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How Do You Define “Emerging Artist”? Is it solely a matter of age? Exhibition experience? Name recognition? Can someone in their seventies be an emerging artist? Or is it time to take that term out?
I am trying to figure out the definition of emerging artist which is proving far more difficult than I would have thought. There are literally hundreds of definitions of an emerging artist many of which seem to be tailored to specific circumstances or events. After doing extensive research and many projects I am still between definitions as to whether an emerging artist should be related to age, length of career, commercial success or the period of time after having finished formal artist training? A decade ago, emerging signified an artist who was getting some attention—emerging from the pack, as it were, and onto the radar screen of curators, dealers and critics. There were a number of indicators that an artist was emerging: inclusion in good group shows, positive reviews, a well-received solo, maybe sales to a few good collectors, and some word-of-mouth buzz. My advice is not to take the term too seriously the term seems kind flexible, a hedge. It’s really a euphemism for “not famous,” for this reason I want it to create INSIDE OUT a section that provides the opportunity to achieve freedom with substance; to me is not the age but the work of the artist that counts.
Our content in general is inspired by the Danish artist Palle Nielsen’s project The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society, that took place in 1968 at the Moderna Museet Stockolm – a playground in the museum – where Nielsen pose questions such as to have the chance to “become themselves,” and express their own reality through play in a setting unfettered by the urban environment and adapted to their energetic activity, he took art and activism’s in new directions, functioning precisely like a model: a small-scale, concrete experiment with speculative potential. with this intro I WELCOME ALL to IRREVERSIBLE a World-Class experimental art project and magazine!
Foreword by Dr. Carol Damian
Director/ Chief Curator Frost Art Museum
Mindy Shrago founder & Executive Director Young At Art Museum
Cover Featured Winners Introduction + Guest artists Alejandro Mendoza & Alec Von Barten
Rodolfo Vanmarke and Elaine Minionis founders of www.thelunchboxgallery.com
8:45 pm – 9:30 pm
PERFORMANCE by Patricia Schnall Gutierrez
Folded tied, Knotted and Stacked – The Package Project interactive ongoing with public
Folded tied, Knotted and Stacked – The Package Project, 2010 paper, beeswax, twine, notes
The public is invited to view and/or help the artist to fold, and tie with twine, precut waxed sheets of tracing paper. As viewers experience the tactile, repetitious activity of preparing packages, they may also add personal notes of how the process relates to their own personal experiences. Intent: In Folded, Tied, Knotted and Stacked – the Package Project Continued, the suggestive, mundane chores familiar to women such as folding laundry, working pastry and wrapping packages, are universal and strike a chord with generations of women. As in all of my work, the delicacy of the materials, in this case, tracing paper, beeswax and twine, create a tension between the fragility of the materials and the complexity of the concept they refer to.
COVER FEATURED WINNER Illustration
EDWIN VILLASMIL (Venezuela)
The combination of extraordinary draftsmanship and creative imagination that is seen in the work of Edwin Villasmil is remarkable for a modern artist. Each of his fantastic drawings is filled with complex symbolism and arcane details that demand the full attention of the viewer fascinated to decipher their meaning. Villasmil works in a manner that is reminiscent of Medieval printmakers and migrating metallurgists of early Europe intent on capturing the essence of earthly existence through a repertoire of signs and symbols that are far from reality and can only exist in the world of the imagination. Using ornamental motifs like the ones found in manuscript illumination and once credited with supernatural powers, he incorporates spiraling lines, sometimes terminating in an animal head, and interlacing motifs to create unique patterns that threaten to totally disguise a subject. There is a story that informs each work, but it is frequently lost in the minutiae of the many images that are revealed within each composition. Look carefully and snakes emerge from within the tendrils of tree branches, foreboding beings in an otherworldly setting. Strange birds appear, while hybrid characters hold court in their own special realm of creatures big and small. Not surprisingly, Villasmil has been commissioned to do many projects associated with nature, including the Florida Everglades, where he has the innate ability to capture the beauty and the eminent threats that affect all of its flora and fauna. Each work is an exercise in patience and concentration that is fascinating in our “easy” world of digital technology and instant gratification. Villasmil’s work deserves more and the patient viewer will be rewarded with an experience in abstraction and creativity seldom found today.
Dr. Carol Damian
I am an artist, an environmentalist and educator. My work focuses on positive-negative imaginary beings; a world I have been working on for the past 20 years. Belize is its Queen; some of these beings belong to a dark ancient world. Ink, pencil and paper are my tools of trade. I am constantly studying the relationship between man and its contemporary world. Concerned by the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades I work hoping that my illustrations and drawings achieved inspiration to a more thoughtful generation.
IRREVERSIBLE COVER FEATURED WINNERS EXHIBITION
1st place Mixed Media K. Kissik (USA) | David Noah Bau (USA) HONORABLE MENTION Photography
Lori Nozick (USA) HONORABLE MENTION Sculpture | Carlos Caballero (CUB) HONORABLE MENTION
20 UNIQUE WORKS INVITATIONS
Marina Font (Arg) | Aimee Hertog (USA) | Patricia Schnall Gutierrez (USA)
Alexios Avlamis (Greece) | Amber Quimby (USA) | Astolfo Funes (Vnzla)
Chika Matsuda(JP)| Clara Varas (Cub) | Aida Tejada (Rd) | Cynthia Patrick
Ernesto Kunde (Br) | Jean Paul Mallozzi (USA) | Jon Mcintosh (USA)
Mariusz Navratil (Poland)| Marcelo Daldoce (Br) | Katiuska Gonzalez
Todd Brittingham (USA)| Tania Marmolejo (Rd)| Pj Mills (USA) | Kerri Corser (USA)
There is no doubt an artist grows by leaps and bounds when he or she puts artwork in the public eye for feedback, and that is what this art competitions is all about. Historically, patronage, commissions, and incredible opportunities have all been prizes afforded to winners of major art competitions.
The results of the Cover featured art contest were based on the judge’s extensive experience, creativity of works engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, creative thinking, and most important to me; an educational component, a message inspiring new generations.The jury reviewed all submissions very carefully. There were large amounts of quality of works, only a limited number of applications could be selected and we are honored to release the list of winners selected recognizing:
1. Works with purpose and objectives
2. Educational value; impact on, or outreach to, the public
3. Thoroughness and accuracy in presentation of issues;
4. Creativity and originality in approach to subject matter and effectiveness of presentation
5. Demonstrated technical skill in the entry’s production.
6. Presentations of entries were very important, the quality of the photography, and the information provided to the application.
7. The Technical merits were based on theme, composition, and perspective.
IRREVERSIBLE GUEST ARTISTS
Alec Von Barten
Carol Damian Director & Chief Curator Frost Art Museum
Dr. Carol Damian is the dynamic director of The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. A professor and former chairperson of FIU’s College of Art and Art History, she is also a strong fixture in Miami’s arts community and a nationally recognized art historian. She is known as an energetic instructor, who combines a passion for art with strong leadership skills. Both attributes made her the perfect choice to lead The Frost through the opening of its spectacular new building, and its search for a permanent director. Damian has served as the curator of The Museum’s permanent collection since 2006. She is the author of The Virgin of the Andes: Art and Ritual in Colonial Cuzco (Grassfield Press, 1995), and is the Miami correspondent for Art Nexus and Arte al Dia. She lectures frequently, and has served as curator of numerous exhibitions.