What's Happening In Art This Week

1. Experimentation with sound, construction and metal

Calum Stirling, Burnt Sierra audio, rocks and samples 

Calum Stirling, Burnt Sierra audio, rocks and samples 

In his solo show Calum Stirling displays new and existing works that he created during his Anna Löbner Glasgow/Düsseldorf Exchange Residency. The three new works included in the show are Burnt Sierra, Dumont: Study for a bronze cast and Words still Warm.

In his work Burnt Sierra Stirling explores the potential of magnetically embedded audio into ferric materials (such as iron oxide, steel car parts and tram lines). Included in the installation is a reading by Barry Burns of a written account from recent discussions where Stirling talks about the process of audio embedding.

The existing works, which are presented alongside his new works, are a set of CNC self portraits and Interlude (2004) a single screen video work. In an interview published on Creative Scotland (http://www.creativescotland.com) Stirling revealed that 'ideas often appear [to him] in the tiny gaps in time between mundane everyday tasks''. He quotes William Blake 'Between two moment bliss is ripe'.

2. Still Life: Capturing the Moment

Bruce Cohen, Untitled (Interior with Violin and Anemones), 2001, oil on canvas

Bruce Cohen, Untitled (Interior with Violin and Anemones), 2001, oil on canvas

This exhibition displays works that question and go beyond the classic definition of a 'still life'. By doing so, the exhibition shows how the genre of still life continues to engage artists of today. The works featured are comprised of works from the museum's collection and from private collections. The works displayed are an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, photos and more. As a whole, the exhibition looks at the ways an artist can play with and alter the ideas of time, place and imagery in a still life work.

One of the artists represented in this show is Bruce Cohen. Cohen connection with Dutch still-life painting and Surrealism is clearly evident in his work. Cohen's paintings depict interiors and his sharp realist style makes his work immediately identifiable. He creates composition that include books, fruit, vases and flowers. Although human beings are absent from his work there always seems to be the feeling of human presence.

The exhibition is held at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert from August 06, 2015 - February 20, 2016

3. Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet

Heinrich Anton Müller (1869–1930), Untitled, c. 1927–1929, colored pencil on drawing paper, 22 5/8 x 16 3/4 in

Heinrich Anton Müller (1869–1930), Untitled, c. 1927–1929, colored pencil on drawing paper, 22 5/8 x 16 3/4 in

This exhibition is the first major U.S. exhibition to explore the introduction of Art Brut to America. This show takes another look at the largely unexplored chapter in outsider art history: the decade (1951-61). The selection is from the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Dubuffet donated his collection in 1971.

Dubuffet was attracted to the art of children and the mentally ill, and worked hard to promote their work by collecting it and declaring the notion of Art Brut. Dubuffet launched exhibitions that conflicted with the post-war mood of Paris. By presenting the public with child like images rather than images that restored the old values of France Dubuffet came under much criticism and was considered scandalous.

The presentation highlights Dubuffet’s strong belief in a new type of art that was not constrained by the hierarchical Western artistic tradition. He worked hard to promote creators who he believed were “uncontaminated by artistic culture.”

The exhibition is held at the American Folk Art Museum from October 13, 2015–January 10, 2016

4. Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms

In 1521, over half a millennium before Ferdinand Magellan arrive at the archipelago, now known as the Philippines, there were various connected societies that flourished there.

This exhibition is comprised of an impressive display of works of gold what were mostly discovered over the past forty years on the Philippine islands of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The findings, which include works of jewelry, funeral objects and ceremonial weapons, are evidence of the success and good fortune of the Philippine societies that prospered between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. 

The Philippines has the second largest gold deposit in the world and the works that are displayed in this exhibition are proof of the Philippine people's creative and industrious use of this plentiful resource. The objects on display provide clues about the workings and functioning of these once thriving lost cultures. Further findings, however, would hopefully shed more light on this fascinating time in history.

The exhibition is held at Ayala Museum, Philippines. September 11, 2015 – January, 3 2016

5. Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

Installation view of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic Photo credit: Joel Greenberg

Installation view of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic Photo credit: Joel Greenberg

Martin Wong Taino Invasion from Outer Space, 1993,  Oil on canvas and mixed media,  62 x 104 inches

Martin Wong Taino Invasion from Outer Space, 1993,  Oil on canvas and mixed media,  62 x 104 inches

Human Instamatic is the first retrospective exhibition of the work of Chinese-American painter Martin Wong (1946-1999) since his early death. The exhibition features over 90 of Wong’s paintings along with rarely-seen archival materials from the Martin Wong Papers at the Fales Library of New York University. The exhibition is comprehensive in its coverage of Wong's work and depicts works from his beginnings as an introspective youth through to works he created in the mid 1970's when he defined himself as the 'Human Instamatic'.

A major theme in Wong's work is his engagement with his community. The works in the exhibition reflect the places where he has lived. There are rendering of the LES Latino communities, NYC's Chinatown and works from 1994 (nearing the end of his life) that he created in San Francisco. His works also allude to the different persona he adopted, namely that of the mythologis, homoeroticist, existential tourist and urban resurrectionist. 

The exhibition is held at The Bronx Museum of the Arts from November 4, 2015 to February 14, 2016.

6.  Vietnam Fine Arts Exhibition

Nguyen Khac , A Di Da Phat (Buddha), A wood carving painting

Nguyen Khac , A Di Da Phat (Buddha), A wood carving painting

The Vietnam Fine Arts Exhibition, held in Hanoi, features works selected from more than 4,000 entries sent by artists from all over Vietnam. More than 400 artworks are on display and these works cover a range of mediums including: painting, graphics, performance art and video art. All artworks were created between the years 2011-2015.

"Works displayed here show the responsibilities of artists to history and contemporary life, the connections between artistic generations, and between tradition and modernity to popularize the development of Vietnamese fine arts," said Hoang Tuan Anh, minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said while addressing the awards ceremony on December 9.

Two works of art were awarded gold medals, a wood carved painting titled A Di Da Phat (Buddha) by Nguyen Khac Han, and a statue featuring Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, made of granite stone by Dinh Gia Thang.

7. Jun Ong embeds five-story glowing star in unfinished building in Malaysia

Photo by Ronaldas Buozis

Photo by Ronaldas Buozis

Photo by Ronaldas Buozis

Photo by Ronaldas Buozis

KualaLumpur based architect and artist Jun Ong has created a lighting installation called 'Star' as part of the Urban Exchange Festival. 'Star' can be seen in the Malaysian town of Butterworth.

The lighting installation is five-stories high and is embedded in an unfinished concrete building. It is created from 500 meters of steel and LED cables. The huge frame is made up of cables that are anchored to the ground and connected to beams and near by buildings. The result is a network of interconnected lights that form the stunning shape of a colossal star.

Through his work Ong hopes to rejuvenate Butterworth, and save it from its current desolate and dilapidated state.  According to description of the project given “The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island.”

8. Finding comfort in an uncomfortable imagination

Pictured: Fig-leaf Curtain

Pictured: Fig-leaf Curtain

Ana Prvacki is a Serbian-born Los Angeles based performance artist with a unique idea.  Ana believes that artist need to contribute to the goal to have a more sustainable world. As such she believes that artists need not create everything they envisage in tangible form. As she says:  ‘Not every idea needs to be manifested’ and ‘I don’t think we need to be shipping massive installations all over the world for exhibitions.’

Her exhibition is held in Singapore at alma mater LASALLE College of the Arts (where she studied). The exhibition involves her ideas collected into a 136-page catalogue. The only thing in the gallery are two thousand copies of the catalogue. The pages of the catalogue are also framed on the wall. The idea is for visitors to simply read the pages which are document ideas, most unfulfilled, for artistic performance pieces.

The exhibition is held from Saturday 12, December – Wednesday 3 February.



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