What's Happening In Art This Week

1. Chris “Daze” Ellis: The city is my muse

The Odyssey, Chris “Daze” Ellis

The Odyssey, Chris “Daze” Ellis

In the late 1970s and early '80s Chris Ellis (b. 1962) expressed himself through the art of graffiti writing, which he painted on the city's streets and subway systems. During this period Ellis, who was best known by his street name “Daze”, gained fame as a street artist.  In 1980 Ellis attended a two-moth project at Sam Esses Studio which aimed to introduce graffiti writers to the world of studio art and this sparked his interest in studio art. From this point onwards Ellis began to combine spray paint and oil and acrylic to create his works on canvas. He retained the vitality and energy of the graffiti movement within his paintings while introducing figurative elements to his work. “His paintings are imbued with memory of the New York of his youth, but remain unbound by nostalgia. Ellis celebrates the city in its present form, from the colorful lights of Times Square to the calm of the Staten Island Ferry.” explained Sean Corcoran curator of Prints and photographs at the city museum.
Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City is my muse is open November 18 2015- May 1 2016 at The Museum of the City of New York.

 

2. JIM SHAW: The End Is Here

Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009. Installation; acrylic on muslin canvas stretched over plywood panels, dimensions variable. Collection Eric Decelle, Brussels.

Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009. Installation; acrylic on muslin canvas stretched over plywood panels, dimensions variable. Collection Eric Decelle, Brussels.

The Museum presents the first New York survey exhibition of the work of Jim Shaw (b. 1952).  Sharw's art draws on an impressive range of skills. He draws on a wide range of art movements including that of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Conceptualism. His work is also uses elements such as comic strips, kitschy illustration styles, psychedelic posters and obscure religious iconography. Shaw makes connections between his own psyche and the subconscious of America as a whole; its political, spiritual and social histories. His work analyzes neglected forms of vernacular culture and comments on consumer desires, religious fervor and alludes to the variety of conflicting forces that individual Americans are subjected to. The exhibition takes up three floors of the museum and as such is a comprehensive display of the ingenuity of his art. 
The End is Here is on display from 10/7/15-1/10/16 at The New Museum.

 

3. Illustrative & Stitched Drawings - Various Artists

Centre: Curator Esen Kaya (left) and Whitburn artist Anne Curtis New exhibition Illustrative and Stitched Drawings at the Customs House, South Shields and features the work of regional, national and international artists.

Centre: Curator Esen Kaya (left) and Whitburn artist Anne Curtis New exhibition Illustrative and Stitched Drawings at the Customs House, South Shields and features the work of regional, national and international artists.

Illustrative and Stitched drawings explores the role of drawing and challenges traditional perceptions of drawing through the mediums of illustration and textiles.  A wide variety of artists are represented in the exhibition, including regional, national and international artists.
One artist that is represented is Rieko Koga a Japanese artist who lives and works in Paris. The works she is exhibiting are of her studio and her kitchen. She says that she draws with thread without making corrections or alterations as she works.
 Another artist represented in the exhibition is Helen Edling from Sweden. In her work she connects the hand drawn line to the machine stitched line. She draws obscure figures and patterns on greaseproof paper and then stitches elements of the work together.
The Curator of the exhibition Esen Kaya says, “The work in the exhibition is very different but the synergy between them is the thread and language of drawing; whether it is the expression of an idea for a more formal illustration or an intuitive stitched line that expresses a thought process.”
Illustrative and Stitched drawings is held at The Custom House gallery in South Shields from 28/11/2015-10/01/2016

 

4. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Gods Reptilian Finger

God's Reptilian Finger, 2015. Polystyrene, fiberglass, fluorescent pigment, resin, UV blacklight.

God's Reptilian Finger, 2015. Polystyrene, fiberglass, fluorescent pigment, resin, UV blacklight.

Babylonian Fantasy, 2015, Polystyrene, pigment, resin.

Babylonian Fantasy, 2015, Polystyrene, pigment, resin.

In his art practice Ramirez-Figueroa derrives his themes and subject matter from the worlds of folklore, dreams, mythologies, magic and conspiracy theories. The playful colors and humor of his work cushion the effect of his heavier reference to the Guatemalan civil war of 1960-96. The exhibition is comprised of two newly commissioned sculptural installations. Both installations focus on the archeology practiced by Mormon missionaries in Guatemala since 1947. It also looks at the current followers of contemporary British conspiracy theorist David Icke.
The first gallery displays the work titled Babylonian Fantasy, It is an installation made up of four gold geometric shapes. The shapes are constructed from polystyrene and resin shield and within this shield are jelly like worms. The motivating idea behind this work is Icke's view the global ruling classes are the descendants of an ancient extra-terrestrial reptilian race (the 'Babylonian Brotherhood')
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: God's Reptilian Finger is on display at Gasworks 26 November 2015- 7 February 2016

 

5. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

 

Alexander Clader, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots.

Alexander Clader, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots.

Alexander Clader, Red and Yellow Vane.

Alexander Clader, Red and Yellow Vane.

 Alexander Clader was born in Philadelphia in 1898. His chose of career seemed predetermined as both his father and grandfather were sculptors. Calder's main contribution to the sculptural tradition was to add a kinetic element to what had otherwise been a static medium. Marcel Duchamp used the name 'mobiles' in reference to his creations.Calder did not begin by making mobiles however, His early works were sculptures out of wire.  The sculptures are reminiscent of drawings.
Calder's approach to sculpture changed after a visit to the studio of abstract painter Mondrian in 1930.  In 1931 he created the mobile. His mobile twist and turn in the air and their apparent constant motion often has both a pleasing and satisfying affect. They are powered either by the wind, an individuals touch or sometimes by a motor.
 Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is held at the Tate Modern from 11 November 2015–3 April 2016.

 

6. Gijs van vaerenbergh builds sculptural steel labyrinth at former coal mine

A one kilometer maze of steel corridors comprises walls that tower 5 meters above the earth all photography Filip Dujardin

A one kilometer maze of steel corridors comprises walls that tower 5 meters above the earth all photography Filip Dujardin

Gijs van Vaerenbergh, He cut-outs outline fragments of the environment

Gijs van Vaerenbergh, He cut-outs outline fragments of the environment

Gijs van Vaerenbergh builds a sculptural steel labyrinth at a former coal mine. The installation is featured at the central square of c-mine art center in Genk, Belgium. It is the result of a collaboration of Belgin architect and artist Pieterjan Giljs and Arnout van Vaernberg.

The piece is a one kilometer maze of steel corridors. The walls are 5 meters high and thus completely surround the viewer. The viewer finds themselves engulfed by the massive imposing structure. A sphere a cone and a cylinder are cut out of the structure. This gives the structure a sculptural feel. It also works to frame the environment around as the people within the maze can look through the cut out shapes out into the surrounding landscape. In this way the work creates a tension between form and transparency and part and the whole.
Visitors are also permitted to ascend the old mine shafts that are found on site.

 

7. Ennis hosts major touring Irish Art Exhibition

30 years, 30 artist, 30 places.

30 years, 30 artist, 30 places.

Launched in glór Ennis on December 7th ahead of an extensive nationwide tour. The exhibition is one of the most significant exhibitions in Ireland in recent times. The exhibition title refers to the 30 since local authorizes started providing for the arts, the 30 artists who are participating, and the 30 places the exhibition will be shown at.
The exhibition features renowned artists along side emerging artists. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Tony O'Malley,  John Kindness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch, Cora Cummings, Lisa Fingleton, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson. “The collection being exhibited speaks of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.”  said Siobhan Mulcahy the current Clare Arts Officer and Chair of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers.

 

 

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