Through the physical act of painting, Stewart creates a place that attempts to be familiar, yet will always be distant and beyond reality. His process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen, experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, places of personal significance and transience are examined. These studies are abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way that honors the locale while becoming something new. Schematic drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory; memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts. The abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.
An opening reception will take place on June 2, 2017 at 6pm followed by a gallery talk with the artist on Wednesday, June 21st from 7 – 8 pm.
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For more information on the artist, visit http://www.jasonmstewart.net/.
“Elemental, universal, sustenance, beautiful, dangerous, the river and the woman merge and become one entity. Sharing a deep passion for the River Woman, our artists express their awe while raising awareness of the fragility and the amazing resilience of the rivers in our lives. “ – Nancy Cohen
This exhibit will feature new work by Nancy Cohen, Fritz Horstman, Ellen Kozak, and Kathleen Vance.
Opening of the exhibition River/Woman at ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 18 from 6-8pm with an artists talk at the gallery on Sunday March 26 at 3pm.
ODETTA Gallery is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at 229 Cook St.
Additionally, Fritz Horstman was recently in conversation with MIT Geophysicist Daniel H. Rothman at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum about water flow through natural landscapes.
With the upsurge of images being generated by photojournalists and social media outlets alike, Davin Watne’s Picture the Wall combines appropriated images, plein air paintings, and graphic depictions of flags to consider contemporary methods of representing nationhood, history, and contemporary American life.
The history of oil painting is steeped in the rhetoric of power. Evidenced by painters like Jacques-Louis David, who created public relations campaigns for political figures like Napoleon, and Gilbert Stewart, who painted the iconic portrait of George Washington. Drawing from this legacy, Picture the Wall employs the same visual language to interrogate how we understand our contemporary times and our social landscape through the images produced today.
Picture the Wall will be on view through February 17, 2017 at Quigley Gallery, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.
Artist’s lecture will take place at Kincaid Concert Hall on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30pm.
For more information on the artist, visit www.davinwatne.com
In Rhizomes of Place, everyday materials like duct tape and cardboard, wood and paint are assembled into a site specific installation to communicate notions of “place.” Stewart says “I am interested in addressing the distinctions of place and its ever changing context through a poly-vocal and multi-modal practice.” Through the action of recycling previous sculptures and presentation formats, adding a new voice to the cluster of works, coopting the attic-space as another piece and provoking the viewers to reflect on their own positioning within this dialogue, Stewart neatly explores and plays with his subject.
This exhibition will be on view through December 19, 2016 with a reception and artist conversation moderated by Emily Harris (MFAST ‘13) on Saturday, November 5th, 2-6pm.
For more information, visit jasonmstewart.net and northwillows.com.
Doris Ulmann Galleries at Barea College is presenting “Borders & Migration: Shifting Geographies,” a solo exhibition of works by MFAST mentor Renee van der Stelt. In recent years, millions of refugees have been migrating throughout the Middle East due to violence and contested territories. Global economic power struggles for oil along with the control of governments continue to cause lines on the land to shift. This exhibition presents a visual response to the complexity of borderlines and ongoing human migration from the Middle East.
Renee van der Stelt is currently a faculty member in the MFAST program and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. In her mixed media works she seeks formal and conceptual ways to assimilate drawing into the sculpted form.
The exhibition is on view through October 18, 2015 at Barea College in Barea, Kentucky. An artist talk will be held September 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Brossman Gallery at York College of Pennsylvania is hosting “The Lettering Office,” a solo exhibition of works by faculty member Melanie Rodgers (MFAST ‘02.) In this exhibition, Rodgers explores how the graphic design form can be used to convey a personal narrative, and how this content is interpreted by the viewer. This selection of paintings, publications, and objects is also an investigation into the mechanics and aesthetics of the hand-lettered form.
“The Lettering Office” will be on view from August 24 through September 19, 2015. A reception will be held on September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby, preceded by Rodgers’ lecture, “Stop Learning New Things,” at 5:30 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall.
For more information, visit: www.ycp.edu
As part of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Big Table Connections programming, MFAST alumna Eileen Wold, along with artist Hugh Pocock, will explore the intersection of human needs and ecology in Rirkrit Tiravanija’s piece Untitled (bicycle shower). The talk will be followed by a hands-on workshop investigating energy systems. “The Ecology of Objects” talk and workshop will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 441-573-1832 or visit www.artbma.org.