Congratulations to Alonzo Davis on his current show NOMAD, which showcases work from his “Navigation” and “Migrant” series. The exhibition is on view at Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 through Sunday, April 21. Hours: M-F 10AM – 4PM. Click here for a wonderful review on EastCityArt.com.
Congratulations to Tom Pazderka on the sale of “Picasso” through Santa Barbara’s Glenn Dallas Gallery. About this piece, the artist writes: “Oddly enough, I was never that much into Picasso's work, thinking it was overexposed and overhyped. Doesn't help that I never liked the actual look and aesthetic of cubism in the first place. I get it that it has a place in art history, it's just not my cup of tea. Though I'd take Picasso over Warhol any day of the week. That said, to study up on Picasso, I watched a BBC doc on him just before I painted the picture, and I was actually taken aback a little by the late work he did, just before he died. He worked himself up into a frenzy as if he had shaken off the stifling effects of commercial success and made paintings that finally spoke his version of empathatic truth. Here was the work of a man faced with death and no amount of money or success could change that. Strangely, when the work was presented in an exhibition, the audience either didn't get it or didn't like it, or a combination of both. The work wasn't Picassoesque enough, it broke with a tradition he helped establish and left people in the dark. But to me this seemed that this was precisely when he made the best work, because he shook off the notion of what was expected of him. In other words, Picasso became a stranger for a little while. I'm glad I got to see that side of him and experience him as an artist rather than a monolithic presence in art history.”
Upcoming Exhibition: “Everything is True, Nothing is Permitted”
An exhibition of Tom’s work will be taking place at Bender Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. The show runs from May 4 through May 31, with a preview reception on May 3 from 5-8 pm. More about the show: “The exhibition is a commentary on the developing mores of the 21st century and the age of cyberspace. It is a play on the more familiar maxim, “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted” which Pazderka has reversed and given new meaning. Offered in this exhibition are a selection of paintings based on found family photos from the artist’s childhood, images of dictators titled with their original vocations and arresting images of smoke clouds from California wild fires near the artist’s studio. Pazderka works on reclaimed wood panel which he burns and then paints with a mixture of ashes, oil, charcoal and water.” (from press release)
Location: Bender Gallery
29 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Mon - Sat 10 - 6
Sun 12 - 5
“Hawaiian artist Sean Yoro likes to paint his evocative murals on precarious surfaces: melting icebergs, the burnt bark of trees and remote waterside walls at the mercy of rising tides, among others. The transient nature of the works, which are destined to naturally disappeared shortly after their creation, is used to bring attention to problems afflicting the environment.
“But for his latest project he's set an extraordinary challenge for himself: to paint underwater while freediving, a form of diving that involves breath-holding and no scuba gear.
“The project, titled “Deep Seads,” is a series of three works created in locations around Hawaii, designed to raise awareness around dying coral reefs.” (Jacopo Prisco, CNN)
Our friend Stuart Eiseman (a.k.a. Stuart Carey), a southern California artist, is seeking a living kidney donation. Please read and share this article to help him find a donor! If you have questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This NYTimes.com article tells the story of unconventional gallery spaces - from living rooms to apartments to sheds. Many galleries, including Silo118, do not have a traditional exhibition space - they/we create exhibitions in all sorts of unusual locations.
An immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Paris lets you literally step inside the artist’s work. Check out this article to find out more - the exhibition runs through Dec. 31, 2019.
Check out this process video from Brian Atchley!
Check out this NYTimes.com article to find out more about Danish artist collective Superflex and the Desert X exhibition that opens Feb. 9 and runs through April 21. It includes installations throughout the desert near Palm Springs, California.
Congratulations to Len Davis on his current exhibition, “A Thousand Words”, at the Holzhauer Gallery. The artist writes, “This series explores the interplay between the figurative & literal term consisting of 100 8” X 5” collages incorporated with drawings of peoples’ faces executed on text-filled newsprint pages. When looking at a person’s facial expression, you can tell how they’re feeling at that moment where as text, words, verbiage and recognizable text/identity marks explains it for you. Either way, we’re provided a mental image from both, which illustrate the fact that A Picture Is Worth "A Thousand Words”... illustrated on A Thousand Words.”
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, Feburary 12th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Reception: Feburary 12th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Workshop: Feburary 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Show runs from January 22nd - March 1st, 2019
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Northwest Florida State College
100 Campus Boulevard
Niceville, FL 32578 • (850) 729-6044
Silo118 painter Tom Pazderka was part of a recent panel discussion about art and immigration, and here is a great write-up from the Santa Barbara Sentinel!
An excerpt from the article (by Megan Waldrep): “It was an intimate gathering of the minds. Artist Tom Pazderka, First District Supervisor Das Williams, and UCSB Art Professor Marco Peljhan, and Editor and Curator of LUM Art Zine Debra Herrick commanded four sides of a large square table in a gallery at SBCAST. Moderator Ted Mills, host of The Funk Zone podcast, nudged the conversation along with questions that dug deep into the experiences of the panelist ranging from the impacts of immigration, politics, and how it relates to art as a whole.”
In 2017, Silo118 and the Squire Foundation welcomed Matt Sesow to Santa Barbara for a three-week residency and solo exhibition. The Washington, DC-based painter created over 200 pieces during that time. Here is an update about what Matt has been up to:
“Nebraska Stories” Interview on PBS - click here for a short video
When he was 8 years old, an accident that occurred near Matt’s childhood home in Nebraska would change his life forever. In this interview, he explains how painting has been a form of therapy, helping him express the emotions related to the event.
Museum Exhibition in Russia - click here to learn more
Four of Matt’s recent paintings were selected for the exhibition "Radical Fluidity: Grotesque in Art" at the MISP Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Today Matt will be presenting for 30 minutes on the story of his art, the inspiration, and offering advice to an audience of 300. Stay tuned for links to videos and pictures!
Bonnie is happy to share the release of a playfully surreal subversive video for trying times - and it’s all absolutely free with no strings attached! This three minute film supports the work of anarchist Ron Sakolsky's book "Birds of a Feather,” published by Eberhardt press. You can find the video and the link to the book here.
Tom Pazderka's exhibition "The End is the Beginning" opens with a reception Dec. 6th, 6-8pm at SBCAST! Pazderka, who came to the US from Czechoslovakia at age 12, explains, "The work I’m doing right now is exploring the incompleteness of the immigrant experience. It is something that I found inescapable. The immigrant experience is one of rebuilding a life over elsewhere and the challenges of doing that, while at the same time keeping intact the cultural background from which one came. Everything in my life and practice hinges on this incompleteness. I observe it and I live it daily. It makes life and work interesting, funny and challenging. It is also a very existential way of living life." From an interview with Debra Herrick for LUM Art Zine, full article at https://www.lumartzine.com/articles/tom-pazderka-interview-with-an-inward-immigrant
Check out this book about Cy Twombly (full disclosure: one of Bonnie's favorite artists). I discovered him in the museums of Europe in the early 80s and my interest in contemporary art did a complete 180. I became obsessed, even to the point of trying to meet him in Lexington, VA when I passed through that town. Never happened, much to my great disappointment. This looks to be a fascinating read.
Click here for a NY Times article about the book.
This article recently appeared on Artsy. People have long held a fascination with Van Gogh and the story of his ear. Actually if you ask most people about Van Gogh, that is the one thing they know about him. Well, here is more to the story.....
Click here to read the full article.
Can this be done in Santa Barbara?
I'm going through a similar process of transitioning to an on-line gallery from a brick and mortar space, albeit somewhat slower! This article gives me encouragement that I am on the right track, just with a lot more to learn! Thanks for coming along for the ride with Silo118.
Ai WeiWei, Chinese dissident and one of the most interesting artists in the world, has mounted "Life Cycle" an exhibition, simply put, about refugees, at the Marciano Art Foundation in L.A. It is on view until March 3, 2019. Admission is free, but it is a ticketed event. To reserve tickets: www.marcianoartfoundation.org. Click here to see an interview with the artist and read more about the exhibition in an article from CNN.
300,000 teapot spouts form part of the exhibition, representing the mouths of those who cannot speak and be heard.
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