Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ferran Garcia Sevilla

CIMA 7, 1984, distemper on canvas, 195 x 195 cm.

MONA  24,1986, distemper on canvas, 152 x 172 cm.

CIEN 15, 1987, distemper on canvas, 162 x 130 cm.

From the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) 2010 accompanying an exhibition of the artist's work from that year:

Spanish painter Ferran Garcia Sevilla is a collector of images. His eclectic pictorial style draws on his travels in the Middle East, and on comic books, urban graffiti, philosophy and Eastern cultures, resulting in great sensuous open spaces in which everything blends together, both in terms of iconography and ideas. His raw, colourful, primitive canvases are often peppered with caustic, hand-scrawled commentaries on life and politics. These paintings display the use of automatism, playfulness and flat symbols, and figures floating over solid ground. Turning to ancient and non-Western sources, he has long employed religious symbols – the hand, circle, tree, triangle and cross. His aim is to empower and also challenge these charged forms, not to trivialise them.

CIEN 27, 1987, distemper on canvas, 162 x 130 cm.

MONA 15, 1986, distemper on canvas, 172 x 152 cm.

MONA 32, 1986, distemper on canvas, 200 x 170 cm.

MONA 18, 1986, distemper on canvas, 172 x 152 cm.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

David Foss @ LGTripp Gallery

Dwayne Butcher: The Politics of Inclusion @ David Lusk Gallery

Still from the digital short, Watermelon, by Dwayne Butcher
image © the artist

Dwayne Butcher: The Politics of Inclusion
On view through March 31
David Lusk Gallery
4540 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

Read a review of the exhibition by Fredric Koeppel for The Commercial Appeal here.

Visual Memphis

Laurel Sucsy, Sweet Jane, 2012, oil on linen, 59 x 55 in.
image © the artist.

Check out the new monthly art magazine / blog, Visual Memphis, by Dwayne Butcher.
Butcher's last blog, Artbutcher, was a staple in the Memphis art community and his new endeavor promises to fill the void left by the former blog's closing last February.

From Visual Memphis' welcoming statement:

Visual Memphis is dedicated to the visual arts and artists of Memphis. The quality and number of artists that are currently in and from Memphis is astounding. Really. This website will post monthly contributions by and for this community. Each month we will post images from studio visits with a practicing artist, an interview with a current student, illustrations from recent graduates, stream-of-consciousness writing from  a variety of artists, an examination of architecture and a number of reviews and essays. In between "issues" there will be posts on specific topics from specific people. (Which really means posting the articles that writers did not get to me in time!) Also, we will be posting event information for recent and upcoming exhibitions in the area throughout the month.

Follow the link above to visit Visual Memphis or click the link in the sidebar, to the right, under Art Blogs.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sharon Butler Lectures @ Zeitgeist Fine Art in Nashville

Artist and art writer Sharon Butler

Artist and art writer, Sharon Butler will participate in the Nashville Cultural Arts Project spting 2012 Insight? Outta Sight! lecture programs. The series, held @ Zeitgeist Fine Art, is designed to ignite creativity and discussion about contemporary art and social engagement.

Sharon Butler is an artist and art writer who maintains the award winning art blog Two Coats of Paint and is a contributing writer for the Brooklyn Rail. Butler has upcoming shows at Pocket Utopia in NYC, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT and Seasons in Seattle, WA. She is a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University and divides her time between New York City and Washington DC.

Sharon Butler
Wednesday, March 28
Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Pot Luck: 6:00 - 6:30 pm
please bring a dish/drink/question.

Zeitgeist Fine Art
1819 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dark Matters @ Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

Ryan Cobourn

Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen

Arthur Dove

Arthur Dove

Andrea Belag

Ellen Phelan

Ellen Phelan

Installation view

Installation view

Andrea Belag, Ryan Cobourn, Arthur Dove, Bill Jensen, Ellen Phelan
February 23 - March 18, 2012
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
208 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Studio Visit With Ravenna Taylor

Here you will find a photo essay of my recent visit to the Lambertville, New Jersey studio of Ravenna Taylor.
Ravenna also maintains her own blog, Lagoon, that you can visit here.

Ravenna Taylor in her studio. Lambertville, NJ 2012.

From the artist's statement: 

Visual sensation stirs my attention to perception and thought; as emotion and thought impact senses and perceptions, my curiosity engages. My imagery derives from such observations, the dovetails and overlaps of lived experience.

My paintings chronicle my choices; to choose is to begin, to be alive, to be human. Several of these pieces began as other works I’d thought were finished, but which I turned back into beginnings. I’m calling this assembly of work “re: Vision,” to disclose the revisiting, and refer to my preoccupations with our powers of perception and thought.

I compose my pictorial abstractions to excite associations. While nature’s phenomena inform the paintings, our human nature provides the long warp on which I weave. I have some favored subjects and allusions to arrange, like Morandi’s bottles. Among them figure time, games, measures, maps, reflections and shadows. Artistic influences range widely, from Mughal miniatures to Modernism. I delight in color, harmony, patterns, and ambiguities. I construct and destroy, obscure and clarify; I celebrate choice, and our humanity.

Ravenna's work is currently on view in the online exhibition Ravenna Taylor: Re-Vision at Galerie Cerulean here.
The exhibit will be on view through April 8.