Announcing the awards for this year's Alonzo Davis Fellowship! Congratulations to Judy Bolton-Fasman and Crystal Z Cambell. Alonzo Davis is one of our Silo118 artists, and since 2004 has been on the board of directors of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He established the Alonzo Davis Fellowship in 2007 - a two week fully funded residency!
In February, Len Davis had an exhibition, artist talk and workshop at the Holzhauer Art Gallery at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL., showcasing his “A Thousand Words” series. His next exhibition, in November, will be in the HSU Gallery at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. Upcoming exhibitions next year will be at the Quigley Gallery, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO and the University Art Gallery at Radford University in Radford, VA. Congratulations, Len!
Brian Atchley’s paintings look amazing installed in this gorgeous home! Brian worked with Assi Zipure on this project. Silo118 is available to work with decorators and interior designers to bring works from our roster of artists into all kinds of spaces!
When people see my sculptures they are surprised by the unusualness of the material, some see it as mud and trash, the vast majority see poetry, others see what we are made of, I like it when people say “They are alive!” projection of their emotions and beliefs in material as humble as the raw earth seems to me a window to compassion and respect for life, all life.
In some parts of the planet the soil is so damaged, polluted, that no plants or flowers grow anymore, in these places my sculptures are very valuable, not so much for the art, but because the mud/clay I use is virgin, fertile soil; what is paradoxical is that perhaps one day these earth sculptures will be jealously guarded in a museum of natural history of the planet and not in an art museum.
The transmutation of consciousness has beauty when respect happens to places, flora and fauna that are the balance of our own lives.
On the ground floor of my art studio, on top of the main door there is a window I have a piece of fusing glass that measures 2′ x 2′ x 1/2″, after 3 p.m. a beautiful light enters that changes intensity until it disappears when the sun is hidden. On cement and wood walls I have built different levels of shelves to place books, containers with brushes and spatulas, also in the high parts of the shelves I have sculptures in process, rolls of paper with drawings and sketches. The main work table is 3’ high and a surface of 4’x4′, the objects and materials that move on the table are always changing, cohabiting and saying goodbye with drills, flexometers, screws and tool boxes that go up and down, Sometimes, the table fills so much with a lot of stuff that it is necessary to clarify and decide, as we do with thoughts [when we think].
In the process of creation there are no rules, sometimes that apparent chaos is necessary, one night can be enough to turn all the elements, everything can happen at the same time: the crying, the madness, the joy, the love and a sculpture is born.
Coral pieces of recycled metal, computer parts, appliance parts, dried leaves, barks, sea shells, wooden blocks, maps of different cities stapled on the walls and some important publication or upcoming commitment on striking color paper, a piece of broken ceramic plate that I found in a bazaar, which has a truly inspiring grape painting on it. On the highest shelf, a 2’ tall woman-sculpture sits on a cube, has a crossed leg, while her arms rest, her neck keeps her head firmly erect with her gaze fixed on the distant horizon of the sea visible through the window.
Artist update and recent work from Roger Stevens! A Chicago-based photographer, Roger works with images of architecture and city life, often combining multiple shots into triptychs and overlays. Congratulations to Roger on upcoming shows this month: May 10 at the Greenleaf Art Center http://www.greenleafartcenter.com, where he is now a permanent artist; and May 23 at Zhou Brothers Art Center http://www.zhoubartcenter.com.
News and new work from Barbara Marks!
April 2019—A recap of my winter . . . I had paintings in three terrific shows—“Ear to the Ground,” curated by the stellar Julie Torres at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven; and, in NYC, at The Painting Center’s 25th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, and the Atlantic Gallery’s juried show, “Escape/ism.” Instead of heading south to dodge the winter, I chose to go north to the central highlands of Maine, and the town of Monson, on the shore of frozen Lake Hebron, where I spent the month of February as an artist-in-residence at Monson Arts. It was a very cold, very snowy, very productive, very wonderful month. I completed a set of eight paintings, three of which were curated into an invitational exhibition, “A Web of Artists: Friends from Social Networks,” at Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
On New Year's day, in a departure from drawing in accordion-fold albums, I began to make drawings on the inside of collapsed, disassembled packaging—formerly containing such ordinary items as bar soap, chocolate, tissues, crackers, Advil, and so on—upcycling something meant to be disposed of, by reëmploying it as the substrate for a drawing. The inaugural ten drawings in the series were curated into “Inside Out,” at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT.
Looking ahead, I'm thrilled about two upcoming residencies. I'll begin this summer by spending the month of June living and working in The Barn at the Edward L. Albee Foundation, in Montauk, Long Island ... and I'll end the summer with a monthlong residency totally devoted to paint and painting at the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY. I am grateful for these exceptional opportunities.
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 email@example.com.
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.