New Work by Laurence Gartel
August 28 – October 10, 2009
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is pleased to welcome back to the gallery digital media artist, Laurence Gartel. The exhibit titled “AUTOMOTION” will include one of a kind IRIS PRINTS, multimedia video/animation DVDs, a three-dimensional Ferrari sculpture, as well as other prints based on the inspiration of the Ferrari automobile. The exhibition runs from August 28 throughOctober 10, 2009. The opening and reception will be from6-8 p.m.August 28 with a lecture by Mr. Gartel at7 p.m.in the gallery.
Laurence Gartel has been considered the “father” of the Digital Art medium for over 34 years. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum of Art, and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History, Bibliothque Nationale, and most recently the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London. Mr. Gartel is also the subject of two monograph books: “Laurence M. Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance” with an introduction written by Nam June Paik, published by Gibbs Smith, and “GARTEL: Arte e Tecnologia” published by Edizioni Mazzotta, Milanwith an introduction written by Pierre Restany. Dozens of publications include Mr. Gartel as a major figure of the art of the digital age shifting the course of discipline; among them is “The Digital Print,” published by The GETTY MUSEUM, Malibu, California 2009. Mr. Gartel received the “FOTO MENTOR” Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fotofusion Photography Festival, in Delray Beach, Florida in January of 2009.
This is Mr. Gartel’s second exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in six years. The new “AUTOMOTION” exhibition is filled with exciting new imagery and techniques, both old and new.
Blane De St. Croix
October 30 – December 5, 2009
Blane De St. Croix’s work articulates humankind’s desire to take command over the earth — alluding to conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves. The work also reveals conflicts with nature, while asking us to reflect on our precarious relationship with our surroundings.
This exhibit will consist of both sculpture and drawings. Included will be works created in the past few years exploring the forest fire as subject and new work created especially for the gallery reflecting upon the subliminal landscape imagery of the Florida Everglades and how it ties into encroachment, conservation and restoration.
Blane De St. Croix was born in Boston Massachusetts; he received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts. Previously, De St. Croix was a visiting Assistant Professor at Whittier College, Whittier, California, and currently he is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. He lives and works in both South Florida and Brooklyn, New York.
January 8 – February 13, 2010
In Rome over the years, Thomas Lyon Mills has obtained permission to pass countless hours in places that are not always accessible to the public: Early Christian catacombs long under lock and key; a large ancient Mithraeum adjoining tunnels under the Baths of Caracalla; passageways beneath the Colosseum; the 5th-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua on the Roman Forum. In his native New York State, he retreats to a hidden spot in the Adirondacks, a natural sanctuary where, as in Rome, he absorbs the spiritual energies of the locale. For Mills, these sites invite contemplation, coalescing time, memory and other intangibles. He records in copious notes his impressions of these places and of the pre-16th-century art that deeply moves him, along with transcriptions each morning of his dreams. All find their way into his dense, middling- to large-scale mixed-medium drawings, which reveal their multilayered secrets slowly and incompletely to the beholder. The drawings may be worked on for a period of years. Shapes materialize as if through a process of geological accretion and erosion, with old marks erased to make room for new ones on what become heavily abraded surfaces. The images are generally dark dream spaces with forms dissolving into amorphous browns and blacks. Occasionally, mists of acrid hues waft by or bright light shines in through a chink. In his damp and silent places, weird fauna and flora appear, of unusual shapes and colors. Some seem to glow in the dark. – From Art in America, by Michael Amy
Mills’ work is in many public and private collections and has been exhibited widely, including at The Drawing Center in New York, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; and numerous venues in Europe. As a visiting artist, he has lectured and critiqued at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI; Parsons School of Design, NY; Auburn University, AL; and both Temple University and Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute programs in Rome. He is a Professor in Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Mills received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA: Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH. An exhibit catalogue for the show is available.
February 26 – April 10, 2010
Jan-Ru Wan, born in Taipei, Taiwan, first studied and worked as a fashion designer, but soon wanted to express something deeper with her work, something she calls “the power of thread.” That concept, for her, encompasses symbolic and literal imageries of thread as a connector and mender of whatever has been torn. Brought up within the Taoist and Buddhist traditions, Wan’s work melds influences of both East and West, and often the words of the Heart Sutra, from Buddhist text, are found printed on the fabrics in her artwork. Her aesthetic embraces both positive and negative spaces, with ethereal volumes suspended on monofilament to create enveloping structures, seemingly arising from the void.
Wan came to the United States in 1990 to attend The School of Art Institute of Chicago. After receiving her BFA she went to The University of Wisconsin where she received an MFA in 1996. Since receiving her MFA, Wan has participated in 19 solo exhibitions, 40 group exhibitions and she has been awarded three important artist residencies; both national and international. In 2008 Wan was the keynote speaker for “Imagination as National Competiveness”, held in Seoul, Korea. That same year, she received a North Carolina Visual Art Fellowship, and also was the keynote speaker at the 2008 World Creativity Summit, Taipei, Taiwan. In 2010 alone Wan has solo exhibits scheduled in Canada, California and Florida. Currently, Wan is an assistant professor at North Carolina State University in Greenville.
April 22 – 30, 2010
This exhibition features the work from Edison State College art students and includes painting, drawing, design, ceramics and photography.
June 18 – August 10, 2010
This annual favorite features the artwork of local and national artists that has been donated to benefit ACT, Inc. It will be located on the Edison State College campus, in the Rush Collections Gallery, first floor of the Rush Library (J-Bldg).
This year’s theme is “Arabian Nights”. Join Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. for the opening reception which will include a Middle Eastern Bazaar, presale of silent auction pieces, and Middle Eastern food and music.