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Art-Walk @Atl

May 23, 2012 in Art Blog, Atlanta Arts, In the News


A beautiful day for an art stroll, no too hot, daintily warm and a hissing buzz of a promising art scene, modest, but with the fervor and ambition of the large city that is Atlanta.
The scene starts at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, featuring the exhibition: Painters Panting and a round table discussion on Painting by Painters. A refreshing short and sweet banter on the artist’s process and the relevance of it’s practice in the contemporary art scene and in the context of the city of Atlanta. The consensus was that Atlanta is a growing city and has an increased population of visual artists whom have migrated for a reason or another and they are in it’s cusp waiting for a brake within. Small groups are forming, organizing a collective art’s agenda for the next era of art in Atlanta, so it seems. Here enters SEEK ATL that in their own words: “is an artist and art enthusiast group looking to get closer, dive deeper, and seek further into the Atlanta artist community.
We are interested in getting closer to the artist, their work, and their process by taking it one step further than the white walls and enter their studios where the magic happens. Atlanta has numerous talented artists and art enthusiasts and SEEK ATL wants to know where they are, what they are working on, and what they are talking about. Outside of just studio visits, SEEK meets once a month for drinks at a local watering hole to talk about happenings in Atlanta and to meet other art enthusiasts. The intentions are to start conversations, start meeting more people and start bringing Atlanta’s arts scene up the the peak it deserves.
LIST OF ARTISTS SEEK ATL HAS VISITED:
4/23/11- Shara Hughes www.sharahughes.com 5/23/11- Ben Steele www.steeleartist.com 9/24/11- Cosmo Whyte www.cosmowhyte.com 10/5/11- Gyun Hur www.gyunhur.com 11/20/11- Brendan Carroll www.brendancarrollarts.com 1/7/12- Anita Arless www.anitaarliss.com
-Love that spirit, the spirit of potential of what this city could/should be…


After that, we went to see the new exhibit at Emily Amy Gallery showing the first solo exhibit for Massachusetts-based painter, Bernd Haussmann: Darwin’s Coral. The exhibit is actually deceiving, from a distance the works can be mistakenly overlooked, but once close, the complexities of the textured surface, the interrupting colors that naturally go in and and almost slide to the other, its calming hues, assert a kind of visual surprise that relates to the familiar and a broad definition of nature.
Lastly, at the end of the strip that is the west side district, are two galleries worth visiting, first, Astolfi Gallery (which we paid a visit on their opening night on thursday), has a inaugural group show celebrating the opening of their fabulous new space with dramatic architectural features and generous ceilings.


Second, {Poem88} featuring Crossing Lines, works by William Downs and Brooke Pickett who worked collaboratevly to create a group of lovely drawings featuring the surrealist technique of the Exquisite Corpse with a more intimate twist. These works contain a kind of looseness and gestural freedom that is refreshing and even charming. Both artists complement each other and, at times, when the compositions take unexpected twists and turns, the more it compels you keep wanting to see more… so I did.

Express it Forward

April 15, 2012 in Art Blog, Art Practice, Just because

Express it Forward, brainchild of Ula Einstein is a philosophy and practice designed to activate your creativity-in-motion. In this episode we discuss perfectionism. Perfectionism, that sneaky bugger, chips away at our ideas. Perfectionism has no room for experimenting, playing, or process… Perfectionism is not a Standard — Perfectionism is an Obstacle!

Beyond The Comfort Zone

Stop Holding Your Breath

Good job Ula, Love what you are doing!

-Mariestella

Open Call!

March 13, 2012 in Art Blog, Art competition, Artist Submissions, Resources

Open Call!
Field Projects Show #4 curated by David C. Terry

Field Projects is pleased to announce our first open call exhibition; emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in our April exhibition, Show #4. Submissions will be viewed and selected for Show #4 by David C. Terry, Senior Program Officer and Curator at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). All of the submissions we receive will be considered not only for Show #4 but also for our upcoming exhibition calendar.

Field Projects is an NYC-based project space committed to opening the field and exhibition opportunities to other working artists. All of the submissions we receive will be considered not only for Show #4 but also for our upcoming exhibition calendar. As a growing space, this is a fantastic time to submit your work. We are looking for new talent, ideas and practices in the contemporary art field.

About the Curator
David C. Terry is the Senior Program Officer/Curator in the Programs and Awards Department, and manager of the Fellowship and Curatorial Programs at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Mr. Terry is a working artist, curator, juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program.

Terry was recently selected as a resident in the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant for Arts Workers in 2011 but also been the recipient of awards including AIM at The Bronx Museum; BRIO, Bronx Council on the Arts; The Puffin Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award.

Eligibility & Terms
-Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.
-All artwork submitted must be ready to hang.
-Artists living outside NYC are also welcome to apply, however you will be responsible for artwork shipping costs.
-Artists working in new media, film, or video- you will be required to use your own equipment for exhibitions.

Submission Fee
$25

Deadline
Friday April 6, 2012, 11:59 PM !!
(Please note, due to time limitations there will be no extensions)

About Show #4
-Selected artists will be notified the week of April 9th.
-All artwork must arrive at Field Projects by Monday April 23rd
-Show #4 opens on Thursday April 26th and will run through Sunday May 6th

to apply go to the Field Project’s website.

Unsolicited Submissions Will NOT Be Accepted

September 2, 2011 in Art Blog

Ugh, if I see another gallery making this statement.. I’m gonna! (fist shaking-quickly up in the air with the most annoyed look one can muster)

What is an emerging artist to do? How can an unrepresented artist pierce this barrier? Should you? Has it worked for you? What about the old-school take your work under your arm and do a face to face? For some this has worked like a charm, but for others like me- the idea of showing up to a gallery even if it is the right gallery for your type of art, seems like the scariest idea ever concocted.

The best way to face fear is to push through it.

Artists looking for a gallery are much like the chronically unemployed looking for a job; a sad lonely puppy looking for a home with the ever looming end always close. Well OK, I exaggerate, on the worse days it might feel like the latter but on a good day it is always a hopeful interesting day filled of possibilities. The real questions is how is your business-of-art-machine working, is it in need of some lube, (stop it you guys!, I’m serious! ;) I’m talking about the art of making the process of submitting your art to responsive art galleries and other opportunities a well oiled machine. A somewhat of a unemotional endeavor that has noting to do with the quality of your work but more of a process in which you are able to find the right art relationships where you are right now in your artistic journey. So where are you? Out of college, mid career, still searching for your art voice? Well, if you are like me maybe you have been all of these at some points of your art life.

The practice of sending your work as artists submissions is indeed humbling work, where it takes a bit of courage, confidence in your abilities and persistence to get results.

I was told waaay back in the beginning of my career that it averages 5 years to get started in an art career with gallery representation as well as a regular exhibition schedule. Now, I believe it depends. It depends on you and the amount of energy you put in this part of your artist career. One thing is to have an art practice and another is to have an artist’s career.

Artists also need to take other things into consideration i.e., living expenses and life in general (hum.. duh!?). Sometimes life in general is the very thing that takes the art right out of the artist because it seems impossible to sustain both. Years back when I lived in NYC I was at an opening in Chelsea and met this young attractive artist who from a distance had it all, she lived in a city filled with artist’s opportunities and the youth and care free independence that are soo necessary to get started in this artistic endeavor. We engaged in casual conversation and I started to ramble about the gallery I was starting with a good friend and this and that and of course my kids. She looked at me visibly distressed and responded to my rambling “Wow, you have kids too? I can’t seem to get any time in the studio.. let alone get a gallery to see my work. I’ve stopped working… I’m thinking of moving out of the city”. Her eyes wondered into the distance and I could feel her anxiety and all of her punishing self-doubt. All these years have passed and I’ve always wondered what ever happened to her and her artist-spirit. Did she move? Did she continue working?

I also remembered her when I felt exactly the same way and up-rooted my family outside of NYC feeling quite defeated. I still remember her when now, just occasionally, feels like things are stalking against my time at the studio or when I’m feeling like surrendering to life’s demands..

Agreed, it is at times challenging, and let’s face it, other times, making art seems impossible, but, I can tell you from experience it is attainable. The saying that goes “you CAN have it all” -a very American/feminist thing to say- is at its core true but the saying submits itself to “time” and “efficiency”. You cannot do all at once, well, I guess you can, but something’s got to give (and that usually is the kids in my house). So my interpretation is that you can have it all at different times. There are times for school, marriage, for children, there are times for a good job and there are times for art.. to name a few big ones.

Personally as a mother, wife, daughter, and then if I’m lucky artist- oh yeah, I forgot my “real” job, well today is (pick one): web graphic designer/small business owner/jewelry designer (geez I’m tired just writing about it.).

So what is important to you: The business of art or making art? -Both is also a good answer.

Yours truly,
Mariestella