Art Center Sarasota Launches 2015-2016 Season With Four Dynamic Exhibitions
October 15-November 21
Hue and Your Shadow
An site-specific installation by South Dakota-based artist Molly Wicks
A Delicate Balance
An exhibition of works by Sarasota-based artists Joan Lyons and Meg Pierce, including a collaborative installation
:Project: Imaging Modalities
Featuring the work of Gigi Lage and Jeanine Tatlock
An open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibit.
Opening Reception: October 15, 5-7 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 exhibition season, entitled “In the Studio,” opens with four dynamic exhibits, which run October 15 to November 21. “Hue and Your Shadow,” in Gallery 1, features two large installations by South Dakota-based artist, Molly Wicks, whose work focuses on color theory, shadow, refraction of color and light, and topography. “A Delicate Balance,” in Gallery 2, features works by Sarasota-based artists Joan Lyons and Meg Pierce, including a collaborative site-specific installation. “Project: Imaging Modalities,” in Gallery 3, features the work of Gigi Lage and Jeanine Tatlock, and “Daily News,” in Gallery 4, is an open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibition juried by Marty Fugate, visual arts columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. An opening reception for all four exhibits is October 15, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
In “Hue and Your Shadow,” South Dakota-based artist Molly Wicks has created two large, site-specific installations. One, made from raw, hard oak and plywood hangs from microfilament near the wall. The second work, grid-based and laser-cut, is installed via dowel onto the gallery’s wall. Wicks says that the focus is on color theory, shadow, refraction of color and light, and topography. She adds that her work often explores “subtractive form and the ghosts of color.” Wicks works from sedimentary layers, fungus, and mold forms and then applies paint to the cuts to provide “an organic grid whose holes and back refract into shadow harmonies, guided by the austere dimensionality of the elevated panel.” She also places emphasis on color. “The precise painting of these interior spaces creates areas of color vibration, tension, and harmony,” she says. Wicks says her work is influenced by her studies in Chile and Côte d’Ivoire during her BFA at the University of Minnesota, her time at artist residencies, her students, and her children.
In “A Delicate Balance,” Sarasota-based artists Joan Lyon and Meg Pierce collaborated to create an installation entitled “A Delicate Balance,” which depicts a fantasy landscape created in silk, lace and acrylic. The central image is a mixed-media monotype of torn papers with ink and pastel forming a serene composition that celebrates life and creation. The artists say their work “speaks of the mystery and vulnerability of the landscape. Joining our voices together makes the statement even stronger.” The exhibit will also showcase other work by each artist.
“:Project: Imaging Modalities” features the work of Gigi Lage and Jeanine Tatlock, and is curated by Dustin Juengel, exhibitions curator for Art Center Sarasota, and Sarah Viviana Valdez, a 2010 Ringling College graduate and working artist who is experimenting with a new curatorial platform that focuses on mobility and location being specific to the artist’s work. According to Juengel and Valdez, this new series “is about the thrill of discovering the new. The series offers a platform to showcase young, contemporary artists, many of whom are connected to the area. These artists might still be in school, are recent graduates, or are at a stage of developing their practice that still promises infinite transformation. It’s an attempt to bring together and give an opportunity to young artists/creators to exhibit their discoveries from their unique often experimental approach to art.” The two curators add that the exhibitions are not resolved far in advance in order “to preserve their excitement and give them the opportunity to develop and grow all the way up to opening night. They should not necessarily be viewed as the display of a final product. Their role is somewhere more in the midst of the creative process; an opportunity for the artists and curators to test what an exhibition can be.”
In this exhibition, the curators state that Gigi Lage’s work “results from the accumulated traces of her engagement with technology. Through layers of computer processes and her interest in her own physical body, she cultivates a very physical relationship to technology.” They add that Jeanine Tatlock “directs her attention exclusively to the tangible. Through a very physical process that employs canvas and spray paint, she gathers images of her surroundings. Both artists engage with notions of immateriality and abstraction as they record different modalities and compose them into new images.”
“Daily News” is an all-media, all-subject juried exhibition open to all artists. Online submissions can be done on Art Center Sarasota’s website, www.artsarasota.org/callartists, through October 2. Hand-carried submissions will be accepted at Art Center Sarasota on October 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The juror for this exhibition is Marty Fugate, visual arts columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 season runs October 15, 2015, through September 30, 2016. An exhibition schedule is attached with this release.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
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