“Poems from the Mountains”, an exhibition of new paintings and poetry, by Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12) now on view

Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD presents “Poems from the Mountains”, a new series of paintings and poetry by Bart O’Reilly.

O’Reilly states: “The work comes from impulse. A desire to capture something as quickly and effectively as possible before moving on to the next set of unknowable circumstances. Not to act on the impulse means the next day the painting or the poem will be something entirely different. This is why most of these paintings and writings are the result of one intensive session. They are intricately bound up in the now, the instantaneous, the desire to articulate, the personal, perceptions of the external and the potential mixtures of all of these intensities. Forget and remember their original intention, then leave a door open for the next moment, always in a state of becoming.”

Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College is located at 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

Opening reception and poetry reading on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30-7:00pm.

Exhibition on view through April 2, 2017.

Jacqueline Bishop (MFAST ’16) part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston

The 2017 Jamaica Biennial is organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. With a focus on Jamaica and Jamaica Diaspora artists with specially invited artists from other Caribbean nations, the Biennial includes 35 invited Jamaican artists, 49 local, juried Jamaican artists and 7 special projects by Caribbean artists.

“Part invitational and part juried, the Biennial is a very inclusive exhibition which brings into dialogue work in traditional and new media and established and emerging artists from Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons’ reflections to recent art school graduates such as Kelly-Ann Lindo,” says Dr. Veerle Poupeye, the Biennual’s lead curator. “There is no imposed theme but for each edition, certain shared themes come to the fore that reflect the concerns of the present moment, such as the politics of race, hair, migration, violence, human rights, and climate change.”

 

The exhibition is on view from February 28 to May 28, 2017.

 

For more information on the artist, please visit www.jacquelineabishop.com.

“When Our Breaths Run”: a site-specific installation by Emily Harris (MFAST ’13) on view at North Willow

In her site-specific installation When Our Breaths Run, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Emily Harris continues her exploration of the body, technology and time with breath.

Each glass form is a record of the shape of one continuous exhale into molten glass created by Megan Biddle, an artist and glassblower commissioned by Harris.  A total of five of these glass pieces took shape through Megan’s breath, her movements, through the heated glass bulb, and the external conditions in the fabrication space.

Harris incorporates audio and video components within the installation space, as well as a set of drawings and interactive thread structures which reflect on breath through different technologies activated by the viewer.

This experience of the potential of one’s conscious physical presence in a chaotic social landscape is what moved Harris in the direction for this project.  “Being perceptive and using your body simply, can be the most radical act,” she says.

When Our Breaths Run is on view by appointment through April 9, 2017 at North Willow in  Montclair, NJ.

For more information on the artist, please visit www.emilymharris.com.

Davin Watne (MFAST ’13) featured in solo exhibition at Western State Colorado University

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

 

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“Tremor in Shadow”: New drawings by MFAST mentor Renee van der Stelt at Project 1628 in Baltimore

An exhibition of new graphite drawings: shadows of shafts of Big Bluestem beneath a gun taken apart, shadows of Tulip Poplar saplings, crumbling wood of an apple tree struck by lightning, a torn metal fence. A residue of maps, marking territory: the geography of agitation and vibration.

Reception on Sunday December 4, 2016 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Project1628 is located at 1628 Bolton Street, Baltimore MD 21217.

Open by appointment through January 29, 2017. Contact the artist directly.

For more information on the artist, visit www.reneevanderstelt.com.

Brett Wallace (MFAST ’19) launches new project, “Reserved for Engineering”, in Brooklyn

Part product launch, part exhibition, part interactive event, “Reserved for Engineering” is a meditation on the speed, quantity, and spectacle of production and distribution. Wallace intervenes in these systems by addressing labor through the self-created company “Amazing”, recording testimonials of employees hired by the artist, and displaying a video of the first delivery of artwork by drone. Viewers will shuffle through the gallery turned Fulfillment Center, navigating a space of customized pizza boxes, drone surveillance, and employees sorting and stocking cultural goods, all the while feeding the network created by the space that is “Reserved for Engineering”.

This Friday or Next Friday is at 89 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

On view through December 2, 2016.

By appointment: gallery@thisfridayornextfriday.com

To read the review in Art Critical of Wallace’s recent solo exhibition “If This, Then What” at ART 3, click here. You can view installation photos on ART 3 Gallery’s website

For more information on the artist, visit www.brettwallace.com

 

“Black Box/Adjacent Body”: A Pop-up exhibition of 7 outdoor works by MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt

November 13 and 14, 2016 from 10am-6pm, a pop-up exhibition of 7 outdoor works by Renee van der Stelt will be on view. Please contact askarbek@mica.edu for details and location.

An enacted drawing will be performed at 12:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday, November 13.

Artists who have organized their own exhibitions feel that one distinct advantage is their control over how the work is seen. With most artist-organized exhibitions there are no pre-imposed curatorial themes and fewer restrictions. In some cases safety, security, and other restrictions are imposed by the owners of the property where the work is exhibited. However, in all cases the artist- organizers expressed the feeling that these shows were more experimental and provided artists more freedom to try out new ideas. – Jane Ingram Allen, Sculpture Magazine, 1996.