Thursday, February 13, 2014

Redman in Through the Eyes of the Mother

At last, motherhood by women artists is a topic that is being given fine arts consideration.Helen Redman's latest version of "The Other Side of Birth" (originally conceived in 1994) is currently on view at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago. The exhibition Through the Eyes of the Mother combines works by women artists in Korea and the United States during the February 8-15 Women’s Caucus for Arts and College Art Association conferences.

The Other Side of Birth by Helen Redman is a mixed-media, wrapped canvas, cut-out piece, 55"x25"x5".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FIG Artists in Lure

Lure: all is not what it seems is the current exhibit at the Mesa College Art Gallery in San Diego, California. FIG members Susan Myrland and Alessandra Moctezuma were involved, Susan as guest curator and Alessandra as Gallery Director for the gallery on the college campus. The exhibit opened last week and continues through February 27. FIG members Stephanie Bedwell and Moya Devine have work in the show, and Anna Stump was involved in the opening with her group Mid-Air Trio (Stump as painter, Joyce Rooks as composer, and Natalia Valerdi as dancer), which performed that night, despite the weather.

Myrland's statement starts with a description of seduction: From the Siren songs of Anthemoessa to the ping of an incoming message, humans fall prey to being seduced. Color, light, sound and movement lure us into paying attention. What do we receive in exchange? Are we rewarded and fulfilled, or have we been led astray?
In Lure, 24 artists examine ideas of temptation, attraction, deception, repulsion, satisfaction and satiation. Belief systems are questioned and the curtain is pulled away--or is it? The most powerful seduction is never obvious.
Lure explores new forms of Light and Space art within the framework of the exhibition's theme, accentuating interactivity and engagement. The reception included projections from San Diego artists Moya Devine and Omar Lopex along with performances by Mid-Air Trio plus the international experimental audio collage group Mannlicher Carcano. Video of these performances will be included in the exhibit.
Moya Devine with Kiss during the opening...

Inside the gallery, visitors will find an array of works ranging from the cool, minimalist polish of Kim Garcia's Devoid, which uses lenses and prisms to push the viewer away, calling attention to the loss of intimacy in today's society--to Dave Ghilarducci's interactive Procrastination, a playful look at our blind obedience to technology--to Bret Barrett's dark kinetic sculpture, The Unbearable Uniqueness of Conformity, a piece of pure motion filling the front window of the gallery and referencing, among other things, The Burghers of Calais and Abu Ghraib--to Miri Chais' mesmerizing mirrored Plexiglass sculptures, the Rabbit Holes, shimmering, colorful voyages to imaginary and symbolic places that exist between the virtual world and the natural one.
Stephanie Bedwell inside her piece, Bower...

Lure is a new venture for Mesa College Art Gallery, expanding the gallery's reputation for presenting challenging experimental work by local and national artists.
There is a wide variety of work in the exhibit...
 Artist Moya Devine experiences a selfie in Bedwell's sculptural piece...
 A detail of Bower, by Myrland...
Mid-Air Trio, formed in 2010, improvises in the intersection of three artforms: music, dance and painting. Painter Anna Stump creates live portraits...
as dancer Natalia Valerdi alternately moves and poses.
Composer and timekeeper Joyce Rooks mixes the soundscape in real time.
As Valerdi reads, Stump paints...
with the audience participating in the work with their presence.
The gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 11-4 PM, and Thursday 11-8 PM. It is closed Fridays, weekends, and school holidays. Susan Myrland will give a curator talk Thursday, February 20, at 11 AM at the gallery. Myrland was pleased that so many FIG members came to support the exhibit and our participating artists. One of the topics we discussed at our last meeting was the support that female artists can bring to each other, and this is evidence of our commitment to that goal, because traffic and weather were not conducive to getting to the opening. If you haven't seen the show, stop by in the next few weeks!

Many thanks to Michael Field, Susan Myrland, Moya Devine, Leah Younker, and Anna Stump for providing info and photos for the exhibit. Both Flickr sites have photos of other artists' work in the exhibit, for those who are interested.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

FIG Artists Younker and Dunn in Nature: Improved

FIG artists Leah Younker and Jeanne Dunn currently have work in a group of shows titled Nature: Improved, San Diego Artists Interpret Our Landscape, with Bram Dijkstra as lead curator and Alessandra Moctezuma, Mesa College Art Gallery Director, as co-curator.
The main exhibit is at the Oceanside Museum of Art through February 23, and includes Younker's One-Note Song (2011, 24x48", oil on canvas)
and Younker's Looking East (2009, 35x54", oil on canvas).
There are two satellite shows at the University Club in downtown San Diego through April 27 and at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park through March 3. The University Club is private, but has lectures on Sundays for $15.

Dunn's piece Tangle Tree Series: Wary (58x48", acrylic on paper on panel) is at the San Diego History Center...
and her Tangle Tree Series: Discretion (60x42", oil on canvas) is at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Younker has a few pieces at the History Center, including Lucky Lady (2013, 24x48", oil on canvas).

The smaller exhibit at the University Club was a celebration of the fact that the two museums collaborated on the exhibit, and Dunn and Younker were chosen from that larger group for the smaller show, which is quite an honor.

Other curators were SDHC Director Charlotte Cagan, OMA Director Daniel Foster, former Director of SDMA and now Director of the Art Gallery at USD Derek Cartwright.