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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Overstreet Ducasse

Mar

21

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Overstreet Ducasse ‘s work  Famiy Tree will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Statement by the artist:

Overstreet Ducasse, Family Tree,  2013, from all the film stills, Mixed media

Overstreet Ducasse, Family Tree, 2013, from all the film stills, Mixed media

“While creating, my primary purpose is to produce a composition that is both as stimulating to the eyes as it is to the mind. There are no

boundaries to the mood or theme I have attempted to portray. While most of my works exhibit a social, political, religious, and even educational view, I am also known for displaying a cynical, and satirical view. These views are often displayed in series with individual themes such as Astrology, Biblical laws, Hip-hop and Mathematics.

Fascinated by the origins of thought, I expend as much energy with the initial idea as I do with the final result. I don’t necessarily have a clear idea from the beginning, but discover the path along the way. It is all part of the process, a process not limited by medium or style but influenced by the patterns and materials I acquire along the way.

Most of my works are rendered using a vast amount of material, from canvas to wood and even metal. However, there is a consistent pattern in each individual painting that makes it recognizable. I enjoy working with perspective, shadows, and Trompe-l’œil, the art of fooling the eye.  All in the hopes of not just making you look, but also making you think.

For this particular project, I set out to create a family tree of Jefree Shalev. This includes his great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles. Each person is portrayed by a piece of wood and is embellished based on the person’s character, job, history, or passion.”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Jessie Barnes

Mar

18

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from the artist:

“’The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here…A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze: light, though impalpable, is here a carnal medium, a skin that I share with anyone who has been photographed.’

-Roland Barthes, from Duchamp’s Boite-en-valise; T.J. Demos

Jessie Barnes, Haunting,2013, from the film still Haunting, Oil on canvas

Jessie Barnes, Haunting, 2013, from the film still Haunting, Oil on canvas

Photographic media have proven to be invariably intriguing to our newest generations. They provide for us a sustainable, tangible reference for an otherwise fleeting, elusive moment that may not have survived in the form of a memory alone. Furthermore, there’s something quite ethereal about the nature of a photographic portrait. It serves as a portal to our past, be it reflective or restorative, and is often charged with a certain familiarity, regardless of time or character.

Here, photography slips beyond representation. In Haunting, a pair of eyes gazes out at you from behind an invisible shield of time, simultaneously connecting the immortal with mortal; memory with physicality. As we enter this painting, we are halted by an abrupt sense of invasion. What is the meaning of this moment? Is she mid-sentence, angry, seductive? The ambiguous environment seems transient and temporary; the clothing’s detail has been paid little attention to, like that of a distant memory. But that stare is permanently and richly engrained as the subject fills her space…and ours.”

 

Jessie Barnes ‘s work  Haunting will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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How and Why YOU Should Get Involved This Year at VSA 2014!

Mar

16

VSA 2012 053The Very Special Arts Festival (VSA Festival) is held at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens annually.  The Cummer is home ot the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides exciting opportunities in the arts to children with disabilities. Over a four day period, nearly 2000 children with mild to severe disabilities come to the museum to explore and create in the studios, galleries, gardens, and Art Connections. During their visit, the children strengthen their social skills outside of the classroom as well as discover talents in the arts.

If the above description inspires you, why not become a part of VSA 2014 here at The Cummer Museum? Not only will you have the opportunity to encouraging and inspiring these beautiful children, but the courage and talent of these children will change your life as well.

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“It was one of the most fun and inspiring events I’ve had the pleasure to attend in some time.  The work you are doing and opportunities being offered to our students through the Museum are simply remarkable.  Thank you again for allowing me to witness such a wonderful undertaking and for filling my heart with hope.”  -Josephine Jackson, J.D., Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion, Duval County Public Schools.

“This year I was fortunate enough to spend one day one-on-one with the children and the experience was very moving and unforgettable…I must say, it was a very poignant and rewarding experience for all of us volunteers.”  -Gee Gabbert, Volunteer.

“I know my students feel enriched by the kindness and encouragement of new friends (your volunteers).” -Anonymous Teacher.

“…These kids are smart and expressive and it is truly amazing.  People under estimate them because of their handicaps, but they will never realize how talented and bright these kids are unless they spend time with them.  It was an experience I will always cherish and never forget.”  –Patricia Ashley Ortiz, Volunteer.

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This year, the festival will be held Tuesday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th. If you would like to be part of something special, this is your chance! Contact Jan Thomas at 904-355-0630 or jthomas@cummer.org and experience a festival you will never forget!

 

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Leslie Robison

Mar

15

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Leslie Robison‘s works, Rush and Periphery, will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

A statement from the Artist:

Leslie Robison, Periphery, 2013, from the film still Boys,  Oil on wood panel

Leslie Robison, Periphery, 2013, from the film still Boys, Oil on wood panel

“The images I chose to make into paintings did not immediately reveal their secrets to me.  While I was intrigued by the slightly odd compositions and the colors involved, it wasn’t until I was in the middle of the second painting before I realized how separate everyone is in these images.  While the boys in Periphery seem to share an awareness of each other and their surroundings, the space between them is unbreachable.  These boys do not look at the viewer just as the boy on the slide is lost in his own activity and other isolated and unseen figures rush by in cars.

Leslie Robison, Rush, 2013, from the film still A Landing Stuck, Oil on wood panel

Leslie Robison, Rush, 2013, from the film still A Landing Stuck, Oil on wood panel

These insulated situations mirror the nostalgic longing one feels in the presence of old family photos and vintage ephemera, a longing to engage with the unreachable past.  Our condition is one of wanting to have knowledge and connections.  At least in part, Our Shared Past seems to be an attempt to create these connections and address our communal wanting.  By focusing on isolation, Periphery and Rush magnify the loneliness of our desires”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Rachel Levanger

Mar

14

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from the artist:

“I explore a primary theme of the show, nostalgia, not by playing directly into it but by playing off of it orthogonally, bringing the work into the present.  While I do not consider the resulting painting confessional in the strict sense of the term, I looked to leading feminist and confessional artist Tracey Emin for inspiration, particularly her 1995 work “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With” (a.k.a. “The Tent”).  Her piece, listing out the names of everyone she had ever shared a bed with, has a decidedly intimate and nostalgic feel, and so I moved from names to the use of a contemporary symbol which, in its arrangement in a grid, defies narrative and intimacy.  Leveraging techniques in Pop Art (especially Andy Warhol’s use of the repeated image) I aim to both disarm the symbol and render it non-objective, diminishing its power as a political statement and perhaps as an attempt to reclaim my own sexual history.”

Rachel Levanger, My coming of age: boys, 2013, from the film still Boys 2, Acrylic and latex on canvas

Rachel Levanger, My coming of age: boys , 2013, from the film still Boys 2, Acrylic and latex on canvas

Rachel Levanger ‘s work  My coming of age: boys  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Mark George

Mar

11

Written by Nicole Gaudier 

Mark George ‘s work Bobbing  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

A statement from Mark George:

“Mark George’s paintings of love, anguish and anxiety spare no emotion, and bare no subliminal message.George’s work demonstrates his commercial art background, graphic design, and the idea of painting.With no visible brushstrokes, the pieces have a flat color quality seen primarily in printed work.

The paintings on the torn panels are an attempt to embody an era of mid-century Americana in advertising and urban street art. The material gives the work an abandoned quality that suggests the piece is not a painting per se, but a relic or illustrative portion of an old billboard or advertisement. The look created is genre crossing: a Dada approach, a Pop sensibility.”

Mark George, Bobbing,2013, from the film still Bobbing, Acrylic & Aerosol on Corrugated Plastic

Mark George, Bobbing, 2013, from the film still Bobbing, Acrylic & Aerosol on Corrugated Plastic

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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