August 27 – October 2, 2004
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison College, Fort Myers, Florida is pleased to present the work of Miami based artist Karen Rifas. The exhibit is comprised of some two dozen pieces completed in the past 10 years. The exhibit includes several installation pieces and numerous free standing and wall mounted found object assemblages.
Karen did her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She received a BFA in 1985 and an MFA in 1988. Karen is an Adjunct Professor at theNew World School of the Arts, Wolfson Campus, Miami-Dade Community College and she has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami.
Ms. Rifas received a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in the 1997-1998 cycle and again in the 2002-2003 cycle. She has received numerous other awards including an Artists Access Grant from the Miami–Dade Cultural Affairs Council. Karen has been represented by the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, for several years, and was included in the gallery’s presentation at Art Basel this past year. Her work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums inFlorida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, New York and Washington D.C.; and internationally in Chile, Mexico and the Republic of Panama. Included in the Florida shows have been exhibits at the Bass Museum, Miami, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Museum of Art, Tallahassee, Polk Museum, Lakeland and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale just to name a few. Additionally, she has shown her work at colleges and universities throughout the state of Florida including shows at the University of Miami, Valencia Community College, Miami-Dade Community College, University of Florida, St. Thomas University, Ringling School of Art and Design, Stetson University and Florida International University among many others. Reviews of her work have been published in several notable art publications including Art in America, Art News, Sculpture Magazine and Art Papers.
Edouard Duval Carrié
October 22 – December 4, 2004
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison College is pleased to present the work of Haitian-born American artist Edouard Duval Carrié. With this being Haiti’s bicentennial year of independence, the gallery is please to conclude 2004 with this remarkable exhibition of one of America’s premier artists. The exhibit will include painting, mixed media and three dimensional work.
Born inPort-au-Princein 1954, Carrié went to middle school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and high school in New York City. He studied at the University of Loyola in Montreal and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. In France, he was awarded government funding to do archival research on slavery and the Middle Passage – the transport of African slaves to the New World, a recurring theme in his work.
Carrié’s figurative style crosses numerous artistic borders, creating dramatic paintings and sculpture combining vivid color and diverse imagery with an immediacy of execution. He utilizes a fauvist palette with an unrestricted treatment of form to create often large scale elaborately adorned work, as in the Baroque period, with an unusually successful freshness or immediacy.
Edouard Duval Carrié’s alluring work is lush in surface treatment, brilliant in color and is remarkably deceptive in its apparent idyllic representation of an island paradise. Behind the visual lure of the work lies a poignant message of discord, exodus and spiritual loss through the post colonial era of Haiti. Carrié’s work is sensual and uncompromising. His work is simple, direct, multi-layered and dynamic. Edouard is represented by the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery will be assisting the Edison College student Haitian club organize a “Haitian Relief” drive. The Haitian club is working with the Florida Haitian Student Association to organize and deliver the donations to Haiti. Anyone interested in helping can bring clothing, canned food and other supplies (bandages, hammers, screwdrivers) to the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery during the exhibition.
January 7 – February 26, 2005
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, is pleased to welcome back world-renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a friend of the gallery for 25 years with this being his 12th exhibit at Edison.
The new exhibit, titled “A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) 1994” features a large scale, free standing piece created at Rauschenberg’s Captiva Island studio. This piece was created using acrylic and graphite on 29 panels of bonded aluminum, anodized mirrored aluminum and polycarbonate (Lexan) with aluminum framing. “A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth)” has only been shown in Italy and Switzerland, making this the first United States showing of the work.
The exhibit will open January 7 and runs through February 26, 2005. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, the 7th, with a reception in the gallery from 6 – 8 p.m. Kat Epple will perform and the Docents of the Gallery will provide refreshments. A new exhibit poster and posters from all prior Rauschenberg exhibits will be on sale at the opening reception. Additionally, the limited edition print “Restoration” will also be available that evening.
Saturday, January 8th, the Gallery will host a lecture and book signing with Mary Lynn Kotz, acclaimed author of “Rauschenberg / Art and Life,” a Harry N. Abrams, Inc. book. The lecture and slide presentation will be held in Corbin Auditorium at Edison College. The book signing, to be held in the Gallery, will follow the lecture. Lecture is at 2 p.m. and the book signing will follow at 3 p.m. There is no charge for the lecture.
March 11 – April 16, 2005
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison College is pleased to present selected photography from the Martin Z. Margulies Family Collection, Miami, Florida. The exhibit, titled “The Bitter Years,” includes photography produced through the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) between 1935 and 1942. Additional images by contributing F.S.A. photographers in this exhibit fall between the years 1931 and 1951.
The United States government organized the Farm Security Administration to protect farmers and to put artists to work. It was designed to explain and dramatize the plight of the rural poor in America. Roy E. Stryker of the Economics Faculty of Columbia University organized and directed the photographic unit of the F.S.A. These dedicated photographers became understanding friends and interpreters of the migrants, sharecroppers, unemployed and disposed. They brought back from their assignments the faces of the people, their home-places and the nature of the land. It is not the individual photographers that make these pictures so important, although the leading photographers of the day were part of the photographic team; rather it was the job as a whole that makes it such a unique and outstanding achievement. Some of the most memorable and iconic images of the 20th Century came out of the F.S.A. program.
Leading photographers of the day and those featured in this exhibit, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Jack Delano, Ben Shahn, John Vachon and Marion Post Wolcott, were among the many F.S.A. photographers. The 90 plus images (predominantly black and white) in this exhibit tell a story that could not have been told as successfully in any other medium. It is a triumph of F.S.A. that is unequaled in scope, vision and resulting imagery. Look into the faces of the men, women and children of this era as seen through the eyes of these exceptional photographers and you will leave with a feeling of a living experience that you will never forget.
April 21 – May 5, 2005
Full and Part time students taking art classes over the past year will have their work on display and be eligible for category awards. The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 22 from4-6 P.M.with the awards presented at5 P.M. Artwork on display includes Painting, Drawing, Photography, Design, Ceramics I and Ceramics II.
The opening reception is open to the public and refreshments will be provided by the Docents of the Gallery of Fine Art.
Awards sponsors this year include the SW Florida Craft Guild, the Docents of the Gallery of Fine Art, the Humanities Faculty and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Rush.
June 3 – July 9, 2005
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison College is pleased to present the work of renowned watercolorist Mary Margaret Pipkin. Pipkin’s meticulous watercolor paintings of flowers are much more than traditional flower paintings. Pipkin creates a visual drama by combining oversized images with brilliant color, remarkable detail and all over compositions that take the viewer well beyond the realistic images of flowers. Although Pipkin’s chosen medium of watercolor is a traditional approach to flower painting, at the scale she is working, some pieces as large as 40”x 60,” the use of watercolor is a tour de force in keeping with the scale of the subject.
The large scale format and all over compositions of Pipkin’s work afford her the unusual luxury of being distinctly realistic and at the same time containing an undeniably abstract element. A dynamic that is not lost on Pipkin, nor is it exploited. In consort, these two contrasting approaches serve to support each other in defining the space of the picture.
Flowers represent more than botanical specimens to Pipkin. In her exuberant watercolors she seeks to celebrate life and the viewer’s spiritual connection to nature.
July 14 – August 17, 2005
This annual favorite features the artwork of local and national artists that have been donated for auction to benefit ACT, INC. The preview exhibit includes work by national artists such as Rauschenberg, Pottorf, and Rosenquist as well as dozens of local favorites.