Mark your calendar for these two inspiring events at the Armory: On March 17th, nationally renown painter and teacher, Miroslav Antic, will give a presentation at the Art Salon, led by Elle Schorr. From March 19th to April 14th the Armory Art Center will feature work by Armory artists-in-residence produced during their eight month tenure. The Artists-in-Residence program attracts up-and-coming artists from across the country where they develop their portfolio, teach Armory students, and learn from Armory faculty and visiting master artists. The 2015/2016 artists-in-residents are Chris Pickett and Jessi Maddocks for ceramics, Lisa Johnson for jewelry, Hiromi Katayama for painting and drawing, and Woody Othello for sculpture. The Rickie Report urges you to take these opportunities to meet the these artists and other faculty members. See what YOU can create at the Armory Art Center ! The Artist in Residence Exhibit Open Reception is March 19th from 6 – 8 pm. The public is welcome to both events!
AT THE ART SALON:
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015
“FOUR AND A HALF DECADES OF PAINTING”
First and Third Tuesdays – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$10. Fee to Attend
Enjoy 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.
Elle Schorr leads discussions covering 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.
Miroslav Antic, known nationally for his talent as a painter and for his teaching abilities, was born in Yugoslavia and received his training from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He served on the painting faculty at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston for over 20 years and has been an Armory faculty member since 2001. Recognition for his work includes a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a NEA New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, as well as a Florida Individual Fellowship in Visual Arts, and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship,among numerous other awards.
Artwork by Miroslav Antic
“Painting is a form of Utopia – a place (the object itself) and a time (spent in making it) where the world has a chance to be perfect. The painting is here, but what is represented on it is distanced, twice removed. For me, it was always the past, not the future, that held most interest. The old is infinitely more mysterious than that which is yet to come. Armed with love of history and love for color and painterliness, I set out, over and over again, to make the most exquisite pictorial statements I am capable of creating”.
“Untitled” by Miroslav Antic
“Modernist and Post-modernist disdain for craftsmanship, beauty, and nostalgia is always a challenge. At some point in my career I decided to directly take on these very issues – craftsmanship, beauty, nostalgia, even sentimentality. Most of the images I work with are culled from the movies, old TV shows, old photographs of myself and the members of my family, and other sources I grew up with. Seen from the distance of time these images strike me as mysterious and poignant – the combination of sweetness and latent ominousness is the best”.
Image by Miroslav Antic
“After the image has come, I proceed to treat it in paint in various ways – I play with the conceptual significance of not only the image, but also, of what is done to it pictorially. I contend with spatial issues as they are seen in the traditional representation of the three dimensional image on the two dimensional surface. This I confront with the Modernist notion of flatness, as represented by transparent stripes, spills, glazings, etc. Affirming, denying, and again affirming, is of great interest to me”.
Artwork by Miroslav Antic
In my view, painting is conceptually the most interesting and the most difficult form of visual art today precisely because of its long history – sometimes it is less troublesome to invent a new medium, than it is to find uses for an old one. It takes a long time to get good at painting – being a total believer, I am not willing to give up anything. My work is aiming to exist in the realm between passion and distancing – both are necessary”. Miroslav Antic
Thursday, March 19th 6:00-8:00 pm
Exhibit Runs March 19-April 14, 2016
Armory Art Center | Greenfield and East Galleries
1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401
EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
ENTERTAINMENT (DJ) AND REFRESHMENTS.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Armory Art Center’s Artists-In-Residence 2014/15 (L toR) Hiromi Katyama, Woody Othello, Lisa Johnson, Jessi Maddocks, Chris Pickett
Ceramics by Chris Pickett
Chris Pickett earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee in 2001. In the years that followed, Chris maintained a studio practice at his home in Chattanooga, while frequently working as a studio assistant at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In 2008, Chris began his graduate studies at the University of Florida and was awarded his MFA in 2011. He grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Childhood experiences filled with Lincoln Logs, improvised tree house construction and action figure forts constructed of twigs and pine needles, taught Chris to love working with his hands at an early age. These early experiences would become a significant influence on his work years later.
Mugs by Jessi Maddocks
Jessi Maddocks grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and received her BFA from Colorado State University in 2012. She is a functional potter working primarily with slip cast porcelain. The geometries of the forms and surface are influenced by architecture and organizational systems such as street plans and maps. Jessi has interned for the Artstream Nomadic Gallery since 2012. Her studio is based out of the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) in Carbondale, CO.
Jewelry by Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson will return for her third year as an Armory resident. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with an M.F.A. with a Concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. She is trained in metalsmithing and jewelry design and frequently incorporates techniques found in ceramics to explore service ware, jewelry, and sculpture. Her passion for teaching classes of all age levels enables her to bring enthusiasm to the classroom to motivate and inspire students to develop their skills, expand their appreciation for art, and find their voice. www.lisamjohnsonart.com.
“Cherry Drops” by Hiromi Katayama
Hiromi Katayama will return for her second year as an Armory resident. A native of Ibarki, Japan, she studied for her MFA in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduated in May of 2012. Hiromi received her BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan, in the spring of 2008. Hiromi’s love for creative art was founded in the private studio of her mentor Renjoin Sensei, from the age of nine years old. Today, Hiromi’s work is created using traditional Japanese pigments and techniques through traditional methods and materials, and her belief in cultural foundations in nature. Through her work, Hiromi hopes to share her culture and a little bit of herself with her audience.
“Paul, Fester and Ben” by Woody Othello
Woody Othello, a Miami native, received his BFA in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University. He uses the figurative form and incorporates a sickening palette and textured surfaces to indicate a sense of uneasiness in his work. Woody delves into the subconscious to depict the strain between outside stimuli conflicting with personal desires. He obsessively makes drawings, paintings, sculptures and video work. Upon finishing his residency, Woody will be pursuing his MFA in sculpture at California College of the Arts with a full scholarship.
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 Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education 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.
The Artists-in-Residence Program is underwritten by Armory Art Center Governing Board Member and benefactor Mary Montgomery.
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