Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions: March 14-April 19
I Don’t Swim So I Float: Work by Walter Matthews
Featuring a series of recent abstract paintings.
An experimental installation of works by Griffin Goodman,
Sook Young Kim, and Sabrina Small.
A two-part exhibition showcasing new works by
Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class.
An open, all-media, all-subject, juried exhibition.
Opening reception is Thursday, March 14, 5-7 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2018-2019 exhibition season, entitled “Parts Unknown,” continues with four exhibits. “I Don’t Swim So I Float: Work by Walter Matthews,” in Gallery One, features recent oil and acrylic abstract paintings that focus on materiality. “Spectrum IV,” in Gallery Two, is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists: Griffin Goodman, Sook Young Kim, and Sabrina Small. “New Realities,” in Gallery Three, is a two-part exhibition showcasing new works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class. “Unbound,” in Gallery Four, is an open, all-media, all-subject exhibition juried by artist Nathan Beard. A reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, March 14, 5-7 p.m.
“I Don’t Swim So I Float: Work by Walter Matthews” features a series of recent abstract paintings by the Tampa-based artist Walter Matthews. Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition curator, Dustin Juengel, says that Matthews “is a visceral painter who thinks in materials. His paintings aren’t executed based on preconceived ideas. His pictorial spaces are built through a process of responses that require his intuition and painterly sensibilities as much as they require the actual substance of paint.” Matthews, who received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and his MFA from USF, says that, for him, “the process of painting is a mode of thinking. My sources range from illuminated manuscripts to late modernist painting, frequencies, and airbrush techniques. I don’t linger needlessly when the conditions for discovery are lost. I retune my painting practice and a new cycle begins.” For more information about Matthews, visit www.walterericmatthews.com.
“Spectrum IV” is an annual experimental installation series in its fourth year, curated by Nathan Skiles. The series embeds the independent work of three artists; in this iteration the artists are Griffin Goodman, Sook Young Kim, and Sabrina Small. The installation features figurative works on paper and canvas pulled from popular culture, imagination, and personal psychology. Operating through the iconography of youth culture, logos, and infamous personalities, Griffin Goodman’s drawings and paintings present a complex devotion to self-styled identity and the emergence of digital narcissism. Through their free-form juxtapositions of appropriated images pulled from both popular culture and art history, Goodman’s bricolages speak to both the multi-layered construction of Photoshop files and the densely packed metaphoric structure of Pop Art. Mining the foundation of his formative years, Goodman’s work addresses a ubiquitous loss of innocence experienced in the transition through adolescence, where one can escape from the reality of family dynamics in the fantasy of pop culture. Sook Young Kim is a New York-based figurative artist. Her work evokes a realistic quality that is balanced and enhanced by an abstract background with a modernist color palette. She says that her work “speaks about the interpretation of personal connection between the models and me, expressed through customized layers of color. I create images that resonate with warmth, sensitivity, and tranquility—reflecting my internal state.” “Hauntings,” a new body of work by Sabrina Small, exposes the darkness that lives within. Precise linear drawings penetrate black paper with bright shades of blue. Her work evokes images of primal dream-state shamanism with parades of accumulated personae. Ironically, Small’s ritual practice and discipline of yoga, meant to invoke tranquility, instead invite the visitation of her demonic self.
“New Realities” is a two-part exhibition, showcasing new works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class. “New Realities” features the unique perspectives and studio practices of emerging artists. The students are invited to produce works and curate two group exhibitions, “Interstice,” and “Raised Reflections”. The exhibitions consist of a variety of medium, including sculptures fabricated in metal, small installations, paintings, prints, and digital video projections.
“Unbound,” in Gallery Four, is an open, all-media, all-subject exhibition juried by the St. Petersburg artist Nathan Beard. His artwork is an abstract representation of the fleeting moments of everyday life—inspired by the density and variety of Floridian flora.
Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
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