ArtServe Red Eye 2010

July 24, 2010 at 3:04 am (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, movies, networking, News, photography, print media, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

ArtServe in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale hosted the reception for its 5th annual Red Eye event tonight. The purpose of the Red Eye event is to “create an innovative an exciting project that adds a twist to the conventional gallery exhibit” that “enmeshes gallery art with street art.” This year’s exhibit was on par with last year, with the exception of the graffiti. The graffiti, in my opinion, was better this year. This is not for a lack of technical skill; this year’s graf was more art piece verses last year’s predominant writer influence – I just prefer art over writing in graffiti.

This year’s event also played host to a fashion show that was previewed at Art Serve and continued at The Bubble in the IWAN facility (I did not attend this portion, but hope to visit IWAN before long). In the rear of ArtServe, live entertainment was playing and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival held a Short Film Premiere Section.

Red Eye continues through July 30th, so check it out while you can.

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Fat Village Art Walk

June 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Fat Village Art Walk including the Art of Alex, Sixth Star Entertainment, and Gallery 101

You’ve probably heard of 2nd Saturdays in the Miami Design District, but how about 4th Saturdays in the Fat Village Arts District in Fort Lauderdale? That’s right, Broward County is getting it’s culture on.

Saturday June 26th spirited in the monthly summer gatherings with the opening of some new studios covering fine arts and entertainment. In the last few months the area has had a surge of new talent come to join neighboring Sixth Star Entertainment, Blackbooks and the Puppet Network within the district. Some of this talent includes The Art of Alex, Rachel Henriques, Alfred Phillips, Gallery 101 and – moving in just days before the event – was the Downtown Music Hall featuring the Floribbean Swamp Funk Roots Rock Jamband, Shack Daddys.

This little stretch of Downtown Fort Lauderdale is proving to be quite promising as an up-and-coming arts district. Join them the 4th Saturday of every month through November. The area spans 4 blocks from NW 6th St. on the north, to 4th Street & from N. Andrews to the railroad tracks on the west side. See you next month.

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Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, 1923-1937

April 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm (Art, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, photography, print media, South Florida, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Gary Cooper and Mad Men's Don Draper. Photos taken nearly 90 years apart ...timeless

We were finally able to enjoy some culture this weekend with the viewing of Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, 1923-1937 on view at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. As someone who did not know much about Steichen’s career beyond recognizing a few photographs it was interesting to find out more about his life and work.

The layout of the exhibit starts in the early 1920’s, where many of the portraits have a sepia and faded palette to the prints, from there it chronologically follows his career through the 1930s. His photographs of the 20s seem (at least to me) to be more straightforward and less dynamic than his later works. As the 20s gave way to the 30s Steichen’s photos have more depth, both in the blacks of the grayscale and the human interest displayed within the frame. His film noir treatment of light and the Art Nuevo, and especially Art Deco styling of his backgrounds, subject mater, and overall aesthetic really began to take shape as his career progressed.

Though probably known best for his female subjects, the way he shot his male figures are both epic and timeless. The photo of Gary Cooper in the late 20s reminds me of the Don Draper character from the AMC show Mad Men (see images above). My favorite photo out of the entire exhibit was probably the smallest on display. It was of a movie director or producer taken in 1930. The man (who I really wish I could remember who it was) is seated in a director’s chair with lighting and grip equipment serving as the background. The camera is positioned lower that the subject and the lighting is of an intense key light with mild fill …exceptionally powerful and stunning.

After viewing the exhibit you see how Steichen was able to influence fashion photography from that point on. The texture and shape he could create through the natural curves of his models coupled with the lines of the fabrics they wore were both dynamic and simplistic. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, 1923-1937 was on display at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale from February 28 through April 11th, 2010. From Fort Lauderdale it makes it’s last scheduled stop at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO from May 15 – July 25, 2010.

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Fine Arts & Fantasy Gallery Opening

July 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm (Art, Art Event, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, Graphic Design, Illustration, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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This evening heralded the opening of the much overdue and deserved gallery exhibit for two of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s most respected and talented faculty, Jon Hunt and Jim Radford.

The two masters are displaying their recent works in various media including oil, watercolor, ink, graphite, digital, and sculpture. This show does not disappoint. Though the two have very different styles, the pieces illustrate each artist’s strengths and talents in a cohesive and awe inspiring way.

Jon Hunt concentrates more on digital media, producing art for image comics, book illustrations, and collectible card games. Jim Radford has a more traditional style reminiscent of some of the great portraiture artists of the past.

During my time at AIFL I had the privilege of being under Jim Radford’s tutelage for a short time. He retired in 2006 after 28 years at the college. I will never forget that we described him as the Bob Ross of anatomy to those not in his classes. He would utter things like “Happy little occipital protuberance” while whipping out an image of a human back and head with such ease it would make an anthropologist jealous.

These two artists are amazing in their craft. If you have a chance to visit the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale I would highly recommend it. The exhibit is up through August 31.

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Red Eye @ArtServe

July 24, 2009 at 11:39 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, networking, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, social media, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Art_Serve_Red_EyeTonight was the opening of the 4th Annual The Red Eye at ArtServe (@ArtServeFlorida) in Fort Lauderdale – a multi-media event sponsored by City Link and Metromix.com. The affair showcased a wide variety of artistic expressions including an open mic, Zen area, short film room, fashion show, and artistic expressions in music and dance. Traditional media artwork was also on tap.

The gallery opening occurred from 6 to 9 this evening with food and beverages sponsored by Café Vico and Orzel Vodka. The Red Eye is a self-proclaimed “innovative and exciting event aimed at promoting fresh underground art that serves as a conversation piece.” The event did not disappoint. I thought that was comparable to a miniature Art Basel, while I heard others refer to it as “better than 2nd Saturdays” (Art + Design Night in the Miami Design District).

The event was good. The overall quality of the artwork varied, but there were definitely some quality pieces that deserve attention. I hope you have a chance to visit ArtServe during this show, I believe many of the pieces will be available for viewing through August. Special thanks to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Chris Tiedje for tweeting about the event!

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Art + Design Night – Miami Design District

July 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm (Art, Art + Design Night, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Gallery Opening, Miami, networking, News, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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For this month’s Art + Design Night we decided to meet up with some friends for drinks at Senora Martinez. The restaurant inhabits the historic Buena Vista Post Office building, and is owned by Chef Michelle Bernstein. The upper bar is an intimate space providing a good atmosphere and wonderful chance to mingle and meet new friends. Due to my enjoyment of whiskies the bartender suggested that I try a cocktail of Louisiana origins named Sazerac. I’m glad he did, this cocktail’s flavor unfolds as you imbibe it allowing for the distinct bitters, whiskey, and licorice-infused absinthe flavors to evolve.

After our foray to the bar our clique set out to explore the galleries along the Design District. 101/Exhibit had a fantastic showing of Jim Pollock‘s posters for the band Phish and other groups. Art Fusion Gallery had an eclectic range of artistic styles and mediums as usual. While there I had a short discussion with one of the artists, GG, about his brightly colored works. Meandering between galleries we witnessed a local artist finishing an installation piece of ephemeral quality made from flowers and rope strewn across a street post. Avant Gallery had some interesting pieces by Alejandro Vigilante. They consisted of mock phrases and conversations from vintage movie stars; for example here is a conversation spread across four tiles between Paul Newman and Robert Redford referencing Butch Cassiday and the Sundance Kid:

newman_redfordNewman: You get more for your money in Bolivia, I checked on it.
Redford: What do they have there that you could possibly want to buy.
Newman: They got banks to rob. I been studying my Spanish: Esto es un robo.
Redford: You’ll get nervous and forget the words, and then I’ll have to shoot you!

We unfortunately did not make it over to the Locust Projects for Wet Heat Project, Balls in the Air. I was curious to see what this was, but time did not afford us the chance to visit.

The next Art + Design Night is August 8th from 7-10 pm, hope to see you there!

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Art + Design Night – Miami Design District

June 14, 2009 at 5:44 pm (Art, Art + Design Night, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Gallery Opening, Miami, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Design_District_061309Art + Design Night – Miami Design District

June 13 was the monthly nighttime gallery walk in the Miami Design District. The monthly event allows people to escape the real world for a few hours and stroll through art galleries, shows, and special exhibits.

This month’s was no exception with the opening of the “Gender Bender” photo exhibit by Kat Rabbitt. The gallery showcased gender-bending models photographed on the streets of South Florida. My favorite part was Kat’s juxtaposition between her usually joyous models set against the mix of emotions displayed in the faces of the unsuspecting passerby. Some looked amused, others horrified, and still some looked completely unfazed. And of course some of the “lady’s” were on hand to promote the event.

Next door to the Gender Bender exhibit was the opening of “Against All Odds” with the works of Mari Carmen Fernandez and Ines Rojas. Fernandez’s glazed canvases and bright colors were quite striking, while Rojas’ reincarnated car parts-cum-sculptures where very interesting in their new form and function as lamps, lanterns, and decorative pieces.

The night was great. Live music, open galleries, wine and cheese – what else could you ask for?

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