Thursday, March 29, 2007

Opportunity for recent Art grads

Introductions is Irvine Contemporary’s annual summer show of works by recent art college graduates in the Washington, mid-Atlantic, and East Coast region.

For Introductions3 this year, Irvine has posted a web page with application instructions and information to assist artists with submissions for the show. The gallery tries to see as many thesis shows and do as many studio visits as possible, but they clearly can’t see everyone and they want to open the process to as many artists as possible.

Visit this website for information on submitting work for the show. This year the selection committee will include Washington area collectors as well as the Irvine Contemporary crew.


I'm usually not a big fan of airport art, which I've dubbed "airportism" in the past, and which is usually generalized by tame, usually abstracted public art that tries really hard to avoid the figure at all costs.

The theme of flying is usually a common one -- and that's understandable, and artists can only go so far with it.

And yet... at the Philadelphia International Airport, between terminals C and D, on the main concourse there's an installation by Nancy Blum, titled Butterfly Wall (will be there through June 2007) that is a welcome and interesting departure from the usual blah flying geese or paper airplanes sculptures that one sees all over American airports.

"Butterfly Wall" is a work made up of 80 butterflies cast out of China clay with incised and raised patterns on the wings. The color is painted on the back and it is then reflecting onto the wall space. The pattern of the wings have been adapted from Islamic architecture, adding an interesting and unexpected visual element. Each butterfly is approx. 12 to 14 inches in height.

If you're around the Philly airport and have some extra time on your hands, swing by and take a look at this refreshing change for airportism. Nancy Blum is represented in the area by Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.

Wanna go to the Gala to Benefit Africare in DC this Friday?

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of International Visions at The Washington Club
(15 Dupont Circle) in DC. RSVP to 202-234-5112.

Friday, March 30th from 6:30 to 11:30 pm.

- Live music by Brother Ah & the World Music Ensemble as well as the Brazilian Samba Trio Band

- A silent auction featuring the African artwork and craft, artwork by renowned American artists, sports & entertainment collectibles, and much, much more.

- Mistress of Ceremonies: Dr. JC Hayward

- Special honors for artist Sam Gilliam and the Howard University Department of Art.

- An authentic African feast