“Parts Unknown” Art Center Sarasota Announces 2018-2019 Season
“Parts Unknown” runs October 11, 2018, through October 4, 2019, with a focus on solo exhibits and site-specific work by local and national artists.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2018-2019 exhibition season, entitled “Parts Unknown,” showcases the works of professional and emerging artists living and working in Florida and around the nation. The season, which runs October 11, 2018, through October 4, 2019, comprises seven exhibition cycles, most encompassing up to four exhibits.
According to Art Center Sarasota curators Nathan Skiles and Dustin Juengel, the upcoming season will offer three site-specific installation projects—one by the prominent Miami-based artist Brookhart Jonquil; one by the celebrated New York City-based painter Elisabeth Condon; and, now in its fourth year, “Spectrum IV”, an experimental installation that integrates the independent work of three national artists.
Other season highlights include an exhibit of time-based video collages by Stephen McMennamy, an artist who built the creative practice he calls “combophoto” on Instagram. “This exhibition will bring McMennamy’s very popular work into the gallery space where it will encounter a different audience than those who follow him on Instagram,” says Juengel. “One of the challenges lies in the presentation of the work and whether it can function as successfully in the context of an exhibition space as it does on the internet.”
In May, artist Caitlin Albritton will exhibit a series of portraits that investigate the gym “as a stage-like environment where there is a hyperawareness of our bodies in a public space,” according to the artist’s statement about her work.
The 2018-2019 season will also feature the work of Sarasota-based illustrator John Pirman. Pirman will be exhibiting works for sale of iconic places in Sarasota County, which have never been shown before. The affordable prices will attract young and established collectors.
The new season also features several group shows, including one by the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH: Black Muse” in January); works by Ringling College fine arts students (“New Realities” in March); a group exhibit of small-scale sculptures (“Monumental” in May); and an exhibition featuring regional, national, and international artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking (“Imprint” in July).
2018-2019 Season: A Quick Glance
Cycle 1 (October 11-November 16) features work by the Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jonquil, who will exhibit his illusory glass and light-based sculpture in Gallery One. Brooklyn-based Natalie Lerner’s haunting and poetic etchings and graphite on paper drawings will be on exhibit in Gallery Two; and Gallery Three features Belgian artist An Onghena’s diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking in an exhibit curated by the author and arts activist Kurt Van Belleghem, an independent curator and publisher in the field of contemporary art and design. “New Modern,” an open, all-media, all-subject, juried exhibition is in Gallery Four, juried by Caui Lofgren. Opening reception for Brookhart Jonquil and New Modern is October 11, 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for Natalie Lerner and An Onghena is October 18, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 2 (November 29-January 4) features the Art Center Sarasota Instructors exhibit in Gallery One. In Gallery Two, Atlanta-based artist Stephen McMennamy will show his time-based video collages. McMennamy is known for his humorous, split-image photo juxtapositions that have grabbed the attention of nearly 150,000 Instagram followers. In Gallery Three, the Punta Gorda-based artist Peter Gatzambide, will exhibit a recent series of assemblage paintings and works on paper. “Intermix,” an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition is in Gallery Four. Opening reception for all four exhibits is November 29, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 3 (January 24-March 1). In Gallery One, Art Center Sarasota has invited the celebrated New York City-based painter Elisabeth Condon to design an experimental installation featuring her vibrant and colorful large-scale drawings and paintings. In Gallery Two, Philadelphia-based artist Jen Nugent and Boston-based artist Jack Arbaugh collaborate in an exhibition of drawings, collage, and video addressing the competing impulses to preserve and interpret artifacts. In Gallery Three, “ASALH: Black Muse,” an annual collaboration with the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, features work by area-based ASALH member artists and craftspeople. “Work of He(art),” an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition is in Gallery Four. Opening reception for all four exhibits is January 24, 5-7 p.m.
A special pop-up exhibition featuring the work of Sarasota-based illustrator John Pirman is March 4-8. The exhibition showcases a limited-edition series of archival inkjet prints which, according to Pirman, are defined by the sunny Sarasota climate. “Shapes and forms sculpted by the light, guide me to edit and refine the object to a minimum visual state. When you subtract details from an image, you give it a kind of symbolic power.” Opening reception is March 4, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 4 (March 14-April 19). Through a visceral mixing of oil and acrylic paint, Walter Matthews’ densely worked canvases create a reflection of the artist’s intensity and anxiety. Based in Tampa, Matthews was a featured artist in the SKYWAY exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and in issue #130 of New American Painters. In Gallery Two, “Spectrum IV” embeds the independent work of three national solo artists into an experimental installation that blurs the lines between collaboration and contamination. “New Realities,” in Gallery Three, a series of micro-exhibitions, features the unique perspectives and studio practices of junior level fine art students attending Ringling College of Art and Design. “Unbound,” an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition, is in Gallery Four. Opening reception for all four exhibits is March 14, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 5 (May 30-July 5) Gallery One will feature “Monumental,” a group show featuring small-scale sculptures. In Gallery Two, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of meticulously layered, photo-based oil and watercolor paintings. Gallery Three will feature paintings and drawings by the Tampa-based artist Caitlin Albritton, whose work often explores gender issues and body politics. Albritton’s work was most recently featured in the SKYWAY exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and in issue #130 of New American Painters. “Made Fresh,” a members-only, all-media, all-subject, juried exhibition is in Gallery Four. Opening reception for all four exhibits is May 30, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 6 (July 18-August 23). In Gallery One, Sarasota artist Judy Saltzman will exhibit a recent series of her photography-based watercolor paintings. In Gallery Two, Brooklyn-based artist Kyle Petreycik will exhibit a series of sculptural combinations and internet-inspired, photo-collages and videos. “Imprint,” a summer invitational exhibition in Gallery Three, will feature regional, national, and international artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking. “Natural Selection,” a peer-juried, open, all-media, all-subjects exhibition is in Gallery Four. Opening reception for all four exhibits is July 18, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 7 (September 5 – October 4). For the annual exhibition, “Florida’s Finest,” Art Center Sarasota invites contemporary artists from across the state to submit work for Sarasota’s premier open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition. Opening reception is September 5, 5-7 p.m.
Art Center Sarasota will present iconcept jr. the second annual runway show of unconventional fashions made by youth ages 8-16 on Sunday, September 23, 2018, noon-2 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota. Tickets are $25 for youth under 16; $50 for adults. VIP tickets are $75.
Art Center Sarasota’s Beaux Arts Ball costumed event featuring the 11th annual iconcept unconventional fashion show is April 12, 2019, at the Art Ovation Hotel. Details TBA.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, 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 free and open to the public six days a week, 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.
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