Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Art Happenings in Orlando – July 2011

There’s some pretty cool things happening visually this July in Orlando. We so graciously are letting you know about them. Get out there and support local art!

THRESHOLD at Twelve21 Gallery (That’s Us!): July 2nd 7-10pm

Don’t miss Twelve21 Gallery‘s show this Saturday! We’re super excited to have the work of Bryan Carson and Brian Phillips in the gallery. Through a variety of media, both artists bring to the show beautifully rendered and mysterious images dealing with transformation and the entrance into new states of consciousness. We’ll have drinks and treats for you! How can you pass that up?

TXT by Brian Feldman: July 11, 18, 25 7pm at Urban Rethink

Quirky Orlando Performance artist Brian Feldman will have txt mondays at urban rethink during the month of July, this performance is interactive and requires audience participation. As an audience member (or even if you aren’t in the audience) you can tweet WHATEVER you want to Brian Feldmans twitter, he will then turn the text from the tweets into a crazy on stage dialogue. This has to be incredibly entertaining to witness.

Transfer: E.Brady Robinson: July 2nd-october 9 Cornell Fine Arts Museum

E. Brady Robinson‘s work will be on view at CFAM through October 9th (so you really have no excuse to not see it). Transfer is informed by a culture of instant and mobile image capture. She uses the camera to examine her environment and record fleeting moments of existence. Transfer is based on the concept of the drift – Drifting draws upon pure chance and opportunity for new and authentic experiences generated by different atmospheres from urban landscapes and new places. The snapshot aesthetic is utilized as means to quickly record, document and observe.

Alterverse: Jessica Singleton: Opening reception July 21 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm City Arts Factory

Alterverse refers to the alternate realities created by artist-photographer Jessica Singleton. Singleton is inspired by architecture, science fiction, and pseudo-Victorian steam powered fantasies. Her photographs are digitally manipulated and constructed into dream realities. The opening is hosted by AK Art & Consulting and the show will remain up until August 13th.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Non Toxic Revolution

The Keep a Breast foundation is always striving to keep the public informed and educated. They recently partnered up with Shepard Fairy to form the “Non Toxic Revolution” – an awareness campaign about toxic chemicals that exist in the environment and in food supply and the link that it may have to cancer. The new program is focusing on prevention by providing alternatives to maintain good health and well being, and is also informing the public how to make educated decisions. Shepard Fairy hopped on board with the project providing and created all the  imagery. He said he was attracted to the cause because he’s lost two aunts to breast cancer and his mother is also a survivor. The Non Toxic Revolution has set out on an eight-city tour to help inspire and educate young people on toxic chemicals infecting our food, products, and environment. Here’s a sweet video about the cause:

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Museum of Non Visible Art, Real?

…Seems like it, but there’s some debate here in the gallery. James Franco along with Praxis (a collaborative art team of Brainard and Delia Carey ) have created the Museum of Non Visible Art (MONA), a supposed museum of ideas, and conceptual INvisble art. Wow. The artwork is not physically real, but the ideas are. The grand idea behind this project is to remind everyone that we reside in two worlds, one is the world of site while the other being the world of thought. The MONA is attempting to redefine the idea of what is real. If you buy a piece of non visible art from this museum, you will receive a card with a detailed description of what the art piece looks like and what the idea behind it is. A video describing the madness.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Chat Roulette and Art

Someone finally did it, they made a project commenting on the social networking site “Chat Roulette”. Chat Roulette is a site that connects a user with a random stranger, anywhere! Chat Roulette connects the users using video and audio, so it’s like a chat room, but crazier, because the person on the other end can see and hear you, creepy? cool? Either way it’s becoming a normal thing in social communication these days.  Artist John Ryan Brubaker is the culprit of this project. The artist claims that the interest in this project stems from having an Anthropology background focusing on social interactions. While browsing the collection of random strangers , a sense of  loniless and isolation first comes to mind. The collection of “random strangers” is impressive, the artist has hundreds of photos of these chat roulette users.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

JULY 2011 – THRESHOLD

Group Show

Twelve21 Gallery presents: “THRESHOLD”, an art exhibit featuring local surrealist artists Bryan Carson and Brian Phillips. Through a variety of media, both artists bring to the show beautifully rendered and mysterious images dealing with transformation and the entrance into new states of consciousness. The opening reception will be held from 7-10pm on Saturday, July 2, 2011.

The gallery will be providing drinks from Tim’s Wine and light treats for your enjoyment. The exhibition will be on view through July 29, 2011.

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Brian Phillips

In his own words, Brian has “always been helplessly drawn to the visual aspects of everything I encounter”.  His interest is in recontextualizing images to convey intentional and incidental associations and the space that objects occupy and leave vacant.  He has had several solo and group shows in the Orlando area.

Artist Website

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Bryan Carson

Bryan Carson’s work is derived from the energy and mystery of large bodies of water, in particular the ocean. It represents a stage in between reality and dreams or consciousness and unconsciousness when thoughts are neither fact nor fiction, but seem to be a combination of both. Bryan’s approach has been to depict this middle ground of reality by showing a connection between real, mysterious, and dreamlike objects; showing a transformation between each of these three stages. Bryan focuses on the foundation of drawing while adding layered elements through painting, printmaking, transfers, and other various media. Through this approach and due to the subject matter, the work tends to focus on radial forms that repeat to provide a continuous pushing and pulling movement of objects towards and away from each other.

Particular with works on wood, each wood substrate is carefully chosen so that the natural grain and knots become a part of the overall design representing moving water and/or focal points. Using this visual concept many areas of the wood remain unchanged and what was once negative space becomes the positive space to give way to skin tones and textures of the human form.

Artist Website

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This photo may go down in history..

If you haven’t heard about the Vancouver riots, well then you might live under a rock. This photo was taken during the riots and has everyone wondering who are these people? and why are they kissing in the middle of the road during a violent riot…perhaps a statement? A protest of sorts? or just pure love lust. What are your theories?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Always wanted to buy an original photo of your favorite pop culture icon? Well now you can..

Rock Paper Photo launched in May, and it’s mind blowing. Rock Paper Photo is an online site with TONNSSS of professional photos of celebrities, rock stars, artisits, and other important people throughout history. The unique thing about this is that all the photos are for sale, and actually priced pretty decently, and are also editioned (which makes them more valuable ) and signed by the photographer. These aren’t the typical photos that come up in your google image search, they are rarely seen photographs from the last century. There are some real gems in the group, notably a whole group of color photographs of the Beatles taken by photographer Tom Murray. Browse the gallery, it will make you happy, maybe a little nostalgic.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Stereo blindness might make you a better artist.

Stereo blindness is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned correctly, so the brain can’t fuse both the images from both eyes together. Sounds like that would suck right? Well, maybe not..it can actually give an artist an advantage because individuals with stereo blindness see things more flattented instead of completely 3D. This can help artists translate what they are looking at to a canvas easier because everything already appears to be flattened.

Margaret S. Livingstone is an expert on vision and the brain at Harvard Medical School, she carried out research studies examining stereo blindness in artists. In one experiment, researchers obtained portraits of 121 famous artists and 127 members of Congress from the National Gallery of Art and also the photographic archives of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. All of the the subjects’ eyes were cropped from the photos and shown to observers who measured eye alignment not knowing who any of the eyes belonged to. Turns out that out of all the portraits, most of the famous established artists had at least a little bit of stero blindness. Crazy, is stereo blindness the secret to being a brilliant artist? Probably not, but it seems to help a lot.

Bevil R. Conway, a stereo-blind artist who teaches neuroscience at Wellesley College said that it’s always been easy for him to draw. He said that his ability wasn’t due to dexterity but because when he looked at a scene he automatically was able to see the relative size and spatial relationships between things and how they should be drawn on a piece of paper.

Who feels like getting their eyes measured?

To read more about stereo blindness and the studies that took place, check out the article from The NY Times.