Call for Artists, “Duchas: The Drive Within”

Attention all student artists! Looking for an exhibition opportunity? The Queens College Irish Studies Program will be hosting a joint exhibition from June 30th- September 7th with the Queens College Art CenterDuchas: The Drive Within is a celebration of Irish, Irish-American and Irish-inspired art and artists. All interested artists in the NYC metropolitan area are invited to submit works in any medium for consideration. Queens College students are encouraged to participate.

Interested participants can submit digital images of one or two works by email to the Irish Studies Art Coordinator.
Please include the following information in the email: name, address, phone number, a brief statement of interest, a short biography, and a description of each work including dimensions and material. Only email inquiries and submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5pm on 5/15/18.

For additional details, visit the QC Art Center website.

Faculty Exhibition: Chloe Bass, “Book of Everyday Instruction”

All are invited to attend the opening reception of Chloë Bass’s show The Book of Everyday Instruction on Saturday, April 21st, 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will show at The Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens from April 21st – June 17th, with special programming and events during the show.

Friday, May 25, 7:00 pm: Couples Counseling for Artists and Institutions Workshop + Book Launch
Sunday, June 3, 5:00pm: A Field Guide to Spatial Intimacy Workshop
Thursday, June 14 , 7:00pm: Protect and Preserve Lecture Performance + Closing Party

Knockdown Center presents Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction, an eight-chapter investigation of one-on-one social interaction, exploring an expanded understanding of pairing. On view for the first time in its entirety, the exhibition includes all eight major projects developed by Bass between January 2015 and January 2018 as well as additional interventions created in response to Knockdown Center’s public spaces outside of the gallery. Coinciding with the exhibition, the project will also be released as a book, published by The Operating System, and designed and edited by Lynne Desilva-Johnson.

Bass uses daily life as a site of research to study the modes and scales of intimacy, locating where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Her works prioritize the fostering and observing of everyday interpersonal situations, and take a variety of forms across photography, text, video, sculpture, performance, a mobile phone app, poetic modes of documentation, and site-specific interventions. Presented in sequential chapters, each with its own central question and focus, Bass’ inquiries expand in scale and scope; she begins with an investigation of intimacy between herself and a stranger, and expands outward to study the relationships between individuals and their safe spaces, institutions, and finally cities.

New book by professor Herb Hartel

Congratulations to art history professor Herb Hartel on the publication of his new publication, a monograph on abstract painter Raymond Jonson. For more information, check out the item page on Amazon.

This is the most thorough and detailed monograph on the artwork of Raymond Jonson. He is one of many artists of the first half of the twentieth-century who demonstrate the richness and diversity of an under-appreciated period in the history of American art. Visualizing the spiritual was one of the fundamental goals of early abstract painting in the years before and during World War I. Artists turned to alternative spirituality, the occult, and mysticism, believing that the pure use of line, shape, color, light and texture could convey spiritual insight. Jonson was steadfastly dedicated to this goal for most of his career and he always believed that modernist and abstract styles were the most effective and compelling means of achieving it.

 

Special Drawing course offering for Fall 2018

A new drawing course will be offered in conjunction with Media Studies for credit in Drawing 2 or Experimental Media for the Fall 2018 semester. The course is scheduled for Tuesdays in Klapper 284 from 2:00-5:50pm.

Professors Zoe Beloff and Greg Sholette will focus on using drawing, moving images, and comics as an avenue for storytelling. Students can register for the course as ARTS 240 or MEDST 281/758.

Faculty Exhibition: Sin-ying Ho, “Past Forward”

Ceramics teacher Sin-ying Ho is currently exhibiting at the Hood Art Museum’s temporary exhibition space from now through May 27th. Visit the Hood Downtown at 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH – admission is always free!

About the exhibition:
“If Chinese ceramic art has a heart, it beats in Jingdezhen. For centuries, artisans there have made vessels that traveled far and wide. Their fluid forms and recognizable decorations have inspired celebratory prose and devoted followers around the world. Today, artist Sin-ying Ho works in these same ceramics factories. Though Jingdezhen potters have long defined tradition, Ho has expanded both their forms and their imagery in contemporary ceramics that are thoroughly of the twenty-first century. Whether they are monumental vases or smaller, more clearly assembled sculptures, she makes her works from multiple parts brought together as a whole. She emphasizes the many parts by glazing each of the pieces differently. Together they form a whole that maintains the legacy of being created from myriad fragments.
The process of building is an essential metaphor for Sin-ying Ho’s artistic practice. With it, she implies an optimism for our society’s continued ability to construct a unified world. As reflected in her technique, and in the themes addressed by her surface imagery, this world will necessarily be an amalgam of new and old, here and there, greed and generosity, men and women, faith and despair. Through these combinations, Ho shares a worldview that acknowledges the inherent contradictions and challenges of global culture while also anticipating the uncanny beauty emerging all around us.”

For more information about the exhibition and about the Hood Museum of Art, visit their website!

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