Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Call to Artists: Rhythmic Sensation-Visual Sensation

Still Point Art Gallery announces that submissions are now being accepted for its next online exhibition: Rhythmic Sensation-Visual Sensation.

Rhythm is all around us - in music, in poetry, in patterns of speech, in architecture, in nature. Rhythm is within us - our hearts beat, our lungs take air in and let air out, our running feet hit the ground in a set pattern. This exhibition explores the ways that rhythm is part of visual art...the rhythm that is created by pattern, repetition, and movement...and formed by line, color, shape, and texture. Artists are invited to submit compositions that use these elements to create rhythm, giving the viewer the opportunity to experience rhythmic sensation and visual sensation.  

The deadline for submissions is November 22, 2010. More details about submissions, along with the entry form, may be found here.

Still Point Art Gallery
October 28, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frank Myers Captures the Spirit of New Orleans

Frank Myers, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been named an Artist of Distinction for work showing in Still Point Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Global Lifestyles: Cities, Towns, Villages. Myers’ wonderfully unique, impressionistic images are photographs that were developed using a technique called digital Polaroid manipulation (explained below). His images capture the spirit of New Orleans…the city’s unique style of music, unique approach to jazz, interesting instrumentation and one-of-a-kind musicians, and evenings spent enjoying the company of friends in an amazing city that never sleeps. With careful attention to light and digitally-produced impressionism, Myers' photography captures the action, movement, vitality, tradition, and sound of the city that the entire world has come to love and respect--New Orleans.

New Orleans Trumpeter                       
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New Orleans Buskers Skinny Tuba   
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 New Orleans Washboard Player
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Myers has been drawing, painting, and taking pictures his entire life. In college he studied with Herb Jackson who introduced him to action painting and abstract imagery. That exposure was instrumental in moving his thinking about imagery from purely literal to conceptual. This important shift had a tremendous impact upon Myers’ artistic vision.

As life moved forward Myers found himself working almost entirely in photography. Several years ago he began to experiment with digital painting. Myers has enjoyed rediscovering painting and drawing using a combination of the latest digital tools combined with analog techniques. One such technique is Polaroid manipulation. The technique involves using a stylus or toothpick to move the emulsion around on a Polaroid image as it is developing to create an impressionistic version of the photograph. The digital version of this technique involves using different brushes, paints, and masks to create a stylized rendering that, like a true Polaroid manipulation, is a very loose interpretation of an actual photograph.

Myers produces limited edition prints of his digital works that are limited to fifty (50) and are printed on traditional papers, canvas or handmade papers whichever provide the texture and quality that best represents the images.

New Orleans Trumpeter, digital polaroid manipulation, 16 x 24, not framed, $250
New Orleans Buskers Skinny Tuba, digital polaroid manipulation, 16 x 24, not framed, $250
New Orleans Washboard Player, digital polaroid manipulation, 36 x 24, not framed, $450

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
October 10, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Peter Kempson, Artist of Distinction, Paints "Love Notes to Los Angeles"

As stated by one of his critics, Peter Kempson paints “love notes to Los Angeles,” amazing pieces that allow the viewer to step right into the painting and be in Los Angeles. For his contribution to Still Point Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Global Lifestyles: Cities, Town, Villages, Kempson was named an Artist of Distinction. His paintings are remarkable for their detailed precision, a style that can only be called photorealism.

Rodeo Drive                                Sunset Plaza
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Kempson holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, which is reflected in the story-telling quality of his work. Much of his career was spent working as advertising art director and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and McCann Erickson in Los Angeles. His work earned him numerous awards for creativity, including several Clios and an Emmy.

Amazingly, Kempson is a self-taught artist, and, though relatively new on the fine art scene, he has already exhibited at the prestigious Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Kempson has also recently been awarded the commission for a large painting to grace the lobby of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union. Though he has begun painting other cities, beginning with his hometown of New York, Kempson’s primary focus remains capturing the unique and ironic character of Los Angeles where, as he puts it, “…validation may come in the form of an Oscar statuette or a stamp on your valet parking ticket.”

Artist's Statement  

Her full name in Spanish is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles[1], but she’s usually referred to by her initials, with the casual reverence one might pay a ball player or a beloved boss. She’s blessed with a majestic coincidence of mountains and the sea, yet her iconic structure—her Eiffel Tower—is a half-ruined real estate sign from the 1920’s. L.A. spins paradox on top of paradise with unselfconscious ease. She’s a city where validation may come in the form of an Oscar statuette or a stamp on your valet parking ticket—a place where people live in palaces, cottages and sometimes in cardboard boxes, and where palm trees vie with telephone poles for dominance of the sky.

To one who grew up associating the very idea of a city with the vertical thrust and paved-over urbanity of Manhattan, L.A.’s sweeping vistas and naked relationship to Nature seem exotic, and her gifts for nonchalance and self-parody provide a refreshing change from cities that take themselves a bit too seriously.

Like Oz, L.A. is at turns both wonderful and frightening, but ultimately the goal of quests that originated all over the world. Louis B. Mayer came here from New York’s lower east side, Howard Hughes from Texas, Alfred Hitchcock from England, Katherine Hepburn from New England, Governor Schwartzenegger from Austria. Even L.A.’s emblematic palm trees are originally from the Central American tropics. Non-native transplants like myself have long taken root and flourished here.

Though I’ve lived here for over a decade, perhaps it’s because I came from elsewhere that I find L.A. a source of endless visual fascination. I see a city of angels and demons, at once magnificent and profane—a place where dreams and disillusionment, grace and greed, triumph and tragedy collide on a daily basis, generating an energy uniquely L.A.’s own. Working from my own photographs, painting in acrylics on canvas, the aim of my LANDSCAPES TM is to capture the idiosyncratic character of this fabulous, flawed city in images that are not the usual tourist views.

A critic told me that my paintings were like “love notes to L.A.,” which is a little surprising as I portray the city billboards, graffiti and all, but I suppose the affection I feel for my adopted home town comes out in my work.

Rodeo Drive, acrylic, 40 x 30, NFS
Sunset Plaza, acrylic, 40 x 30, $4000
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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
October 10, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Photographer Ron Testa Named Artist of Distinction

Ron Testa, named Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition Global Lifestyles: Cities, Towns, Villages, has been making photographs since 1962. His experience and confidence is evident in his work, as is his eye for subject matter and composition. Three of the five images he has in the exhibition are shown below. They are scenes of structures from Illinois and Utah. The structures are interesting, but the stories that lie hidden, yet speak so eloquently from within these images, are even more interesting, In some fascinating way, these images are as essential, realistic, and respectable as any rural American town is expected to be.

Melvin, Illinois                                                Cisco, Utah                                                Utica, Illinois
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Testa has been making photographs for nearly fifty years and has had his work exhibited in a broad array of formats and venues - nationally and internationally, solo and group, casual and elite, publications, galleries, and museums. It began with Testa receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He then took on a brief stint as assistant photographer at the Cleveland Museum of Art before joining the U.S. Navy as a combat photographer and serving three tours of duty in Vietnam stationed aboard an attack aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf. In 1973 Testa received a masters of fine arts degree in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He went on to teach at the Baldwin School of New York City from 1973 to 1975 and was head photographer at the Field Museum in Chicago from 1975 to 1989. During that time he taught photography at Columbia College in Chicago and was a consultant to the collection at the Chicago House archeological dig in Luxor, Egypt.

Testa’s work has been shown internationally in England - 200 American Photographers, American Arts Centre (1970) - and in France - Contemporary Artists, Centre International d'Art (1986). He has exhibited nationally at numerous solo and group shows over the last forty years, including the acclaimed George Eastman House (1968, 2006), Cleveland Institute of Art (1974), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1982), University of Memphis (1992), Anchorage Art Museum (2006), University of Indianapolis (2009), and the University of Illinois, Urbana (2010).

Examples of his work are represented in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art  in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Melvin, Illinois, digital inkjet print, 14 x 11, framed, $300
Cisco, Utah, digital inkjet print, 14 x 11, framed, $300
Utica, Illinois, digital inkjet print, 14 x 11, framed, $300

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
October 5, 2010