August 24 – October 13, 2012
Curated by Jade Dellinger
Opening and Reception: August 24, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Talk: A conversation with Jade Dellinger and Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust, 7 pm
Entertainment: “Sonic Combine”, featuring Kat Epple, Lauren Getford and Laurence Voytek, will perform at the opening reception. Inspired by the collaborative spirit of John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, the group formed to explore the possibilities of alternative music.
Things Not Seen Before: A Tribute to John Cage (with 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience) is a visual art exhibition and interactive installation in celebration of the 2012 birth centenary of one of the most significant and influential creative thinkers of the 20th Century. An intimate friend and collaborator of Bob Rauschenberg’s, the composer once noted: “I am very happy to have known Marcel Duchamp and to be living still in the time of Rauschenberg… I am not interested in the names of movements but rather in seeing and making things not seen before.” Marking a decade since originating his survey The Visual Art of John Cage in Ft. Myers in 2002, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College now revisits the monumental impact and continuing legacy of John Cage.
Consisting largely of material not previously exhibited (much created specifically for this project), Things Not Seen Before includes John Cage-related or –inspired works by colleagues and collaborators including Fluxus pioneers Nam June Paik, Philip Corner, Giuseppe Chiari, Yoko Ono and Milan Knížák. Numerous others who closely followed or befriended and were profoundly influenced by Cage – like Performance artist Laurie Anderson, ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne, The Art Guys, Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth, Christina Kubisch, Andrew Deutsch, Stephen Vitiello and winner of the Golden Lion for Best Artist in the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay are also featured. A number of prominent regional artists like sculptor Joe Griffith, Tony Wong Palms and Theo Wujcik (who met and photographed Cage in Florida in the 1980’s) have contributed new works. Plus, several original pieces (mesostic manuscripts, early lithographs, a monotype, “Busoni Chart for HPSCHD”/score and plexigram) all created by John Cage are positioned on gallery walls with the artist’s own (rather unorthodox) installation method derived through chance operations.
Perhaps best known for his controversial composition 4’33” (1952) which was divided into three timed movements (totaling four minutes and thirty-three seconds) without playing a single musical note, John Cage created his so-called “silent piece” while adamantly asserting that there is “no such thing as silence.” The avant-garde composer pioneered electro-acoustic music, the non-standard use of musical instruments, and created his “prepared piano” by inserting found objects between its strings to alter and expand its sound. He studied Eastern Philosophy and Zen Buddhism, and frequently employed chance operations as a compositional tool – with the aid of the ancient Chinese Book of Changes (the I-Ching) and the tossing of coins.
Central to the exhibition at Edison State College (and through the generosity of the Tampa Museum of Art), Things Not Seen Before features a special interactive installation of John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience. Conceived in 1969 as a visitor participation piece, Cage’s 33-1/3 encourages gallery-goers to engage freely with a room full of record players and stacks of vinyl LPs. However, as the composer never specified LP titles for use in the installation, a prominent group “guest curators” have been invited to submit Top 10 picks to fill record bins in the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery – including Iggy Pop, Mark Mothersbaugh/Devo, Richie Ramone/The Ramones, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, John Baldessari, William Wegman, Graham Nash, Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music, Joan La Barbara, David Harrington/Kronos Quartet, Vito Acconci, Matthew Barney, Jim Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha and others.
Each “guest curator” for John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience was given the freedom to determine their own rationale and approach for making selections. Many included records to which they had contributed, while others (like Mike Kelley, The Residents and Alex James from Blur) were resolute about not including their own recordings. Some approached the challenge with the potential blend of music and voice foremost in mind, like David Byrne in committing entirely to obscure “spoken word” LPs (from Alfred Wolfsohn’s Experiments in the Extension of The Human Vocal Range on Folkways Records to the recordings of mentally ill Frank Zappa protégé Wild Man Fischer and the poet T.S. Eliot). Blixa Bargeld of the infamous German industrial noise band Einstürzende Neubauten reverently dedicated his entire Top 10 to a wide array of rare John Cage records, while Yoko Ono focused wholly her own recordings (and those of her late husband John Lennon and son Sean Ono Lennon). Jack White/The White Stripes provided special pressings from his Third Man Records label, and Emil Schult from the Teutonic electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk contributed vintage vinyl from his personal record collection.
As artist/participant Lee Ranaldo recently recalled: “I remember John talking about how he didn’t like to listen to a record more than once. What was the point? If one gave oneself over to the experience the first time, then why repeat? He didn’t really care for the idea of music as ‘fixed in time’ on a black platter. He said he’d rather open the window and listen to the trucks rolling by, or whatever else was coming in -the constantly changing music of NOW rather than a packaged simulacra of ‘then’. Of course that’s the real idea behind 4’33″ – it’s not a silent piece at all – there is always sound! Those comments have long stayed with me, in spite of the fact that I love both making records and playing records – often the same ones over and over again.”
The duration of 33-1/3 is indeterminate. When first performed at the University of California/Davis, the audience interacted with John Cage’s record installation for nearly four hours. However, 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is accessible on a daily basis – during regular gallery hours (and for the occasional special event). As Cage would have expected, the work remains “silent” when there are no visitors to interact with it – and cacophonous (or perhaps most musical) when fully occupied by audience-performers. As John Cage famously surmised: “Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music.”
Jade Dellinger, Guest Curator
John Cage’s 33 1/3 © 1969 by Henmar Press Inc. Used by permission of C.F. Peters Corporation. All rights reserved.
For more about the John Cage Centennial celebrations worldwide, please visit the John Cage Trust at Bard College at www.JohnCage.org.
October 26 – December 8, 2012
Opening and Reception: October 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: 7 p.m. … Ron Bishop
The dynamics of life in Africa are as complicated as the continent is vast. Through some 50 works of art produced over the past 60 years, by African as well as non-African artists, this exhibit reveals some of those complexities as observed through the eyes of these world renowned photographers and videographers. Artists in the exhibition include:
Malick Sidibé – recipient of the Hasselblad Award, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and the International Center of Photography award for lifetime achievement
Vivian Sassen – won the International Center of Photography in New York’s Infinity Award for Applied Fashion Advertising Photography in 2011
George Rodger – international photographer, who in 1947, along with three other photographers—Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour,—founded Magnum Photos to tell the world’s stories with editorial freedom
Robin Rhode – included in the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, IT in 2005
Lyle Owerko – international photographer, photographed the image that appeared on the cover of Time Magazine’s September 11, 2001 issue
George Osodi – a Nigerian photographer who won First Prize, Fuji African Photojournalist of the year in 2004
Arnold Newman – acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21st centuries and his work has changed portraiture. He is recognized as the “Father of Environmental Portraiture.” His work is collected and exhibited in the major museums around the world.
Zwelethu Mthethwa – lives and works in Cape Town and exhibits internationally
Seydou Keïta – one of the great African portraitists, exhibits internationally
Alfredo Jaar – artist, architect, and filmmaker. Lives and works in New York. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.
Pieter Hugo – a South African, won the African First prize, Portraits section, World Press Photo Getty Images Young Photographer Award. One of the most representative photographers of his generation, his works explore the most striking contradictions of African societies.
Tim Hetherington – photographed the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, mostly in West Africa and the Middle East. His film Restrepo, which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for Best Documentary Feature. On April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya, Tim Hetherington and fellow photographer Chris Hondros were killed by Libyan forces in a mortar attack on the besieged city of Misrata.
Jackie Nickerson – a photography based visual artist. She was born in Boston, USA and has an international reputation for photographing people and their environments.
David Goldblatt – received the Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Henri Cartier- Bresson Award, France, and the prestigious Hasselblad Photography Award
Peter Friedl – has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows around the world including the 48th Venice Biennale
Roger Ballen – has an extensive international exhibition record. Created the Roger Ballen Foundation dedicated to the advancement of education of photography in South Africa.
January 11 – February 16, 2013
Opening and Reception: January 11, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Talk … Dana Roes: 7 pm
Dana Roes received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 where she developed her interest in abstraction as a means of creating psychological/intellectual spaces which suggest that the nature of reality is interactive and changeable. Her current body of work, Threshold, was created during a tumultuous period of transition. These paintings speak of the in-between: neither coming nor going, material nor immaterial, they evoke the satisfaction that can be found in transit and allow the viewer to become comfortable with the uncomfortable state of ambiguity before arrival.
During her studies she was invited to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she had the opportunity to discuss her work with Gregory Amenoff, Per Kirby, Brice Marden, Ann Hamilton and Joan Semmel. She spent a year in Iceland on a Fulbright scholarship which culminated in an exhibition of her series, The Red Body at the Gallery Listamidstodim. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the States as well as in Sweden, Australia, and China and she has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta and the Larry Siroli Gallery in Chelsea. She came to Edison State in 2009 after teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design and Carnegie-Mellon and has been devoting much of her time to developing our Fine Art Program.
March 1 – April 13, 2013
Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Opening and Reception: March 1, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Talk … D. Dominick Lombardi: 7 pm
Artists can explore, reflect, extrapolate or rearrange in any number of ways, the barrage of endless data from hard news to social media that we all must navigate, initiate or muddle through each day.
The art in this exhibition responds to or reflects upon the sometimes-overwhelming storm of information in roughly three phases. The calm comes into view with mixed media works like Touch, by Anita Arliss, which captures the haunting stillness right before a disruptive event. The storm has representation with the collages of Chambliss Giobbi, which suggests the storm may have its greatest effect on the human psyche. The aftermath is expressed with works like Trong Nguyen’s Library, where the artist, in an attempt to put all the pieces back together again, writes the entire text of various books, word for word, on individual grains of rice.With these fresh interpretations through the artist’s eye on the storm comes a very different, and perhaps better and more thought provoking understanding of the world around us.
Artists in the exhibition: Isak Applin, Anita Arliss, Jonathan Beer, Susan Breen, Mia Brownell, Ernest Concepcion, Paul Gagner, Chambliss Giobbi, Richard Höglund, Shawn Huckins, Marcus Jansen, Arcady Kotler, D. Dominick Lombardi, Marci MacGuffie, Tim Merry, Arnold Mesches, Rashaad Newsome, Trong Nguyen, Leah Oates, Rebecca Reeve, Holly Sears, Karen Shaw, Patricia Smith, D. Jack Solomon and Melanie Vote.
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April 25 – May 3, 2013
Opening and Reception: April 25, 4 – 6 pm
Awards Ceremony: 5 pm
This show features Edison State College student work from the past academic year. The gallery is pleased to have Hollis Jeffcoat serve as judge this year. Ms. Jeffcoat has previously had two solo exhibits at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery and her work is in the collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Ms. Jeffcoat will select 16 winners from the exhibit including one “Best of Show” award, five Awards of Excellence, and ten “Honorable Mention” awards.
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May 17 – June 22, 2013
Opening and Reception: May 17, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery talk with Lawrence Voytek: 7 pm
Lawrence Voytek was the director of art production for Robert Rauschenberg for over 28 years, and has consulted for art installation, fabrication and restoration with renowned national and international museums and galleries. Voytek studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute. Voytek’s work can be found in many important corporate and private collections.
July 12 – August 7, 2013
Opening and Reception: July 12, 6 – 8 pm
This marks the 13th year that the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery has sponsored the Arts for ACT preview exhibit. Artists, galleries, organizations and businesses throughout the region join together in support of ACT, Inc in its fight to end domestic violence.
Each year hundreds of pieces of original artwork are donated to ACT, Inc to be sold to benefit their programs. The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is very pleased to host the preview exhibit and offer our space to display the work that has generously been given to ACT, Inc. As one of the community’s leading arts venues, it is our privilege to not only support the efforts of this organization, but also the many talented individuals who have donated their time and work to benefit ACT, Inc.
Gallery exhibitions are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.