unbound cycle 4 2018-2019
ON VIEW MARCH 14 - APRIL 19, 2019
I DON’T SWIM SO I FLOAT: WALTER MATTHEWS
Recent abstract paintings by the Tampa-based artist Walter Matthews. Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition curator, Dustin Juengel, says that Matthews “is a visceral painter who thinks in materials. His paintings aren’t executed based on preconceived ideas. His pictorial spaces are built through a process of responses that require his intuition and painterly sensibilities as much as they require the actual substance of paint.” Matthews, who received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and his MFA from USF, says that, for him, “the process of painting is a mode of thinking. My sources range from illuminated manuscripts to late modernist painting, frequencies, and airbrush techniques. I don’t linger needlessly when the conditions for discovery are lost. I retune my painting practice and a new cycle begins.”
For more information about Matthews, visit www.walterericmatthews.com
SPECTRUM IV: GRIFFIN GOODMAN, SOOK YOUNG KIM, SABRINA SMALL
An annual experimental installation series in its fourth year, curated by Nathan Skiles. The series embeds the independent work of three artists; in this iteration the artists are Griffin Goodman, Sook Young Kim, and Sabrina Small. Operating through the iconography of youth culture, logos, and infamous personalities, Griffin Goodman’s drawings and paintings present a complex devotion to self-styled identity and the emergence of digital narcissism. Goodman’s work addresses a ubiquitous loss of innocence experienced in the transition through adolescence, where one can escape from the reality of family dynamics in the fantasy of pop culture. Sook Young Kim is a New York-based figurative artist. Her work evokes a realistic quality that is balanced and enhanced by an abstract background with a modernist color palette. “Hauntings,” a new body of work by Sabrina Small, exposes the darkness that lives within. Precise linear drawings penetrate black paper with bright shades of blue. Her work evokes images of primal dream-state shamanism with parades of accumulated personae.
NEW REALITIES: RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART JUNIOR FINE ART STUDENTS
“New Realities” is a two-part exhibition, showcasing new works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class. “New Realities” features the unique perspectives and studio practices of emerging artists. The students are invited to produce works and curate two group exhibitions, “Interstice,” and “Raised Reflections”.
Part one features the works of Iikkamatti Hauru, Saga Eklund and Sam Seeger. “Interstice” demonstrates how the use of technology and mass media alters our relationships with sexuality, nature, and self-identity through an array of medias including video, interactive installation, sculpture, and cyanotype print.
Part two, Raised Reflection, surveys female identity through the perspectives of three artists who find individuality amongst chaos. The exhibition creates dialogue around social norms and their effect on the female figure, the trauma of codependent relationships, and the connection between universal symbols and personal iconography. The artists in Raised Reflection show an interest in unexpected mediums.
All media, all subjects, juried exhibition
Juror: Nathan Beard, St. Petersburg based artist. His artwork is an abstract representation of the fleeting moments of everyday life—inspired by the density and variety of Floridian flora.
WOUNDS THE SIZE OF ORANGES
PATRICIA ANDERSON TURNER
KAREN DELOEN STUART
PIGGY BACK RIDE ON DADDY
DETROIT BORN - HUNK
SUSAN MCLEAN - KEENEY
Carl Abbott, Sheldon Apteker, Melanie Carlstein, Nicolas Carplunk,
Peter Gaztambide, Betty Gerich, Caryn Koffman, G. Jay Lemmel, Bridgette Mays,
Mark Shubert, Judy Silver, Ken Snyder, Joseph Spilewski, Sy Waldmn, Amy Webber
What we desire of art is something that moves us beyond the mundane while connecting us to our shared humanity. We admire and award artists whose work can do this through a mastery of technique, excellence with composition or form, compelling content, and strong emotional or psychological presence. I used these four criteria to select artwork for “Unbound” with much effort towards creating a balanced exhibition that displays the quality of talent, breadth of experience and depth of vision within this community of artists. I am very grateful to Art Center Sarasota for the opportunity to help share so many distinct voices and to celebrate the creativity of our neighbors and kin.
- Nathan Beard