Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall 2013 BFA Show Highlights

Listed below are some of the artists who participated in this year's Fall 2013 BFA Show. Some of them I know personally, or have had the pleasure of taking a class with them during my time at SAIC. But they are all artists whose work was very impressive, and stood out in this large gallery show. I have also provided links to their websites for further viewing. The Fall 2013 BFA Show was on view at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries from November 2nd - 16th. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I did, and take the time to visit their websites!

Bo Yoon

Bo's Installation "My Bed" included a video projection, and a bed she constructed. The quilt on the bed was hand sewn, felted, and embroidered, and each square contained a word or phrase. The quilt squares say such things as "Keep Anger and Struggle On", and "Rainbow of Shits", for example. The installation was located in its own small room in the gallery. This is definitely one piece that is best viewed in person, so that you can walk around the full length of the bed, and read each saying. 

Esmeralda Cuevas:
Aquia Chicago WEBSITE
(no personal website listed)

Esmeralda's installation featured shirts that you can purchase from Aquia Chicago. These articles of clothing are handmade from sustainable materials and naturally dyed. Each shirt features a design based off of a photograph of different residents in Aquia's community.

Ksenia Potocki-Rudnicki
(No website)

Ksenia's work is titled "Life Cycle". The nine pieces are individually titled "Born","Grown", "Dream", "Search", "Love", "Struggle", "Hope", "Lost", "Passion", "Settle", and "Die". Each one is screen-printed. This installation reminded me of tantric art, since the viewer is obligated to move left to right, taking a moment to meditate on each piece.

Kayleigh Kueffner

Kayleigh's installation featured five prints and illustrations titled "Specimen Preparation", and an actual taxidermy bird from the Field museum. The illustrations were very detailed, and had very attractive composition. The real specimen was an excellent touch.

Evelin Garza Luna

Short and sweet, and very cool! Click the link to view Evelin's animation "Forget Me Not". The animation also features music by Pete Adam Bialecki (Below).

Pete Adam Bialecki

Pete's instalation included "Ways To Play A melody: Counterpoint" (Shown) and "Complimentary Notes At The End" (Sculpture).

Guillermo Rodriguez Torres
(No website)

This painting, titled "Lay", was very beautiful in person. I was very attracted to the texture of the paint, and the composition, which appears to be a dog laying down. I was very sad to see that there was no business card to take or website listed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home Sick: On Death, Love, and Distance

For those of you who didn't know, a little while ago I finished putting together a chapbook of some of my poetry. This small book contains 12 of my best and most recent poems, and is available for $3 in person or $5 if you need it shipped to you (I will include a few little gifts with the chapbook as well). The best way to contact me about getting your very own copy of my chapbook is to email me at tanzenlilly@yahoo.com.
This Saturday, November 16th, my mom will be selling them, along with some of my other books and jewelry. If you are in Brooklyn, I highly recommend going to the Hollyberry fair, held at PSUMC on 6th Ave and 8th St. The fair lasts from 10 am til 3 pm, and there will be a ton of independent businesses and handmade crafters, as well as delicious food and raffles.
Today I dropped off 5 copies of my chapbook at Quimby's Books in Chicago's Wicker Park. Quimby's is a great place to go to find new comics and zines, and support local writers and artists. Very excited to have my work there! Visit the store in person or online: http://www.quimbys.com/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Great Finds: Fellow Artists at Arterie

Nancy Strahinic:

"My group of work reflects how I achieve harmony between what my eyes physically see and what my emotions see, resulting in a serenity that lingers throughout each day. I work with a digital manual camera and a variety of lenses to capture the imagery I envision creating later. I believe this type of visual imagery does not become a photograph until it is produced on some sort of physical substrate. Not only are my eyes, emotions, and knowledge woven into my art but, my tactile need to become involved in creating each photograph must also be satisfied by printing, mounting, and cutting each piece. My eyes see form, color, texture, volume and tones in what surrounds me in the moment; either created by living beings or by nature. My emotions are heightened by the wonders of man’s and nature’s talents and sometimes the results of their battles. Through the digital darkroom I dive deeper; sculpting the extraordinary from the ordinary composition which my eye saw through my camera’s lens, while using the camera’s technology to begin its visual journey to being a photograph. The photographic composites and abstracts I create are influenced by the Surrealist movement---tapping into my subconscious reality. Additionally, I relate to Paul Klee’s philosophy that each piece be different."

Renee Zbylut:

"Clementine is a silver gelatin print that uses a common archeological format for uncovered remains (coins, pottery, etc.). Within the grid, six clementine peels, taken from the area near the root, are juxtaposed against one another as unique, yet similar “finds”. The inspiration of science is apparent in the visual tactics used throughout my work. Taking from paths of study such as; archeology, geography, astronomy, and criminology, I produce personal records that question and challenge the notion that some objects, places, or processes deserve more study than others."

Brittany Krohmer:

“I constantly fetishize over imagery. I integrate familiar domestic materials so I can investigate color, shape, line, and their relationships. The use of such items in my work is intended to convey a search for purpose and relates to my sense of curiosity and aesthetic vision. My goal is to create tension between these insignificant materials and the spaces they occupy. I have found a resting point; a temporary sense of completion.”

Szmeralda Shanel:

“High Priestess of sacred arts. Mami Wata child. Hoodoo. Witch. Songstress. Dancer. Magic mistress. Music maker. Vision weaver. Daughter of the North Star. Artist. Seer. Seeker. Poet. Teacher. Student. Trickster. Healer. Fool. Lover. Story keeper. Storyteller. Sensualist. Bawdy wild woman warrior. She who casts the bones. Tarot. Ecstatic shamanic dream-walker. Priestess of pleasure. Rainbow. Kaleidoscope. Changing. Feri. Szmeralda Shanel MA is a ritual, visual, and performance artist. She is certified in the fellowship of Isis as Adept, Priestess, and hierophant, and is legally ordained through the Temple of Isis in Geyserville, CA. As an expressive arts therapist, facilitator and educator, Szmeralda is dedicated to sharing the healing, therapeutic and growth-promoting values of the creative process.”