LEXINGTON, KY − The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies throws open its doors to the public again this holiday season. The Bluegrass community is invited to come discover UK’s talented young artists at the popular Open Studio event. See what the university’s student and faculty artists have been creating and shop for one-of-a-kind items from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 30, at Reynolds Building Number 1, located at 349 Scott St.
During the annual Open Studio, the public can visit UK student and faculty artists’ studios in the huge former tobacco warehouse. The event gives individuals an opportunity to see the various media of artwork created by UK’s undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Media on display will include metalwork, fiber, paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, plaster casts, printmaking and woodwork.
Open Studio also features the Carey Ellis Juried Student Art Exhibition, featuring nearly 100 pieces of art by graduate and undergraduate art students. Guest curator for this year’s exhibition is Louis Zoellar Bickett II.
The awards program for winning art in the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show will be presented during the Open Studio event at approximately 8 p.m. in the facility’s Barnhart Gallery.
A donation of $5 to the UK Department of Art is suggested for entry to Open Studio. Proceeds go to various programs provided by the Department of Art. Free parking for individuals attending Open Studio can be found nearby on both Broadway and Scott Street. To find out more about Open Studio, contact Dmitry Strakovsky, assistant professor of new media, at (859) 257-2727.
LOUISVILLE, KY - IDEAS 40203 announces its inaugural group exhibition “Alternate Painterly” on Friday November 2, 2012 (6pm-9pm) with works by Theo Edmonds (Kentucky), Tamas Veszi (New York) and Wojciech Gilewicz (Poland). The overarching concept of “Alternate Painterly” is to explore the act of painting in the 21st century through the diverging practices of 3 multimedia artists. The exhibition is curated by New York based, Boshko Boskovic.
With the site specific installation “Q: Neuro-Architecture, Pop-Mythology & Unreal Truths”, Kentucky based artist Theo Edmonds’ expanded 3-D paintings unleash a powerful, symbolic imagination. Exploring the intersection of neuroscience, mythology and shamanism, Edmonds pieces together a myriad of canvases and painted tree branches that create quilt-like architectural forms whose expressive fusion reveal a semi autobiographical narrative exploring the contemporary outsider’s experience in the American south.
“Repetition Of The Self” is a series of 9 self portraits by the New York based artist Tamas Veszi that investigate the duality between our image as a constant and the change that occurs daily as an abstract progress in time. Neither figurative nor abstract, Veszi’s paintings reflect the impossibility of seeing oneself impartially; their hybrid nature is created by the meeting of organic elements and synthetic objects and lead the viewer into “ a not yet identified space” as coined by the artist.
Wojciech Gilewicz videotapes himself in various social, political and cultural backgrounds to test if art can ever catch up with what is going on. Posturing the traditional painter in “Painterʼs Painting”, the viewer can never discern what is actually being painted on the canvas. Gilewicz refers to this work as a global journey through cultural stereotypes and clichés in which he examines the resistance of art to reality and its capacity to depict reality. “Intrude” depicts another action by Gilewicz where he places trompe lʼoeil urban based paintings in perfect imitation of their immediate surroundings in the cityscape – in this case Shanghai. By repeating these same actions in diffferent locations all over the world, they acquire an ethnographic dimension and reveal fractures in the urban tissue.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Theo Edmonds is a transdisciplinary artist who will complete his MFA at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies in 2013. His work has been exhibited at Clamp Art, New York, Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, Radiator Art, Long Island City, Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, EBC Gallery, Paris, France and Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington. He is currently collaborating on a new work of experimental theater with internationally acclaimed writer, performance artist and cultural icon of the New York Underground, Penny Arcade. www.theoedmonds.com/
Wojciech Gilewicz lives and works between Warsaw and New York. He works with painting, video, photography and installations. His practice extends to site-specific projects as well as performative actions. Gilewicz has exhibited at institutions including Foksal Gallery, Warsaw; SculptureCenter, New York; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; National Museum of Contemporary Art / Changdong Art Studio, Seoul and Aspen Art Museum amongst others. His video works have been screened in venues such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sophia National Museum, Madrid; HKW, Berlin and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. www.gilewicz.net/
Tamas Veszi is a New York multi media artist, whose work includes painting, drawing, video and installation. His pieces have been shown at the TINA B. Contemporary Art Festival in Prague, The Center of Photography and Moving Image in New York, the Allan Nederpelt Gallery in Brooklyn, Schmidt Gallery, Budapest, Glow Video Art, Berlin, Frederico Seve Gallery, New York, Perseverance, London, Galerie Thomas Henry Ross, Montreal among others. www.veszi.com/
ABOUT IDEAS 40203
Located in the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce IDEAS 40203 is a new non profit presentation space. This joint initiative is conceived by Kentucky and New York creative practitioners whose aim is to build lasting connections between US based and international contemporary artists and the broader arts community. IDEAS 40203 will feature a year long rolling exhibition program of Kentucky, New York and international emerging and mid-career artists. The programming of IDEAS 40203 is directed by Kentucky based artist Theo Edmonds and Residency Unlimited in New York.
ABOUT RESIDENCY UNLIMITED
(RU) Residency Unlimited (RU) is a New York based non profit arts organization that reshapes the notion and purpose of artists in the 21st century by developing customised residencies and strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions; RU departs from the traditional studio program model and explores a more expansive approach to innovative action across multiple platforms. www.residencyunlimited.org
Show Title: “Q“ Show Opens: Wednesday, September 26
6pm-9pm with Short Performance at 7pm
Show Viewing Continues September 27 and 28 from Noon-6pm w/ Artist on Site
Artist:Theo Edmonds / Installation Painting, Performance Poetry, New Media Performance Includes Jacob Brashear (Kentucky Cellist and Boston University Film Student)
Residency Unlimited / www.residencyunlimited.org
360 Court Street
Brooklyn , NY 11231
Subway F/G Carroll Street / (President Street Exit)
Residency Unlimited is located in Caroll Gardens inside a de-consecrated church atrium.
Some people get blown into bedazzled, hourglass lands. Like Dorothy, they become stuck between two worlds. Neither truly of their own making.
These in between places cultivate the ultimate combination of optimism and fear; of revolution and reverence; of make believe and memory… it is called desire. Desire is Q. Art is Q.
Like the memory quilts that have been pieced together for almost 200 years by his Appalachian ancestors, Theo’s painted, constructed and layered “memory Quilts” navigate a semi auto-biographical narrative. His performance poetry and video work unfold ideas beyond the specific and anecdotal limits of his own Q journey and encourage a broader dimension of meaning which encompasses the experience of many contemporary outsiders in ways that reach beyond easy labels and convenient classifications.
Qis a form of mystical technology that allows anyone to be a runaway Dorothy and inspire revolutionary action by finding home, not at the other end of a rainbow, but in one’s own skin and in exactly the place where they stand.
Born in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to a Scotch-Irish-Cherokee family, Theo Edmonds began life as a champion clog dancer. In his twenties, he earned his law degree and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. In his thirties, after years of corporate life, he ripped himself out of that world.
Today, he is an interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the path of individual self-actualization within conformist-based societal norms. Outsider positioning within the dominant cultural narratives, “Q” politics and politics of representation are major themes in his work. He will complete his MFA at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies in 2013.
He is currently collaborating on a new work of experimental theater with internationally acclaimed writer, performance artist and cultural icon of the New York Underground, Penny Arcade.
Hey Lexington, Kentucky… Theo Edmonds and Natalie Baxter want YOU… to participate in the video shoot for a short film that will be shown in New York City in September 2012.
We areseeking ALL ages, body types, genders, races and creeds for a video shoot of a spoken word opera that examines aspects of human communality in an age of divide and conflict. It intends to be a call for human fellowship that transcends labels.
You DO NOT need to be an actor, poet, artist or any other label to participate… you only need to be willing to share in this experience with others.
Orientation Meeting for Interested Participants (PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND THIS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING)
Saturday, July 28 @ Third Street Stuff & Coffee /
257 N Limestone #1 Lexington, KY 40507
Video Shoot / “Hustler’s Paradise II”
Monday, July 30
Downtown Lexington / Details Discussed at Orientation Meeting
Hustler’s Paradise II approaches human communality on a variety of levels. Society and most human existence is based on some sort of communality, the more sophisticated the society, the more invisible and intrinsic does this communality seem to become. Our lives are woven into one texture, which we sometimes hardly notice and therefore take for granted. Until—for instance—disaster strikes. Suddenly we are moved back to the fundamentals of our lives. The sheer facts of being alive, of sharing pain, loss, uncertainty, despair, hope. For a moment we are forced together under one huge shared experience. We did not ask for it, we did not expect it. It came uninvited.
Hustler’s Paradise II deals with basic human conditions like life and death from very general and fundamental aspects. By approaching these issues, the film addresses our need to build hope, to construct images and symbols that can be used as tools to come to grips with our most painful experiences.
Hustler’s Paradise II is also intended as a manifestation against consumerism, assimilation, gentrification and dogmatism. It is a call for an open and inclusive society. It deliberately wants to stand out as a manifestation for the good in humanity and society, in a time when propaganda for destruction, dehumanization, and exclusion of groups and individuals has become commonplace.
The fact is we are not all the same but wonderfully different in living out our shared humanity. Most all of us, to varying degrees, are outsiders. The intention of Hustler’s Paradise II is to invigorate hope through radical acceptance of our differences. It speaks for human values and shared humanity. Hustler’s Paradise II will be a dignified participatory performance that wants to challenge and influence. It is propaganda for the good.
Hustler’s Paradise II will create an experimental situation and investigate the boundaries of our common human experience by focusing on community, tolerance, identity and how we develop shared language.
Excerpts from “the Q loop” interviews at NYC Howl Festival, Pride Parade and Coney Island Mermaid Festival.
Due in large part to technology and social media, we live in a world where we, as individuals, are both increasingly connected to and isolated from each other. In a sense, most everyone, to varying degrees, knows what it feels like to be an outsider.
I have embarked on a project to learn how individuals might not only survive but thrive outside of what is considered normative society. During the summer of 2012, I am in NYC conducting interviews with people based on 20 small but difficult questions. The goal is to begin tapping into the contemporary collective unconscious of the outsider. The answers range from profound to trite and EVERYTHING in between. If you would like to participate, you can!
Inspired by Sarah Schulman’s book “Gentrification of the Mind”, this video poem is a sketch for a larger body of work entitled “The Q Loop” currently being developed by multi-disciplinary artist, Theo Edmonds, under the mentorship of Penny Arcade. Raw video footage, poetry and concept by Theo Edmonds. Music composed by Emily Hagihara. All original footage shot at HOWL Festival in Tompkins Square Park, East Village, NYC 2012.
During the summer 2012, as part of the NextGenArt UK initiative, I am a visiting artist with Brooklyn-based Residency Unlimited. One important project on which I am working is focused on 20 small but difficult questions. AND… I NEED YOUR HELP!!
Over the next few months, I will be conducting and recording Skype interviews with self-styled people around the world asking these 20 questions (see below). Of particular interest are people who consider themselves to be OUTSIDERS in any way, shape, form or fashion.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE (and I hope you will), send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have a Skype account which is free to set up. Here is the link to Skype.
About the Skype Interview
Should take about 10-15 minutes.
Our interview will be recorded for use in an art piece. By conducting the interview you are giving your permission for use.
You are encouraged to think through the questions ahead of time.
Be honest in your answers. There is no right or wrong way to answer.
You can use anything you want in terms of visuals, sounds or movements to answer the questions.
As long as it accurately reflects who you are as a person, be outrageous as you dare in your interview (appearance, performance, etc).
All participants must send the following information (be brief) when you email me with your request to participate:
- Real Name (may use stage name if you have one)
- Skype Account Name (Skype and email accounts will be kept private!)
- Where you live
- What you do
- Why you are an “Outsider”
- Website or Social Media Site if you have one
Here are the questions!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your favorite journey?
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Which living person do you most despise?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
When and where were you happiest?
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
What is your motto?
What is a poem/song that is is deeply meaningful to you? Will you read/perform it for me?
Back in March, a NYT article asked if Bushwick Brooklyn was the next gallery district in NYC. Yes. Maybe. No. Who can really say. I spent most of this weekend, along with lots of PBR/organic chai soy latte drinking, skinny panted, high falootin hipsters who cruised from studio to studio wandering if they were “ironic” enough yet at the Bushwick Open Studio.
I actually did enjoy myself. It was a fun day and there was some very good art. But, the attitude of many of the artists (and crowd) was so aloof and condescending that I was confused as to why they even participated in the open studio event. Here is a dramatization of an event I witnessed when a group of well intending people had ventured from beyond the land of hipsterdom to the fortress at 56 Bogart Street.
Yes indeed… there was a WHOLE LOTTA SHAKING GOIN ON in Bushwick. And, it seems like real estate developers and entrepreneurs are doing a bang up job at parlaying the desire, which thousands of MFA-types have to be part of a cult-esque type of community, into a dollar. In fact, to a very large degree, the whole scene in Bushwick seems sometimes like a big, extended MFA program.
But, like I said, there was some good stuff around and I always enjoy an arting adventure. Some of my favorites (by no means an exhaustive list) were at Slag, Momenta , Agape, English Kills, and Eileen Weitzman. Also very nice was Rebecca Riley‘s new installation (work in progress in photo below) which will be going in the Flatiron Building on E 23rd on June 22.
After having spent several hours winding through this very serious-minded scene, I really appreciated finding the quirky Sam Simon. Here is Sam’s own artistic manifesto:
With hard work, hope, and good design almost anything can be achieved.
My Momma told me “Throw a lot of peanut butter on the wall, because only some of it is going to stick.” So…TRY!
Good Character is valuable in everyone and everything. My favorite sweater has a hole in it.
Before 1940, Pink was for boys and blue was for girls. It’s actual and factual.
Punks and Preppies are not so different. They both like plaid, have specific tastes in music, and are known to throw a wicked fun party!
If all else fails, cover it with glue and throw glitter at it.
Looking at the past helps us create the future.
Good style comes from within.
Get different views, and try to appreciate them.
Create your very own beautiful world, piece by piece, personal and precious.
I like this. I like it very much because it describes things very well without the need for a lot of academic-speak. And, as the number of people out yesterday in Brooklyn demonstrates, for whatever reason, freedom of self-expression is still a driving force in the world. Is that the value of art? It reminds us all what it is to be free? It helps us to delight in something that we had forgotten?
Well, if that’s the case, it is kind of awful that much of the art I saw today looks like it is trying REALLY hard to follow some set of prescribed rules that have fluid boundaries. And, just possibly, if those rules are followed perfectly… the artist will be granted a career.
Not sure if that sounds like freedom to me. Also, not saying that it is a bad thing to want a productive trajectory for one’s life. But, if the value of art is only measured by the same productivity standards that the corporate world is driven by… what does that say about freedom? Maybe, like Janis Joplin said, freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. But, maybe not. Who the hell knows anymore.
It’s all gotten kind of muddy in the last 20 years or so. Like most every other aspect of our lives – where a corporate model is deployed to appease middle class sensibilities in order to add to the wealth of a privileged class – even our minds seem to have gone through, as Sarah Schulman wrote, a gentrification process.
To wit.. painting is not actually dead as has often been declared. It was alive an well in Bushwick. However, paintings, and other art objects, are really just the new suburban row homes. One looks pretty much like the next and has mostly the same features. So, too, do most of the artists. I think they go by the name The Joneses. You REALLY must to keep up with them if you want to be considered relevant and in the know by other folks chasing their own tails. Maybe it would be better to spend time chasing one’s own tale instead.
I jumped on the L train back to the East Village for the final performance of the day at the Howl Festival (based on Ginsberg’s famous poem of the same name). Hundreds of individuals of all races, sizes, types, classes and backgrounds gathered in Tompkins Square park for a joyous and celebratory 2 hour performance by the House of Howl (think Paris is Burning).
For a couple hours, their art… made from the highest degree of self-expression and self-actualization possible… helped us all to be a little more free. They were not just making a product. They were giving themselves to us and asking us only for one thing… that we love them. And, we did.