The Armory Art Center is bringing a Visiting Artist to Spring Break Camp to expand the children’s exploration of Modern Art and Crafts! Instructor Elizabeth Thomas is a world renown author and poet. Her Camp Session will investigate masks! In nearly all cultures, masks have been worn for many reasons ( disguises, celebrations, performances, etc.). All campers will experience interactive activities through Spring Break Camp including drawing, painting, clay, print making and more! The Rickie Report shares the details and also invites you to the next Art Salon, featuring “Action Re Action” presenting the artistic duo Sherryl Muriente and Béju LeJobart. There is SO MUCH to experience at the Armory Art Center, we hope you take part!
EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
S P R I N G B R E A K
A R T C A M P
AGES 4.5 – 17
Sign up NOW for Spring Break Camp at the Armory Art Center! Go to www.armoryart.org or Call 561.832.1776
TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD, 2015 6:30-8:30 pm
“ACTION RE ACTION”
Sherryl Muriente and Béju Lejobart
There’s a $10 fee to attend, payable at the door
LeJobart is an artist duet, comprised of husband and wife Béju and Muriente. Individually, they create their own art, Béju as a sculptor and Muriente as a performer. Working together, Béju becomes the maker and Muriente the visionary. In unison, they write and perform short plays that demonstrate the interaction of two individuals within a couple. In large urban settings, their work translates people’s perspectives and future projections into reality, today. Their goal is to facilitate social and physical changes in the city through urban acupuncture projects that serve as a catalyst for the regeneration of dormant social networks and capital exchange.
Muriente tells The Rickie Report, “I am eternally in search for Tohu Bohu, the chaos within the void.”
Aided by her “contagious enthusiasm”, Muriente has embarked in creating collaborative cross-disciplinary live art projects under the lens of Urban Acupuncture. Through the process of grounded theory, she identifies a story or “local knowledge” from which inspiration to create a small-scale intervention serves as a catalyst to transform the larger urban context. These subtle interventions can resonate into a broader impact on the collective subconscious of those living in the city. Muriente’s creativity focuses on happenings, performance art, art installations, and live art in both solo shows and in directing others as a group in collaborative work. As an Instructor in Urban Planning at FAU, she works with students on short-term “Urban Intervention” assignments, which are 1:1 scale installation and performance pieces held outdoors in the urban landscape. As an artist, she likes to reveal and interpret the narrative found in the urban realm.
Béju tells us, “I want to die with a smile on my face.”
Béju’s necessity to create is driven by the challenge of the unknown through which he expresses himself. Self-taught, he started mocking his environment by carving wooden “trompe l’oeil”. These finely detailed creations are so deceptive; they are real until you touch them. Beju would knit, melt, bend, and stitch wood, bringing it to life by carving critters. The next phase of his creativity involved considering interactions of shapes of various recycled materials, mainly stainless steel tubes and wooden pallets. This work is grounded in Descartes’ famous “Cogito ergo sum” (I think Therefore I am). Descartes explains that the simple fact of questioning our own existence proves that we do exist. Expanding from this quote, Beju’s modus operandi has become “Cogito, ergo sum, ERGO FACIO” (I think, therefore I am, THEREFORE I ACT). Dwelling on this premise, his sculptures illustrate the intricate and variable scale of involvement of Thought versus Action as they both progress in inseparable unison within us. More recently, Beju has created a much more ludic form of expression “Alley Dudes”. Born in the alley, Alley Dudes were inspired by his fascination for Paleolithic cave art found in his home country, France. Profoundly attached to the origins of human art, these PVC sculptures are a contemporary interpretation of body language through candid line forms. The power of their expression engages the viewer to complete the piece by imagining its details such as facial expressions and hand gestures.
For more information please visit: http://www.lejobart.net/
ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.
Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr. Schedule of upcoming Art Salons and Videos of past Art Salon Presentations are now available at http://www.elleschorrphotography.com. “Upcoming Art Salons are also listed at http://www.armoryart.org/ArtSalons.
More About The Armory Art Center:
The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be recognized as providing a premier art center for both creating and viewing art. The Armory is a high-quality visual art school and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more.
For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or
call 561-832-1776 x33