Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The 29th Annual Fall Art Auction at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Exhibition: October 2 – 24; Auction: Saturday, October 24

Online Auction Gallery Now On View

Septmber 2009, SAN JOSE, CA – The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in San Jose is proud to present its signature Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction. Now in its 29 th year, this comprehensive exhibition of more than 100 art works by some of the hottest artists in the Bay Area opens with a special member‐only exhibition preview from 5pm to 6pm on Friday, October 2 nd. A public reception is scheduled from 6pm to late during the popular South First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown San Jose’s SoFA arts and entertainment district.

The exhibition culminates with a live auction of spirited bidding on Saturday, October 24 th; doors open at 6pm and auction bidding begins promptly at 7pm. An image gallery of the artwork is now available online at www.sjica.org.

"Check out the whole auction on line, including work by people you know...Henrik Kam, Luis Delgado, and me! All surprisingly affordable, and for a great cause."


Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative"

Utah State University Department of Art Exhibition:
"Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative"
in the Chase Fine Arts Center's new Studio 102

Aug 31-Sept 26, 2009

“‘Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative,’ curated by assistant professor Eileen Doktorski, brings together seven artists who are innovative in the realm of narrative art,” said exhibition coordinator Scott Foster. “Their diverse works convey messages that are both timely and personal. Collectively, these works share themes of captivity and isolation. They invite viewers to consider the images and modes of presentation. Visitors who bring thought and imagination to the process of deciphering each work will be rewarded by the content revealed.”
The 2009-2010 Tanner Project “Crossing Boundaries” is a year-long series of art exhibits, theater performances and national and international artists and scholars in presentations at USU.
“Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative” is a hosted by the Caine School of the Arts and is supported by the Tanner Foundation, the Utah Arts Council and the Utah Humanities Council. Artists with work in the exhibition include Donna Anderson Kam, drawing, San Francisco, Calif.; John Feodorov, sculptural installation and painting, Seattle, Wash.; Joan Fitzsimmons, photography/collage, Hamden, Conn.; Jacek Malinowski, video, Warsaw, Poland; Wendy Red Star, photography, Portland, Ore.; Shawn Richards, painting, Raleigh, N.C.; and Jose Torres-Tama, performance, New Orleans, La.

Art that matters

"The Chalkboard" Salt Lake Tribune, 9,03,09

Utah State's art school is sure to turn heads with its ambititious year-long Crossing Boundaries, an indisiciplinary arts project featuring 50 artists, both visiting and faculty, presenting work that celebrates cultural diversity and sometimes takes critical looks at the inequities in American society.

It kicked off Monday with Jose Torres Tama's pyrotechnic performance piece "Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans after Katrina," staged in the Morgan Theatre.

Video clips of Torres Tama's work are hanging through Sept. 26 in the Chase Fine Arts Center's new Studio 102 as part of a seven-artist exhibition. "Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative" uses sculpture, painting and video to reflect on themes of isolation and captivity.

"There's some really challenging work in that studio," said Carolyn Cardenas, USU's art department chairwoman and chief organizer behind Crossing Boundaries.

That’s one way of saying viewer discretion is advised. Take Jacek Malinowski’s video installation HalfAWoman, for example, about a legless woman starring in a shoe commercial.

Check the Tribune's Sept. 13 arts section to read more about this provocative program that will feature three or four public functions, such as roundtables, performances, openings and lectures, a week through the end of the school year. Studio 102 serves at Crossing Boundaries' headquarters with rotating exhibitions.

--Brian Maffly

2, pieces exhibited by Donna Anderson Kam include: "non-potable 2" (shown here) and "toxic" from the "paranoia 1 project".