Diane Tuft and Howard Rubenstein
September 1 – October 7, 2006
This exhibit features the work of photographers Diane Tuft and Howard Rubenstein. Included in the show are some 50 brilliant black and white photographs with an underlying theme that takes us on a “natural” journey.
The exhibition features 30 prints representing several separate series by Diane Tuft. Distillations is a series comprised of photographs of snow and ice formations in Colorado; Tunisian Fantasy is a reflection upon the mutable and shifting forms and textures of sand dunes; Iceland brings recent images of glacial ice forms, and there are other images from Southwest America.
All of the work reflects Tuft’s continuing interest in the ephemeral qualities of nature. The fleeting, the temporary, the transient and the impermanent all hold a special attraction. She prints her images using a platinum solution painted onto the surface of Arches palatine paper. This process creates a richer tonal range than the more common gelatin silver print.
While a student at the University of Connecticut, Diane Tuft developed a keen interest in microscopic vision, the forces of natural patterning and the scientific representation of the natural world. She subsequently studied photography at The New School of Social Research, The International Center of Photography and with photographer, Ken Robbins; gradually acquiring the technical knowledge and skills of truly fine art photographic printing processes.
Tuft’s images have been exhibited at the Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, the Guild Hall Museum and at Southampton College, New York. Diane Tuft studied Mathematics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and received an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
The work of Howard Rubenstein includes 20 luscious landscapes taken by Rubenstein during a hike to a sacred spot of Navajo land, called Antelope Canyon, in Northern Arizona, in the spring of 1997.
Rubenstein’s images were captured from undulating rock surfaces deep within the canyon. As a photographer, Rubenstein seeks to heighten the art of
photography by exploring the subtleties and sensuality of black-and-white.
Rubenstein, who studied with preeminent photographer and printer George Tice, developed a luxurious and soothing light that submerges itself in grays and distills the emotional quality of secrecy and escape in black-and-white tones. Rubenstein emulates the black-and-white photographic art of Annie Liebowitz and Richard Avedon, and readily acknowledges his debt to Ansel Adams, though stresses that his own intentions are more toward sumptuous and subtle abstractions.
This traveling exhibit was organized by Katherine T. Carter and Associates.
October 20 – December 2, 2006
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is pleased to present the recent work of Darryl Pottorf. Mr. Pottorf, a Captiva resident and former Edison College student, has been working as an artist for more than 20 years. In that time he has developed an international following with exhibitions of his work being shown in numerous USA venues as well as overseas in Switzerland and Germany. Mr. Pottorf worked as an assistant to Robert Rauschenberg from the early 80’s until recently and he has collaborated with Mr. Rauschenberg on numerous projects.
A limited edition print was created by Mr. Pottorf exclusively for the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery and will be available at the opening reception.
January 12 – February 24, 2007
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, EdisonCollege, is pleased to welcome back world – renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a friend of the gallery for over 25 years. The new exhibit, titled Rauschenberg: Scenarios features the newest additions to a series of work that Mr. Rauschenberg started in 2002. The new work in this show was created in 2006 and has not been previously exhibited.
Mr. Rauschenberg has generously donated to the gallery a new limited edition print and poster created specifically for this exhibition. All proceeds from the sale of the print and poster support the exhibitions and programs offered by the gallery. Additionally, all prior posters and prints from Rauschenberg exhibits atEdisonwill be available at the opening reception.
Friday evening, January 12th, at 6 p.m. 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, titled “Rauschenberg in Florida” will be held in Corbin Auditorium, J building, at Edison College on the Lee campus. The book signing, to be held at the Gallery, will follow the lecture and the newest edition of Mary Lynn’s book, Rauschenberg / Art and Life, will be available for $65. The lecture starts at6 p.m. and the book signing will follow at7 p.m. There is no charge for the lecture.
The exhibit will officially open to the public Friday evening, January 12, and run through February 24, 2007. The reception in the Gallery follows the lecture and lasts from7to9 p.m. Kat Epple will perform in the gallery and The Bettie Page Boys will perform outside. The Docents of the Gallery will provide refreshments, and as always the exhibits and events held in the gallery are free and open to the public.
March 16 – April 14, 2007
With more than 30 artists whose work is rooted in figurative representation, this exhibition is sure to have wide appeal. Through traditional, and sometimes whimsical, approaches the work of these artists is expressed through painting, drawing, photography and printmaking.
On loan from the Anthony Broy Family Collection, the exhibition features contemporary traditionalists like Paul G. Oxborough, Malcom T. Liepke, Mersad Berber, Gregory Calibey and Richard Piloco, but some surprises are also present, including work by artists Thomas Hart Benton and Man Ray as well as Harry Benson, renowned photo journalist.
The work in this exhibit covers a broad range of artistic approaches to figurative representation. Through the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking the exhibition reflects a wide range of expression and ideas that are both engaging and informative.
April 19 – May 4, 2007
The Annual Student Exhibit features painting, drawing, design, photography and ceramics created during the academic year. Awards in each category are sponsored by Richard and Julia Rush, the Docents of the Gallery, and the Faculty of Edison College.
June 1 - June 30, 2007
Whoever said, “good things come in small packages” must have known about the International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibitions. If it follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition will be one of the most popular exhibits for the young and young-at-heart alike. Dozens of small sculptures from around the world show how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox. An invitation-only exhibition, this triennial has attracted a large number of well-known artists from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
With a desire to see the work of sculptors from around the world, Mamoru Sato and Fred Roster, professors at the University of Hawaii at Mänoa, developed the concept for The International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibitions. Because of the often large and awkward nature of sculpture, national and multi-national exhibitions are cumbersome and costly. Thus, the small format of these exhibitions, with the subsequent ease and economy of handling, provides broader exposure to contemporary sculpture. The first of the triennial Shoebox exhibitions was held in 1982.
Each sculpture speaks for itself. Some works are conceptual, some reflect the artist’s cultural heritage, and others are universal in expression. Collectively the sculptures are a powerful commentary on the state of humankind at the end of a century driven by industry and technology and at the beginning of a new millennium that is already marked with strife, uncertainties, and tragedies.
To create their sculptures, artists have used almost every imaginable medium. Cast metal, carved wood, blown glass, woven fiber, paper maché, molded clay, found objects, glass beads, feathers, and human hair have been components of Shoebox sculptures. Visitors can easily find more than one favorite work and some have been inspired to make their own small-scale sculptures.
After the initial showing of The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition at the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, approximately 80 were selected for the traveling exhibition. Currently scheduled at 14 venues in the U.S., this traveling exhibition will conclude in October/November 2008. Previous Shoebox Sculpture exhibits organized by theUniversity ofHawai‘iArtGallery were shown inJapan,Taiwan,Mexico,Canada, andGuam as well as theU.S. mainland. The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition is organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery and supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture.
July 19 – August 15, 2007
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is pleased to sponsor this annual community favorite that features the artwork of over 100 local, national and international artists. All of the work exhibited has been donated to ACT, Inc. and will be auctioned at a gala event in August, with all proceeds benefiting the programs of ACT, Inc. Past preview exhibits have included work by internationally known artists such as Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Jenkins, Elizabeth Murray and many others. This year’s featured artist is Miami based Romero Britto.