The opening of “DOLLED” by studio member Frantz Brent-Harris was an exciting and well attended show. These remarkable dolls were all meticulously crafted by Frantz, from the articulated silicone forms, to the elaborate fashion designs down to the shoes.
Thanks to Sid Golden for sharing his photographs from the opening.
Not since I was in Berlin visiting the Sammlung Boros collection, (which is a private collection of contemporary art which contains groups of work from 1900- present displayed in a converted bunker situated in Berlin-Mitte)https://www.sammlung-boros.de/boros-collection.html?L=1
have I experienced such an exciting environment for site specific art installations.
The major difference is that one is a private collection whereas The Mattress Factory https://www.mattress.org/ is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world.
Older than yesterdays news presents sculpture that engages with objects, events, materials or process to transport us beyond the perpetual now. One of the more entertaining panelist was Vanessa German whose use of found objects and political relevance made her work a stand out for me.
There were a number of panel discussions to choose from over the course of the conference. Here are some of the artist presenters whose work and practice were my personal highlights.
Kenneth Payne: http://kennethpayne.net/home.html
John Ruppert: http://www.johnruppert.com/
Robert Michael Smith is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, Web Designer and professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation, desktop publishing, Web design, and philosophy of aesthetics at New York Institute of Technology Fine Arts Department at Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.
This years conference had many places of interest to visit and a variety of panel discussions.
I will share with you what for me were a few of the highlights from the conference.
The keynote speaker was an artist whose work was new to me; Diana Al-Hadid: http://www.dianaalhadid.com/
I found her work to be quite unique, highly complex, dramaticStudio75
and very engaging. It appealed to me for its textural, and architectural qualities. I found her use of materials exciting and she herself had a relaxed and personal way of presenting her work. I have attached her web site for you to explore her work further but here a just a few images of the type of work she creates.
From the various panel discussions offered there were several artists whose work impressed me with their process, craftsmanship, use of materials and social political content.