Archive for the ‘Exhibition Reviews’ Category

Japan Society

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Torii Ippo Torii IppoHonma Kazuaki Nagakura Ken’ichi

Established in 1907 the Japan Society is New York City’s single major producer of high quality content on Japan for an English-speaking audience. “The Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia”. Over the last few years Japanese artists have really pushed the boundaries in working with bamboo as a sculptural medium. Now on display at the Japan Society you can see New Bamboo the world’s first exhibition devoted solely to bamboo works. The exhibition features 23 innovators of all ages who have formed and shaped the bamboo in to beautiful works of art.

Peter Foucault at the Richmond Art Center

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The role of technology in art is rapidly increasing, even at Mary Washington.
Recently, many would say, professors have been fusing digital media and traditional media in the assignments they give to their students’ and the use other technologies, including blogs, have become increasingly important components of the classroom experience. In that spirit, I’d like to take a moment to encourage everyone to swing on down to the Richmond Art Center for Peter Foucault’s exciting exhibition, External Influences. The artist uses small robots in tandem with other artists from the Bay Area of California to create drawings. Check out the images below or follow this link: for more information. I have yet to see the exhibit myself but look forward to seeing it soon.

“Francesca Woodman in Room 8”-Tate Modern

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

In 1958, Francesca Woodman was born from well-known artists George Woodman (ceramist, painter, and photographer) and Betty Woodman (ceramist).  Francesca Woodman studied at Rhode Island School of Design and also completed a honors program in Rome, Italy.  Woodman lived and worked as a photographer and experimental video artist in New York and Italy.  After failed attempts of breaking into the fashion photography industry and suffering a lost relationship, Woodman committed suicide by jumping out her New York loft window in 1981 at age 22.

Woodman created over 10,000 negatives, of which, only about 120 have ever been exhibited.  Her photographs are typically black and white of either herself or other female nude models.  Purposely over exposing or creating movement while shooting, her works usually have small blurred portions that leave the figures nude, but not completely exposed.

At the Tate Modern in London, England I had the opportunity to watch a selection of her video art works.  One of the works shown was Woodman emerging from a sheet of paper that she slowly tears away and emerges from to reveal her naked body.

Take some time and look her up especially if you are interested in photography.  Her work is unbelievably mysterious and moving.  Each frame taken is like getting caught in a private moment in her mind.

Bill Armstrong and Milan Fano Blatný at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Monday, September 15th, 2008

It may take a four hour drive up the most frustratingly congested highway on the eastern seaboard to get there, but let me tell you, this exhibition in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is worth it. Armstrong, an American, and , from the Czech Republic present bold works based on the ancient meditative form of the mandala, a map for spiritual navigation. Armstrong’s work is non-objective, characterized by large swaths of highly saturated which he arrives at by setting his camera’s focusing ring to infinity. Blatný’s work is arrived at using a non-digital process in which he rotates the original image around the picture plane, referencing the mandalas symmetrical, “endless” form. Most of his pieces are titled after the site where the original image was captured. The work of both artist’s can only be described as breathtaking.

Armstrong's Mandala 453

Armstrong's Mandala 453

Blatny's Hannover

Blatný's Hannover

Traditional Mandala

Traditional Mandala

One of Blatný’s works, entitled Wolfsburg, after the city in Germany, was an image I found to be particularly noteworthy. When one examines it closely, the unmistakable shape of a Swastika begins to emerge from the quadratic form in the center of the composition.

Blatný's Wolfsburg

Blatný's Wolfsburg

Rotating Around McCarthy

Monday, September 8th, 2008

“Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement-Three Installations, Two Films” showing now through October 12, 2008 at the Whitney Museum are seldom seen works about rotation created by artist Paul McCarthy. McCarthy’s firmly conceived show, curated by Chrissie Iles, is being compared to California peers Robert Irwin and James Turrell, and films of Michael Snow and architectures of Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, and Dan Graham. Pieces like Bang Bang Room (1992), Mad House (2008), Spinning Room (2008) reflect roto-reliefs by Duchamp, primal enclosers by Francis Bacon, leaps into void by Yves Klein as well as connection with spaces like Disneyland and Winchester Mystery House. These novel works, though comprised of photography, video, and a rudimentary mask, are central to McCarthy’s vision. McCarthy’s deranged mixture of the unexpected and infantile are still present nonetheless, in this most recent exhibition..