how could it not?! I cannot tell you how often I have dreamed of a roller skating disco opera. No really. I have.

Scheduled events also include: an interactive diorama by Memphis City Beautiful, a virtual travel trailer vacation by Crosstown Arts and Jamie Harmon, and a Sculptural Performance by Elisha Gold, who will weld a life-sized steel sculpture on site. Look for me at the disco opera. I will not be traveling far from this beautiful beautiful thing.

Click this link to see more work from Jill Wissmiller.

Here is a link to the Facebook Park(ing) Day event.

Images of 2011 Park(ing) Day Memphis, from the event's Facebook page

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Constanza's "Light I" and the Art of the Press Release

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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“Light I,” by Constanza, will run for one night only, with an opening reception Friday, September 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Material Art Space.

Constanza is Guillaume and Judith, husband and wife, who began an art club in Paris, France. This is their statement from the press release regarding the exhibition:

“We have traveled to New York, and lived in Florida, and now Arkansas. Our art is a personal digestion of objects and ideas found in our different surroundings. The imagination is the real value. We are selling a piece of our imagination, our story, shaman studies, pie voleuse, art pauvre, art random, metapsy, metaxy, love and freedom.”

They go on to say: “To us this show is modesty. The candle holder is a place you can go to pray.  It is like an altar.  The altar is the visual link of somebody praying.  We accept the found objects and put them in the light with a lot of simplicity.  Our way of living with the light inside us.”

This is one of the most interesting statements and press releases I have ever read and I have no idea what it means.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

At Clough-Hanson, "In Search of ...": Art for the Sci-fi Nerd

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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When Hamlett Dobbins, director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery, sent me information for their upcoming exhibition season, I was pleasantly surprised to see what was to be the first exhibition, "In Search of..." Dustin Dennis, Amanda Lechner and Christopher Ulivo, organizers of the exhibition, released this statement.

In Search Of... was a 1970s speculative documentary TV series narrated by Leonard Nimoy famous for its expansive subject matter, semi-psychedelic visuals, and creepy lo-fi synth score. Yes, the style of the show is very appealing but there is a layer of appeal beyond its dated charm. One week’s programming may cover the lost city of Atlantis, the next show Bigfoot, followed by an alien pyramid architect debate. The possibility of super-natural or extra-terrestrial explanations to a theory was approached with excitement and imagination instead of skepticism and doubt. It was the ‘search’ that was important not the proof!  This methodology resonates with visual artists for whom the truth lies not necessarily in the depiction of life as it appears but instead as it might or could be.”

I am sci-fi nerd, and this exhibition appeals to me in several ways. I have tried on many occasions to be like Leonard Nimoy, narrator of the television show. Yet, this is a very different exhibition for the Clough-Hanson Gallery. Their programming mostly consists of traditional media with a focus painting. It will be interesting to see how this type of exhibition will work at the Rhodes College gallery.

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