Friday, September 24, 2010
It's at the R BAR NYC
218 Bowery (between Prince and Spring)
New York, NY10012
On September 25 - 26, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm more than 80 artists in the historic mills of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, are opening their studios to the public during the city's celebration of the arts, the Twelfth Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Michael is also a carpenter, and has spent much time in his life working on his own home. Considering his attention to detail, craftsmanship, and in-depth knowledge of carpentry and construction, we are elated that Michaels' membership is a sweat equity one. It will be nice to have a capable and informed member to help with some of the projects that we have planned for Hera.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Hera Gallery homepage for more information about Michael Yefko.
Images from top to bottom: Barn Razing, from Housing Collapse Series, integral frame, wood, paint, collage, 2010; House For Bachelard, photo on wall, mixed media sculpture, 2010; Suburbia, mixed media sculpture, 2004; Subplot, mixed media sculpture, 2005.
This collaborative project showing approximately 20 books with 900 pages covered in drawings, writings and collages initiated by artist and former Community College of Rhode Island student Joanne Luongo, will be on display from Sept. 14 to Oct. 14.
Luongo said her art “relies heavily on the engagement of various community groups and each one is different and quite unique. Of all my shared experiences, however, I believe the most fulfilling is the book exchange that I began in May of 2009 with an artist from Romania.”
Friday, September 17, 2010
September 3 – October 14, 2010
Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center, URI
This selection of color photographs is from the ongoing series Altered Landscapes with work dating from 2007 to the present.
As a photographer of the landscape Broches explores our culture’s view of nature and the ways in which we occupy and alter our world. She writes:
“The landscape as subject is traditionally viewed as picturesque. I approach and photograph the landscape as human construct. We ‘landscape’ and beautify our surroundings, preserve and protect our parks. We intervene and mold it, exploit and attempt to control and harness it, defy it, and neglect it. I value a sense of place, collective and individual memory, and identity in relation to the land. I’m interested in the domestic, private, and the ‘small’. My photographs document and report on ‘our’ sense of place. These images are amusing, ironic, and puzzling; some imply social and political consequences that are of immediate, if not critical, importance. The motivation for my work does not come from a desire to be an activist. I photograph and make art to make sense of my world and to give form to that sense. It is a process and search for understanding.”
Recently, Susan has been working with photography as well as creating incredibly intricate beaded jewelry. No matter what media she works in, her attention to detail is exquisite.
Look for more information about her on our home page, as well as in the next exhibit at Hera featuring our Associate Members.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
|Myself at the Atlantic-10 Rowing|
|One of my drawings from high school|
Friday, September 10, 2010
VIEWPORT is sponsored by Project One/Public Art Newport. The exhibition opens September 11 and runs through October 10, 2010. Ten local artists were selected to participate in this event.
Please join us for the opening reception from 1 - 6 PM tomorrow.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The images below are from her 'The Suspense of Reanimation' series, which illustrates the specific moment in a fairy tale when the protagonist is hovering in a space framed by 'the metaphoric death of an inadequate self and rebirth to a higher plane of existence (Bruno Bettleheim).' She uses a rabbit corpse to portray these moments, making her metaphors more accessible to the viewer.
The images below are from her series 'A Decadent World,' which blends the realm of culture an nature together into a decadent confection. Mara uses cake decorating techniques to construct miniature aristocratic moments, again featuring animals as opposed to human forms, embracing opulence, abundance, and sophistication. This series narrates the multifaceted and precarious relationship that humanity has created with (nature) animals for our pleasure and use.
Friday, September 3, 2010
You may recognize Michael's name from the previous show at Hera, MONEY. Michael exhibited a series of exquisite sculptures that focused on issues in our contemporary fiscal culture.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I took a trip up to Boston yesterday morning to visit the Dr. Lakra exhibit at the ICA. The show is only up for another week, and I'm disappointed that I didn't get in to see it sooner because I'd like to experience it again. As it turns out, I'm really taken with Dr. Lakra's work.
Dr. Lakra is a Mexican born tattoo and fine artist based out of Oaxaca. Dr. Lakra transposes his tattooing craft onto the idealized figures found in vintage 1950's magazines, onto pinup girls, luchadors, medical educational drawings, and even onto the iconic cupie doll. Lakra reassigns identity by tattooing and enhancing the original subjects with bats, demons, spiders, gang insignia, and traditional cultural body markings. He even uses a real tattoo machine to achieve a believable image on some of his pieces.
Dr. Lakra deals with concepts of beautification and social identification. His works are a carnival of the grotesque, a medley of kitschy erotica, ancient ritual, and hallucinogenic visions fused in a collage of ideologies.
This show was a slightly unbalanced combination of 2D and 3D work, with most of the emphasis being on drawings and installations. I would have personally preferred to see some more objects included in the exhibition, as those objects reflected his working process more directly.