CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

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GALLERY 1: SPECTRUM II

CODY BERRINGER, CAITLIN BURNS & SHAWN PETTERSEN

Curated by Nathan Skiles. An experimental insallation that embeds the independent work of three artists.


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Spectrum II is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists—Cody Berringer, Caitlin Burns, and Shawn Pettersen— within the "context of installations of visual and thematic patterns created by their fellow exhibitors," says exhibition curator Nathan Skiles. The works include manipulated digital photographs and a Swarovski crystal on velvet wall installation by Pettersen, neon-colored animations and a 3D wall mural by Burns, with new works-on-paper and a large-scale gridded wall piece by Berringer.

   

 

"While each artist looks to the state of Florida as both context and state of mind, Pettersen’s fascination with exploration, both terrestrial and cosmic, evokes a playful tension between a romanticism of American mythology and an optimistic longing for the future," says Skiles. "Caitlin celebrates the complexity of living as a digital and cultural nomad, at home amidst a mercurial landscape populated by Kawaii eccentrics and erratic internet oddities. And, like a vaporwave composer, Berringer melds the iconic vibrancy of a gulf coast sunset with the mind melting graphics of a 1980’s trapper keeper cover. 

           

 

GALLERY 2: BEGINNING TO END

PEPPI ELONA

a personal poetic tale of an artist's search to expose the sensory delight from a found piece of fabric.


Artist Peppi Elona says her exhibit, Beginning To Endis a “personal, poetic tale of an artist’s search to expose the sensory delight from a found piece of fabric, presented in collages.” The artist integrates red velvet fabric that she found hidden in a stack of rolled textiles under a work table. “When I spotted the magnificent cloth, lying unnoticed along with other rolled up textiles, I could not resist using it in my art,” says Elona. She adds that “this particular fabric is a marriage of two completely opposite materials. The plush glimmer and sexuality of velvet is appliquéd gracefully into the warp and woof of the coarse strength of the loosely woven linen burlap. Combined they are one glorious pattern.” Elona integrated some of her previous art work with the fabric, creating an unexpected relationship between old and new. “When the drawings blend with the fabric, the combinations become unique works of art, transporting old and new ideas as they become cohorts whose beauty and elegance are unique artistic expressions,” says Elona.

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Velvet Celebration, Collage, Peppi Elona

http://visualinnovator.com/

 

GALLERY 3: INTANGIBLE CORPOREAL

MARK ANDERSON, DALE RIEKE, MARALIE, NOELLE McCLEAF, ASHLEY RODRIGUES AND ELI VISZK

Curated by Dustin Juengel. A group exhibit by artists whose work documents their body or the physicaility of the material.


Intangible Corporeal

Most of us are well aware of the shallow emptiness of consumer culture. Still, it can be hard to resist the lure of all this fun, shiny plastic with its slick surfaces, faux finishes and gaudy colors. As we leave this buffet of jellybeans slightly unsatisfied though, still dizzy from all the “alternative facts”, we might be able to find some much needed nourishment in the work of artists that  engage with things that seem to have a little more substance.


There are two strains of work included in this exhibition. One of them involves documentation. These artists either document themselves or others as they engage with the physicality of their bodies. The second group are works, that are the direct result of a very sensual and physical engagement with material. One would fall short in attempting to grasp these works through vision alone. They have to be experienced in the flesh, with all their texture, weight and smell. Beyond their earthy aesthetic, there seems to be another commonality. A deeply ingrained sense for the spiritual, that contributes an additional dimension to these tangible works.

-Dustin Juengel, Curator, Sarah Viviana Valdez, Curatorial Assistant


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-------> , Amplified Needle and thread, rubbing alcohol, voice, video, Eli Viszk

http://tadzimas.com/Eli-Viszk

 

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Braided Together, Archival Pigmented Prints, Noelle McCleaf

http://noellemccleaf.com/

 

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n° title (numbered phone film & movement series), performance, movement, video, Maralie

http://maralie.com/

 

GALLERY 4: FROM WITHIN

Open, All Media, All Subject, Juried Exhibition

Juror: Tom Winchester

 Photographer, art critic and instructor of Photography & Imagining at Ringling College of Art and Design 

 

Congratulations to these awarding artists!

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1st Jane Boyd with "Moody Grey"

 

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2nd Joseph Melancon with "Slough"

 

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3rd Norman Grandstaff with "Homage to Nick Apgar"

 

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Merit Award Karen Bushold with "Pink Lady"

 

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Merit award Larry Forgard with "Flower Robe"

 

Honorable Mentions

Steve Blumenthal, Peter Christ, Gwendolyn Fryer, Gary Gorman, Kristin Gustafson, Allison Lehti, Sven Mohr, Anne Sferra, Jane Sydney