Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Art



27
Mar
12

KICKSTATER Update #5: “The Little Engine That Could®!”

Perhaps this update gets its name from the fact that I have an almost 2 year old and inspiration is found in the strangest places, but this project is becoming The Little Engine That Could®!

We are at $1,691 pledged which is 33% funded with a
total
of 58 backers and 10 days to go!

We can do this! Thank you so much for all of the pledges, sharing this around, tweeting about it, Facebooking it, etc. etc. There have been some clever ways of getting the word out, and it is all appreciated. As great as all of our efforts have been, unless we hit the $5,000 by April 7th, 2012, 5:03pm (CST) then this project will not get funded. If you have any suggestions or creative (read more here…)

I have been asked to share more about the story of the Overflow artwork.
My concept is a site specific sculptural installation that is interactive with the audience/viewer. I am interested in helping people understand the importance of their food source as well raising questions of GMO’s and chemicals that are introduced to our corn and seed supply.

I described part of this earlier under About This Project/ The Project, but when I get to New York, I will scrounge around and find wood pallets to take apart and use to build this barn structure. I like this idea of using reclaimed material to create this container. This “barn” is filled with an estimated 3,000 lbs of whole corn seed (read more here…)

I work a lot in materials and process and to me the understanding of where your food comes from and how it is treated is a very important and often overlooked element of life. My work is object based, but also very much conceptual. Most of my work is more subtle in communication than overt. I hope that this will be a beginning of looking further into food source/ process ideas and the questions about (read more here…)

Overflow conjures thoughts of farmland, barns and brimming silos. Seeds are important and are traded as a commodity. Cycles of life happen whether we understand the process or choose to bury our head. Our land, resources and life are laid out in front of us, one moment at a time. What will we do with what we are given?

Darin M. White, Overflow, Reclaimed wood, seeds, conceptual rendering, 2012

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23
Mar
12

Kickstarter Update #4: 27%! Creeping Up!

Wow, this is a wild ride and a ton of work. I really, truly appreciate all of your support! It is what is keeping me going right now. It’s a marathon…keep on running… Well it feels like it, but really 25 days is going to be over in a snap. So we are currently creeping up at 27% with 14 days remaining!

I am still hopeful that we can hit 40% by March 25th! The trajectory is a little low for that right now, so any additional help would be a great boost! (Read more here…)

Here is the current list of 47 backers (minus those who preferred to remain anonymous). I am grateful to each one of you and your pledge! Thank you!

    1. Lisa White-Turney
    2. GF Sam Wagner
    3. Eric Dobbins
    4. Luke and Sara
    5. Erik Fish
    6. Susan Patten
    7. Judith G. Levy
    8. Billie Cochrum
    9. Matt Nelson
    10. Celeste Alvarez Plitz
    11. Mark Hartford
    12. Brad Mayhew
    13. Malissa Martin
    14. Befkadu
    15. Stacey Warner Hatton
    16. Luba
    17. Jill Brungardt
    18. Daniel White
    19. donlisy
    20. Sunita
    21. Kathy Porsch
    22. Rhoda A Zapata
    23. Paul White
    24. Christina Dostaler Prestidge
    25. jenifer tracy
    26. Carter Peckham
    27. Derek Seaman
    28. Craig Anderson
    29. Brian White
    30. Andrea Silenza
    31. Danny Joe Gibson
    32. Frank Shopen
    33. Sven Alstrom
    34. Nathan White
    35. Lisa Lala
    36. Chris Sicam
    37. Chad Cox
    38. Ryan Timothy Laferney
    39. Stanci March
    40. Angela Doll Carlson
    41. steve gradwohl
    42. jason dailey

I attached an image of the front of the postcards below. I will get this of for printing on Monday! We are getting there!

PLEASE VISIT the Kickstarter Project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darinwhite/overflow-a-debut-new-york-solo-exhibition-of-conc

Thank you again,
Darin
http://darinwhite.com

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Darin M. White, OVERFLOW Exhibition Postcard Front

21
Mar
12

Kickstarter Update #3: First Goal $1,000/20%!

THANK YOU!


With your pledges we have hit the first goal –

$1,000 and 20%!

I am very grateful for your encouragement, support, sharing this with your
friends, family and creative/art lovers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

WE ARE ON OUR WAY to the $5,000 goal. Remember, if we don’t hit that goal in 17 days,
this project will not get funded.
I can tell you don’t want that…I don’t want that either!

As you know we are all busy, if you would be willing to follow up on that email
you sent, facebook post, tweet, or text, phone call, whatever, I think we can really
help this project get wings! If we get enough traffic and pledges to the site, it will
catch the attention of the Kickstarter Staff again and this will help this project
even more!

If you have thoughts about how I could make this Kickstarter project even better?
…please let me know. If there are specific rewards that you feel would help make this happen,
please let me know, I am game! Remember you can always add to your pledge at any time
till April 7th.
How about a pack of six of the Bear Heart thank you cards (shown below)
by adding $20 to your pledge? The front of the card has Bear Heart image on the front, is blank inside,
and has information about the artist and the artwork on the back.

Bear Heart Greeting Card

I think our NEXT GOAL should be DOUBLING this $1,000 to $2,000!
What do you think? Can we do this in 4 days? This would get us back on track
for the $200 a day that is needed to fund this project in time. I am nervous, but
excited too. If these projects were easy EVERYONE would be doing them!
I have put myself out there and you all have been such a great support!
THANK YOU AGAIN!

Kickstarter Project Link:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darinwhite/overflow-a-debut-new-york-solo-exhibition-of-conce

Sincerely and humbly,
Darin
http://darinwhite.com

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20
Mar
12

34 899 18 The update

Numbers, it seems like everything is numbers right now. I am an artist, not a mathematician, but
I am thankful for all of the numbers coming in…(read more here.)

34 Backers, $899 Pledged, 18 days to go!
Click here to see the project!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darinwhite/overflow-a-debut-new-york-solo-exhibition-of-conce

We are doing great, plugging along at a decent rate. Our first major goal is $1,000… (read more here.)

Darin M. White, View of Corn Field in Kansas, 2012

(See larger image here)

 

21
Sep
11

Booking It To Brooklyn: A Library of Texas Contemporary Art (With Some Friends Who’ve Joined Us Along the Way)

Booking It To Brooklyn:
A Library of Texas Contemporary Art
(With Some Friends Who’ve Joined Us Along the Way)

Curated by Darin M. White

June 24th-July 8th, 2011

Produced and Directed by Rex Hausmann and Hausmann Millworks
operating in conjunction with
CENTRAL BOOKING Art Space
111 Front Street
Gallery 210
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Closing reception: July 7th, 2011 as part of “First Thursday” art walk
http://www.brooklynartproject.com/page/1st-thursdays-dumbo-galleryA collection of contemporary works from San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City & Philadelphia.
Organized like any good collection: varied tastes, materials & subjects form prose of an odd exotic sort.
Please enjoy the chapters enclosed. Happy reading.
Rex Hausmann
Producer/DirectorIn an exhibition that was curated in around a week, we find a story of Rex Hausmann
of Hausmann Millworks: A Creative Community. The-GO-man, the get-it-done-guy,
the-too-many-irons-in-the-fire-but-making-it-all-work. 1/4 Italian, 1/4 Mexican,
1/2 German and all San Antonian, Hausmann has a new story for everyday
of the week and they are all good. Hausmann Millworks is a 44,000 square foot millwork
manufacturing building in San Antonio Texas, that has been transformed into
“A Creative Community” of artist studios, galleries and provides opportunities and real life,
art and business education to its artists. This exhibition includes mostly San Antonio
artists and tells the story of how they and other friends have come into the conversation
and are now Booking It To Brooklyn. From Marilyn Lanfear and Larry Graeber who’s work
spans five decades, to LA artist Kiel Johnson who is showing in various museums to
Mel Latimer and Casey Ruiz who are just getting their feet wet, the list of artists and
artwork are as varied as America itself. Exhibited in Brooklyn’s Central Booking Art Space
in Dumbo. The show revolves around the galleries theme of art books, prints and works
on paper with some more conceptual notions. Don’t be surprised if this list of artists
changes before the opening, it is par for the course. The show may end up in Tunisia
for all we know…with bells on.
Darin M. White
Curator

Artists:
Chapter 1: Foundations
David Almaguer
Arturo Almeida

Jonathan Cowan
Chapter 2: New Friends
David Alcantar
Larry Greaber
Marilyn Lanfear
Ansen Seale
Chapter 3: An Unusual Pair
Louis Vega Trevino
Mark Wiegand
Chapter 4: New Horizons
Mel Latimer
Kevin Rayhons
Casey Ruiz
Chapter 5: Some Friends Dropped in For a Visit
Michelle Carollo
Jane Flanders
Jimmy Greenfield
Kiel Johnson
Don Lisy
Alison Stigora
Shannon White
Chapter 6: The Lady with Embroidered Shirts & A Man with a Cactus
Leigh Anne Lester
Joseph Adams

Marilyn Lanfear Marilyn & the Law1982 Revolver, book, promises 5″ x 14″ x 10″


Kiel Johnson Sincerely Yours 2009 Ink on paper 17.75″ x 24″ (Image Courtesy of Davidson Contemporary NY, NY and artist)

Larry Graeber Colorform Book Font Cover, Paper and ink 11″ x 10″ 16 Pages
Ansen Seale Congress 2011 Digital print on maple veneer 48″ x 48″
Left to right, Jane Flanders, (Ledge) Larry Graeber, Joseph Adams, (Hanging) Kiel Johnson
(Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye), Kevin Rahyons, Marc Weigand, (Pedistal) Marilyn Lanfear,
Kiel Johnson (Rejection Letter)
Left to Right: Kiel Johnson (Rejection Letter), David Alcantar, (Top) Louis Vega Travenio,

(Bottom) David Almaguer, Don Lisy

Left to Right: Mel Latimer, Shannon White, Jimmy Greenfield, Jonathan Cowan,
(Table) Leigh Anne Lester, Ansen Seale, Michelle Carollo
Left to Right: Mel Latimer, Ansen Seale, Michelle Carollo, (Top) Marc Wiegand,
(Bottom) Casey Ruiz, Alison Stigora

More images and price list available on request by contacting Darin White or Rex Hausmann

22
Aug
11

THE SPARKLE THAT FEEDS

Here is an art review I wrote a little bit ago. I waited to publish it on my site to give enough time for eReivew to the get the press out.
Hope you enjoy!
By Darin M. White May 13, 2011

A review of the spring Bread and Glitter journal release exhibition

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Chris Bohatyritz, “Untitled,” acrylic on canvas, 2010-11. Image: courtesy of the artist
Monarch Gallery
Kansas City, Missouri
April 8 — May 13, 2011

Because of the fact that our oldest daughter had a sleep over to get ready for that night, we arrived late from Lawrence, Kansas, to the exhibition party, spurred on by our collective interest in art and an invitation. (My wife Shannon was included in this issue of Bread and Glitter). Bread and Glitter is very recent, well-thought, and well-written ‘zine journal covering art, aesthetics, deep thoughts, and various takes on faith. I have an insatiable diet for seeing art lately. Is it that “art” has increased in quality, or have I become a better viewer? Whatever the answer, my wife, our 10-month-old daughter, and I entered the room about the time when the DJ’s bass kicked in and we could feel our hearts bumping to the beat. The scene took me back to the days when we threw raves in the lunchroom of my family’s manufacturing company.

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Stuart Bury, “Take an Axe to Fear!” cover art illustration for “Bread and Glitter” Volume 1, Issue 2, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

Ryan LaFerney, founder and co-editor of Bread and Glitter, which also has an online component, greeted us and graciously provided a run-down of the show, apologizing for the intensity of the sound. This is the B & G Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring Release party. Beyond a party, beyond an exhibition, there is a sense of community in this space called the Monarch Gallery on the first floor of an eight-story brick building on Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shannon pointed out the fresh-baked bread positioned on a pedestal, displayed as art with a collection of glitter and a small cup of honey. As we looked around the gallery amidst the flashing lights and thumping sounds, we saw additional beacons of bread lifted up to art status and purposed by glitter. Food-for-art, the art of food — how ever it is thought of, is something I think about often.

Katherine O’Hara, who acted as co-curator of the evening’s event, stated she was very pleasantly pleased with the exhibition, which was based on an open-ended general call. In my experience, this strategy can open the door to a potential madhouse — with a plethora of miscellaneous art hung salon-style and crammed so closely together that your eyes beg for mercy. Merciful it was, though, as we were not subjected to an overload of art, but with a variety of thought-provoking, fascinating, and even humorous works.

I was already familiar with many of the artists and have even shown their work in a flash space in Lawrence, Kansas. The talent oozes and the works delight. Being a sculptor and typically drawn to this work like a magnet, I sauntered over to Christina Dostaler‘s piece which looked like a May-day basket in filled with all sorts of edible goodies. I chewed on the luscious colors forms and shapes, but was reminded by my daughter that we should continue to move if we intended to take in the entire exhibition. We enjoyed the miniature and colorful weblike drawings of Lori Bury (whose husband Stuart Bury drew the cartoon for the cover of this B & G issue); her well-thought quintuple arrangement looked like a beautiful happy accident of bright spills and connecting DNA drawings.

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Christina Dostaler, installation view of “I Hope I Have Potential,” acrylic on Mylar, monofilament, and plastic, 2010. Image: courtesy of the artist

I was intrigued by Chris Bohatyritz‘s work, especially an untitled painting that reminded me of a monotype plate, with translucent reddish-brown spread across it with a pallet knife, topped with an explosion of small brilliant bright colorful strokes floating and flittering in and out directing themselves in shapes. At the bottom right of the painting peeking out from behind the swaths is a dog with droopy ears and lonesome eyes that looks up and out over the shoulder of the viewer as if he wishes to be somewhere else.

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Lori Bury, detail of set of four “Untitled” drawings, mixed media, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Chris Bohatyritz, detail from “Untitled,” acrylic on canvas, 2010-11. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Amanda Elise Bowles, still from “Quiet Utterance/Stolen Breath,” video on DVD, 2010. Image: courtesy of the artist

Linnea Gabriella Spransy had a variety of beautiful portraits on paper, which shows her talent to draw from life and to handle any medium/style, as the majority of her current work is completely abstract. I passed by Amanda Elise Bowles‘s video installation Quiet Utterance/Stolen Breath and realized that this wasn’t the time that I would be allowed to sit and contemplate the conceptual observations that she has made. Later, I spent some time with the Bread and Glitter issue itself and read more about her work, wishing I was able to see the installation again. I was drawn to the use of salt-encrusted bricks and the use of breath as a medium.

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Ben Jones, “Jeremiah,” woodcut on paper, 2009. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Jane Sheldon, installation view of “The Trusting Type,” acrylic on paper, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

Instead, however, for this moment I took in Ben Jones‘s large woodblock prints and came back by again to see Jeremiah, with the strong contrast of black and white and the fascinating comedy. I circled back and took some time to study Jane Sheldon‘s paintings (or should they be called drawings)? They are stunningly awkward, but in a way that makes you like them all the more. Her use of text is interesting and somewhat left to the viewers’ imagination, as in The Trusting Type wherein she paints over the majority of the words; some are revealed as though through white-out from beyond the shoulder of the individual portrayed. I can make out “I’m normally the Trusting type…” and a few other words, but it seems as if it really isn’t the words that are important but the mood that the image creates. Again, these works by Sheldon like many of their counterparts are colorful, and after a long winter of drab, this glimmering viewing seems to be just the food I need.

Note:
The exhibition also included work by Wen Dan-Lin, Christina Lenert, Amanda Monson, Lizeth Niño, Brendan O’Shaughnessy, and Michael Powell. Jake Myska is also co-editor of Bread and Glitter.

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