The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, Group Show ~ Review by Erica Gomez

Kate Lee Short. Oculus, 2012; salvaged speakers, speaker wire, Motu audio interface, Mac mini, Lepai Amplifiers, wood, 17 x14 x10 ft. Courtesey of SOMArts photo by J. Astra Brinkmann.

You know what is awesome about grad school? Being around talented and brilliant artists and writers. Check out fellow classmate Erica Gomez’s guest blog post on the SOMArts Cultural Center blog regarding the Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Group show. It’s a great write-up! Click here to view on SOMArts!

Tristan Cai. Physical Realities of Death-A Memoir of Toivo Laukkannen, 2012; archival giclée prints on wood, 216 x120 in. Photo: Erica Gomez.

The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition is on view at SOMArts through October 2, 2012.

 

It’s been a while…

But I figured I would take a few minutes to chill from the craziness (i.e., orientation and some deadlines – yeah, someone needed something from me, like, yesterday). In any case, check out this project by artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese. Visit their Kickstarter page here to learn more about their upcoming works.

The Nothing Box

The Nothing Box

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Please help spread the word about my friend and artist, Stephen Stout’s, latest work, The Nothing Box. You can learn more about his project and how you can help him meet his goal via his Kickstarter page by clicking here. Stephen’s video goes into the inspiration for the piece, the making of The Nothing Box, and the overall concept. The completion date of this large-scale installation is scheduled for November 2011. It’s an incredible piece and I’m a backer on the project! Hoping you can help out (even a $1 helps believe it or not) AND if you are unable to aid financially, please think about passing the information to your friends and family. 🙂

Ever After ~ Art Opening at The Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium

Ever After @ Chapel of the Chimes

OFFSpace, with guest jurors Lauren Davies (Kala Art Institute) and Robert Wuilfe (diRosa Foundation) are very pleased and excited to invite you to the opening reception for Ever After.

Here are the details:

WHERE: The Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

WHEN: Sunday, September 18th from 5-8pm

COST: this event is free and open to the public

FEATURING WORK BY

Voted Best of the Bay’s, “Best Place to Spend Eternity”, the Chapel of the Chimes is playing host to living artists with this first ever exhibition of visual art in the Julia Morgan designed chapel and columbarium in Oakland.

Most stories end with “happily ever after” — but the stories being told by artists in this show are using Ever After as a starting point. Poignancy, playfulness, and sharp insights into the nature of the Eternal are the common threads used to weave a series of site specific mini-installations through chapel niches. From the minimal to the Baroque, artists use these unique spaces to reflect upon notions of ritual, remembrance, loss and celebration with critical alacrity and humor.

There will be an evening of performance & sound works on Sunday, November 13th from 5-8pm–more on this later!

Source: OFFSPace 

Post Modern Sculpture

Yes, folks, this is a sculpture...

5 Million Dollars 1 Terrabyte (2011) is a sculpture consisting of a 1 TB Black External Hard Drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. A full list of the files with clickable download links can be found here. ~ Source: Rhizome / Rhizome Post Author: Jason Huff

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One of my favorite sites is Rhizome. No joke. It is, seriously, a fantastic source to learn more about arts, technology, and emerging art movements and artists. Some of the stories and postings simply cannot be denied such as the post you’re reading now! What do you think of this piece of art?

Please don’t forget ~ New/Exploration/Paper: Nicole Aptekar at Satellite66

Aptekar explores 3-dimensionality with stacks of laser-cut paperboard. Her laser-cut sculpture-objects show no evidence of the artist’s hand. First designed as virtual 3D objects in CAD software, and then translated into 2D layers of laser-cut bristol board that the artist stacks, the emphasis is on clean design and perfect, machine-executed manufacture. The effect is a sculpting of space.*

Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 2011 7-10PM
Exhibition Dates: August 12 – September 24, 2011
Gallery Hours: Friday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

* Source: Press Release