Monday, November 30, 2009

REFIGURATION

New Wilmington Art Association presents: REFIGURATION, a three-person exhibition consisting of work by A.D. Loveday, Chuck Mahley, and Mike Podolak on view at 4 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE from December 4 - 31, 2009. The exhibition explores the alteration of the figure in the context of contemporary society's technological advances.


A.D. Loveday is interested in the human, natural, and technological relationships that occur in our world. She composes uncanny drawings that document that shift from natural to synthetic. Loveday's paradoxes are played out in an imagined landscape, populated by stylized characters that seem to forecast an imminent future. A childlike humor permeates her work, countering the seriousness of the deep undertones foreshadowing this paradigm shift of our culture.


Chuck Mahley also addresses the natural and the technological in his sculptures. These objects, which at times reference the body, oscillate between prosthetic-a replacement for a missing body part-and augmentation-an attached additive. As in Loveday's work, Mahley's forms and concepts echo this shift into the artificial. Works such as The Observer and Life Support use wooden carved elements contrasted with technological elements, such as computer parts, web cams, and fans, in reference to early automata.


Mike Podolak creates and manipulates images in a manner similar to digital computing. Using software such as Illustrator and Photoshop, Podolak builds, generates, layers, and distorts visual information. Sometimes the outcome is a digitally composed image, while in other instances the final product is an oil painting. In his Idol Glitch Series, Podolak, assumes the role of the machine as painter, re-creating pixilated images of the Virgin Mary. Podolak's work speaks not only to the deficiency of digital processes but also to the deficiency of religion and culture.


An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 6 - 9 pm with the closing reception on Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 6 - 9 pm.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shipley Loft construction pictures!!!

Recently, NWAA artist member Brad Turner and local Gallery owner Geoff "Red Mohawk" had the opportunity to tour the renovation process at the brand new Shipley lofts. The floor plan is open and is about 20ft X 40ft. (roughly) There are a total of 23 loft spaces and they are already starting to fill up! The Ingerman group has informed us that weather permitting the first tenants will have the chance to move in as early as the second week in January 2010!!!! Here are a few shots of the construction phase that were shot.

Rent is between $610- $1080 a month
3 Handicapped lofts (Ground floor only)
4: Larger lofts with more windows (Shipley side only.)
16: Regular floor plan lofts

This is a short list of what is included for each loft:
Water
Dishwasher
Oven/Microwave
Refrigerator
Trash/recycling
Electric
Mail box
The bathroom = walk in shower
2: Closets
1: Half wall that divides the living area from the bedroom area.
Laundry room on each floor
There will be security doors with key fobs.

****Parking and Internet/phone/cable will be up to each tenant.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Nancy Breslin




www.nancybreslin.com
www.flickr.com/squaremeals
www.fotolog.com/squaremeals



Call for Proposals

Apply for solo or small group shows at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD. Rolling application. Details online at:

http://www.delaplaine.org/pdf/exhibitproposal2006.pdf

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Red Mohawk Presents: Stenciled-[The CLOSING] - Friday, November 20, 2009



Good Friends = Epic Times!!!!

Red Mohawk Presents: Stenciled-[The CLOSING]
New work by Brad Turner


Do to the overwhelming success of the opening this past Friday we are going to do it again!!! There will be plenty to see and do! Geoff at Red Mohawk and I hope to see you there!!!!


Don't forget that there will be limited prints and T-shirts for purchase.

Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Red Mohawk Gallery & Studio | 228 West 9th St. Wilmington, DE 19801

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Performance November 11th

Rain date scheduled for Tuesday Nov 17th, same time.
Here are links to two local newspapers that have featured the piece in an article:
http://eltiempohispano.com/
(last edition, #6)

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009910130303

Sunday, November 8, 2009

LANGUAGE OF LINE - Opening - Nov 6th




To view photos from NWAA's November 6th NWAA opening of Language of Line, click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

LANGUAGE OF LINE


LANGUAGE OF LINE
4 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE
November 5 - 30, 2009
Opening: Nov 6th, 6-9pm
Closing: Nov 19th, 6-9pm

“A line is a child’s first instrument of depiction, the boundary where one thing ends and another begins.” Language of Line compiles 8 artists using a primitive sense of line to build a larger more intricate composition. Line is explored in a drawing practice, transfer of information, tracing, painting, cutting, bending, forming, and repetition of linear qualities, exploring a range of mediums and practices.






Stephanie Beck utilizes cut paper referencing the grids and lines of city plans, while also carefully composing large scale drawings of aerial two dimensional line patterns of Philadelphia and neighboring regions. Beck’s beautifully layered intricate cut paper carefully pinned to the walls form depth and shadow. Andrew Wapinski presents the grid subtlety with his mixed media resin paintings. Wapinski contrasts the man made grids of metal leaf squares or spray paint against visceral organic lines and layers of pigments and acrylic. His gold leaf squares speak to Yves Klein, while his line of coal becomes a material “zip”, reminiscent of Barnett Newman.


Three artists work in process based drawing. Martin Brief meticulously traces the edges of the form from the text on each page of the dictionary with his ink on paper ongoing Dictionary Series. Although hand drawn, Brief’s work appears to be digitally produced due to its super clean minimal quality. Brian Patrick Franklin marries the concepts of sports and art with his Game Day Series. Franklin watches sporting events and traces the path of the ball to generate digital drawings, appearing like a computer generated Jackson Pollock drip painting. Zach Chupa also combines athletics with a drawing practice. Chupa produces simple line compositions on paper by mapping various running paths with a GPS device, in his Drun Compilation Series. The result is a small, minimal, refined process driven composition.





Beyond drawing a reference, artists work with line sculpturally. Anthony Cervino produces large-scale versions of plastic die cast scraps from toys and model kits. Blurring the line between mass-produced and hand made objects, Cervino’s Fleet mirrors the sensibility of the “ray gun” collection of Claes Oldenburg. Stephen Ruszkowski uses perspective lines of historic architecture and maps of the Delaware Valley region to create wall installations consisting of yarn and nails. The lines of yarn float off the wall expressing a paradox of permanence, disappearance and remembrance of structures and landscapes. Abby Donovan creates installations using low-tech materials such as wire, sculpey, tape, and clay to develop temporary site-specific material constructions questioning the urgency and absurdity of spaces and materiality. Her installations use altered symbols of language such as letters of the alphabet and arrows, creating organic forms of the once rigid lines transforming geometric spaces.




In a culture ‘devoted to the ordering of space’, the artists simply forgo the use of representation via abstraction, being more concerned with what things are more than what they look like to the eye’s camera.

—Ron Longsdorf, Curator
November 2009