Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#SAVEARTSPACE: Los Angeles "We Only Have One Place To Live" Open Call For Los Angeles Area Artists

#SAVEARTSPACE: Los Angeles
We Only Have One Place To Live
Open Call For Art!


#SAVEARTSPACE brings public art to Los Angeles, showcasing local artists on advertising spaces throughout the area beginning January 16, 2017. The exhibition is entitled, "We Only Have One Place To Live."  The artists are responding to the most important global concern, which affects all of us—the current and changing state of our natural environment. Recently, scientists and researchers identified that we are now living in the first epoch in Earth's history where our environment is being actively changed by human activity across our planet. "We Only Have One Place to Live" aims will explore the tension, between human society and the environment; between static and change. The exhibition is asking local artists to voice their passionate concerns about how their changing environment is affecting our globalized society, not just through environmental phenomena—such as prolonged droughts, wildfires, rising sea-levels, air quality, water conservation and more—but also the philosophical and existential questions that arise when we are both the problem, and the potential solution, to the crises our world faces.

We invite artists of all ages & talents in the Los Angeles area to submit! Artists are invited to apply between September 14th and November 23rd, 2016. There is a $10 fee per image to participate, each donation is a tax deduction and goes to producing public art. Only digital format entries will be eligible, each artist is encouraged to submit up to three images. Submissions will be accepted at saveartspace.org/losangeles.
 
A qualified panel of Curators will consider each submission's pertinence to the theme of the exhibition, the context of the images and association to the public space. Curators include Justin Aversano and Travis Rix, whom together have curated the previous four public art exhibitions by #SAVEARTSPACE.  

All submissions will be featured on #SAVEARTSPACE social media pages with the permission of the artist. The complete list of rules for submissions can be found atsaveartspace.org/submit.

#SAVEARTSPACE has previous held four Public Art Exhibitions in New York City and one in Miami, Fl. If you live in the Los Angeles, California area, please consider submitting your art to our Public Art Exhibition!


Curators
Justin Aversano received his BFA in Photography at School of Visual Arts in New York. He is also owner and operator of professional photography lab Brooklyn Lightroom, based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Justin is an active artist and curator, working within the greater Bushwick and Brooklyn art scene. He has organized and curated a number of shows along with The Living Gallery, and when not creating, Justin can be found skateboarding around, taking his dog Tia (short for Tortilla) for walks, and socializing with friends.

Travis Rix received his BFA in Photography at School of Visual Arts in New York, and was featured in the 2014 Mentors Show at the SVA Gallery. When not out on the streets looking for new locations for art installations, or helping within the community, you can find Travis socializing in the park, painting, or spending time with friends and family.

Also, a special guest curator to be announced at a later date.
#SAVEARTSPACE is dedicated to producing public art exhibitions. We work with contributors to provide local artists visual platforms in the public space. By creating an urban gallery experience, we aim to affect and inspire a new generation of artists.

Monday, September 12, 2016

International Artist Evi Photopoulos Is Inspired By The Mills Of Crete




Mills of Crete is a place of constant inspiration for the renowned multidisciplinary artist Evi Photopoulos, and her Sculpture Painting out of Steel a Hidden Masterpiece.




Mills of Crete has become a place of creative ideas for the international art star. The magical place has motivated her imagination, giving birth to powerful and creative artworks.




Using panels made of aluminum forged by hammer and other special tools on the anvil, almost a year in the making to create piece by piece, each one patiently fabricated and collectively united into a massive sculpture panel. The installation is placed on a wood panel using hundreds of steel nails with oil colors to paint various parts, painstakingly created for days and nights.




Finally the masterpiece was complete, "Written on Steel", which was created at the Mills of Crete Workshop hanging atop the main building of Mills at the Bakery.




This magnificent artwork remains hidden as it belongs to a private collection and has travelled digitally to many Biennales & Art Fairs in Miami, New York and beyond.




But for the artist there is no limit for inspirations. The basements of the Mills will become the place for Photopoulos' next creation. She wrote a poem/script and makes the Short Film "You! My Souls of Darkness", which has been selected from more than 40 International Film Festivals worldwide, the artist was awarded by the Italian Fine Art Association.




The extraordinary sculptures out of bread which were exhibited at the London Biennale, Mexico, the Louvre Museum, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Renowned Contemporary Artist Patrick Willard aka W4 Creates Unique Art From Rare Concert Tickets


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Miami-based visual artist Patrick Willard, aka W4, creates unique art with his personal collection of thousands of rock concert ticket stubs, backstage passes and VIP laminates, which capture a million magical moments from a lifetime spent traveling the world as a music journalist and television personality.

Angel Wings

“These artifacts reflect thousands of unique musical events that collectively trace the arc of my personal and professional life”, explained W4.

Grateful Dead Skull

Each of the artist’s creations is printed as a series of 8, every piece is signed and incorporates W4’s treasured concert tickets, backstage passes, hidden hippos, various symbols and a trail of Hindu writing. “I like the Hindi calligraphy, it means ‘World of Lyrics’.”




The artist has works on exhibit in Miami's Wynwood Arts District and West Palm Beach's Cultural Corridor. 

IX Skulls

Check out select pieces at The Box Gallery located at 811 B Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. The gallery is owned and operated by two of South Florida's most respected art icons, Rolando Chang Berrero & Gary Kroman, featuring emerging and established artists.


Skull I

If you're in Wynwood, head over to Blank Canvas Gallery to enjoy select artworks of W4's on exhibit, located in the heart of the district at 46 NW 36th Street in Miami, Florida 33127. 

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The artist also has works on display at Walt Grace Vintage Gallery in the Wynwood Arts District. “Walt Grace Vintage brings class to the neighborhood,” says The Daily Wood. “It’s the kind of combination you’ve never thought of, but works together so beautifully. Cars and guitars.

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Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition 2016

Meeting Art Gallery is organizing Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition taking place October 1-8, 2016. This is the 4th edition of the acclaimed international exhibition that will feature a selection of worldwide artists in Lisbon, Portugal - marking the 10th international exhibit organized by this gallery. The showcase is garnering a level of excellence within the global visual arts community, as the artists go through a rigorous selection and curatorial process lasting 3 months, 14 artists have been chosen to participate.



The lead curator for Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition is Goncalo Madeira with support from renowned global artist Natalia Gromicho. The Vernissage will take place on October 1, 2016 at 5pm local time. Reservations for the Vernissage must be made by September 25th via email to: meetingartgallery@gmail.com; and will feature a selection of collectors and art critics. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 2nd through October 8th.



The gallery opened on a very memorable day, April 25th 2013, when Lisbon gained its freedom from a dictatorial regime. Located in Downtown Chiado, one of Lisbon's most popular areas, the opening was an incredible event with a solo exhibition of Natalia Gromicho's work titled 'Lisboa, dignos de nota', the artists tribute to the city where she was born and honoring the special day. Meeting Art Gallery is situated in Espaço Chiado, a shopping center in Downtown Chiado that was built to preserve “Ferdinand Wall”, a wall that protected Lisbon from attacks during the period of the Middle Ages. Chiado is one of the most iconic and traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, located between Bairro Alto and the Downtown shopping districts.



"Its location is very privileged with access from the street Rua da Misericórdia or the street Rua Nova da Trindade, right next to the Trindade Theater", explained Goncalo Madeira. Meeting Art Gallery generates tremendous traffic and visitors from the historical attractions of Chiado; the shopping, cafes, leisure areas and popular sites. The gallery is a very large, open space with excellent lighting and sophisticated hanging systems. Services include fine art consultations, stretching and framing, premium paints and a variety of materials for artists on site, as well as many fine art products special ordered by request. 



"The idea was simple, we wanted to create a private, open space for artists without any limitations, obstacles, or barriers. Everyone is welcome to experience art and participate in the process through live painting sessions and workshops", explained Gromicho.

LOVE: A Typography Challenge By Veronica Ettedgui

Love is hidden everywhere believes renowned artist and illustrator Veronica Ettedgui. She has a traveler’s eye, always searching for new things. But what Veronica Ettedgui is looking for in big cities, small towns, far away places and everyday life are unexpected typographies, specifically the four letters needed to spell LOVE. She is a Venezuelan-based graphic designer whose illustrations and photographic works have been exhibited throughout South America and the United States. For some time now she has been exploring a new world, LOVE: A Typography Challenge. It’s a fun project in which she is armed only with her camera and her desire to find the perfect picture. Ettedgui has earned quite a following, numerous exhibitions, proposals for future shows and an international award.



“The first time I realized I was taking LOVE seriously was when I got an email from a California-based design magazine, Communication Arts, saying: ‘You are a winner’. It explained that I had been awarded their Annual Typography contest among 1,740 entries. One hundred and forty two had been selected, but only four in my category! The good news didn’t stop there: ‘Your work will be published in our magazine’s January 2016 issue and a month from now you’ll get your Award of Excellence trophy’. I almost cried of happiness and surprise. Well… not almost, I did cry”, says Ettedgui.



Ettedgui has an upcoming LOVE exhibition in Miami opening on September 15, 2016 at Artisan Kitchen and Bar in Key Biscayne, featuring a unique exhibition of 13 photographs on plexiglass from Ettedgui’s magical works spelling the word LOVE with bits and pieces of the artist’s favorite things. “Explore artist & illustrator Veronica Ettedgui’s ‘Love’ project that expresses the fleeting love of the small details we see in life through typographic portraits” -AIGA / Los Angeles. Also enjoy Veronica Ettedgui’s Book: Things I Love, a collection of 77 Loves and 77 Short love stories written by Toti Vollmer.



The project became a transcendental game in which she paired two of her passions, typography and photography. It all started with a few iPhone pics and from there it transformed into an interesting project for people around the world. She believes that love is a universal theme and is happy to have found her own way to mix and mash her favorite things in meaningful art products. “Finding objects that transform into letters was a fascinating discovery that soon became a challenge: Where is that hidden ‘E’ on a bike? Regarding photography, I only have the basic training I got from Graphic Design School, but I’ve always been fascinated by it. I am looking for an aesthetic in which the letter, color and light are my allies. I barely use Photoshop for sizing or contrast, but don’t manipulate images or use filters. It’s a pretty virgin, raw work,” she says as she giggles.


Communication Arts Magazine: Veronica Ettedgui Feature


LOVE is an intimate project for Veronica, she looks for those wonderful four letters in things that she truly enjoys. The process brings a realization of the enormous amount of things, places and actions that the artist and illustrator actually loves, adding a unique flavor to life. "If, like myself, you suffer the hardships of making a living in Venezuela right now. Making an inventory of our blessings is an exercise we seldom do and it’s also a straight road to appreciation and gratefulness. Through my art I am paying homage to life’s little good things and inviting people to start their own inventories of happiness.”



In her journey, taking pictures among traffic lights, bicycles, ice cream bars, guitars, sculptures and arepas, the graphic designer comments on how she has discovered new ways to approach people, places, and cultures. “When you reach someone asking permission to take pictures of their working space or an object they have just because you like it, you always get a yes for an answer. A barber dressed us both up to take selfies and posted them on Instagram! Another guy thought I was going to mug him or something because he saw me laying on the street for 15 minutes trying to get the perfect letters out of his Mini Cooper. I had to negotiate with a tattoo artist so I could walk behind a huge sign that read “Employees Only” … And at the end neither of those photos worked! This is really fun, can’t complain. More so because I’ve had the opportunity to travel after I started this LOVE thing -one of my favorite things on Earth. So trying to summarize the charm of Perú, Madrid, Berlin or NY in four letters with the right flavor was a huge challenge. Focusing my camera on what makes each place special gained me a lot of awareness.”



Credit: direct quotes from 'LOVE: Hidden everywhere' interview with Venezuelan/Colombian journalist Monica Urbina

Healthy Seas Fashion Project by MEDASSET Exhibition at CRETAquarium Near Heraklion, Crete Through September



MEDASSET’s (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles) exhibition of clothing made with yarn reclaimed from the sea has reached the second stage of its journey, after a month’s stay at Golden Hall shopping centre in Marousi. CRETAquarium, one of Europe’s largest and most contemporary aquaria, near Heraklion, Crete, has opened its doors to the “Healthy Seas Fashion Project” and presents the exhibition until the end of September.




The exhibition was created with the support of the Representation of the EC in Greece, on the occasion of MEDASSET’s first anniversary as coordinator in Greece of the European initiative: “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear”.




The “Healthy Seas” initiative aims to remove fishing nets that have been caught up on wrecks or snagged by rocky outcrops on the ocean floor. The deadly “ghost nets” go on trapping all kinds of marine creatures, such as turtles, dolphins, seals, etc., but once they are removed they can be processed, along with other waste products, and recycled to make ECONYL® – a premium quality yarn that is ideal for use in the manufacture of clothing and other products, such as carpet. The initiative promotes a new model of sustainable development that is based on the concept of a circular economy – maximising the potential of existing resources while reducing their waste. It is being run in 5 European states (Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and the United Kingdom).




Once visitors to the aquarium have admired the 2,000 individual marine creatures from 200 different Mediterranean species, they will have an opportunity to enjoy a unique exhibition that demonstrates what can happen when environmental awareness, fashion, and the principles of the circular economy meet. Behind-the-scenes videos illustrate how the Fashion Project came into being, while breath-taking underwater footage, which show just how damaging “ghost nets” can be to marine fauna, complete the experience.




The garments displayed in the exhibition have all been created by students and recent graduates of the fashion department of AKTO College of Art and Design. They represent the work of finalists in MEDASSET’s competition, “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear” Fashion Project, which took place in May 2016 in collaboration with the DoitEco Project. Each of the 10 exhibitors, chosen from an initial entry of 23, has used fabric woven in Italy from ECONYL® yarn together with other environmentally-friendly materials (such as organic cotton, plant-based dyes, re-purposed cloth, linen and canvas) to create a pair of garments based on a common concept; one a ‘ready to wear’ piece and the other a more ‘conceptual’ one.




“Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear” Fashion Project is run under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture & Sports, UNEP/MAP – the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan under the Barcelona Convention, SEV Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Greek Council for UNESCO. It is supported by the Representation of the EC in Greece, ASAP Athens, Kosmocar, ΑΝΕΚ Lines και Blue Star Ferries.




The General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Ms Maria Vlazaki, declared: “The highly original concept that underpins this exhibition, and the emphasis it places on taking environmentally sound action and the value of using recycled materials in the manufacture of useful new products, point the way toward strategies for raising awareness in society of how interconnected culture and the environment truly are.”




The exhibition stage was designed and built by Greek Architect Evi Polychroniadou.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Before Art Basel Miami Beach was even a glimmer in anyone's eye, Miami experienced 'Surrounded Islands' by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, launching Miami into the limelight

On May 7, 1983, the installation of Surrounded Islands was completed in Biscayne Bay, between the city of Miami, North Miami, the Village of Miami Shores and Miami Beach by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Eleven of the islands situated in the area of Bakers Haulover Cut, Broad Causeway, 79th Street Causeway, Julia Tuttle Causeway, and Venetian Causeway were surrounded with 6.5 million square feet (603,870 square meters) of floating pink woven polypropylene fabric covering the surface of the water and extending out 200 feet (61 meters) from each island into the bay. The fabric was sewn into 79 patterns to follow the contours of the 11 islands.


For two weeks, Surrounded Islands, spreading over 7 miles (11.3 kilometers), was seen, approached and enjoyed by the public, from the causeways, the land, the water and the air. The luminous pink color of the shiny fabric was in harmony with the tropical vegetation of the uninhabited verdant islands, the light of the Miami sky and the colors of the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.


Since April 1981, attorneys Joseph Z. Fleming, Joseph W. Landers, marine biologist Anitra Thorhaug, ornithologists Oscar Owre and Meri Cummings, mammal expert Daniel Odell, marine engineer John Michel, four consulting engineers, and builder-contractor, Ted Dougherty of A and H Builders, Inc. had been working on the preparation of the Surrounded Islands. The marine and land crews picked up debris from the eleven islands, putting refuse in bags and carting it away after they had removed some forty tons of varied garbage that included refrigerator doors, tires, kitchen sinks, mattresses and an abandoned boat.


Permits were obtained from the following governmental agencies: The Governor of Florida and the Cabinet; the Dade County Commission; the Department of Environmental Regulation; the City of Miami Commission; the City of North Miami; the Village of Miami Shores; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.


The outer edge of the floating fabric was attached to a 12 inch (30.5 centimeter) diameter octagonal boom, in sections, of the same color as the fabric. The boom was connected to the radial anchor lines which extended from the anchors at the island to the 610 specially made anchors, spaced at 50 foot (15.2 meter) intervals, 250 feet (76.2 meters) beyond the perimeter of each island, driven into the limestone at the bottom of the bay. Earth anchors were driven into the land, near the foot of the trees, to secure the inland edge of the fabric, covering the surface of the beach and disappearing under the vegetation. The floating rafts of fabric and booms, varying from 12 to 22 feet (3.7 to 6.7 meters) in width and from 400 to 600 feet (122 to 183 meters) in length were towed through the bay to each island. There were eleven islands, but on two occasions, two islands were surrounded together as one configuration.